Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) and UKREiiF joined forces during the annual UKREiiF event to encourage participation from young professionals in the construction and property industry. Recognising the need for fresh perspectives and innovative ideas, they worked collaboratively to create an inclusive environment that fosters dialogue, networking, and collaboration.
This partnership reflects a shared commitment to nurturing the next generation of industry leaders and promoting sustainability, innovation, and growth. Joining us today are Melissa Winsor, Head of Brand & Communications at RLB; Becca Croft, UK Senior Marketing Manager at RLB; and Dominic Gahadzikwa, a graduate project manager at RLB.
Interviewer: Let’s dive into your experiences at UKREiiF. Melissa, could you kick us off? Tell us about RLB’s participation at UKREiiF and how it was important for young professionals.
Melissa: UKREiiF was a significant event for us. We wanted to ensure that it was inclusive, with all levels of our business in attendance, especially our young professionals. Post-COVID, there were fewer opportunities for them to attend events, learn, and network. We set up events that allowed them to connect with both senior professionals and their peers, focusing on key areas like sustainability.
Interviewer: Dominic, as a young professional, how did you find the experience?
Dominic: It was enlightening. The diverse range of experiences from attendees, from those just starting to those with decades of experience, provided a rich learning environment. The focus on decarbonisation and sustainability showed me where the industry is heading.
Interviewer: Becca, can you tell us about the sustainability aspect of the event and how it resonated with the attendees?
Becca: Sustainability was a central theme at UKREiiF. We had different stations based around questions in the industry, and we invited people to write down their thoughts on recycled paper. It was an open forum to brainstorm ideas on how we can be more sustainable, and it got the conversation flowing.
Interviewer: That sounds like a collaborative approach. How do you think UKREiiF differs from other industry events?
Melissa: UKREiiF recognises the need for change in the industry and ensures that everyone has a voice. Making it free for young professionals to attend removed a significant barrier, allowing them to have access to people and information.
Becca: I agree. The mix of targeted events for future professionals and the opportunity to attend any event made a difference. It created a welcoming space for learning and networking.
Interviewer: Dominic, did UKREiiF contribute to your ambition or career goals?
Dominic: Absolutely. The insights into what different companies were planning for the next 10 to 20 years, especially around electrical vehicles and decarbonisation, helped shape my understanding of where I can contribute in the future.
Interviewer: As we wrap up, what would you say to those considering attending UKREiiF next year?
Melissa: Don’t miss it! It’s a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and be part of the change in the industry.
Dominic: If you want to understand where the industry is heading and network with a diverse group of professionals, UKREiiF is the place to be.
Becca: It’s a collaborative space where everyone is willing to teach, network, and help you understand the industry. Highly recommended!
Interviewer: Thank you all for your insights and for sharing your experiences at UKREiiF. See you next year!