Smart motorways emissions Ellis Fox Blog

Smart innovation – can smart technology help lower emissions on highways?

The technology for smart highways is already being rolled out on several major motorways in the UK, particularly in and around London. To date the focus of the smart technology has primarily been on reducing traffic congestion and improving road safety for commuters. As it turns out there could be another benefit that would go…

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Connect the dots Ellis Fox Blog

It’s time to connect the dots…

Every week the news headlines bring more doom and gloom, if it’s not the latest Brexit debacle, it’s how yet another construction firm has closed its doors. It’s certainly shattered the assumption that if you’re big you can’t go bust, and now with one of the oldest construction firms closing, it shows that just because…

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Interim difference Ellis Fox Blog

Can you as an interim make a difference to a construction industry in crisis?

There is no question that the industry is in dire need of expertise. Every month brings news of yet another company falling under administration or insolvency. It doesn’t seem to matter if the company was once one of biggest or even the oldest in the industry, most seem to be struggling. Industry reports say that…

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Tech Utilities Ellis Fox Blog

Tech for tomorrow – keeping utilities switched on

IoT and smart technology are becoming the accepted norm in society with people familiar with the ability to switch on security alarms or lights remotely using smart devices. For utilities companies, smart sensoring is being used to be able to better predict demand and areas of routine maintenance. But technology’s offerings go far beyond that….

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Tech skills - digital transformation

Tech skills – making digital transformation work in construction

While the construction industry in the UK is not generally known for its pioneering approach to digital transformation, it’s not necessarily stuck in the dark ages. There are some companies proving that technology can be hugely beneficial to business, from data analysis to engineering and design applications. Technology in itself is not necessarily holding back…

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Infrastructure community benfit

What’s in it for us? – Are Main Contractors missing the point?

It’s quite logical that in most major infrastructure projects there’s a clear benefit to the community. Upgraded roads and rail lines facilitate smoother commuting. Utility upgrades result in fewer outages and better service delivery – in theory. Expanded rail networks ease congestion and delays. Yet it seems getting to that point where the community actually…

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Direct labour force skills EF Blog

A direct labour force – is this the change construction needs to secure its future?

Traditionally the construction industry has relied heavily on contract labourers, many of them immigrants and workers from the EU. Now with the turmoil that is Brexit, it’s shining a spotlight on labour sources. If the UK institutes more stringent immigration laws then many existing contract workers may face deportation and not be allowed to continue…

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Hiring for tomorrow Ellis Fox Blog

How to successfully hire for today and tomorrow

There have been a lot of changes in senior management within the construction industry lately, with CEO’s, CFO’s and managing directors moving within the industry to other main contractors. This in turn has created opportunities for others to take on more senior roles. But are there people within your organisition that will be able to…

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Construction UK decline

Too big to go bust? – not for PLC’s in Construction

There’s not much argument that PLC’s in construction are having a hard time of it. In 2018 it was Carillion making headlines and now just a quarter into 2019 it’s Interserve in administration – although pretty much everyone saw that coming. Maybe not the executive bonuses paid out the week before the paperwork started, but…

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People productivity

Profits, projects and people – Are Main Contractors dropping the ball?

You have to admit, the goings on in the construction industry have been a bit of a circus in recent years. It seems the industry is always on the back foot, having to come up with excuses as to why performance and output is down yet at the same time crying about the skills shortage…

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What’s in a name?

Shakespeare aside, wordplay when describing roles in recruitment can get fairly interesting. The question is; Does a job title make a difference to attracting top candidates? Is it about the role, or do people still value a business title that attaches to it a certain level of status? Here’s something to think about: Would you…

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How to jump ship so that it doesn’t come back to bite you

The New Year is usually a time for reflection when many people consider making career moves. Finding a new position is the exciting part, but then there’s the unenviable task of resigning. If your reasons for leaving have less to do with the new opportunity and more to do with getting out of your current…

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