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UKLPG Appoints Peter Westwood As New Chief Executive

UKLPG, the trade association for the LPG industry, has announced the appointment of its new chief executive. Effective from 1st July 2018, following the completion of his employment with Insite Energy, Peter Westwood will succeed Rob Shuttleworth who retired this month after 12 years in the role.
Peter’s energy career began in 1992 when he joined Total in Aberdeen. Initially focusing on organisation design, he soon transferred to the commercial arena, negotiating contracts including gas sales, natural gas processing and joint venture agreements.
A move south to join TXU in Suffolk saw Peter take on strategy development and his remit expanded downstream to include trading and retail across Europe, as well as broadening into electricity. When TXU was acquired by E.ON in 2003, Peter became head of retail strategy, representing the company in industry and Government forums to influence decisions on issues such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and smart metering.
Given the opportunity to start up a central heating business for E.ON, Peter could not resist the challenge. This decision shaped the next fourteen years of his career as he went on to develop two other energy related companies, most recently Insite Energy, a specialist heat network metering business.
Appointed to lead the trade association at an exciting time for the industry, Peter comments: “UKLPG has achieved considerable success in building awareness of the many benefits of LPG to the Government, end users and stakeholders. I am delighted to be asked to bring my experience to continue to build on these successes and take the organisation to the next level in response to the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.
“Along with the fantastic UKLPG team in Kenilworth, I look forward to representing the membership going forward”.
UKLPG chair, George Webb added: “I am delighted that Peter will be joining UKLPG. With his background in strategy within the energy industry, Peter’s experience will prove invaluable in the next phase of growth for UKLPG and I very much look forward to working with him”.


Workspace® Commits To Best-In-Class Connectivity By Seeking Wired Certification For 50 Buildings

•    London’s largest flexible space provider has already certified 15 locations, which achieved the international commercial rating scheme’s two highest rankings
•    Workspace has made a long-term commitment to provide its 4,000 business occupiers with an exceptional technology infrastructure by securing a rating of Wired Certified Gold or above for 50 buildings across its portfolio by 2019
Workspace® today announces its commitment to certifying 50 buildings across its portfolio to a Wired Certified Gold rating or above by international connectivity rating scheme WiredScore by 2019. To date, WiredScore has certified 15 of Workspace’s locations at a Wired Certified Gold rating or above – reflecting Workspace’s ambition to provide the highest standards of digital infrastructure across its portfolio.
Workspace hosts a diverse community of around 4,000 businesses in well-located spaces across the Capital, including the City, Kennington, Farringdon and London Bridge. Each enterprise, from newly formed start-ups to multinational corporations, comes with its own unique set of needs and ambitions, but one thing that all modern businesses have in common is a reliance on exceptional connectivity. The partnership with WiredScore represents one element of ‘The Workspace Advantage’: the company’s ambition to furnish London businesses with the best office environment to help them succeed. This includes world-class technology infrastructure, design-led locations with space to grow, and opportunities to network and collaborate.
Chris Pieroni, Operations Director, Workspace, said: “London is the world’s financial hub, one of the globe’s tech capitals and a growing hotspot for creative industries. Given the Capital’s strength in attracting and growing business, you would expect all businesses to have access to the same standard of high-speed, resilient connectivity. Instead there is a significant variance, which has traditionally disadvantaged smaller organisations that don’t have the resources for a dedicated team to maintain their digital infrastructure. In fact, one in four small businesses in the UK are held back by unreliable internet connections.
“At Workspace, it’s important for us to play a leading role in providing London’s most enterprising businesses with the environment they need to succeed. We have already achieved Wired Certified Gold or above at 15 locations and intend to roll out the accreditation across our portfolio. The work we are doing to secure these ratings reiterates our commitment to the needs of our occupiers and the globally recognised seal of approval should reassure our customers.”
Mark Bembridge, CEO of Smartology, based at Workspace’s Metal Box Factory in Southwark, said: “As an advertising technology company, it is crucial that our own tech capabilities are of the highest quality, and the Wired Certified Platinum rating gives us peace of mind that the infrastructure in our office will support our operations. We are encouraged to see Workspace’s continued dedication to facilitating reliable connectivity for its customers, which was a driving factor behind choosing Metal Box Factory as our London base.”
William Newton, President & EMEA Managing Director, WiredScore, said: “Connectivity is critical to business operations. By seeking a Wired Certified Gold rating or above for 50 buildings of their portfolio, Workspace has demonstrated its outstanding commitment to delivering excellent connectivity in its properties and making sure its tenants are in a space they can thrive in.”
Wired Certification champions cutting-edge technology by providing the definitive certification for rating the connectivity of office buildings. To date, 400 million sq ft of commercial real estate has been Wired Certified globally. All 15 of the Workspace locations that have been certified have secured a Wired Certified Gold rating or above – which confirms that they provide world-class, secure and resilient connectivity that meets the needs of customers’ now and future-proofs the properties for the years ahead.
Workspace secured its ratings by providing tenants with immediate access to high-speed internet connectivity, best-in-class levels of infrastructure diversity and robust emergency back-up services to protect against service disruption. Workspace owns its properties and therefore has full control of, and can regularly upgrade, the digital infrastructure in line with changing connectivity requirements.
Workspace’s Metal Box Factory in Southwark and Mare Street in Hackney are two of the few commercial spaces in London to have achieved the Wired Certified Platinum rating for connectivity – alongside notable buildings such as The Shard and BBC Broadcast Centre.


Virtus Consult secures NHS SBS Framework place

Leading multi-disciplinary real estate consultancy Virtus Consult has been appointed to the NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) Framework, after its application to participate in the proposed Framework Agreement was accepted.
Having submitted its proposal in January 2018, Virtus Consult can reach a greater number of public-sector organisations, looking to procure Construction Consultancy Services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
The four-year contract, will develop an effective partnership between Virtus Consult and the NHS SBS, providing the business with an opportunity to maximise sales and build working relationships with a number of high-profile members and associates.
Virtus Consult Director, Jan Ponsford, said: “It is gratifying to learn that our all hard work has come to fruition and we have been successful in the specific lots targeted, including: Project Management, Quantity Surveyor, Principal Designer Services and Energy Efficiency and Associated Products.
“Securing the NHS SBS Framework Agreement will ensure more public-sector organisations can now benefit from our experience, expertise and cost-effective services to help them save money on all their future infrastructure and energy efficiency projects.
“Using the Framework means that no formal tendering is required, allowing participants to save valuable time and money during the procurement process, while offering organisations the freedom and flexibility to choose the suppliers they want to work with.
“The Framework will help publicise our business to a much wider customer base, as it is made available free of charge to all public-sector organisations in the UK, including but not limited to the NHS, blue light services, universities, schools and other local authorities.
“From a business perspective, we’re also able to directly offer our services to a group of core members who have paid a fee for the complete portfolio of NHS SBS Framework Agreements, meaning we are targeting customers that are actively seeking professional support.
“Given our industry experience and history delivering projects for a range of public sector clients, we believe the SBS Framework will further solidify our position within the industry, while helping us grow and secure new business.”
Nathan Hodgson, Category Manager at NHS Shared Business Services, commented: “The aim of this Framework is to provide estates, facilities and capital teams a compliant route to the market for the provision of consultancy services from a wide range of specialisms.
“It delivers a range of pricing options for both traditional design and build options, allowing customers to identify the support they require directly – streamlining the entire procurement process.
“We were especially impressed with Virtus Consult’s application and after careful consideration decided to award the NHS SBS Framework to the business on a four-year contract.
“Given its abundance of industry experience and proven track-record delivering projects across a range of different sectors, we are sure that Virtus Consult will experience the true potential of the SBS Framework and the benefits it offers businesses.”

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