How it started - identifying a common problem
I started Groundupcontracting.co.uk as a freelance commercial consultant working on infrastructure projects for different clients; both big and small. This experience highlighted two key things. The first was that the fundamentals are the same wherever you go. The second was that many small and medium sized businesses in the sector, especially those just starting out, were in need of some contractual guidance. The same problems kept coming up and many of these originated from gaps in fundamental contract knowledge and strategy.
While undertaking a Masters degree in Construction Law, I noticed that an understanding of contract law principles is key to success in construction but also that these core principles are not that complicated. This knowledge, however, rarely trickles down to the construction companies on the ground; especially SMEs. Most of the learning available seems to target white collar professionals and loading up knowledge in the same circles.
The solution to this problem is to fill the gap - i.e. to provide a service that gives those working in construction practical guidance on the contract fundamentals.
This has been split into two services:
Free content at the Contract Hub and Youtube. This ranges from very basic material to more complex issues.
A unique training course - The Contract Reset. This combines industry experience and principles learned at Msc level and converts them into a practical and engaging course. The aim is impact and for attendees to come out with a fresh outlook and approach to contracts that will guide them going forward.
Who would benefit from the site?
Anyone looking to understand the fundamentals in construction contracts. However, content is specifically aimed at small and medium sized companies in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors (from tradespeople to fully fledged construction firms) looking to:
Gain an understanding of construction and contract law fundamentals via guidance that is grounded in real-life scenarios.
Gain access to useful tools and templates.
If you are looking to gain an understanding of construction contracts or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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