Contractor bosses fire up campaign for jobs and growth

Aaron Morby 10 years ago
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The country’s big name contractors have buried their differences to get behind a new campaign to build the country back into growth.

Twenty three of the country’s main contracting chiefs have taken the unprecedented step of putting their names to the new campaign: Creating Britain’s Future.

They are calling on Government to speed up decision making and find new ways of financing construction projects to stimulate growth.

It comes as the industry faces the fastest slowdown in memory with most fearing thousands more job losses and further rounds of company closures as the Government’s growth policies founder.

Bosses are pledging to hammer home the campaign message on site hoardings around the country.

The initiative has kicked off with a letter published in the Daily Telegraph setting out the industry’s ability to stimulate growth, and the official launch today at London’s Centre Point tower to an audience including representatives from the CBI.

It will highlight UK construction’s world class credentials, citing how Olympic venues were built on time, under budget and gave valuable skills to many people.

The Shard and Crossrail will also be spotlighted as showpiece achievements, showing the industry’s ability to tackle the largest infrastructure projects in Europe.

Paul Sheffield, CEO of Kier Group said: “The construction industry has one of the highest multipliers of any industry – every £1 invested in construction generates £2.84 in economic value.

“Yet, construction output is falling as government spending contracts and public sector projects are delayed.

“Within the current reduced public sector budget, there is more the national government and local authorities could be doing to stimulate construction and create growth; not least by speeding up decision making and finding new ways of financing construction projects.”

Nowadays construction employs 1 in 12 people in the UK and offers a quick fix to creating jobs, campaigners will argue today.

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    Creating Britain’s Future backers

    Mike Peasland, Chief Executive Officer, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

    Graham Cash, Chief Executive, BAM Construct UK

    Steve Fox, Chief Executive, BAM Nuttall

    Richard Howson, Chief Executive, Carillion

    Steve Radcliffe, Managing Director, Clugston Construction

    Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive, Costain Group

    Kevin Mouatt, Chief Executive Officer, D&R Group

    Greg Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Galliford Try

    David Fison, Chief Executive, Geoffrey Osborne

    John Hynes, Managing Director UK, Harsco Infratsructure Services

    Adrian Ringrose, Chief Executive, Interserve

    David Lawther, Chief Executive Officer, ISG

    Paul Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer, Kier Group

    Stephen Pycroft, Chairman and Chief Executive, Mace

    Keith Miller CBE, Group Chief Executive, Miller Group

    Rod Sellers, Chairman, Seddon Group

    Tom Haughey, Chief Executive Officer, Severfield-Rowen

    Cullum McAlpine, Director, Sir Robert McAlpine

    John Stanion, Chief Executive, Vinci

    Alan Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, VolkerWessels UK

    Paul Drechsler, Chairman and Chief Executive, Wates

    Rick Willmott, Chairman, Willmott Dixon

    Stephen Ratcliffe, Director, UK Contractors Group

    Steve Bratt, Chief Executive Officer, Electrical Contractors Association

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