Year: 2007

PROjEN are RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Award Winners 2007

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has just won one of the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards for 2007.

The Gold Medal Award will be presented at a special ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, on Thursday, May 24 which runs alongside Safety & Health Expo 2007, the UK’s premier health and safety at work exhibition.

David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager, said “PROjEN have demonstrated how seriously they take health and safety management and are a fine example to many other companies. We would like to see more organisations following their lead.”

John Taylor, Managing Director said “This is our sixth consecutive Gold Award and continuing proof of our employee’s attitude to Health & Safety. All at PROjEN pride themselves on not only completing everything we do for our clients to budget and on time, but also with safety placed above all else.”

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

The RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards 2007 are sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the leading health and safety professional examining body.

The President of RoSPA, Baroness Anne Gibson of Market Rasen, Deputy President, Lord Jordan of Bournville and Vice-President, Lord Brougham & Vaux will host gala dinners on May 22 – 24 for representatives of award-winning organisations at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, with entertainment by top comedian Jimmy Carr.

PROjEN win prestigious enterprise business award

PM PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire has won the top prize in the prestigious new Award for Enterprise organised by the High Sheriff of Cheshire.

Announcing the winners at a special ceremony at the University of Chester on Wednesday, March 14, the High Sheriff, David Briggs, said: “I was very impressed with the standard of the entries which really showed how much enterprise and entrepreneurship there is in Cheshire.”

First Place was awarded to PM PROjEN, which offers project management and professional engineering services to clients in markets such as pharmaceuticals, food, waste treatment and general manufacturing. Its services include support in legislation compliance, energy management; capex planning, training, project management and project implementation to leading UK based organisations. Second place was awarded to EA Technology Ltd, and Third place went to Multisol Ltd.

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

PROjEN Managing Director John Taylor said: “I am incredibly happy and proud to win the award – it recognises the achievements of the company as a whole. All the entries were brilliant and worthy winners. The Award will be a boost to morale and is a testament to the hard work of PROjEN employees.

Professor Des Hickie, Dean of Business Management and Law at the University of Chester, said: “PROjEN are a very well deserved winner representing excellent practice in innovation and business development not only for Cheshire but for UK industry as a whole.

“We look forward to welcoming PROjEN’s nominated manager onto our MBA course, where we will help them take the latest management ideas and new thinking back into the business.”

The High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise is an exciting new award for businesses in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. It recognises outstanding achievement by local private sector companies with a turnover of at least £1million and between 20 and 250 employees.

Judged on ambition, innovation, growth, enterprise and employee and management development, the entrants were also required to explain the way in which they will ensure their company continues to expand in the future.

The Award’s outstanding prize fund was made possible thanks to significant contributions from regional and international sponsors: Barclays Bank, Baker Tilley, Business Link Greater Merseyside, Business Link Cheshire and Warrington, Cheshire County Council, Cheshire & Warrington Economic Alliance, Northwest Development Agency, University of Chester and Warrington Borough Council and is the highest value award of any of its kind in the county.

PROjEN complete £1.5M chemical project

PROjEN, the award-winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has just completed a £500,000 project to reduce levels of a surfactant from a clients product range.

The client, who is based in the north west of England, is one of the worlds leading producers of fluorochemicals and fluoropolymer materials and is renowned in the glass and chemical products market. The client manufactures PTFE resin and lubricant powders and has overall responsibility for the sale of Fluon ETFE, Fluon PFA and Aflas throughout Europe.

The overall aim of the project was to provide the client with a new process to remove a surfactant contained in their PTFE aqueous dispersion grades. and consisted of the design and installation of a new process plant within the overall PTFE plant. The construction phase of the project included the production and installation of a 1,000 litre water tank, six 280 litre ion exchange columns, four 200 litre break tanks, two four cubic metre holdings tanks plus the integration and installation of all associated pumps, pipe work and electrical control units and supplies. The six ion exchange columns and the four break tanks were supplied on site as two separate skid units to reduce construction time and to minimise the plant shutdown period, which was only three weeks in total.

The client uses a surfactant as an essential ingredient in the manufacturing process for aqueous dispersions of PTFE. This surfactant is traditionally released into the environment during processing by downstream users and concerns have been expressed about the long life of this substance in the environment. The client, acting upon these concerns, has given voluntary commitments to reduce surfactant content of their PTFE dispersions leading to the instigation and completion of this successful project.

The project was started and finished within four months and was split down into a design phase of one month, a two month procurement phase, six weeks of construction and two weeks of commissioning. A number of these phases were planned to overlap reducing the final project duration time to an impressive four months with project handover taking place in November.

Lyndon Workman, project manager at PROjEN said “This was an extremely successful project for all involved and one in which all at PROjEN are understandably proud of. The project was delivered on time, within budget, meeting all current legislation and safety targets and resulted in the removal of surfactant down to the client’s voluntary target levels. The fact that there was only a three week plant shutdown was also a significant factor in the success”

The project started on the 30th June and was fully completed by the end of October.

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.”