CLC: “Share technical know-how with suppliers”
Construction Leadership Council chair Andy Mitchell has advised larger construction firms to help smaller ones adapt to working during the pandemic by sharing their new working practices.
He argued that while smaller firms in the supply chain are vital to the post-COVID-19 recovery, they do not have the technical know-how or research and development resources to adopt new ways of working – and are therefore suffering as a result.
Speaking on a webinar hosted by Building magazine on the CLC’s plans, Mitchell said: “[One of the challenges is] how the bigger firms help the smaller firms embrace technology when fundamentally people haven’t got research departments and they haven’t got people sat there working away on things.
“There’s a lot to do and a lot of that is about the industry helping itself, because the big players won’t get any work if the small players can’t keep going.”
Also on the webinar, Fergus Harradence, deputy director of construction at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said, “It’s a conscious choice to do things differently and to try and change things but genuinely I think we are on the cusp of being able to do that. You need a few more large organisations to consciously decide that they will act more collaboratively.”