Construction Scotland and CSIC announce second joint conference and industry showcase

CSIC 1Construction Scotland and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) are to host their second joint conference on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, bringing together hundreds of the industry’s key influencers and decision makers from construction businesses of all sizes.

This free to attend event is the largest construction conference in Scotland and is a key date for all industry leaders, senior practitioners, clients and stakeholders. The event will provide a thought provoking, informative and interesting range of talks, collaborative discussions and interactive exhibits to encourage Scotland’s construction businesses, clients and stakeholders to improve their competitiveness, embrace change and innovate to capitalise on the industry’s world renowned strengths and deliver further growth.

Key themes for this year’s event include differentiating through innovation, transforming productivity, digitisation and BIM (building information modelling).  Delegates will be able to learn about the progress of Construction Scotland and the Innovation Centre and their exciting plans for the future.

Workshops will feature many topical issues including how to achieve greater profitability through increased productivity, delivering the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new homes and rethinking public procurement. Additionally, new forms of support to help construction businesses seize new opportunities will be announced at the conference.

Speakers at the event will include Jim McColl OBE who will share his insights on growth through change and innovation. Further industry speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Andy Outram, director at Turner & Townsend attended the last industry conference hosted by Construction Scotland and CSIC.

He said: “It was an interesting industry event which raised a lot of key issues. There were some really thought provoking talks about innovation and how this could benefit construction to make it more productive and profitable.

“Following the conference I joined the CSIC Project Advisory Group and I am now the Industry Lead for the Advanced Construction forum. It’s clear to me that CSIC has the opportunity to reshape many aspects of our industry and I’m delighted to be involved.”

Stephen Good, chief executive of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, said: “Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has made good progress since the last conference and we’re excited to share some highlights and to engage with a large number of people from across the industry, academia and in the public sector.”

Alistair McKinnon, director of construction at Scottish Enterprise, added: “The construction sector is a key platform for our whole economy in Scotland and underpins everything we do, from our roads to homes, office buildings, schools and hospitals to name just a few. Making construction more productive and profitable will mean that we will all enjoy significant economic benefits. If you are in this sector, this is a must attend event.”

Ed Monaghan, chair of Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group, and chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, is encouraging as many people as possible from the construction industry to sign up for this free event.

He said: “In this uncertain time the most important thing you can do is to secure the work you can while improving profitability. Whether you are a small business or a large contractor, our event will share key insights on how to achieve this.”

Registration and attendance at the event is free. Spaces are filling up fast and those wishing to attend should register at as soon as possible to guarantee their place.

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