CBI: 50 years of influence in the construction sector of UK

UK, May 22, 2017.- Business organizations in the construction sector are influential entities that favor the free development of companies. Today we are going to make reference CBI, Confederation of British Industry with half a century of trajectory. We then publish the definition, services and benefits that CBI expresses on its website.

With over 50 years of experience, we are the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation. We provide our members with the influence, insight and access they need to plan ahead with confidence and grow. We represent their views as we work with policymakers to deliver a healthy environment for businesses to succeed, create jobs and ultimately, drive economic growth and prosperity.

The CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. Together they employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce. With 13 offices around the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.Our construction sector lays the foundations for UK prosperity. It builds the infrastructure and housing that Britain needs and the world wants to buy – as well as creating millions of jobs across the country. The CBI works every day to create the conditions that support its progress. Top Priorities:

  • Skills & Diversity – Skills shortages and a lack of diversity are particularly acute in the construction sector. We are currently focused on lobbying to ensure that the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy works for the industry, as well as supporting the next generation of leaders.
  • Business models – The sector’s existing business models, low margins and fragmented supply chains do not encourage firms to invest and innovate. We are focused on unlocking the industry’s technical knowledge and vision to help deliver the solutions needed.
  • Housing – Housing is a critical economic and social issue. We are focused on securing better approaches to planning, an accelerated release of public sector land for housing development, and greater support for scale-ups in the housing market.

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Policy issues affecting the industry: 

  • Apprenticeship Levy – The Apprenticeship Levy has been set at 0.5% and will prove a significant extra cost on business. We are pleased with the creation of a Levy Board, which will give business a voice on how the money is spent. We will work with Government to focus on the levy’s implementation and ensure it works with the construction sector’s longstanding levy.
  • Capital spending – It is good to see that Government has committed to stay the course to deliver ambitious Capital Spending plans on roads and rail. However the challenge will be to ensure we maintain the momentum on delivery.
  • Housing –  The Government has made a number of policy announcements on housing including Starter Homes scheme, changes to the social housing market and additional stamp duty requirements in the Private Rental Sector. Resolving the national housing crisis will require building homes of all types and tenures, including housing for market and social rent.
  • Industrial strategy – The CBI has been a long-term supporter of the previous Government’s industrial strategy. The foundation of Construction 2025 is characterised by partnership: with government and industry working together with a shared vision of long-term growth, driven by greater global competitiveness and exports success.

The construction sector faces a number of significant challenges – fragmentation of the industry, low margins, limited scope to invest in innovation and challenges recruiting the right mix of skills. All of this at a time when construction has never been more important to our future, given our ambitious plans for the UK’s infrastructure and housing. While government has a role to play in helping to ensure the industry is ready to make the most of these opportunities, we know that most of the innovative thinking as to how we can meet these challenges will come from the expertise within construction firms.

To this end, the CBI Construction Council has asked a group of future leaders to develop recommendations focussed on improving collaboration and digitisation within the sector. The work of this group will complement existing work, such as Construction 2025, by providing the view from within the industry.

The group, comprising representatives from across the supply chain, from design to sub – contractors, is expected to report to the CBI’s Construction Council, a 35 – strong forum of chief executives, in November.

The Future Leaders’ Group consists of 18 rising stars under the age of 35, drawn from companies spanning the supply chain, from major construction firms to small and medium sized businesses. The group represent a wide spectrum of jobs from across the construction industry, including construction products, contractors and services.

The group will organise its work around four work streams:

  • Procurement and Contract Structures
  • Data
  • Skills
  • Research and Innovation

Who are our Future Leaders:

Matthew James Sharpe Aggregate Industries
Michael Spurry Balfour Beatty
Isla Hill BAM Nuttall
Graham Kelly BIM Academy
David Hollywood Carillion
Andrew Cope Henry Boot
Eleanor Kentish Kier Group
Christopher Hughes Morgan Sindall
Oliver Hawes Mott MacDonald
Chris Bennett Murphy & Sons
Lee Trabis NG Bailey
Danielle Griffiths Pinsent Masons
Craig Badger Rider Levett Bucknall
Steve Ford Ryder Architecture
Daniel Harris Saint Gobain
Katie Fowler SIG plc
Ainara Thompson Skanska
Rhys Thomas United Living
Chris Wright Wates

CBI holds numerous discussion and knowledge sharing events.Hear why Financial Times Editor, Lionel Barber, says in his keynote that the ‘information technology revolution poses great challenges but big opportunities’: