RCKa is hosting a discussion tomorrow evening as part of the inaugural National Self-Build Week organised by the National Self-Build Association (NaSBA).
NaSBA chairman Ted Stevens will be speaking about how self-build could make a contribution to solving the current housing crisis, and opportunities for community or co-housing projects in the current economic landscape.
The event is free to attend, although places are limited, and tickets can be obtained from our Eventbrite page here.
Collaboration & Knowledge Management in Small Practice
Last night I spoke to the Constructing Excellence Berkshire group about RCKa’s use of social media and collaboration tools.
I described how, as a small practice, RCKa is able to leverage the power of emerging technologies such as Evernote and social media to make ourselves competitive with larger organisations, and to enable a seamless flow of information around the office.
We received an email from Islington Council last week regarding their decision to pull their small projects framework following submission of PQQs in the middle of February:
Thank you for your interest in working with Islington Council.
I write to confirm that the Council has decided to decommission this proposed framework agreement owing to the current financial climate.It has just been announced that the council must implement additional savings totalling over £50 million up to 2016/17. Due to the current economic uncertainty, we are no longer in a position to be able to commission these services until we are clearer on the extent to which the framework agreement may or may not be affected.
We do appreciate the time and effort that goes in to preparing an application and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
It would be interesting to find out how much time has been wasted by tendering organisations (and it’s likely to be SMEs and micro businesses most affected, as this framework was specifically targeted at small businesses).
It’s not as if the economic situation has been rosy for some time, in fact we’ve gone through an entire framework cycle since the downturn began, so Islington really should have considered this before embarking upon a lengthy procurement process, wasting both our time and theirs.