Month: March 2015

Food for thought at our CEYH2015 Equality and Diversity breakfast

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We were delighted to hold our highly enjoyable & thought-provoking Equality and Diversity seminar last week; which started by introducing the CITB Be Fair framework to the assembled audience. A straw poll conducted by Lucy Dixon, Director of See Things, at the beginning of her presentation indicated that only 30% of the audience were aware of framework, surprising considering it’s aim to assist businesses to address & adhere to the Equality Act 2010. Lucy went on to describe the framework, who can get involved and more importantly why they should.

Following up from our women in the workplace blog post several weeks ago by Heather Jackson (who has since been on BBC Breakfast – go Heather!) , we also welcomed back Janet Beckett who delivered a frank and engaging presentation (with a truly spectacular title I might add), “women are construction’s most underused resource”. Janet outlined her experiences of working in a traditionally male-orientated industry and what the percieved barriers are to women entering the profession, and how we overcome them.  Janet, in her own words “enjoys stirring up debate on Twitter” so give her a follow @carbonsaveruk and take her up on that!

Our storify which summarises the key points from the two presentations has been shared below. As with many Equality and Diversity events, there is never enough time to cover all the issues that need to be discussed but we do hope our seminar has given those attending (& following  from afar!) food for thought.

Save the Date!
Our next Constructing Excellence event will be KPI Excellence on 29th April and will include a presentation from CE Chief Executive Officer, Don Ward. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Constructing Excellence’s vision and how it supports delivery of the Construction 2025 strategy. Don will also talk about the value of Benchmarking & KPIs. Book here



Join us on 25th March for breakfast with…

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Connect with key clients and partners at our Equality & Diversity breakfast on 25th March.

Our speakers for this event are


Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Sovereign House, Sovereign Street, Leeds, LS1 1HQ

(If you are using a satellite navigation, please use the following postcode: LS1 4BJ)




Top 8 tips for writing an successful #ceyhawards submission

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It’s that time of year where construction businesses across our region will be starting to put together their entries for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber Awards. What better time then to put together our top tips for completing a winning submission.

1. Know your timescales

Make sure you have our key dates in your diary and give yourself plenty of time to complete your submissions. The closing date for entries this year is Friday 15th May 2015 with the shortlist being announced at the beginning of June.

2. Read the entry guidelines document & criteria carefully & provide all requested information

Read through the category criteria and section questions carefully so that you are clear on what the judges are looking for in each category. Ensure that you provide the key data requested, Judges will be looking for hard facts & figures which clearly support your claims.

3. Support your case with good images

Photographic images are an important part of your entry. We do not just want photos of gleaming finished buildings; we want to see before/after, work in progress, people and all aspects of the project. Please try to ensure that these images are of a good quality, high resolution as they will be used in event brochure & the powerpoint on the evening. Images must be in jpeg format.

4. Keep it simple & avoid jargon

Keep the message simple and clear, more words doesn’t necessarily mean a better submission. Avoid unnecessary acronyms and technical terms which may not be understood by everyone.

5. Get Testimonials

Getting testimonials from companies, project teams, individuals you have worked with strengthens your application & demonstrates great teamwork.

6. Involve your team

The best entries involve collaboration & input between all parties who have worked on the project.

7. Don’t recycle

Multiple submissions are actively encouraged but please ensure that

each entry is tailoured to the requirements of the category you are going for.

8. And finally….



North West & Yorkshire & Humber BIM Hubs – Introducing the BIM Toolkit event

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The toolkit is a free and easy to use web portal which guides users through the construction process. It provides step-by-step support to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle.

It organises information through a pan-industry classification system, with well-defined levels of graphical detail and information for each stage, as well as a comprehensive set of product information templates.

It is fundamental to the successful delivery of projects to BIM Level 2 by 2016. It will save time, reduce risk and help users follow best practice to deliver better client outcomes during design, construction and operational phases.

The North West and Yorkshire & Humber BIM Hubs have got together with NBS – which is leading the development team – to offer an early view of the toolkit and an opportunity to provide feedback. John McKechnie, BIM Toolkit Project Manager, will take us through the various elements of the toolkit and explain how it works before inviting comments and questions from the audience.

As a pan-industry tool, this event is suitable for professionals of all disciplines. Places are limited so book early.

When                   Thursday 12th March 2015

Where                  Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union, room 6 & 7

Time                      3-5 pm

How to book    Online at

Refreshments will be served