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Oct 06 2015

Time for TICKAC to change

The industry currently known as construction needs to do more than incremental tinkering with technology or scoping out skills. Big, joined-up thinking is required. Watching recent developments regarding UK construction skills shortages and “the image of construction“, I fear the sector’s typically conservative and incremental approaches will do little to bring about much-needed major change. …

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Sep 23 2015

ICE joins DBwiki supporters

Designing Buildings infographic

The Institution of Civil Engineers has become the latest supporter of the Designing Buildings Wiki.* Launched in 2012 (see my November 2012 post and February 2013 follow-up), Designing Buildings Wiki is an industry-wide endeavor to share best practice, promote innovation and break down single-discipline barriers. Just like Wikipedia, anyone can access, create and edit articles, …

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Aug 19 2015

When your people are not your greatest assets

Using offensive language may affect people’s view of your industry sector, but if you’re wearing clothing bearing your employer’s name, it can also damage the reputation of the company. It has become something of a cliche: “our people are our greatest assets“. This and similar phrases are used by many UK construction industry businesses, sometimes …

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Jul 16 2015

Rallying independent PRs

It’s about eleven months since a CIPR independent practitioner roundtable galvanised me into action on behalf of solo, or isolated, UK PR practitioners. Since then we’ve updated the CIPR’s freelance guide, done a podcast, started a CIPR Independent Practitioners group on Linkedin, surveyed the state of solo PR, and held a very lively tweetchat. These …

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Jun 22 2015

City-Insights: hyper-local story-telling

As a construction technology blogger, I sometimes encounter tools that have wider potential including use by communications professionals. City-Insights helps ‘tell stories about places’ via mobile devices, and could be used for a host of hyper-local internal and external communication purposes. At a recent COMIT* community day, I met Tim Gardom, the founder of City-Insights, a …

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Apr 29 2015

Diversity: an issue for PR, an even bigger one for construction

If PR professionals are serious about managing reputation, they have to be serious about understanding the reasons for that reputation and helping businesses tackle underpinning issues such as diversity. At a recent group chairs meeting at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (I represented the CIPR’s construction and property special interest group, CAPSIG), my fellow …

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Jan 14 2015

Mobile, PR and social media

Mobile & PR cover

As a member of the CIPR’s social media panel, I volunteered last year to coordinate production of a guide on “Mobile and public relations“. After persuading a few others to contribute, I wrote about half of the document, which was published on the CIPR website in November, and launched via a Tweetchat the following day. (I …

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Jan 08 2015

#MicroBizMattersDay, 9 January 2015

Microbizmattersday

MicroBizMattersDay is promoting self-help among the self-employed and micro-SME owners, from marketing to construction and beyond. Last year, I mentioned National Freelancers Day, and I visited several small businesses in my south-east London locality participating in Small Business Saturday in December. Today, I have been reading about another initiative aimed at SMEs and sole traders: …

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Dec 18 2014

Moving the UK SoloPRs forward

A new CIPR skills guide for Solo PRs, an office party, a podcast, and some event ideas … It can be tempting to wind-down towards the year-end, but a year-end can also work as a deadline by which you aim to achieve something. One of the objectives set by the CIPR independent practitioners (CIPR-IPs) or …

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Nov 10 2014

How do construction PR people use social media?

CAPSIG SM survey Q10

Over the past couple of months, the Construction and Property special interest group (CAPSIG) of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations has run an online survey looking at construction and property PR professionals’ use of social media. The results will be shared on Wednesday afternoon 12 November at the CIPR’s Russell Square offices in central London …

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