Thursday 7th July Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Our Charity Raceday is fast approaching with only 5 weeks to go! There are still a few fantastic sponsorship opportunities available which includes a table of 10 at the event along with regional and national coverage by Racing UK as well as the two charities (Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation). We are also delighted to announce that the BBC Radio Total Sport programme will be broadcasting from the event that evening and former Newcastle and Sunderland players will be in attendance. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would just like to buy a table or individual tickets then please contact us.

Last Thursday and Friday Leanne and I were away on Constructing Excellence business in London and Leeds for our London & South East and Yorkshire & Humber Awards. Huge congratulations to all the very worthy winners at both ceremonies and we will look forward to seeing them at the National final later on this year. Well done to everyone at the Constructing Excellence North West Awards which also took place on Thursday evening too.

On Sunday Leanne and I along with a few family and friends participated in this year’s Race for Life in Durham. Leanne and I are delighted to have raised over £500 for Cancer Research UK and hopes this money will go towards further fantastic research they are carrying out. Many thanks to all those who have kindly supported us, your donations mean a lot to us as well as the charity.

This week Leanne and I have been out and about seeing some of our members to catch up on what they have been up to and let them know what we are also doing. We will be carrying out further visits to our members over the course of the next few months, if we haven’t yet got to you don’t worry as we will be in touch soon!

This evening we will be attending Sir Robert McAlpine’s Cocktail Party at the Baltic and look forward to seeing many of you there.

Tomorrow afternoon Leanne and I have had a kind invitation along to Muckle LLP’s Afternoon Tea Party to watch the men’s semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Next week we have two events taking place with possibility of a third. On Wednesday is the Clay Pigeon Shoot in association with Forum for the Built Environment at Bywell Grange Shooting Ground and we still have a few places available so if you wish to attend please contact Leanne. Then on Thursday evening is the G4C North East with DAC Beachcroft rearranged seminar ‘Managing Construction Contracts’ with Stephen McLellan. Again details are below.

Dave Stitt of DSA Building Performance will be running an event next Thursday evening which is aimed at Senior Management and Directors of organisations to focus on staying strong in troubled times by growing and protecting confidence of you and your business. Details are below of the session.  

We would like to welcome to the North East Club Livingston House Construction and look forward to meeting with them shortly.

Best wishes


New MD for NCT Skills


Benfield-based NCT Skills for Life, one of the region’s expanding training organisations, has announced a strategic new appointment to its senior management team. Patricia Wilkinson has recently taken up the role of managing director.


Specialising in teaching construction trades, NCT Skills for Life is a not for profit company which was launched five years ago. The range of training currently offered by NCT Skills for Life includes; intermediate and advance apprenticeships in roofing, bricklaying, carpentry and plastering in addition to a level 1 diploma in multi-trades which includes a combination of the above trades.

A former director of training and skills development with the North East Chamber of Commerce, and head of operations with another regional training provider, Patricia who is no stranger to overseeing the operation and profitability of multi-site businesses and taking an organisation to its next stage of development, is relishing having the opportunity to do the same at NCT Skills.
Further to increasing the number of apprentices a key target for Patricia is to increase employer engagement with the many construction firms that are based across the region. 

To find out more about NCT Skills, please go to  

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Date: 13th July 2016
Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm
Venue: Bywell Grange Shooting Ground
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members, £100+VAT Non Members
(Cancellation Policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East for a third year running is delighted to be working once again with Forum for the Built Environment North East for their Annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Day on Wednesday 13th July 2016.

We will meet at the clubhouse at 9:30am for tea/biscuits followed by individual instruction, practice sessions in groups of 6 then a coffee break followed by a light-hearted ‘competition’ with prizes… you don’t get to keep the pigeon!

Lunch will be at the close by, ‘Northumberland Arms’ in the village of Felton. Cost is inclusive of instruction, guns and cartridges, tea/coffee/biscuits and an excellent mouth watering buffet lunch (drinks extra), and the opportunity to meet colleagues in the construction industry.

The event is for both beginners and those who have shot before, ladies and gentlemen… with low recoil guns where appropriate (to avoid any sore shoulders the next day).

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Staying Strong in Troubled Times
Date: Thursday 14th July 2016
Time: 5.00pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Cooper Studios, 14-18 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 3NN
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 at the offices of Ryder Architecture on July 14th 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
Getting your Contract Right – Understanding the Basics
Date: 14th July 2016  
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT

We are pleased to offer a series of seminars for G4C on conjunction with international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP.
This seminar will look at getting contracts right at the very start of a project.  Many projects find themselves destined for problems from the outset, due to gaps or inadequacies in the contractual set-up.  This seminar will provide useful guidance on how to approach contract negotiations and will explain the basic requirements for a successful and workable contract.
The seminar will be presented by Stephen McLellan, who is an Associate in DAC Beachcroft LLP's very successful Construction and Engineering Team.
This event will be held at DAC Beachcroft LLP's offices in Wellbar Central, 36 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4TD.  Upon arrival, please make your way to the 9th Floor where refreshments will be provided.

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

Non-Performance – Liability

Date: Thursday 21st July 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 'Non-Performance – liability, making good defects and excuses/exclusions for non-performance’.
This will cover:-
Quality and fitness of materials - Quality and fitness of workmanship
Reasonable fitness for habitation - Liability for design (to client)
Liability for design (to third parties) - Defects Liability Period
Duty to Mitigate - Excluding Liability

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or  

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
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**
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 Construction2025 agenda as well as the state of the region.

Our first two speakers confirmed are Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence and Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises.

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.
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

Finnbuild Trade Show Finland

Date: 12th – 14th October 2016
Time: All day

Come and be a part of the construction boom in Finland! UKTI Finland is looking to organise a matchmaking event for UK companies during the largest construction and building service sector trade show in Finland this October.

The Construction sector, in the first quarter of 2016 alone, grew by an impressive 7% with sales increasing to 5%. This trend indicates a bright future for the industry and that is why we believe it is time for UK companies to join this opportunity.

UKTI Finland welcomes you to come and experience the hype for yourself, with themes such as Residential Property, Commerical Property, Repair Construction and more. FinnBuild is the perfect opportunity for UK companies to connect with the right contacts and clients from all over the Nordics. If you’d wish to exhibit at the show or for the opportunity to receive 20% off your stand please email for further information.

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