Construction is not generally given the recognition it merits in terms of being a key sector of the Scottish economy – its size, relative to other sectors, is often overlooked.
SBF is committed to ongoing engagement with Scotland's 32 local authorities, with the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, as well as other key stakeholders, to ensure that the voice of the Scottish construction industry is heard loud and clear.
SBF regularly makes written and oral submissions to calls for evidence from the various Committees of the Scottish Parliament on subjects of direct relevance to the construction industry in Scotland. In addition, SBF submits evidence to Scottish Government consultations on policy developments likely to have a direct impact on the construction sector.
Through forums such as the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group for Construction, SBF maintains regular dialogue with Scottish Parliamentarians, Ministers and other key stakeholders, as well as directly hosting regular discussion meetings with key political stakeholders on behalf of its membership, at both a national and local level.
SBF also regularly undertakes a number of research projects, both independently and in collaboration with other industry bodies and external policy research bodies, to explore issues of particular importance to the construction sector and the wider economy.