Have you thought of... March 2010

12 March 2010

... giving your company more street cred?

Then jump on the Banksy bandwagon and turn your site’s hoardings into a new canvas for street art. Devloper First Base, contractor Mansell and Southern Housing Group decided on an unorthodox way to mark the start of construction on the £29m Highbury Gardens scheme in north London, which will provide 119 flats with 62 funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Graffiti artist Graffitikings was commissioned to create this mural featuring caricatures of some of project team: Dale Meredith (development director, Southern Housing Group), Elliot Lipton (managing director, First Base), David Lunts (London regional director, HCA) and Ed Morgan (managing director, London special projects, Mansell).

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... going into print as a management guru?

According to self-publishing company Author Solutions, the days of the business card and CV are numbered. If you want to impress a new business contact or a prospective employer, the best way is to put a copy of your very own management book in their hot little hands. How about Construction Management: A True Story or The One Minute Construction Manager?

“When it comes to business and establishing yourself as an expert in a specific area, nothing provides more credibility than a book,” says Keith Ogorek, vice president, marketing, at Author Solutions. “It instantly establishes you as someone who has reached a level of expertise, and that people should listen to what you have to say.”

It certainly helped Katie Price and Duncan Bannatyne, so maybe the rest of us should give it a try?

... posting an acorn?

An unexpected gift was delivered to the CM offices last month – a single acorn in a bag. Was a shy squirrel trying to declare its affection on Valentine’s Day?

Actually, it was the symbol of a new campaign by the Woodland Trust designed to encourage construction companies to consider planting new woodland areas to mitigate their carbon emissions.

The charity says planting trees helps firms meet their carbon offset targets, while creating valuable wildlife habitats, aiding flood alleviation, and creating native woodland for people of all ages to enjoy. Panic over... 


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