We are pleased to announce that Carrington West have been awarded the GOLD standard accreditation with Investors in People!

Only a small percentage of organisations obtain the GOLD standard and we are extremely proud of our growth as a business which is testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our employees.

Carrington West first gained accreditation in 2015 and have proactively embraced Investors in People to help achieve focus and drive improvement in key aspects of our ambition to be the employer of choice. We have been maintaining and building on the strengths identified during our first assessment 3 years ago. Doubling the headcount has resulted in double the number of people who feel valued and supported by the leadership team. We work hard to ensure our employees see and appreciate the opportunities for career progression, additional earnings and personal development.

3 years on, we have now been benchmarked as the 11th best Employment Agency on the IIP accreditation across the whole of the UK. We received ‘High Performing’ in most categories during the internal IIP assessment survey. We will be reviewing all areas of the IIP assessment 2018, to ensure we maintain and continue to improve to ensure we are offering our employees the standard they deserve.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Carrington West, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Carrington West should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

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EU approves French support for tidal energy demonstration plant

The European Commission has found that a French project promoting electricity generation from tidal energy is in line with EU State aid rules.

The Normandie Hydro plant is a demonstration plant for producing electricity from tidal energy. It will be developed by OpenHydro and operated by EDF EN and will be located at Raz Blanchard, west of the Cotentin peninsula, on the English Channel.

The demonstration plant will comprise seven turbines with a power generation capacity of 14 megawatts. The turbines will have a rotor diameter of 16 meters and will be installed on the sea floor.

France intends to support the development and operation of the Raz Blanchard tidal energy demonstration plant. The objective of the public support is to test the novel technology and verify the potential for tidal energy in France before deploying it on a larger scale. The project will facilitate the development of tidal energy and will help France meet its 2020 renewable energy target.

The demonstration plant will receive operating aid and investment aid. Part of the investment aid will be paid in the form of repayable advances that will be reimbursed if the technology is successful.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said:

“Tidal energy is one of the technologies that can contribute in the transition towards a climate friendly energy supply in Europe. The French project approved today will help showcase tidal energy technology, while limiting distortions of competition”

The Commission assessed the scheme under its 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy, which allow Member States to support renewable energy, subject to certain conditions. It found that the project promotes market penetration of a novel renewable energy technology and that the level of aid is proportionate and will not lead to overcompensation, in line with the Guidelines.

The Commission has concluded that the project will promote the use of electricity generated from renewable sources without unduly distorting competition.

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LafargeHolcim’s £500m UK roads contract

LafargeHolcim’s UK company, Aggregate Industries, has won a four-year contract with Highways England, the government-owned company which operates, maintains and improves roads in England.

The total value of the works is estimated to be more than £500 million (€560.84 million). Highways England has awarded Aggregate Industries five of the six major regional lots, under the new Category Management Framework.

Marcel Cobuz, Aggregate Industries’ regional head, Europe, and member of the group executive committee, said, “Our ongoing investment in key production and manufacturing assets around the UK, along with investments in the latest digital technologies and our people, will enable us to continue to deliver the most sustainable and high quality pavement solutions.”Under the contract, Aggregate Industries will deliver asphalt and cement bound works on Highways England’s Regional Investment Programme over the next four years.

The company said that the appointment continued LafargeHolcim’s recent success in the UK, following the selection of Aggregate Industries to deliver the surfacing works for England’s largest road improvement project, the A14 from Cambridge to Huntingdon.

Over a 30-month period, Aggregate Industries will create more than 20 miles of new, multi-lane carriageway using local primary and secondary aggregate supply sources. The project will require the supply and installation of 700,000 tonnes of asphalt and 500,000 tonnes of cement bound granular material.

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EA announces £40m extra funding to boost regeneration and better protect thousands of homes against flooding

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced that thousands of properties across England will be better protected against the threat of flooding thanks to a multi-million pound investment by the government.

