Construction covid lessons Ellis Fox Blog

What has the construction industry learnt from the pandemic?

The construction industry wasn’t in great shape when the pandemic hit, but perhaps that was a good thing. For years there have been calls for change, but little action was taken, because it seemed, there were always more important fires to put out. But earlier this year as the country entered lockdown and construction was…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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