|December 15th Newsletter|
Welcome to this week's e-news.
With many of you breaking up shortly for the Christmas and New Year holidays this will be the final CENE Newsletter for 2011.
On Tuesday we held The Environmental Practitioner Level 3 Workshop with The Environmental Academy. There will be 4 additional workshops of the course in the early part of 2012 and further courses planned too, so if you would like more information about the topics covered, please email Leanne.
G4C (Generation for Change) North East meeting was held yesterday morning at Mansell Construction. The aims and objectives for G4C North East were discussed along with what the group would like to achieve and finally the launch event which will happen in February. If you are interested or would like more information about G4C please email Leanne.
In January we are quite busy with events and a number of new services, so please keep an eye out for those in the newsletter and on the website. We have 'How to Write Winning Bids'; 'Is there any funding available - debt recovery'; 'Controlling Fumes and Silica Dust'; 'Capability Building'; 'Project time management' and the launch of the Built Environment International Network.
The newsletter will resume on the 5th January 2012 and we look forward to engaging with you in our new programme then.
It just remains for us to say that we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and very prosperous New Year!
Catriona & Leanne
Constructing Excellence in the North East Club Membership is a forum enabling people from across the Built Environment to get together to learn and share best practice. CENE currently has approximately 150 members and for those existing members we are offering a 'Recommend a Friend' promotion.
By 'recommending a friend' to the CENE Club membership, you will receive 10% discount to any one event over the course of the year.
There are 3 levels of annual membership available, Individual £150+VAT / Corporate £300+VAT and Large Corporate £450+VAT.
If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact the CENE team.
|NVQ Funding Available|
Seaham Safety Services Limited are pleased to announce that we have an amount of Train to Gain Funding available allowing us to deliver NVQ's completely FREE of CHARGE, providing that the candidates meet the specified eligibility criteria. The NVQ Qualifications that are covered by this funding are:
To access the funding the candidates must not hold any previous Level 2 Qualifications or higher.
This funding is limited to 20 places and will be allocated on a first come basis.
If you would like any further information or to check candidate eligibility and confirm places for this funding please contact Jackie Johnson on 0844 225 0575
|How to Write Winning Bids|
Date: Thursday 12th January 2012
CENE are pleased to offer another opportunity to attend the hugely popular Winning Bids workshop. Aimed at construction contractors and consultants keen to access the public sector market, we will provide particular emphasis on the opportunities within the NEPO frameworks.
The session will be led and facilitated by experienced Construction professionals, from within the Constructing Excellence Movement, who have an extensive background of supporting both Procuring Clients and Bidders in the OJEU and procurement process. With over ten years of construction industry experience the team will be able to provide an insight into the Public Sector client, helping bidders to understand how to add value to their tender submissions.
- "Very experienced people with good practical advice"
- "detailed and relevant, the speakers caught peoples attention and got the point across"
- "Very useful - I now feel confident we can submit a winning bid"
"As part of our commitment to support competitive businesses that are capable of growing in the North East, by understanding how to sell to the wider public sector, NEPO are pleased to support this valuable event" Quote from Pamela Holmes, Project Manager at NEPO.
To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or email@example.com
|Is there any Funding Available - Debt Recovery?|
Date: 17th January 2012
An uncertain economic outlook has meant tough times for those operating in the built environment. Contractors and Sub contractors often have to work under a variety of industry contracts and unconventional term and securing payment for work completed can be difficult.
Each Year Businesses lose thousands as a result of bad debts which directly hits company performance. This evening seminar will look at how to recover debts from organisations you work with, how to access funding and solutions.
|HSE: Controlling Fumes and Silica Dust|
Date: Wednesday 18th January 2012
Health studies have shown an increased risk of cancer in workers employed in the stages of rubber processing which produce rubber process dust and fume. In the past, certain known carcinogens have been successfully prohibited or substituted - for example the excess of bladder cancer in the industry has been eliminated by discontinuing use of materials containing 2-naphthylamine and related chemicals.
The workplace presents a challenge for any employer, regardless of the nature of their works, to provide a healthy and safe environment for their employees. One significant cause of problem is that of airborne contaminants which can come from a huge range of sources such as welding, grinding, molding and chemical processes which present a vast array of health affects and complaint.
These processes can be very easily measured against known parameters and also controlled using a variety of techniques including the installation, maintenance and monitoring of ventilation systems.
