Get free business advice at UK Construction Week

Keen to help construction SMEs grow their business, organisers of UK Construction Week have set up a free Business Advice Centre and Skills Analysis gamification zone as part of this year’s show being held at the NEC in Birmingham on 18 – 20 October.

At the Business Advice Centre on stand B4/2203 business owners can seek free professional advice on a wide variety of operational and administrative topics. By partnering with leading experts in their field, the centre is the perfect place to get practical advice on how to setup and maintain apprenticeships, improve customer satisfaction, achieve BREEAM certification, manage efficient payroll systems and abide by relevant construction and tax law.

The companies offering free services at the centre include Altion Law, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the Building Research Establishment (BRE), EEBS, Geason Training, the Institute of Environment Management and Assessment (IEMA), Parkwood, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and TLF Research. To book a free appointment at the centre please visit

Nathan Garnett, Event Director at UK Construction Week, commented: “SMEs are the backbone of the UK construction industry and, while trade shows are a great way to network and generate new business, we wanted to do more to support construction business owners. Often they have no problem with on-the-job knowhow, it’s the background business skills that can sometimes be a stumbling block. The Business Advice Centre has been setup for exactly this purpose and we hope that many of our visitors take advantage of the free 20-minute appointments on offer.”

In addition to the Business Advice Centre, UK Construction Week has partnered with Skills4Stem to help visitors gain a greater understanding of their leadership skills. The Gamification Zone at stand B4/270 will host the interactive Skills4Leadership game, which takes approximately 45 minutes and will give employers and employees an objective insight into each team member’s leadership skills, competencies and behaviours. Normally costing £50 plus VAT per user, the game will be free for everyone who visits. However spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis so the organisers recommend booking a timeslot in advance. To book a slot please visit: 

For more information or to get your free ticket to attend UK Construction Week, please visit or follow @UK_CW on Twitter.


Energy 2015 announces fully charged seminar schedule


With preparations for the most comprehensive trade event the construction and building industry has ever seen taking shape, Media 10 – the UK’s biggest design and build event company – has announced its eclectic seminar programme for Energy 2015, part of UK Construction Week.

Covering the first three days of UK Construction Week (6 – 8 October), the Energy Hub will feature a busy seminar schedule of debates, practical workshops and panel discussions. Drawing on the wealth of knowledge from the show’s event partners, such as the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), the Energy Hub will provide a valuable resource to professionals in the energy sector looking to learn new skills, network, improve business prospects and understand the future direction of the industry.

The first day of seminar content gets started with a practical session on unlocking the all-important investment for renewable energy projects and is followed by in-depth discussions of the roles of solar and wind power in commercial, residential and agricultural construction. The day is then finished with a handy ‘how to’ seminar for landowners looking to navigate the planning process and maximise their returns.

Day two of Energy 2015 will feature a detailed look at the latest developments in energy storage technology as well as the most recent strategies to meet energy efficiency targets in new schools, hospitals and other civic buildings. Also on the agenda is an interactive seminar discussing the application of biomass technology in a range of sectors and an informative session on commercial energy management.

The final day of seminar content looks to the future of the industry, with sessions debating the implications of fracking and what the energy landscape will look like in 20 years time. Visitors will also be able to learn from some of the UK’s most energy efficient buildings in a case study style seminar.

Reza Shaybani, Chairman of the BPVA, commented: “Connecting the solar PV industry with the construction industry as a whole through an event like Energy 2015 at UK Construction Week is something the BPVA have been demanding for some time. Solar should be part of the construction process and not an afterthought. This is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase solar photovoltaics at the heart of the construction industry as we come together as part of a national and international event at the NEC in Birmingham 2015.”

Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, said: “UK Construction Week has received tremendous support from the industry and has attracted a huge range of leading associations and institutes to come on board as event partners. With their help, we have worked hard to pull together a comprehensive seminar schedule that will meet the needs of today’s industry, making the event a worthwhile trip for visitors.”

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 6 – 11 October (with the trade only days from 6 – 8 October), UK Construction Week will be the biggest construction trade event the UK has seen in years. Bringing together nine shows under one roof, the event will unite 1,000 exhibitors with more than 55,000 visitors.

Visitors will be able to attend Grand Designs Live, the Build Show, Timber Expo, HVAC 2015, Surface & Materials Show, Kitchens & Bathroom Live, Plant & Machinery Live and Smart Buildings 2015, in addition to Energy 2015.

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