Wednesday 19 November 2014 10.00am – 4.15pm
The Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is to hold its fourth annual Principal Contractors’ Group conference, in association with CITB, for its larger members, influencers and decision makers on 19 November in central London.
The key issues facing the construction industry are skills, securing finance – both at a company level and attracting significant investment into the industry – and building enough homes. These issues will be addressed by an impressive series of keynote speakers and panellists, all of whom will be taking questions in what are sure to be a lively set of debates.
At the heart of the challenge facing the construction industry is the need to attract new workers and improve training and skills. The industry is set to lose around 400,000 workers through natural attrition and retirement. An anticipated increase in workloads will require around 40,300 workers each year between now and 2018 to fill the gap. Adrian Belton, chief executive of CITB, will be outlining how the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will be supporting the industry in developing new skills, attracting talent and recruiting apprentices.
Shabana Mahmood MP, the shadow Treasury minister will be giving an insight into how Labour plans to unlock finance and investment. The infrastructure and investment panel session with HS2’s head of delivery, Ian Blight, and Alan Colett, the adviser to the M&G Residential Fund and former global president of RICS will be complemented by the respected economics director of the Construction Products Association, Noble Francis and the director of SME Finance Monitor, Shiona Davies who, respectively, will be telling us what they think the economy will be doing and how that will affect SME lending.
Following an appearance at the NFB’s successful Conservative party conference fringe event, Brandon Lewis MP, the housing and planning minister, will be addressing delegates on how current government policies are helping to drive growth in the construction and development sector.
The NFB is pleased to welcome back Roberta Blackman-Woods MP to the conference. Following a brief but popular appearance in 2013, the shadow planning and procurement minister will be anchoring the panel on smarter procurement. The shadow minister will be joined by Stephen Allot, the Crown representative for SMEs at the Cabinet Office.
Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said: “The industry is undergoing a period of great change and the 2014 PCG conference will be an excellent opportunity for delegates to understand and discuss what changes in the industry will mean for their business.”
Richard continued: “The issues being discussed are of key importance to the future success of the industry and I look forward to hearing what the speakers and our members have to say about how we can get the construction industry to fulfil its maximum potential.”
An early bird ticket offer of buy one ticket, receive the second half price is available until Wednesday 8 October.
For further information and to book tickets, please visit www.builders.org.uk or call 01293 855202.