“I think there is definitely a push by national housebuilders and the construction industry towards group procurement and framework agreements. In fact, we either have deals, or are putting together deals for half a dozen of the top 10 house builders at the moment, so 2011 is looking good for Plastic Surgeon.
“In addition, I am presently talking to one construction company which is also on a big push to implement rigorous supply chain management “top down” to reduce costs and administration. Meanwhile, in commercial construction there is a clear desire to push group level supply chain for “day works” contractors as they have recognized that their own regional procurement processes are weighed down with complex paperwork, tendering and process which is more suited to larger tendering processes. In short, it costs them too much money (in terms of admin) to procure low order value or low volume services.
“The irony to both the above stories is that the process of securing group frameworks can take forever to finalise, but it is worth crossing the ‘t’s and dotting the ‘i’s because everyone involved in the process then knows exactly where they stand.
“So that’s where this year is going for us, as both the public and private sectors struggle in these austere times. But on another positive note for Plastic Surgeon, we will benefit from such constraints, as it is obviously more cost-effective to repair damaged construction products rather than replace them.”
Rob Mouser, Managing Director, Plastic Surgeon