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Summer is over: time for some fresh thinking

Even when your school years are far behind you, September always feels as though it offers a fresh start.

There is a lot to do before the end of the year, but still enough time to plan how you are going to do it.

As Q4 approaches, it’s also the ideal point in the year to cement your plans for 2016 – January is really too late for new resolutions.

So it’s important to focus on what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it.

“If things aren’t the way you want them, now’s the time to propose answers rather than pose questions or make criticisms”

We are continuing to hear of historical contracts hitting businesses’ bottom lines – the latest are Bam, ISG and Laing O’Rourke – but most of these problems are now closed out and it’s important to look to what’s next on the horizon.

As MPs return to parliament this week and the Labour Party gets ready to announce its new leader, we will start to see new policy developed and discussed.

Energy efficiency is one area in need of attention after the cancellation of the Green Deal, and MPs would do well to look abroad for effective alternatives.

Raise your voices

If things aren’t the way you want them, now’s the time to start lobbying, to propose answers rather than pose questions or make criticisms.

The new faces on the Construction Leadership Council represent an opportunity for fresh debate.

Similarly, with Redrow, Cala and Barratt becoming the latest housebuilders to publish highly impressive results for the year to date, questions over how to ‘solve’ the housing crisis need to be addressed.

As our roundtable discussion with some of the most senior names in housing explores, it is not just down to housebuilders or local authorities but politicians and even voters too.

Everyone needs to understand the differences between need, demand and supply so we can find solutions.

Time to sharpen those pencils.

Still time to get your firm’s name in lights!

It’s not too late to enter the Specialists Awards 2016 – we’ve just extended the deadline to 25 September.

Don’t miss the chance to impress our panel of top UK clients.

It’s free and easy to enter – go to specialistsawards.cnplus.co.uk/2016

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