After four years of virtual collaboration, the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) convened its inaugural in-person meeting in Edinburgh in April, bringing together representatives from many of its 29 member organisations for the first time.

Alan Wilson, Chair of the CICV, opened the meeting by reflecting on the organisation’s evolution and its continuing commitment to Scotland’s construction industry, stating,

The CICV, born out of necessity during the pandemic, has become a beacon of collaboration. As we meet face-to-face for the first time, we reaffirm our commitment and strengthen our dedication to building on our foundation of unity and resilience.

Ivan McKee MSP, a longtime supporter of the CICV, also provided opening remarks that highlighted the forum’s significant impact on the industry. He praised the CICV’s role in representing a diverse range of sectors and professions and its influence on shaping industry standards and practices that resonate within both governmental and public realms.

The meeting itself focused on outlining the CICV’s strategic future and reinforcing its role as a principal advocate for the construction industry. Discussions included updates on the Construction Accord’s Transformation Plan, and how CICV members’ invaluable insights and expertise are being applied across its various working groups.

Following the meeting, Fiona Hodgson, Deputy Chair of the CICV, reflected on its outcomes, saying,

In an evolving construction landscape, the CICV’s role has become more crucial than ever. Today’s discussion not only reaffirmed our commitment to collective action and strategic foresight but also underscored our leadership in advocating for innovation and resilience within the construction industry.