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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Conneely Group's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Conneely Group is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
22 | CONNEELY GROUP
CEO Eamon Conneely
Landmark Pinnacle & One
Park Drive – Canary Wharf
Conneely Group have worked on a variety of high-profile
projects, including One Blackfriars, Landmark Pinnacle
and One Park Drive, the tallest residential blocks in
London. The business provides two main services: drylining,
specifically focusing on luxury apartments, and exterior facades
for complex developments. To promote more young people
coming into the sector, they have established the Conneely
Drylining Academy and work with various colleges to put 30
young people a year through an extensive training course. CEO
Eamon Conneely tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
I founded the business in 1986, focusing on drylining. As a tradesman myself, I
identified a niche for high-quality work that hadn’t been filled. John Cockerton,
the managing director, joined the company in 1998 after completing his studies
in quantity surveying at university. The company has evolved significantly since its
establishment: first focusing on drylining, we soon moved into providing partitions
for luxury apartments for key developers. While completing these developments,
we were often asked if we could work on the outside facades. Over the last 15
years, this has become a big part of our business. With our continued growth,
Michael Cockerton, our financial director, joined us after completing his studies in
financial management.
Our turnover currently stands at £50 million, and this is split between these two
key services. We have completed a variety of high-profile projects, including many
developments along the Thames. On the interiors side of the business, we have
worked on One Blackfriars, and are currently completing a 75-storey building in
FACTS ABOUT
CONNEELY GROUP
»CEO: Eamon Conneely
»Managing Director: John
Cockerton
»Financial Director: Michael
Cockerton
»Established in 1986
»Based in Stansted
»Services: Drylining and exterior
facades
»No. of employees: 60 office
staff and 700 tradespeople
Conneely Group
23CONNEELY GROUP |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Canary Wharf. These are some of
the tallest luxury residential blocks in
London. High-rise luxury apartments
have become a speciality of ours, and
we are considered to be in the top
three companies in the UK for the level
of finish we are able to provide.
On the facade side of the business, we
have completed various large projects
in London, including the facade for
Bromley South Central. We are often
commissioned to complete more-
complicated facade work, as this is a
particular strength of ours.
Expanding and diversifying
As well as expanding the services
we offer, the company itself has
expanded. Originally starting out with
five employees and 50 tradespeople,
we have grown to 60 employees and
700 tradespeople. We have achieved
significant growth since 1997 and
have been recognised by the London
Stock Exchange as being in the Top
1,000 Companies to Inspire for three
years in a row. This is testament to our
sustained growth and the increased
employment we have provided year
onyear.
We have achieved ISO 9001
accreditation for quality assurance;
unlike many other companies, which
have achieved this accreditation for
administration, we took a different
path. We started the process in the
mid-1990s and spent three years
working on getting accreditation for
our on-site work. Our quality assurance
certification is audited on site, and
we set up satellite offices for each
of our projects, ensuring that this
level of quality is maintained. This
commitment is passed down from the
senior management to the project
team and the lead tradespeople. These
tradespeople are then involved in
signing and accepting responsibility
for their section of work, which is
then photographed and logged.
These systems help to ensure that
our high standards, and high quality,
aremaintained.
Key to this effort is involving our
tradespeople. We have invested huge
amounts of time and effort in training
our workforce to think appropriately
for this high-quality work. Many of
them have worked with us for over 15
years. This joined-up approach means
that we can meet very demanding
programmes, and when projects
expand, or need to be accelerated, we
can adapt quickly. We aim to be ten
per cent ahead of the programme at
all times.
Because we have been involved in
the industry for so long, we have
developed long-term relationships
with our clients. We do not work on
mainstream housebuilding projects,
as we have chosen to specialise.
Prestigious projects often demand
companies to fulfil a variety of
requirements, including fire protection
and acoustic and thermal performance.
We are one of only three companies
that can fulfil these requirements
at the scale required and so have
developed our speciality in this area.
