Industry Links


This page lists the links to the relevant organisations and industry bodies associated with the MBE Community. Please suggest links for addition to this page page by sending an email to the MBE Community Delivery Team.


Featured Links

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is partnering with the MBE Community and other professional institutions to provide a forum that enables access to information, networking of link minded initials, platforms of through processes.  Cross sector open forum for interdisciplinary thought though an informal platform of knowledge exchange.

The IET is prioritising five sectors, Energy, Transport, Information and Communications, Design and Production and the Built environment to provide a focal point for people to exchange knowledge and find relevant information which will assist them as they progress there engineering career. Read more...    


General Links

  • Advanced Polymeric Composites for Structural Applications in Construction - CoSACNet exists to examine problems facing industry in current applications of polymer composite materials in civil structural applications, provide educational resources to training engineers, provide a forum for discussion of scientific and technical issues and establish mechanisms for interaction between academia and industry in identifying potential research areas.
  • Arup - a global design and business consulting firm. Outstanding solutions, innovation and value characterise Arup's work.
  • Building Centre Trust - is an independent charitable organisation to provide support for educational, research and cultural activities connected with the built environment. It occupies a central position, providing an opportunity for all sectors to work together for the benefit of the construction industry and those it serves.
  • BSRIA - BSRIA's mission is to enable the building services and construction industries and their clients to enhance the value of the built environment, by improving the quality of their products and services, the efficiency of their provision and the effectiveness of their operation.
  • British Design Innovation - is the trade organisation for leading industrial design consultancies, service design consultancies and innovation professionals that promotes members' creative expertise, knowledge and experience.
  • Building Research Establishment - consultancy, certification, testing and training services since 1921.
  • Buildoffsite - Promoting construction offsite. What is buildoffsite? An industry-wide campaigning organisation that promotes greater uptake of offsite techniques by UK construction. Buildoffsite is an alliance of clients, developers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, government, advisors and researchers. Why does buildoffsite exist? The challenges facing UK construction are well known. A combination of growing demand, coupled with poor quality and a reducing skills base, has created a dilemma that will not be resolved without a "step change" in productivity and quality of build. The use of offsite techniques offers a potential solution to this dilemma. Buildoffsite has been set up to promote this option.
  • CABE - Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is the government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space in England. Its job is to influence and inspire the people making decisions about the built environment. It champions well-designed buildings, spaces and places, runs public campaigns and provides expert, practical advice. It works directly with architects, planners, designers and clients.
  • CERAM - is a global expert in materials testing, analysis and consultancy, providing customised solutions that can help you to measurably improve performance and profitability through safer, regulatory-compliant and better-engineered products.
  • CIRIA - CIRIA presents a way by which the many different stakeholders in the modern built environment can work together to identify, codify, publish and promote the emerging best practice in the industry.
  • Centre for Window and Cladding Technology - The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology is a leading information provider and trainer in the field of building envelopes and glazing.
  • Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers - CIBSE is an international body which represents and provides services to the building services profession.
  • CIAT - the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists  represents professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology. CIAT is internationally recognised as the qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.
  • Concrete Centre - provides material, design and construction guidance. Their aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the potential of the material.
  • Constructing Excellence - Constructing Excellence aims to deliver improved industry performance resulting in a demonstrably better built environment.
  • Construction Industry Council - is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.
  • Construction Industry Environmental Forum - CIEF has been established to improve the environmental and sustainability performance of all involved in construction and related industries. It is managed by CIRIA in association with BRE, BSRIA and the Construction Best Practice Programme, with support from the DETR Construction Directorate.
  • Construction Lean Improvement Programme - CLIP has created a number of programmes that enable companies to make real and measurable improvements to Quality, Cost and Delivery performance, and to improve partnerships with customers and suppliers.
  • Construction Products Association - is the representative trade body for all construction product manufacturers and distributors. It has expertise in regulations, standards, sustainability and economic forecasting. It produces a variety of technical publications designed for the wider construction industry, policy makers and academics.
  • Construction Sector Network, Yorkshire - is an exciting and innovative initiative that has been established to lead and support the construction sector in the Yorkshire & Humber region. The network will be 'business-led' and aims to act as a catalyst for best practice, networking events and exemplar projects - all with the aim of benefiting stakeholders and clients from across industry.
  • EEDA - has a mission to improve the economy of the East of England.
  • East Midlands iNet - iNets are organisations established to encourage innovation stakeholders to undertake innovative activities. Innovation stakeholders include small and large businesses, universities and colleges, representatives of the public sector and individuals with an interest in innovation.
  • Electrical Power Research Institute - EPRI was established in 1973 as an independent, not-for-profit centre for public interest and environmental research. EPRI brings together members, participants, the Institutue's scientists and engineers to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electrical power. These solutions span nearly every area of electricity generation, delivery and use, including health, safety and environment.
  • EMDA - works closely with Government and partners in the region to manage the transition of its responsibilities to ensure specific areas of activity are carried forward appropriately.
  • Environmental Industries Commission - The EIC was launched in 1995 to provide environmental technology equipment and services suppliers with a strong and effective voice to influence the debate on the future of the industry among policymakers in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels.
  • Environmental Industries Network - The EIN, a joint initiative of EIC and Clarkslegal, aims to facilitate the raising of finance for the development of new environmental technologies and services by providing support, information and networking opportunities to investors seeking investment opportunities and companies, social enterprises and academic institutions looking to develop new environmental technologies and services.
  • Energy Services and Technologies Assocciation - ESTA has been developed to help you to save energy and operating cost applying Energy Management to your buildings and processes. They aim to help you design, construct, update, operate, and manage your facilities at a lower cost, while improving sustainability and reducing CO2 emissions.
  • European Construction Technology Platform - The ECTP will raise the sector to a higher world beating level of performance and competitiveness. This will be achieved by analysing the major challenges that the sector faces in terms of society, sustainability and technological development. Research and innovation strategies will be developed, engaging with and mobilising the wide range of leading skills, expertise and talent available to us.

