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    Building firms 'rigged contracts'

    According to the BBC....

    "The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has accused 112 construction companies of rigging bids for contracts.

    It said the firms colluded among themselves while bidding for contracts, leading to customers, such as local authorities, having to pay too much.

    The regulator added that in a few cases firms entered into agreements whereby the successful tenderer would pay a sum of money to those that lost out.

    It said 40 firms had admitted price fixing, and 37 had asked for leniency.

    The cartel practice involved the use of false invoices.

    Construction giants Balfour Beatty and Carillion are among those the OFT accuses of taking part. "

    I wonder how many are/were involved in BSF bids?

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    Indeed, and I wonder if this practice is restricted to the building industry?

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    Not exactly surprising. Especially Carillion - absolute scum from what I've seen of them. (Note, this is a personal opinion).

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not exactly surprising. Especially Carillion - absolute scum from what I've seen of them. (Note, this is a personal opinion).
    Oh dear, Carillion are building our BSF school at the moment.

    What are the bad things you have seen of them? (Want to prepare myself for what's going on)

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    The Companies.

    1. A. H. Willis & Sons Limited
    2. ARG (Mansfield) Limited
    3. Ackroyd & Abbott Limited together with its subsidiary Ackroyd &
    Abbott Construction Limited
    4. Adam Eastwood & Sons Limited together with its controlling party
    the Sir John Eastwood Foundation
    5. Admiral Construction Limited together with (for alleged
    infringements from 31 October 2003) its ultimate parent company A C
    Holdings Limited
    6. Adonis Construction Limited
    7. Allenbuild Limited and Bullock Construction Limited together with
    their ultimate parent company Renew Holdings plc
    8. Apollo Property Services Group Limited formerly known as Apollo
    London Limited together with its former ultimate parent company Apollo
    Holdco Limited formerly known as Apollo Group Holdings Limited
    9. Arthur M. Griffiths & Sons Limited
    10. B & A Construction (Leicester) Limited
    11. Baggaley & Jenkins Limited
    12. Balfour Beatty Construction Limited, Balfour Beatty Refurbishment
    Limited, and Balfour Beatty Group Limited (for alleged infringements
    from 2000 onwards) and Mansell Construction Services Limited (for
    alleged infringements from 19 December 2003), together with their
    current ultimate parent company Balfour Beatty plc. For alleged
    infringements involving Mansell prior to 19 December 2003, Mansell and
    its former ultimate parent company Mansell plc
    13.Ballast Nedam N.V. as the ultimate parent company of its dissolved
    subsidiary Ballast plc
    14.Beaufort Construction (S-in-A) Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Beaufort Holdings U.K. Limited
    15.Bodill & Sons (Contractors) Limited
    16.Bowmer & Kirkland Limited together with its subsidiaries B & K
    Building Services Limited and B & K Property Services Limited
    17.Bramall Construction Limited and Frank Haslam Milan & Company
    Limited together with their current ultimate parent company Keepmoat
    Limited, formerly known as Keepmoat plc
    18.C. J. Ellmore & Company Limited
    19.Caddick Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Caddick Group plc
    20.Carillion JM Limited
    21.Chase Norton Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Chase Midland plc
    22.Clegg Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Clegg Group Limited formerly known as D E Clegg Holdings
    Limited
    23.Connaught Partnerships Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Connaught plc
    24.Crown Point Maintenance Group Limited as the ultimate parent
    company of its dissolved subsidiary Greenwood Building Contractors
    (Mansfield) Limited, for Greenwood's alleged infringements after 11
    June 2002
    25.Davlyn Construction Limited
    26.Derwent Valley Construction Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Chevin Holdings Limited
    27.Dukeries Building Company Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Gavco 159 Limited
    28.Durkan Pudelek Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Durkan Holdings Limited
    29.E. G. Carter & Company Limited
    30.E. Manton Limited
    31.E. Taylor & Sons (Southwell) Limited, trading as Carmalor Construction
    32.F. Parkinson Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Mowbray Holdings Limited
    33.Francis Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Barrett Estates Services Limited
    34.Frank Galliers Limited together with its former ultimate parent
    company Frank Galliers Holdings Limited
    35.Frudd Construction Limited
    36.GAJ Construction Limited together with its current ultimate parent
    company GAJ (Holdings) Limited
    37.G Carter Construction Limited
    38.G. F. Tomlinson Building Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company G. F. Tomlinson Group Limited
    39.G G Middleton and Sons Limited
    40.G. & J. Seddon Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Seddon Group Limited
    41.GMI Construction Group plc together with (for alleged infringements
    after 6 February 2005) its current ultimate parent company GMI
    Construction Holdings plc
    42.Geo Houlton & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Geo Houlton & Sons (Holdings) Limited
    43.George Law Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Bosworth & Wakeford Limited
