VAT cashflow Ellis Fox Blog

VAT and Cash flow – a new headache for Construction

The reverse VAT changes that have recently come into effect are predicted to negatively impact subcontractor cash flows for the next two to three months. In fact there was an industry campaign launched in February 2021 to try stop its implementation. The primary argument for this is that companies are already being hit hard by…

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Diversity Ellis Fox Blog

Diversity is an issue for men

There’s been much discussion in the construction industry about the gender pay gap and Diversity and Inclusion. Even business research supports the view that the more diverse a company the more likely it is to progress ahead of its competitors. Yet in construction change is small and change is slow. To be clear, it’s not…

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Tech transformation Ellis Fox Blog

Technology transformation in Construction

Times of crisis often necessitate innovation. And for an industry that has traditionally been resistant to change, construction is certainly stepping up. Throughout both lockdowns main contractors have had to navigate the challenges of keeping work going amid safety concerns, staff and materials shortages. Many companies have reshuffled and started to refocus on technologies and…

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Construction major projects skills Ellis Fox Blog

What can make or break major projects?

Major projects such as HS2 and Crossrail are often in the news, citing problems with funding, productivity, community objections or government approvals. But there is one element that often gets overlooked, because it’s not in the public eye.  It’s the people driving the success of the project, the many role players that have specialised expertise…

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Construction bidding Ellis Fox Blog

Construction bidding – What comes first, bid or hire?

Bidding on major frameworks, whether as part of a joint venture or sole main contractor is a major undertaking. There are many considerations, not least of which is taking into account the specific skills needed to win and deliver on a project. Many companies are faced with the dilemma of when to hire. Should the…

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3D Printing Construction Ellis Fox Blog

3D Printing – Is this the future of Construction?

Transforming the construction sector and adopting new technologies was talked about long before the pandemic upended life. But sadly, it was mostly just talk. Costs and barriers to entry were still high and many felt that there were more important things to focus on such as navigating the unknowns of Brexit and winning bidding wars…

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Construction Skills Ellis Fox Blog

Can the UK develop the skills construction needs?

In the lead up to Brexit and in the wake of sweeping immigration changes, the construction industry warned that losing access to EU and other foreign workers could place it at a disadvantage. Already in 2018, predictions were that there weren’t sufficient skills to replace those senior executives who would be up for retirement in…

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Lockdown fatigue Elllis Fox Blog

How to help employees manage lockdown fatigue

A new year is supposed to be a time of fresh thinking, goal setting and planning. Yet the current lockdown working environment makes that very difficult for managers and employees alike. One can’t even switch on the television to switch off because the news these days is downright depressing. Changing lockdown rules, concerns over economic…

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Brexit trade deal Ellis Fox Blog

Brexit trade deal and the impacts on construction

Following rounds of unfruitful negotiations over the past years, and as the Brexit deadline on 1 January 2021 loomed, many companies were preparing for the implications of a no-deal Brexit. But just 7 days before the deadline, an agreement was finally reached. There are still many changes ahead, and companies will need to prepare for…

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2021 construction projects Ellis Fox Blog

Which construction projects will help drive recovery in 2021?

Considering what a challenging year 2020 was, many will be looking to 2021 as a year where there are more positive outcomes. Indeed with vaccine rollouts happening there is a sense of optimism that the worst of the pandemic will soon pass and that economic activity will once again pick up. Early indicators are that…

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Mental health Ellus Fox Blog

Mental Health – Are Senior Managers most at Risk?

While construction is one of the few sectors that is experiencing more growth and showing resilience to the effects of the pandemic as we end 2020, one has to ask, at what cost? Some main contractors are posting better than expected profit margins, but others have had to downsize and make redundancies. While the press…

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Technology and infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

UK Infrastructure – What difference can technology make?

When a major infrastructure fails to deliver on time or on budget, everyone loses. The contractors involved, the investors, and members of the public and business owners that were promised better transport or utilities. It’s no wonder that when new major infrastructure projects are announced, they’re met with broad opposition and skepticism. To date the…

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