Year: 2007

December 2007 pride winner is a another joint award

The voting for the latest PROjEN PRIDE Award was a very close run affair as always, and there were two deserving winners again this quarter. The latest PRIDE Award has been awarded to Katie Abrahams and Donna Donaldson, both outstanding members of the PROjEN team.

Intended to encourage team working and company involvement, the PROjEN PRIDE Award is open to all members of the PROjEN team and is presented quarterly at the core brief sessions with each ‘winner’ receiving £250 in M&S vouchers. The award has already proved instrumental in encouraging pride in the workplace and rewards good attitude and commitment to both client and company. All employees are aware of the positive impact a PRIDE attitude brings to PROjEN.

This is the ninth quarterly pride award and Katie and Donna join a growing list of extremely popular and hard working employees who have won the award and which includes both site and office based personnel.

Chris Richardson said on behalf of the management team at GSK of Katie “Katie has worked exceptionally hard this year in support of Process Projects and her efforts have been invaluable in helping GSK Capital Projects to (again) meet our targets. More importantly, Katie has taken on a wider role supporting both PROjEN and GSK in more complex issues around SOPs, training, Rollcall etc. Her success in this wider role is mainly due to her ability and willingness to identify and take on problems as they arise, rather than when asked to do so. This means that issues are dealt with early and, if there are situations which require escalation, these in turn are captured early before becoming unmanageable. All this whilst performing her day job and building up an effective administrative team as well.

Well done from all the GSK Managers in Process Projects!”

Whilst Russ Harvey said “Katie has proven to be a great asset to the Capital Projects team and on many occasions has been the glue that has kept it together.

She allows the rest of the project team to focus on the project details, confident in the knowledge that all other support issues have been addressed or will be brought to their attention in time.

She is both friendly and approachable but will ‘put her foot down’ when the situation demands – despite the run-around she can get from some! I fully endorse her nomination for this award”

Peter Strang, on behalf of Greenergy Biofuels Ltd said of Donna’s outstanding work ethic and attention to detail “Greenergy would like to thank Donna for her highly efficient, but understated work on our behalf in Immingham. In particular we would like to recognise her efforts and time she has put in taming the Italians, in getting information from them when most others would have given up! Our thanks and congratulations to you”.

By epitomizing all that the PROjEN PRIDE Award stands for – PROjEN Recognition for Industry Diligence and Enthusiasm – Katie and Donna’s attitude to work is an example to all to ensure PROjEN moves forward and continues to build on the success enjoyed by the company particularly during the last five years of company growth.

New Start Announcements October, November and December 2007

PROjEN announce new starters for the last quarter of 2007.

PROjEN are pleased to announce the recruitment of a further number of highly professional designers, engineers and support personnel to the company’s team during October, November and December 2007 as the company continually strives to provide the highest levels of service to its expanding project and customer base.

At the end of this last quarter in 2007, PROjEN are pleased to announce the following 8 new starters to the team which brings the total number of new starters joining PROjEN in 2007 to 57:-

PROjEN are pleased to announce the following new starts:-

Louisa Rudd, Monday 8th October 2007 as a SPA Documentation Administrator based at GSK and reporting to Patrick Hyett (GSK) and Martin Seabrook. Louisa’s previous administration and document control experience gained working for Kelly Services, Johnson Controls and Raytheon Systems Limited will greatly benefit the SPA Team.

Martin Slaney, Monday 8th October 2007 as a Project Manager based at Northwich reporting to Tony Lea. Martin joins us from AstraZeneca where he has worked since 2004 as a Project Manager on multi discipline turnkey projects from estimate through to commissioning. Prior to that (2001 to 2004) Martin worked at PROjEN as Project Manager/Construction Engineer.

Ian Abrahams, Monday 15th October 2007 as a Finance Analyst based at GSK and reporting to Martin Seabrook/Dan Howarth. Ian brings a wealth of financial expertise with him and is a welcome addition to our site based teams.

Brian Jones, Monday 15th October 2007 as a Project Engineer based at Northwich, reporting to Tony Lea/Dave Mairs. Brian joins us from Kimberly Clark, and has worked previously at Cadbury Schweppes and Kellogg Co.

