Construction net zero Ellis Fox Blog

Achieving Net-Zero – 5 Key considerations for Construction Leaders

Highways England recently announced their roadmap for achieving net zero by 2040. As one of the largest infrastructure construction firms in the UK, it is encouraging to see their commitment to reducing environmental impacts and taking the lead in the industry to do so. Accelerating efforts to become net-zero are highly complex. What are the…

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Green jobs Ellis Fox Blog

Green Jobs in Construction – Opportunities and Challenges

A report was recently published by the Green Jobs Taskforce citing that every UK job has the potential to be green. This aligns with the government’s proposed Green Revolution and is particularly relevant for the construction industry. As the built environment is one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions and waste, it is under…

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Management lessons from lockdown

As the economy starts to reopen more and there is more freedom of movement, many companies are faced with a new set of challenges. For more than 18 months most employees have worked from home, companies have had to define what’s essential in terms of being onsite and new technology adoption has grown exponentially. People…

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Mindset matters

When one talks about mindset, it’s usually in the context of having a positive or negative approach to life. Indeed in recruitment we’ve witnessed how people with a “can-do” mindset tend to go further, have larger professional networks and enjoy a greater level of success in their career. The past year has been especially tough…

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UKIB Ellis Fox Blog

Money Makers – How will the Infrastructure Bank change UK construction?

There is a great deal of responsibility resting with the UK’s Infrastructure Bank (UKIB). It has been trusted with a relatively large pot of money – £22 million to be precise – and tasked to fulfill two key mandates: Levelling up on inequality and helping the public and private sector reach net-zero targets. Of note…

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Net zero Ellis Fox Blog

Can UK construction collaborate to achieve net-zero?

The built environment has for decades carried the label as being one of the biggest single contributors to carbon emissions. This past week saw the announcement and soft launch of The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. This is massive positive step in the right direction, indicating that industry role players are committed to…

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What can be done about the skills crisis?

It is good that the construction industry is booming with multiple major infrastructure projects coming online. It’s creating more opportunities for companies and individuals. But amid the major expansion plans that most players in the construction sector have, there’s one major flaw. There’s not enough expertise to fill the skills gap and ensure successful delivery…

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Infrastructure efficiency Ellis Fox Blog

Promises vs Reality – What will deliver Infrastructure Efficiency?

When new infrastructure projects are announced it is usually with great fanfare. There’s much focus on the amount of money being invested in the project, how many jobs will be created and the benefits to the public. These are all positives, but the reality is that few infrastructure projects deliver on expectations. Delays and project…

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How to be the construction firm people want to work for

Career development is one of the top considerations when professionals are looking for new opportunities. People want to know that there’ll be prospects for growth beyond the position that they’re applying for, and if there aren’t, they’re unlikely to sign up for the role. How can construction companies create opportunities for growth while hiring for…

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3 ways for Senior Managers to Futureproof a Career in Construction

Infrastructure development is full steam ahead in the UK and specialist senior skills are in high demand. However, companies are still hiring cautiously because there is too much at stake if they get it wrong. Certificates and skills on paper don’t necessarily mean that the person can do the job. In fact, soft skills are…

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Construction waste Ellis Fox Blog

Too much construction waste, not enough materials

The current materials supply chain problem that is being experienced in UK construction is a prime example of the liner economy gone wrong. While there is no shortage of waste being produced by infrastructure and construction in the UK, due to a number of factors the supply of certain construction materials is trickling though and…

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Resillience Ellis Fox Blog

Can construction pull it off?

While many industries have labored under the constraints of lockdown, the construction industry has been steadily increasing output and project starts. This has been encouraging, considering the industry has been plagued by its own set of challenges. The latest of which is the materials shortages being experienced in the supply chain. Repeatedly government has promised…

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