Success in uncertain times

As I look back at the last 12 months, with its backdrop of Brexit’s ‘deal or no deal’ question fuelling economic uncertainty, I am delighted to report that it’s been another successful year for CPC in terms of growth and recognition.

On a personal note, on 8 November 2018, I celebrated my 25th anniversary with CPC – whilst having no idea where the time has gone, I can certainly say that I am still enjoying every minute of being part of this amazing company.

Throughout 2018, we’ve attracted great people to our business, won a number of major projects, secured positions on new frameworks across the UK, broke into new sectors and extended further into our markets overseas.

We also regained our position as the 9th largest project management consultancy in the UK and was shortlisted by the Association for Project Management for the Project Management Consultancy of the Year award.  Although we did not win, we learned many lessons for future years and it is only a matter of time until we realise our vision to be recognised as the best project management consultancy in the UK.

Our key business achievements for 2018 include:

  • 30 new staff appointments, bringing our total to 189 people;
  • 11 staff promotions;
  • 27 new clients, bringing our total to 81 clients receiving services from CPC in 2018;
  • 13 new framework appointments in the private and public sector;
  • 12 countries commissioning our services within the UK, Europe, North Africa, Asia and North America;
  • 5,982 new homes being delivered across the UK.

Below are a few highlights of the prestigious frameworks we have won and projects we are currently delivering:

  • Securing a place on the project management framework for the University of Southampton, building on our track record with the University of Oxford;
  • Increasing our presence in the Housing Market with a number of new frameworks, including Sanctuary, Homes England, Your Housing Group and Liverpool Mutual Homes;
  • A new 7 year contract to re-signal Southern Ireland’s railway with a team based in Dublin;
  • A new commission in the North West on the HS2 scheme;
  • A PMO team supporting the procurement of a new provider for the National Lottery on behalf of the Gambling Commission;
  • 5 new commissions with the Department for Transport, including the roll out of Smart Ticketing across the UK
  • Securing a place on YORConsult2, a multi-client construction framework across the Northern region;
  • Breaking into the Airport sector working with Heathrow Airport Limited and Heathrow Express;
  • A new commission in Edmonton, Canada, to review the reliability and performance of their new railway system
  • Transforming out-of-town retail parks across the UK including Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh, on behalf of British Land;
  • 5 major awards for the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project, including categories for Safety, Innovation and the Environment;
  • Establishing a foothold in the Commercial Fit-out market by delivering multiple projects for Morgan Stanley and Chubb, including offices in London, Birmingham, Dublin, Amsterdam, Cairo, Paris and Zurich;
  • Ongoing delivery as the Programme Support Partner for London Underground’s £5.4bn 4LM Upgrade Programme;
  • A composite team working with London Underground to bring into service key infrastructure for the £15bn Crossrail programme;

As much as these are unsettling times, with the ongoing saga of Brexit making it difficult for businesses to invest in the future, the eternal optimist in me is confident that there will be a breakthrough and the UK will see its way through these unchartered waters.

The size and agility of our business allows us to respond to change in positive manner and we look forward to working with our existing and new clients in the year ahead.

Date: 31/12/2018
Category: Steve's Blog