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Social Value. Really?

  • 28 Aug 2014

The Social Value Act, passed in 2012, placed an obligation on commissioning public authorities in England and Wales to consider how the services they procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of an area. That all sounds positive, but what does it actually mean?


August. While we enjoy the long sunny days, for many families the month is filled with a mixture of hope and trepidation as they await A Level and GCSE results. For the parent - will my teenager get into the university of their choice, or achieve the grades for college A Levels? For the teenager – will I get my grades? Will I still be with my school friends? What if I don’t get the grades, what happens then?


The mosquito in the room

  • 14 Aug 2014
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Emily Jones, Safety, Health and Environment Manager and previously a Balfour Beatty Graduate Engineer, talks about her visit to one of our Building Better Futures charitable partners, Barnardo’s, Learning and Skills Centre for disadvantaged young people in the UK.


Plugging the skills gap

  • 6 Aug 2014
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The Construction Products Association released their latest set of forecast data on Monday 4 August, stating that UK construction output will grow 4.7% in 2014 and 4.8% in 2015. This looks like great news for the UK construction industry? Absolutely, but what about the people involved in our industry?


Where physical meets digital

  • 22 Jul 2014

I wonder if I am the only one tired of reading articles on “the internet of things.” For the past five years Kathryn Vowles, an Account Manager in our Services business, has been enthusing about it and my response has normally been a sceptical sideways glance. Recently, however, there have been more than one or two instances where the digital world has met with the physical and the results have been impressive.


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