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October 3, 2017

Businesses don’t value smart meters, says report

New figures have shown that just 6 per cent of businesses believe promoting the use of smart meters should be a priority for the government. This is compared to 55 per cent of businesses who would like the government to offer more grants and tax breaks towards

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ECA urges government to back tidal lagoons

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R G Carter Appoints New Non-Executive Director

The RG Carter Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Nigel Keen as a non-executive director to the R G Carter Construction Board. Nigel brings with him considerable experience and strong strategic planning skills and joins us from his previous role as Group Property Services Director within the John

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East Midlands Expo Takes Place on 9th October

The East Midlands Expo will be taking place on the 9th October at the East Midlands Conference Centre on the University Park in Nottingham. This innovative trade and exhibition event will also incorporate the eighteenth annual Property & Business Investment Show. The event usually attracts both exhibitors and delegates from

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UPVC Maintenance Supplies Open Third Trade Counter

The opening of the new UPVC Maintenance Supplies trade counter will be taking place on Wednesday the 4th October. UPVC Maintenance Supplies will be opening their third counter on the Team Valley Trading Estate which is located in Gateshead. The combination of 25 years of expertise in the window and

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IMS Install new Routing and Driving Behaviour Systems

Industrial Metal Services have announced that they have saved more than £250,000 a year by improving their vehicle routing as well as the driving behaviour of their drivers across their 55-strong truck fleet. The steel stockholding company have managed to make their operations more efficient after integrating the WEBFLEET fleet

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

October 3, 2017

Businesses don’t value smart meters, says report

New figures have shown that just 6 per cent of businesses believe promoting the use of smart meters should be a priority for the government. This is compared to 55 per cent of businesses who would like the government to offer more grants and tax breaks towards to the cost of energy efficiency measures, according to the Energy Insight report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and British Gas. British Gas Business managing director Gab Barbaro said: “Despite great attention from the energy industry about the benefits of smart meters, the interest among businesses remains low. This is despite the fact that they will end estimated bills and give businesses vital insight into what they are actually using, where and when. “This suggests to me that suppliers and government have additional work to do to promote their use as tools for understanding and targeting energy reduction. This is something we continue to do with our own customers, and we’re encouraging them to apply early for a new meter on our website now.” The report also highlighted that only 8 per cent of businesses would support more information on energy efficiency. British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) director of research and economics Mike Spicer said in the report: “They are aware of the benefits; they just don’t feel that the economics stack up for them. It is clear that for the government and energy providers, more must be done to encourage these measures, such as the use of smart meters.” Source link

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ECA urges government to back tidal lagoons

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R G Carter Appoints New Non-Executive Director

The RG Carter Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Nigel Keen as a non-executive director to the R G Carter Construction Board. Nigel brings with him considerable experience and strong strategic planning skills and joins us from his previous role as Group Property Services Director within the John Lewis Partnership, where he has been a member of the Waitrose Board for 15 years. Nigel began his career as a Quantity Surveyor in private practice.  He later moved to Tesco plc, and as Construction Director with Tesco he gained a wealth of experience across all property disciplines including legal, acquisition, maintenance and asset management. Nigel has held non-executive positions at organisations such as Bovis Homes, Greenwich Architecture and Construction Board and the charitable trust, Trustee Sported. Mr Robert Carter, Chairman of the RG Carter Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Nigel to the Board of R G Carter Construction. His appointment is part of the ongoing implementation of our plan for ensuring business continuity in the coming years, and his wide-ranging experience will be extremely valuable to our development as a firm.” For more information on R G Carter visit www.rgcarter-construction.co.uk. Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Services The R G Carter Group, founded in 1921, is a family owned business with a proud ninety year history, achieving growth and success by combining strong traditional values with an innovative and forward thinking approach. Servicing our national and regional clients from a network of offices based throughout the Central and Eastern regions of the United Kingdom, we provide design, sustainable, partnered construction and project management services for private and public sector clients on projects ranging from £50 to over £50 million. Our strong traditional values are based upon honesty, trust and the development of long term relationships. We place client values at the heart of our operations, nurturing strategic partnerships with key clients through prudent financial management, open communication and a one team approach. Through the continual development of modern techniques and innovative approaches to successful project delivery, we provide services that exceed our clients’ expectations. Our approach makes us an industry leading contractor with repeat business clients who trust and respect us for the values and commitment we bring to their business. We always work collaboratively to create success for our clients, our staff and our suppliers. Our developments, designs and construction are sympathetic to the communities within which we operate and embrace the principles of sustainable construction.

