Brighton and Hove Community stadium saw the first event of its kind to bring together the movers and the shakes of the construction industry in the South, to share new opportunities.
The ‘GetWork Network’ event produced by the National Federation of Builders (NFB) in conjunction with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), could become the first of many networking events due to the success of its pilot in Sussex on the 11 October 2011.
GetWork Network aimed to bring together fundamental elements of the supply chain in a networking event which was attended by 150 delegates. The delegates were made up of NFB members as well as those with associated skills, such as quantity surveyors, architects, clients and local authorities. Those that attended had the opportunity to network informally with local procurers and suppliers. This enabled delegates to identify possible supply chain partners for future or current work.
As well as networking opportunities delegates were treated to guest speakers at the event which included Martin Perry, Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Football Club and Andy Simons, one of the lead architects on the build from KSS Group and a tour around the new stadium.
Commenting at the GetWork Network event, NFB Chief Executive Julia Evans said: “The event proved a great success. Although as a trade federation we can not guarantee work for our members, we do offer the best possible opportunities for members to access potential work. Therefore it is events like this where we can bring together the supply chain for procurement into one room that can give our members the opportunity to make contacts within their local industry partners”.
Bringing together the collaborative relationship between the NFB, RICS and RIBA, RICS Membership Services Manager, Harriet Langton commented: “RICS South East was so pleased to offer our members the opportunity to network with key figures within the local procurement supply chain. The networking event proved very popular and RICS South East is very pleased to have assisted in helping new business developments and enabling members to establish worthwhile contacts for future developments”.
Adam Turner, Marketing and Events Coordinator at RIBA said: “The RIBA South/South East is very excited about the collaborative event that was produced through the work with the NFB and RICS. Many members found it a great experience and were pleased to have the networking opportunity. I hope that this will be the first of many events that we can offer our members and look forward to working with the NFB and RICS in the future”.
One contractor who attended the event, Doug Taylor-Johnson of Sunninghill Construction Ltd concluded: “It was a very well organised event that had great content, I look forward to attending further high quality events”.