We get a lot of people calling us and asking about ConstructionLine; so, it seemed only fitting that we broke it down a bit and, hopefully, provide you with a bit of information to help you decide if you want to go for this accreditation.
ConstructionLine is a Government-run scheme, which collects, assesses and monitors your standard company information. It is the largest pre-qualification database in the UK and the UK's leading procurement and supply chain management service.
ConstructionLine looks at a range of aspects of your business from financials, to operational processes, i.e. health & safety. It looks at compliance issues, which apply to the work you undertake. The ConstructionLine questionnaire will only ask for information that is relevant to your business, e.g. be it contractors, consultants, suppliers, manufacturers etc.
ConstructionLine is used by a lot of larger companies/contractors e.g. NHS Trust, Councils, Places for People (examples taken from the ConstructionLine website). These larger companies/contractors use ConstructionLine to pre-qualify your business and you ability to carry out a project.
Being accredited with ConstructionLine also means you will no longer need to frequently duplicate your standard company information for each construction tender - saving you time and money.
There are over 8,000 procurement professionals and 2,500 buying organisations that use the ConstructionLine database to source their contractors and consultants, which means it is a fantastic aid to promote your business and gain new work opportunities.
ConstructionLine doesn't just assess your health & safety; it also looks at finances, training etc. So, some of the bits you'll need are:
These are only a few bits that you'll need, we don't want to bore you with long lists - if you want more information on what ConstructionLine will require, a registration criteria is provided on their website.
There's no denying it, there is going to be some cost involved, but the return will definitely outweigh the cost. ConstructionLine has a joining fee, then a subsequent annual fee. If you go to their website, there is a table with the costs broken down for you.
In terms of time, it will take as long as you want it to, in terms of you collating the information you need. If you've got more information to produce and collect, then it's going to take you longer than if you've already got some organisation in place.
Being a small business isn't a problem when applying for the accreditation. Over half of their supplier members have a turnover of less than £1,000,000; however, more and more buyers are looking to work with smaller businesses. If you're a small business that's looking to grow, then being ConstructionLine accredited can help you to open up more doors and win the bigger contracts you've not been apply to tender for previously.
So, what are the benefits of being accredited? As we've already said, over 2,500 buyers use ConstructionLine to source their contractors or consultants, which will open up more opportunities for you to work with them.
You'll also be instantly recognised as aligning with government and industry standards, making you a more viable choice when tendering against those that don't hold an accreditation.
Once approved, you'll have access to ConstructionLine's Opportunities Notice Board. This will give you alerts on construction projects, which are related to your expertise - from minor works to large framework agreements.
Along with that, ConstructionLine provide free regional and national 'Meet the Buyers' events, giving you a chance to meet and network with the key decision makers for the larger firms.
ConstructionLine also offer exclusive discounts with their partners (for more details, see the ConstructionLine website).
No one is perfect and not everyone will pass on the first go. People can fail on a range of things; from out of date accounts, to no signature on the health & safety policy.
For many applicants, ConstructionLine can be an overwhelming and prolonged process, but many find that the rewards far surpass the setbacks the application may cause. If you're considering going for the accreditation, or you're struggling with the application, we can provide you with assistance with the application and becoming accredited with ConstructionLine.
By James Murphy
I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?
If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.
Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.
Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.
To download and install Open Office;