It’s not all about what you know!

I had a phone call and you know how you recognise the voice while that voice was from 40 years ago, the voice of my 1st boss when I was a trainee quantity surveying and worked in the estimating department. He sounded no different but he remembered my name from the Internet and discovered me on my businesses website.

I was invited to tender for a large job (for my business) and it turned out I was the cheapest. I satisfied all the engineers and clients due diligence requirements, created a program, and embarked on the work by this old acquaintance. The job went as smooth as silk, we met every point of the programme I had created, and we had up to 10 men on-site at any one time. Not wishing to get too detailed but the work involved the structural strengthening of a multi-storey building at Nottingham University.

The main thing I’m trying to get over is that having a good working relationship with all clients is vital and the result for my business was a job that quadrupled in size. Everyone was content from the Ove Arup structural engineers, the health and safety regime, and the project manager who made a few comments below.

Dear Stephen All of the years I’ve been carrying out the role as PM, we as a team on our site, we are really impressed with how you & your team have been conducted themselves on site with carrying out the structural concrete repairs in section 2, also how you all have set about & have tackled this project. We have already forwarded details of Resinfix, to our head office to add you on to our preferred sub – contractors list. With kind regards Geoff Thorpe Project Manager

We even ended up paying for the main contractors Christmas lunch as a goodbye thank you from my business which completed the work with perfect Christmas timing. I’m not sure that there wasn’t a bit of gentle persuasion involved? but we won’t say anything about that 😉 shall we. Stephen Quantity Surveyor Nottingham