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Commercial, Contracts & CSR

The ECA’s Commercial, Contracts & CSR team provides support and advice relating to key aspects of contractual business matters in both commercial and domestic settings.  From pre-qualification, tendering, contract reviews, to conditions of payment, the ECA provides guidance for its members with templates, guides and a dedicated helpline. Information on the ECA Assurance schemes and guidance on CSR can also be found here. 

 

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VAT Reverse Charging

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Brexit Guidance

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Payment, contracts and disputes

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Commercial Best Practices

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Business Management

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ECA Guarantee, Warranty, Bond & Assurance Schemes

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Guidance

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IR35 Tax Rule Changes

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    For any enquiries relating to Commerical & Contracts please contact the department on the details below:

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    VAT Reverse Charging - What you need to know

    In March 2021, there will be a seismic change in the administration of VAT. Click below to learn about the upcoming changes.

    Insolvency (Guidance) Mar 2020
       
    Paper G - Competition Law
    This guidance note is a summary of the risks and considerations businesses should
    acknowledge and adhere to when trading, in order to remain compliant with competition law.
    Jul 2019
       
    Loaning of Labour
    This guidance is targeted at those Members who wish to enter into an agreement whereby
    they engage labour from another Member for a set period or project.
    Jul 2019
       
    ECA Tender Check & Pre-Contract Checklist
    This is a checklist to ensure all the essential matters have been considered before
    committing to an Agreement. A joint publication with BESA.
    Jun 2019
       
    Cash Flow 2016
    This guidance leaflet considers how to manage and control both income and
    expenditure to ensure there is sufficient short term finance available to meet short term obligations. 
    Apr 2017
       
    ECA Basics of Contract 
    The practical constituent parts of entering into a contract. A joint publication from
    the ECA and BESA.
    Mar 2017
       
    ECA Guidance on Collateral Warranty
    Guidance which introduces and explains what a Collateral Warranty means.
    Mar 2017
       
    ECA Getting Paid  
       
    ECA Insolvency Summary leaflet 
    This leaflet identifies issues that can be considered before ‘allowing’ your
    business to become a victim of either upstream or downstream insolvency.
     
       
    ECA Protecting Profit
    A series of hints and tips that can be applied easily to any business in
    order to retain hard earned profits.
     
       
    Negotiating Tips for Success
    Some pointers that anyone can do to help achieve deliver a deal that both
    parties can feel satisfied by.
     
       
    JTC - Reverse Charge VAT 
    A presentation from Liz Bridge from the Joint Taxation Committee (JTC)
     
       
    ECA Guidance on Collateral Warranty
    Guidance which introduces and explains what a Collateral Warranty means
    Mar 2017
       
    Late Payment of Commercial Debt Regulations
    A joint publication with the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association).
    Mar 2017
       
    ECA Making Payment Practices Publicly Available
    A summary document explaining the Reporting of Payment Practices and Reporting Regulations 2017.
    Feb 2017
       
    ECA Construction Act Payment  Mar 2017
       
    ECA - The New Construction Act Flow Chart Mar 2017
       
    Late Payment of Commercial Debt Regulations
    A joint publication with the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association).
    Mar 2017
       
    The Construction Act with visible ammendments Mar 2017
       
    ECA - Making Payment Practices Publicly Available
    A summary document explaining the Reporting of Payment Practices and Reporting Regulations 2017.
    Mar 2017
       
    Insolvency Guide Mar 2019
       
    Late Payment of Commercial Debt Regulations
    A joint publication with the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association).
    Mar 2017
       
    Training & Guidance on Reverse Charge VAT 
    Training & Guidance on Reverse Charge VAT for Construction Businesses with JTC
    Jun 2019
       
    VAT Reverse Charge Letter - supply chain partners Jan 2020
       
    JTC - Reverse Charge VAT 
    A presentation from Liz Bridge from the Joint Taxation Committee (JTC)
     
       
    Reverse Charge - Cash Flow Model  
       
    VAT Reverse Charge - Subcontractor Letter Template  
       
    Training and Guidance on Reverse Charge VAT for Construction Businesses  
       
    Reverse Charge VAT - Simple Cash Flow Calculator