Across the country 13 flood schemes will benefit from £40 million of additional funding which will unlock flood defence schemes and help support economic growth and regeneration in areas that have suffered from flooding in recent years.

The extra funding will better protect more than 7,000 properties, including over 5,000 homes.

The Environment Agency said the additional funding, first announced in the budget, added to millions of pounds of government grant-in-aid already allocated to these projects and partnership funding already secured. It will help leverage an additional £24 million from other sources, enabling the flood schemes to go ahead. In total, more than 7,000 properties will be better protected against flooding, including over 5,000 homes. The additional money is part of a £2.6 billion investment from 2015 to 2021 to fund 1,500 flood defence schemes which will better protect 300,000 homes across the country.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

This extra funding for flood defences will unlock schemes that will better protect thousands of homes and businesses against flooding, supporting regeneration in important towns and villages in the north and coastal communities.

Five flood schemes in the north of England will receive almost half of the total funding – £17.4 million- in a boost to the Northern Powerhouse. Rochdale in Greater Manchester will receive a total of £5 million to develop one of the largest inland flood schemes in the region. The defences in Rochdale will increase the level of flood protection to 1,000 residential properties as well as critical infrastructure such as the tram network, a bus station, a grid sub-station and a waste water treatment works.

In Weymouth, £1.2 million will improve the harbour wall, reducing flood risk to 450 properties and helping to kick start the regeneration of Weymouth town centre.

More than £10 million is also being awarded to a scheme to protect deprived communities in the St. Austell Bay area of Cornwall. The funding will unlock an additional £4.8 million of partnership funding contributions and is additional to £13.4 million of grant-in-aid which has already been allocated to the scheme.

The funds will support an integrated regeneration partnership project, which will help to reduce flood risk and develop plans for new housing and community green space.

£7 million has been awarded for new flood defence work around the River Irwell in Bury and Radcliffe as a first step towards the development of a new £46 million flood defence scheme, better protecting 870 properties. In addition to raising flood defences at key locations along the river’s edge another key aspect of the scheme will be the creation of a wildlife habitat and amenity areas for the public by setting defences further back from the river.

Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said:

“Across the country we are seeing more extreme weather, which makes the Environment Agency’s role to protect people, homes and businesses from flooding even more important.”

“From 2015 to 2021 we will reduce the risk of flooding for at least 300,000 homes so this £40million is another welcome boost to achieving that. It is great news for communities – not only will it help us build flood schemes but it will also help wider economic growth.”

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UK joins project for autonomous vehicle platform that can find potholes

Two UK road authorities and Jaguar Land Rover are contributing to a global research project intended to develop a system that could enable autonomous vehicles to spot potholes.

Using a platform created by connected tech and transport analytics firm Inrix, JLR, Transport Scotland and Transport for West Midlands will contribute to the development of the AV Road Rules system, which digitalises street signs and road rules so that autonomous vehicles can understand them.

The platform also provides autonomous vehicles with a link to local road authorities, which can provide information about potholes or road damage, so that repairs and maintenance can be rolled out more quickly and effectively.

JLR’s connected and autonomous vehicle research senior manager, Chris Holmes, said: “Road conditions and layouts can vary drastically over a matter of miles and so it is vital that self-driving is facilitated collaboratively. Local traffic authorities play a significant role in this.

“Inrix AV Road Rules provides improved information to the car, ensuring our self-driving technology is the most safe, sophisticated and capable to deal with challenging real-world environments as we enter new markets across the globe.”

Companies and organisations of various sizes from across Europe, the US and Asia are also contributing to Washington-based Inrix’s platform. They include seven cities, with Boston and Las Vegas among the largest.

Although the UK is striving to become a world leader in autonomous vehicle development, with the UK Government having announced legislation that will allow driverless cars on to roads by 2021, the British road network is considered particularly challenging for developers as a result of its large variety of road scenarios and surfaces.

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