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First SoBE breakfast briefing hailed a tremendous success

Nov 26, 2018

Honorary visiting professor Claire Handby opens the event
Honorary visiting professor Claire Handby opens the event

Last Friday saw the first of a regular series of breakfast briefings, run by the School of the Built Environment, hosted by Deloitte in Manchester.

Entitled “Post-Brexit construction: Plan vs Reality”, the event addressed the issue of uncertainty over Brexit for the construction sector. With Chatham House rules in place, the briefing was a perfect informal opportunity for the 70 plus industry delegates to share opportunities and concerns in a supportive setting.

Keynote speaker leading construction economist Professor Noble Francis from the Construction Products Association (CPA) gave his viewpoint on key issues around our imminent exit from the European Union (EU), such as.

  • Could Brexit worsen the construction sector’s skills shortages, constrain investment in new housebuilding and further worsen the UK’s housing shortage?
  • How would key changes in taxation and restrictions on labour migration from other EU states affect the cost of construction projects? What would the impact be on the sector’s supply chain?
  • How would restrictions on trade in construction products impact on potential construction growth?

In his position as economic director of the CPA, Professor Francis heads up one of the most respected teams of economists in the industry, producing the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. With a Masters Degree and PhD in applied economics, he has over 15 years of experience producing economic forecasts. He and his team’s work is regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio. Nobel also writes a regular column for Building Magazine and is a visiting professor at the University of Westminster in the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment.

Professor Hisham Elkadi, Dean of the Built Environment said:

“Our first breakfast lecture event went extremely well and the number of attendees demonstrates the strong reputation our School of the Built Environment has in the construction sector. I would like pay thanks to Angela Lee and her team and colleagues in marketing for organising such a well-attended event. Having Professor Noble Francis as our keynote speaker was a real coup for the University and feedback was excellent. I am very much looking forward to our next breakfast briefing in January"

The next Breakfast Briefing is on 24 January 8am to 10am (venue tbc). The topic is "Raising Standards: Construction Quality" with keynote speaker Mike Ormesher, Research and Product Development Director at the British Board of Agrement.