Thursday 28th July Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday I was invited to the Turner & Townsend briefing on HS2 East, which looked at what the impact would be and the benefits of improved connectivity to the North East and Scotland. I would like to thank Michael Henson, Associate Director, Local Government for Turner & Townsend for the invitation and a very informative afternoon.

On Saturday I was invited to Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse by the Hilton and it was great to see a number of you there. Unfortunately, I didn’t win big but had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Don’t forget there is just over two weeks to go until our Foundations Charity Race Day. We only have two sponsorship opportunities left if any of you are interested which will give you regional and national publicity. We also have a number of places available if you would like to attend either individually or purchase a table of 10. Please see below for further detail or contact Leanne on 0191 5007880.

On Tuesday I was in London for the Constructing Excellence Board meeting, then on Wednesday I was with my Constructing Excellence Regional counterparts to discuss the Regional Club Network.

This afternoon we said farewell to Douglas Kell, Director of CECA North East and wish him all the very best for his retirement. I have known Douglas for over 15 years and it has been such a delight to work with him. Leanne and I have built up a good friendship with Douglas over the years and he will be truly missed.

August is a quiet period for the team at Constructing Excellence, however, don’t think that we are just sitting here twiddling our thumbs. We are in the stages of planning our schedule of events for the Autumn with a packed calendar beginning in September which includes our first North East Construction Summit. We have some fantastic speakers on board so far and there are also opportunities for companies to exhibit at the Summit. If you are interested in attending or taking an exhibition stand, please contact Leanne.

If you have any suggestions of what you wish to see in our calendar of events, which could be range from CPD to social events, we look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes


Exciting new employment initiative for young people

Following its recent appointment of managing director, Patricia Wilkinson, North East based training provider NCT Skills for Life (NCT), has announced the launch of an exciting new initiative set to tackle the unemployment rate of today’s school leavers in the North East.
JEF-CEP, which stands for Joint Enterprise Forces- Construction Employability Pathway, is a joint initiative between NCT and the Armed Forces. The initiative aims to offer 240 school leavers the opportunity to develop useful skill sets, gain hands-on experience and to earn a Level One certificate in Multi-Trade Construction, which includes wood work, plastering, bricklaying and roofing.
Specifically designed by Patricia and her team, JEF-CEP is designed to develop team-building, communication and self-discipline, whilst also equipping successful candidates with the skills and qualifications to secure an apprenticeship place. 
As the North East currently holds the highest unemployment rate throughout England, with 7.9%* of the region out of work, according to Patricia it is imperative to address this problem and it is one of the key reasons for JEF-CEP’s launch.
There are still a number of places available on the JEF-CEP scheme, therefore anyone aged 16-19 who is interested in this opportunity can contact NCT to get involved.  Equally, employers who are interested in taking on apprentices should also look to contact NCT.


** Less than 3 weeks to go!**
Foundation's Charity Race Day

Date: 12th August 2016
Time: 12:00 noon onwards
Venue: Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth
Cost: £85+VAT per individual ticket 

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation are delighted to host a charity Raceday at Newcastle Racecourse. The 2016 Race Day takes place at Newcastle Racecourse on Friday 12th August 2016

The day is also a flagship fundraising event for both Foundations and funds raised on the day go directly to supporting the valuable activity undertaken by both organisations in the North East. The day includes a fabulous 3 course meal, Race Card, and Premier admission to the Gosforth Park Suite.

We are also joined by our expert tipster Roger Hart. Guests will enjoy a full afternoon of top class racing. 

BBC Radio Newcastle have also supported the event and are hosting a live show from the Gosforth Park Suite with Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC legends and pundits giving their thoughts ahead of the Premier League kick off. 

To book tickets please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
First Friday Club 

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

Cost: Free

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

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 from 6:00-7:00pm.

Places are limited, please register to avoid disappointment by using the following link;
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 head

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**
Auckland Castle - Site Visit 

Date: 19th September 2016 
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue: Auckland Castle 

Details about this site visit will be available shortly 
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 their first Construction Summit on September 20th at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park focussing on the main areas of the Government Construction Strategy as well as the state of the region.

Our speakers confirmed so far are Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence, Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises and Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety at Land Securities.

We will be confirming further speakers over the coming weeks which will include case studies. Following the summit we will be holding a networking drinks reception.

Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available and if you are interested in those please speak with Leanne for further 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.
Other speakers TBC
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 Leanne McAngus 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: 5:30 – 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.)

The shortlist will be available to view shortly.  
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