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Crucial construction summit sees business leaders set their sights on the future

Construction leaders from across Cornwall attended a dedicated event to discuss tackling the main challenges currently facing the industry in the South West.

The event was chaired by Giles Blight from Bailey Partnership and Lewis Tolputt of Classic Builders.

Held at Watergate Bay Hotel, the event was sponsored by global business insurer Gallagher, and supported further by Bailey Partnership and Classic Builders. The attendees included key clients, local authorities, council leaders, architects, engineers, developers and contractors who all openly talked about their experiences of working in the industry, and shared their recommendations on how to combat the climate crisis, building safety and procurement on value.

Giles Blight, Chair of the Constructing Excellence Cornwall hub, said: “This event was a pilot project for a wider programme being rolled out by Constructing Excellence South West. It was great to be given the opportunity to test the water in Newquay to see who would engage in the conversation and attend on the night.”

“It was fantastic to have so many of the key players who work in construction come together and give up their free time to discuss issues like the climate crisis, building safety and procurement on value to understand their different points of view.”

“Everyone was incredibly passionate about the topics being discussed across the evening, and it was agreed more events like this are needed to help make a real difference to the future of the industry.”

“Construction is fundamental for the UK economy, and so it’s vital we take action now to make sure the sector continues to thrive. Starting small and looking at what can change within our region is a great first step, before rolling out new ideas and initiatives further afield.”

“Constructing Excellence South West enables us to hold events like this, and with Gallagher support, the whole evening was a great success. This is just the start of things to come for CE Cornwall, and we look forward to future events that capture the thoughts and ideas of the great minds in construction.”

Ross Browne, Development Director for Gallagher added: “Fundamental to successful change is people coming together to discuss the pressing issues in their sector for the good of all. To be part

of the evening in Newquay and hear first-hand how the people in the room are adapting to and embracing change, proved the value of that and how we can be better, when we work together.”

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