Category: Steve’s Blog

Unconscious Bias

I am sure many of you have come across the term unconscious bias in recent times, but do we all know what it means, the affects it has on our people and what we can do to overcome it to improve business performance? Unconscious bias occurs when people make decisions based on implied prejudices regarding …

Does the National Infrastructure Assessment deliver for a post-Brexit Britain?

The long awaited assessment of the UK’s infrastructure needs and requirements has been published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). Its purpose, according to Chair, Sir John Armitt is to “think beyond technologies…and make the most of future innovations” and focuses on three keys areas around digital connectivity, major transport infrastructure and the UK’s energy …

What makes CPC stand out from the crowd?

CPC is extremely proud and excited to be named as one of the four finalists for the APM’s Project Management Consultancy of the Year award. We are in good company, as the other finalists are Arup, Gate One and Pcubed, last year’s winners. Our shortlisting for this prestigious award is testament to our people who …

Is the supply of homes being constrained?

On 27 June, CPC hosted its third consecutive client lunch in conjunction with this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester. It was our biggest and best yet with over 70 housing professionals from across the North of England. There was a positive outlook at the lunch around the industry’s ongoing commitment and will …

The changing face of Retail

The UK’s retail market continues to suffer from the increase in internet shopping and the untenable rises in high street rents and rates. We have already seen the impact on a range of brands from Mothercare to Toys R Us. The latest victim in this troubled sector is the House of Fraser with their recent …

Inspiring the next generation

On 13 April, over 350 Young Rail Professionals (YRP) attended this year’s annual black tie event at the Roundhouse in Derby – the World’s first and surviving railway house.  CPC was proud to have sponsored this event for our 6th consecutive year and, as always, the room was charged with a combination of youth, energy …

MIPIM 2018 – Investing in Cities

Duncan Adams and I attended MIPIM this year, the largest global real estate event held in Cannes every year. Hosting over 24,000 visitors, MIPIM provided an opportunity for over 500 cities around the World to promote the benefits of investing in property and infrastructure in their region. The UK Government was represented by over 130 …

Liberating the Northern Powerhouse

For many decades there has been a growing need to rebalance the distribution of business and commerce from London and the south east to the major cities in the north, primarily Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. It is widely accepted that the economic development of the North will be underpinned by a comprehensive overhaul …

Outsourcing – is this the beginning of the end?

With the recent catastrophic demise of Carillion, I wonder, is the outsourcing market out of control and in need of a major reset? The UK’s construction industry has never seen a company of this size collapse in such a short space of time –  from a profits warning in July 2017, closely followed by the …

Reflections and the New Year

As I reflect on 2017 and look forward to the year ahead, I am in no doubt that we are facing times of considerable change, both politically and economically in the UK, which will have a significant impact on our industry and business growth as a whole. Besides the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, which, from my …