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$20m Construction Furore Shows Contractor Bill Need

05 21st, 2014

THE Government was yesterday urged to implement procurement policies consistent with best international practices, a leading contractor charging that there was absolutely nothing in place to protect the public’s investment. Stephen Wrinkle, president of Wrinkle Development Company, told Tribune Business that the recent furore over the Christie administration’s decision to award a $20 million contract […]

Residents Graduate From Nema Course

05 21st, 2014

ABOUT 30 residents graduated from a Safer Building Code Course held on Cat Island, where most of the homes were severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The three-week course was held by the National Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency along with the Bahamas Technical and […]

Palm Cay Wins Top Contractor Award

05 21st, 2014

PALM Cay, the $200 million eastern New Providence gated community and marina, has been awarded the first ever Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA)’Developer of the Year’ award. “Palm Cay has illustrated its commitment to creating opportunities for Bahamian contractors,” said BCA president, Godfrey Forbes. “Palm Cay nudged out two other competitors to win this award, which […]

‘Worst Time’ For 12-15% Vat Cost Rise

05 21st, 2014

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday said Value-Added Tax (VAT) “could not have come at a worse time”, given that it was forecast to increase construction costs by up to 12-15 per cent. Godfrey Forbes urged the Government to delay the new tax’s implementation by two-three years, as businesses – both inside and outside […]

Construction Sector In A ‘Dismal Situation’

05 21st, 2014

THE Bahamas’ construction sector appears to be in a “dismal situation” according to one local contractor, charging that “prohibitively expensive” closing costs have caused the demand for new home construction to dwindle significantly. Stating that, “It’s not a rosy picture at all” Stephen Wrinkle, immediate past president of the Bahamian Contractor’s Association (BCA) noted that […]

BTVI partners with Bahamian Contractors Association in training.

10 1st, 2013

With the need to provide training to local contractors on current trends including technology and legal aspects facing construction company management, 18 people are participating in the fifth and final cohort for the Level 1 contractor training and certification being held at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). BTVI is facilitating the training in […]

Construction Chief Backs ‘Contractor General’ Call

07 31st, 2013

THE Bahamian Contractor’s Association’s (BCA) president yesterday backed the Constitutional Commission’s call to create the Office of the Contractor General, suggesting it would help ensure ‘fair play’ in the awarding of government contracts. “We know that from time to time there are choice individuals or companies that one administration may go ahead and seek favour with,” […]

Support for govt’s plan on work permits

07 31st, 2013

Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) President Godfrey Forbes said yesterday he supports the  government’s plan to stop issuing work permits for maids, housekeepers and laborers, adding that it would go a long way to cut the high rate of unemployment in the country. “It’s a good idea,” Forbes said. He added there is no reason why […]

Housing Re-Start Is ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’

07 31st, 2013

THE Government’s plan to kickstart its housing programme will be a “breath of fresh air” for many small and medium-sized contractors , the Bahamian Contractors Association’s  (BCA) president said yesterday. Godfrey Forbes  said: “The industry right now is basically dominated by the smaller contractors, the ones who deal with the single family homes and such. […]

Contractors Chief To Bring Members ‘Up To Scratch’

05 31st, 2013

THE Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) yesterday said it was pushing for internationally-recognised certification for small/medium-sized firms, which make up 80-90 per cent of the industry. Godfrey Forbes, the BCA’s president, said the move would help bring many ]small/medium seized contractors “up to scratch”. The BCA plans to hold a contractor certification course at month’s end […]

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