Members Meeting – 1 December, Glasgow

Members Meeting – 1 December, Glasgow

FIS Members Meeting

Event Details

Date: 1 December 2022
Location: BE-ST (Formerly Construction Scotland Innovation Centre)
Unit 3B, 3 Watt Place, Hamilton International Technology Park, Glasgow G72 0AG
Timings: To be confirmed. There will also be an opportunity to have a tour of the facility

Other regional events

If you can’t join us in Glasgow, we’ll also be heading to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Members Meeting – 9 November, Manchester

Members Meeting – 9 November, Manchester

FIS Members Meeting

Event Details

Date: 9 November 2022
Location: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Timings
14:00- 17:00 (Members Meeting)
18:00 – Social event at Flight Club, Manchester

Join us for our Members Meeting in Manchester, where we will hear from guest speakers covering topics on the compliance and the Fire Safety Act, commercial construction and avoiding the race to the bottom and a focus on visibility of pipeline and procurement opportunities.

The meeting will be followed by a social event at Flight Club.

Agenda

14:00 – Registration and refreshments
14:30 – Members Meeting
15:45 – Networking and refreshments
16:15 – Members Meeting
16:45 –
Open discussion and questions to the panel

18:00 – Flight Club

Other regional events

If you can’t join us in Manchester, we’ll also be heading to London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

FIS AGM and Members Meeting – 6 October

FIS AGM and Members Meeting – 6 October

FIS AGM and Members Meeting

Date: 6 October 2022

Location: Atrium Showroom, 28 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4BY

Time: 14:30 – 17:30

Join us for our AGM and Members Meeting, where we will announce the results of the 2022 Board Elections. Immediately following our AGM, we are hosting a Members Day, looking at the prospects, challenges and opportunities ahead for our sector.  Joining the FIS team, we have a number of external speakers to help stimulate discussion and debate.

The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception and then a social event at Flight Club.

Our keynote speakers will cover:

  • The economic prospects for the finishes and interiors sector and particularly expectations for London and the south east.
  • Modern Methods of Procurement in the finishes and interiors sector
  • The new compliance landscape in the wake of the Building Safety Bill and the resulting overhaul of the Building Control process.

There will then be an open discussion on future prospects and challenges in the finishes and interiors sector.  How do we deliver faster, better greener?

Prof Stuart Green – University of Reading
Stuart Green BSc MSc PhD CEng MICE FCIOB FRICS is professor of construction management at the University of Reading. He has over 30 years’ of research and consultancy experience relating to the UK construction sector and has published widely on the topic of industry improvement. He has written and co-edited several books, including Making Sense of Construction Improvement (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Previous policy roles in the UK include: CIOB Innovation & research panel (2011-2016), CITB Strategic Advisory Committee (England) (2015-2018) and Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (2007-2013).

Professor Green has been working with FIS to explore the procurement environment in the finishes and interiors sector and how this will need to evolve if we are to offer better value as a sector.

Professor Noble Francis – Economics Director, Construction Products Association

Noble oversees one of the most respected teams of economists in the industry, producing the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. With a Masters Degree in Economics and a PhD in Applied Econometrics, Noble has over 15 years of experience producing economic forecasts. He and his team’s work are regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio.

In 2018 Noble was appointed Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL.

Peter Rogers – Partner, Lipton Rogers Developments

An engineer and property developer specialising in delivering large, complex building projects, such as Broadgate and 22 Bishopsgate.

A career spent working industrywide and with government to improve environmental and working practices in construction.  Co-founder of Stanhope PLC, founder-Chairman of UKGBC, and Chair of the 2012 Arcelor Mittal Orbit on behalf of the Mayor of London.

Non-Executive Director of First Base Ltd and Socius Developments Ltd.

Awarded CBE for Services to Construction in 2007, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, Honorary Fellow of The Courtauld.  Arts sector committee and trustee work with The Heritage & Arts Lottery Funds, Tate Gallery, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Sadlers Wells, the V&A, the Ashmolean, the Serpentine Gallery, and The Courtauld.

Currently Partner at Lipton Rogers Developments which he co-founded in 2013 with his business partner of over 30 years, Sir Stuart Lipton.

Event sponsor

Other regional events

If you can’t join us in London, we’ll also be heading to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

This is Me: Support for Construction STEM Ambassadors – 8 November

This is Me: Support for Construction STEM Ambassadors – 8 November

THIS IS ME – I am a Go Construct STEM Ambassador

virtual training for construction industry volunteers

Event Details

Date: 8 November 2022
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

This is Me – I am a Go Construct STEM Ambassador is a fantastic initiative created by STEMFirst, the STEM Ambassador Hub for Lancashire and Cumbria,  and endorsed across the UK by STEM Learning.

