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Managing Director Bill McBride on Meeting with The Scottish Contractors Group for Talks on the new Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Innovation will be a key focus across all trades and professions involved in the construction industry over the coming months as the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre lays the foundations for its forthcoming role as the hub to connect 31,000 plus businesses in the Scottish industry with academic expertise.

With receipt of a 7.5 million award from the Scottish Funding Council last month – which will see the centre work with 11 Scottish universities – its interim chair, our own Bill McBride, is working in partnership with key organisations and bodies during a six month implementation phase in order to get up and running for autumn 2014.

Recently Innovation Centre representatives met with the Scottish Contractors Group – representing the 12 leading construction contractors in the country – to look at how the two bodies can best work collaboratively to boost growth in the sector through innovation.

Our Bill McBride, managing director of Westcrowns Contracting Services Ltd and interim chair of the CSIC, said, “Over the last few weeks I have been meeting with key contacts and groups within the sector to establish the essential working relationships that the Innovation Centre will have at its heart as it takes shape and starts to become a one-stop-shop for customers seeking advice on how best to innovate and improve in their particular fields.

“The Scottish Contractors Group is a particularly important organisation for us to work jointly with as we have a mutual common goal of securing and improving the future of the Scottish construction industry – and not just here in Scotland, as an international focus is part and parcel of both our objectives, as is achieving them in as sustainable a way as possible.

“We certainly got discussions off to a great start today and I look forward to developing our relationship further as we move towards the launch of the Innovation Centre in the autumn."

Related Links on the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

The Herald Scotland - 'Building on Brain Power'

GCU - 'Construction Innovation Centre to Link HEIs and Industry'

Urban Realm - 'Construction Innovation Centre Secures £7.5m Grant'



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