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Collaborative Insight June 2015 - ISSUE 37

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Welcome & Introduction

Les Pyle

Welcome to this edition of Collaborative Insights featuring two very high profile ICW events:–

Collaborative Working in Smart Cities sponsored by Huawei at Imperial college in April closely followed by the Annual House of Lords Collaborative Working reception sponsored by NATS in May - both of these events are featured extensively in this publication.

The ICW financial year for 2014/15 closed at the end of March. I am pleased to report that the unaudited results indicate a strong year with significant revenue growth and a modest surplus. As ICW is a “Not for Profit” organisation the surplus will be invested in the business to strengthen the overall ICW offering portfolio.

Specifically ICW is investing in five specific areas viz:

  • The ICW training portfolio will be enhanced - John Osborne has been appointed Head of ICW Training to drive this process.
  • Warwick University has been commissioned to undertake a Research project on Collaborative Working Benefits Realisation to be published in the Autumn.
  • Again working with Warwick University ICW is seeking to give more emphasis to the Behavioural aspects of Collaborative Working.
  • In conjunction with BSI ICW has launched the Collaborative Working Awards scheme the results of which will be announced at the House of Lords in November.
  • In response to the growing global interest in Collaborative Working ICW is establishing two arms-length International operations – ICW Africa and ICW Canada.

Much of the growing global interest is driven by the evolution of BS 11000 into ISO 11000 – more arms-length operations will follow.

The growing ICW business requires the strengthening of the central team. We are pleased to welcome Bill Taylor to the Operations unit working for David Hawkins – Bill brings a wide collaborative working / value chain knowledge to ICW.

The ICW business process is being strengthened by the appointment of Alan Maund as Office Manager.

These appointments together with John Osborne on Training will provide an increasingly professional approach to the growing ICW client community.

ICW and its antecedents has been in operation for 25 years having been formed by Lord Joseph as a DTI initiative in 1990.

Clearly Collaborative Working (“Partnering” sic) has come a long way in 25 years and is now widely recognised as a fundamental business discipline. There is every reason to believe that the imminent launch of ISO 11000 will accelerate this process throughout the UK and increasingly Internationally.

Comments welcome.

Les Pyle
Chief Executive

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