Westminster Business Forum

UK construction - modernisation, the workforce, and supporting productivity and growth following the Sector Deal

TO BE PUBLISHED January 2020

This conference will be an opportunity for the industry, its partners, and customers to discuss key issues with senior policymakers at a time of considerable uncertainty for the sector.

The policy context

The discussion takes place amid a range of significant developments affecting the future of the sector, including:


The agenda includes keynote contributions from: Dr David Hancock, Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Ann Bentley, Lead, Supply Chain and Business Models, Construction Leadership Council and Member, Global Board, Rider Levett Bucknall.

Further confirmed participants include: Louise Aitken, South East Local Enterprise Partnership; Sarah Beale, CITB; Brian Berry, Federation of Master Builders; Nigel Blundell, Pinsent Masons; Alexandra Bolton, Centre for Digital Britain; Michael Divers, Sir Robert McAlpine; Samantha Ireland, Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority; Sam Stacey, Innovate UK; Rod Stiles, BAM and a senior speaker confirmed from Buildoffsite.

Chairing is Lord Best, Deputy Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.

We expect to be able to announce further senior speakers on policy moving forward following the general election.

Areas for discussion

  • The UK Construction Sector Deal;
  • Innovation, R&D and modern methods of construction (MMC);
  • Delivering new homes;
  • Green building and sustainability;
  • Partnerships and fair payment in the supply chain; and
  • Tackling the labour shortage and creating a more diverse workforce.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Business Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates