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The G4C Midlands Awards are a celebration of Young Achievers in Construction and the companies who support and train the future leaders of the industry. Anyone 35 and under, working within the Midlands in the construction industry can enter the awards.

The G4C Midlands Awards will be held on Friday 28th April 2023 at The MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

Deadline date for entries – 10th February

This event is a great opportunity for companies who wish to be seen as proactively supporting and leading innovation within the built environment.

The categories this year are as follows:

Apprentice Of The Year

Commitment to Employee Training and Development

Mentor Of The Year

New Professional Of The Year

Student Of The Year

Trainee Of The Year

CLICK HERE to download entry forms

There are a range of category sponsorship opportunities still available.

For more information, please contact

I am delighted to be able to contribute to our January newsletter. Happy New Year and welcome to 2023!As Andrew Carpenter our Chief Executive eluded to in his year end message, we have had a solid 2022 at CE Midlands. A big thanks to the Board, our super Admin team working behind the scenes and our vibrant Clubs and Hubs.As we head into 2023, we know these will be turbulent times. There is no doubt that the compounding effect of Brexit, Covid, Ukraine, Energy Prices and Inflation will continue to cause some significant challenges into this year. And if interest rates keep going up along with energy and fuel prices compounded by skills shortage, that will hurt a lot of businesses and indeed people who work in our industry. Concrete up 40%, rebar and steel up 20% plus shortage of microchips which go into practically everything we build and own to name a few examples. So we must prepare for price pressures to continue for a while and we will see costs increase and cost predictability reduce.Having painted that picture, the optimist in me is seeing employment and the jobs market looking good. All the indications are that there will be significant ongoing investments in infrastructure – HS2, roads, nuclear, renewables and public services.Having bounced back stronger through the pandemic, CE midlands is well placed to drive the conversations and collaboration we need by joining the dots across the construction value chain –  from manufacturers, consultants, architects and legal firms to client organisations and academic institutions. It is great to see our membership growing in all these sectors. United we stand, divided we fall.We have made some great progress across a number of fronts.• G4C, our young talent network, has built up some great momentum with regular networking and knowledge sharing events• The Infrastructure group was launched this year and starting to make a mark.• Our clubs and hub activity has visibly picked up with the relaunch of Nottingham being the highlight; we are spotlighting the issues that matter at a very local level across the midlands, and hopefully start making a difference in the communities we work in.• And to top it all off, our prestigious award dinners were a great success with so many of our members being recognised for their fantastic work.The values that we stand for in CE Midlands and the agenda we are driving will be ever more important to mitigate the pressures in 2023 but also seize the opportunities and speed up the recovery which I believe will also come towards the latter part of 2023.And our four themes that underpin our clubs and hubs will be more relevant than ever.Safer construction …driving workforce safety and mental health forwardSmarter construction …driving digitisation, pre-fab and AI deployment across a range of processes we engage in driving better productivity, efficiency and innovations.Greener construction…our drive for net zero.Talent and skills…our drive to attract and grow talent, skills and behaviours we need for the future in our region.I have every confidence we will as a region continue to play a big role in riding the storm and come out stronger. At CE Midlands the Board, Clubs and Hubs will continue to serve you, help join those dots and drive collaboration across the industry.

We are very excited to announce the Call for Entries for our CE Midlands Awards 2023

Entry forms and Top Tip for how to enter are now available to download from our website with East Midlands forms HERE and West Midlands forms HERE

The Deadline for entries are as follows:

East Midlands – 5th May 2023

West Midlands 10th March 2023

All other information regarding the awards are published on our About the Awards sections on our website

East Midlands and West Midlands


CITB are looking for 20 supply chain improvement challenges from construction businesses (any size, any location).  Emmanuel Manu, the project lead, would be the presenter (he supported the re-write of the Client Guide for CE Midlands last year).

The support available to the business is free 12-hours consultancy or coaching to develop a solution to their challenge. For example their challenge / issue could be:

Although I’ve listed some examples, it would be for the business to provide their challenge, and the solution would be designed for them.

For each challenge the business will receive:

Ultimately the innovation challenge and solution need to show a benefit to the business:


Katrina Woodward – CITB

Strategic Partnership Manager for Construction

Research and Strategic Partnership Development

As we come to the end of another very busy year in CE Midlands circles it is with immense pleasure, I write the final newsletter introduction of the year. With the industry moving back to something like normal, if there is such a thing nowadays, our programme of events and activities has kept the team very busy throughout the year.

