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Birmingham Best Practice Club

Constructing Excellence through Knowledge Sharing

Birmingham Best Practice in 2017

In a highly informative review this month we were given insight into the HSE's current view of how the industry is dealing with the Construction(Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

On the negative side it is notable that 25% of HSE prosecutions are in the construction sector and of the 696 prosecutions brought by the HSE and in Scotland , the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (COPFS), there was a conviction rate of 95%.

To help prepare ourselves the most recent legal updates were considered and we were given an excellent demonstration of how one organisation has implemented the provisions in a practical graphical process giving a live and readily understandable method of control.

The BBPC Committee is indebted to our speakers from Rider Levett Bucknall, Trowers and Hamlins and AHR for their open and frank contributions.

To download the presentation slides : Rider Levett Bucknall     Trowers and Hamlins, AHR  dropboxLogo

Ann Bentley, Global Chair of Rider Levett Bucknall, will examine money, risk, behaviour and the alignment of vested interests in the supply chain at our next event in March.

The impact of the falling pound and uncertainty over available labour resources is already being felt and will concentrate the effort to obtain "Better Business in the Supply Chain".

Craig Rowbottom, Development Planning Manager for Birmingham City Council, will bring us up to speed in April following his excellent presentation last year to: 

· Set the context to Birmingham’s growth agenda

· Provide an overview of current development activity in the City

· Detail the future plans for growth, and the areas in which these will be focussed, including opportunities around HS2

In May we examine "Why Birmingham" is becoming the destination of choice.


March - Better Business in the Supply Chain

Ann Bentley  Ann Bentley

Chairman, Global Board

Ann Bentley is Global Chair of RLB.

Ann has played a key role in many company milestones, including the management buyout in 2003, the consolidation as a leading UK independently owned company, and the formation of the global practice in 2007. She has been a member of RLB’s Global Board since 2012.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the property and construction sector, Ann has strong expertise in working with commercial, public and third sector clients.

A judge for a number of industry awards, she is also a regular commentator in national and trade media and speaker at national and international construction conferences, recently speaking at events in Kazakhstan and Shanghai.

In the academic world, Ann is a visiting Professor in the Built Environment at Birmingham City University and a visiting lecturer in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at Reading University.

After graduating from the University of Manchester, Ann started her career as a civil engineer at British Rail in 1982, moving to Bucknall Austin as a project manager in 1989.

Ann is a member of the UK Government’s Construction Leadership Council and a member of the CBI’s Construction Council. She is a Chartered Member of the Institution for Civil Engineers (MICE), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and she holds an MBA from Henley Management College.


April - Planning the Future in Birmingham

May - Why Birmingham?

Friday, 22 September - Annual Luncheon

Our Events

BBPC is a not for profit organisation and relies on contributions from membership, event attendance, sponsorship and the goodwill of participating organisations to host and help organise events.

Our events have been well received and well attended in the past and we have an ambitious programme for the future.

Individual attendance is £15 per event and for G4C Members £5.

Please discuss offers of sponsorship directly with the Club Secretary.

CPD Accreditation Certificates will be issued for attendance at our events.

About Us

A forum for individuals to learn about the principles of Best Practice, while creating a culture and local support network of continuous improvement.

It offers the opportunity for an informal group of highly developed, innovative people to learn from each other, share that knowledge, and ultimately improve their business.

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Anyone who is in the construction industry can get involved - from the client or owner of a building to the design team, main and specialist contractors, house builders and materials manufacturers and suppliers. However, anyone linked to the construction industry and its supply chain is welcome to join.


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