Call to arms

By Phil Slinger, CAB chief executive.

We are looking forward to welcoming our members and guests to a day of networking and discussion on October 14, culminating in an evening dinner. For myself, it will be a chance to meet our members for the first time since joining CAB and listen to their concerns about the industry and how the association can help.

It has been two years since our last physical meeting, which took place at the Imperial War Museum in Salford on October 24, 2019.

To say the industry is faced with challenges is possibly an understatement, with many claiming that we have a perfect storm; a high demand for product, but with serious supply chain problems across all sectors. A topic we will all have a view on and, no doubt, we will all be discussing when we all meet.

We have an excellent speaker line-up for the Leeds meeting, which I am sure will help add to the industry debate: The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, who was minister of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Andy Boutle, head of BIM at Keir Construction and engagement co-lead for UK BIM Alliance; and Uday Patel, senior research manager, global aluminium markets, at Wood Mackenzie.

The event is going to be well attended by members and their guests. There are still some places available so call Jessica at CAB if you are interested in joining us. And if you are not a member, you could see what you are missing.

The Armouries venue also offers a welcome backdrop with its impressive collection of warcraft through the centuries.