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What I’ve learnt from Ronan Keating, Pipes and Ferrero Rocher

What I’ve learnt from Ronan Keating, Pipes and Ferrero Rocher

Now there’s two words you never expected to see in a construction related blog?!

It’s been a while since my last blog but whilst I’m a bit dusty, I’ve not been idle. Since then I have started my own business and spent the last 18 months out in the field working with construction companies, growing their businesses and supporting their people.

I’ve been voted in as Chair of the East Midlands Construction Industry Council and appointed as the Construction Ambassador for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership covering the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.

Anyway enough trumpet blowing!

One of the things I enjoy most about what I do now, is that it gives me a lot of “on the ground” intelligence of what is really happening in our industry both regionally and nationally and more importantly what companies are doing to make a difference. And the good news is I am going to share what’s working and what isn’t over the coming months.

Right… back to Ronan Keating. 20 years ago the lovely Ronan, wrote the song, ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’ and never before has a song described our industry better.

When recession hits and we go down the dip the redundancies start and the training and development stops. We are now coming out of recession and whilst some companies have gone into headless chicken mode and are recruiting and expanding, some are still cautious and wary of taking the risk. Which is where the pipes come in……..!

One of the biggest barriers to growth is lack of visible pipeline, if you don’t know what is coming up, how can you plan let alone pitch for it? This was a hot topic for the Construction 2025 strategy and Greater Manchester have led the way in publishing regular pipeline data which has now been extended to cover the North West. The information produced in a pipeline report looks ahead at the next 5 years, what skills are needed to deliver and where the gaps are.

And finally…. does anyone remember the Ferrero Rocher Ambassador’s party advert?

As part of my post as Construction Ambassador for the D2N2 LEP I am co-ordinating the delivery of a D2N2 construction pipeline analysis which we are launching at an event on 10 May in Derby. Whilst I can’t promise I will be handing out a mountain of gold wrapped little pieces of heaven (they are my favourite chocolates), there will be bacon sandwiches.

If you’re in the construction industry in the East Midlands and interested in growth and finding out what support is available and what is happening regionally, you really need to be there. For an in-depth view of what will be covered in the event click here.

To book this event click here.

I hope to see you there on the 10th, I promise I won’t be singing Ronan Keating (unless of course there is Forrero Rocher on offer)!