Background


A networking forum for construction…

Building Banter, Ayrshire’s first and only construction networking forum, was set up by Quantum Solutions director and owner Richard Neilson.

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About Building Banter

Richard established the forum in 2011 to allow those in the construction sector to connect with each other, build new relationships, keep up to date with new concepts and industry issues, find opportunities and ultimately develop direct referrals.

Extremely well received among industry professionals from the outset, Building Banter now has almost 200 members from across the construction sector, including main contractors, sub-contractors, developers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, architects, engineers, construction lawyers and construction insurance brokers.

Since its inception, Richard has organised 14 successful Building Banter events, each with a high profile key speaker, such as Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil MSP who spoke about Procurement, Housing, Construction and Regeneration; Andrew Munro from hub South West Scotland who gave a presentation on how local Ayrshire Construction companies can bid for work through the hub South West Framework; and Lloyds Banking Group Chief Economist Donald MacRae who gave an ‘Economic Update’ for the construction industry.

The interest and commitment to Building Banter continues to grow and we are developing new initiatives focusing on the real core issues affecting the construction industry in Ayrshire.


“The continued development of Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley as a vibrant business and social community will rely on the partnerships which evolve across both the public and private sectors and I am delighted to see the Building Banter initiative brings together many businesses within the construction sector to help shape our local identity.

As MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley I am delighted that so many will come together to share their knowledge and expertise while opening up opportunities to develop key business networks at both a local and national level.

I look forward to hearing the views of the construction community as we look to develop the area to meet the ever changing needs of our community.”

Willie Coffey  |   MSP