Peter McCay, Monday 5th November 2007 as a Validation Engineer based at GSK and reporting to Martin Seabrook. Peter joins us from Bristol Myers Squibbs and has worked previously at Napp Pharmaceuticals.

Kevin Jackson, Wednesday 7th November 2007 as an EC&I Engineer based at Northwich reporting to Martin Briggs. Kevin joins us from the Boulting Group where he was the lead E&I Engineer on the AstraZeneca site and he has previously worked for Denca Control Systems and Tyco Control Systems.

Godfrey Clark, Monday 12th November 2007 as a Document Controller based at GSK and reporting to Martin Seabrook. Godfrey joins us from Bovis Lend Lease and has previously worked at GSK sites.

Sharon Bebbington, Monday 10th December 2007 as part of the Business Support Services Team in the position of Administration Supervisor, reporting to Dave Elliott, and based at Northwich. In this role Sharon will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the Quality Management System and Business Processes as well as general office administration. Colette Bennett and Emily Birch will report to Sharon. Sharon joins us from Lactalis Nestle and has previously worked for Meller Braggins and AMEC.

PROjEN announce employee Carbon Trust Accreditation

PM PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Northwich, Cheshire, has just announced that Tony Baldwin has been accepted under the Carbon Trust Accreditation Scheme as one of their Accredited Consultants

Following a thorough application and interview process, Tony has been accepted to undertake Opportunity Identification and Solution Development activities for the Carbon Trust. This will allow Tony to undertake Carbon Trust work as a PROjEN employee in both new and existing market sectors.

PROjEN has been involved in a number of prestigious energy reduction and energy conservation projects for its existing customer base over recent years. Tony’s Accredited Consultant status will assist PROjEN to enhance its range of energy related services.

PROjEN is one of a very small group of project management companies who have developed a specialist division to focus on the design and implementation of industrial energy management projects. The current market is very well served with organisations that can identify energy management issues, and in many cases, can also suggest courses of action. However, very few companies are then able to take a major industrial project from its early project specification and design stages all the way through to the final implementation stages.

PROjEN are able to provide this complete solution as a result of combining knowledge of current environmental legislation with 30 years experience of delivering major projects for some of the UK’s leading food, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.

The Carbon Trust is the Government funded body who provide advice and guidance to the UK to move to a low carbon economy by helping business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions now and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies.

Tony Baldwin, PROjEN Energy Engineer said: “The Carbon Trust’s accreditation will allow PROjEN’s Energy, Environmental and Compliance Team to meet its own accreditation requirements for Carbon Management and Energy Efficiency (CMEE) status; I am pleased to be part of this service on behalf of the Carbon Trust’s carbon reduction initiatives in the UK.”

John Taylor, Managing Director said “This is fantastic news for Tony and PROjEN and links in perfectly with our business strategy of providing project management services with an environmental edge. Our clients are becoming more concerned about their carbon footprint, energy cost implications and the future impact of environmental legislation. This accreditation will enable us to provide a complete project management service with the latest environmental support”.

PROjEN will be launching a specialist energy management website in the New Year to market and support the expanding range of energy management services.

PROjEN announce Carbon Trust Accreditation

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Northwich, Cheshire, has just been notified that The Carbon Trust has awarded the company with Carbon Trust Accreditation.

The Carbon Trust has recognised the skills and experience of the in-house team at PROjEN to offer support and advice in providing Carbon Management and Energy Efficiency, (CMEE), solutions to key UK commercial and industrial operators in awarding this prestigious accreditation

This accreditation will allow PROjEN to enhance its range of energy related services by identifying and implementing carbon reduction and energy efficiency projects on behalf of the Carbon Trust and their clients.

The Energy, Environment and Compliance Team will be responsible for providing and managing these services, and are responsible for ensuring that all projects delivered by PROjEN have energy efficiency and environmental sustainability as an integral part of the design and engineering process.

The team also have experience in the identification and implementation of new technologies, for example the Organic Rankine Cycle engine, which offers the opportunity to utilise waste energy streams to generate both electricity and hot water.

