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Last edited 13 Jan 2021
Companies in the construction industry are facing increasing pressure to maintain a competitive advantage, while minimising costs and harnessing new technologies. In a heavily saturated market, technology adoption is surprisingly low. In fact, construction is the second least digitised industry in the world (after agriculture). Companies – both large and small (from contractors, to consultants, to trades, and even clients) – are constantly seeking ways to enhance productivity and profitability, and most importantly, to connect with the people and skills they most need. That’s why any new technology has to earn its keep. It needs to be easy to use, demonstrate measurable value and show positive return on investment (ROI).
Copronet (formerly called TenderSpace – an RICS Tech Affiliate) launced on Monday 4th February 2019, and will give the construction industry a new way to connect, collaborate and grow. The no/low cost online platform has been designed to transform the way the industry works, offering a single hub where people, tools and projects can come together.
Copronet is aimed at everyone in construction – trades, contractors, project managers, clients, architects, specialists, building firms and enterprise-level businesses. At its heart is a network that allows members to find and connect with relevant professionals from all parts of the industry.
It also offers a new way to find work, with over 150,000 projects listed. The suite of built-in tools allows users to access project management, time tracking, credit rating reports, and more, within the site. The result is a standalone platform from which to do business, run projects and showcase work.
Built by the construction industry for the construction industry, Copronet’s creators, Emma and David Stapleton, were inspired by their own experiences within the sector, including struggles to find specialists, a lack of transparency, and the shortcomings and frustrations of existing networking sites.
David said: “A big part of this was making sure Copronet was accessible to everyone. We believe everyone should have access to the best technology without having to worry about the cost, so there will always be a free plan for Copronet. And our pricing for other plans will always be affordable.”
A key feature is that each person’s network is kept private. No one else can see their connections. This is particularly important in construction where professionals spend years building up their little ‘black book’.
Business risk is always an issue in construction, with even big names running into difficulty. So Pro Plan users will appreciate the four credit checks per month and the alerts that warn of possible business risks relating to companies they’re involved with.
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