Construction innovation Ellis Fox Blog

What does technology bring to construction?

It’s generally perceived that investing in innovative technology is something for early adopters. Those willing to take a risk and who can afford to lose money if it doesn’t pan out. But let’s be honest, what business in any industry right now can afford to lose money? It shouldn’t be an excuse to retain less…

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Construction sustainability Ellis Fox Blog

How can Construction Leaders Accelerate Sustainability Efforts?

The construction industry has often been accused of slow to accept new innovations and implement change. But with the sector being one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions by industry, the pressure is on to green building efforts and prioritise sustainability. There isn’t a singular or simple solution and managing the many facets that…

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Innovation construction Ellis Fox Blog

What does the future of innovation in construction look like?

Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas that can have the biggest impact and in an industry such as infrastructure and utilities where construction is usually on a massive scale, these small ideas can sometimes be overlooked. Fortunately the industry is seeing a wave of investment being made available for trialing prototypes with the objective of…

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2021 construction wins Ellis Fox blog

Did UK construction win or lose in 2021?

It was a year that started optimistically for construction. Output was up, vaccine rollouts were promising a swift end to the pandemic and Brexit was mostly finalised. But a few months in, while output continued to climb, other challenges started to surface – supply shortages, labour shortages and rising costs of both. 2021 was not…

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Innovation netzero Ellis Fox Blog

What’s Driving Construction Innovation?

There’s little debate that leadership plays a vital role in business success. It’s not just about navigating operational challenges, or factors influencing the future of the industry, but looking for opportunities to leverage, even if they deviate from the normal way of operating. Currently one of the most talked about topics is climate change and…

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Construction robotics Ellis Fox Blog

New technologies driving change in construction

There is a great deal of innovation taking place in the construction sector and predictions are that 3D printing and off-site manufacturing may well one day overtake traditional construction methods. There are some that believe the industry could benefit a great deal if this were to take place sooner rather than later, but changing decades…

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Mindset Ellis Fox Blog

Mindset matters

When one talks about mindset, it’s usually in the context of having a positive or negative approach to life. Indeed in recruitment we’ve witnessed how people with a “can-do” mindset tend to go further, have larger professional networks and enjoy a greater level of success in their career. The past year has been especially tough…

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Infrastructure efficiency Ellis Fox Blog

Promises vs Reality – What will deliver Infrastructure Efficiency?

When new infrastructure projects are announced it is usually with great fanfare. There’s much focus on the amount of money being invested in the project, how many jobs will be created and the benefits to the public. These are all positives, but the reality is that few infrastructure projects deliver on expectations. Delays and project…

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Manager Ellis Fox Blog

3 ways for Senior Managers to Futureproof a Career in Construction

Infrastructure development is full steam ahead in the UK and specialist senior skills are in high demand. However, companies are still hiring cautiously because there is too much at stake if they get it wrong. Certificates and skills on paper don’t necessarily mean that the person can do the job. In fact, soft skills are…

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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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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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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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