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July Overview – CEO Andrew Carpenter

With Government signs pointing towards ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July 2021 we are all looking forward to being able to welcome members and supporters to face-to-face events and activities again very soon.

The first such events will be our East and West Midlands Awards Dinners in Leicester on 2nd September and Birmingham on 10th September. I am sure we are looking forward to these prestigious events more than ever this year as we celebrate ‘best practice’ across the Midlands and at the same time provide excellent networking opportunities with like-minded forward-thinking industry professionals.

We are indebted to all our sponsors, and in particular our headline sponsor Salus Approved Inspectors, for their loyalty and generosity through what has been a very difficult two years for us all. Full details of how to book your tickets may be found elsewhere within this newsletter.

Going forward many of our activities will remain online, for example our weekly webinars and Theme Group meetings, as we have seen an increase in attendance during lockdown but of course we cannot wait to hold more Leadership Dinners, Summits and Workshops when we can enjoy that all important interaction with industry colleagues. It is going to be a hybrid offer going forward.

One of the most exciting and valuable aspects of what we have been doing during lockdown has been the creation of the Diploma in collaboration in construction. This launches in September 2021 and is the answer to a comment made by one construction client during one of our regular webinars. When asked what will prevent the construction industry delivering the Roadmap to Recovery, she answered ‘because they know the word collaboration but not how to do it’. CE Midlands took this comment and worked on a previous idea ten years ago to create a diploma which includes all the latest up-to-date industry initiatives like the Construction Playbook, Value Toolkit, Net Zero agenda, Building Safety Bill etc. Delegates will leave the course with the knowledge and behaviours required to deliver ‘collaborative working’ and furthermore will have a Level 5 diploma to prove it! For full details please visit: CEMDiploma

Two exciting re-launches have taken place in the past few months those being G4C, under the leadership of new joint chairs Nikita Badesha, Peter Richardson & Benjamin Hole (G4C – Constructing Excellence Midlands) and the Birmingham & Black Country Club under the leadership of David Hardman, Peter Lakin and Rachael Hobbis (Birmingham and Black Country – Constructing Excellence Midlands).

We encourage members with staff of 35 and under to join the former and those who carry out their business in Birmingham and the Black Country to do the latter. The next post pandemic re-launch will take place in Coventry & Warwickshire in October so please watch this space. If you are Coventry or Warwickshire based and would like to be part of this re-launch, please inform lynn.broughton@cemidlands.org.

 

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