Thursday 18th August Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news. 

Last Friday we held our Charity Race Day in association with The Foundation of Light and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. We were delighted to have Lady Elsie join us on the day as well Mark Allison of ‘Run Geordie Run’ fame and all of our guests. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your day as much as we did and that you made some new contacts, not to mention having a few lucky winners too!

This week Leanne and I are continuing our Member visits to see how things are going and how we can further assist them. We also let them know of all the great events and activities we have planned for the autumn including our North East Summit on September 20th.  

Our calendar of events begins with our First Friday Club on September 9th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is in association with Watson Burton. Over 70 people have registered so far so to avoid disappointment, make sure you book your place today.

As I have already mentioned our key event coming up is the North East Construction Summit on September 20th which has some fantastic speakers confirmed including Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety, Land Securities and Chair of the National Construction Clients Group, Don Ward, Chief Executive, Constructing Excellence and Richard Waterhouse, CEO for National Building Specification. Further details and how to book your place for the Summit are below.

Our Annual Golf Day takes place on September 29th at Rockliffe Hall in association with the Lighthouse Club Charity. We have four teams remaining for the event so again please book soon to avoid disappointment. Further details on this and many other events can be found further down in the newsletter.

We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events in the near future.

Best wishes


£2.5 billion to be invested in apprenticeship training by 2020 

The apprenticeship programme, launched in 2010, has already given 2.9 million people the chance to learn new skills to access fulfilling careers and help boost UK business. The funding will support people of all ages to gain high-quality skills and experience, assisting employers to offer more training opportunities and build a skilled workforce. The government is inviting employers and training providers to have their say on the initial funding proposals to ensure the plan meets the needs of all involved.

Under the plans for the levy the government has proposed that small businesses who can’t pay the levy will have 90% of training costs paid for by the government, assuring those involved. Extra support worth £2,000 per trainee will be available for employers and training providers taking on 16-18-year-old apprentices or young care leavers. Employers with fewer than 50 employees will also have 100% of training costs paid for by government if taking on these apprentices, ensuring every young person regardless of background or ability has the chance to make their first step into work.

Finally, it is proposed to offer more flexibility for employers to retrain individuals even if they possess qualifications prior to starting the programme, as long as they differ slightly. Employers will gain more control and access to higher quality training with the power to determine exactly what training is required and which provider it is sourced from. A new register of training providers will be introduced from April 2017 to improve the link between training providers and employers.

For further information regarding the apprenticeship levy please follow the link;

RICS Matrics Summer Drinks

Date: 31st August 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ
Cost: £12+VAT

RICS Matrics North East & G4C North East would like you to join them for their annual summer party at a fabulous new venue for drinks and delicious food.

The venue is the newly refurbished 30-barrel micro-brewery located at the Palace of Arts set in the grounds of Exhibition Park. Guests will have exclusive access to the bar and brewery with the opportunity to tour the brewery, bar and exhibition space.

Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival and enjoy a selection of canapes.
This fun, informal networking event is open to both members and non-members and is not to be missed!
To register for the event please click the link below or call 0207 695 1600.

First Friday Club 

Date: 9th September 2016
Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA 

Cost: Free

** Nearly fully booked, book your place now to avoid disappointment**

Watson Burton, in association with Constructing Excellence in the North East, would like to welcome you to the First Friday Club. Our September event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in the restaurant area where light refreshments will be available.

Watson Burton will be sponsoring this month’s First Friday club with Bal Manak, Associate welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

For further information about September’s event or to discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities for 2016/17 please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 500 7880 or .

Spaces are limited so reserve your place now by completing our online booking form which can be found using this link;

Opportunities for the Young Professional – Brexit, what now?

Date: Monday 12th September 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Cooper Studios, 14-18 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NN
Cost: Free

**Only 20 spaces left, book now to avoid disappointment**

G4C North East in conjunction with Ryder Architecture welcome Ross Smith, Director of Policy at NECC to chair the third event in the series, featuring a question and answer panellist discussion including Senior International Trade Adviser, Simon Crosby.

Alongside a valuable networking opportunity and questions from the floor, this event aims to fully inform and engage young professionals in future opportunities and overcoming challenges following the EU Referendum vote on the 23rd June 2016.

Registration and welcome drinks will be available at 5:30pm followed by a Panel Discussion.

Places are limited, please register to avoid disappointment by using the following link;
Social Value in Construction

Date: Tuesday 13th September
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Thirteen Group, Hudson Quay, Windward Way, Middlesbrough, TS2 1QG
Cost: £20+VAT (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

NAWIC North East in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to invite you along to their next CPD seminar entitled ‘Social Value in Construction’. We are extremely pleased to have confirmed the following speakers all discussing their roles and responsibilities within their organisations on Social Value and the impacts throughout their businesses.

Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams - Director of Research HACT
Mary-Kathryn will give an overview of HACT (Social Value and Procurement: A toolkit for housing providers and contractors) in collaboration with Trowers & Hamlins LLP and echelon Consultancy Ltd a toolkit which was launched earlier this year at CIH.  Following the successful launch of the toolkit, HACT is now taking both the client and contractor perspectives on board in exploring these challenges.

Samantha Granger - Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Thirteen Housing Group
Samantha will be speaking about the Thirteen Housing Group's employability service "New Directions" and how they will be encouraging all of their contractors to help them achieve their Social Value requirements by supporting them in the future.  

Darush Dodds - Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value, Esh Group
Darush will be speaking about how the Esh Group incorporates the elements of Social Value within their wide range of projects demonstrating Corporate Social Responsibility, supporting employability in the region and also assisting smaller SME contractors to achieve social value principles.

To register for this event please follow the link or if you have any questions please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
Assignment, Novation and Termination

Date: 14th September 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members / £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

DAC Beachcroft in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East will be offering a series of Breakfast Seminars during 2016. Each seminar will cover a subject or subjects as part of the overall theme of "Construction Law – key issues for commercial managers".

The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office and this one is entitled ‘Assignment, Novation and Termination’.

Roddy Gordon, Partner of Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will cover the following topics:
- The nature of assignment / Types of assignment – statutory/legal and equitable
- What is an assignment subject to / Prohibition on assignment
- Assignment of right to litigate / Difference between assignment and novation
- Novation 'ab initio' / Warranties on novation
- Termination – how/ Performance
- Agreement and Breach

To register for this event please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
End of Summer BBQ

Date: Thursday 15th September 2016  
Time: 5.30pm – late
Venue: The Bridge Tavern, 7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3UF
Cost: £10+VAT per person

Back to work blues?

Generation4Change North East in conjunction with RTPI Young Planners for a second year running are holding an end of summer BBQ at The Bridge Tavern on Thursday 15th September to take away those blues whilst also networking with built environment professionals.

All are welcome, price includes BBQ and a drink on arrival.

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 500 7880 or

**Please note payment is to be made prior to the event date and can be paid via Paypal**
North East Construction Summit

Date: 20th September 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm followed by drinks reception
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, NE3 5HN
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members, £100+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy within 48 hours’ notice)


Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be holding the North East’s Construction Summit on Tuesday 20th September focussing on the Governments Construction 2025 Strategy along with the recent review for 2016-2020.

The Construction 2025 strategy is at the heart of our vision at Constructing Excellence, and we seek to speed up the rate at which engaged players achieve the targets for improvement. Those targets of improvement include 33% lower costs, 50% lower emissions, 50% faster delivery and 50% improvement in exports. These particular targets will be headlined by five core themes for People, Smart, Sustainable, Growth and Leadership plus the additional ones in the 2016-2020 strategy; Client Capability, Skills and the Supply Chain and Whole-Life approaches. 

We are extremely pleased to announce our headline speakers for the day are Don Ward, Chief Executive at Constructing Excellence, Richard Waterhouse, CEO for National Building Specification, Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety at Land Securities and Charles Mills, Capital Programmes Directorate of Construction who will all discuss their views on the strategy as well as state of the regions.

The session will conclude with a panel debate chaired by Mark Thompson, Managing Partner for Ryder Architecture discussing Skills, Collaborative Working and the industry as a whole. The angle of the debate will be from a Young Professionals perspective.  

**Just announced: Tim Whitehill, Managing Director for Project Five Consulting discussing Social and Whole Life Value and Darush Dodds, Community Engagement Manager at Esh Added Value.** 

Following the Summit we will be hosting a networking drinks reception.

Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available and if you are interested in those please email for details. 

To book your place at the Construction Summit please contact us on 0191 5007880 or

**National Constructing Excellence Members are entitled to 1 free place**
Health & Safety- Regulatory and Sentencing Update

Date: 21st September 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Co. Durham, DH1 1TD
Cost: £25+VAT CENE Members, £50+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Jacksons Law Firm and Constructing Excellence in the North East are hosting a seminar to update the construction sector on Health and Safety legislation. Topics will include key regulations which came into force on 1st February 2016, together with a general review of the last 12 months and recent developments on court sentencing.
Key Speakers

Simon Caterrall - A sharp and no nonsense advocate, Simon is regarded for his sound advice at the point of investigation and, where warranted, for his tenacious defence of HSE, Environment, Trading Standards, Food Safety and police prosecutions.
Mark Stouph has successfully implemented management systems certified to international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and is a qualified lead auditor. Mark developed his investigation skills as a police officer then worked as a regulator with the Environment Agency where he led one of the largest investigations undertaken by the organisation into the unlawful disposal of incinerator ash.
If you would like to register your place at this seminar, please contact Lauren Proctor at or call 0191 500 7880.
Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley  

Date: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: The Brasserie, Middlesbrough

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce this month’s sponsor is Muckle LLP. 
This relaxed and informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with built environment professionals from the Tees Valley area.
The event will be held in Tees Valley with a light buffet and refreshments will be served.  

