News / 26.11.20

NASC 2020 annual general meeting report

Guest speakers were Suzannah Nichol and Harry Redknapp

Two finance-related announcements were among the main takeaways from the NASC’s 2020 annual general meeting.

NASC President Lynn Way revealed the cost of its eagerly-anticipated eGuide scaffolding design software update, TG20:21, and also unveiled a 25 per cent discount on 2021 membership subscription fees for full members.

This reduction has been made in recognition of the challenging commercial conditions brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. More information on TG20:21 pricing can be found here, while full details on the membership fees saving can be found here.

During the AGM, held virtually owing to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, it was also announced that Lynn’s tenure as president would be extended to 2022. This decision was made to enable her to realise the objectives she laid out at last year’s AGM, plans which have been disrupted by the Coronavirus.

The AGM was opened by Robin James, NASC Managing Director. Looking back on 2020, he said: “The UK scaffolding industry has been badly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and the ongoing fall-out will be felt for years to come.

“Many construction projects have been delayed or mothballed, leaving scaffolding contractors with unexpected gaps in their pipeline. NASC members have told us that the Government’s furlough scheme has helped them weather the Covid-19 storm, but difficult commercial decisions lie ahead.

“The NASC, as the UK trade body for access and scaffolding, has done its best to help its members and the industry at large navigate these testing times. Throughout the pandemic the NASC has issued a regular Coronavirus e-bulletin to its members containing the latest advice and resources. This bulletin has also been uploaded to the NASC’s dedicated Covid-19 webpage, making it accessible to all.

“The NASC’s Technical and Health & Safety committees came together to produce and publish Guidance for Scaffolding Operations During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, and an associated toolbox talk, both of which have been made available for free download via the NASC website. These documents were created to assist the scaffolding industry in complying with Covid-19 safety guidelines, and have been reviewed and updated as required.

“The NASC executive team has also kept in close communication with its members to see what additional support and resources it could provide. It was during this correspondence that the resilience, determination, ingenuity, and commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards of NASC members has become evident.

“Many NASC members have been impacted by Coronavirus, but they have refused to be defeated.”

The AGM also featured three guest speakers. First up was Terry Roberts of software developers, CADS, who gave the 150+ NASC members on the video call a detailed run-through of TG20:21.

Terry was followed by Suzannah Nichol MBE, CEO of Build UK. Suzannah lifted the lid on how Build UK was continuing to help construction industry businesses best navigate the impact of Coronavirus and also offered some optimism for better times for 2021, pointing to the industry’s resilience and ability to adapt to changing circumstances throughout this year.

Closing the AGM was Harry Redknapp, former football manager and ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ King of the Jungle, who was interviewed by Jamie McGuire, NASC Membership Manager.

Harry spoke about his memories as a 15-year-old starting out in the game whilst on the books at West Ham United, how he carefully man managed Paolo Di Canio (making sure he was always on the same 7-aside team as the likes of Steve Lomas and Neil Ruddock so they wouldn’t kick him), the efforts he went to to sign, only to eventually miss out on, capturing the signature of a pre-Chelsea Eden Hazard, and the person he considered his greatest ever signing, his wife Sandra.

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Did You Know

The NASC has been setting the standard for scaffolding in the UK since 1945.