  • Our amazing STEM Ambassadors have wonderful, inspirational stories to tell, however often struggle to know what schools want/how they can support young people.
  • Teachers want STEM Ambassador support however ask us, who are the STEM Ambassadors and what can they do / which STEM fields are they from?

Via a 1 hour virtual training session, STEMFirst take STEM Ambassadors through how to prepare a simple, impactful and memorable two slide presentation to showcase who they are as a STEM Ambassador. This resource is personal to YOU, and once prepared will save you time, help develop your confidence and ability to get active , and can be used again and again.

STEMFirst will take you through slide content, key components for a punchy two minute talk and how to talk about yourself in a simple, impactful way. We will show you how you can easily get STEM-active and showcase your own story. We will then illustrate how to ‘OFFER’ these talks via the STEM Ambassador website and highlight why this is such a step change to the way previous STEM Ambassador support has been requested by schools and youth organisations.

The session will also:

  • Showcase construction specific examples of other STEM Ambassadors ‘This is Me’ presentations
  • Highlight how to use This is Me to support various STEM/Construction activity
  • Give you chance to hear from other STEM Ambassadors who have put together this own ‘This is Me’ talks and used them
  • Ask questions

Become an FIS Construction STEM Ambassador – 7 September

Become an FIS Construction STEM Ambassador – 7 September

Become an FIS Construction STEM Ambassador

Event Details

Date: 7 September 2022
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Back in 2021 the CITB and the STEM Ambassador programmes came together to offer the construction sector and supply chain businesses one united support programme for its ambassadors and employers.

The partnership showcases the essential work our Go Construct STEM Ambassador programme is doing to help thousands of volunteers across the UK to access events, feedback and resources; ensuring they are fully equipped to make an impact on young people. 

Being a Go Construct STEM Ambassador not only helps encourage the next generation of construction workers across the UK in schools, workplaces, events and career fairs, but also brings plenty of personal benefits too, with CPD sessions, achieving continuous personal and professional development with training, experience and the opportunity to learn new skills all while making a real impact on lives of young people. 

This session will give an overview of the Go Construct STEM Ambassador Programme, its benefits and how to get involved and signed up on the day.

Find out how the STEM Ambassador Programme and the Construction and Built Environment Ambassadors can link together to support even more effective STEM and Careers engagement. Join us for a construction ‘flavoured’ overview of the STEM Ambassador programme followed by a Q&A session.

The session will cover:

  • Intro to the Go Construct STEM Ambassador
  • What is going on ‘virtually’ regarding STEM Engagement – how STEM Ambassador Hubs can help
  • Instructions and walk-through on how to register and use the STEM Ambassador website
  • How Construction and Built Environment Ambassadors can link with the STEM Ambassador Programme
  • A brief spotlight on construction-focussed STEM opportunities

This session will be virtually interactive and you will need to be able to access MS Teams, as well as opening additional pages on your web browser.

Webinar: Digitising proof of competence

Webinar: Digitising proof of competence

Webinar: Digitising proof of competence

Event Details

Date: 6 July 2022
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

When it comes to proving proof of competence on average 86% of the industry is not digitised, in some cases vocational qualifications are not given the importance they deserve usually through no fault of the qualification holder, 76% of the skills developed by individuals are not captured, 82% of work experience is not documented, detailed or validated, data is not easily accessible and stored in multiple places, how many certificates have you got gathering dust in a cupboard?

The My Professional Pass system provides an individual account free of charge where any of the items listed above can be recorded, a repository linking all data that can be accessible to whoever the individual wishes to view. Employers can have access to individual records of competence from recruitment to retirement. Organisations can organise and register their own events and training notifying participants and issuing certificates.

Register with FIS for this event and learn how digitisation can change the way people and organisations prove competence.

FIS Comptency Passport

Plasterer Apprenticeship Review – 19 July

Plasterer Apprenticeship Review – 19 July

Plasterer Apprenticeship Review

Event Details

Date: 19 July 2022
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

FIS is supporting the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) in the review of the English apprenticeship standards for Plasterer and Interior Systems Installer this meeting is focused on providing information for employers.  The criteria for training and qualifying apprentices is crucial for the future of the finishes and interiors sector, we need the involvement of people from all sizes of organisation, micro, small, medium and large if you employ people working in these occupations or are on the tools yourself please get involved in this review or at least come to this meeting to hear what it’s about, you may receive information that could help your own organisations recruitment and retention.

