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Building for Growth

CITB and the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) have joined forces to support a new programme, Building for Growth, which offers a package of completely free support to small and medium sized construction firms in London to grow their company and win new business. In Central and West London Building for Growth is being led by a team from Shared Intelligence and MTW Consultants, who have previously led significant projects including Supply Cross River and Supply Nine Elms.

The Building for Growth programme consists of a series of workshops, tailored one-to-one support and an e-learning initiative. Workshops are designed to get SMEs over the most common barriers to growth, including pre-qualification, getting the correct accreditations, marketing, and developing a robust plan for. At each workshop firms get a chance to meet senior buyers from major contractors.

Forthcoming Building for Growth Workshops

May 13th – Staying Healthy and Safe in Construction 

This workshop examines the area of ‘health & safety’ and why it is so important in construction activities and therefore so important to buyers. We cover the issues point by point to make sure you get a full understanding of the subject. You can learn about:

  • The background to health & safety in the construction industry
  • The law pertaining to regulations on health & safety
  • Areas in business where health & safety apply
  • Creating a healthy and safe environment within the business and thereby creating an appropriate and suitable policy
  • Delivering the policy within the business
  • Accreditation agencies e.g. CHAS, Constructionline – who they are and what they do
  • The cost and benefits of accreditation

By the end of this workshop you will have learned the value of health & safety policies and the reasons for good practice within the industry and within their business. You will also have created the beginning of your own bespoke policy or refreshed an existing one!

Where: Camden Council Offices, 5 St Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

When: Wednesday 13th May
Time: 8:30am – 1pm

Book your place for any of our events now! Email RSVP to:

Our broader programme of events (venues to be confirmed in some cases):

May 21st 2015

Selling – How to Pitch and Present with Ruth Brothwell and buyer

You’ve arranged a meeting…but what do you say now? How to make the best first impression.
June 10th 2015 Marketing –With Louisa Moger and buyer How to be strategic about marketing to ensure sure you make the most of your resources.
June 17th 2015 Environment – with Rachel Widdows and buyer What it means to the buyer and to you – and how to write a policy. Then – how to be  accredited by ISO.
July 1st 2015 Writing a Tender – with Jilian Lillico and buyer How to approach it and how to do it. How long will it take and what might it cost you?

What businesses are saying about the programme:

The CITB Building for Growth workshop was another great opportunity for smaller contractors such as us. A relevant training session together with a direct introduction to the main buyer(s) of a potentially large client held in one morning at a convenient location is the perfect combination for smaller contractor with little time to spare. Having the buyer commenting and giving his own perspective during the training session has given me an invaluable insight. The restricted numbers of attendees makes it possible to have a meaningful conversation on a 1 to 1 basis with the buyers. I would recommend this to any contractor trying to get in with the larger players in the construction industry.” – Thomas Russell, Skyline Solar Roofing

As a local London business…it’s really great to have the educational facilities and of course the referrals to some of the main contractors that Building for Growth will be able to offer us.” Ben Hawkes, Director, The Flooring Group Ltd

We thought the event today was very useful; Dennis Wilson from Land Lease and Jillian Lilico were both impressive and presented their side of the tendering process in a very clear and compelling way.” Miles Watson, Urban Eye

“This evening’s been very informative, very interesting. Good to meet lots of supply chain potential. Lots of diversity in terms of what people are able to offer. I look forward to working with some of the businesses that we’ve met” Kevin Griffiths – Commercial Manager for Housing, Mitie

If you would like to attend for free, please RSVP today to

Please list your company name, your company address and contact details, and who from your company will be attending.

To find out more about the Building for Growth programme and to register, please visit our website:

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