BigChange, the mobile workforce technology company, today announced that it has achieved a significant business milestone by signing up Sherwoods Building Services to its new Collaboration Network.
Sherwoods is the hundredth company to join the BigChange Collaboration Network, which was formally launched at the beginning of April. It will use the network and collaboration functionality in BigChange’s award-winning JobWatch system to manage work undertaken on its behalf by subcontractors.
Through this initiative BigChange has made it quicker and easier for organisations to find new subcontractors and manage work undertaken on their behalf by third-party partners. Jobs can be allocated at the click of a button and partners working in the field are automatically provided with all relevant information and access to the appropriate job sheets on their mobile devices. Users can track job progress with real-time updates and a complete audit trail online.
This capability has attracted users from industries including construction, facilities management, building maintenance, electrical contracting, transportation and waste management. Early adopters include Bluewater Plumbers, Pollock (Scotrans), KDE Limited and Skratch AV.
Jamie Bonner, Operations Director at Sherwoods Building Services, comments: “We are delighted to be part of the BigChange Collaboration Network. The quality of the network is terrific and the new functionality within JobWatch makes subcontractors part of the team. We can allocate work with ease and ensure our partners are able to complete each job to our desired standard with the minimum of hassle.”
Martin Port, founder and CEO of BigChange, comments: “Businesses benefit greatly from working in partnership, gaining skills and scalability to create virtual companies, deliver bigger contracts and serve new markets. Our Collaboration Network is good for contractors and subcontractors alike. We’ve taken away the pain associated with finding and managing those relationships, and eliminated the paperwork, emails and endless phone calls that frustrate this kind of collaboration.”
Research commissioned by BigChange shows that more than a quarter (27%) of all core business activities provided by UK organisations are delivered through partners. 84% of firms deliver some core business activities through third-parties already, while two thirds (64%) of businesses have increased their levels of collaboration over the last decade.