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Comment and opinion


Gareth Davis, Costain

10 guiding principles for energy and resource efficiency

I was recently invited to be a contributing author of the Institute of Chemical Engineer's energy and resource efficiency guide. My article provides a summary of the 10 guiding principles. Although the guide has been written from the perspective of industrial plant, it contains guiding principles that will ring true for any business…

Simon Ellison, Costain Highways

Digital technology is a vital enabler

For most of the last two centuries, the solution to infrastructure reaching capacity or becoming life expired was to build more of it: more roads, more railway lines, more water treatment works and power stations. But in recent decades it has become clear that we can’t always build our way out of our most complex challenges.

What is the key to a safe and great place to work?

At Costain we understand that for our business to be successful it has to operate sustainably over the long term. To do that, we need a workforce that is safe, well-motivated, productive, and who feel enthusiastic and passionate about what we do.

Innovation in contracts: Embedding innovation throughout the supply chain

Innovation should continue to play a vital role throughout the life of a project, from initial discussions through to completion. How, however, can we ensure that a healthy attitude towards innovation runs throughout the life of the contract? We have started to tackle what is a very complex subject through a new consortium consisting of Costain, international law firm Pinsent Masons and the University of Cambridge, with funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Jim Morrison, Costain

Balancing Portfolio Performance

My blog discusses how portfolio owners can use simple risk information to gain crucial insight into portfolio health, forecast future performance with greater certainty and maximise the value delivered from the portfolio.

Alex Vaughan - Blog

It still feels like the business I joined, and that’s great

I’ve been with Costain since 1990, when I did my industrial year at university, then graduated in 1992....

That's A Wrap

Costain’s Luke Richardson has just finalised the first TEDx event to be held in Cumbria.

Mark Oldfield, eight2O

How can businesses respond to the rising expectations of their customers?

We live in a world where we expect to receive a service on time and with minimal inconvenience. For the likes of John Lewis and Amazon, this is at the heart of everything they do to outperform their competition — and we have now all come to expect this type of service when we interact with organisations.

How can business get young people into work?

The power industry is facing some big challenges over the next five to 15 years. With almost half of the UK’s energy and utility workforce expected to retire by 2023, we actively need to be attracting enough younger people into the sector with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to fill the skills gap.