Month: July 2007

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.