Conference to debate major issues affecting hire industry

ORGANISERS of this year’s HAE EHA conference have tipped the event to spark debate about the future direction of the industry, with Brexit and recruitment issues expected to feature high on the agenda.

Due to be held in Loughborough on October 1, this year’s themes are collaborate, innovate and inspire.

HAE EHA chairman Brian Sherlock will provide the welcome address before commercial manager Paul Gaze and Scott Ball from HireTrain explore the steps the industry is taking to encourage a constant learning environment for new recruits.

Also included in the speaker line-up is Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, a British computing, mathematics and language genius. One of the youngest people ever to pass two GCSEs in different subjects while in primary school, Anne-Marie founded Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

Taking up the theme of collaboration with no gender barriers, Mark Noonan, industry relations director at the CITB, will discuss the importance of programmes such as the new Mentor Leadership Programme for women.

Tom Hall, chief economist at Barbour-ABI and AMA Research, will give an overview of the UK construction industry and the country’s economic performance. He will also express how market intelligence can help generate new business.

Other topics to be covered over the course of the day include dust control, crime prevention and mental health.

Graham Arundell, HAE EHA chief executive officer said, “Our impressive line-up of speakers is sure to provoke debate among members on the direction of travel for our industry. Hire and construction are inexorably linked so when times are booming both sectors benefit, conversely if there’s a nervous wobble in the economic chain then both get the shakes.”