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Construction leaders discuss future of the industry at Leadership Dinner in Bath

A group of construction leaders and professionals from across Bath attended a dedicated event to discuss how to combat some of the biggest challenges currently facing the industry.

The event was organised by Constructing Excellence South West, a member-led organisation designed to drive positive change in construction, and was chaired by Julia Davenport-Cooper, Partner at Temple Bright LLP.

Sponsored by global business insurer Gallagher, the evening was well attended by key clients, local authorities, developers and contractors who each shared their experiences of working within the industry.

Understanding how to navigate the challenges on climate crisis, building safety and attracting future skills and talent into the sector is a big focus throughout the region. So, the evening looked primarily at what can be done differently in these areas to make positive changes for the future of the industry.

Julia Davenport-Cooper, Chair of Constructing Excellence Bath Club, said: “It was a fantastic evening and marked one of the first times we were able to reunite as a club. Thank you to everyone who gave up their free time to attend and for being so open and honest during the discussions.

“A wide range of personal experiences, views and recommendations were shared across the room as participants unpicked climate crisis, building safety and future skills.

“Constructing Excellence South West is responsible for enabling us to hold events like this, and with the support of Gallagher it was a great success. We have lots of other events in the pipeline which will offer more opportunities to identify what changes can be made in our region, before rolling out fresh ideas and initiatives to the wider sector.”

Gallagher Managing Director, Bristol, Andy Ferguson added: ““All too often businesses work individually to tackle what’s actually a common challenge to all of us.  This event has shown how much more can be achieved when we come together and share our experiences of how we are adapting to change and embracing new ways of working.

“It was fantastic to be able to support this event and see the construction industry in Bath come together to drive forward positive change.”

This event forms part of a wider series of leadership gatherings which are being held in the South West region. The remaining sessions are scheduled to take place throughout the rest of the year in Taunton, Bournemouth, Swindon, Cheltenham, Exeter and Bristol.

The next Constructing Excellence Bath Club is an online webinar which looks at the ESG arena, with the leaders in this field highlighting how they believe it will be delivered in the sector or on projects. To sign-up to the event being held on Wednesday 15 June, visit:

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