NYCTG and Simpson - Promoting Careers in Construction


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SIMPSON were pleased to be able to work alongside CITB at the YorCity Higher Apprenticeship event at the new York Council offices, promoting the great breadth of opportunities in Construction from trade apprenticeships, administrative apprenticeships through to Higher Technical and Professional opportunities.

Over 350 people attended the event, which showcased apprenticeship opportunities in York.

SIMPSON is committed to training Apprentices and is currently recruiting for an Apprentice Estimating Assistant to work at our Head Office in York.

This new administrative apprenticeship will be a great addition to the trade apprenticeships which SIMPSON continue to promote every year.



Lindum named top Construction Company in the UK in this year’s prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For’ list and ranks 15th overall.

‘The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ lists are compiled based on research from the largest survey of its kind and this year nearly 900 organisations took part and 250,000 employees were surveyed.

Sixteen Lindum employees were at the high profile Awards Ceremony to hear the news first hand. Kim Maure, Customer Services Manager for the company’s Construction Division, was one of those who attended the February event in London.

Kim said “To be in the winning top 15 companies is itself an incredible achievement but this year’s award means Lindum has been listed in the ‘top 20’ companies consistently now since 2008, which is fantastic for our construction company!”

Lindum was also presented with a special award in recognition of the highest average ranking in the ‘Best Companies To Work For’ list for the past ten years.

There to receive this award was Lindum Chairman, David Chambers, he said “It’s great news for all of us at Lindum but also for the construction industry. We employ a wide range of people in various locations and numerous occupations, from skilled tradesmen on our building sites to office based support staff, so it’s quite remarkable and very rewarding to get such positive feedback from our employees. To be listed in the top 100 companies in the UK is an added bonus and not something we ever take for granted.”

Lindum Employees receiving their award from Karen Robinson, Editor at The Sunday Times




Gareth Barber, MD of The Stable Company Ltd, recently commented on the 2013 Constructing Excellence SME Award they collected last year.

"We couldn't hide our delight last year when we were named the winner of the Yorkshire and Humberside Constructing Excellence Awards. The awards are regarded as one of the most prestigious in the construction industry and it was a very proud moment for us.

We work hard to ensure that everything we do is done to the highest standards and encourage everyone involved with the business to show initiative, to develop their own ideas, and then see them through to completion.  As a business we’re continually looking for ways in which we can improve and innovate and being recognised in this way is incredibly rewarding."

In the SME category the judges were interested in examples of where improvements have been made across the board in terms of both people and processes. In particular the judges were looking for evidence of people development; adopting best practice, and collaborative and new ways of working.




Building restoration specialists and group member, William Anelay Ltd has notched a record year of recognition with 22 separate national and regional building conservation and apprenticeship awards over the course of 2013!

As well as the widely acclaimed Astley Castle’s RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture as voted for by BBC TV viewers at the end of September, the York-based firm also collected the RICS National award for Building Conservation for the Florence Institute in Liverpool and has recently been commended for the Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting for the 107 Great Mersey Street project and in the HHA (Historic Houses Association) Sotheby’s Restoration award for their work at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. 

Site Manager Gary Shea was also named as Restoration Manager of the Year for his work at the Florence Institute. 

A number of the company’s stonemasons were awarded a craftsmanship team merit award at the York Guild of Building Craftsmanship Awards for their work on the Piazza at York Minster. In addition two of Anelay’s apprentices have also recently been recognised with James Holmes picking up the ‘Best First Year Apprentice” award from York College Tutors and Andrew Grimes collected the Trustspan Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Chairman Charles Anelay, the eighth generation of his family to be involved in the company, commented: “We are extremely proud of what we have all achieved this year. To be recognised in this way by most of the leading bodies in UK construction speaks volumes for the quality of our craftsmanship and our project management skills that we bring to historic locations across the country. I guess we all like to think we are good but this number of awards in one year does say something pretty special about what we are able to do.

A full list of all of the awards and commendations won by William Anelay in 2013 can be found at

Construction Manager of the YearAstley Castle





Northmead Developments won the Best Domestic Extension/Alteration Award in the LABC Building Excellence Awards, for transforming an old cart shed and granary into an environmentally friendly swimming pool and gym.
The year long project involved conversion and extension to provide additional domestic accommodation and leisure facilities. Ground source heating was introduced to provide heating to the swimming pool, leisure suite and existing farmhouse, and there was extensive reuse of reclaimed salvage materials from the site.

Northmead owners, Phil & Fiona Mead were delighted with the recognition and can now add this achievement to their previous title of Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder of the Year. ‘It has been a very tough few years in the industry, so it makes it all worthwhile when you receive acknowledgement from the recognised industry bodies’.

Award winning West Ings FarmLABC winning team - NorthmeadWest Ings Farm


Members of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

NYCTG has taken membership with the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce which will enable members to attend the wide range of events and training on offer from the chamber. Of particular interest to members may be the construction lunches which are held in York throughout the year or the property forums, also held in York. Topical speakers attend these events with opportunities to network with construction professional s from across the region. If you would like to attend any of these events, then these must be booked through the GTO in order to access our membership rates.



NYCTG Launch 'Adpot A School' Initiative


Designed to promote construction as a career choice to young people throughout our district, this initiative was launched recently.  If you have a school you have links with and you would be prepared to give a little of your time to attend events such as Careers Fairs then please let me know. The group have shared resource available for members attending such events and the services of CITB and their greater resources may also be accessed.

The training group are also hoping to run a ‘Construction Ambassadors’ training course free of charge to those companies who sign up to the scheme.


NYCTG Welcome New Members

Two new member companies have recently joined our training group. Lindum Group's York office has been located within the city for just over a year and is headed up by Neil Coote delivering new build, refurbishment and maintenance projects.

Ryedale Plasterers Limited are located just outside Northallerton and offer bespoke and off-the-shelf products and services covering all aspects of lime plasterwork and decorative moulding.

Welcome to both!


NYCTG Attend Inaugural CITB Apprenticeship Awards at the O2

Wednesday 6 November Amanda Davidson, our Chair, was delighted to be invited as a guest  of CITB to the first ever CITB Apprenticeship Awards at the O2 in London.

Amanda says "It was an inspiring day, to see so many young people from the construction industry who are so passionate about what they do, and learning great skills. 

As a Construction Training Group we now have a challenge; the awards went to the ‘Midlands’, and we all know we ‘do it better up north’!  So if any of our members have apprentices and would like to enter for next year’s awards (awards are for both apprentices and employers), please speak to Lorraine and she will liaise with CITB and get the application information."

CITB O2 Apprentice Awards Winners


Superfast North Yorkshire Release 2014 Workshop Dates

Superfast North Yorkshire have just confirmed their events programme for the next 6 months (January-June 2014) with masterclasses and bootcamps taking place right across the county. All events can be found (and free* places can be booked) on

Over 700 small businesses across the region are already engaged in the free programme in some way, and we’d love for more of our members to benefit – the more, the merrier!

*conditions apply