Excellent Inspire Me workshop

Zena writes: Last Thursday I attended the first Inspire Me workshop. VGC is proud to be an official supporter of the campaign. Most of the workshop attendees were women: a refreshing reverse of the normal gender balance at construction events. Everyone…

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Women in Construction group – our first meeting

Ciara writes: Our initial Women in Construction group meeting yesterday morning went extremely well. We were delighted that our chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, joined us for the start of the meeting. He reaffirmed that we have senior level board support for…

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Women in construction champion – a busy winter

Kim writes: It’s been a busy winter so far, and it’s going to get even busier. Since my last blog, I have met more people about taking my Women in construction programme into schools, as well as working with BuildForce…

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Toolbox talks on fairness, inclusion and respect

Richard writes: I’ve recently been delivering toolbox talks on language to workers on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme. Using the FIR toolkit from the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s award-winning resource library, the language presentation aims to create an awareness of…

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A14 stand-down day

Ben writes: I attended an excellent stand-down day on the A14 in December. The event was held at the IWM Duxford RAF War Museum. There were two briefings of around four hours each, with the day split into two halves to…

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Energy-saving result

Richard writes: Recent energy usage initiatives have resulted in savings to VGC. These savings represent money, and also a smaller carbon footprint. And they support our ISO50001 Energy Management accreditation. Electricity Our total electricity usage for 2017 was slightly up…

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Finance blog

Sam writes: I’ve just been on a very interesting course on the future of finance leadership run by CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). The traditional view of a finance department is that they are gatekeepers and “just exist…

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Thank you for 2017 work

Ciara writes: On behalf of the shareholders and directors of the VGC Group, Sean, Laurence and I would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone at VGC for your hard work in 2017. Despite early challenges in the year…

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A busy December for VGC teams

John writes: December is going to be busy for my teams in the Midlands, working on a number of projects for client Siemens. Blackpool to Manchester NWEP At the moment, people are working round the clock in Blackpool and Manchester.…

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Costain sustainability day

Jimmy writes: I was pleased to make a joint presentation at Costain’s first ever Rail Sustainability Day. Costain held the event in early October to celebrate its joint supply chain sustainability achievements. It gave members of the supply chain, like…

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School careers visit – ‘Aspirations’ afternoon

Kim writes: I spent yesterday afternoon talking about careers in construction to year 9 students at Fulham Boys School. The school had organised a ‘speed networking’ event to help the boys with their career planning. They wanted to help to…

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Our Christmas gifts are little desktop plants

Zena writes: Our Christmas gifts this year are little desktop plant pots. The pots are made of 95% recycled aluminium – which are recyclable, too. They contain nasturtium and calendula seeds. They should germinate within about 10 – 14 days.…

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