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Working women
The UK and Ireland campaign Spotlight on: women in construction has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme to boost the much-needed industry effort to attract more women into the construction industry.
The scheme, which makes around 15,000 monitoring visits to construction sites, companies and suppliers every year, surveyed over 1,000 people to find out why women still only represent a meagre 11% of the construction industry workforce. The campaign provides a variety of practical steps that can be taken to address this issue in the short, medium and long term.
The survey findings also revealed that:
● 94% of respondents agreed that the industry would benefit from employing more women.
Finalist double-up
 Everglade Windows, has been named a double finalist in the West London Business Awards 2018, making the shortlist in both the manufacturing and engineering company and SME of the year categories for the second year running.
Yogesh Gopal, managing director at EvergladeWindows says:“It is a fantastic achievement for the Everglade team to be recognised by our West London Business peers again this year. Last year, we were highly commended in the manufacturing and engineering category, so we’re hoping to win the title this year.
“Everglade Windows has called West London home for more than 37 years, so winning a West London business award would mean such a lot to the whole
  ● 76% said there are no construction jobs which only men can do.
● 74% said there should not be quotas for hiring women into construction.
It is clear from the survey, that although some results appear encouraging, there is still a huge amount to be done, particularly in addressing sexism and changing misguided perceptions of what a career in construction offers to women.
‘Spotlight on...women in construction’ pulls together the latest and greatest examples of best practice, case studies from women working across the construction industry, legal requirements and links to useful organisations encouraging women to work in construction. ❐
The West London Business
community has been running the awards for five years now, and is governed by some of the biggest names in UK business, including Heathrow Airport, Fullers and Brunel University.
Andrew Dakers, CEO of West London Business says:“We have again received a good number of entries this year, despite tougher entry criteria, making this the hardest year yet in which to secure a place on the final shortlist of the West London Business Awards.
“Our shortlist provides a fantastic window on the excellence that continues to drive West London’s economy, as well as the exciting innovations coming through. The awards night at Wembley will provide a fitting platform to recognise the success of all these businesses.”
The winners will be announced at the West London Business Awards gala dinner onThursday 1st February 2018 at Wembley Stadium. ❐
  FENSA is delighted to announce the winners of the FENSA Installation of theYear Award 2017.The award covers 78% of the replacement glazing market and is based entirely on direct customer feedback.
The winners of the FENSA Installation of theYearAwards 2017 are:
● Artisan Conservatories and Windows of Clwyd
● Runner-up is Mike Evans
(Windows)of Wrexham.
Chris Beedel, director of
membership, says: “It’s great
to witness FENSA members’ work being valued and highly rated by homeowners.We are proud of the winners and they should be very proud of their own achievements. ❐

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