Construction Summit 2015 - Final tickets available!

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This year's Chamber Summit will be the largest construction event outside London.

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This year’s Construction Summit is set to attract more than 500 delegates, making it the largest event of its kind outside London and we are pleased to welcome the Government Chief Construction Adviser, Peter Hansford, as guest speaker.

The summit, which takes place on the 15th July, is being organised by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The event offers a unique opportunity for the construction industry to make the Government aware of the challenges the sector faces and the significant impact it has on the regional and national economy.

With construction output worth £30bn in the North West alone up to 2018, the summit will address the key issues of growth, procurement, innovation, skills and training. Delegates will be able to vote live on various issues during the summit to fully inform the debates.

The promise of devolved powers to the North means it is increasingly important to enable Northern businesses to have an outlet to understand how and where the policy that is being made affects them and how they, in turn can affect policy.

Bridget Bartlet, Deputy Chief Executive of the CIOB, which is collaborating with the Chamber on the summit, said: “With a multi-billion pound pipeline of work, Manchester and the construction industry have an opportunity to create a sustainable legacy that will shape the city for generations to come and could point the way for other cities around the world.

“Part of that has to include developing local skills and talent and attracting them into a professional career in construction. The summit brings together many of Manchester’s key players and we look forward to taking part in a lively discussion.”

The other summit partners are: NWCH, ICE, RIBA, ACE, University of Salford, Manchester University, Forum for the Built Environment, North West ICG, RICS, Manchester Growth Company, CIOB, NW Client Group, NFB, CITB, ICES (Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors) and Constructing Excellence – Manchester Club.

The summit will feature of a wide range of panel discussions looking at the following issues:

Setting the Scene

Earlier this month, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that Greater Manchester would be given unprecedented powers over key areas including health, planning, infrastructure and skills funding, in return for agreeing to have an elected mayor.

This panel will discuss if and how this new level of control will allow local government to start to tackle the issues discussed during the summit. Can greater control of skills funding be channeled to address the construction industry’s skills gaps? Will greater local control speed up planning and procurement? Can other city regions gain the same powers and, if so, can they work together to realise the “Northern Powerhouse”?

The Shape of Construction to Come

This panel will be discussing how the construction industry can start to use its expertise to tackle the challenges facing it. The panelists will start a discussion about how new construction methods, digital tools, better data recording and flow, materials science and new ways of buying and contracting can overcome some of these hurdles. They will discuss what support the sector needs in this time of change and if the Government, training providers, funders and even the industry itself is being a help or a hindrance.

Creating Connections – if the North is to fulfill its potential as the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, its cities must be connected, not only physically, but also by sharing a common vision

This panel will be discussing what needs to be done to ensure the “Northern Powerhouse” becomes a reality. It will explore how the Northern cities need to be connected, not just through physical connections, but also through a shared, common vision of the future. Panelists will also examine if the necessary channels are in place for the private and public sectors to work together to deliver and exploit the benefits of major works such as Liverpool Waters, not just in the traditional hinterlands of Merseyside, but across the North as a whole.

Enabling Growth in Challenging Market Conditions

With GDP growth of @2.5% year on year and a regional pipeline of work valued at around £30bn over the next four years, the future should be bright for the construction sector. However, there are some major bumps in the road leading to a prosperous and sustainable industry.

This panel will be looking at some of the major issues the construction industry faces and how it can start to overcome them, including:

• The Labour & Skills shortage: the industry does not have enough skilled people to deliver what is already on the order book • Procurement: it is costing the country and the industry far too much money to select delivery teams • Innovation: increasing demands to try new methods are being made of the supply chain, but many feel they are too busy, or lack the support to adopt them • Government policy and strategy

Sponsorship and Tickets

Final sponsorship packages are available, but are limited. Anyone purchasing 10 tickets can have a free exhibition space worth £500. If you are interested in finding out more, email

Coolair, Trowers & Hamlins, CITB, Brown & Bancroft Interiors Ltd, Tender Management and Parker Wilson have been confirmed as sponsors of the Construction Summit.

Summit partners include: NWCH, ICE, RIBA, ACE, University of Salford, Manchester University, Forum for the Built Environment, North West ICG, RICS, Manchester Growth Company, NW Client Group, NFB, CITB, ICES (Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors) and Constructing Excellence – Manchester Club.



8.30am - 4.30pm

Who is this suitable for?

Any company involved in building, construction and property sector.


Standard: £175.00 + VAT

Member: £100.00 + VAT


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