16 July 2008 | Jake Kanter
Procurement will be one of the focuses of a planned CBI construction council which will launch in the autumn.
The group, which will meet for the first time in September, is made up of representatives from major construction firms and will be chaired by John McDonough, chief executive of Carillion. It will provide a voice for contractors, housebuilders, civil engineers, manufacturers and designers to lobby the government.
A spokesman for the CBI told supplymanagement.com "anything is up for grabs" and the group could discuss areas such as payment terms and responsible purchasing.
McDonough said it is a challenging time for the construction industry: "The council's new strategic role at the heart of the CBI will enable the whole sector to benefit from the CBI's unrivalled access at the highest levels in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels."