Thursday 3rd March 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

This week has been extremely busy for Leanne and I. It was the deadline date for applications to our CENE 2016 Awards on Monday and what a response we had! We would like to thank all those who have entered this year’s awards and the judging process will begin shortly with the shortlist being announced at the beginning of April.

On Monday we supported NAWIC North East at their 4th Anniversary Networking Celebration at The Bridge Tavern in Newcastle. It was great to meet up with some new people as well as hear about what the NAWIC North East has coming up over the next few months. If you would like to get more involved in NAWIC please contact me for further details.

On Wednesday we attended the County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Open Day at their new training centre in Bowburn. There were some great presentations on fire risks and some on fire safety products from some of those exhibiting too along with Tyco’s truck. There were also tours around of the training facility which was most interesting as they have some amazing kit. If you would like further information on their training courses such as NEBOSH, ILM and more please let Leanne know and she will point you in the right direction.

This morning we held the ‘Construction Legal Update’ in conjunction with DAC Beachcroft at the Wynyard Rooms in Teesside. It was a great turnout and I would like to thank Roddy Gordon, Warren Kemp and Vikki Pounder for their very informative presentations. Each of their presentations covered Payments, Extensions of Time and Loss & Expense. If you were unable to attend but would like to see further seminars please let us know.

Tomorrow is a busy day with Leanne and I heading off to Leeds to attend the G4C Yorkshire & Humber Awards at the Leeds Armouries but before that at 12.30pm it is First Friday Club with Watson Burton at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There are still a few places remaining and booking is available through Watson Burton’s website.

Next week, we are supporting the NCBF, NFB, FMB and CECA North East with the launch of the Construction Alliance Northeast (CAN). If you are an SME and would like further details please contact me.

There is less than 4 weeks to go until the G4C 2016 Awards at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead so if you haven’t already booked your tickets, please contact Leanne. Also if you are thinking of attending the CENE 2016 Awards please contact Leanne as places are going fast!

Best wishes


New AM2 Testing Centre

Newcastle College’s new £145K AM2 Centre is now open and available to provide assessment services to those training up electro-technical apprentices, or for electrical contractors who wish to upskill existing staff. The new centre has been fitted with the latest equipment, setting a new standard in the region for customers to benefit from. The AM2 assessment provides a robust check on the competence of those seeking a future working with electricity. As a compulsory assessment for an electro-technical apprentice, it is trusted by employers as the most effective means of demonstrating whether someone is fit to join the industry, as well as creating a professional standard that contractors look for their own staff to obtain.

How long does it take? It is a practical assessment with a short online component, taken over 16.5 hours in total. During this time candidates will undertake a series of timed tasks in specially equipped booths containing typical electrical installation wiring systems. The exercises include installation, inspection and testing and faultfinding and the work must comply with the current IEE Wiring Regulations and be carried out in line with health and safety best practice. Fees and booking Our AM2 assessments are flexible, there are  multiple start dates every week, please call the  centre to find out the next available start date.  The fee for a full assessment (first attempt) is £595, re-sits are available.

To talk over your requirements or make a booking please call Joanne Macauley on 0191 200 4541  or Gary Soulsby on 07825 008 097. The College’s AM2 Centre is located within our Energy Academy,  on Hadrian Road in Wallsend, there is ample car parking and it is a 2 minute walk from Wallsend metro station.


First Friday Club

Date: Friday 4th March 2016
Time: 12.30 – 2.00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to invite you First Friday Club on Friday 4th March. The leading networking event for construction, architectural and built environment professionals in the North East, First Friday Club gives you the opportunity to catch up in an informal environment with others in the industry.

The event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA.The event will take place in the restaurant area and light refreshments will be provided.
Watson Burton is sponsoring this First Friday Club. Partner David Spires will be welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

To register please go to
“I’ll See You In Court” – Understanding the Litigation Process
Date: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.45am  
Venue: Offices of Sintons Law, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4DB
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Sintons Law’s Kevin Anderson (Construction & Engineering Team) will discuss what happens during a construction court case (known as litigation). The discussion will provide an understanding of the entire litigation process. 
With this introductory guide to the litigation process, you will at least be armed to understand what the process shall entail should you ever find yourself involved in a court case, be that as Claimant, Defendant or any other interested party. Kevin will also outline his experiences of situations that have tested the boundaries of normal court procedures.

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 500 7880 or
Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley  

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: The Brasserie, Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce March’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. 

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 Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or
Current Demands of the Industry

Date: 22nd March 2016
Time: 8.30am – 12.00noon
Venue: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT G4C Members, £20+VAT CENE Members, £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Generation4Change North East are delighted to invite you along to their next CPD event which will discuss the current demands of the industry such as BIM within your business, Your role in relation to BIM, Case study examples of BIM in housing and more, advantages and disadvantages as well as advice on supporting other organisations.

We so far have the following organisations presenting:
- Nick Craggs, Space Group will share his experiences regarding Space's journey towards Level 2 BIM compotency
-Michael Pittuck, Esh Group will share with us ‘Where we are with BIM – from an Esh perspective’
- Peter Watson, Atlas Cloud will look at BIM in the cloud, System integration, Supplychain and the future and Federated BIM
- Laura Brown, Bowmer & Kirkland will discuss BIM in Practice and the reality of delivery
- Natacha Redon, Identity Consult presents on the whole facilities management side of things and its limitations which will include the client
- Dave Monswhite, Turner & Townsend 

If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or 
G4C North East 2016 Awards

Date: Friday 1st April 2016
Time: 7.00pm – 12.30am
Venue: Hilton NewcastleGateshead, Bottle Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £45+VAT

** Already sold over 240 tickets** 

For the first time in the region Generation for Change North East will be holding an Awards to celebrate the outstanding examples of excellence and best practice within our sector and the region. The Awards evening will look to award individuals/organisations from six categories which and this will take place at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead on Friday 1st April 2016.

G4C is passionate about focusing on young people and showcasing the young talent in the industry. We are looking to celebrate achievements of this young talent and the organisations supporting and shaping the future leaders of our industry. We know that the construction industry in this area is of a high standard so let’s prove it!

To book your tickets please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Construction Clients Group 

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2016 
Time: 8.30am registration - 11.00am 
Venue: E-Volve Business Centre, Cygnet Way, Rainton Bridge South Business Park, DH4 5QY 

Further information will be available soon. We have Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health & Safety attending as well as our Chair John McGovern of Northumbrian Water Group. 

If you would like further information, please contact Catriona Lingwood on 0191 5007880 or 
CENE Conference 

Date: 10th May 2016 
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm 
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel 

Further details about this half day conference will be available shortly! 
CENE Twenty Sixteen Awards  
Date: Friday 10th June 2016  
Time: 6.45pm – 1.00am
Venue: Newcastle Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel  
Cost: £100+VAT CENE Members / £120+VAT Non Members, tables of 10/12 are available upon request.

** Please reserve or book your table now to avoid disappointment as we have already sold over 350 tickets**

The Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards is a celebration of everything the North East Built Environment has to be proud of and we are delighted to be celebrating our twelfth annual ceremony.  
Winners are selected across various categories including Innovation, Integration & Collaborative Working, Value and Sustainability and BIM Project of the Year. We anticipate that the awards will be the biggest and most exciting yet!

For a fifth consecutive year we are delighted to announce Corepeople Recruitment are headline sponsor. Ian Storer, Director Corepeople Recruitment said:
“The Constructing Excellence Awards have built a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North East construction sector. It is a fantastic event for celebrating what is good about our industry, and we are delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”
To avoid disappointment please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or to book your tickets now!
Summer Networking & Canapes

Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016 
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue:The Balcony, Sintons Law, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Further details will be available shortly! 
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