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Client Conference 2023

A successful event

Over 80 delegates attended this year’s YORhub client conference on 10th October to engage with industry professionals on a range of current issues in construction.

Last held in 2019, we were delighted to host our conference again this year at Horizon in Leeds. Public sector framework users from across the region heard topical presentations from industry experts including guest speakers, framework contractors and consultants, and YORhub framework managers.


Our main sponsor, Kier, outlined their vision of sustainable procurement by reducing waste, using environmentally friendly energy sources and biodiversity net gain assessments.

YORhub Programme Managers Mark Ives and Phil Henderson described our latest YORcivil3 and YORbuild3 frameworks, with their themes of Employment and Skills, Supply Chain Management and Economic Regeneration.

Consultant Helen Carter gave expert insights into Modern Slavery in Construction and how the industry can recognise the signs and observe due diligence to reduce this exploitation. YORhub’s Joint Chair of Operations, Steve Baker, outlined how YORhub frameworks have adopted the LGA Modern Slavery Guidance, placing emphasis on risk assessment, staff training and a declaration of zero tolerance.

There was also an engaging Q & A panel addressing ‘The State Of The Industry’.

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Breakout sessions

Economic Regeneration: Achievements Delivered by YOR4Good

Mairi Urquhart and Stan Brown explained some of the core social value themes of our YOR4Good fund which delivers social, economic & environmental benefits for authorities and local communities. Sponsored by Morris & Spottiswood.

The Building Safety Act 2022

Joseph Campbell, Fiona Khosla and Nadine Byrne reviewed the impact of the new Act on clients. Sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall.

The Hateful Ten

PhD student Ali Saad presented his views on public sector attitudes to Modern Methods of Construction and Innovation, based on his research at Leeds Beckett University.

Early Contractor Involvement

Ross Markwell, Nadine Byrne and Gary Wright offered contractor and client perspectives on engaging contractors early in the procurement process and how investing time up front helps to deliver successful outcomes, value for money and whole life value. Sponsored by Esh Construction.

Practical Measures To Achieve Net Zero

Cat Cliffe and Mike Raven discussed the challenges of reducing carbon emissions within the built environment. Sponsored by Octavius.

The Common Assessment Standard

David Bishop of Build UK and YORcivil Framework Manager Stef Wright discussed the new pre-qualification standard and its implementation.

Thank you to our sponsors

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event. Their generous support and attendance with exhibition stands on the day continues to be a major element in the success of the conference.