Diamond Opportunity

Whether you’re a committed royalist planning your street party, or a dyed-in-the-wool republican with Jubilee fatigue, you can’t possibly have missed the fact that the Queen will celebrate her 60 years on the throne this week.  And, let’s face it; whatever side of the fence you sit on, staying at the top of any organisation for such a long time – even UK plc – is quite an achievement. The media is flying the flag enthusiastically, with blow by blow accounts of the Queen’s... Read More

Knowledge is Power

I came across a fantastic document online this week: the Electrical Contracting Association’s (ECA) ‘A-Z guide to Carbon Jargon’. It’s a fantastically useful summary of all the buzz words that are floating around the renewables sector, starting with ‘air source heat pumps’ and running all the way through to ‘zero carbon building’.  I’d definitely recommend taking a look, as I’m a firm believer in the need to understand aspects of the built environment that... Read More

All Greek to You?

There are almost 1,500 miles between London and Athens and it’s easy to believe that such a significant distance puts the two cities worlds apart.  But anyone who tries to fool themselves that the huge chunk of Europe and the difference in currency that stands between the two cities will protect the UK from the turmoil in Greece is sadly mistaken. Greece is teetering on the edge of an economic precipice and we are merely a few steps from the edge. Why? Because, while we might... Read More

How developing your marketing strategy will save you money

Time and time again I speak to business owners in need of more sales. They have ideas around how they would like to draw in business, usually around tactical marketing. Investing in a PR programme, or executing a direct mail campaign, but there is never any importance placed on strategy and their route to market. A marketing strategy will present the opportunities in which you can respond to, confidently. Through gathering market intelligence and analysing how your business fits... Read More

Energy Efficiency Through Thick or Thin?

This October the launch of the Government’s ‘Green Deal’ will make available a £2.5 billion fund that will enable homeowners to secure low interest loans to improve their homes’ energy efficiency.  Aimed primarily at the inefficient Victorian and Edwardian homes that make up vast swathes of UK’s housing stock, the initiative could generate major improvements in the environmental credentials and running costs of millions of homes. With positives like that, it’s hard... Read More

London 2012: We’re Already Winning

As the excitement builds and the final countdown to this year’s London 2012 Olympics continues, controversy still rages over the cost of hosting the Games and whether the country can afford it. For some, the counter argument of the amount of money that it will generate for the economy across the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors doesn’t compensate for the financial exposure of such a huge investment. But, leaving the undoubted tourist dollar benefits of the Games aside,... Read More

The X Factor

The global financial crisis of 2007/8 and the subsequent recession changed the face of construction in the UK.  After more than a decade of extraordinary growth where land prices rocketed and residential developments sold like hot cakes ‘off plan’, suddenly big names were going out of business, properties were remaining unsold despite considerable buyer incentives and schemes were being mothballed pending economic recovery. That recovery might still be fragile, but it’s... Read More