Demand for construction products remains high both in the UK and globally and is set to continue throughout 2021 in every sector. Unfortunately, this means the availability issues we are currently experiencing are likely to worsen before they improve.
Recent years have seen industry’s engagement with government on matters of public procurement improve significantly...
With a public sector capital budget in Northern Ireland of over £1 billion a year, that engagement has been geared towards making procurement processes easier and more straightforward for local companies.
On matters such as the centralisation of the procurement and delivery of key infrastructure projects, social clauses and Project Bank Accounts it is though critical that industry continues to have its voice heard.
Significant cost increases and the introduction of new restrictions on professional indemnity insurance are preventing companies taking on projects and could delay essential building safety work. These were the findings of a pan-industry survey of over 1,000 firms carried out by the Construction Leadership Council. CEF and its members took part in this, the largest ever survey on PII in construction.
Over the last week, the CEF has given evidence to the Finance and Infrastructure Committees in the Assembly on a number of topics.