Talk Construction – the biggest conference of its kind organised by the industry for the industry – is set to take place in London this November – and you can be part of the conversation. Organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and supported by the UK Contractors Group, the conference will address many of the challenges now faced by Britain’s construction industry.
The event, which takes place on 25 – 26 November, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, is open to all construction professionals and will provide a platform for influencing government and shaping construction policy for the future, in stark contrast to the more generalist industry events currently on offer.
Research carried out by the CIOB in spring 2013 identified an urgent need to address specific issues facing the changing role of its members and the industry in general. Launching Talk Construction, a high level two-day conference and a series of networking events, provides the opportunity to do just that and sets out a platform for a larger conference and associated exhibition of leading suppliers in 2014.
Chris Blythe, Chief Executive at the CIOB said:
“Recent announcements has seen the Government pledge £100 billion of investment in infrastructure projects to 2020. However, non-infrastructure Construction is at the heart of the UK economy and worth more than £100billion per annum and plays a key role in improving our economic outlook.
“With the CIOB’s new initiative Talk Construction we are looking to create not just a must-attend event, but a real community of forward-thinkers and opinion-makers from within the construction industry. We want to give Construction Managers who are working at the front-line the opportunity to voice their valuable contribution and join this growing debate.”
In addition, Talk Construction will also be looking at the macro environment for growth and competitiveness in UK Construction; what needs to happen to drive recovery; de-risking to attract finance and investment into UK Construction; the model for procurement and cost management, leadership and skills as well as exploring the fundamental foundations that need to be put in place to create solid government support and investment which will ultimately underpin the UK’s economic recovery.
The event will be the first of its kind in the sector. It will be research-led rather than profit based, with profits ploughed back directly to the industry to stimulate growth, training and best practice.