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Somerset construction leaders meet for crucial future of industry talks at Taunton Leadership Dinner

Construction leaders and professionals from across Taunton and the surrounding areas attended an event designed to focus on some of the biggest challenges currently facing the industry.

Held at Castle Hotel, Taunton, the event was organised by Constructing Excellence South West (CESW) – a member-led organisation designed to drive positive change in construction – and chaired by Andrew Carpenter, CEO of CESW, and Liz Bennett, Director of Safety in Design.

The evening was well attended by a variety of key clients, contractors and developers who each shared their thoughts on climate crisis, building safety and the value toolkit.

Sponsored by global business insurance broker Gallagher, participants were quick to get involved and share their personal experiences and recommendations on how the industry can come together to successfully tackle the net-zero targets, changes to building safety and deliver value.

Liz Bennett, Chair of Constructing Excellence Somerset Club, said: “This event forms part of a wider programme being rolled out by Constructing Excellence South West. It was great to be able to run a specific session in Taunton and to hear the views of those who work in the construction industry every day.

“Everyone was incredibly passionate about the topics being discussed throughout the evening, and it was clear to see how collaboration can play a fundamental role in tackling some of the ongoing issues facing the sector.

“Without Constructing Excellence South West and Gallagher the evening wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you to both organisations who helped to make the event a great success.”

Cheryl Phillips, Managing Director for Gallagher in Exeter, said: “This event in Taunton has shown once again how much can be achieved when people and businesses come together to tackle common issues.

“It was great to be able to support this event and to contribute to the discussions in overcoming challenges and embracing positive change in building safety and our part to play in reaching net-zero targets. Collaboration is key to change, and we’re delighted to be a part of that.”

This event forms part of a wider leadership dinner series being rolled out across the region by Constructing Excellence South West. Future sessions are scheduled for the autumn and have been arranged to be held in Bournemouth, Swindon, Cheltenham, Exeter and Bristol.

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