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East Midlands Expo Takes Place on 9th October

The East Midlands Expo will be taking place on the 9th October at the East Midlands Conference Centre on the University Park in Nottingham. This innovative trade and exhibition event will also incorporate the eighteenth annual Property & Business Investment Show. The event usually attracts both exhibitors and delegates from across the East Midlands to the show, and no doubt this event will be equally as successful. At this year’s trade show and exhibition, the Expo will be highlighting the key factors to economic success. The East Midlands Expo has a range of different sponsors such as BSD Consulting Engineers, Galliford Try, Chatty Imp and Invest East Midlands. All of the sponsors are looking forward to this year’s event. The Expo will include around 70 exhibitors who mainly operate in the property, construction, professional services, finance and investment sectors. The East Midlands Expo is free to attend and is the only show of its kind located in the East Midlands and offering a platform which can be used by businesses to promote their services and products. The Expo also offers face-to-face networking opportunities for businesses to develop their business relationships. Those who are exhibiting at the Expo will have the opportunity to showcase their product ranges, services and other offerings to delegates who are at the event in order to look for these services, products and equipment. Each year, the East Midlands Expo sees a significant number of business transactions, demonstrating the success of event and its effectiveness at being able to connect buyers and suppliers. The Expo is unique as it is marketed and aimed at a well targeted audience working in and around property, construction, professional services, business, finance and investment sectors. The organisers target these areas in order to make sure that the delegates and exhibitors have the opportunity to meet the range of new contracts and clients that would be needed to improve business opportunities.

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UPVC Maintenance Supplies Open Third Trade Counter

The opening of the new UPVC Maintenance Supplies trade counter will be taking place on Wednesday the 4th October. UPVC Maintenance Supplies will be opening their third counter on the Team Valley Trading Estate which is located in Gateshead. The combination of 25 years of expertise in the window and door repair market of the industry, the company will be opening their new trade counter in order to serve Gateshead and the surrounding area. UPVC Maintenance Solutions are looking to expand their business according to the location of their loyal customers. The business will be developing on the work they have already carried out at the location of their other two trade counters in Leeds and Rotherham. The company has already established a customer base prior to the official opening, while already in the process of developing a range of new relationships. The windows and doors repairs specialists have a wide range of products to offer the marketplace. UPVC Maintenance Solutions has three trade counter branches, and their services here are also supported by a hard copy catalogue that is available from the company. The business also offers an extensive selection of products and services as a part of their online shopping experience. Through the online platform, customers are able to order 24/7 as well as access free technical helpline which is available to use during office hours. The trade counters however offer the additional benefit of allowing customers to come into the store with a broken or damaged part and request the help of the staff available to provide the correct replacement. It is this hands on service that is a key part of UPVC offering. UPVC was first established in 1992 and is a leading supplier of hardware for window and door repairs including handles, hinges, locks and consumables. The company offer an extensive range of products as well as a range of different ways to access these products; online or in store, in order to make sure that they can meet the requirements of their customers.

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IMS Install new Routing and Driving Behaviour Systems

Industrial Metal Services have announced that they have saved more than £250,000 a year by improving their vehicle routing as well as the driving behaviour of their drivers across their 55-strong truck fleet. The steel stockholding company have managed to make their operations more efficient after integrating the WEBFLEET fleet management solution which has been developed by TomTom Telematics and Maxoptra’s route planning and scheduling software. The systems have been implemented at Industrial Metal Services by the Gold Partner of TomTom Telematics, Communicate Better. Industrial Metal Solutions has implemented the new fleet management solutions from TomTom and Maxoptra across their fleet of trucks in order to help the company plan their deliveries in a more dynamic way as well as utilise vehicle location data and estimated times of arrival. WEBFLEET is used to send route and schedule information and is then sent to IMS’s mobile workers through their TomTom PRO 8275 TRUCK driver terminals. The company uses this system to allocate more than 400 delivery jobs every day. These jobs are now allocated according to the quickest arrival times, taking into account traffic information as well as historic route data. IMS has updated and uses the WEBFLEET system in order to keep their businesses up to date with more accurate arrival times, using the technology to easily and quickly adjust arrival times according to traffic delays and other problems that could possibly occur. Being able to keep businesses informed has led to an improvement of the company’s customer experience. The miles that have been cut through the routing systems installed has led to an annual saving of more than £191,000. It is thought that this saving has come from an anticipated reduction in vehicle maintenance as well as an increase in productivity. There is also a driver improvement programme, underpinned with OptiDrive 360 which is a component of WEBFLEET. This training programme has boosted the number of mile travelled per gallon which is thought to lead to further savings for IMS of around £62,000 each year. OptiDrive 360 is a programme that scores drivers according to a range of key performance indicators as well as offering real-time feedback for the drivers and advice that will help them to improve their driving performance.

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