Annual Drinks Reception 2014

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The Considerate Constructors Scheme hosted its first Drinks Reception which brought together industry professionals at the forefront of construction.

This was the Scheme’s first event of its kind and due to its success, will now become an annual industry feature. The event proved to be a huge hit among those who attended, and provided them with an ideal networking opportunity while hearing about two new exciting developments as well as the Government’s Chief Construction Advisor, Peter Hansford, explaining the importance of the Construction 2025 strategy.

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Guests were provided with drinks and canapés throughout the evening while also being given an exclusive private opportunity to view the Imperial War Museum’s ground-breaking new First World War Galleries which mark the World War One centenary anniversary.

The event was attended by over 100 guests, which included directors, chairmen and chief executives from the Scheme’s Associate Members, Client Partners, Company Partners, registered suppliers, as well as industry press and other industry bodies.

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Jazz band playing at the event

The Scheme and the Best Practice Hub

After drinks and canapés were offered to guests, Scheme Chairman Mike Petter took to the stage to welcome and thank everyone who attended. Mike talked about the successful year that the Scheme has had, which included launching the newest type of registration aimed at suppliers, registering over 80,000 sites and 1000 companies and how Scheme Monitors are carrying out the highest numbers of visits ever – reaching a record 1500 visits in July.

Scheme Chairman Mike Petter

A key part of Mike’s speech included the Scheme’s newest initiative, the development of the Best Practice Hub. Launching in January 2015, the Best Practice Hub is a new online resource hosting a wealth of best practice tips, expertise, guidance and case studies to help constructors raise industry standards.

The Hub will assist site managers, contractors and clients to meet and exceed the requirements of the Code, perform to a higher standard and ultimately improve the image of the industry. Through promoting a more considerate industry, it will attract new people, talent and skills, in line with the government’s aim for Construction 2025.

Mike went on to explain that the development of the Best Practice Hub and its ongoing updating is a mark of how the Scheme is changing, and the direction it is travelling into the future. Over the coming years the Scheme will be moving more towards a membership model with all companies of all sizes being able to join. This will enable the Scheme to provide an advice and guidance consultancy service in addition to the already highly valued independent monitoring service for sites, companies and suppliers. In doing this, the Scheme will be able to have greater engagement with the industry and through working more closely with each other, will be able to help the industry continue to improve ever further.

The Hub will be launching in January. However, you can follow the Hub now on Twitter via @ccsbestpractice and you can email enquiries@ccsbestpractice.org.uk to register your interest.

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Mike addresses the room

Mike concluded with some information on a new trial the Scheme has been working on, currently titled ‘Ultra Sites’. Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, Mulalley and Co. Ltd, Berkeley Group and Rydon Ltd have all put forward sites that will help the Scheme shape this new initiative. An Ultra Site differs from a normal registered site in that they must ensure the vast majority of their supply chains, both contractors and major suppliers, are separately registered with the Scheme. Doing this allows the Scheme to separately monitor all those involved in the construction process which will result in the overall standards of consideration improving even further. It also allows the Scheme to work far more closely with these sites to ensure that not only do they meet the highest standards but that all those working separately on these sites do as well. This will be of significant benefit to the public, those neighbouring the sites as well as those who work on the sites, and will only help to again raise the overall image of our industry.

Mike once again thanked the guests for joining the Scheme for the evening, as well as the efforts of the Scheme’s Monitors and colleagues at the administration office who have all contributed to the success of 2014.

The Lighthouse Club and the Construction Industry Helpline

Mike welcomed Bill Hill, Chief Executive of the Lighthouse Club, to the stage who took the Scheme’s Drinks Reception as the perfect opportunity to launch a very special industry initiative.

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Chief Executive of the Lighthouse Club Bill Hill

The Lighthouse Club, in partnership with the Scheme, has launched the Construction Industry Helpline, a service available to anyone working in construction, as well as their families, which provides support and advice on a range of topics from occupational health and wellbeing to financial aid in times of hardship caused by accident, illness or bereavement.

The Construction Industry Helpline is a 24/7 confidential helpline which can be contacted on 0845 605 1956. The helpline is managed and funded by the Lighthouse Club, but also funded and supported by the businesses and people in the industry for their benefit.

The industry can support the helpline through purchasing wristbands and A2 posters from the Scheme for the workforce to raise awareness about this invaluable initiative. All profits from the sale of these items will be donated back to the helpline to fund its great work. Wristbands cost £2.50 (+ VAT) each, and come with a free helpline handout card, and A2 posters cost £7.50 (+ VAT). Please call the Scheme on 0800 783 1423, email  enquiries@ccscheme.org.uk or for more information, click here.

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Bill spoke about how delighted he was to work with the Scheme and thanked its support and help with the helpline. Though the helpline has only just launched, Mulalley, Elev8 Interiors, Rydon, Canary Wharf Contractors and Parkeray have already pledged their support.

Bill thanked the five organisations and closed his speech by asking the guests to put their support behind the helpline for the benefit of the entire industry.

For more information on the Construction Industry Helpline, please click here

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From left: Cormac MacCrann, Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors; Charmaine Morrell, Senior Sustainability Advisor and Pat Boyle, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall; and Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Scheme showing their support for the helpline with their wristbands

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Mary and Joe O’Neill, Directors of Elev8 Interiors Ltd; with Louise Cook, Scheme Operations Supervisor (centre)

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Guests, including Scheme Director Paul Robson (centre), proudly displaying their Construction Industry Helpline wristbands

Construction 2025

The final speech was delivered by Peter Hansford, the Government’s Chief Construction Adviser, who spoke about the Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy and how it will help the UK industry in meeting the challenges of the future and remain at the forefront of world-leading construction practices.

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Government Chief Construction Adviser Peter Hansford

Peter Hansford stressed the importance of promoting an image of professionalism and consideration, not only to show the public how much the industry has changed, but also to attract new talent and skills into the industry. People play a key role in achieving the aims set out in Construction 2025 so the industry needs to diversify and develop its workforce if it will remain a world-leading industry.

Peter spoke about how the Scheme and those who register are already making great strides in improving the image of construction which will in turn make people see the industry as a considerate and caring profession and inspire people to choose a career in construction. He thanked the efforts of the Scheme and asked that the industry continues with the progress it is making.

The Scheme would like to thank Mike Petter, Bill Hill and Peter Hansford for speaking at the Drinks Reception.

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After the speeches, guests were allowed to walk through the museum’s World War One exhibition and continue networking.

The event was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The Scheme would like to thank everyone once again for attending and looks forward to next year’s event.

To view the Construction Industry Helpline’s website, click here

For more information on Construction 2025, click here