    44.Greswolde Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Mantisson Limited
    45.Hall Construction Group Limited
    46.Harlow & Milner Limited
    47.Harold Adkin & Sons (Sutton-In-Ashfield) Limited
    48.Harper Group Construction Limited and J. Harper & Sons (Leominster)
    Limited together with their ultimate parent company Harper Group plc
    49.Haymills (Contractors) Limited together with (for alleged
    infringements prior to 26 May 2004) its former ultimate parent company
    Corringway Conclusions plc and (for alleged infringements after 26 May
    2004) its current ultimate parent company Haymills Group Limited
    50.Henry Boot Construction (UK) Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Henry Boot plc
    51.Herbert Baggaley Construction Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Baggaley Group Limited
    52.Hill Bros. (Nottingham) Limited
    53.Hobson & Porter Limited
    54.Holroyd Construction Limited together with (for alleged
    infringements prior to 30 March 2005) its former ultimate parent
    company Holderness Investments Limited and (for alleged infringements
    after 30 March 2005) its current ultimate parent company Holroyd
    Construction Group Limited
    55.Interclass Public Limited Company together with its ultimate parent
    company Interclass Holdings Limited
    56.Interserve Project Services Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Interserve plc
    57.Irwins Limited and Jack Lunn (Construction) Limited together with
    their ultimate parent company Jack Lunn (Holdings) Limited
    58.J. Guest Limited
    59.J H Hallam (Contracts) Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company J H Hallam (R & J) Limited
    60.J. J. & A. R. Jackson Limited
    61.J. J. McGinley Limited, together with its former ultimate parent
    company McGinley Holdings Limited
    62.John Cawley Limited
    63.John Sisk & Son Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Sicon Limited
    64.K. J. Bryan (Builders) Limited
    65.Kier Regional Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Kier Group plc
    66.Lemmeleg Limited together with its ultimate parent company Rok plc
    67.Lindum Construction Co. Limited and Lindum Homes Limited together
    with their ultimate parent company Lindum Group Limited
    68.Linford Group Limited together with its ultimate parent company F.
    & E. V. Linford Limited
    69.Loach Construction & Development Limited
    70.Lotus Construction Limited
    71.Milward Construction (Belper) Limited
    72.Morgan Ashurt plc formerly known as Bluestone Plc together with its
    ultimate parent company Morgan Sindall plc
    73.North Midland Construction plc
    74.P D H Developments Limited (formerly trading as G. Hurst & Sons
    (Contractors) Limited) together with its ultimate parent company G.
    Hurst & Sons Limited
    75.P. Casey & Co. Limited together with its current ultimate parent
    company The Casey Group Limited
    76.P. Waller Limited
    77.Pearce Construction (Midlands) Limited together with its former
    ultimate parent company Crest Nicholson plc
    78.Peter Baines Limited
    79.Phoenix Contracts (Leicester) Limited
    80.Piper Construction Midlands Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Piper Securities Holdings Limited
    81.Propencity Group Limited together with its wholly owned subsidiary
    companies, ISG Jackson Limited, ISG Regions Limited formerly known as
    ISG Totty Limited, ISG Totty Building Limited and Propencity Limited
    82.Quarmby Construction Company Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company St James Securities Holdings Limited
    83.Quarmby Construction (Special Projects) Limited together with its
    ultimate parent company Justgrade Limited
    84.R Durtnell & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    R Durtnell & Sons (Holdings) Limited
    85.R. G. Carter Limited, R. G. Carter Building Limited and R. G.
    Carter Construction Limited together with their current ultimate
    parent company R. G. Carter Holdings Limited
    86.Richardson Projects Limited
    87.Robert Bruce Construction Limited
    88.Robert Woodhead Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Robert Woodhead Holdings Limited
    89.Robinson & Sawdon Limited
    90.Shaylor Construction Limited
    91.Simons Construction Limited and Wrights Construction (Lincoln)
    Limited together with their ultimate parent company Simons Group
    Limited
    92.Sol Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company
    Barkbury Limited
    93.Speller-Metcalfe Limited
    94.Spicers (Builders) Limited
    95.Stainforth Construction Limited
    96.Strata Construction Limited (formerly trading as Weaver)
    97.T. & C. Williams (Builders) Limited
    98.T. Denman & Sons (Melton Mowbray) Limited
    99.Thomas Fish & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Fish Holdings Limited
    100.Thomas Long & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Radford Holdings Limited
    101.Thomas Vale Construction Plc together with its ultimate parent
    company Thomas Vale Holdings Limited
    102.Thorndyke Limited
    103.Try Accord Limited and Galliford Try Construction Limited together
    with their ultimate parent company Galliford Try plc
    104.W. R. Bloodworth & Sons Limited
    105.Wiggett Bros & Co Limited
    106.Wildgoose Construction Limited
    107.William Sapcote and Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Sapcote Holdings Limited
    108.William Woodsend Limited
    109.Willmott Dixon Construction Limited together with its ultimate
    parent company Willmott Dixon Limited
    110.Wright (Hull) Limited together with its ultimate parent company T.
    Wright & Son (Holdings) Limited
    111.Wygar Construction Co Limited together with its ultimate parent
    company Wygar (Holdings) Limited
    112.York House Construction Limited[/quote]