PROjEN is one of a very small group of project management companies who have developed a specialist division to focus on the design and implementation of industrial energy management projects. The current market is very well served with organisations that can identify energy management issues, and in many cases, can also suggest courses of action. However, very few companies are then able to take a major industrial project from its early project specification and design stages all the way through to the final implementation stages.

PROjEN are able to provide this complete solution as a result of combining knowledge of current environmental legislation with 30 years experience of delivering major projects for some of the UK’s leading food, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.

John Taylor, PROjEN Managing Director said: “There is a distinct shortage of service providers that can both identify and implement the necessary engineering solutions for many energy users in the UK. This is an excellent opportunity to bring PROjEN’s vast experience and project delivery skills to the arena of energy and carbon reduction. This valuable service will help our clients to realise both internal and UK wide energy and emission targets, as well helping them to reap the benefits of reduced energy spends.“

The Carbon Trust is the Government funded body who provide advice and guidance to the UK to move to a low carbon economy by helping business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions now and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies.

Carbon Management Energy Efficiency support is a product offered by the Carbon Trust to UK clients that have energy spend in excess of £1 million either on a single site or across multiple sites.

The Carbon Trust supports the reduction of energy/carbon emissions by part funding the identification and implementation of suitable technology and/or processes. This then allows the UK commitment to a reduction in carbon emissions and greenhouse gases to be realised.

PROjEN will be launching a specialist energy management website in the New Year to market and support the expanding range of energy management services.

PROjEN raise profile of health and safety on the TIE Project

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Northwich, Cheshire, recently initiated a Safety Incentive Scheme for the TIE Project at AGC Chemicals to raise the profile of health and safety on site whilst also looking to benefit a local charity in the Cleverleys area.

The health and safety scheme ran throughout the six week construction period of the project and the increased safety awareness was a significant factor in helping to achieve an excellent safety record of zero accidents.

These results are even more impressive when you take into consideration the amount of work and number of man hours involved in the project. The total number of hours worked on site during this 6 week period was 5,822 hours which equates to nearly 3 years of working time. This was split 4,173 hours for on-site contractors and 1,649.5 hours for PROjEN site based personnel. During this six week period, weekly safety tours took place to ensure safety standards were being maintained at all times.

Following the excellent safety record of PROjEN and contractors working on the project, PROjEN made a donation of £500 to demonstrate there commitment to heath and safety to Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, close to the AGC site. The Charity was chosen by Melanie Jennings from AGC Chemicals who presented the charity with the £500 cheque. Easterleigh has over 100 animals in their care at any time, and is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. Charitable donations are the only form of income for the Sanctuary, which was established in 1995. The animals at the Sanctuary may have been mistreated, neglected or been unwanted arrivals, and the Sanctuary has a policy of never putting animals to sleep unless medical needs require so, meaning that it can get very crowded.

Antonia, of Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, said “the funds would be primarily used to purchase food for the animals, and would be extremely helpful at this time of year”.

In addition to the Charity donation, funds were also put aside to reward those individuals judged to be making a significant success of the scheme (on a week by week basis). During the 6 week project term, 16 awards were made totalling £320 worth of Marks and Spenser vouchers, plus polo shirts and promotional material was distributed carrying the safety messages.

The total project duration was 4 months (conception, design, procurement, delivery, construction, commissioning, and handover) which was all successfully completed

John Taylor, Managing Director said “We have instigated a number of these health and safety schemes over recent years and they are proving extremely popular and successful at promoting the safety message. Our health and safety record on site is excellent and the benefits are seen long after the project finishes. I think this is another example of PROjEN going that little bit further on all projects undertaken.”

PROjEN expand pride awards with two pride award winners

With the continued growth and company development currently being experienced at PROjEN, the company has expanded its PRIDE award to include two winners every quarter, one for those based at the company’s headquarters in Cheshire, and another for those staff working on site at a clients manufacturing or processing facilities.

The voting for the latest PROjEN PRIDE Award was a very close run affair as usual, both for the site and head office based award. Project Manager Albi Enjuanes was rewarded for his outstanding contribution to the success of a site based project. Albi inherited a project with a few problems but was able to put it back on track through excellent leadership and by motivating others. In voting for Albi his colleagues commented that he is excellent at keeping everyone informed and involved during pressure situations.

