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:
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.