In a painful sign of the times, I read yesterday (Construction News report) that Midlands-based contractor Pettifer Construction has filed for administration. In the late 1990s, I had my own construction marketing and PR consultancy, and Pettifer’s construction management arm, PCM, was a client of mine. The parent group is clearly having a tough time and I was pleased to read “Bosses are now trying to package a deal to sell the group’s consulting business PCM, which would save 85 jobs”.
However, the CN report didn’t mention another Pettifer Group company, KnowledgeOnline. KOL is a mobile technology developer mainly focused on health and safety and other compliance solutions – notably, E-SAFE – for the construction, shipbuilding, healthcare and transport industries, and was briefly a reseller of construction collaboration technologies from BIW Technologies [my employer] during the early 2000s. A year ago, it employed about a dozen people.