About our sponsor:
Muckle LLP is now the biggest commercial law firm that is based solely in, and intently focused on, the North East. Our stated aim is to be the number one law firm in the North East for business.
Legal 500 states that we have ‘few peers in the region' and clients are able to ‘rely upon its advice without question.'
Muckle Construction continues to go from strength to strength by looking after clients and delivering in ways that suits them. Everything we do is geared towards ensuring that our clients genuinely enjoy working with us.

If you would like to register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

If you would be interested to sponsor future Tees Valley networking events, please contact Leanne McAngus by emailing or the number above.
Staying Strong in Troubled Times
Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: Free to all business leaders, directors and senior management

Due to the shockwaves of the Brexit vote, confidence is at an all-time low. Whatever happens in the coming months, companies and organisations still have to deliver, and do whatever they can to make sure they emerge at the other side stronger and ready to grow.

Dave Stitt of DSA Building Performance will be running a free two hour workshop in Newcastle on September 28th entitled “Staying Strong in Troubled Times” which will be available to business and organisational leaders.

Dave will be sharing his system, developed over 20 years, of nurturing and protecting confidence in oneself and cultivating it outward in one’s team and organisation. His approach is completely practical and participants will leave with a number of helpful take-aways and the start of a personal confidence plan.

To register your interest please email
North East Lighthouse Club Charity Golf Day

Date: 29th September 2016
Time: 12.00noon – 7.00pm
Venue: Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth, Darlington
Cost: £90+VAT (4 balls are available)


Come along to this fantastic charity golf day being supported by Constructing Excellence in the North East along with the North East committee members of the Lighthouse Club for a second year running – a construction industry charity on September 29th to held raise fund.

There will be a Shot Gun start at 12noon with breakfast rolls, tea and coffee served on arrival. 18 Holes of championship Golf, Beat the pro, Nearest the pin, longest drive and other on course competitions will be held throughout the afternoon. Then following the competition, a BBQ in the Grassholme Suite located in the Clubhouse will be served along with prize presentation and raffle.

If you would like to book a team or take an individual place (we will team you up with others) then please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or 

Sponsorship opportunities are available so please enquire.
Discounted rooms available please call reservations on 01325 729999 and to reserve your golf buggy contact the golf house team on 01325 729980
Construction Mock Trial

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £20+VAT for CENE Members / £40+VAT for Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

The Sinton’s LLP Construction team, in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East, invite you to join them for a Construction mock trial.

The evening will begin with welcome drinks and canapes at 5:30pm followed by the Construction mock trial at 6:15pm. At 7:30pm there will be an opportunity for Q & A and networking.

To register your place please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 500 7880 or
Constructing Excellence National Awards
Date: Friday 4th November 2016     
Time: 7.00pm drinks reception, 7.30pm dinner, 12.00am Carriages

Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, London   
Cost: £185+VAT individual / £1110.00+VAT Table of 6 (tables of 12 can be requested)

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be supporting our National office for a fifth consecutive year preparing the Constructing Excellence National Awards. Now in their tenth year, these prestigious Awards seen as one of the highlights of the industry’s calendar will be attended by over 450 built environment professionals from across the UK.

These awards are part of a national programme of nine regional awards covering England and Wales. The 2016 winners at regional level go forward to the National final to be recognised as the CE champions of excellence for the year from categories such as Integration & Collaborative working, Sustainability, Young Achiever (G4C) and Health & Safety.

Following the Awards, those winners are invited to a special reception in the Houses of Parliament to showcase their achievement and to represent the best of our sector to MPs, members of the House of Lords, and movers and shakers in our industry.

This event is a great opportunity for companies that wish to be seen as proactively supporting and leading innovation within the Built Environment and information on sponsorship can be requested from Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) or on the National website.

To book your tickets please request a booking form from Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or (This year tickets will be sent electronically to ensure you/yours guests receive those prior to the Awards dinner.)

To view this year's shortlist please click here -  
Big Quiz Night……RETURNS!!

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016
Time: 6.45pm registration, 7.15pm start, 10.30pm Close
Venue: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £60+VAT per team of 5 (price includes a pie & peas supper)
Generation4Change North East with the support of RIBA North East and CIBSE Young Engineers Network are delighted to be holding their annual charity quiz night on Wednesday 9th November at The Centre for Life and we would be delighted if you were able to join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of themed rounds to test everyone’s ability.

This event is for charity and will be announced shortly who we are raising funds for.

A raffle will be held during the evening and would appreciate your support with donations. If you would like to donate a prize please email Leanne. (Your logo will be displayed on the quiz guest list on the evening)
There is no objection to entering more than one team so please encourage your clients and work colleagues to join in! **No more than 5 in a team**.
To book your team please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or  
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