As the construction industry leads the UK’s economic recovery in 2021, a shortage of key materials threatens to stall the sector’s progress.
Whilst demand for key construction materials including cement, timber, steel and many others soars, suppliers to the UK market are struggling to meet current demand and many predict the situation will worsen over the coming months and may last well into 2022 and beyond.
Construction Alliance North East (CAN) is collaborating with the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) North East, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), NEPO and legal specialist Bevan Brittan to bring together the construction sector in the Region.
At the online Construction Materials Summit on 1st October, you will hear from an expert panel, including the Builders Merchants Federation and Bevan Brittan, who will provide analysis, insight and practical solutions on working collaboratively to help solve this ‘whole industry’ problem.
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Construction Alliance North East chair Ken Parkin said, “Businesses across our region have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of sites during the various periods of lockdown, staff issues and now ongoing materials shortages in our industry, means many firms are still battling the financial impact of the pandemic.
“The industry has never faced this situation before so It is important that CAN understands national issues which affect us here in the North East so we can learn from this in future and explain it to our regional membership. CAN strongly believes that planning ahead and working collaboratively with suppliers and clients is the only way to minimise the impact of this global issue on North East contractors.”
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