Building a badger sett

Michael writes: We’ve been working on an unusual and rather interesting project – an artificial badger sett. As part of our works at Crossrail Anglia for principal contractor Costain, we were asked to install a sett for a colony of…

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RICS construction market survey

Ciara writes: The RICS quarterly construction market survey suggests a positive outlook for the rest of this year. However, skills shortages are still a major issue. 55% of the people who responded to the survey by the Royal Institution of…

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Excellent key influencer refresher day

Richard writes: On 30 March we had a refresher day for our key influencers. The day allowed our key influencers to get together to compare notes and discuss their work. We met in the Warwick Ramada hotel at 8.30am on…

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LSE’s ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’

VGC Group is included in the London Stock Exchange report ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’. This report identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent…

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Thanks for Easter works effort

Thank you to the many VGC workers who put in long hours over the Easter weekend. Most people spent the weekend hunting eggs, going to church, and spending time with family and friends. However, over 560 VGC team members were…

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RISQS audit five-star success

RISQS auditors have given us five stars in the annual rail audit. Five stars is the highest rating possible. It confirms that our business management system meets the health, safety, operational and competence standards necessary to work in the rail…

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National Apprenticeship Week 2016

This week (14 – 18 March) is National Apprenticeship Week. The week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service – it is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individual people, businesses and the wider economy.…

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EGIP improves lives as well as Scotland’s rail links

The Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) is a £742 million investment to upgrade key Scottish rail infrastructure. At the same time, it is bringing new career opportunities to local people. Chris Turner, David Aikenhead and Robert Clark are among…

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Energy management system ISO 50001 confirmed

Following a stringent audit, VGC has achieved ISO 50001 certification. This certification means that we satisfy the legal requirements of ESOS, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, which is mandatory for all large UK businesses. ESOS was introduced in the UK…

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17 days work non-stop over Christmas

John writes: All of the people involved in the huge push over Christmas and New Year in north Lincolnshire should be very proud of themselves. The Red route was handed back on time on 30 December, and the Blue route…

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Winter driving

John writes: Driving is more hazardous during bad weather, so please do take care. Check the forecast, plan your journey allowing time for delays, slow down, and be prepared for mistakes by others. We want everyone to get to work…

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Shortlisted for corporate social responsibility award

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the UK Rail Industry Awards in the corporate social responsibility category. VGC’s entry is one of only seven to have been shortlisted from among a wide range of entrants, representing substantial competition. The…

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