5 February 2018

Toolbox talks on fairness, inclusion and respect

Richard writes about delivering toolbox talks on language to workers on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.

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29 January 2018

A14 supply chain award

VGC is part of the team which was recognised at the A14 Supply Chain awards on 12 January. The integrated labour team was presented with the Innovation award. Supply chain partners VGC Group, Reliable Contractors, Danny Sullivan Group and Hercules Site Services operate as an integrated labour team (ILT), which supplies appropriate labour resources to

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22 January 2018

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 reduce the numbers inside the museum. The start of the briefing was a message from

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8 January 2018

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 over 2016 – however, we have had an increase in staff numbers in the offices.

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3 January 2018

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 to make spreadsheets”. People assume we’re inward-looking, with a set of rules that we impose

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15 December 2017

December 2017 company update

At this month’s staff meeting the senior directors looked back at a very successful 2017. Our chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, thanked everyone for their contributions to the year. He pointed out that everyone’s individual contribution is part of our shared success. The 2017 budgeted sales figure of £76 million was a huge challenge, and it’s remarkable

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11 December 2017

FIR commitment: 'Better for Everyone'

VGC is one of the contractors calling on the construction industry to take a stand on fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR). VGC is proud to be one of the initial 36 signatories to the FIR commitment ‘Better for Everyone’ campaign, which launched this week. With an unprecedented number of infrastructure projects in the pipeline, the

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4 December 2017

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. The three-month blockade on the Blackpool to Manchester NWEP (north west electrification project) started in

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30 November 2017

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 VGC, the chance to talk about our experience, and show how we are working with

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24 November 2017

ATC stand-down day health check success

More than 140 people took advantage of VGC’s offer of free health checks at an ATC stand-down day this month. As part of ATC’s energisation stand-down day, VGC commissioned K2 Associates to provide free health checks to all the attendees. The offer was very popular, and 146 people received one-to-one consultations. Health test results Everyone

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