Utilities trade association NJUG rebrands to STREET WORKS UK
The National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) – the trade association for utilities and their contractor partners on street works issues – has today become Street Works UK.
Street Works UK represents a cross section of the utilities industry, from utility providers and their contractor partners, to the specialist companies that provide related products and services.
The relaunch also saw the unveiling of a new strapline: Connecting communities, Enabling growth. This reflects the value that street works add to consumers and the wider UK economy by maintaining, upgrading and building new infrastructure. The new identity will more clearly reflect the role that the trade association plays in promoting this message.
The change was announced at Street Work UK’s annual conference at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Tuesday. This was an opportunity for industry representatives to come together to discuss prominent issues in the sector and to showcase latest innovations.
Bob Gallienne, Street Works UK CEO, commented: “I am excited by this change. While the NJUG name is well understood within the industry, an organisational name which more clearly communicates what we do and who we are is necessary for us to be able to add even more value to our members. There is now no doubt as to who the go to organisation is for street works in the UK.
“Our purpose as an organisation is more important than ever. We share the Government’s belief in the importance of infrastructure projects in driving economic growth, productivity and prosperity across the country. But these simply cannot be delivered without street works– from new housing and the rollout of superfast broadband, to making our energy network fit for future developments, such as electric vehicles.
“Street works makes a huge contribution to the UK as the enabler of this agenda. And they cannot be delivered without a close dialogue between our sector and the government.”
At the conference the industry heard from Roads Minister Jesse Norman who discussed the Department for Transport’s ongoing consultation on lane rental schemes, and plans to develop a new system to co-ordinate street works. The conference also featured industry panel discussions on the future of street works, and permits and lane rentals.