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Here we are in May 2019, and, almost 3 years on, Brexit is still not sorted. Whatever your politics, you can’t help but feel “what a mess”. Industry is suffering from uncertainty, people and organisations cannot plan, budget or invest with confidence. This ripples right down from the biggest public and private investors to the smallest of SMEs, like mine.
As I have remarked before (see: The ongoing impact of Brexit on the construction industry), lack of certainty creates risk, and the construction and engineering industry looks far in advance when planning its projects, so those involved, whatever their perspective or tier, need to be able to plan. Without a coherent plan, and confidence in the plan, you simply cannot start to think to execute (let alone actually put a spade in the ground). There has never been a greater need for the ”foresight and stamina” I mentioned in that interview.
In amongst all this uncertainty, I consider myself lucky in that, as an independent consultant to industry, I work on a wide variety of projects, with public and private clients and across broad sectors. The past 2 years I have advised on more infrastructure projects than ever before, and many are procured through NEC contracts, or on long term frameworks, where contracts are “called off” at the clients’ direction. These types of projects, and other “majo
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