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John White Awarded MBE

We are happy to congratulate a construction-industry stalwart and LSCC member, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

John White is the manager of Southwark Construction Skills Centre, which has provided training to 8,000 people since it was founded three-and-a-half years ago and joined the Chamber at the same time. The Centre is a partnership between another member, Lendlease, which is sponsoring the Awards and Southwark Council, one of the programme’s organisers.

John received the confidential news of his award a few weeks before the formal announcement on January 1.

“It was a surprise, very shocking,” he said. “I was digging the garden and someone said ‘you have a letter here, do you want to open this, it looks very official’ and I did, then I went back to digging as I couldn’t quite believe it.”

The Skills Centre, located in Lendlease’s Elephant Park, works closely with employers and residents, to provide employees with the skills required by businesses.

John said: “We work within our community, within South London. We are going to employers, finding out what they want. If they are going to employ people, what jobs are on offer? What are the skills they need? What kind of person are they looking for? Then, we run the training.”

“My big push is to make sure the training is open to everyone. There are barriers to training, maybe age, previous qualifications, and we want there to be no barriers. If you are 16 or 74, no matter where you come from in the community, the opportunity is open. If you’re the right person, you’re the right person.”

The centre trains ex-offenders, ex-military and ex-gang members, people referred from the job centre, or those who just drop in – for no appointment is necessary – such as mums with children in tow. The training includes new skills as well as upskilling, for example, of retired members of the construction industry coming back to work in a less labour-intensive, more plant-dominated environment. John also reached out to the local Latin American community in Elephant Park, with more than 200 people turning up to his initial presentation.

Apprentices are also important and John is “keen that they go into the community to work rather than just into our yard or classroom”.

The many and varied projects apprentices have become involved in include Southwark Peace Gardens in Walworth Road, dedicated to reducing knife crime and providing support to community members affected by it.

The Diversity Garden in King James Street and Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe are also beneficiaries.

In 2020, the Centre will be expanding to Brixton and to Stratford in partnership with Transport for London. John will also be attending Buckingham Palace to receive his medal.

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A comfortable central London hotel offering suites for short and longer stays with kitchens, free Wi-Fi and a daily buffet breakfast included. We are in a quiet and leafy street, only five minutes’ walk from Vauxhall’s bus and Tube stations, with fast connections all over the city. You can walk to Westminster within 20 minutes, where Big Ben and the London Eye can be explored. Albert Embankment and Tate Britain are just next door as well.

You can hold meetings on-site in The Den, a smart space for up to 14. A 52-inch TV with a wireless connection helps take the stress out of presentations. Major exhibition and sports venues like Olympia and The Oval are less than five miles away.

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Chamber News – November 2019

The chamber has seen many new developments in recent times due to our chamber events as well as cooperation between members that has resulted in opportunities coming to light which would would not be possible without such inter-connectivity. 

A good example of what cooperation between members can achieve comes from furniture design and production company Graniti, International Members of LSCC, who have recently been awarded an EU grant of 500,000 euros to install state of the art painting and cutting equipment. This was obtained through a proposal put together by another of our members – Michael English of Crozier International Ltd.

Another notable achievement in cooperation is underway between the international IT company Seavus and our most recent company of the month, CoPear, who are currently in discussions regarding a UK suite of projects that involve: Research & Development; Collaboration of new products and a UK Sales Partnership. CoPear will be meeting with Seavus at their European Head Office within the next few weeks.

Future possibilities are constantly being pursued by the chamber, and a critical part to that is developing relationships with other chambers internationally. From 19th to 23rd November Mr Parim Bajrami, Secretary General of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, will visit London and will be the Chamber’s guest at a special dinner on the evening of 20th November. Earlier this year LSCC signed an M.O.U. with the Kosovo Chamber. This sets out the assistance that members of each Chamber can receive when visiting Kosovo from the UK or vice versa.

Additionally, in the course of our Trade Visit to Sofia last month, we signed an M.O.U. with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce. Any member visiting Bulgaria for business or tourism can obtain business contacts and some very attractive hotel rates as a result of the terms of co-operation agreed.

Talks have also been taking place with Uzbekistan business leaders with a view to establishing trade and technology links and platforms in at least one of the country’s major cities. It is hoped that the Business School of LSCC members, South Bank University, will act as the project’s educational partners. We wish to further this relationship with them in our second trade visit to Uzbekistan during June 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed).

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Company of the Month – June 2019

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