17 November 2021 | Collaboration

Industry Forum – working together – seeing the bigger picture

You may recall some two years back hearing about the Highways Industry Alliance, a group of like minded bodies, associations and institutions who wanted to share their knowledge and understand the issues that were affecting the highways sector.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused great disruption for all of us however, for some it has also provided an opportunity to step back and re-evaluate our purpose.

With normality beginning to return, the Highways Industry Alliance group began reaching out again and received a very positive response, with 9 bodies attending their first meeting held in August 2021.

The meeting revisited the objectives and even the naming of the group. Consequently, the group has now been renamed as the Roads Industry Forum (RIF).  The change to “Roads” represents the wider number of attendees and gives recognition that while ‘highways’ has a very precise technical meaning to those in the industry, roads is understood more widely, and the change to ‘Forum’ demonstrating more openness.

The group’s ambition is one of an easily accessible meeting of equals for the benefit and well-being of all those working on, or providing products and services to the roads sector.   As well as re-evaluating the identity and scope of activity of the RIF, the meeting dedicated a significant amount of time to areas where knowledge sharing could be beneficial, covering logo abuse, relevant and achievable training schemes through to the implementation of Government policy objectives and many other items.

The RIF is an open forum, operating only under the Chatham House Rule. If you represent a professional or trade body industry federation or similar body and have areas of concern and you think others may want to know about them, please contact the RIF.

If you are trying to raise awareness of policy, or seeking consultation with the sector’s industries, manufacturers, service providers and their people, the RIF is a good way to get a message to many at the same time.

Our next meeting will take place on 02 December 2022.  If you would like to receive an invitation, please Kealie Franklin, the current Chair of the Forum via [email protected].

All industry bodies are welcome to send representatives and can ask for items to be included on the agenda.