MIS Environmental will present an informative session
Natalie Wright, Health and Safety Inspector for the Health & Safety Executive will present on
If you would like to register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 374 0233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Capability Building: The cost effective way to improve performance and profit|
Date: 19th January 2012
Businesses need to survive - and thrive - in a world of ever-increasing demands for improved performance and profits, delivered through ever-decreasing budgets and resources.
Building capability in a cost-effective way, minimising investment whilst maximising return is the aim of all organisations - and individuals. A results-focussed, people-driven approach is needed and the 'Capability Builder' provides a unique opportunity for individuals and organisations to achieve their aspirations, through a fully supported professional development programme.
Experienced consultants Spectrum Consulting will outline how the 'Capability Builder' approach can deliver:
The presentation will explain how you can benefit from:
The event will be hosted by Spectrum Consulting, a local company providing a range of business support services and professional development programmes. For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.spectrumconsult.co.uk
Ian Smith (BSc MSc FRICS MAPM CIOB PGCED) is a vastly experienced consultant and published author, delivering training programmes to major construction, engineering and property clients, lecturing across the UK, Europe, the Middle and Far East and advising both academic and professional institutions including the Association of Project Management.
Ian Stafford (BEd MEd) is a hugely experienced consultant and published author, providing training, assessment, coaching and mentoring to a range of organisations across the UK, lecturing and advising a number of academic and professional bodies, including national sports councils, national sports development agencies and governing bodies of sport .
To register please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Managing Time in Projects....the big opportunity you're missing?|
Date: 26th January 2012
In these difficult times, every organisation needs to find ways of improving performance and results. In our projects-based industry, the way we mange time is currently a significant failing and an opportunity that is currently being missed.
In an industry suffering from reduced budgets, poor procurement policies, skills shortages and the further erosion of already slim profit margins, gasping such an opportunity could be the difference between success and failure, thriving or just surviving, perhaps even surviving or not!
Experienced specialists from Spectrum Consulting and Athena Project Services will outline how an effective method of 'Managing Time in Projects' can deliver:
Since increased costs and disputes are principally centred on time, good project time management is an obvious essential. It is crystal clear that a real problem exists, and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has taken a leadership role in examining and analysing just why that is. The CIOB has conducted research, analysed it carefully and compiled a range of good advice about the power of best practices.
The presentation will build on the research conducted by the CIOB and the best practice guide that has now been produced to offer direct action for your organisation. This includes the credential structures currently being established and the supporting range of professional development services now available. Clarity will be provided on how organisations can benefit from a understanding:
- The problem:
What's the scale of problem across the industry at large and more specifically what's the scale of the problem in your business?
- The opportunity:
What would it mean to your business if your projects were all delivered on time?
- How to address the problem and the opportunity:
What's being done to correct project time management problems in your business and across the industry at large?
- What assistance is available:
Going forward, how would you begin to address the problems towards the most value-added solutions?
Neil Reed is Managing Director of Spectrum Consulting is a local company of experienced specialists providing results-focused, hands-on business support, professional development and executive search recruitment.
David Tyerman is Managing Director of Athena Project Services, a provider of assessment and training services for project planning, scheduling and project controls aligned to the CIOB's Project Time Management credential scheme.
To register please contact Leanne on 0191 374 0233 or email@example.com
|Built Environment International Network - BEIN Launch|
"Thinking Globally, to Grow Locally"
Date: 31st January 2012
The launch event will start with a morning of talks from various organisations who can help and give advice on International opportunities plus a case study from sponsors Cundall talking about their international experiences.
Gordon Reid, Partner at Cundall commented:
|CENE Twenty Twelve Awards|
Date: Friday 11th May 2012
Held every year in May, the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards is a celebration of everything the North East Built Environment has to be proud of. Winners are selected across various categories including Innovation, Integration & Collaborative Working, Value, Contract of the Year, Consultant of the Year and Sustainability. Next year we anticipate that the awards will be the biggest and most exciting yet!
Ian Storer, Director Corepeople Recruitment said:
"The Constructing Excellence Awards have built a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North East construction sector. It is a fantastic event for celebrating what is good about our industry, and we are delighted to be associated with this prestigious event."
Please contact Leanne on 0191 374 0233 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
|Latest Tender Opportunities|
Architects & Consultants
North Tyneside Council (the Council) is looking to procure work with organisations in order to modernise and improve the manner in which a number of its services are delivered. To this end the Council is seeking innovative organisations to work with it to develop a flexible solution which will transfer risk to the organisations whilst incentivising them to achieve improvements over the lifetime of the contract.