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UK's construction leaders launch campaign to promote industry

The UK’s biggest contractors have joined together in a pledge to promote the construction industry, under a new campaign backed by Construction News.

Kier chief executive Paul Sheffield joined CN editor Rebecca Evans on stage at the Construction News Awards 2012 in London last night where he revealed details of the Creating Britain’s Future campaign, led by the UK Contractors Group.

Click here to visit the Creating Britain’s Future website or contact UKCG director Stephen Ratcliffe at

Bam Construct, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Galliford Try, Kier and Mace have all pledged to promote the industry after the success in building London’s iconic Olympics infrastructure on-time and to budget.

They are joined by Shepherd, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Vinci, Volkerwessels, Wates and Willmott Dixon, in a pledge to bring the industry to the fore as the Olympics puts London centre stage on a world platform.

Contractors have put specially designed Creating Britain’s Future signage on site hoardings at their most prominent London sites and Mr Sheffield urged companies to join the campaign at the CN awards ceremony last night.

Almost 1,000 guests were asked to sign pledges last night to work with the campaign to generate recognition for the construction industry’s achievements.

Awards host, BBC presenter Clare Balding said she would help to promote the “fantastic work” done by the industry as part of the BBC and Channel 4’s coverage of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Creating Britain’s Future – key messages:

The UK construction industry:

  • is important to the UK economy
  • is a driver of growth
  • delivers excellent products; and
  • helps change lives
  • employs 3 million people
  • has 300,000 firms, the majority of which are SMEs
  • keeps 92p of every £1 invested in construction in the UK
  • generates £2.84 in economic activity for every £1 invested

Dame Tessa Jowell MP will join construction industry leaders at Paramount, Centre Point, in central London for the launch of the campaign tomorrow.

UKCG chairman James Wates will also be joined at the launch by construction leaders including Paul Sheffield of Kier Group, Martin Rogers of Bam, David Lawther of ISG, Rhian Kelly of the CBI and representatives of contractors including Costain, Galliford Try, Sir Robert McAlpine and Balfour Beatty.

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