Enfield continues to attract businesses in the construction sector for similar reasons as logistics and transport; we offer excellent transport connections in and out of London and easy access to trunk routes and airports. Enfield’s construction sector comprises large businesses but also long-established small family businesses, from architectural and design practices to skip-rental and scaffolding services.
This sector permeates the lives of all Enfield residents, every day, and in addition will experience significant growth in the borough in the coming decade with the advent of the £6bn Meridian Water project. As well as the flagship scheme Meridian Water, several other large regeneration and estate renewal projects are currently underway or shortly to be implemented.
Enfield’s recently revitalised Construction Sector Forum comprises a variety of local businesses engaged in preparation of land and construction, alteration, and repair of buildings, structures, and other property.
The Council has commissioned RetrofitWorks, an arms-length co-operative to give the forum a sharp new impetus.
The primary aim of the forum is to develop a self-sustaining platform from which companies can establish links for internal development and to create work opportunities. This will help to create and safeguard local jobs.
The Forum has delivered initiatives as diverse as promoting construction as a positive career choice through links with schools and colleges as well as unravelling the complexities of the new Apprenticeship Levy for larger businesses. Through lively interactive forum workshops, industry relevant topics are addressed in order to ensure local businesses are well-placed to access opportunities in the supply chain for large regeneration schemes and help to drive up standards in ensuring a high-skilled local construction labour pool.