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‘Busy Quarter 4 for CAB’

As the fenestration sector looks towards a much needed upturn in orders, CAB’s busy Q4 work programme promises a diverse mix of activity ranging from market surveys to specification seminars to Parliamentary lobbying.

A Regional Breakfast meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse on 1st October kicks off the Quarter with a members’ seminar on the ‘Future of Specification’ which is followed by a social media workshop to introduce the social networking platforms of LinkedIn and Twitter as strategic tools for construction business development and marketing. The event, delivered by Su Butcher, Just Practising outlines the principles of a strategic use of the platforms, looks at practical examples of their day to day use and focuses on using social media as a tool for engagement and the delivery of Measurable Objectives. The popular format of a Breakfast Meeting and workshop moves to Norwich on 19 November as CAB aims to provide the best opportunity for its entire membership to enjoy a ‘local’ event.

After positive results in previous quarters, CAB looks forward to the results of its Q3 and Q4, 2013 ‘State of the Market Surveys’. The Q2, 2013 survey continued to show some highly positive forecasts with 73% net balance of respondents predicting sales growth in the Q3 and 64% some growth in the next twelve month (up from 50% in Q1).

On the lobbying front, CAB will be taking the results of its own ongoing member survey into the effects of late payment to discuss with MP’s at the CPA Parliamentary Reception on 22 October 2013. This will be the ideal opportunity to highlight to members from both Houses that action is required to deal with the ‘entrenched’ and unfair culture of late payment after the failure of previous initiatives. The future success of the aluminium in building sector, just as much as any other within construction, depends upon such action. CAB supports the government commitment (made at the launch of their Construction Strategy on 2 July) to develop a new Fair Payment Charter by the end of 2013.

A busy quarter leads into the Association’s 20th Anniversary year in 2014. In the meantime CAB’s Technical Team forecast a rise in enquiries on major standards and regulatory issues in both the UK and Europe and will also oversee the development of new Guidance Notes for members. On the marketing front, CAB’s Chief Executive was delighted to be invited to be a judge for the prestigious 2013 Construction Marketing Awards held in London on 5 December.

For more information on joining CAB view the Association’s website at:     or contact the office on 01453 828851 or email

Justin Ratcliffe speaks at the CAB Technical Conference 2013

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