26 January 2012
Upper Quartile have been commissioned to lead the consultation and strategy development process for the construction industry in Scotland.
Upper Quartile, on behalf of Construction Scotland – the industry leadership body for the sector – will be facilitating a number of consultation events across Scotland over February and March 2012, and working with the industry to develop a refreshed strategy for April 2012.
The consultation programme is designed to ensure the full range of companies engaged in the construction sector in Scotland have the opportunity to both hear the latest research and evidence base on the sector, and importantly have the opportunity to give their views on where they see the main opportunities and challenges, and the main priorities for the sector, over the coming years.
The findings from the consultation process will be used to help develop a refreshed strategy for the sector for 2012 – 2016, which is owned and developed by the industry itself, and the supporting agencies.
The Upper Quartile team for this project will be led by David Gass, and the work is scheduled to complete in April 2012 with the development of an agreed industry strategy.
The construction industry continues to be a hugely important sector for the Scottish economy – in its own right accounting for almost 10% of total employment in Scotland and c.30,000 individual businesses, and also as an enabling sector for the wider infrastructure required to build the Scottish economy and its industries.
It has also been one of the industry sectors most impacted by the current economic downturn, and the strategy for the sector over the coming years will recognise both the existing challenges for construction companies, but also the wider opportunities to grow the sector and its contribution to the Scottish economy.