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Today, the construction industry is at a crossroads. In May, the Chartered Institute of Building published its Case for Construction manifesto, asking the Government to:

  • Continue support for the Industrial Strategy and recognise construction’s role in improving productivity
  • Work alongside the construction industry to support a robust system for training and skills development
  • Recognise and address both the opportunities and risks that Brexit will bring
  • Ensure quality is at the heart of the nation’s construction programme
  • Focus on regional investment in construction to rebalance the UK economy.

The CIOB also wrote to prospective parliamentary candidates from all the political parties urging them to consider the importance of the built environment both at a local and national level.  

Challenging the Stereotypes, Creating Careers

Despite the on-going political uncertainty, construction companies are trying to hire staff at their fastest rate for more than a decade yet a lack of skilled workers means many positions could go unfilled. This will have a critical impact on the industry and something we all need to be working together on. It is imperative that, together, we change the image of construction, challenging stereotypes, to show young people the opportunities it holds for them. This year we have been fortunate enough to have some fantastic young people join Ellis as trainee and apprentice estimators, surveyors, administrators and carpenters, and look forward to supporting them develop and grow within the business. If you, or someone you know, would like to know more about opportunities at Ellis, as a trainee or career professional, please get in touch as we are always on the look-out for new talent. 

Opportunities for SMEs

The state of housing in the country remains under the microscope. The demand for both building and remedial work is at the highest ever level of demand and SME’s like Ellis could play a vital role in fulfilling this demand. The House Builders Federation recognizes the challenges faced by SME house builders, with its recently published article stating “Remove barriers and SMEs could deliver 25k more homes a year”. It was interesting to read the range of proposals to address the finance, planning, and red tape barriers which are currently preventing smaller firms such as Ellis from playing a bigger part in tackling the housing crisis.

The report’s foreword, written by Redrow founder Steve Morgan explains how he grew his fledgling business into a national publicly listed builder, something he says ‘would be almost inconceivable today’.

These are a just few of the challenges we are currently facing. As a business, Ellis recognise that we need to address such challenges head-on and re-imagine our business processes for significant growth. We will continue to invest in new technology and new ways of working, but only by working together, can we address wider industry challenges.

Collaborate and Connect

2017 has been an exciting year for Ellis with a variety of projects each bringing their own unique challenges and rewards. We are well aware that our success would not be possible without the continued support and collaboration from our strong supply chain, design team partners and clients and look forward to working with them for many years to come. We always welcome the opportunity to connect, so whether you would like to discuss current or future projects or understand our capabilities, please do get in touch.