This specialisation is reflected in the
training of our tradespeople, who are
prepared and able to deliver quality
under time pressure.
One Blackfriars – a
50-storey tower
We have been
recognised by
the London
Stock Exchange
as being in the
Top 1,000
Companies to
Inspire for three
years in a row
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
22 | CONNEELY GROUP
CEO Eamon Conneely
Landmark Pinnacle & One
Park Drive – Canary Wharf
Conneely Group have worked on a variety of high-profile
projects, including One Blackfriars, Landmark Pinnacle
and One Park Drive, the tallest residential blocks in
London. The business provides two main services: drylining,
specifically focusing on luxury apartments, and exterior facades
for complex developments. To promote more young people
coming into the sector, they have established the Conneely
Drylining Academy and work with various colleges to put 30
young people a year through an extensive training course. CEO
Eamon Conneely tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
I founded the business in 1986, focusing on drylining. As a tradesman myself, I
identified a niche for high-quality work that hadn’t been filled. John Cockerton,
the managing director, joined the company in 1998 after completing his studies
in quantity surveying at university. The company has evolved significantly since its
establishment: first focusing on drylining, we soon moved into providing partitions
for luxury apartments for key developers. While completing these developments,
we were often asked if we could work on the outside facades. Over the last 15
years, this has become a big part of our business. With our continued growth,
Michael Cockerton, our financial director, joined us after completing his studies in
financial management.
Our turnover currently stands at £50 million, and this is split between these two
key services. We have completed a variety of high-profile projects, including many
developments along the Thames. On the interiors side of the business, we have
worked on One Blackfriars, and are currently completing a 75-storey building in
FACTS ABOUT
CONNEELY GROUP
»CEO: Eamon Conneely
»Managing Director: John
Cockerton
»Financial Director: Michael
Cockerton
»Established in 1986
»Based in Stansted
»Services: Drylining and exterior
facades
»No. of employees: 60 office
staff and 700 tradespeople
Conneely Group
23CONNEELY GROUP |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Canary Wharf. These are some of
the tallest luxury residential blocks in
London. High-rise luxury apartments
have become a speciality of ours, and
we are considered to be in the top
three companies in the UK for the level
of finish we are able to provide.
On the facade side of the business, we
have completed various large projects
in London, including the facade for
Bromley South Central. We are often
commissioned to complete more-
complicated facade work, as this is a
particular strength of ours.
Expanding and diversifying
As well as expanding the services
we offer, the company itself has
expanded. Originally starting out with
five employees and 50 tradespeople,
we have grown to 60 employees and
700 tradespeople. We have achieved
significant growth since 1997 and
have been recognised by the London
Stock Exchange as being in the Top
1,000 Companies to Inspire for three
years in a row. This is testament to our
sustained growth and the increased
employment we have provided year
onyear.
We have achieved ISO 9001
accreditation for quality assurance;
unlike many other companies, which
have achieved this accreditation for
administration, we took a different
path. We started the process in the
mid-1990s and spent three years
working on getting accreditation for
our on-site work. Our quality assurance
certification is audited on site, and
we set up satellite offices for each
of our projects, ensuring that this
level of quality is maintained. This
commitment is passed down from the
senior management to the project
team and the lead tradespeople. These
tradespeople are then involved in
signing and accepting responsibility
for their section of work, which is
then photographed and logged.
These systems help to ensure that
our high standards, and high quality,
aremaintained.
Key to this effort is involving our
tradespeople. We have invested huge
amounts of time and effort in training
our workforce to think appropriately
for this high-quality work. Many of
them have worked with us for over 15
years. This joined-up approach means
that we can meet very demanding
programmes, and when projects
expand, or need to be accelerated, we
can adapt quickly. We aim to be ten
per cent ahead of the programme at
all times.
Because we have been involved in
the industry for so long, we have
developed long-term relationships
with our clients. We do not work on
mainstream housebuilding projects,
as we have chosen to specialise.