The winner of the head office based award is Lisa McGowan who has been praised for her all round work attitude and her ability to “just get on with work with no fuss” and “willingness to take extra things on and work around problems”. Lisa was pivotal in the introduction of the Company’s new MIS system (Dynamics AX) and other client related systems which have added to the efficiencies of work life at PROjEN.

Intended to encourage team working and company involvement, the PROjEN PRIDE Award is open to all members of the PROjEN team and is presented quarterly at the core brief sessions with each ‘winner’ receiving £250 in M&S vouchers. The award has already proved instrumental in encouraging pride in the workplace and rewards good attitude and commitment to both client and company. All employees are aware of the positive impact a PRIDE attitude brings to PROjEN.

This is the ninth quarterly PRIDE award and Albi and Lisa join a growing list of extremely popular and hard working employees who have won the award.

Both Albi and Lisa were nominated for their positive attitude to working at PROjEN. When presenting the awards John Taylor managing director said “There are so many good hard working employees at PROjEN that it is hard to single out clear winners, but the extra work carried out by both of them over the last few months has made the decision just a little easier. With so many deserving winners and with the team getting bigger we have decided to award two PRIDE awards every quarter so hopefully this will make our judging just a little easier in future months.”

By epitomizing all that the PROjEN PRIDE Award stands for – PROjEN Recognition for Industry Diligence and Enthusiasm – Albi and Lisa’s attitude to work is an example to all to ensure PROjEN moves forward and continues to build on the success enjoyed by the company particularly during the last five years of company growth.

PROjEN Ladies Race for Life | PM PROjEN News

PROjEN employees Zoe & Emily Birch and Katie Abrahams took part in the 5km “Race for Life” event organised by Cancer Research UK raising £840 in the process.

Zoe and Emily took part at the beautiful gardens of Arley Hall in Warrington on Sunday 29th July 2007, along with 2000 participants which included their mum and Zoe’s son Dylan.

Katie also took part completing the race a week earlier at Regent Park, London, along with 5000 participants all doing their bit for charity.

Both races were organised by Cancer Research UK and aimed at raising money for research into cancer. The events hosted annually involve a run, walk or jog around a 5km course.

This year, there were 280 “Race for Life” events run up and down the country.

The women only events aim to raise £60 million for CRUK’s life-saving work by bringing an amazing 800,000 women together in the joint goal of raising funds.

John Taylor, PROjEN’s MD, commented, “It is great to see PROjEN staff getting involved in such a worthwhile cause. The PROjEN team managed to smash their target of £150 & raise a superb £840 between them for cancer research. I think based on the success of this year, the PROjEN team will be recruiting more participants next year and I believe Katie is already in training to complete the course in under 25 minutes!”

Exports add fuel to PROjEN growth levels

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has seen sales growth expand to record levels and has taken its first steps into the export market.

Demand from existing UK clients has seen the company expand its UK activities to two prestigious projects in Holland and Italy.

The first significant contract is to supply experienced planning support for Saint-Gobain ISOVER which is the company that now owns British Gypsum. PROjEN’s Ian Talbot will head up the planning and co-ordination of the maintenance and upgrade activities for a major plant shutdown at the Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing plant in Etten-Leur in Holland. Ian will be able to draw on the full support services provided by PROjEN from the Northwich headquarters including process and mechanical engineering services, project management, 3D visualisation and capital expenditure planning. PROjEN were selected for this work following a similar assignment at Saint-Gobain’s plant at Runcorn where PROjEN successfully managed a planned plant improvement shutdown during 2006. This intensive shut down period was executed safely whilst delivering the project to budget and programme.

The second export project sees PROjEN working with world class organisation Desmet Ballestra based in Rome on the design and development of a state of the art bio-diesel plant which will be situated in Immingham, close to Grimsby in north east Lincolnshire. Initial project work includes the development of a sophisticated 3-D model and required PROjEN employees Chris Pemberton and Mike McNally spending an intensive two week period in Rome setting out the plant design and development strategy. It is expected the planning and modelling phase will take around 3 months and will be co-ordinated around the construction phase which will be completed in early 2008.

Since April 2005, the number of employees at PROjEN has doubled and now stands at 103 full time fee earning project managers and engineers.

