Our week at CITE/Infrarail…it’s all about the big Infrastructure projects!
It seems hardly a week goes by without some sort of major UK infrastructure project being discussed or announced in the news. According to the HM Treasury’s Investing in Britain’s future white paper, HS2 is worth £42.6b in construction and a further £7.5b in rolling stock.
Crossrail 2 has just been given the green light worth £27-32b according to the Crossrail 2 website. This is on top of the Network Rail and TFL upgrades that are also due. Why is all this happening? Well according to Network Rail, “almost 1.7 billion journeys are now made on our railway every year, 34 percent more than just five years ago, and more than double the number of twenty years ago.” In short, rail infrastructure is getting busier, and as a country there are massive plans to expand it.
How does ARM fit into all this? As a niche engineering recruitment business ARM have a rail infrastructure team that supply staff and contractors into rail signalling, civil and commercial projects, and a manufacturing team that supply staff and contractors into rolling stock projects.
This is why we decided that it was a good idea to exhibit at CITE & Infrarail 2016 at ExCeL, London.
DAY 1. The Tuesday opening day started a bit slower than expected but after the first 2 hours, the exhibition really started to get busy. There were some fantastic stands on show and big client names such as HS2, Crossrail, and Siemens. The first day gave us a chance to talk to clients either at their stands or to our pleasant surprise, clients were very eager to come over and talk to us. Was this because we were opposite the refreshment area perhaps? I’m hoping that it was actually because we could talk about and demonstrate our expertise and passion for the rail sector. The day ended with a great exhibitor networking hour with free drinks but not before a client came to talk to us about helping them find up to 20 contractors for a London Underground project! A resoundingly interesting and successful first day.
Day 2. Wednesday was more consistent and it was good to see that there were a lot of customers and candidates visiting the stand. We refreshed the ARM team so consistently had experts in rail, infrastructure and rolling stock at hand which proved ideal with the different clients at the show. Throughout the day we had a steady stream of visitors to the stand and it was the turn on the manufacturing team to pick up a couple of hot permanent vacancies. The evening was a bit tamer (last nights “networking event” taking its toll??) and then it was all about the next and last day.
DAY 3. As at previous trade exhibitions, the last day was a bit quieter at the show though there were still a few more vacancies to confirm and it proved a fruitful conclusion to a successful show for ARM. Over the 3 days we had confirmed an opportunity to supply a good volume contract project, plus permanent vacancies within rail commercial and manufacturing projects.
The underlying theme of the exhibition was very much a showcase of how buoyant the UK rail infrastructure and civil construction markets are with some huge projects being worked on over the coming years. This was highlighted to ARM with the surprising amount of enquiries from clients about how we can assist them to find good talent for their projects and the longevity of these pieces of work.
How can ARM help in what is becoming a very busy sector? Using our niche consultants with proven expertise of supplying staff and contractors in the rail infrastructure, civil construction, and manufacturing technologies markets, we are able to support customers with their current and future talent management. This could be bid stage work, replacements or various volume requirements for new and existing projects. Why not call us for more information on how we can help – David James 02392 228272 or email@example.com
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