Tag Archive: UK

Sep 25 2017

“Big data exposes a widening construction knowledge gap”

According to a Designing Buildings analysis of six million pieces of data, the knowledge framework underpinning the construction industry is no longer fit for purpose. Designing Buildings Wiki has undertaken what it says is the “first ever comprehensive mapping of construction industry knowledge”. It analysed data relating to its 5,000 articles, looking at the popularity …

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Dec 02 2016

Watching a news story unfold on Wikipedia

The English football sexual abuse scandal is being extensively covered in newspapers and on TV and radio. It is also being captured in Wikipedia articles; articles about organisations or individuals involved are being widely read. Wikipedia statistics can help indicate interest in a subject, but care is needed in editing articles relating to an ongoing …

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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 22 2015

“The image of construction” (again)

Leonie Thomas blog - guest post by Paul Wilkinson

For my friend Leonie Thomas, I recently wrote a guest blog focusing, yet again, on “The image of construction”. My starting point was the the merger of the UK Contractors Group and the National Specialist Contractors Council to form Build UK, which launched on 1 September with a five-point action plan for the UK construction …

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Jul 08 2015

Be authentic, not automated, on Twitter

BCAtweets stats

A UK consulting engineering firm has a fatally flawed Twitter strategy: tweeting 246 times a day but engaging with hardly anyone. Regular twitter followers will know that I tweet prodigiously from some construction industry events. Yesterday was no exception. Between two other events, I tweeted from an education and skills event (Alison Watson’s #5050London; see …

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Jul 06 2015

CIPR taking more active role in construction

Graham Watts

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is to take a more active role in the UK construction industry, having joined the Construction Industry Council (CIC) as an associate member. The CIC represents professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry in the UK. The CIPR will be represented at CIC meetings …

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Mar 02 2015

Tweetchat helps UK SoloPRs set agenda

IP tweetchat wordle

A CIPR tweetchat attracting over 60 participants has helped set a direction for UK independent PR practitioners. I participated in two CIPR tweetchats last week. CIPRSM Hackday The first was run as part of the CIPR Social Media Panel‘s first PR ‘hackday’, in which the panel focused in depth on a social media issue relating …

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Dec 22 2014

“The poor image of UK construction”

The UK construction industry’s reputation is the result of what it does, what it says and what others say about it. It can’t control the latter – it can only control its own behaviour and communications. The CIPR has been running a 12 days of Christmas CPD campaign highlighting some of the information, guidance and …

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Aug 26 2014

Cornerstone launches

Cornerstone beta logo

A new website, SearchCornerstone, claims to be “the most advanced searchable website for the Construction industry.”  Over the past 20 years, I have seen dozens of websites launched aiming to provide marketing platforms for the construction industry (I even helped one or two into existence myself, including the ultimately ill-fated tCn; post). Some have been global in …

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Dec 19 2013

#SoloPR and UK PR freelances

SoloPRpro

After following a couple of US-based PR professionals on Twitter, I noticed them contributing to a tweetchat hashtagged #SoloPR (these take place on Wednesday lunchtimes in the US eastern seaboard, so early evening in the UK). As the tag suggests, it is a tweetchat run for sole practitioners in public relations (there is also a …

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