How to Manage a Business Travel Tender

Stage1First, undertake an analysis of your current business travel purchasing. Expect to make savings of between 5%-10%. Additionally, look at ways of making improvements to processes and procedures. A travel tender review is a great opportunity to instigate change.Your recommendations should be written into a “Business Case” for undertaking a travel tender.Stage 2Prepare a supplier prequalification document containing the recommendations made in stage 1. This will save you time as it eliminates the business travel suppliers who are not suited to servicing your travel tender requirements.Most travel suppliers will extol their capabilities whilst ignoring the risks to the business travel buyer. The prequalification stage helps to mitigate your risk.Stage 3, involves the design of the main business travel tender document. It must cover financial and service aspects. Most business travel suppliers or travel management companies (TMC’s) offer similar services.You want only the best fit for your own company requirements. This could be a global travel management company or a smaller niche operator. There is not a one size fits all approach and only by asking insightful and revealing questions will you confidently source a supplier best suited for your needs.Stage 4The evaluation of a travel tender requires in-depth analysis and we recommend you use a weighting system. The weighting helps to remove any subjectivity and represents the value and importance to your own company needs.The evaluation is supported with a final report highlighting the key differentiators from travel suppliers. The entire process is transparent and can be verified for auditing purposes.Stage 5, focuses on the negotiation of contract terms and conditions, designing a service level agreement containing key performance indicators, and helping with final implementation.In SummaryThe above is a simplified version of a business travel tender project plan. It can be undertaken in a few short months. Using this structure will ensure that travel tender projects are delivered on time and within budget.If you’re thinking about tendering your travel account, we can help you by either undertaking the entire project for you or coaching you through the process.If you would like to discuss how the process works in greater detail then why not get in contact with us. You’ll find our contact details at the bottom of the page.Alternatively, if you’re only thinking about a business travel tender and it’s still some way off, why not subscribe to receive our free report “Planning a Successful Business Travel Agreement”.

Plastic Roofing – A Boon to the Construction Industry!

Construction industry has changed a lot after the concept of plastic roofing has emerged. Plastic roof has made construction process lot easier and cheaper with its use. Plastic is a cheaply available material, which can be easily molded in to any shape. Who so ever got the idea to mold them into sheets to use in construction might have never thought that it would bring so much change. These roofs are simple to use flexible sheets that can be installed easily and quickly.They are used all over and commonly both in domestic as well as industrial setting. There will be many places where these will be an ideal choice than roofing with concrete or something else. Places like a garage, farmhouses, balcony, walkways, terrace garden, sitting and waiting areas, poolside sit out etc. are places that are ideal for roofing. Since you can mold these in various shapes, you can customize and make your designs according to your needs.Plastic roofing can act a protection from UV radiation and can keep you in shade. Other materials like wood, metal, asphalt etc., which were used previously, are now obsolete with the emergence of plastic roofs. Here are some of the interesting facts about plastic roofing that have made it so popular• These are very cost effective and that is the most important reason for their popularity. Plastic is cheaply available and so are the plastic roofing sheets.• Plastic roofing when compared to all other building materials is very light in weight. This makes it easy to handle and install.• They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Therefore, you can match them according to your taste and need of the surroundings.• Though they are light in weight, these plastic roofing sheets are very durable and can withstand all kinds of weather• They can protect you from harmful UV rays of the sun without blocking the visible light.• Installation is very easy and one can do it without the need of any professionals for installing them. You can cut them even with a garden scissors or an axle blade.• They are very appealing to the eyes and give life to any place where they are used.

The UK Construction Industry’s Decline

There is some bad news for those of you who step into your protective overalls for a day on the construction site every morning. Research by the Construction Products Association (CPA) has shown that the construction industry is going to continue declining for three more years. Output is expected to fall by almost ten percent this year and another four percent the following year. This forecast is much grimmer than previous reports and if this decline happens as predicted, it will be the biggest decline in 30 years.Chief executive of CPA Michael Ankers said, “The speed of decline is having a dramatic effect on many parts of the construction industry and is being driven by an unprecedented reduction in private sector investment resulting from the credit crunch and economic downturn.”The credit crunch is affecting all business sectors, particularly the motor and real estate industries, and the construction industry is certainly no exception. The house building and repair sectors are the hardest hit with house starts expected to fall to their lowest level since the fifties and maintenance and home improvements expected to fall by 15 percent this year alone.   In addition to this grim forecast, past construction output speaks volumes. In the last three months of 2008, construction output in the UK came to £19.3 billion which is £1.5 billion down from the same time period in 2007. However, the total output for 2008 was pretty much on par with the total output for 2007.Yet, construction output in some areas is likely to increase in the following years. Rail construction work should increase dramatically in the next five years; the CPA report has predicted that it will increase by 190%. In addition to this, public construction that is not housing-related will go up by over 20 percent in the next two years. Michael Ankers has asserted that the only sectors where construction output is forecast to increase are linked to public spending.Spending on construction for education is expected to increase by nearly 30 percent in the next two years, mainly thanks to the Building Schools for the Future programme. The construction industry is relying heavily on public spending during the recession. Luckily for those employed in the industry, spending on public construction projects creates significantly more employment than other sectors of the industry and mainly British products are used. This is truly the silver lining of the recession storm cloud for the industry and the well-developed British public sector is to thank for this.