With so much happening in the region’s construction industry – to maximise the opportunities, the decision has been taken to relaunch the regional best practice organisation - Constructing Excellence Midlands (CE Midlands). A progressive membership organisation, CE Midlands is committed to improving business performance by driving innovation and best practice in the construction industry.
Created to stimulate, debate and drive much needed change in the sector – CE Midlands is a not-for-profit organisation owned by the members. A collaboration of Midlands regional businesses, the organisation works to support and advance the construction sector through knowledge share, networking and by engaging with government and major public sector bodies to influence policy and industry initiatives, to ultimately safeguard the business interests of the members.
Mark Wakeford, one the best-known figures in the region’s construction industry and Chair of CE Midlands, said: “Our members represent the entire construction supply chain, through innovation and collaboration, we have a shared a vision for change. There is a great deal happening in the Midlands industry, with new opportunities and promises of significant infrastructure projects to facilitate further expansion. All our major towns and cities are planning for growth and our transport network is due a significant boost that will in turn promote wider economic development. These plans appear to be unfazed by the political uncertainty around Brexit. The Midlands is getting on with what it does best, and we will succeed.”
At the same time, the construction sector is facing major challenges that must resolved if the industry is to play a major part in the continuing economic prosperity of the region.
“The commercial challenges following the fall-out of the shameful demise of Carillion together with recruitment challenges and the sector’s poor record of diversity and productivity, are not small issues,” added Mark Wakeford. “But they can be resolved through regional pan-industry collaboration where local skills and knowledge can be adapted and solutions put into practice.”
Constructing Excellence is an organisation that provides an opportunity to learn and share best practice and then to use the knowledge gained to influence the future direction of travel. Already CE Midlands have adopted five best practice documents that will be implemented immediately - these cover procurement, both from a client and supply chain perspective, development finance, mediation and offsite legal matters.
The CE Midlands Board has been set up together with a Leadership Council of 36 industry pioneers. The network has really stepped up to the plate with positive involvement from East Midlands, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire, Birmingham, Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire clubs.
The success of CE Midlands will rise or fall on its membership. The plan is to provide a vehicle to improve the performance of the Midlands construction industry through collaborative working, integrated supply chains and lean processes.
CE Midlands are currently organising a series of ‘Thought Leadership Forums’ covering Construction Clients, Marketing, Sustainability & Innovation, Digital & Offsite, Procurement & Productivity and Generation for Change for those 35 years and under.
The organisation’s first major event - the Midlands Construction Summit took place on the 09 October 2018 at the Concourse Suites - NEC Birmingham alongside UK Construction Week. Hosted by CE Midlands, the Summit vrought together the regional construction industry and its supply chain to explore the challenges and opportunities across the Midlands construction sector. The event was designed to steer the Midlands built environment sector to define their route map for grasping strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way. The Summit also provided an opportunity to hear direct and interact with those who are helping to shape the future of the construction industry including the likes of HS2, Birmingham City Council, CITB, SEC Group, Construction Products Association and more!
CE Midlands are also aiming to launch an 'Adopt a School' campaign to promote construction as a career and improve the image of the industry at the same time. This has been running in the South West for three years and last year produced impressive figures of 52 schools, 9,500 students and 28,000 hours of activity.
If you are interested in joining Construction Excellence Midlands, please visit cemidlands.org/members/join-today