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Government construction deal welcomed by trade bodies

30 November 2017

Support for the construction sector to improve productivity has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA).

Part of the government's Industrial Strategy, construction features alongside life sciences, artificial intelligence and the automotive industry.

The strategy is intended to drive a new partnership between government, academia and business, with more sectors included next year.

This will have a number of implications for the FM sector and more details are awaited to confirm the impact this will have.

In the meantime, it is thought that construction could receive around £250m in additional investment.

Although much of this will be aimed at increasing house building, improvements to infrastructure development and a £170m fund for research, development and innovation will have numerous benefits for the FM industry.

Business Secretary Greg Clark has identified poor productivity levels as holding back economic growth and described the strategy as addressing "the weaknesses that stop us achieving our potential".

The five areas of focus within the strategy include ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places.

BESA legal and commercial director Rob Driscoll described the announced as "hugely positive" and showed the government has recognised the importance of built environment professionals in delivering "social, economic and healthcare benefits".

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