Air Quality Ellis Fox Blog

The question of air quality in the UK

When talking about air quality most people think about outdoor pollution and the smoggy grey skies that hover over industrial areas.  But as the cold winter months approach and the second wave of covid starts to take hold in the UK, people are increasingly concerned about indoor air quality. This concern is not unfounded. The…

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Executive coaching Ellis Fox Blog

What do executives need from their employers?

There is a great deal of pressure on executive directors to perform. They have to lead their divisions and teams, plan and execute, strategise and report. Every day they have to use their knowledge and expertise to ensure that the company is going in the right direction, while navigating multiple challenges. Some might have the…

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Infrastructure funding UK Ellis Fox Blog

Where will infrastructure funding come from?

Infrastructure has been highlighted as one of the sectors that can be a catalyst to economic recovery. The government has set out ambitious plans to expand and improve on roads, rail, water, power and telecoms utilities and set aside billions in funding to kick start these projects. While this is welcome news, some industry experts…

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nonexec director Ellis Fox blog

Should you consider becoming a Non-Executive Director?

For many who have achieved a great deal of success in their career, it may get to a point where you wonder; “What’s next?” At a senior level, options are limited simply because there are fewer positions available and senior executives don’t move frequently. However, with the right level of expertise and experience, becoming a…

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Business development Ellis Fox Blog

Future proof through business development

As turbulent as the marketplace is at present, the focus on rebuilding economy through infrastructure development is creating a wealth of opportunities for the construction industry. The question is; how can companies best capitalise on these opportunities? Now may be the ideal time to bring in senior expertise to focus on securing a pipeline of…

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Hiring for economic recovery Ellis Fox Blog

Hiring for economic recovery

The government has repeatedly confirmed that they want infrastructure and construction to form the backbone of the UK’s post pandemic economic recovery. Major funding has been announced for new frameworks, while major projects such as HS2 and Hinkley Point C are forging ahead. Yet at the same time, main contractors are going to have to…

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Team business recovery Ellis Fox Blog

Back to work, back on track

Despite ongoing uncertainty and safety concerns, business is opening back up. Many employees that have been working remotely from home are returning to the office and most are only too glad to be getting back to some form of normal. So while it may feel we can all sigh with relief, the reality is that…

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Diversity construction Ellis Fox blog

What’s hampering diversity in construction?

Recent events in the USA have highlighted some of the issues regarding diversity and racial prejudice. It’s a heated debate for sure, but what does it have to do with construction? Statistics from a 2014 survey indicate that the percentage of black people and minority groups in the UK’s general workforce is only 10%. In…

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Construction pipeline Ellis Fox Blog

What’s in the pipeline for Construction?

There is no debate that construction plays a vital role in the economy and as a result any type of recovery plan would need to include a sizeable investment to stimulate the industry. While main contractors are seeing a trend from private clients delaying decisions on the start of new construction projects, public funding is…

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save construction Ellis Fox Blog

5 Key construction management skills needed for recovery

As industry sectors are giving the green light to reopen, concerns about safety remain. But for many construction managers the biggest challenge is making business work, while at the same time navigating all the constraints, impacting factors and concerns. Already in May 2020 the construction sector recorded a high number of administrations – which was…

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Construction contracts Ellis Fox Blog

Construction contracts post covid-19

While in general the UK construction industry is haunted by its reputation for project delays and poor productivity levels, even the most proficient main contractor will not have been able to avoid the impacts of covid-19.  While the government supported and even encouraged construction sites to remain open, making that happen as the pandemic grew…

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Remote management Ellis Fox Blog

Making Remote Management Work

By now most people have grown more comfortable with working from home and companies have adapted their systems to accommodate and facilitate remote working. But large organisations still require management. And management requires the ability to interface with their teams. So how can this be achieved effectively when you and your team are all working…

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