Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson runs a specialist consultancy business, pwcom.co.uk Ltd. It provides integrated PR and marketing services mainly to construction and technology clients, and undertakes research and consultancy work on construction collaboration technologies (aka 'project extranets') and related tools (BIM, mobile, etc). Paul is also a writer, freelance journalist, industry activist and public speaker.

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Communicating construction (and #contech)

Communicating construction

Routledge’s latest title for the construction industry, “Communicating Construction”, looks at public relations and communications in the built environment, and includes a chapter on construction technologies. Last week, UK book publisher Routledge officially launched its latest title for the construction industry. The Construction and Property special interest group (CAPSIG; I am currently CAPSIG secretary) of …

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Crewe’s “Blue Moon” and avoiding Wikipedia ‘citogenesis’

Charlie Morris: Generation Game

Which supporters first adopted “Blue Moon” as their fans anthem? Both Crewe Alexandra or Manchester City claim it, and it’s a disputed assertion in Wikipedia. My friend Charlie Morris (another London-based Crewe Alexandra supporter, who also grew up in Cheshire; also an ex-FT journalist and author of Generation Game, an excellent memoir about being a …

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“Paul, it’s your parkrun anniversary!”

Parkrun anniversary

An email landed in my inbox this morning announcing that it was a year since my first Parkrun. It motivated me to write about my past year in running, and to ponder on volunteer communities. I am a late convert to running, though I ran a lot in my teens (I did some cross-country for …

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COVID-19 and me, the small limited company owner

As the self-employed owner of a small limited company, any respect I might have had for the UK Government’s COVID-19 response was fatally undermined by Rishi Sunak in March. In early March 2020, I attended an industry trade show (FutureBuild) at London’s EXCeL, never imagining the place would later become a centre for treating COVID-19 …

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Start of new era at Crewe Alexandra

Project250

Promotion to League One, and some new faces around the board table, augur well for Crewe’s future. But COVID-19 and the malignant sore of Barry Bennell still pose challenges. Yesterday, the English Football League decided to end the 2019-20 football season prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic – no matches have been played since early …

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End of an era at Crewe Alexandra?

After a few uncertain years on the pitch, a sexual abuse scandal off the pitch, and prolonged uncertainty about the club’s financial future, we seem to be at a turning point in the fortunes of Crewe Alexandra football club. Long-standing Alex supporters may tell you 2016 was Crewe’s “annus horribilis”. The club was relegated from …

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The North Face and Leo Burnett Tailor Made join the Wikipedia hall of shame

Cropped TheNorthFace image

News today (see The Guardian, The Drum, for example) that marketing agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made (part of the multinational Publicis marketing and public relations agency group) has manipulated Wikipedia on behalf of its client, outdoor apparel manufacturer The North Face, has spectacularly backfired.  The North Face has been forced to apologise for its campaign, …

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Construction and social mobility

photo of Carmen Antiqueira

“There’s a business case for tackling the issue of social mobility” says Making The Leap’s Carmen Antiqueira, who wants more construction businesses to showcase their achievements in the Social Mobility Awards 2019. On 19 March, I attended a business seminar about social mobility, organised by Making the Leap, a London-based charity that improves social mobility …

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One in three construction practitioners do not have easy access to the knowledge they need

knowledge sources trust graph

A survey carried out by the UK’s Construction Knowledge Task Group has found that a third of construction practitioners do not have easy access to the knowledge they need. Feedback from 299 practitioners from every part of the industry, found almost two fifths (38.5%) said they did not have easy access to all the knowledge they …

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UK launches first ‘data trust’ pilots

Influence

New approaches to building trust in AI and in open data have been announced. I will be awaiting ‘data trust’ developments in my local borough with interest. In September I participated in a round table discussion for the CIPR‘s Influence magazine about artificial intelligence, AI (the outputs from that conversation will be published in the …

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