  • Federation of Environmental Trade Associations - FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.

  • IOM3 Construction Materials Group (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) - The Construction Materials Group aims to promote a "joined-up thinking" approach to the subject area of Construction Materials.
  • Institute of Civil Engineers - ICE is a charity that exists to promote and progress civil engineering.
  • Institute for Energy and Sustainable Development - The mission of the Institute is to make a worthwhile and significant contribution to sustainable development through research, consultancy and education provision of the highest standards. These activities help improve quality of life for communities and individuals, and facilitate wealth creation.
  • Institution of Structural Engineers - Formed in 1908, IStructE has grown to become the world's largest professional body dedicated to structural engineering.
  • IET Built Environment Technology Network - the IET is prioritising five sectors, Energy, Transport, Information and Communications, Design and Production and the Built Environment to provide a focal point for people to exchange knowledge and find relevant information which will assist them as they progress there engineering career.
  • Innovation UK - provides a global platform for the UK's most innovative companies, products, research and applications and highlights Britain's delivery and successful exploitation of innovative ideas.
  • Low Carbon Innovation Network - The Low Carbon Innovation Network brings together over eleven thousand executives involved in reducing carbon emissions for their organisations, to share best practice and innovation in the drive to tackle climate change. This free-to-join Network provides members with opportunities to learn from one another and share their own experience for the benefit of all.
  • Landscape Institute - is an educational charity and chartered body responsible for protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public.
  • Market Transformation Programme - the MTP supports the development and implementation of UK Government policy on sustainable products. MTP reduces the environmental impact of products across the product life cycle by: - Collecting information. Stock, sales, usage and resource consumption data is gathered on household and industrial products, such as televisions, fridges and electrical motors. - Building evidence. The information gathered is used to model how products will evolve in the market place and to estimate future environmental impacts. - Working with industry and other stakeholders. A common understanding is reached on how these impacts can be mitigated; action plans are agreed and the measures implemented.
  • Memoori - Search for the Building Industry Competitive Intelligence, Market Awareness and Collaboration. Memoori monitors online building industry information, delivering business intelligence and insight to companies so they have the knowledge to act. A faster, more effective way to monitor market information.
  • NAMTEC - the National Metals Technology Centre was established to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the metals and related engineering industries throughout the UK. We have endeavoured to do this by developing an organisation of the highest calibre that is able to provide an innovative technical support programme to these industries and deliver direct economic benefit to the UKs manufacturing base.
  • NESTA - is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. We are the largest single endowment devoted exclusively to supporting talent, innovation and creativity in the UK. Our mission is to transform the UK's capacity for innovation. We invest in early stage companies, inform innovation policy and encourage a culture that helps innovation to flourish. Download the Hidden innovation report here.
  • National Platform for the Built Environment - The UK's National Platform (NP) for the Built Environment's mission is to significantly increase the level of business-led research applicable to the built environment and to create a powerful voice to enable the industry to establish a strategic research agenda and influence the regulatory environment.
  • NITTC - aims to promote global technology transfer, personnel exchange and technology industrialisation. It will serve as a platform for international technology exchange and transfer to and from Nanjing, Jiangsu province and the Yangtze River Delta.
  • Royal Institute of British Architects - The RIBA has been promoting architecture and architects since being awarded its Royal Charter in 1837.
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction.

  • RFID Centre - an independent information and demonstration visitor centre for Radio Frequency ID, Wireless and Mobility solutions.
  • Scottish Construction Centre - is the Industry Advisory group for the sector in Scotland.
  • Sustainable Construction - DTI funded Partners In Innovation project that has brought together those tasked with promoting and controlling development and those who deliver development to consider a practical set of measures that could be requested and delivered on different types of sites.
  • Sustainability in FM - easy to use, first point of contact website for facilities managers on sustainability topics.
  • TRADA - the Timber Research and Development Association is an internationally recognised centre of excellence on the specification and use of timber and wood products.
  • UK Green Building Council - the UK-GBC is a membership organisation that is campaigning for a sustainable built environment - one that minimises negative environmental impacts while maximising benefits for people everywhere.
  • Yorkshire Forward - is the Regional Development Agency (RDA) for Yorkshire and Humber. As one of nine RDAs in England, we were established in 1999 to transform the English regions through sustainable economic development.

Offices Sector Links

  • British Council for Offices - The British Council for Offices' (BCO) mission is to research, develop and communicate best practice in all aspects of the office sector.
  • British Institute of Facilities Management - The British Institute of Facilities Management is the UK's lead institute representing the interests of those who practice facilities management and those who work in organisations supplying facilities management related products or services.
  • British Property Federation - The British Property Federation is a membership organisation devoted to representing the interests of all those involved in property ownership and investment.
  • Workplace Forum - Workplace Forum is a research and learning network focused on global best practice in workplace design, technology, and management.
  • Office Productivity Network - The Office Productivity Network has become the premier information resource for managers of office-based businesses to improve the productivity of their workforce through their office environment.

House Sector Links

  • Housebuilders Federation - HBF is the voice of the home building industry in  England and Wales.HBF members range from household multinational names to smaller local businesses, and include RSL's, suppliers and companies who provide professional services to the home building industry.
  • National House-Building Council - NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider and standards setter for UK house-building for new and newly converted homes.
  • National Housing Federation - the Federation's mission is to support and promote the work that housing associations do and campaign for better housing and neighbourhoods.
  • Zero Carbon Hub - has a lead responsibility for delivering homes to zero carbon standards by 2016.
  • TAHI - has established itself as a force for change, for exploiting new technologies, for enabling new services and their delivery to the consumer. Owned by its strong and committed membership, TAHI is making the difference that is speeding up the adoption of new services using broadband intelligently.

Infrastructure Sector Links

  • Bridge Owners Forum - The BOF was set up in 2000 as a national forum at which the major bridge owners of the UK could better co-ordinate and disseminate current research and set priorities for future research. 
  • Institute of Highways and Transportation - IHT aims to promote the exchange of knowledge, improve policy formulation, stimulate debate on transportation issues, recognise individual competence and encourage best practice in the industry.
  • UK Roads Liaison Group - UKRLG brings together national and local government from across the UK to consider roads infrastructure engineering and operations matters.
  • International Union of Railways - UIC was founded in 1922 and is the world-wide organisation for international cooperation among railways and promotion of the rail transport mode. Since 2005 it has been designed to cope with new challenges, in particular, railway liberalisation, increasing competition from other modes, the growing economic constraints on railways together with the challenge of globalisation of the transport market which creates new opportunities for railways.
  • Pipeline Research Council International - The PRCI is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation comprised of energy pipeline companies. PRCI has most recently been focusing on near-term integrity and reliability solutions to design and operating problems and reallising the opportunities that an industry-managed program generates. As a result PRCI is now a critical resource for all 'energy pipelines'.
  • Structural Integrity Monitoring Network - SIMN aims and objectives include; developing a web based information source for structural integrity monitoring and areas of peripheral interest, identifying latest available technology, experience in use and methods of retrieving and interpreting data as well as proposing general guidelines for the practice and application of structural monitoring and to identify. SIMN is applicable to Oil and Gas Platforms, Floating Offshore Structures, Jack-ups, Industrial process Plants, Bridges, Ships, Rail, Aircraft, Nuclear and Power Generation.
  • The European Rail and Research Advisory Council - ERRAC was set up in 2001 with the ambitious goal of creating a single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the European rail sector and make it more competitive, by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level.
  • UK Bridges Board - The UK Bridges Board was set up in 2001 and brings together national and local government from across the UK to consider bridges and highway structures engineering matters.
  • Building Controls Industry Association seeks to be recognised as the organisation serving the corporate needs of the UK building controls industry. It is committed to supporting all of its members in their efforts to establish and maintain the highest standards in product and system development, application and customer service.

