Construction companies host breakfast seminar

A BREAKFAST seminar aimed at public sector organisations and the professionals who work with them is being held in Edwinstowe.

The event has been organised by the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) and co-hosts Robert Woodhead and Ashe Construction, both of which are commercial construction companies and empa framework contractor partners. Empa is a body of East Midlands local authorities whose collaborative procurement arrangements bring about greater savings for public sector clients on their construction and property maintenance projects – while delivering schemes to a high quality with a focus on investing in local supply chains.

Organisations are encouraged to send representatives who will have the chance to network and learn about the benefits of shared working through empa while also hearing from two prominent speakers. Expert insight into the principles of BIM and public sector estate rationalisation will be on the agenda. The speakers will be Colin Packman, deputy Midlands lead, Government Property Unit, Efficiency and Reform Group, plus Sarah Davidson, director – head of R&D at Gleeds.

Colin will discuss the co-ordination of Government estate rationalisation, including engaging with local authorities and other public agencies to explore the scope for mutually beneficial joint working.

Sarah will give an overview of BIM and explore how it can support a whole range of construction projects and government soft landings.

Glenn Slater, Director of Robert Woodhead commented “As a company working with the public sector on a day-to-day basis, we know how crucial it is to deliver the best results and find efficiencies, at a time when greater scrutiny is placed on value for money in public spending. “This seminar can help that process, creating opportunities for those attending and the partners they work with.”

Sheridan McKnight from Ashe Construction added: “I would encourage public sector organisations and those working with them to attend the seminar which offers a great opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest in a relaxed atmosphere as well as hearing the views of expert speakers who can help identify and highlight opportunities in the sector.” Head of empa Alan Coole said: “Our breakfast seminars are proving a great way for public sector professionals and organisations to get together and learn about the shared benefits of working through empa.

“Our two speakers at Edwinstowe are ideally placed to give a valuable insight into their areas of expertise and I would encourage as many people and organisations as possible to attend.”

The seminar, the latest in a series of regular breakfast meetings to encourage construction industry businesses to network and discover the benefits of collaborative procurement, will be held on Tuesday, June 17 from 8am to 10.30am at Edwinstowe House in Nottinghamshire.

Anyone who works in public sector procurement interested in attending the event should email for further information