Net zero Ellis Fox Blog

Can UK construction collaborate to achieve net-zero?

The built environment has for decades carried the label as being one of the biggest single contributors to carbon emissions. This past week saw the announcement and soft launch of The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. This is massive positive step in the right direction, indicating that industry role players are committed to…

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Salary negotiation Ellis Fox Blog

Playing your cards right in salary negotiations

For both candidates and companies salary negotiations can be tricky. Show your cards too soon and you could lose out, ending up paying more or earning less than you would have liked. Finding the winning option for both parties is not simple, but it can be made easier when you have someone in the middle…

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Interview tips Ellis Fox Blog

How to win at your next interview

Going for a job interview can be nerve racking, especially if it represents a big step up in your career. Preparing well can help lift your confidence and present yourself in a way that impresses a potential employer. Knowing what kind questions are likely to be asked and how to phrase your answers can make…

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Leadership Ellis Fox Blog

Will Construction Leaders step up?

The past few years have highlighted the good, the bad and the very ugly of leadership in construction. The Carillion collapse that made massive headlines at the time, highlighted that no matter the size of an organization poor leadership can make it fail. Navigating the pandemic in 2020 also put construction leaders to the test…

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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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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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Green infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

Green infrastructure – moving past planning a green revolution

Recently the PM Boris Johnson announced an ambitious 10 point green revolution plan. Outlining how the UK can become net zero and achieve its emissions targets by 2050. The plan includes creating at least 250 000 jobs and providing public investment to build the infrastructure needed. While welcomed by both environmental and infrastructure development parties,…

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Brexit construction Ellis Fox Blog

What will a no-deal Brexit mean for UK Construction?

With just two months to go until the UK says goodbye to the European Union, there’s a strong likelihood it’s going to be an unceremonious no-deal Brexit. Despite months and years of negotiations agreement on trade deals have not be reached and this is going to have a direct impact on many industries. For construction…

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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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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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