Category: Steve’s Blog

The changing face of Retail

The UK’s retail market continues to suffer from the increase in internet shopping and the untenable rises in high street rents and rates. We have already seen the impact on a range of brands from Mothercare to Toys R Us. The latest victim in this troubled sector is the House of Fraser with their recent …

Inspiring the next generation

On 13 April, over 350 Young Rail Professionals (YRP) attended this year’s annual black tie event at the Roundhouse in Derby – the World’s first and surviving railway house.  CPC was proud to have sponsored this event for our 6th consecutive year and, as always, the room was charged with a combination of youth, energy …

MIPIM 2018 – Investing in Cities

Duncan Adams and I attended MIPIM this year, the largest global real estate event held in Cannes every year. Hosting over 24,000 visitors, MIPIM provided an opportunity for over 500 cities around the World to promote the benefits of investing in property and infrastructure in their region. The UK Government was represented by over 130 …

Liberating the Northern Powerhouse

For many decades there has been a growing need to rebalance the distribution of business and commerce from London and the south east to the major cities in the north, primarily Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. It is widely accepted that the economic development of the North will be underpinned by a comprehensive overhaul …

Outsourcing – is this the beginning of the end?

With the recent catastrophic demise of Carillion, I wonder, is the outsourcing market out of control and in need of a major reset? The UK’s construction industry has never seen a company of this size collapse in such a short space of time –  from a profits warning in July 2017, closely followed by the …

Reflections and the New Year

As I reflect on 2017 and look forward to the year ahead, I am in no doubt that we are facing times of considerable change, both politically and economically in the UK, which will have a significant impact on our industry and business growth as a whole. Besides the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, which, from my …

Inspiring NextGen female leaders

On 4th December, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is holding its Annual Christmas Ball in London, its biggest yet, by far, demonstrating the growing commitment of both individuals and corporate business to support more diversity in the workplace and encourage women to pursue and sustain successful professional careers. Despite making up almost …

London’s Housing Vision: Is it Fit for the Future?

With the recent launch of the Mayor’s housing strategy, currently out for consultation, we are reminded of the housing crises we face in the Capital and that of other major cities across the UK. The Mayor’s vision and priorities are to provide a range of options from building new homes and neighbourhoods to tackling the …

Renaissance of the Railway

Is the UK’s railway a victim of its own success? This was the view of Chris Grayling MP and Secretary of State for Transport in his opening address at the UK Rail Summit on 13 September, where John Mogridge and I listened to an array of guest speakers discussing the revival of the rail industry …

Cognitive Dissonance

One of the benefits of a lazy summer vacation is the opportunity to finally read the books you were gifted the Christmas before. One of my more insightful reads, whilst on my sun lounger, was “Black Box Thinking” by the accomplished author and journalist Matthew Syed. The book introduced me to the concept of Cognitive …