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Industry must show commitment to new thinking

The construction industry must demonstrate its commitment to new ideas, new thinking and new working practices – whatever the drivers and wherever they may originate.

This was the key message delivered by B&ES president Sue Sharp during the first B&ES President’s Luncheon to be held since the name of the organisation changed, in March of this year, from HVCA to the Building & Engineering Services Association.

Ms Sharp told her audience at the City of London headquarters of the Honourable Artillery Company: “It is important to emphasise that our decision to re-brand was just one element in a re-positioning programme designed to ensure that the Association remains relevant and “fit for purpose” in the years and decades to come”.

The programme, she added, included key elements such as:

  • refreshing the Association’s member services package in line with the developing marketplace;
  • enhancing its influence with Government and other key stakeholders;
  • cementing existing relationships with other industry organisations that share its goals, aspirations and values; and
  • providing a “natural home” for all building engineering services specialists.        

“It is our stated intention to forge new relationships, and renew existing alliances, with all like-minded organisations, and so ensure that the voice of the industry as a whole is heard loud and clear on the key issues of the day,” the president insisted.

“I look forward, in the weeks and months to come, to working together with all parties to the construction process – for the greater good of our businesses, our sector and our industry,” Ms Sharp concluded.