John Taylor, Managing Director said “Traditionally all of our growth has come from UK based projects, and we have made this our core area of focus. However, as the market becomes more global, we are finding our existing UK clients with overseas operations are leading us towards providing more export services. Whilst it was never part of our business plan to target oversees work, as our reputation continues to rise we can only see more international work coming our way and it is something we will discuss closely with our major UK clients. Which ever way we look at it our UK growth, expanding service offering and export opportunities is providing an increasingly positive future for PROjEN and its employees”

May 2007 pride winner is a joint award

The voting for the latest PROjEN PRIDE Award was a very close run affair as usual, and with the prize doubled to celebrate an exceptional year of company growth there were two deserving winners. The latest PRIDE Award been awarded to Pauline Yeomans and Steve Campbell, both outstanding members of the PROjEN team.

Intended to encourage team working and company involvement, the PROjEN PRIDE Award is open to all members of the PROjEN team and is presented quarterly at the core brief sessions with each ‘winner’ receiving £250 in M&S vouchers. The award has already proved instrumental in encouraging pride in the workplace and rewards good attitude and commitment to both client and company. All employees are aware of the positive impact a PRIDE attitude brings to PROjEN.

This is the eighth quarterly pride award and Pauline and Steve join a growing list of extremely popular and hard working employees who have won the award and which includes both site and office based personnel.

Both Pauline and Steve were nominated for their positive attitude to working at PROjEN and both have been shortlist on more than one occasion for the award. When presenting the awards John Taylor managing director summarised the reasons for the awards as “both are seen as being professional, both are seen to go the ‘extra mile’, both are seen by all to represent the company extremely well and both are good to be around”

By epitomizing all that the PROjEN PRIDE Award stands for – PROjEN Recognition for Industry Diligence and Enthusiasm – Pauline’s and Steve’s attitude to work is an example to all to ensure PROjEN moves forward and continues to build on the success enjoyed by the company particularly during the last five years of company growth.

PROjEN raises over £5,800 for local charity The Joshua Tree

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has now raised £5,888 for local charity “The Joshua Tree” since an evening charity event kick-started the company’s fund raising activities at the end of April.

The charitable evening took place on the 21st April 2007 at the Winnington Sports and Recreational Centre and was headlined by Local band “Front Room” containing PROjEN new business development manager, Shane Pugh on drums and saxophone.

Money was raised on the night from ticket sales, cash donations and a draw which contained a number of superb prizes including a holiday in Europe, free car hire and a day at a top health spa and was all supported by local businesses, many of which donated the array of fantastic prizes. The charity fund was also boosted by a single donation of £1,000 made by PROjEN which was presented to The Joshua Tree on the evening. Even though the main event was held at the end of April, donations are still being gathered by PROjEN which has seen the total amount raised head towards the £6,000 mark.

The Joshua Tree was registered as a charity in May 2006, and was founded with the aim of setting up a holiday house and support centre for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

Joshua’s parents, Lynda and David Hill, set up the charity after experiencing at first hand the difficulties faced by the whole family after Joshua was diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2004. Because of josh’s frequently suppressed level of immunity, he is often limited as to where he is able to go; this is why the Joshua Tree was born. The centre is intended to be self-contained with recreation facilities available so that travelling off site isn’t necessary. The facility is intended to house four families, allowing time for sharing but also enabling privacy when necessary.

Josh’s parents have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and the main focus of the fund raising at the moment is for the purchase of land for the building of the holiday house. A plot of land in a beautiful location in Sandiway has been identified and the charity is aiming towards £75,000 to make the purchase a reality.

Shane Pugh, Front Room musician and PROjEN new business development manager, said “we are all extremely pleased by the total amount raised so far, but also at the fact that donations are still being received. In December 2006, we decided that we wanted to support a local charity not quite realising how much pace it would all gather and I would like to personally thank all the individuals and companies who have helped with this fundraising.”

Date: June 2007

For further information please contact Paul Airey, Piranha Advertising & Marketing Solutions, Tel: 01772 888 331 paul@piranha-solutions.com

For information on “The Joshua Tree visit www.thejoshuatree.org.uk

For background information on PROjEN, visit www.projen.co,.uk