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Build 1

Challenges facing the construction sector

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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 5

Barnes Construction 45 years in Business

Barnes Construction is celebrating 45 years in business this year, and to celebrate the chairman and directors hosted a drinks reception at Aurora on the Ipswich Waterfront

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 9

How growth-ready are you?

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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 13

Building towards your ‘where’

By Becky Ames, Larking Gowen

One definition of ‘build’ is ‘to make stronger’, and this certainly applies to building a business. However, achieving sustained growth is challenging. To have a better chance of success, you need to have a plan.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 17

Business success with laser precision

By Juliette John, Aesthetic Laser Skin Wellness Clinic

At the Juliette John Aesthetic Laser Skin Wellness Clinic, there are three ‘T’s that form the pillars of ongoing business success: training, technology and tailored treatment, all under one roof.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 21

How a strong digital strategy builds successful businesses

By Alex Pattenden, Unity Online
The potential your business can unleash online knows no bounds. But if there is one thing over a decade in digital marketing has taught me, it is that no business can succeed without the solid foundations of a strong digital strategy.
Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 25

Engineering a way forward

By Neil Fordham, Johns Slater and Haward

With evidence that the climate change emergency is seemingly escalating on all fronts, the need for action is more urgent than ever.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 29

Building: a core part of our business

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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 33

Helping 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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 37

Learning how to run a business the hard way

By Jo Day, Sales Operations Director, Hudson Group

There are many paths that can lead to running a business. For me, it was a journey that began at the deep end and taught me some hard lessons early on.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 41

Recommendations: a byproduct of 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 commercial and private customers: ‘take care of your customers and they will take care of you’.
Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 53

Bespoke and holistic financial advice

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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 57

Mastering the course of life

By Stuart Robertson, Doctorgolf

From our earliest memories, we have always been building! Whether that was completing jigsaws, making objects with Sticklebricks, Lego or Meccano, or even building forts, dens and castles in the home, garden or woods – there is something within us that strives to do more.
Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 61

Harness the data for success

By Kevin Ward, Conatus Financing Solutions

In today’s dynamic, competitive business landscape, a solid understanding of financial data and insights is essential.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 69

Planning for future care

By Amanda-Jane Frank, Bucklesham Grange Care Home
Nobody wants to think about getting older, but ageing is inevitable, so why don’t we embrace it? From a working age, we contribute to our pension so we can enjoy retirement later in life, but how many of us plan for care?

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 73

Preventing disputes in Building 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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 77

How process underpins business growth

By Andy Skinner, AMS Business Consultants
Process sounds boring. Clunky and untrendy in a world full of buzzwords. But why is a word so crucial to business success and often an afterthought until disaster strikes?
Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 81

Building a business, from your first hire

Working with start-ups and entrepreneurs gives a great insight into how some of the region’s most successful businesses have scaled up and flourished from a dream, an idea, or a passion to a well-known brand.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 85

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) Ipswich 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 Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 89

Spotlight on Phil Branton

Director, Wincer Kievenaar Architects

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

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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Build 93

Lead Interview: Clare Friel

Founder and Director, Friel Marketing Agency

Our lead interview in the BUILD issue of Suffolk Director business magazine is Clare Friel.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Summer | Autumn 2023

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