Team motivation Ellis Fox Blog

How can commercial directors keep their teams motivated?

The craziness of 2020 is far from over. As the UK enters the winter months and the risks of the virus rear their ugly head again, the workplace will become more stressful. Most companies were just starting to feel a sense of ‘normal’ again, and now they have to plan on how to deal with…

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Social value Ellis Fox Blog

Can social value change the landscape of UK construction?

In a move that has been celebrated by many, the UK government recently announced a new approach to public procurement for construction and infrastructure. The social value model will be used to assess tender applications with the view that it’ll create opportunities for many smaller players in the supply chain to benefit. But what is…

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Construction productivity Ellis Fox Blog

Productivity, policy and profits

As construction and the development of infrastructure leads the charge towards economic recovery in the UK, there are still some sceptics that question if the industry can actually deliver. Historically main contractors have struggled to maintain profits and productivity and have held on tightly to some poor policies – such as late payments. What will…

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Attract top talent Ellis Fox Blog

Let’s talk about attracting top talent

The business world is competitive, it’s about winning and succeeding. Up and coming candidates want to work for industry leaders where they can make their mark and further their career goals. To attract top talent you need to be a company people want to work for. So how do you go about showcasing the organisation…

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UK infrastructure future Ellis Fox Blog

The future of UK infrastructure

There are grand hopes that it is the development of infrastructure and utilities that will help stimulate growth in the British economy. Funding has been made available and frameworks announced. But the questions remain: What does infrastructure of the future look like? Will the industry be able to deliver on projects incorporating smart technology while…

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Circular economy construction Ellis Fox Blog

Can construction learn to bend?

As the world rethinks business strategies, many are hinting that the only sustainable way of rebuilding the economy is if industry starts to embrace the circular economy. Most senior professionals are aware of the concept of the circular economy, reducing reliance on new resources and reducing waste. Yet the primary adoption of circular strategies remain…

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Opportunity economic recovery Ellis Fox Blog

Crises and opportunities on the road to recovery

While the primary focus may currently be on the opportunities for economic recovery following the pandemic, the reality is that the challenges that existed prior to March are still around. Brexit is anything but clarified and the likelihood of disruptions caused by major climate events such as heatwaves and flooding remain. Plus the industry was…

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Uncomplicate hiring Ellis Fox Blog

It’s complicated? – It shouldn’t be!

The modern day term “it’s complicated” often raises an eyebrow. What is the person not saying? Why is it complicated? And you may be wondering: What does complicated have to do with hiring top talent for utilities and construction? Many companies determine to get the hiring process right, asking candidates for multiple interviews and assessments….

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EV in consuction Ellis Fox Blog

EV’s in construction

HS2 recently made headlines again – this time in a positive way – with the announcement that they’re trialing the use of all electric forklifts on site. Now this may not seem like a big deal. However, given current economic woes and the fact that EV’s are still seen as a relatively pricey investment, it’s…

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Career Future Ellis Fox Blog

What do you have?

At a time of uncertainty, it is easy to focus on the negatives. If you have been furloughed you may be debating what your next move should be. Will you be rehired by your previous employer? Will you have to seek out a new position? Are companies even hiring now? And how do you compete…

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Construction positive Ellis Fox Blog

How to stay positive despite a gloomy future outlook

The construction industry has been battling bad news for more than two years. And just when things were starting to look up for the sector, with the go-ahead of HS2 and improved output in February and the beginning of March, corona struck. If people were asking what more could go wrong, that was the answer….

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Construction hiring Ellis Fox Blog

Should UK Construction be hiring now?

As many main contractors start reopening sites and returning to work, it’s accepted that it will be a while before momentum is gained. There are still many obstacles to overcome and new safety requirements as well as backlogs in the supply chain are going to slow the speed at which work can progress. While there…

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