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The Professional Contractors Group has launched its free business-to-business contract matching service to put its members in touch with contracting companies, clients and agents. The on-line Portal

allows companies to search for specifically skilled contractors from among PCG’s highly-skilled membership and allows PCG’s members to tender for specific contracts which clients advertise on the site free of charge.

PCG’s members create their own business profile, and clients and agents can
visit the site to search for a specific criteria. From within the Portal
database of PCG members, the client is then provided with a list of
available business profiles which fit their requirements. The opportunity to
advertise is open to anyone wishing to register their details, however the
opportunity to tender is available only to PCG members.

The Portal’s business-to-business contract matching service benefits clients
and agents by providing direct access to thousands of the best contracting
and consultancy companies, in IT, engineering, telecoms, aerospace and other
disciplines. Clients and agents can publish their requirements free of
charge on the portal where they can be accessed by the 11,000 PCG members.

Simon Griffiths, PCG Director said: "PCG members are some of the most
skilled and motivated contractors in the country. They are independent
businesses willing to be judged on their abilities and track records, and
share their know-how and business knowledge. The PCG itself is evidence of
the skill and professionalism of members, who formed the Group to represent
their interests and developed the Portal to market their skills- a sign of
their positive ‘can do’ attitude.

"It is my hope that the Portal will become one the best places to find
knowledge contractors in the UK."

The Portal

can be used to find high
calibre individuals, full teams or experienced project managers who can put
a team together on request.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Professional Contractors Group was formed in May 1999 to lobby
against the Government’s IR35 proposals. Since then it has evolved into the
representative body for independent contractors from many disciplines
including IT and engineering on many issues affecting the knowledge-based
sector. It is the fastest growing trade association in the country and now
has a membership of over 11,000 businesses. The PCG is challenging the
validity of IR35 in a judicial review in the High Court on March 13-15 2001.

2. The PCG’s aim is to work for proper recognition of all independent
contractors as a genuine and valuable sector of the economy, generating
wealth and employment, providing industry with a flexible workforce. The
internet has been the primary resource, providing fast, effective

3. For further information:


Susie Hughes - 020 7 462 7955

January 22, 2001

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