CICV Forum marks double milestone

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has revealed it is celebrating a double milestone. The organisation has signed up its 100th individual member and is releasing its 50th piece of guidance since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Bridget Lambert, strategic procurement manager at Renfrewshire Council has joined the Forum’s commercial sub-group. Her arrival means the Forum now has 100 individual participants from a wide range of trade associations, private companies and professional services.

She said, “I am delighted to have joined the CICV Forum and am looking forward to helping it continue its vital work as we continue to overcome uncertainty during the recovery phase of the pandemic. I have already been extremely impressed by the wealth of experience among my fellow members, and have been particularly inspired by everyone’s commitment to shaping the future of the industry for the better.”

At the same time, the CICV Forum has issued a new downloadable PDF checklist for contractors and clients, outlining practical measures to help keep themselves safe during domestic work.

Designed to be emailed before work starts, and supported by two social media animations, the open source PDF joins the other work already released by the Forum. The organisation is now planning a series of free online training seminars starting in September, offering advice to help businesses improve their contractual and commercial awareness on construction projects.

Forum chair and SELECT MD Alan Wilson said, “To have reached these milestones in terms of both membership and expert guidance in under five months is nothing short of incredible. The breadth and depth of information issued by the Forum is testament to the collaboration and cooperation that exists among its members, and shows just how effective trade associations, commercial organisations and other bodies are when they work together.”

Fiona Hodgson, chair of the commercial sub-group and chief executive of SNIPEF, the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses, added, “The Forum has clearly demonstrated how valuable trade and professional bodies are, both in supporting their members and representing their needs to Scottish Government. For the past five months, we have listened closely to what our members, clients and consumers want and delivered clear and practical advice that has been used extensively by industry and public alike. In addition, we continue to contribute to government discussions on a regular basis.”