I would like to place on record my grateful thanks to Lynn Broughton (admin & finance), Emma Hannan (digital & marketing), Tom Carpenter (events), Emma Broughton (membership) and Philip Jansseune (design) for all going above and beyond to deliver our programme.

The obvious highlights were the West and East Midlands Awards and I’m delighted to say that at the recent national finals we had a total of four winners and one highly commended from across the Midlands which is a record for the region. Details of those winners may be found elsewhere within this newsletter together with details of the 2023 Awards for which we hope we will have an increased entry level as we expand our network. Talking our Awards, it was a pleasure to meet Andy Street recently, Mayor of the West Midlands, to give him his CE West Midlands Achiever of the Year Award as he was unable to join us on the night. You will remember he was chosen for putting the West Midlands ‘on the map,’ for his emphasis on housing & infrastructure and for the inward investment he’s brought to the region and all the opportunities this brings for our sector.

Other highlights have been our housing and construction summits and the leadership dinners held within each of our club locations. Talking of the clubs it is the intention of the board to rationalise the club network and I will be able to communicate the outcome next month following a governance meeting later this month.

I was particularly delighted to hear from each of our Theme Group chairs at the recent construction summit and I would like to place on record my thanks to Noel Street (Climate Crisis), Steve Green (Building Safety), Dhiran Vagdia (Smart Construction) and Dan Bridgewater (Future Skills) for their contribution on the day but more importantly their drive and determination in pushing through the work of their groups throughout the year. Judging from the reaction of the audience we have got it ‘just right’ in terms of priorities when it comes to Theme Group topics. We look forward next year to members and supporters populating these groups in greater numbers as we strive to produce ‘best practice’ collateral in each case.

2022 has been particularly successful in the creation of our G4C movement thanks to the inspirational leadership of Nikita Badesha of RLB. Judging from the quality of the participants we are in good hands when it comes to future leaders, and we look forward to seeing them all at our inaugural G4C Awards in Birmingham on Friday 28th April 2023. In addition thanks to Mark Lyddon and Philip Patterson of Turner Townsend we have seen the establishment of an Infrastructure Forum and we look forward to seeing its influence and actions grow throughout 2023.

We saw the conclusion of the Diploma in Collaboration in Construction pilot project, which I’m pleased to say was highly successful and means we can go again next January. It’s not too late to participate so if you feel a level 5 diploma in collaboration in Construction would prove valuable to you personally and your organisation please visit Diploma-2023-Mids.pdf ( to sign up.

I would like to thank my chair, Uma Shanker, my Vice Chair, Mark Wakeford, my Company Secretary, Keith Blizzard, my Treasurer, Tom Woodhead and the entire board for their support, knowledge and good humour throughout the year. Following two difficult years, due to Covid, it’s been wonderful to evolve CE Midlands for the benefit of the industry in general and our members in particular. We look forward to building on this success in 2023 as we seek to grow in influence and membership.

Finally, I would like to wish all members and supporters the compliments of the season and hope you all have a fabulous Christmas. To quote from a song I recently performed as Santa Claus in Elf the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome let’s be Happy all the time!

Constructing Excellence Midlands is a progressive membership organisation that strives to support its members to ‘do things differently’ by driving innovation and best practice within the construction industry.  

The organisation champions collaboration, knowledge sharing and networking by providing a range of learning platforms – including the extensive resources hub on the website. The latest addition is a brand-new Client Advisor Guide (Click here to download) designed to explain the role of a client advisor and how they should behave and operate, ensuring a clear expectation from both sides as to how a relationship will work throughout the duration of a project.  

The concise guide offers advice and information to support professionals from the onset of a project and throughout, providing guidance on best practice and ensuring best results – even when challenges arise.  

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, said: “As an organisation, we are passionate about encouraging professionals within the construction  industry to drive change and improvements and our new client advisor guide will help to do just that.  

“It offers a succinct overview of what is expected of an advisor and their role throughout a project, supporting best practice and ultimately driving successful outcomes.” 

The guide can be downloaded from the website HERE. The resources hub offers a one-stop shop for a range of materials aimed at supporting construction professionals to deliver best practice.  

CE Midlands CEO, Andrew Carpenter presented Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, with his 2022 Achiever of the Year Award in this year’s CE West Midlands Awards as he was unable to pick it up on the night.

