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Surge in membership as national and regional firms recognise the need for innovation in the construction sector

Constructing Excellence North East, (CENE) has confirmed a surge in membership since the start of the year.

The construction sector body, has welcomed 13 companies into membership varying in size from influential national operations to successful home grown, North East, firms.

The new members are Arcas Building Solutions, Brighter Compliance, CAD21, Gridmark Survey, Lynas Engineers, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonalds Bentley, PJL Consultancy, Rob Langley Mediation, Solomons Europe, Thomasons, Tarmac and Vinci.

Catriona Lingwood, chief executive of Constructing Excellence North East, said: “We are a dynamic industry body, tackling some very challenging issues for the construction sector, ranging from strategies to manage the move to net zero carbon through to securing a more diverse and inclusive workforce, so as to secure the long-term future of our industry.

“It is for this reason that we are continually building our membership base, although the sudden surge that has taken place since the beginning of 2024 has been exceptional. These new members and those that have been with us many years, recognise there is much more to be gained by coming together, sharing best practice and learning from one another.

“Moreover, through our industry theme groups – which look at innovation, people, climate and value – and our awards, conferences and seminars we are opening up conversations on key issues facing the construction sector in the region and, critically, unearthing innovative solutions that members tell us are having real impact on their businesses.”

In March, CENE held its annual conference which focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The ‘All In’ Conference included wide representation including ‘women in’, LGBT+ and disability groups. Speakers included Victoria Short, Randstad UK&I; Michael Nicholas MBE, Northumbrian Water Group; Paula McMahon, Sir Robert McAlpine; Laura Forsyth, Celebrate Difference and Sarah Hey, Hydrock.

On the near horizon are the Generation 4 Change (G4C) North East Awards which take place on April 26 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. The CENE Awards take place on June 14 at the Grand Hotel Gosforth Park and the Constructing Excellence National Awards takes place on November 15 at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square.

Catriona, added: “We welcome all new members and encourage them to play a full role within the Constructing Excellence movement. We are very confident the construction sector has a tremendous future. We employ tens of thousands of people in the North East and we will be absolutely critical in the delivery of future infrastructure that will allow the region, as a whole, to grow and flourish.”

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