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'Businesses must adapt to survive'

HVCA chief executive Robert Higgs has urged businesses to adapt to a radically changed marketplace in which new opportunities will look very different from those previously encountered.
Speaking at a conference organised by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers to mark the 400th anniversary of its foundation, Mr Higgs pointed out that the commercial potential provided by the sustainability agenda was enormous, but that firms must be prepared to take on new kinds of work.

'Replacing gas boilers on a like-for-like basis, for example, will not be a viable business in the future,' he said.

'Also, global water demand is predicted to increase by 30 per cent over the next 20 years - and finding efficient methods for collection and distribution of water is right in plumbing industry territory.'

However, considerable investment would have to be made in skills and training to equip the workforce to deliver new solutions.

'Enlightened contractors are already diversifying, and they must be supported with a suite of vocational qualifications and an infrastructure to deliver them.'

The conference was chaired by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Chris Sneath, who served two terms as HVCA president in 1990/91 and 1996/97.
23 May 2011

Comments

By andrew wilkes
23 May 2011 01:01:00
Why are you implementing new pay rates for electricians 2012 which are up to 35% less than 2010 JIB rates ?
Balfour Beatty boss gets 8% pay rise.
Will I get paid one rate for installing conduit in the morning, a different rate after dinner for running cables in the conduit and then a third rate the following day for terminating?
What have you, HVCA, got to do with electricians?
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