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Action required to face future challenges, says B&ES president

B&ES president Bruce Bisset has said businesses must ensure they remain entirely fit for purpose to meet future challenges in his address at the annual B&ES President’s Luncheon in London.

“We must make sure that our businesses, and our industry, are fit for the challenges presented by the emergence of new technologies and the requirement for enhanced technical and managerial skills,” he said.

“We must adapt to changing working practices – in particular, the use of building information modelling, which will become mandatory on public sector contracts in less than three years’ time.

“We must continue to review the shape and structure of the workforce, to ensure that it remains fully in line with the needs of our industry and our clients.

“We must play our full part in the implementation of the Industrial Strategy for Construction, which sets extremely challenging targets in terms of cost reduction, project timescales and the minimisation of greenhouse gas emissions.

“And we must do everything we can in every other area to assist government in meeting its economic, commercial and environmental objectives.”

These would be achieved by supplying advice, guidance and good counsel in the many areas in which B&ES and its members possess unrivalled expertise and experience, Mr Bisset continued.

Although stating signs of market recovery were fragile, there was reason for optimism over business opportunities.

“Of course, we are aware that none of this will happen overnight. Rather, it’s going to be a long, slow haul,” Mr Bisset said.

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