Council to launch “eBay” for subcontractor work packages

Surry County Council is launching a new site subcontractor bidding site called BuildSurrey.

The site which is due to go live in February will enable subcontractors to bid in an ‘eBay style’ for work packages. The site is being developed by the council with the assistance of main contractors Morgan Sindall, Mansell and Osborne.

In order to bid for work local firms will have to register on the BuildSurrey site and be evaluated on quality of service and hold all necessary qualifications before they will be able to bid for work though the scheme.

The hope is that the site will be able to assist in boosting the local economy where main contractors require local subcontractors and trades on Surrey based contracts. This platform is intended to match main contractors with local firms able to complete the various specialist subcontractor packages available. The site will also be used as a matching service for apprenticeships.

Council bosses have insisted that work packages will be awarded on the best combination of both quality and price. Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin said: “Just like on eBay, local firms will be able to bid, with the big difference being that on our website the firm offering the best combination of price and quality will win the deal.

“Big business is always going to need help wiring a building or installing window frames and doors and there can be no better way for the council to help local firms thrive than by putting money in their bank accounts.”

Recipro sourced this article from Construction Enquirer

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