News & Comment from Clare PR

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Dan Kemp, Features Editor, Construction News outlines lessons to be learned from the recent Grenfell tragedy

June 22 2017 | Guest columnist, Thought provoking blogs |

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have dominated the national news agenda in the last week. The fire has shone a spotlight on the industry, seeing it discussed across the mainstream media in a way that we rarely see. While we are often quick to malign the fact that construction’s positive contribution to society can…

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RISING COSTS AREN’T ALWAYS BAD NEWS

June 1 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

London has always been the UK’s financial and property hub, with high construction costs and inflated prices across everything from property to pints of beer. According to a recent study by professional services company, Turner & Townsend, however, it would seem that the North is now catching up with the capital. But, for once, rising…

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HOW TO ENGAGE AND INFLUENCE

May 15 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

No matter how much we aim to be masters of our own opinions, the power of influence is all around us.  From parents, friends and partners, to colleagues, customers and advertising slogans, we’re constantly influenced by others and that simple fact can affect all our decision making. And because influence can be so powerful, particularly…

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IS ROBO-SAM THE FUTURE FOR UK CONSTRUCTION?

April 27 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

The UK brickie could soon be replaced by robots this year according to the US construction market where robo brickies are already being used on some construction sites. The Semi-Automated Mason (named SAM) can lay 3,000 bricks a day compared to human brickies who only manage 500 on average! Anyone coasting on building sites should…

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A ‘SALTY’ MOVE BY (YET AGAIN) MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY … AND ONLY FIVE MILES FROM OUR OFFICES!

April 13 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

As recently publicised, Manchester University is yet again at the forefront of the UK’s technology; this time with the invention of a “sieve” to remove salt from seawater. The opportunities for this new invention are endless but mainly it will be able to provide safe and clean drinking water to people around the world. How…

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Online Media: Making Marketing More Measureable

March 27 2017 | Guest columnist |

Guest Columnist, Grant Prior, from Construction Enquirer outlines the advantages of online coverage… These are interesting times in the trade media world as the shift online shows no sign of slowing down. Construction Enquirer has grown rapidly and we currently have 49,000 daily subscribers to our morning news bulletin and attract 1.5million page views a…

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LESS GENDER STEREOTYPING AND MORE MERITOCRACY – GIRLS!

March 23 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

When Tesco’s Chief Executive, John Allan, recently courted controversy by stating that white men are becoming an ‘endangered species’ because the ‘pendulum has swung too far the other way’ and Sir Roger Gale, MP’s comment about ‘the girls in his office’ on Radio 4’s Today’s programme last week women across the country were outraged that…

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A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS

March 2 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

We live in a very visual world.  From the carefully-crafted images of celebrity on Instagram to the ubiquitous selfie, images have not only become something we work hard to protect; they are also something that everyone can manipulate and broadcast from the portable device in their pocket. With images so instant and shareable, the old…

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IT’S NOT THAT GRIM UP NORTH!

February 13 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

Good news this week in Construction News http://bit.ly/2klOD4C with thousands of new jobs being created. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to move north and experience our quality of life! Not only is HS2 one of the north’s biggest projects which will give a massive boost to our infrastructure, but the planning application…

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CHARITY AND A CUP OF CHEER!

January 25 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

I had such an enjoyable afternoon last Sunday.  I invited ten elderly people, who live on their own, to afternoon tea. Why? Well it all started when I read a column in the Daily Mail which mentioned a charity called Contact the Elderly.  It was the charity’s 50th anniversary last year.  The charity’s aim is…

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