Constructionline and @UK PLC sign cooperation agreement

Jun 28, 2006
Constructionline, Government's register of local and national pre-qualified suppliers has signed a memorandum of understanding with @UK PLC setting out how both parties will work together for the benefit of public bodies and their supplier community.

The agreement will make it easier for the increasing number of local authorities and other public bodies using the @UK network for e-procurement to access pre-qualified suppliers. Benefits to public bodies include improved efficiency, streamlining the procurement process in a procedure free to buyers, with reassurance that all pre-qualified suppliers of goods and services have been assessed to standards endorsed by the OGC and other industry leaders.

Warwick Gooch, Business Director, Capita Business Services said, “There is a major focus currently on giving public bodies access to their suppliers for both online ordering and the receipt of electronic invoices. There is also the additional focus of ensuring all suppliers used for construction related contracts meet pre-qualification standards.”

“This new relationship gives @UK buyers access to Constructionline’s database of pre-qualified construction suppliers, removing the need for procurers to collect and assess numerous pre-qualification forms. This reduces the need for suppliers to complete duplicate pre-qualification forms for every public sector tender. In addition, the joint initiative provides @UK suppliers with a major selling tool, enabling them to display the Constructionline logo on their @UK website and to be designated as ‘Constructionline pre-qualified’ within the @UK system. This agreement of co-operation represents yet another significant win for our customers and a step closer to our mission to reduce duplication in construction procurement. We are excited with the possibilities it will bring.”

Over 12,600 contractors and consultants, ranging from sole traders and small specialist firms to large multi-nationals, are already registered with Constructionline and this initiative is expected to grow the number further. It is important to stress that the process does not exclude authorities from supporting local firms and SMEs; indeed their introduction to Constructionline allows small firms to seek many new public sector clients. With 1,500 plus buying centres across the UK registered with Constructionline, ranging from large central government departments and agencies to Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Universities and NHS Trusts, there is a huge ready-made potential customer base.
Chris Hoar, Commercial Director of @UK PLC said “As I come from a construction industry background myself, there was never a question in my mind as to the benefit of our two organisations working together. I am overjoyed that we have managed to come to such a positive arrangement which @UK will be promoting straightaway with our supplier base. The twin benefits of having a trading website capable of receiving orders and raising electronic invoices and having Constructionline pre-qualification will make our member suppliers very attractive indeed to the public sector. Our objective has always been to use e-commerce processes to benefit both suppliers and their clients. This agreement is yet another logical expansion of our services to both”