FIS Scottish Awards Lunch – 16 September 2022

FIS Scottish Awards Lunch – 16 September 2022

FIS Scottish Awards Lunch

The FIS Scottish Awards Lunch is the finishes and interiors sector’s annual event to recognise and celebrate the outstanding projects completed by FIS members in Scotland. The lunch also provides a great networking opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together.

The event will see the winners of the 2022 Scottish Awards announced and presented.

Event Details

Date: 16 September 2022
Location: InterContinental Edinburgh the George, George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB
Time: 12:00 – 15:30

Guest speaker – Willie Hunter

Our guest speaker will be Willie Hunter.  Willie is known as The Edinburgh Lawyer, and has been in the property industry for more than 30 years. He started his career as a court lawyer before switching to conveyancing and later setting up Hunters Residential the well known Edinburgh estate agency. Willie is still in the property business but he has for many years made himself a name on the after dinner speaker circuit where he has won numerous awards for his hilarious talks. 

Interested in sponsorship?

We have event and award sponsorship opportunities available, placing your company name in front of more than 180 individuals from the sector.

Event sponsors

FIS Awards Lunch – 9 June 2022

FIS Awards Lunch – 9 June 2022

FIS Awards Lunch

The FIS Awards Lunch is the finishes and interiors sector’s most prestigious awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the outstanding projects completed by FIS members. The lunch also provides a great networking opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together.

The 2022 Awards Lunch was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on 9 June, where members and their guests gathered to hear the winners of the 2022 FIS Contractors Awards. Prior to the presentation, guests were entertained by guest speaker Gyles Brandreth, who praised the work of the finishes and interiors community commenting that “they put the W.O.W into the world in which we live – you are the wow factor people”.

FIS Chief Executive Iain McIlwee went on to announce winners of the FIS Contractors Awards in front of some 600 guests, highlighting the architect also involved on each project. Congratulations to all winners!

Guest speaker – Gyles Brandreth

Our guest speaker was Gyles Brandreth. Gyles is a former MP, writer, broadcaster and is a regular on our TV screens. Gyles is an accomplished after dinner speaker entertaining audiences with his intelligent humour.

Thanks to our event sponsors

Webinar: Facing the Building Safety Act with live data capture and Artificial Intelligence – 22 June

Webinar: Facing the Building Safety Act with live data capture and Artificial Intelligence – 22 June

Webinar: Facing the Building Safety Act with live data capture and Artificial Intelligence

Event Details

Date: 22 June 2022
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

The Building Safety Act sets out to change the construction process, shifting the dial towards predictability and evidencing control. Fundamental to the Act is greater emphasis on Information Management and the Regulators will be looking for evidence that before the job starts A Construction Control Plan is in place that includes clear Change Management Protocols. Regulations is not, however, the only driver, inflation and labour shortages are causing us to carefully review productivity and with that look at programme management and waste reduction.

Fundamental to all of this is better management, measurement and recording of progress and the sector need to look to ever more digitalised solutions to support. In this webinar we will provide a brief overview of the Building Safety Act and the Information Requirements and start to look at the type of data we can capture, the benefits of adopting live data capture and how Artificial Intelligence can be used to compare work to design and schedule and report effectively on the project.

For this session we will be focusing on

  • The Building Safety Act and the impact on the supply chain of information management
  • What we mean by live data capture technology and AI
  • What problem the technology addresses and how the technology can be used to transform traditional inefficient construction management process
  • How the technology can be used to make your business or project more efficient, productive, and profitable
  • The relationship between the technology, 3D models and construction management platforms and how they can be used together
  • Why this technology is relevant to the FIS sector with some practical use cases
  • What we are learning from the data we are currently gathering
  • How to get started with the technology and what support is available to support you on your journey
Guest Speaker Aviv Leibovici

Guest Speaker Aviv Leibovici

Co-founder and CPO at Buildots

Guest Speaker Iain McIlwee

Guest Speaker Iain McIlwee

FIS Chief Executive

Chaired by: Chris Grant

Chaired by: Chris Grant

Partnership Manager - Digital Construction Skills

Net Zero – measuring your carbon footprint

Net Zero – measuring your carbon footprint

Net Zero - measuring your carbon footprint

Event Details

Date: 24 June 2022
Location: Online
Time:12:00 – 13:00

The UK Government has committed the UK to be net zero by 2050. In this session, we will discuss what this means for the finishes and interior sector, both at organisation and activity level (product and project).

We will be joined by Michael Cross from Willmott Dixon who will share his experience of measuring their organisational carbon footprint. Following the short presentation, this session will provide an opportunity to understand more about the papers that have been published by FIS and ask questions/share any concerns or issues.

