This year seems to have flown by, yet again! And now as we are fast approaching the end of yet another year we have decided to review and reflect on 2018 as well as share a few of our predictions for 2019 for the construction, engineering and property sectors!
It has been a busy year for Calco as we always strive to improve and ensure we are providing the best level of service to all our candidates and clients. This year we introduced new cutting-edge, award-winning technology i-Calco which allows us to deliver phenomenal success rates and guaranteed results!
At Calco we pride ourselves on the level of charity fundraising we do, each month we collect money by having a Dress Down Friday and the money raised goes to a charity chosen by one of our team. This year as well as hosting another very successful Macmillan Coffee Morning we also took part in a Recruitment Rowathon! This was a fundraiser that involved the whole office, we had to row for 8 hours straight – so we had our system in place, everyone would row for a set amount of time on rotation! We was competing against other recruitment agencies to see who could row the furthest in the set time, all whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause. With the amazing donations from our candidates and clients as well as friends and family of Calco and combined with the Dress Down Friday charity donations we have raised over £3,000 for a variety of incredible charities!
As well as introducing new recruitment techniques and raising money for charity we have also attended sector relevant events including the London Build Expo 2018, we also sponsored an event for The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). This event was an evening of networking for members of the ICES as well as for those wanting to join the institution to get an insight into what being a member is all about, as well as hearing all about what is currently happening within the institution. It was a great evening and we are very honoured to have sponsored the event! We hosted this evening in the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market, London it was the perfect back drop for such a great evening.
The core purpose of Calco is assisting our clients with placing exceptional professionals on exciting and challenging projects all over the UK – something we take great pride in! As well as placing professionals on projects all over the country we have also been lucky enough to have a few iconic construction projects underway in our local area, Croydon! With the world’s tallest modular towers being built a stones throw away from our office.
Now that 2018 is nearly behind us we are looking forward to 2019 and here are some of our predictions for the coming year! Let’s see at the end of 2019 if we managed to get the predictions correct:
Andy Cook: There was a slow start to the year however it picked up hugely in Q2 and Q3, and then quietened down within demolition, groundworks and RC frames. I found that this year was a good year for smaller companies to prosper.
I have a huge amount of positivity coming into the New Year, everyone seems to be looking to exceed turnover levels. HS2 will be huge for demolition, and London and the South East’s skyline will be looking even better towards the back end of 2019.
Andrew Snelgrove: It looks like 2019 will be as busy as 2018, with continued investment in the housing sector good news for construction and utility connection companies. Additionally, the UK roll out of fibre broadband will also keep me very busy in 2019 in beyond – looking forward to it!
Bill Gray: The building sector is due to contract overall next year by 2%, however lets focus on the 98% and the high spots because let’s not forget that the sector has reached peak activity over the last few years. Bright spots will be education, social housing, build to rent and logistics and health sectors. So there will be plenty of opportunities still in the sector with offsite manufacturing growth and the ageing profile of the workforce.
Michael Nordoff: 2018 has been an odd year. I would say infrastructure is steady, with key contracts like Crossrail moving towards closure. I believe 2019 will be extremely busy, with Smart Motorways and HS2 driving the demand for supply.
Nazir Idris: In 2019 we will see the effects of the green paper, which is meant to provide quality and fair social housing. The green paper offers an opportunity for major reform to improve fairness, quality and safety to residents living in social housing across the country by giving them a say. The green paper will consider how the Decent Homes Standard should be reviewed to ensure it delivers the right standards for social housing residents and reflects the Government’s current and forthcoming priorities.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have worked with Calco and supported us through 2018 and we hope to continue to work with you all in 2019 and beyond! For those who may be reading this and have not worked with us we hope 2019 is the year we can build and maintain a professional relationship!
Have a great festive season, enjoy the time off if you are luckily enough to have a little break and Happy New Year! We will be in contact soon, in the meantime if there is anything we can help with please do not hesitate to get in touch.