The one serious challenge any new construction company faces is that of landing that first project because unlike other industries such as web design for example, your portfolio can only build up as a result of actual projects you land. Your best bet is to try and find some work with major construction companies by getting listed as a preferred supplier.
The SSIP umbrella organisation makes for a great channel through which to quickly and easily get onto preferred supplier lists for trade contractors, putting you in line to land some work with the major construction companies. This is important because most of the biggest construction companies with lots of projects for contractors are only willing to work with those contractors who are on the preferred suppliers list, which is totally understandable because they want to focus their attention on their core business and not have to spend time and money going through the dynamic HR processes associated with sourcing new contractors to work with.
Getting listed as a preferred supplier is a procedure which requires you to go through an assessment process with the objective being to confirm that you comply with all the regulations set forth. Naturally you will then be called upon to answer quite a few questions related to your business practices and how these fall in line with the aims and objectives of the projects undertaken by the construction companies. Construction companies need to be able to trust contractors like plasterers and roofers, so it shouldn’t be too much of a drag if you make sure to be fully compliant and demonstrate your genuine capacity to get the job done.
Part of the assessment process may also include the need for an on-site audit to be carried out by an assessor, undeniably a time-consuming process, but it’ll all be worth it once you’ve managed to get a listing as a preferred supplier.
They were perhaps all created in good faith and with the aim of making sure there is a thorough vetting process put in place, but the many different accreditation schemes in the construction industry do tend to get in each other’s way. There is some serious bureaucracy as a result, which is not a good thing at all for SMEs that are pressed for time and are eager to get the ball rolling with regards to landing that first or next project. Time wasted eats into cash flow and halts even the simplest of procedures such as organising waste management skips for the effective handling of the construction site’s waste.
The umbrella organisation which exists in the form of the SSIP facilitates mutual recognition between the many different assessment schemes and thereby simplifies the process of getting accreditation.
Your selection of an accreditation scheme should be governed by how suitable it is for your particular area and in addition to selecting one based on this fact that it covers your particular area, the costs associated with it would naturally also make for a major consideration.