CEWales E Bulletin Dec 2022

Christmas is coming and no doubt you are all trying to finish tasks and not start anything that cannot be completed before the seasonal break. The weather has dropped though albeit feels appropriate for the season. So, what of the New Year?

Anyone who follows any of the construction economists such as Noble Francis at the Construction Products Association will have mixed feelings about 2023. The outlook looks tough, but it does depend on which sector you work in. But, as we have reminded CE Wales stakeholders before, Wales is different. Not unique, but special.

Our economy, our Welsh Government and our communities demand a particular type of construction sector. One that is defined by collaboration, integrated teams and best practice. The values of Rethinking Construction. One that shares the vision we have within Constructing Excellence in Wales.

Those values were obvious to me at the St. David’s Hotel last week for our networking and pre-Christmas lunch. It is that spirit that we must foster and share amongst us and our mutual networks to make sure we build right and build right in 2023.

It is also a positive thing to come together – like our friends, families and communities will over the festive season – to celebrate those shared values, best practice and learn from each other. Who knows, those Christmas crackers might be full of wisdom we can share. So, we have dates and ideas for you to mark in your diaries.

We are championing the idea of a construction summit, but we are changing the date and focusing on our workshop concept: ‘How to build a hospital.’ Look out for details online; save the date – 15th March and make plans for a breakfast time start in Cardiff and a morning discussion on how to build the best possible hospital.

We are setting up drop-in sessions for best practice advice on our celebrated CEW Awards. Again, look out for more details but mark the 24th January, Wrexham, 25th Cardiff and 26th Swansea in your diaries. The awards close on 3rd March – but are live now.

2023, will, like this year, have its own challenges and it will also have its own rewards and outcomes. We are stronger together and as a collaborative team. We can overcome what presents itself if we adhere to the values of Constructing Excellence and Rethinking Construction.

Your continued support has enabled CEWales to continue and thrive, to which we are thankful. We wish you, your families and your businesses a very happy Christmas and a new year full of hope.

If you want to find out more, or become involved directly – you know where we are.

Happy Christmas.