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'We must re-establish trust between clients and contractors' says new B&ES president

Jim Marner calls for smarter procurement and open-book two stage tendering as he urges building services firms to promote ‘intelligent thinking

New B&ES president Jim Marner has issued a rallying cry to his members to lobby for better contract practices in his opening speech at the building services body’s AGM.

Mr Marner said: “We must address the skills shortages which, at every level of the workforce, are threatening to limit the extent to which members can take advantage of the economic recovery. We must continue to fight for the introduction of a fairer and more equitable payment culture that will allow businesses in the sector to operate profitably and to invest in skills, resources and technology. We must try to establish a more accessible and transparent pre-qualification regime and we must ensure that building engineering services continues to hold its position in the vanguard of the ’digital revolution,

Mr Marner, who has worked for Shepherd Engineering Services for over 30 years said the construction industry would benefit from earlier involvement from building servces teams.

He said: “We must encourage the professional teams to provide detailed designs at an earlier stage – and so minimise the problems that will inevitably emerge once we are on-site. We must lobby for smarter procurement, preferred supply chain status and open-book, two-stage tendering – whereby firms can establish their competence, capability and financial stability before investing significantly in the production of detailed designs for a job they may very well fail to secure. Above all, we must re-establish trust between clients and contractors, and emphasise what all parties bring to the achievement of a successful construction contract.”

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