British Polish Construction Forum 2020
June 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0Free – £80
What are we going to build in the future?
For the last 3 years PBLINK has organised Construction Forum events to support our members in their ambitions to grow construction businesses in the UK. Over that time we have touched on a number of important issues for the industry, including sustainability, modular building, social housing and more.
This year, in the coronavirus era, emphasis has shifted dramatically. 2020 will be a pivotal point for many businesses, including Construction.
Before news of the coronavirus spread, and the government introduced restrictions, concerns in the construction industry were concentrated around the impact of Brexit, tax and the UK economy. In Crowe’s 2019 Property and Construction Outlook Report, 73% of respondents had concerns around the skills & labour shortages that might accompany a no-deal Brexit, while 65% cited the tax system, in particular Stamp Duty, as unfavourable for property developers and investors.
Nevertheless, 53% believed that their business would grow in the next 12 months. There was a lot of discussion about MMC (Modern Methods of Construction), including AI, automation and big data, as well as some good news about increasing diversity in the industry. The feeling was that, if we could achieve a soft Brexit, or avoid it completely, then there was reason for optimism.
MMC, Social Distancing & post-Brexit Skills Shortages
Now there are new questions to address, such as how to build using social distancing rules? Will MMC emerge as one of the answers?
If the Construction Industry digitalizes to deliver projects more efficiently, could robots address any post-Brexit skills and labour shortages, as well as facilitate social distancing rules on site? What are the future jobs in construction? Finally, what are we going to build and how? Our industry experts will discuss these questions at the morning Discussion Panel.
Polish Construction Firms in the UK
We estimate that a third of Polish sole traders in the UK are connected with Construction work or depend on that industry. Polish builders in Britain have established an enviable reputation for quality, value for money and solid workmanship, making a valuable contribution to UK GDP. One great example is the Association of Polish Engineers (STP), celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
PBLINK’s mission is to promote Polish Construction Firms in the UK, but also build a platform for all, helping to create opportunities, collaborations and discussions so we can move forward our business.
Bartlomiej (Bart) Kowalczyk