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Three crucial relationships for construction businesses

  • 8 May 2015

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Supply chain

Construction companies are dependent on strong relationships up and down the supply chain. Once signing a contract, a firm must obtain raw materials, parts and equipment in order to see it through to completion.

As businesses grow, they come to rely more and more on individuals and other firms.

While some firms deal directly through a supplier (particularly if it is a very large contractor), however most companies are more likely to secure deals through a builders’ merchant.

For this relationship to be beneficial, companies need a builders’ merchant to offer a range of stock suitable for fulfilling all forthcoming contracts, alongside a fast delivery process, should products not be available in-store.

Builders’ merchants may offer a range of discounts to loyal customers, and keep record of previous transactions to make future orders more expedient.

Subcontractors

Most contractors above a certain size will delegate certain duties to subcontractors when taking on large projects.

Keeping large number of labourers on the payroll permanently can be seen as an unnecessary expenditure.

It is important for firms to build up strong relationships with subcontractors – as it is likely they will return to the same subcontractors or recruitment agencies in the future.

Software providers

Whether its generic software or a construction-specific software package, automating accounting processes undoubtedly saves many companies time and helps to prevent costly human error.

For many companies, upgrading software systems can be a daunting, time-consuming procedure. When complications can arrive it is important to establish a strong relationship with software providers.

To counteract any potential teething problems, or issues migrating existing data to a new system, it is important that firms’ software providers are on hand to help bring the software live and offer troubleshooting advice and support.

Integrity Software Systems,
First Floor, Landmark House East,
Alpha Court,
Lincoln,
United Kingdom,
LN6 3TA

Phone: 0345 340 3040

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