Working for equitable contracts and fair payment terms

CCS Services

The Confederation’s role in supporting its members includes the provision of services through an Associate member community, partnerships, collaborations, and in some cases formal joint-operations. To complement our training portfolio and campaigning efforts we also offer a range of services designed specifically to mirror the needs of construction specialists.

We seek, in all such agreements, to offer a structured and relevant resource of ‘value-added’ services to provide optimum impact for none or minimal levels of investment. The services offered reflect this with certain services being free, others at a discounted rate for members and yet more on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

On-demand analysis notes

The on-demand analysis note is, as the name suggests, an ‘immediate’ resource (typically 72 hour turn-around) that provides members with a clause by clause analysis of a specific set of received contract terms and conditions. From JCT, NEC3/4 or bespoke contracts, the team of Confederation dedicated Associate members can assess detail and report on the onerous terms often found hidden inside the complicated contracts from Main Contractors.

To ensure that Confederation members are provided with the latest information and approaches being taken with BIM the organisation has aligned itself with BIM4SME, a leading entity in the development of BIM skills and knowledge within the Construction sector.

Credit checking

Conscientious business practice includes knowing who you are dealing with on a financial basis. Ignoring the financial profile or credit worthiness of a business partner could potentially give rise to a series of problems that can impact negatively on a specific project or worse still your entire business.

The Confederation has created a collaborative agreement with Top Service, a leading provider of credit data, to give Confederation members free access to a comprehensive credit checking capability. This service is typically offered ‘on demand’ to members resulting in a prompt turn-around time of (usually) less than one working day.

Legal Advice & Guidance

The provision of a telephone based service for our members giving them access to free expert legal advice on all contractual matters relating, most often, to a recently received contract

 Covering JCT, NEC3, and bespoke contracts our team of legal professionals are able to provide contemporary and relevant information about your contractual questions.

Training funding and grants

Maximising a return on investment and the benefits achieved from training has seldom been more critical. The Confederation, in collaboration with CITB, provides advice and assistance in accessing all applicable funding and grant frameworks that are available to suitably qualified organisations.

Insurance and warranties

The provision of quality securely underwritten insurance policies that provide coverage for your organisation and its employees is an essential ingredient in today’s modern construction projects. The Confederation recognises the need for a specialist insurance service offering sustainable and affordable insurance products is a vital element of the service our members seek.

To fulfill this need, the Confederation of Construction Specialists established a collaborative deal with the Construction Specialists Insurance Bureau (CSIB). An organisation that focuses entirely on the specialists' sector providing a suite of suitable cost-effective insurance and warranty services and other associated products.

Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions should be amongst the first legal documents that any contractor puts in place. However, it is clear that many companies never clearly set out the terms and conditions on which they want to trade.

Having a well-drafted set of terms and conditions will fully protect a company's position should any problems arise. This is why the Confederation has negotiated a special Confederation Terms and Conditions Package with a leading consultancy for our members.

The package consists of:

  • Initial consultation to identify the company's operations, how they do it and any issues encountered A review of the company's quotation process, together with advice on best practice to ensure contracts are formed effectively
  • A bespoke set of terms and conditions drafted to suit the company's busines
  • A second consultation to discuss, amend and explain the company's terms and conditions 
  • A standard order acknowledgment letter to ensure that contracts are on the company's terms whenever possible

Terms of application

  1. We/I hereby apply for Associate Membership of the Confederation of Construction Specialists.
  2. We/I understand that Associate Membership does not confer voting rights under the Confederation’s constitution.
  3. We/I understand that when the Confederation refers a member company to an Associate, any advice or help given is under the Associate’s own PI Insurance.
  4. We/I agree that this application will not be approved until the Management Committee has been granted an opportunity to comment on the application.
  5. We/I undertake to fully comply with and be bound by the Constitution and Code of Practice on admission to membership of the Confederation.
  6. We/I have understand that notice of intended resignation from membership must be provided, in writing, to the Confederation’s administrative office at least two months in advance of the membership renewal date.
  7. We/I have noted that as an Associate Member we/I will pay the annual subscription of £270 + VAT.

Terms of application

  1. We/I hereby apply for Contractor Membership of the Confederation of Construction Specialists.
  2. We/I understand that Contractor Membership confers voting rights under the Confederation’s constitution.
  3. We/I understand that when the Confederation refers a member company to an Associate, any advice or help given is under the Associate’s own PI Insurance.
  4. We/I agree that this application will not be approved until the Management Committee has been granted an opportunity to comment on the application.
  5. We/I undertake to fully comply with and be bound by the Constitution and Code of Practice on admission to membership of the Confederation.
  6. We/I have understand that notice of intended resignation from membership must be provided, in writing, to the Confederation’s administrative office at least two months in advance of the membership renewal date.
  7. We/I have noted that as a Contractor Member we/I will pay the annual subscription according to the turnover bands shown below. (Select one.)