Healthcare Sector Links

  • Architects for Health - This independent group was formed over ten years ago by architects to bring together individuals and organisations who share an interest in excellence in healthcare facility design. Membership of Architects for Health is open to healthcare facility designers, planners, clinicians and those who share our aims.
  • Connecting for Health - Better information where & when it's needed. NHS Connecting for Health is supporting the NHS to deliver better, safer care to patients. New computer systems and services will link GPs and community services to hospitals. NHS staff treating you will be able to find information - such as notes, x-rays or scans - quickly, easily and securely.
  • Department of Health (Estates & Facilities management) - Strategic development of a flexible and responsive environment for health and social care, delivering improved health outcomes through innovative estates and facilities solutions which enable high quality, safe patient care.
  • Green Guide for Healthcare - the healthcare sector's first quantifiable sustainable design toolkit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of their facilities.
  • Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre - HaCIRIC (Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre), is a collaborative venture by Imperial College and the universities of Salford, Loughborough and Reading to create an £11m research centre.  It has been fostered by a new grant of £7.2m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The Centre has been established to create a unique resource of skills and knowledge to inform the development of policy and practice for the strategic planning and delivery of future healthcare infrastructure.
  • Healthcare Commission - The Healthcare Commission is the health watchdog in England. It's our job to check that healthcare services are meeting standards in a range of areas, including safety, cleanliness and waiting times. We have a statutory duty to assess the performance of healthcare organisations, award annual performance ratings for the NHS and coordinate reviews of healthcare by others. Through this site, you can find out more about what we do and how we help to make a difference to patients and the public.
  • Health Estates & Facilities Management Association - Formed more than 25 years ago, HEFMA is an Association made up of 450 Directors and Senior Managers of Estates and Facilities working in the National Health Service. Hefma members are responsible for the management of the day to day operation, maintenance and support services of all hospitals within an NHS Trust. They are responsible for managing the new hospitals building programme, along with other refurbishments and adaptations to health care facilities. They also manage a wide range of support services including engineering and building maintenance, catering, portering, cleaning, medical equipment management and decontamination services for specialist cleaning such as clinical instruments and equipment.  With Estates & Facilities Directors and Managers responsible for multi-million pound portfolios and budgets, they report in the main directly to Trust Chief Executives and are responsible for keeping a hospital running efficiently, safely and cost-effectively 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management  - IHEEM is the Institute and Professional Body for all those involved in Healthcare Estates, including architects and builders, engineers and estates officers, and facilities personnel in both the public and private sectors.
  • NHS Confederation - is the independent membership body for the full range of organisations that make up the modern NHS. We help our members improve health and patient care, by: - influencing policy, implementation and the public debate - supporting leaders through networking, sharing information and learning - promoting excellence in employment.
  • NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement - The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement supports the NHS to transform healthcare for patients and the public by rapidly developing and spreading new ways of working, new technology and world class leadership.
  • NHS England
  • NHS Northern Ireland - This is your gateway to Health & Social Care Services in Northern Ireland, containing links to the Acute and Community Services provided by the 5 Health Trusts, General Practitioner Surgeries and Clinics, Health Boards and Agencies and central government healthcare services. There is advice about healthy lifestyles, the latest local, national and international health news and online access to medical databases.
  • NHS Scotland
  • NHS Wales
  • National Patient Safety Agency - The NPSA is a Special Health Authority created in July 2001 to co-ordinate the efforts of the entire country to report, and more importantly to learn from mistakes and problems that affect patient safety.As well as making sure errors are reported in the first place, the NPSA is trying to promote an open and fair culture in the NHS, encouraging all healthcare staff to report incidents without undue fear of personal reprimand. It will then collect reports from throughout the country and initiate preventative measures, so that the whole country can learn from each case, and patient safety throughout the NHS can be improved.
  • Partnerships for Health - Partnerships for Health was initially established to deliver a new model of investment into primary care, the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative. NHS LIFT was launched in 2001 and has been instrumental in delivering a strategic step change in primary care services. PfH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Department of Health. Currently, about 90% of all patient contact within the NHS is at primary care level. Therefore primary care is a key area where the modernisation of facilities is required. NHS LIFT is designed to provide modern state-of-the-art health and social care facilities for the 21st century.
  • Steel Construction Institute - SCO is the leading, independent provider of technical expertise and disseminator of best practice to the steel construction sector.
  • Sustainable Healthcare Network - The NHS is currently involved in a significant building programme that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence the performance of its built estate for many decades to come: 25% of hospitals are being replaced or upgraded; 100 new hospitals are to be provided by 2010; and up to 3000 GP premises are being built/replaced/refurbished. The NHS also has significant environmental impacts every year, including: - Consuming 45 Million GJ of energy - Generating 3.4 Million tonnes of CO2 emissions - Using 40 Million m3 of water SHINE aims to help NHS Trusts improve the sustainability of their buildings by providing a learning network with guidance, case studies, events and training, covering all aspects of sustainability and how it can be delivered through NHS procurement processes.
  • Welsh Health Estates - Welsh Health Estates is an all-Wales NHS organisation committed to promoting and facilitating the delivery of high standards in patient care in Wales through the built environment. At the core of our work is the belief that the built environment plays a crucial role in patient care and the patient experience. Our stated mission is "to champion modern and sustainable healthcare environments".