Month: March 2009

PROjEN Piranha’s record best ever Swimathon results

Staff from PROjEN recorded there best ever statistics for completing the annual charity Swimathon at the local Northwich swimming pool on the evening of Sunday 15th March.

Sharon Bebbington, Angela Keegan, Marcus Royle, Mark Taylor, Matthew Cowell, Jonathan Britton and Lyndon Workman all helped to support the Rotary Club of Northwich with their annual charity event to raise money for local worthy causes whilst helping to keep fit in the process. PROjEN Piranha’s completed a total of 182 lengths of the 25 meter pool in 55 minutes which works out at a total distance of 4550 meters or just over 4 and a half kilometres at an average speed of just short of 5 kilometres and hour.

Money is still flooding in and PROjEN will be hoping to beat last years total raised of £1,510.10p. PROjEN would like to specifically thank their corporate sponsors Lakers, Heap and Partners, Clancy, Mainstone, County Commercial, Rhyal, Jordan Engineering and Studley Engineering, for their generous donations for the event and helping make it a great success for all the charities involved.

The Northwich Rotary Club hosted their annual Swimathon at the Moss Farm Pool, Northwich in support of key charities and the “PROjEN Piranha’s” team were participating in the event for the fifth consecutive year.

Martin Seabrook, Managing Director commenting after the event said “It is great to see PROjEN staff’s continued commitment to this event. It’s the fifth year now PROjEN have taken part and whilst some of the swimmers have changed from last year, namely Katie getting married on the Saturday, this is now firmly established on the PROjEN calendar of annual events. It is fantastic that they have taken time out of their weekend to participate and raise funds for these worthwhile causes”

PROjEN are RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Award Winners 2009

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has just won another of the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards for 2009.

The Gold Medal Award will be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 12th May 2009 alongside the Safety & Health Expo 2009, Europe’s leading annual health and safety at work exhibition and is the eighth consecutive time that PROjEN has won a RoSPA award.

The RoSPA awards are not just about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill-health at work; they help to ensure that organisations have good health and safety management systems in place.

Lyndon Workman, PROjEN Health and Safety Advisor believes that in the current economic climate, awards such as this are more important than ever because they demonstrate that employers care about their employees and will not allow their standards of heath and safety practice to slip – even if times are tough.

Entering the awards scheme reinforces the message that good health and safety is good business and clearly demonstrates an organisation’s dedication to the achievement of high levels of performance in this crucial area.

David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager, said “PROjEN has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees and others. Entering the RoSPA Awards reinforces the message that good health and safety is good for business, and clearly demonstrates an organisations dedication to improving performance in this crucial area. ”

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2009 are sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the leading health and safety professional examining body. The awards mark achievement which is graded at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels.

Three days of award ceremonies will be held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel form the 12th to the 14th of May. Gala dinners will be hosted by Lord Jordan of Bournville, RoSPA President, and Lord Brougham and Vaux, RoSPA Vice-President, for the representatives of award-winning organisations, with entertainment provided by comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw.

Martin Seabrook, Managing Director said “I was astounded when we won our seventh consecutive award last year, but to win for an eighth time in a row is absolutely fantastic. We have won a number of awards over the years, but the RoSPA awards are definitely one of the most important to us as they recognise the work we do over and above our day to day activities. Its one thing to win a business award based on your growth or profitability, but it’s another to win an award that recognises things you do that effects the health of others. We are constantly striving for improvements in everything we do and I would like to think that we will be in a strong position to be recognised again next year”

PROjEN Successful in Retaining GSK Preferred Supplier Status

PROjEN, a multi-disciplined Project Management Company from Northwich in Cheshire has retained its GlaxoSmithKline’s Preferred Supplier Status for all Chemical Development Projects at GSK’s Harlow, Ware, Tonbridge and Stevenage Sites.

PROjEN were benchmarked against a number of other project management specialists and were chosen by GSK due to their track record in delivering projects on time and to budget during their 6 year relationship. In particular, GSK recognised PROjEN’s strong client focus, flexible approach and the quality of the embedded team members. Previous projects managed by PROjEN include a complex £4.3 million Glass Condenser Replacement at the GSK Stevenage site, for which the Company won a Bentley Award of Excellence for ‘New Technology Adoption’. PROjEN were also awarded the European Construction Institute’s ACTIVE awards for Project of the Year in 2004 and 2006, respectively, for their work on a £5 million R22 Replacement Project and the £4.3 million glass condenser replacement project. PROjEN’s project work was also integral to GSK successfully obtaining FDA approval for their new product “ PROMACTA ® (eltrombopag)” All past projects and information on the awards won by PROjEN in recent years can be viewed on the regularly updated website www.projen.co.uk

GSK’s decision to continue to utilise PROjEN will ensure a consistent approach to project delivery and stability of supply. Together they will also be able to build on the excellent Health & Safety record achieved to date and exhibited through PROjEN’s 8th consecutive RoSPA Gold Award.

PROjEN’s Managing Director, Martin Seabrook comments “PROjEN are extremely pleased to be developing our relationship with GSK further and we look forward to growing alongside GSK and building on our recent project successes for mutual benefit. Being management owned, our business culture is very much about working in partnership. It is clear that GSK not only share this culture but also put it into practice.”

PROjEN establishes mid Cheshire college links

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Northwich, Cheshire, has just announced the company’s first link with Mid Cheshire College through the recruitment of a student on work placement.

Established 1976, PROjEN has seen remarkable growth over the last 5 years with the number of staff rising from 35 to over 100. PROjEN has traditionally focused on recruiting experienced and talented engineers and support personnel to work at the company’s head quarters in Northwich and at various client sites throughout the UK. However, in 2008 PROjEN launched a new initiative to invest in the future of local talent and established links with a number of educational establishments in the area.

Mid-Cheshire College is described as one of the best-performing further education colleges in the country. In 2004 they had their best-ever Ofsted inspection and their student success rates are now in the top 5% of the sector. The College offers learning opportunities at all levels from Entry-Level courses and Basic Skills to Foundation Degrees, in partnership with local Universities.

Jamie Lloyd joined PROjEN on Friday 12th December for two/three days per week until the end of May 2009 on a work placement and has already made a valuable contribution. Jamie is a local second year student studying for a Foundation Degree in Computer Science. During his period with PROjEN, Jamie will be working on a number IT initiatives with Rob Perry including the implementation and phased roll-out of SharePoint.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 provides the tools required to retain knowledge and improve document control and retrieval. MOSS 2007 will replace PROjEN’s existing intranet site and provide a collaborative tool for managing projects and open up the possibilities of sharing key project information with 3rd parties through extranets. Jamie’s excellent understanding of software applications has been a real benefit to the implementation of SharePoint at PROjEN.

David Elliott, Business Support Services Director said “We are delighted to welcome Jamie to PROjEN and to establish links with one of the leading educational establishments in the area. I am also particularly pleased with the reports I am receiving from people working closely with him. I am sure if he continues this excellent work he will have a fantastic career ahead of him.”