Michael Cross

Michael Cross

Head of Partnerships and Innovation, Group Sustainability, Willmott Dixon

Michael is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience supporting organisations and customers to deliver more sustainable outcomes across the built environment. He led the development of Willmott Dixon’s trailblazing Now or Never sustainability Strategy committing the orgnaisation to the most challenging and ambitious targets in the sector.

How to review a contract – 4 May

How to review a contract – 4 May

Webinar: How to review a contract

Event Details

Date:4 May 2022
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

This webinar will be delivered by legal firm Anderson Strathern and provide:

• An overview of the supply chain issues currently facing the construction industry;
• How contractors can manage existing contractual commitments and negotiate new contracts for future projects;
• How contractors can manage early/late delivery of construction materials; and
• Impact on contractors in the event of delays to programme timetables.

There will also be information on the imminent legislative changes under the Building Safety Bill and the new limitation rules being introduced under the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018.

Karyn Watt

Karyn Watt

Partner - Anderson Strathern

Karyn Watt, Partner at Anderson Strathern will deliver the webinar on what to consider when reviewing a contract.

FIS Regional Meeting – 10 May, Manchester

FIS Regional Meeting – 10 May, Manchester

FIS Regional Meeting

A collaborative response to labour shortages in the finishes and interiors sector

Event Details

Date: 10 May 2022
Location: Hotel Novotel Manchester Centre,21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, England, M1 4LX
Timings:
07:30 doors open (light breakfast available)
08:00 – 10:00 meeting followed by networking opportunity

With labour shortages and recruitment a key challenge within the sector, this event will focus on a collective response to labour shortages and attracting the next generation of workers.

We will look at the scale of the problem and a round-up of local opportunities providing ideas to support recruitment that cover all key pathways into construction (trade and construction management). There will be advice on how to approach schools, colleges and local networks and where to advertise roles (trade and construction management/surveying).

For discussion

  • Recruitment: What’s available, what support is there for employers
  • Retaining trainees: Managing young people, training to retain, the purpose of induction and options for delivering training
  • Meeting Section 106 responsibilities: Additionality of training.  Programmes that you can tap into including BuildBack, BounceBack and flexi-job apprentices
  • Competence: Qualifications, changing regulatory landscape, ongoing training professional passports, training facilities in your region
  • Funding: Funding available to support you

Time will be allowed for open discussion and networking.

The FIS team will be supported by representatives of CITB and local speakers aiming to give members fresh ideas, a clear plan of action and understanding of the support available to attack their skills gap. This will include ideas and resources to support approaches to local schools, how to work more effectively with the Department for Work and Pensions, case studies and a list of initiatives and funding that can support your recruitment efforts and induction and development of workers. Details of the support available from CITB for recruiting and qualifying people will also be given.

Similar intervention events are being run across the UK in March, April and May in London, Leicester, Bristol, Dartford, and Glasgow – click here to find your local event

FIS Regional Meeting – 10 May, Manchester

FIS Regional Meeting – 11 May, Scotland

FIS Regional Meeting

A collaborative response to labour shortages in the finishes and interiors sector

Event Details

Date: 11 May 2022
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, 36 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN
Timings:
07:30 doors open (light breakfast available)
08:00 – 10:00 meeting followed by networking opportunity

With labour shortages and recruitment a key challenge within the sector, this event will focus on a collective response to labour shortages and attracting the next generation of workers.

We will look at the scale of the problem and a round-up of local opportunities providing ideas to support recruitment that cover all key pathways into construction (trade and construction management). There will be advice on how to approach schools, colleges and local networks and where to advertise roles (trade and construction management/surveying).

For discussion

  • Recruitment: What’s available, what support is there for employers
  • Retaining trainees: Managing young people, training to retain, the purpose of induction and options for delivering training
  • Meeting Section 106 responsibilities: Additionality of training.  Programmes that you can tap into including Buildback, BounceBack and flexi-job apprentices
  • Competence: Qualifications, changing regulatory landscape, ongoing training professional passports, training facilities in your region
  • Funding: Funding available to support you

Time will be allowed for open discussion and networking.

The FIS team will be supported by representatives of CITB and local speakers aiming to give members fresh ideas, a clear plan of action and understanding of the support available to attack their skills gap. This will include ideas and resources to support approaches to local schools, how to work more effectively with the Department for Work and Pensions, case studies and a list of initiatives and funding that can support your recruitment efforts and induction and development of workers. Details of the support available from CITB for recruiting and qualifying people will also be given.

 

Similar intervention events are being run across the UK in March, April and May in London, Leicester, Bristol, Dartford and Manchester- click here to find your local event

Guest speaker - Laura Brady

Guest speaker - Laura Brady

Development Manager (Construction), Skills Development Scotland