The Forum for the Built Environment (fbe), the only UK-wide networking group for professionals in construction, property and development, is holding a national Rally to Restore Confidence, co-ordinating no less than nine free events across the UK at the beginning of 2013.
Showcasing a first class panel of expert speakers at each event, The Rally to Restore Confidence is an opportunity to kick start 2013 with a positive message for what is potentially a £65billion industry emerging from the worst recession it has ever experienced.
It is hoped that over 120 West Midlands construction and development professionals will attend this event to take part in a ‘Question Time’ format of lively debate with some of the most influential personalities in the country.
Five speakers have already signed up to participate including Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council; Ruth Reed, Birmingham University; Tony Bray, head of West Midlands DTI; Lance Taylor, RLB and Rob Groves, Argent.
The initiative is being driven by fbe’s national president, Phil Laycock, who says the time for talking the industry down has long passed.
“We are determined there will be no more looking back and making reference to how good things were in 2007; this major event will take a factual look at the market place in each area for 2013 and beyond and this, together with the calibre of our speakers, will deliver a positive message for the future.” Says Phil. “Market conditions look likely to remain fairly stable and with the government predicting growth and recovery things are beginning to improve, there are many opportunities out there to compete for and we want to make sure our members are aware of these to make the most of them. That’s why we’re asking top names to give us their take on the state of play!”
This event will take place simultaneously in Birmingham; Manchester; London; Bristol; Cardiff; York and Leicester on 15th January.
It is free to members and, for a limited time period, non-members of fbe.
More details on the website here