Month: February 2007

PROjEN shortlisted for prestigious local business award

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire is one of five local businesses battling it out for the prestige of winning the first High Sheriff of Cheshire Award for Enterprise.

The final decision will be announced at a special event for business people at the University of Chester on Wednesday, March 14, at 6.30pm.

Leading the event will be guest speaker John Varley, Group Chief Executive of Barclays, who will discuss the notion ‘Customers have choice’. Mr Varley’s speech will be followed by a question and answer session.

In addition to the Award presentation, the event will offer networking opportunities for local businesses and displays from the shortlisted entrants, the Award’s sponsors and the University’s award-winning Chester Business School.

The High Sheriff of Cheshire, David Briggs, introduced the Award for Enterprise to recognise the outstanding achievements of businesses in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.

Mr Briggs says: “There are many hard earned and valuable examples of successful enterprise in our area and many of these go unrecognised. I hope this award will contribute to furthering enterprise in our area for the benefit of the entire community.”

With a total prize fund of more than £20,000, thanks to significant contributions from eight regional and international sponsors, the new High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise represents the highest value award of any of its kind in the county.

The first prize, worth £12,000, comprises a free place for one of the winner’s managers on an award-winning MBA programme at the University of Chester (value £8,000) plus £4,000 in cash.

Professor Des Hickie, Dean of Business Management and Law at the University, says: “In today’s business world, it is more important than ever for companies to have trained business leaders and we look forward to welcoming the nominated manager from the winning company onto our course. They will be able to participate on a part-time basis at either our Chester or Warrington campus.”

The potential winners were judged on ambition, innovation, growth, enterprise and employee and management development. A shortlist of five successful businesses were selected by the judging panel which comprised the High Sheriff and representatives of the sponsors. The other four shortlisted companies are Applied Computing & Engineering, EA Technology, Multisol and SOG.

John Taylor, Managing Director at PROjEN said,

“It is a great honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious business award – especially one which is on our doorstep and we are very much looking forward to the award ceremony. We have worked extremely hard over the last three years and just being shortlisted with such strong opposition shows the ongoing ambition of PROjEN.”

Promotion at PROjEN for Dave Berry

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has just promoted key team member Dave Berry to senior project engineer.

Dave joined PROjEN in May 2004 and made an immediate contribution as a mechanical section leader working on a number of projects for PROjEN’s clients. He was instrumental in introducing a photogrammetric approach to developing 3D models using dedicated AutoPLANT software – something which resulted in PROjEN winning the Bentley Excellence Technology Award in Baltimore, USA.

Dave is an experienced senior project design engineer within the oil, gas, nuclear and pharmaceutical market sectors. He has wide commercial experience and is well versed in the use of professional engineering applications and CAD systems.

Before joining PROjEN, Dave built up a formidable CV gaining valuable experience working for engineering and manufacturing companies including Astra-Zeneca, Jacobs Engineering, M.W Kellogg Ltd and Dresser-Rand UK Ltd.

In his new role, Dave will take a lead role on a recently awarded Project (known as project Zebra by the client, the details of which are confidential). Dave will be leading a team of Engineers and Designers to produce a +/- 10% estimate suitable for capital sanction by April 2007. Once sanctioned it is intended that Dave will implement and manage the project through detail design to project completion.

Tony Lea of PROjEN said “I would like to wish Dave all the best in this new position. He has been outstanding in his role of Mechanical Section Leader and I am confident he will be able to take this winning attitude into his new job. Whoever takes up his office role will have a hard act to follow!!”

PROjEN raises over £100 for Charity

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has raised over £110 for charity following two recent fundraising events. £44 was raised for “wear it pink day” and £68 for “Jeans for Genes Day”.

‘Wear it pink’ with Breast Cancer Campaign has been a national event in Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) since 2003. More than 800,000 people took part last year. Since it started, the event has raised a staggering £3.6 million to help Breast Cancer Campaign continue researching the cure for breast cancer.

‘Wear it pink’ also won the UK Fundraising Campaign of the Year award in 2004, which is one of the most prestigious fundraising awards of its kind in the UK.

Jeans for Genes is organised by four national charities that raise funds for research into serious and often life threatening genetic disorders affecting children. Funds also provide laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as valuable advice and support for families.

Funds are raised by participating companies and schools inviting staff and students to throw out the usual dress code for the day, jump into their jeans and donate one or two ponds for the charities. Jeans for Genes day was held on Friday 5th October.

John Taylor, Managing Director at PROjEN said,

“We are always looking at ways to help raise funds for worthwhile causes and its great when all the company gets involved. We have raised a substantial amount of money over the last year and look forward to supporting whatever charities and good causes we can next year.”