Welcome to this week's e-news. 

This week has been pretty hectic with four events over three days! On Wednesday afternoon we held the first in what is to become a regular feature ‘Construction Networking in the Tees Valley’ which was kindly sponsored by Clugston Construction. There was a good turnout and it was lovely to catch up with new people and some old faces too. We will be holding these events bi-monthly and have sponsorship opportunities available so please contact us for further details.

This morning in conjunction with Atlas Cloud and Brewin Dolphin, we held the 'Future of Construction' event at Brewin Dolphin's office in Newcastle. Stephen Williams, Divisional Director of Equity Research at Brewin Dolphin, specialising in the Real Estate, Home Construction and Construction & Materials sectors, informed attendees about the broad trends of the industry whilst Atlas Cloud shared how IT support can assist organisations with the tools to improve processes. Lastly was a case study from Metnor Group who explained how they have changed and adapted their business using new Cloud technology.

Tomorrow morning is the NAWIC World Environment Day with speakers from Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water and Valley Environmental. There are still a few spaces available so please contact Leanne immediately if you wish to attend. In the afternoon is First Friday Club in association with Watson Burton which has another great turnout and we look forward to seeing many of you there!

Our next event is Summer Networking on June 30th in conjunction with Sintons Law. Everyone is welcome to come along for drinks, canapés and networking with other built environment professionals. The details on how to register are below, along with other future events.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events very soon.

Best wishes


5/06/15 - First Friday Club 

Date: Friday 5th June 2015
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
Venue: TigerTiger, The Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5RE

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to welcome you to the First Friday Club. 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. 

Our June event will be held at TigerTiger Newcastle, The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne,  NE1 5RE. 

Light refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited so reserve your place now by completing our  online booking form. 

Watson Burton is delighted to be sponsoring June’s  First Friday Club. 

Chris Graham, Partner, Watson Burton LLP, will be welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

Register now

If you would like to register for the First Friday Club please contact Grace Lovelady on 0191 244 4172  or email grace.lovelady@watsonburton.com

30/06/2015 -  Summer Networking & Drinks with Sintons LLP 

Date: Tuesday 30th June 2015
Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Balcony, Offices of Sintons LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE46DB

You're invited to!!

Sintons’ Construction team in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to invite you to their beginning of summer networking and drinks event.

This informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with professionals from the Built Environment.

Our Construction and Engineering team provides advice on all aspect of construction and engineering law, both contentious and non-contentious.

The event will be held at our office and a light buffet with refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk  

1/07/2015 - Public Procurement – A guide to the process

Date: Wednesday 1st July 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

This event is designed for those bidding for public sector contracts and will be a practical and interactive session working through the procurement process (PQQ, ITT and standstill) providing pointers as to what to look out for; how to get noticed; when and how best to raise issues; and how to deal with standstill letters and debrief meetings.

How a bidder approaches a procurement process can be as important as the actual solution it is offering. Bidders aware of both their rights and the authority's obligations are more likely to be successful and are more likely to submit bids which meet the advertised requirements. Conversely, bidders who are able to offer low priced, effective solutions may not necessarily be awarded contracts which they are best placed to perform due to a lack of knowledge of the procurement process itself. This session attempts to ensure that you do not fall into that latter category.

The session will be led by Ruth Connorton, DAC Beachcroft's national head of procurement law and Tim Dennis, a solicitor specialising in procurement litigation. Ruth is rated in Chambers as a leading lawyer in this field and is "well respected for commercial, pragmatic advice". Ruth and Tim have real hands on experience working with bidders and the public sector across all sectors and have advised on many leading cases.

To register please contact Leanne on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

9/07/2015 - Collaboration & Soft Landings: What's it all about? 

Date: 9th July 2015
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway, Sandgate House, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members / £100+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Words are like people – they can, and sometimes do change over time. With words can get high-jacked rather than allowed to become established through normal usage.

The cases in point are the words collaboration and the use of the phase soft landings.

Collaboration on the one hand is a relatively new word that was originally associated with working with the enemy in a traitorial way.

The term soft landings has its origins in the early days of flight and was subsequently adopted into the business cycle to describe an economic shift from growth to slow-growth or even recession.

Today both have been fostered by the Construction Industry but in so doing what is their new meaning?

The best way to make sure you’re not caught-out and able to fully commit in a business venture in 2015 is to come along to this event and listen to what is presented and discussed so perhaps avoiding  being red-faced and uncomfortably stuck feeling like a square peg in a round hole in the future.

Your speaker: Professor Andrew Thomas, F.I.C.E., M.B.A., M.I.O.D., DILIGENTIA     

To register please contact Leanne McAngus on 01913740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

11/09/2015 - Charity Golf Day 

Date: 11th September 2015
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Venue: Close House Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £90+VAT per person (enquire for a fourball)

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 – a construction industry charity on September 11th to help raise funds.

Registration with bacon butties will be available from 8.30am and see world trick shot entertainment by Kevin Carpenter. Excellent networking opportunities along with great prizes up for grabs including a £3k holiday!

To register your place or if you wish to enter a fourball please contact Leanne on 01913740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk