With the creation of more than 10,000 construction jobs in the West Midlands over the next five years, UK Construction Week – returning to the Birmingham NEC this October – is set to play a vital role in linking local tradesmen with large-scale contractors and bringing new business to the region.
The employment boom, which was predicted in a recent report from the Construction Industry Trading Board (CITB), suggests that around 215,000 people will be employed in the sector in the West Midlands by 2020. In addition, infrastructure output will be increased by £1.8 billion worth of investment into the Midlands’ road network.
As the country’s largest construction industry event, UK Construction Week will bring the biggest names in the sector to Birmingham for the second year running – providing a key meeting point between major contractors and local construction businesses.
With large-scale construction projects and investment ploughing into the region, UK Construction Week will provide a valuable platform for the local industry to network with national developers and capitalise on the construction boom happening on their doorstep.
Success of the planned infrastructure projects and construction growth in the region as a whole will be heavily dependent on the availability of skilled workers – and the show will support skills development through its comprehensive seminar programme. Through the event, local tradesmen will be equipped with the knowledge needed to further their businesses and take on new employees and apprentices.
Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, the company behind UK Construction Week, commented:
“Our aim is to help make the recent inspirational statistics quoted by the CITB a reality in the Midlands. We have consciously veered away from the London-centric focus that has dominated the construction industry for many years and are keen to drive growth throughout the UK.
“The construction industry continues to be the main driving force behind the UK’s economic recovery and we are doing everything that we can to continue to boost the sector’s growth. Part of this support has been recognising the important part that the Midlands plays in the growing productivity of the industry and that’s why we’ve already confirmed our commitment to the NEC until 2019.”
With the construction industry’s biggest names coming to Birmingham to meet and do business together, the event will provide a significant boost to the local economy. Last year’s event attracted more than 24,000 trade visitors and over 650 exhibitors and this year’s show is set to be even bigger still.
Bringing together nine shows under one roof, UK Construction Week is the biggest construction trade event the UK and is taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18 – 23 October (with the trade only days from 18 – 20 October).