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NASC Annual Company Profile – Statement

NASC Annual Company Profile – Statement

By Robin James, NASC Managing Director

“It has come to our attention that the Construction Forum Magazine (CFM) has been emailing NASC members regarding an opportunity to advertise in the ‘NASC Association Company Profile November 2018’.

Please note that this profile has not been booked by the NASC and we have not shared any member information or contact details with CFM. It is our understanding that CFM intends to publish a selection of NASC news items taken from the NASC website and supplement this content with member editorial/advertising.

“I would like to stress that while you are welcome to take up this opportunity you are not obliged to do so.”

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NASC Awards – Get Your Entries in Now!

NASC Awards – Get Your Entries in Now!

The deadline for this year’s NASC Awards has been extended following feedback from a number of members.

While we have been impressed with the volume and standard of entries received, we have been made aware that some members found the entry requirements for the Health & Safety categories off-putting and were unclear of the scope of the Innovation of the Year category.

As such, we’ve removed the need to submit H&S entry forms via USB and amended the wording on the Innovation form to read “products and processes” – open to innovative products as well as ways of working.

Entry forms can be found here. Members have until 5pm on Friday 28 September to submit their entries.

 

Reasons to enter

We’ve streamlined the process to make submitting an entry or entries as simple as possible.

Not only could you win an NASC Award, your entry may also be featured in the NASC 2019 Yearbook free of charge. Shortlisted entries will also receive NASC Awards Finalist logos to use on their websites and email footers.

Post event, NASC Award winners will receive video packages celebrating their success as well as NASC Awards Winners logos and lauded across the various NASC social media channels and website and relevant trade media titles. Previous winners have told us their successes have given them a competitive advantage and helped them secure new business.

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NASC Hosts Second Successful Safety Seminar

NASC Hosts Second Successful Safety Seminar

Representatives from main contractors and housebuilders attended the NASC Safety Seminar in Manchester.

The morning event saw delegates – consisting primarily of Health and Safety, Contracts and Operations professionals – discuss a range of issues relating to scaffolding and safety on site and ways in which the NASC and its members can work more collaboratively with them to further raise standards.

The event was chaired by Wayne Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly Scaffolding Ltd and NASC North and North Wales regional Chair.

Speakers at the seminar included Des Moore, CEO of TRAD Group and NASC President and David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, with guest speaker Bill Hill, Chief Executive of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.

Wayne Connolly said: “It was fantastic to talk to people working throughout the north west who regularly employ the services of scaffolding contractors about safety and learn more about the issues and challenges they face.

“The speakers helped frame the event, giving a quick overview of what the NASC’s objectives are and the areas in which its actively working on – including raising awareness of the importance of providing mental health support as well as improving mentoring opportunities and addressing the skills gap – which the delegates built upon during the break out and Q&A sessions.”

Des Moore added: “I’d like to thank the delegates for giving up their time to join us at this informal seminar and for providing such useful views and opinions on the day. We’ll use this feedback to help refine and enhance our engagement with main contractors, housebuilders and other businesses that procure scaffolding in the future.”

This seminar followed a similar NASC event held in London earlier this year. Further events will be held across the UK next year.

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NASC Releases TG20:13 Maintenance Update

NASC Releases TG20:13 Maintenance Update

The NASC has released an updated version of its TG20:13 eGuide – required by all existing users of version 1.2.

Version 1.3 – which can be downloaded for free here in Windows, Mac and Android formats – has been created in response to a recent change in the way Google Maps works. This change sometimes causes version 1.2 to stop when trying to progress from the wind map screen to the compliance sheet.

Existing users will need to uninstall their current eGuide before installing the maintenance upgrade. This issue does not affect users with version 1.0 or 1.1 of the eGuide. The NASC will update the DVD edition for new customers.

For technical support email CADS via support@cads.co.uk or call 01202 603733.

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Improving the Payment Process Through the Use of a Schedule of Rates

Improving the Payment Process Through the Use of a Schedule of Rates

By David Brown, Managing Surveyor at IBN Scaffold Access Ltd and Chair of the NASC Contracts Committee

While great strides have been made in the post-Carillion era to shine the spotlight on the importance of prompt payments to subcontractors, more must also be done to streamline the pre-payment process – something that will benefit the whole construction industry.

It is clear that the failure of main contractors and other clients to stick to agreed payment terms can severely impact on a subcontractor’s ability to continue to operate.

That is why it has been great to see such prominence given in recent months to the need for fair payment practices to be adopted and adhered to and more and more companies sign up to the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter.

But while it’s only right that payment practices are tightened, more can be done by both clients and subcontractors to further improve the pre-payment process through better management of sub-contract accounts during the course of the Project.

The area we are particularly focused on here is ensuring there is no discrepancy between client and subcontractor on the cost of the works carried out, something that can easily arise through the undertaking of additional works.

Additional works are commonplace on almost all construction projects. This comes despite the best efforts at tender stage to produce a detailed and fixed schedule of works as unfortunately in our industry plans and programmes change, which result in a change to the planned works. When the original scope of works changes resulting in additional works, it is only fair that the subcontractor is remunerated for the additional works carried out.

From the client’s perspective they need confidence that the additional works have been valued fairly and where appropriate on a pro rata basis to the items detailed in the original scope of works. The extent and cost of additional works can often be the cause of conflict between the client and subcontractor and create an additional barrier that prevents prompt payment.

The NASC encourages scaffolding contractors to avoid any uncertainty regarding variation orders through the use of a schedule of rates, an example of which is included in the CG11:17 Preparation of Schedule of Rates guidance.

The incorporation of a schedule of rates into a contract can have a number of advantages:

  • Rates for additional works are agreed from the outset
  • Disputes in connection with the valuation of additional works are avoided completely or at least significantly reduced
  • Valuation and payment of additional work is made easier and earlier thereby improving cash flow
  • Schedules can be incorporated within the sub-contract order
  • Final accounts are prepared more quickly because of fewer disputes
  • Clients appreciate the clarity on how additional works are measured and valued, something an agreed schedule of rates can achieve

A schedule of rates should be prepared at tender stage, negotiated with the client during pre-contract discussions and incorporated into the contract documents / orders from the outset. It is possible to agree them after the contract has started particularly if the contract is unexpectedly found to be subject to an excessive number of variations, however the preference would be to agree a schedule of rates in the first instance.

A schedule of rates can help to significantly streamline the pre-payment process and also ensure the client / subcontractor relationship isn’t affected by any financial disputes.