CE Midlands awarded it to him for the inward investment he has brought into the region, his emphasis on housing & infrastructure and the opportunities he has created for our sector. We will be supporting his drive for growth and net zero targets.

Andy Street was elected as Mayor of the West Midlands in 2017. He grew up in Birmingham and started his career at John Lewis, where he was a graduate trainee. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in 2007 and stayed with the company until 2016.

Andy has worked with local and national government in economic development roles. He was chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016.

He has also been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

The CE Midlands Awards 2023 are now open for entries

Click HERE for West Midlands Awards and HERE for East Midlands Awards

To register to attend the CE Midlands Construction Summit, CLICK HERE

USING the government’s Value Toolkit and a review of the economic outlook of the fast-changing construction industry are two of the topics to be discussed by experts at the upcoming CE Midlands Construction Summit.

The annual summit, organised by industry collaboration organisation Constructing Excellence Midlands, will take place on 9 November at The Arup Campus at Blythe Park in Solihull. Speakers from across the supply chain will offer a range of perspectives at the event, including leaders from Bowmer and Kirkland, Construction Innovation Hub and IPInitiatives.

The event will give attendees across the Midlands construction, housing and infrastructure professions the opportunity to gain insight into the key opportunities and challenges pertinent to the region, informing how best practice, collaboration, integrating supply chains and lean processes can help counter current cost challenges and renew project productivity.

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, said: “We have lined up an incredible programme of speakers for this year’s construction summit, which promises to deliver a deep insight into the progress changes that must be embraced industry wide for the benefit of our society.

“Collectively, we have an enormous responsibility to achieve net zero construction. This is sure to be a contentious point during our climate crisis group discussion, at a time when global leaders are convening at COP27.

“It will also be a terrific opportunity for our theme group leaders to discuss how to narrow the skills gap, enhance building safety and more readily adopt methods of smart construction. These sessions will provide significant engagement and benefits for Midlands construction professionals to consider for their own organisations.

“In addition to the summit, our extensive membership benefits – including flagship leadership events and the provision of education provisions – enables CE Midlands to exert considerable influence on the advancement of construction in the Midlands. It is uniquely positioned to promote open dialogue that is both pan-industry and whole supply chain.”

The full agenda for the event is as follows:

– 9.00am – Registration

– 9.30am – Welcome and introductions – Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands

– 9.40am – Keynote presentation

– 10.00am Value Toolkit – Ellie Jenkins, Construction Innovation Hub, Value Toolkit integrated project lead at Construction Innovation Hub

– 10.20am – Turning the Construction Playbook into oven-ready reality – Louise Lado-Byrnes director at  IPInitiatives Limited,

– 10.40am – Latest Construction market analysis and wider economic outlook – Rhys Gadsby senior economist at  Glenigan,

– 11.00am – Tea/coffee & networking

– 11.30am – Climate crisis theme group update – Noel Street, chair

– 11.50am – Building safety theme group update – Steve Green, chair, and Richard Cymler

– 12.10pm – Smart construction theme group update – Dhiran Vagdia, chair

– 12.30pm – Future skills – how to reinvigorate the talent pipeline – Dhiran Vagdia, chair

– 12.50pm – Conclusions and thanks – Andrew Carpenter

CE Midlands CEO has been crowned the winner of an incredible regional property and construction award.

Andrew Carpenter has been voted the Property Personality of the Year at the 2022 South West Property Awards.

Returning for the fifteenth consecutive year, the awards recognise outstanding achievements of the people, businesses and organisations which have played a vital role in the design and development of the built environment in the South West region.

Since joining the construction sector 45 years ago, Andrew has worked tirelessly and was selected for his contribution during Covid-19 and beyond where he created opportunities for construction professionals across the South West to regularly collaborate via webinars, dinners or debates.

“I can’t quite believe that I was voted the South West Property Personality of the Year,” comments Andrew.

“At Constructing Excellence South West we’re passionate about supporting the industry and wanted to make sure we continued to engage with our members throughout the pandemic. So, we designed and launched a brand-new weekly webinar series covering a wide range of industry topics to keep people informed and consulted.

“It’s fantastic to win this award and I’m incredibly proud to have been nominated by the judges and chosen by the ballot.”

Constructing Excellence South West is a member-led organisation created to drive the change agenda in construction across the South West region. It exists to improve industry performance to produce a better-built environment and operates for the good of the construction industry and its stakeholders.

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