Business Environment

For the construction industry to flourish and achieve its undoubted potential, there are a number of critical issues with affect its business environment…

From the performance of our local councils in terms of making speedy decisions on planning applications, to the need for planning policy to have within it an economic ‘golden thread’, to issues around tax and the National Living Wage, to the need to have a competitive employment law framework in Northern Ireland, it is critical that the Executive stays on top of those issues which impact on the industry’s competitiveness in the increasingly global economy.

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New Half-Year State of Trade Survey launched

At this critical and evolving time in our economy, the CEF and BDO Northern Ireland continue to champion the Northern Ireland construction industry. We recognise that businesses in our sector are key to a healthy, recovering economy and the views and input from the industry are essential to guide our politicians and business leaders to maximise the opportunity before us. With this in mind, we wish to invite you to participate in this, the Half-Year State of Trade Survey, to hear your views on the sector, the challenges and opportunities you face and, what in your opinion is the overall outlook for the sector going forward.

Construction industry welcomes latest Patron

The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) has today announced its latest Patronage partnership agreement with leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, Willis Towers Watson, to provide CEF members with a dedicated insurance package which offers competitive rates and wide policy covers.


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