A free e-tendering and online networking service for the construction industry is launching with the aim of saving contractors valuable time and money.
[UKPRwire, Mon Mar 01 2010] The website www.asktobi.com offers a completely free service to contractors and subcontractors whereby firms and organisations can place tenders on the site along with plans, documents and relevant information.
Subcontractors can log in to access all the information before speedily downloading any relevant documents and finding any necessary suppliers online before submitting a tender.
Previously similar sites, organisations and software packages have charged fees for this service which asktobi.com provides for free in a bid to speed up the tendering and contracting process.
The site is the brainchild of experienced quantity surveyor Nick Mason, from Gateshead, who was looking for a way of using online technology to encourage the construction industry to work together more effectively.
The site originally aimed to be a one-stop shop for quantity surveyors and estimators, but soon expanded to become an internet portal for the construction sector as a whole.
Nick, who has 20 years experienced in the construction and renewable energy sector, said: “Placing tenders can be a costly business when tender documents are sent out in hard copy format to selected subcontractors. Asktobi.com lets registered members place tenders online and store any documents for free.
“The site allows the complete supply chain, from quantity surveyors and building contractors to subcontractors and industry professionals, to benefit by managing projects and tenders through a virtual online community.
“As well as an e-tendering function and directory of subcontractors, the site also offers an online store for specialist quantity and building surveying publications and stationary, as well as news, jobs and weather updates.
“Many of the services offered by Asktobi are available online but this site brings them all together for the first time.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about the new free service can contact Asktobi on 0191 202 7651 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick added: “The main pull of the site is the free e-tendering service but overall the site, which will grow with its members, aims to be a portal for the construction industry. The more people use it, the more valuable it will become to them.”
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Nick Mason of Asktobi.com can be contacted for press interview by email on email@example.com, telephone on 0191 202 7651 or by mobile 07787 504 200.