Prestigious projects often demand
companies to fulfil a variety of
requirements, including fire protection
and acoustic and thermal performance.
We are one of only three companies
that can fulfil these requirements
at the scale required and so have
developed our speciality in this area.
This specialisation is reflected in the
training of our tradespeople, who are
prepared and able to deliver quality
under time pressure.
One Blackfriars – a
50-storey tower
We have been
recognised by
the London
Stock Exchange
as being in the
Top 1,000
Companies to
Inspire for three
years in a row
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A commitment to training
To sustain this quality, we have
established the Conneely Academy for
Drylining. We work with colleges and
have sponsored a 20-week training
course. Students are taught English
and maths to ensure that they can
complete paperwork, and, after 20
weeks at college, they complete a
two-year NVQ. We take on 30 young
people every year. On average,
tradespeople will contract with us
for ten years; in that time, we train
them for a variety of construction-
based certifications. Many of our
management team started out
as tradespeople and have since
completed qualifications up to NVQ
Level 7.
This commitment to our
people results in loyalty and a high
standard of work.
Despite our best efforts to train
young people, there is still a real
shortage of people wanting to join the
construction industry. There seems to
be a consensus that construction is
just “builders”; this is simply untrue.
We offer a full range of jobs, many
of which will never involve working
on site, and we need to change the
perception of the industry to attract
and retain new people.
One of the biggest challenges we
face is increasing material prices. Our
expenditure is split roughly in half
between material costs and labour
and overheads. Every year, there is
an increase in material prices due to
either shortages or fuel increases, and
every January we notice a 3-7 per
cent increase. As companies stockpile
because of Brexit uncertainty, these
shortages become more pronounced.
After the Grenfell disaster, we noticed
a reduction in the number of current
facade projects as clients went back to
the design stage. We have taken the
lessons from Grenfell on board and
have visited numerous test centres,
have tested our cladding systems
and have achieved the required
certifications. The success of a system
is down to the quality of installation as
much as the materials selection.
To continue this progress, we have
been selected to reclad a number
of buildings with non-combustible
materials and to work to change
specifications and legislation for
facades. There is a huge amount of
work focused on changing this, and
we aim to be a driving force behind it.
Commitment
to our people
results in
loyalty and a
high standard
of work
One Park Drive – 58
storeys
25ADAMCO CONSTRUCTION |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Directors Adam and Nicola Cook
at the FMB awards, March 2019
A new-build “eco house”
in York
Adamco Construction, a Liversedge-based construction
company, takes on the jobs that many others won’t.
This is because they carry out major insurance works
for the commercial sector that are both risky and difficult,
while also causing minimal business interruption. Performing
these jobs requires strong, intergenerational experience that
Adamco is uniquely equipped with. In addition to this wealth
of experience, they possess an innovative, problem-solving and
forward-looking approach, especially regarding health, safety
and environmental protection. Aside from the exceptional
cases they work on, they also perform more conventional
construction projects, especially in the residential sector.
Managing Director Adam Cook tells the
Review
more about
the company.
Within the industry, we have become well respected for our niche ability to
perform high-priority work in hazardous environments, while also remaining safe,
quick and effective. For example, whenever there has been a fire, a flood or any
other major insurance work, we use our specialised, intergenerational experience
to guarantee our clients the restoration of their buildings. Our craftsmanship,
expertise and dedicated team enable us to undertake any contract, no matter how
difficult, dangerous or large it is. We take on the work that most others don’t want
to take on – and in doing all of this, our chief goal, from conception to completion,
is to strive for nothing short of the best.
FACTS ABOUT
ADAMCO CONSTRUCTION
»Directors: Adam and Nicola
Cook
»Established in 2013
»Based in Liversedge, West
Yorkshire
»Services: Construction,
civil engineering, flood
and fire protection, project
development, building
refurbishment, design and
build
»No. of employees: 25
»Major loss specialists
»adamcoconstruction.com
Adamco Construction

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The Parliamentary Review Publication, in which this article originally appeared, contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster