What the CICV Forum is doing

On this page you’ll find the latest news from the CICV Forum, plus relevant updates from member bodies.

  • Candidates back industry regulation at special Forum hustings
    Regulation of the construction industry is essential for a safer and more productive future, election hopefuls from Scotland’s main political parties told a special digital hustings hosted by the CICV Forum. The importance of skills and […]
  • Key industry figures reveal highlights as Forum marks its first anniversary
    After marking the anniversary of its first-ever meeting, key members of the CICV Forum have revealed their personal highlights of working together for the ever-expanding collective. The unique collaboration of trade associations, professional bodies, companies and […]
  • Forum backs Minister’s call for VAT cut to boost economy
    The CICV Forum has welcomed a call by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart for the reduction of VAT on repairs and maintenance. The industry collective has backed a letter which the Minister sent to the UK Secretary […]
  • Minister for Construction among proposals in Forum manifesto
    In an unprecedented show of co-operation, commitment and collaboration, the construction industry in Scotland has come together to issue its first-ever manifesto detailing the crucial steps which need to be taken to secure a viable and […]
  • Construction warned: Don’t take your foot off the gas
    Scotland’s construction industry has been recognised for playing its part in the battle against COVID-19 – but has been warned not to take its “foot off the gas” after recent cases were reported on sites across […]
  • New economic report will help Forum assist with green recovery
    The CICV Forum has published an in-depth report aimed at helping public bodies make decisions on where public funding in construction gives the highest economic returns to help support a green recovery. The report, carried out […]
  • Forum welcomes three more organisations as full members
    After nearly a year of practical support and proactive guidance for Scotland’s building sector, the CICV Forum continues to attract new members, this week welcoming another three major organisations to its ranks. As widespread interest in […]
  • Forum helps workers stay safe with new and updated guidance
    The CICV Forum has issued a suite of new essential guidance to help the construction sector’s operatives continue to work safely on essential projects during lockdown. The campaigning collective has made three revised advice documents available […]
  • Essential construction work ‘can continue during lockdown’
    Essential construction work is being allowed to continue in Scotland, following the lockdown announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday 4 January. Specific rules have been given to tradespeople, governing what type of work can be carried […]
  • Forum backs calls for industry to ‘play its part’ during lockdown
    The CICV Forum has echoed calls for the industry to “play its part” during lockdown ­and has urged workers to keep following vital health and safety guidance. The Forum has reminded contractors to observe new rules […]
  • Forum mask campaign urges greater safety during lockdown
    With essential construction work set to continue during the latest lockdown, the CICV Forum is urging operatives to make a safe start to 2021 with a colourful new face mask campaign. The unique collective has launched […]
  • Forum members reveal Christmas wishes for 2021
    Cooperation and collaboration, greater worker welfare and a top-to-bottom revolution of the construction sector are all top of the Christmas wish-list for members of the CICV Forum. With a year of massive and unprecedented upheaval drawing […]
  • Forum welcomes CICES and GGF as new members
    After nine months of proactive support for Scotland’s building sector, the CICV Forum continues to attract new members, this week welcoming another two major organisations to its ranks. As widespread interest in its work remains undiminished, […]
  • Becky scoops award for tireless health and safety work
    The chair of the CICV Forum’s health and safety sub-group has received one of the building services industry’s top honours for her tireless work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the sector’s workforce was able to […]
  • Minister joins Forum in urging sector to stay safe outside work
    Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has joined the CICV Forum to remind construction workers to stay COVID smart in their social lives and when travelling to and from jobs. Mr Stewart insisted it was “essential” for the […]
  • Forum and CSIC launch new Be Covid Smart digital learning toolkit
    In its latest initiative to help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work, the CICV Forum has used cutting-edge technology to create a digital learning toolkit to promote best practice. Working closely with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), […]
  • New travel animation helps keep sector moving safely
    The CICV Forum has released the latest in its series of engaging COVID-19 animations – this time offering essential advice on how workers should travel to and from work safely. Produced in response to sector feedback, […]
  • Employment webinars will advise on redundancy and Job Support Scheme
    With the effects of COVID-19 beginning to impact businesses across Scotland, the CICV Forum is hosting two new webinars to advise and answer questions on redundancy, restructuring and other urgent employment issues. The UK Government’s new […]
  • Forum repeats call for workers to stay safe in social life
    As Scotland continues to battle a surge in the global pandemic, the CICV Forum has repeated its urgent call for industry workers to be COVID-19 smart in their social lives. The unique collective is once again […]
  • David joins expert panel for first Forum webinar
    A leading financial expert has joined the panel of experts offering advice on project bank accounts (PBAs) at the first CICV Forum commercial webinar. David Rennie, Relationship Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland, will play […]
  • Industry urged to have its say in recovery plan
    The Scottish construction industry has been urged to have its say in the new draft recovery plan for the sector, launched last week by the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF). The plan, which has been created […]
  • Forum secures £40,000 funding to identify investment areas
    In yet another example of its innovative approach to stimulating and growing Scotland’s building sector, the CICV Forum has secured significant grant funding to help it explore the most fruitful avenues for expansion.  The unique collective […]
  • Webinars will help with essential commercial issues
    The CICV Forum is hosting a series of free advice webinars to help industry professionals improve their contractual and commercial awareness on construction projects. Hosted by leading industry experts, and running fortnightly across six sessions from […]
  • Forum collaborates in creation of new CLF recovery plan
    A draft recovery plan for the construction sector in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF), with input from members of the CICV Forum. The plan, which has been created collaboratively with […]
  • Forum receives CSIC funding for two innovation projects
    Two ground-breaking CICV Forum projects are among those being supported by Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) i-Con Innovation Challenge Fund, part of a support programme set up earlier in the year in response to Covid-19.  With […]
  • Forum to host second health and safety webinar
    The CICV Forum is to host another health and safety webinar, delivering invaluable updates and the latest developments to help the sector continue its safe recovery. The free online session will take place on Wednesday 26 […]
  • Animations remind public to let contractors work safely
    The CICV Forum has launched a colourful new social media campaign reminding the public to let construction workers do their jobs safely as Scotland strives to rebuild the sector. Released under the theme of #RebuildingTogether, the […]
  • 100th member and 50th piece of advice celebrated
    The CICV Forum is celebrating a double milestone this week – welcoming its 100th individual member and releasing its 50th piece of guidance. The Forum’s Commercial sub-group has been joined by Bridget Lambert,Strategic Procurement Manager at […]
  • New health and safety guidance helps careful return continue
    As Scotland’s building sector continues its recovery, the CICV Forum has issued a raft of new health and safety guidance to help steer workers through the phased return. Seven new pieces of open source collateral have […]
  • New campaign urges workers to stay safe in social life too
    As the easing of lockdown measures continues across Scotland, the CICV Forum has launched a new social media campaign urging construction workers to stay safe in their social lives. Using two engaging animations and free downloadable […]
  • SBF becomes latest member to sign Conflict Avoidance Pledge
    Leading CICV Forum member the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has followed in other organisations’ footsteps by signing up to the Conflict Avoidance Pledge (CAP). A joint initiative by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Institute of […]
  • Forum proposes school action plan to help pupils return safely
    The CICV Forum has submitted a proposed building action plan to the Scottish Government which it claims would help reopen schools across the country and get children back to lessons safely. The campaigning collective has written […]
  • DHF join Forum as new Consultants sub-group created
    The CICV Forum has welcomed a new member to its ranks and also set up a specialist sub-group to gather and share expertise from some of Scotland’s leading consultants. Trade association DHF has become the latest […]
  • Animation puts workers in the picture about safe return to work
    In another practical step to help the sector’s restart, the CICV Forum has released a short film outlining the key health and safety steps that all staff should take during the return to work. Entitled Working […]
  • Forum welcomes move to Phase 2 of government route map
    The CICV Forum has welcomed further easing of restrictions to help get the sector in Scotland back to work – but insists health and safety and collaboration must continue to be at the heart of an […]
  • Free signage pack helps employers and staff with safe return
    As the construction industry gears up for the next stage of its restart plan, the CICV Forum has once again stepped up by producing a pack of free signage to help with the safe return to […]
  • Forum film embraced and adapted by other bodies
    An engaging animation by the CICV Forum has proved such a success that it has been adapted and released by a range of other major organisations across the UK and Europe. The short open source film, […]
  • Forum consultation extended to whole construction industry
    The CICV Forum has extended its wide-ranging consultation on the future of the sector to the whole Scottish construction industry. Originally launched last week among the Forum’s 50 member organisations, all other parties are now invited […]
  • Forum welcomes APS and SPRA as latest members
    The CICV Forum has welcomed two new member organisations to its ever-growing ranks as the unique collective continues to attract widespread interest in its work. The Association for Project Safety (APS) and Single Ply Roofing Association […]
  • Forum welcomes announcement of return to domestic work
    The CICV Forum has warmly welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that domestic work will be included among the scope of construction work now permitted. The news has been eagerly awaited by all parts of the industry […]
  • Forum asks: What kind of industry do we want in the future?