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    The above was courtesy of the OSC / SF-UK list ...

    Folks are compiling a list of those involved in BSF it seems ... it should make interesting reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    Oh dear, Carillion are building our BSF school at the moment.

    What are the bad things you have seen of them? (Want to prepare myself for what's going on)
    The experience I have with them is that they only care about 1 thing - profit. If screwing people over will make them more money, or forcing small businesses out of business etc... Or leaving an entire section of a town derelict.

    They have chosen the route of 'do whatever it takes' rather than the thinking 'please people and they'll come back for more'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    The experience I have with them is that they only care about 1 thing - profit. If screwing people over will make them more money, or forcing small businesses out of business etc... Or leaving an entire section of a town derelict.

    They have chosen the route of 'do whatever it takes' rather than the thinking 'please people and they'll come back for more'.
    A few people here have read the story now and are rather worried about it all.

    The new school is meant to be ready for September and open to us (ICT Techs) around July to start moving things.

    I suppose we can get a first look at it and decide if we should jump ship :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    According to the BBC....

    "The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has accused 112 construction companies of rigging bids for contracts.

    It said the firms colluded among themselves while bidding for contracts, leading to customers, such as local authorities, having to pay too much.

    The regulator added that in a few cases firms entered into agreements whereby the successful tenderer would pay a sum of money to those that lost out.

    It said 40 firms had admitted price fixing, and 37 had asked for leniency.

    The cartel practice involved the use of false invoices.

    Construction giants Balfour Beatty and Carillion are among those the OFT accuses of taking part. "

    I wonder how many are/were involved in BSF bids?
    Let's hope the OFT hands out some record microsoftEU-sized fines for these construction scumbags.

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    I liked the comment in todays Sun newspaper;

    "Can we fix it!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    Let's hope the OFT hands out some record microsoftEU-sized fines for these construction scumbags.
    Or will it be like the Saudi thing? Quietly swept aside as fining them all will damage the projects that they are all involved in, namely hospitals, schools, prisons/detention centres etc...

    It is likely that a few may be made example of, but I can see it back-firing, as they will simply increase all their prices to cover any fines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not exactly surprising. Especially Carillion - absolute scum from what I've seen of them. (Note, this is a personal opinion).
    Hmmm, please get your facts right before you embarrass yourself. You will notice the entry for Carillion is Carillion JM. This infact is not Carillion, but Mowlem! Carillion purchased Mowlem 2 years ago and the problems were in Mowlem.

    Unless you have proof of malpractice against this company you keep your opinions to yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by cap1601 View Post
    Unless you have proof of malpractice against this company you keep your opinions to yourself
    ... This company that you work for, I assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cap1601 View Post
    Unless you have proof of malpractice against this company you keep your opinions to yourself
    Welcome to the Internet, it doesn't work like that round here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutToLunch View Post
    ... This company that you work for, I assume.
    Likely considering they just signed up.



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