3 August 2023 | Collaboration | Our Work
Last week, the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) announced that Kiely Bros will be the Main Conference Partner for Strictly Highways 2023.
This week, we caught up with Lauren Kiely, Head of Marketing at Kiely Bros to find out why they are supporting the event and why they feel collaboration is essential in meeting local road demands.
Q. Why you are supporting this year’s event?
A. ”Kiely Bros are delighted to be the Main Conference partner for this year’s Strictly Highways following its success last year. We are especially excited to be the main conference partner as this year’s theme is all about collaborative working and sharing solutions to meet demands for local roads – something that is of high importance to us. To us, being the main sponsor demonstrates our commitment to supporting all the good work that LCRIG does and our hope that following the conference, we can make a positive change for meeting local road demands.
”Supporting Strictly Highways this year is extremely important to us as a business. Firstly, LCRIG is a fantastic organisation which brings together the highways sector and provides highway authority members and contractors with a platform to network and discuss ways in which we can improve the delivery of highway maintenance. This platform gives both parties access to the latest innovations and technology which may otherwise fall under the radar. Secondly, supporting this event contributes to the funding for all local authority members to attend which enables both parties to have these conversations and learn about new innovations and how they can be implemented into contracts. By supporting this event we are encouraging change for the better within the industry.
”As a company we are hoping that attending and supporting Strictly Highways will give us the opportunity to showcase our latest innovations and offer these to the many local authorities that will be in attendance. Additionally, the event will hopefully encourage further conversations between our colleagues and other local authorities on how we can work together to meet the demands for local roads. We are continuously looking for ways to meet the needs of our clients and members of the community, and events like these are fantastic for talking about and sharing new ideas that can benefit the highways sector.”
Q. How important is collaboration in meeting local road demands?
A. ”Collaboration is a pivotal aspect of working alongside local authorities to deliver term maintenance highways contracts. Collaborative working enables both local authorities and contractors to ensure that work is delivered at the highest standard whilst remaining cost effective. Ultimately, both parties want the best outcome and to achieve the specific targets they need to meet. Good communication and collaborative working throughout the contracts is vital to ensure all targets are met and all channels of work are optimised. Additionally, local authorities and contractors are now more than ever looking for ways to meet sustainability goals – collaborative working and effort from both parties is an essential part of achieving these targets.”
Q. What can delegates expect to hear from Kiely Bros at the event?
A. ”Sticking to the theme of meeting demands for local roads, we will talk about our two latest innovations that offer sustainable and innovative solutions to the highways sector. Firstly, Kiely GlassMark which has already raised a lot of interest and won the Surfacing Qualifying Innovator award at the LCRIG Innovation Festival. In short, this is a surface solution crafted from 100% recycled industrial and consumer grade glass which can be pantone referenced to any desired colour. Suitable for use in a variety of areas, our Glassmark has friction qualities and its vivid aesthetic lends it to become a fantastic choice for bus/cycle lanes and demarcation purposes. Our second innovation is our highly anticipated Multipatcher, all the way from Australia. Our Multipatcher enables us to carry out pothole repairs, patching requirements and small-scale surface dressing all by one individual from inside the vehicle’s cab. We are looking forward to discussing both of our innovations at the event and to hearing what other solutions are currently available within the highways sector.”
We will be announcing further information on our sponsors and exhibitors over the coming weeks. Make sure you keep up to date by subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter, the LCRIG Insight here.
About Strictly Highways
Our flagship annual conference, networking event and DfT Special Recognition awards ceremony brings together the whole highways community and celebrates the amazing work that is taking place in our sector. The event is taking place from 3 – 5 October at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
Public sector fully-funded places still available!
To find out more and book your place, please visit the Strictly Highways website here.
Image source: Lauren Kiely, Kiely Bros