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We are delighted to inform you that we have partnered with Make UK, the manufacturer’s organisation. Make UK is the largest force backing UK manufacturing and has been helping the sector to compete, innovate and grow for 125 years.

You can find out more here

Make UK are in regular contact with Government and work hard to support the entire manufacturing and engineering sector. The latest advice and support on our new relationship with the EU is available here and the latest insights can be found here

As part of the agreement we’ll work with Make UK’s policy and lobbying teams, helping them understand our sector and the challenges we face, so please keep an eye out for Make UK surveys, and a few communications providing details of resources and benefits they will be sharing with us.

The partnership also entitles you to complimentary Affiliate Membership of Make UK. This will provide you with a range of benefits to complement your CE Midlands membership:

o Industry reports, publications and insight

o Member events, webinars, podcasts and briefings

o A range of discounted products and services

o Preferential rates on the Brexit Toolkit and Pay benchmarking reports

To take advantage of this offering, please complete the short form here

If you have any queries, you are welcome to contact Make UK directly: affiliates@makeuk.org

Welcome to the CE Midlands (CEM) newsletter and thank you for taking the time to read it.  There is so much affecting the construction industry in these unprecedented times that we have to recognise and pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard and been so determined to deliver schemes to the best of their ability.

 

Citizen have delivered more affordable homes than previous years despite the challenges we all faced and we are not unique in that position.  Collaboration, which is so close to the heart of Constructing Excellence, played a big part in that success for us all.  Revising our ‘Safe Systems of work’ in conjunction with our developer partners crystalised the one team approach, developing partnering relationships even further and bringing much more openness in managing rather than passing risk.

 

The networking and fast track communications through the leadership groups and leaders meets webinars are really well attended and that makes me proud to be part of an organisation that brings professionals together at such a time of need.  Indeed CEM has been around for a long time promoting best practice, supporting innovation and recognising individuals and companies through the CEM awards.

 

This year CEM are hosting two award evenings: the East Midlands Awards on 2nd September at the Athena Leicester and the West Midlands Awards which will be held at Edgbaston on 10th September.  Isn’t it fantastic that we can meet in person to celebrate the achievements and success that is so well deserved.  As a member of the judging panel it was so difficult to identify the winning entries because the standard was so high and the adoption of wider programme benefits, such as social responsibility, digitisation and modern methods of construction, show the absolute determination of the industry to evolve and embrace these new ways of working.

 

It’s still not all plain sailing, material deliveries are creating significant challenges.  A presentation at our Construction Client’s group showed the global logistical nightmare of the impact of ports closing due to COVID, resulting in materials being unloaded at the remaining available ports that now have to be transported back to their original destination.  That also means there is a shortage of containers to ship new orders, something which impacts on us all.  It was really helpful to understand the wider implications of the material issues with the leaders meets and leadership groups providing a valuable source of knowledge and with attendance increasing it is fantastic that so many professionals are coming together under the banner of Constructing Excellence Midlands to support each other and the industry.

 

Thank you all for your support and please do invite your colleagues to be involved with CEM and did I mention the awards!.  Look forward to seeing you there and congratulations to everyone who entered and has been shortlisted, you are changing the industry for the better.  Well done.

Anna Thompson of LABC shared this story with us this month

“A fellow campervan owning friend has been involved in this amazing project!”

In her words…

A year ago my friend and I came up with a plan. We wanted to create literacy boxes containing books we had written, matching paper crafts, scenery, characters, notebooks and stationery to be gifted to children in hard hit communities.

We secured a bit of funding and sponsorship to help develop the project. Today, on the hottest day of the year, we hit the road in my 47 year old T2 (Buttercup) obviously with no air conditioning wearing skirts and petticoats.

We delivered 175 boxes to various community centres across Liverpool. Was it unbelievably sticky? Yes. Did we fear we would melt? Yes. Did Buttercup get a bit grumpy in the heat? Only a little bit.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. Tonight children will be reading out books (one of them features Buttercup), making crafts and using their imagination. And now for gin!”

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