Justin Ratcliffe, CAB ceo, highlights key Association meetings at Hull and Bristol and the results of the latest Q3, 2014 State of Trade Survey showing 93% of members predict sales growth in 2015
CAB ventured north in October to see the penguins and the sharks at The Deep in Hull, for the final Regional Members’ meeting of 2014. The magnificent Humberside aquarium attracted over 100 members and their guests.
The event also saw the launch of the CAB State of the Market survey figures for Q3, 2014 which highlighted the strength of the aluminium in building sector.
- 87% of CAB members, on balance reported a rise in sales in Q3 compared with the previous year
- 93% of members reported that they anticipated sales rising over the coming year
- Costs continued to rise with 53% net balance reported a rise in costs in Q3 compared to a year ago largely due to wages and materials. 79% net balance reported that costs would rise in the next 12 months (75% in Q2)
- Headcount increased compared to a year ago for 73% net balance of respondents while 87% had forecast an increase in the year ahead (69% in Q2).
- Raw Material prices had become a key factor (21% of respondents) in ‘likely constraints on activity over the next 12 months’ after Capacity (36%) and Demand (29%).
The CAB mini-conference was opened by David Saxby, the co-founder of Architectural 00, a young practice building a national and International reputation.
David highlighted the use of aluminium in modern day architecture including his own RIBA award winning Manor Works, which won the prize for the Best Building in Yorkshire for 2014. Peter Foster, Technical Services Manager and Head of BIM Implementation at WACO (Premier Interlink) highlighted how BIM will save considerable amounts of money simply by reducing waste. He made it quite clear that as all centrally procured government construction projects must be delivered using BIM by 2016, not addressing the issue was simply not an option.
Finally, Geraldine Fleming, Vice President and Executive Director at Knowles, highlighted a number of issues critical to getting paid which was an effective introduction to her planned contractual awareness seminar to members in Bristol (below). One of the clear points that Geraldine emphasised was that getting the original contract correct was a much cheaper option than pursuing money after the event. Geraldine who was also a qualified QS and solicitor, used her extensive experience within the supply chain to offer a number of useful tips for dispute resolution and arbitration. She also summarised a wide range of contract seminars that CAB hope to make available to members in 2015.
CAB Breakfast Meeting, At-Bristol
CAB’s November breakfast meeting at the At-Bristol science centre welcomed Neil Sansum, Architect Director, Bristol at BDP Architects who highlighted the wide use of aluminium by the RIBA Award winning practice. He focused particularly on the design process behind the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter’s Falmouth campus which achieved one of the highest BREEAM Outstanding scores in the UK at 91.57%.
After updates by the CAB Team highlighting their varied work on standards, regulations and best practise, Geraldine Fleming, Knowles presented a contractual awareness seminar entitled, ‘We’ve done the work, now how do we get paid?’. The punchy content, brilliantly conveyed included: contract formation; the quotation; post tender negotiations; the contract; formalities; correspondence and payment. Further seminars are planned in 2015, particular targeting CAB’s growing aluminium fabricator base.
For further information on any of CAB activities or membership of the Association in 2015 please contact Justin Ratcliffe on 07970 735689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org