31 July 2019

SCSS Wellbeing special interest group

Fiona writes: Last week I took part in the launch of the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) Wellbeing special interest group (SIG). We had a good turnout, including representatives from Highways England, Bouygues, Canary Wharf group, Wates, Danny Sullivan Group, and Liz Holford of the SCSS. Our meeting was hosted by Marshalls and chaired by

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30 July 2019

Rail Industry Association trailblazer launch

Bob writes: On 11 July I attended the launch of the of Rail Industry Association’s (RIA) trailblazers’ campaign. Civil engineer Derek Emmett, who is a member of RIA, kindly invited me to go with him. The launch was in the form of a workshop run in collaboration with Young Rail Professionals (YRP) and the Civil

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29 July 2019

Signalbox for train locations

Bob writes: I’ve been enjoying a new website called Signalbox. It shows the real-time location of every passenger train in Great Britain. It’s almost hypnotic watching the different trains moving along the lines. And it brings a new perspective to the four million passenger journeys on Network Rail each day. Signalbox (www.signalbox.io) currently covers the

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25 July 2019

Summer 2019 six-monthly company update

Our six-monthly meeting was held at Cardinal House at the end of June. After Sean Fitzpatrick, our executive chairman, welcomed everyone, MD Laurence Mckidd gave up update on the year so far. We are working in a challenging environment, but infrastructure is a growth sector. Our clients expect us to solve their problems and help

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23 July 2019

Charity golf day in Cumbria

George writes: Our recent Cumbria golf day raised over £500 for charity State of Mind Sport. A good day was had by all who attended. The standard of golf was very high, plus we were blessed with the weather. Attendees included the Sellafield team from Morgan Sindall, two teams from M&W, Jacobs, and PPS. VGC

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17 July 2019

Air quality workshop

Ben writes: On Tuesday 2 July I attended a breakfast meeting in Lambeth on the subject of air quality. It was hosted by the Supply Chain Sustainability School, in conjunction with the Mayor of London’s Climate Action Week. After signing in and enjoying coffee and hot breakfast rolls the meeting began as Sean McCarthy, SCSS

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8 July 2019

Update: running to raise funds for SOMS

Laurence writes: 8 July 2019: How lucky I was to run 10 km with my daughter Joscelyn in my home town. I’m pleased to say we had a lovely run yesterday – and we crossed the line together. We started at the Gateshead international stadium, and ran downhill to the Tyne river past the Baltic

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1 July 2019

Thames Water 'night club' to improve sleep

Fiona writes: Last week I went with some of our team to the Thames Water ‘night club’. Huge thanks to Aimee Cain, Thames Water’s occupational health and wellbeing manager, for hosting the group from VGC Group and Balfour Beatty. (The main photo shows me and Aimee at the event.) Our team members are working nearby:

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17 June 2019

London Healthy Workplace Award

We’re pleased to have achieved the London Healthy Workplace award. VGC is one of around 250 organisations to have achieved the standard. “Your hard work is helping to improve the health of Londoners,” said Vicky Hobart, head of health of Directorate of Communities and Intelligence. “You are showcasing the criteria as a valuable framework for

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31 May 2019

Mental health awareness week 2019

Fiona writes: VGC had a great week raising awareness of mental health. We had a series of activities which got head office and site staff involved in our initiatives to inspire people to think and talk about mental health. To kick things off, we launched our brand-new tool box talk. This talk was delivered across

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