    The CICV Forum has launched a major consultation among its members to discover what stakeholders want for the Scottish construction industry after COVID-19 – and how to achieve it. With companies beginning a phased return to […]
  • Latest advice helps companies preparing to unfurlough staff
    The complex question of how to bring Scotland’s workforce safely off furlough and back to work is examined in detail in the latest guidance to be issued by the CICV Forum. With the Scottish Government authorising […]
  • New college safety guide helps apprentices preparing for return
    As Scotland’s colleges and training centres discuss reopening, the CICV Forum has helped develop a new set of guidelines designed to keep staff and apprentices safe Compiled by Forum members the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), […]
  • Forum issues health and safety underpinning guidance
    As Scotland’s building sector emerges from prolonged shutdown, the CICV Forum has issued expanded health and safety guidance to help steer companies through the crisis and back to work. The comprehensive 42-page document, Safe Return and […]
  • Cashflow webinar will offer invaluable payment advice
    Following the resounding success of its first webinar, the CICV Forum is immediately staging a follow-up event as the sector begins its long-awaited return to work. The latest online webinar will take place on Wednesday 3 […]
  • Construction moves to Phase 1 of lockdown
    The First Minister today (28 May) confirmed that Scotland will now move to Phase 1 of easing the COVID-19 lockdown.  Further details are available here. In her latest announcement she confirmed that the construction sector will […]
  • Phased return welcomed – but safety and collaboration is key
    The CICV Forum has welcomed the first tentative steps announced to get the sector in Scotland back to work – but insists health and safety and collaboration must be at the heart of the phased return. […]
  • After lockdown, managing cashflow will be the real test
    Quarry boss Marcus Paine says he’s already looking at life after lockdown – but fears uncertainty over cashflow could leave many SMEs like his family business between a rock and a hard place. The businessman – […]
  • Forum signs up to Conflict Avoidance Pledge
    The CICV Forum has added its name to a growing campaign for more collaborative working by signing up to the Conflict Avoidance Pledge (CAP). A joint initiative by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal […]
  • Fast-track adjudication for low-value disputes welcomed
    The CICV Forum has welcomed the launch of a new fast-track summary adjudication process for low-value disputes, complete with a capped adjudicator’s fee. As the economic effect of the Covid-19 impacts severely on the construction industry, […]
  • Signage helps contractors carrying out essential work
    The CICV Forum has issued protective signage for key workers carrying out emergency and essential projects in another initiative to support the construction sector in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The posters and stickers, designed to […]
  • Forum issues five-point plan to help contractors
    The CICV Forum has written to Holyrood urging the Government to adopt a five-point plan to assist contractors through the worst of the COVID-19 crisis. The collection of 23 trade and professional bodies has addressed its […]
  • Infographic offers key to understanding essential work
    A new CICV Forum infographic aims to provide greater clarity over essential work and help the public understand exactly what construction projects key workers can carry out. The infographic was developed by the Forum after key […]
  • Momentum and membership rise as Forum support continues
    The reach of the CICV Forum continues to grow, with more organisations coming on board to help play their part in the recovery of the industry. A total of 78 individuals are now involved, representing 48 […]
  • Forum welcomes support for Conflict Avoidance Pledge
    The CICV Forum has welcomed the news that the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) is backing the new Conflict Avoidance Pledge. The CLC this week announced their support for the pledge, which sees clients and contractors committing […]
  • Sector urged to pay it forward when it comes to cashflow
    The CICV Forum and Construction Scotland have urged the sector to step up and ensure payments are made on time to safeguard cashflow and ensure business and job survival. As trade and professional bodies continue to […]
  • Forum urges vital measures to improve cashflow and save businesses
    The CICV Forum has presented Holyrood with a paper of comprehensive recommendations to ease the cashflow crisis as the group continues fighting to save Scotland’s construction sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper, which outlines a […]
  • Forum bids to keep key workers safe from intimidation
    The CICV Forum is helping to provide greater visibility on what constitutes ‘essential work’ to prevent key workers being harassed and verbally abused during vital construction projects. Forum members have reported an increasing number of tradespeople […]
  • Forum praises HMRC, but says real test is still to come
    The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has hailed the “speed and efficiency” of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rollout – but says the real test will be if all claims are paid on time. The specialist […]
  • SFT paper addresses impact of COVID-19 on hub contracts
    The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) has produced a paper on how authorities may interpret the provision of the Scottish Government’s Construction Policy Note 1/2020 for existing construction projects in the hub programme. By presenting this view, […]
  • Animation helps contractors and customers stay safe
    A new animation launched by the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum offers clear and practical advice to contractors and customers during emergency domestic work. The short film outlines the precautions and operate-at-distance policies that the Forum […]
  • Cashflow piles on agony for businesses, Forum survey reveals
    Cashflow has completely dried up for nearly 80% of firms in the construction industry in Scotland, according to businesses which responded to a major survey carried out by the newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum. More […]
  • Low value dispute construction adjudication service implemented
    CICV Forum member the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has begun providing a low value construction adjudication service to give UK SMEs a simple and cost-effective procedure that will make solving disputes more accessible and […]
  • CICV Forum issues clear guidance on working practices
    The newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has taken immediate action to provide clarity for the sector in Scotland. The group – which represents most professional construction bodies in Scotland – took action following advice from First Minister […]
  • New forum calls for urgent action to protect industry
    A new forum of respected construction bodies has suggested a number of simple actions that the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus. The Construction Industry […]