Innovation Voucher Provision

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is making Innovation Vouchers available worth up to £5000 for construction and built environment companies. Applications are due to open on the 10th of December and close on the 23rd of January 2013. Fairsnape in association with IBE-Partnership is delighted to assist you  in preparing and submitting your application for Innovation Vouchers in the following topics that we […]

Living lightly on the earth: #LCBPC BREEAM Outstanding and Sustainability event.

Last Wednesday evening (18th May) saw the Lancashire Construction Best Practice Programme (@lcbpc) meet at the recently opened, BREEAM Outstanding Brockholes Visitor Center (@visitBrockholes)for a programme of speakers on a sustainability in the built environment theme. Martin Brown, (@fairsnape) as chair of the club, welcomed delegates and introduced the speakers, pointing out the evening would touch on the three key elements of sustainability -ie the triple […]

Constructing Excellence Social Media Forum: Unlocking potential

Construction Excellence ran a Social Media forum on Wednesday with a view to understanding current use of social media within construction and what the industry, in particular, CE could or should do with social media. Presentations from Paul Wilkinson, Jon de Sousa and Martin Brown provided context, examples and potential for social media within the built environment, including lessons from […]

Three reasons to give your PQQ and Bids an independent Health Check

  One: Many PQQ’s and Bids ‘deselect’ themselves through errors and omissions. It is obviously far better for errors, omissions, questions not (fully) answered or formatting issues to be picked up by independent review rather than your client. Don’t throw away valuable points…   Two: Make your bid content the best it can be. Make […]

recession thoughts and tips

The recent excellent BBC Life on Mars series painted a harsh, dark and in many ways ugly portrait of life in Britain in the mid 1970’s. It was in that this environment I started a career in construction, a young trainee QS, working a ‘statutory’ three day week with fuel and power rationing (only able […]

from brightgreen: how to use environmental leaders

Last Friday Bright Green Talent posted this excellent five point guide: Dreadlocks, demonstrations and duck ponds – What does today’s environmentalist look like? What are the characteristics of these environmental leaders and how can you use them to drive your business forward? 1. Big minds: Environmental leaders have a history of excellence in everything they […]

on getting out, learning and sharing, unconference style

As I plan another ‘benchmarkwalk’ for tomorrow in the English Lake District, I realise I haven’t described my benchmarkwalks approach here on the blog. In some ways I now realise this approach is very much like an outdoor unconference – delegates choose the themes for discussion and, rather than standing in a lecture hall, or […]

isite in second life

To enable the second life discussions around isite themes of built environment sustainability, isite now has a new meeting facility within second life courtesy of the Public Works Island. In addition to adhoc discussions with second life friends from around the world, it is planned to hold structured, but still informal events, exchanging ideas and […]

isite news and update

Media Partner Delighted that isite has been invited to become media blog partner to the Eco City 2008 World Summit and West Coast Green conferences.  Watch out for live feeds. Feeds Bright Green: looking for that new job in sustainability or CSR? then the latest positions from the London and San Fransisco offices of Bright […]