Chamber of Commerce Construction Committee merges with Construction Forum

Date: Wednesday 08 August 2018

Two of the representative bodies within the Island’s construction industry – the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce’s Construction Committee and the Construction Forum – are joining forces in a move to strengthen the collective voice of the industry. Following the merger, the new organisation is now known as the Isle of Man Construction Forum (incorporating Chamber of Commerce Construction Committee).

In a joint statement, Stephen Smyth (former Chair of Chamber’s Construction Committee and now Chamber’s Construction Sector Lead) and Gary Crittenden, Construction Forum Chair, said:

“This merger streamlines representation within the industry and will enable a more joined-up, focused approach and provide Government and other bodies with a single point of contact and engagement with the industry. The decision follows a long-running debate about the best way for the construction industry to be represented. It’s been clear for some time that some of the good work done by both the Construction Forum and Chamber’s Construction Committee was being duplicated. Indeed many companies and individuals within the industry were represented on both bodies. A catalyst for the change was the formation of the new Department for Enterprise agencies. For the construction industry to continue to have a strong voice within the agency model it became clear that the Forum and Chamber’s Construction Committee needed to combine their strengths, and following discussions within both bodies it was decided that a merger was the best way forward.”

Post-merger, the combined Forum is a multi-disciplinary body that discusses a wide range of construction issues, and promotes training and good practice within the local industry. The Construction Federation, which represents the Island’s contractors and runs the Manx Accredited Construction Contractors Scheme (MACCS), will continue to exist in its own right, but will provide input to the Forum and have representation on the Executive Committee. Also represented at the Forum are various Government departments and political members, plus a wide cross-section of the Island’s private sector construction companies, including architects, consulting engineers, quantity surveyors, developers, property agents, main contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers.

Isle of Man Construction Forum (incorporating Chamber of Commerce Construction Committee) meetings take place at 8am on the last Friday of each month at the Construction Federation offices, Village Walk, Onchan. Please note that the Forum takes a break each August so the next meeting is on Friday 28th September 2018.  All those working in, or with an interest in construction on the Island are welcome to attend.

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