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Down to Earth

A Guide to the Commercial and contractual aspects to running a business

The 23 papers that this guide provides are available to reflect (i) members trading with consumers (domestic market), (ii) 'JCT' style contracting (iii), NEC contracts.

The papers provides a brief training guide highlighting issues members should either be aware about or beware of. A list of contents follows, as does a freely available download which serves as a sample as to Down to Earth’s content and style. 

Members can request further papers, stating whether Consumer, JCT or NEC is required. These are ‘free’. Please contact the Commercial and Contracts Department secretary.

Businesses have been built on the advice this book contains and if implemented the advice will help contractor’s manage themselves more profitably.

Down to Earth

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Down to Earth - Consumer Trading

Consumer Trading Guide Sept 2020
Paper 1 - Introduction  Sept 2020
Paper 2 - Jargon Sept 2020
Paper 3 - Obtaining work Sept 2020
Paper 4 - Tendering - Making the offer Sept 2020
Paper 5 - Order, acceptance, risk & contract Sept 2020
Paper 6 - Contract documents Sept 2020
Paper 7 - Pre start Sept 2020
Paper 8 - Commencement Sept 2020
Paper 9 - Relationships Sept 2020
Paper 10 - Labour Sept 2020
Paper 11 - Materials Sept 2020
Paper 12 - Plant Sept 2020
Paper 13 - (sub) subcontractors Sept 2020
Paper 14 - Changes Sept 2020
Paper 15 - Fluctuations Sept 2020
Paper 16 - Delays Sept 2020
Paper 17 - Management Accounts Sept 2020
Paper 18 - Site meetings & progress Sept 2020
Paper 19 - The Construction Act Sept 2020
Paper 20 - Cashflow Sept 2020
Paper 21 - Insolvency Sept 2020
Paper 22 - Disputes Sept 2020
Paper 23 - Insurances Sept 2020
Paper 24 - O&M and H&S Files Sept 2020
Paper 25 - Final account Sept 2020

Down to Earth - JCT

Paper 1 - Introduction  Sept 2020
Paper 2 - Jargon Sept 2020
Paper 3 - Obtaining work & Marketing Sept 2020
Paper 4 - Tendering - Making the offer Sept 2020
Paper 5 - Order, acceptance, risk & contract Sept 2020
Paper 6 - Contract documents Sept 2020
Paper 7 - Pre start Sept 2020
Paper 8 - Commencement on site Sept 2020
Paper 9 - Relationships Sept 2020
Paper 10 - Labour Sept 2020
Paper 11 - Materials Sept 2020
Paper 12 - Plant Sept 2020
Paper 13 - (sub) subcontractors Sept 2020
Paper 14 - Changes & Variations Sept 2020
Paper 15 - Fluctuations (Inflation & Risk) Sept 2020
Paper 16 - Delays, disruptions, EOT & Reimbursements Sept 2020
Paper 17 - Management Accounts Sept 2020
Paper 18 - Site meetings & progress Sept 2020
Paper 19 - The Construction Act Sept 2020
Paper 20 - Cashflow Sept 2020
Paper 21 - Insolvency Sept 2020
Paper 22 - Disputes Sept 2020
Paper 23 - Insurances Sept 2020
Paper 24 - Retention, O&M and H&S Files Sept 2020
Paper 25 - Final account & defect rectification Sept 2020
Paper 26 - Feedback & Profitability Sept 2020

Down to Earth - NEC3

Paper 1 - Introduction  Sept 2020
Paper 2 - Jargon Sept 2020
Paper 3 - Obtaining work  Sept 2020
Paper 4 - Tendering - Making the NEC offer Sept 2020
Paper 5 - Order, acceptance, risk & contract Sept 2020
Paper 6 - Contract documents Sept 2020
Paper 7 - Pre start Sept 2020
Paper 8 - Commencement  Sept 2020
Paper 9 - NEC Relationships Sept 2020
Paper 10 - Labour Sept 2020
Paper 11 - Plant & Materials Sept 2020
Paper 12 - Equipment Sept 2020
Paper 13 - (sub) subcontractors Sept 2020
Paper 14 - Compensation Events & Surveying Sept 2020
Paper 15 - Fluctuations  Sept 2020
Paper 16 - Extensions of Time - Outside of the Compensation Event Mechanisms Sept 2020
Paper 17 - Management Accounts Sept 2020
Paper 18 - Meetings & progress Sept 2020
Paper 19 - The Construction Act Sept 2020
Paper 20 - Cashflow Sept 2020
Paper 21 - Insolvency Sept 2020
Paper 22 - Disputes Sept 2020
Paper 23 - Insurances Sept 2020
Paper 24 - Retention & Summary Sept 2020
Paper 25 - Final NEC Account Sept 2020
Paper 26 - Feedback Sept 2020

Down to Earth - NEC4

Paper 1 - Introduction Sept 2020
Paper 2 - Jargon Sept 2020
Paper 3 - Obtaining work  Sept 2020
Paper 4 - Tendering - Making the NEC offer Sept 2020
Paper 5 - Order, acceptance, risk & contract Sept 2020
Paper 6 - Contract documents Sept 2020
Paper 7 - Pre start Sept 2020
Paper 8 - Commencement  Sept 2020
Paper 9 - NEC Relationships Sept 2020
Paper 10 - People Sept 2020
Paper 11 - Plant & Materials Sept 2020
Paper 12 - Equipment Sept 2020
Paper 13 - (sub) subcontractors Sept 2020
Paper 14 - Compensation Events & Surveying Sept 2020
Paper 15 - Fluctuations  Sept 2020
Paper 16 - Extensions of Time - Outside of the Compensation Event Mechanisms Sept 2020
Paper 17 - Delays, Disruptions, EOT & Reimbursements Sept 2020
Paper 18 - Management Accounts Sept 2020
Paper 19 - Meetings & progress Sept 2020
Paper 20 - The Construction Act Sept 2020
Paper 21 - Cashflow Sept 2020
Paper 22 - Insolvency Sept 2020
Paper 23 - Disputes Sept 2020
Paper 24 - Insurances Sept 2020

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