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Build 1

Are you growth-ready?

By Charlotte Bate, MAD-HR

Are you familiar with the line from the movie Field of Dreams – ‘Build it and they (he) will come’? It’s a phrase which speaks of creating something with purpose and generating a level of interest and audience which guarantees success.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 5

Building an outstanding workplace culture

By Steve Revill, Rickard Luckin
I am thrilled that Rickard Luckin has gained recognition from Best Companies for its commitment to employee engagement and developing an ‘outstanding’ workplace culture, by achieving a highly sought-after 2-star accreditation rating.
Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 9

A focus on building

By Edward Stobart, IDSystems
Being so heavily involved in the high-end residential construction market for the past 20 years has meant that ‘building’ has always been a core part of IDSystems’ business, whether that is building the company from a start-up to an industry-leader, or building a portfolio of impressive finished projects across the country.
Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 13

Together we will beat leprosy

By Jimmy Innes, Lepra
As UK-based health charity ‘Lepra’ approaches its centenary, it feels appropriate for us to reflect on its long-standing relationship with UK businesses. And to celebrate the collaborative approach which has helped to develop pioneering new treatments and support programmes, for people affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.
Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 17

Assisting businesses facing insolvency

By Stuart Hopewell, Pre Pack Pool

With the combined effects of lockdowns, high-interest rates, a faltering economy and the impact of war in Ukraine, businesses of all sizes are struggling.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 25

construction quality is being compromised

By Phil Holding, Horizon Construction
The UK construction industry is undergoing unprecedented turmoil due to a perfect storm of economic factors, and with a record number of construction firms going into administration, developers should carefully select or reassess their construction partners, to ensure confidence.
Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 29

Repeat business comes from good business

By Steve Leech, Granite Transformations
All business owners know recommendations and repeat business don’t happen by magic. You have to work for them. The same principle applies to both commercial and private customers: ‘take care of your customers and they will take care of you’.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 37

Building stronger communities together

Saffron Building Society has a long history going back over 150 years with branches in Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. The company has always supported local charities and initiatives and this ethos continues today, with a strong focus on making a sustainable difference.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 41

Financial advice: bespoke and holistic

By Gary Riches, East Anglian Financial Planning

Since launching at the end of 2022, East Anglian Financial Planning’s team has grown significantly, demonstrating our rapid success in helping clients achieve their goals.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 45

Avoiding disputes in construction projects

By Suryen Nullatamby, Birkett Long
It is an unfortunate reality of the construction industry that protracted, expensive and time-consuming litigation is commonplace. Though some disputes are inevitable, many can be avoided or reduced in scope if the parties take certain steps before work starts onsite.
Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 49

Lessons I have learnt: Eric Benton

Chartered Engineer and Director, Johns Slater and Haward
I am a Chartered Engineer and Director of long-established (1947) building services consultants, Johns Slater and Haward (JSH), who specialise in energy use/utilisation and the design of mechanical and electrical installations in buildings.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 53

Spotlight on Phil Branton

Director, Wincer Kievenaar Architects

Phil has worked at Wincer Kievenaar, the Hadleigh-based practice, for over 20 years.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 57

Lead Interview: Ewan Dodds

CEO, Whybrow Chartered Surveyors

Our lead interview in the BUILD issue of Essex Director business magazine is Ewan Dodds.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 61

Building responsibly: how do we do it?

By Professor Saul Humphrey

The Construction sector is a huge part of the UK economy. It directly accounts for about 6% of GDP and about 10% of all employment, but the indirect, supply-chain impact is even greater.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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