Industry bodies have come together to call an emergency summit on the growing crisis of materials shortages across construction and associated sectors.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) North East, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), NEPO and legal specialist Bevan Brittan, under the umbrella of the Construction Alliance Northeast (CAN) are calling on clients, contractors and suppliers to join the virtual summit next month to tackle the crisis that many say could worsen in the coming months and last well into next year and beyond.

Delegates will focus specifically on CAN’s territory of North East England but on an issue that is impacting on all construction sectors including fenestration all across the UK.

Speakers will include Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, CECA (National), Stuart Miller, Regional Director, CECA (North East), John Newcomb, Chief Executive, Builders Merchants Federation and Sarah Wilson, Partner, Bevan Brittan.

CAN chair Ken Parkin said: “The summit is a cross industry event to raise awareness of this important issue and to discuss possible solutions.

“The industry has never faced this situation before so It is important that CAN understands national issues which affect us here in the North-east so we can learn from this in future and explain it to our regional membership. CAN strongly believes that planning ahead and working collaboratively with suppliers and clients is the only way to minimise the impact of this global issue on North-east contractors.”

The event will take place online on 1 October, starting 9am.