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The Procurement Bill currently progressing through Parliament sets out to reform public sector purchasing regulations post Brexit. We gathered an illustrious panel to discuss what the changes will mean for SMEs looking to win work through bidding and those bodies which have to publish contracts through public tenders.This online webinar from Urbano Network features  Rebecca Rees, Partner and Head of Public Procurement at Trowers & Hamlins,  Alan Heron, Director of Procurement at Places for People, Sarah Collins, Technical MD at RIFT R&D (on claiming back tendering costs  using R&D tax credits) and Caroline Brock, Co-Director of Urbano & Talent Lab where she is lead on tenders.The event is introduced and facilitated by Mark Herring, Co-Director of Talent Lab & Connector-In-Chief of Urbano.Urbano is grateful for the support of EQ Investors, Rift R&D & Stewart Title.Support the show
Join Mark and assorted Urbano Members as they discuss how they use LinkedIn as a networking and business engagement tool.Support the show
Since Urbano began in 2011, we have had a proud track record of championing opportunities for women, and our UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering*) community helps women in Urbano member firms to develop and enhance their connections across our networkJoining Mark Herring, our Connector-In-Chief at Urbano is our guest speaker - Nicola Gillen - EMEA Lead, Total Workplace at Cushman & Wakefield.GUEST SPEAKER & PRESENTATIONNicola Gillen - EMEA Lead, Total Workplace at Cushman & Wakefield Nicola specialises in the relationship between design, people, behaviour and the built environment and is widely recognised within the industry as a leading authority on workplace strategy, design and behaviour change management. Nicola has 25 years’ experience delivering workplace strategy and innovation internationally. An architect and author, she is lead author of RIBA's guide ‘Future Office’.Nicola’s presentation will be drawn on the ‘Future Office’ and her work as co-author of another RIBA publication ‘ReThink Design Guide for a Post Pandemic world’ (published in January 2021), an innovative design guide with expert guidance on designing in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic.Nicola will also share insights into how employees are coping right now through Cushman & Wakefield’s unrivaled bespoke Experience per Square Foot™ a data-driven initiative that captures information from thousands of respondents in over 100 countries designed to measure what matters most to employees. @CushWakeUKSupport the show
This episode features a recording* of Sophie Kennedy, Joint CEO of EQ Investors, one of Urbano's most loyal members and supporters.  EQ Investors are an award-winning discretionary fund manager, focused on sustainable and impact investing, based in the City Of London.In this episode takes an in-depth and personal look at the challenges facing those in investment and finance to  deliver sustainable, wealth creation. During the course of her discussion with Mark Herring, she looks how those City are changing , what options there are for those individuals who want to look after their families for the longer term.Included in the discussion are issues around labels like ESG. Sophie also gives feedback on COP26 and how they worked with other B Corps to push for changes to company's Articles of Association as an important step to delivering measurable corporate benchmarks built around sustainability.For more information on EQ Investors, click here: EQ InvestorsFor more information about Mark, Talent Lab & Urbano Network - and to leave feedback - click here:* The sound quality of this episode was affected by a very loud air conditioning unit which we couldn't turn off.  The important messages are still audible though with an industrial background.Support the show
This Urbano Network webinar, featuring guest presenter Debra Spurway, Director at HR and employment law specialists, HR Dept, offers timely, practical advice on what employers can do to support employees in the workplace and provide insight to those who would not likely suffer from such symptoms. Facilitated by Urbano's co-Director, Caroline Brock , who introduces questions from the audience, this webinar is essential listening for employers who want to address the issues around menopause and create inclusive workspaces and retain experienced talent. Please leave feedback for Caroline and Debra through the Urbano website.Support the show
During an online Urbano Members Networking Round Table, in addition to the usual 'who you are/where you are/what you do and who for'  introductions, I asked each participant to share with us their most valuable connections made through networking.The explained where they met them the benefits they have brought you. You'll hopefully hear how these critical connections have developed  valuable relationships and brought  with them tangible (ie business) and intangible (personal, such as friend or now partner) value.Remember, when networking, you don't know when you first meet a person what they will add to your life. I think the  examples discussed demonstrate that.Mark( / the show (
One of Urbano's longest standing and most loyal members, Mark recorded a podcast with Leo Bones of EQ Investors. EQ Investors are an award-winning discretionary fund manager, focused on sustainable and impact investing, based in the City Of London.Leo is part of the business development team at EQ and has over 30 years experience within the financial services sector.Mark and Leo take a meandering trip back through their networking history which started back in Shoreditch in the mid 2000s. Along the way, Leo shares with us his approach to networking, how he connects with people and the changing landscape around finance, investment, ESG and sustainability. He also shares his views on what makes a good networking event and network - and what doesn't! For more information on EQ Investors, click here: EQ InvestorsFor more information about Mark, Talent Lab & Urbano Network - and to leave feedback - click here: the show (
Julie is a long-standing member of Urbano and a very experienced networker. Last year, Julie took the courageous step of leaving the world of employment and PAYE to start her own business, Pro Team BD.Pro Team BD is an outsourced marketing services provider and amongst a range of things, Julie speaks about networking for yourself and your own business against for an employer.This episode is full of good advice on how sales people must not sell at networking events to find value.To find out more about Julie and her company here: Pro Team BD.For more information about Mark, Talent Lab & Urbano Network - and to leave feedback - click here: the show
Recorded during Women In Construction Week and on International Women's Day, Mark Herring interviews Jess James,  MD and owner of Jaw Sustainability, whose company celebrates its fifth birthday party on the day of publication of this podcast,Mark and Jess discuss how she she has grown her company , how she has used networking to develop business opportunities, and how spends her time productively at MIPIM, the international property show which takes place next week in Cannes, France.Jess also discusses her experience of sexism and discrimination in a male-dominated industry.To find out more about Jess' company, Jaw, click here: Jaw SustainabilityFor more information about Mark, Talent Lab & Urbano Network - and to leave feedback - click here: the show
During an online Urbano Members Networking Round Table, in addition to the usual 'who you are/where you are/what you do and who for'  introductions, I asked each attendee to share their own experiences and tips on how to turn those initial introductions made at networking  events into valuable relationships that produce new business opportunities.Mark ( / the show
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A lovely conversation with Lucy Dunne for this episode who you will gather is a lot younger than Mark and offers a fresh perspective on networking which should be an especially valuable listen for those new to the world of business networking and find the prospect of meeting new people daunting.Lucy is Marketing and Social Value Coordinator at Rooff who are members of Urbano Network. She has taken part in a previous podcast recording of our online speaker panel event on New Procurement Regulations which featured Rebecca Rees of Trowers & Hamlins and Caroline Brockof this parish & Talent Lab.I chatted to Lucy about how she finds networking as a young woman in a male-dominated industry like construction. The story of how she got her job through Claire Bullen is also exactly why any connection can deliver new opportunities.For more information about Mark, Talent Lab & Urbano Network - and to leave feedback - click here: the show (
One of Urbano's longest standing and most loyal members, Mark took some time out of Elle Moss' exceedingly busy diary to chat about how she has used networking to grow her design-based branding agency Drew London.They discuss how they met a million years ago in Clerkenwell, how networking is a mix of the personal and business, and also the joys - or otherwise... - of hosting your own networking events. - BTW, to make sense of the opening remarks, this was recorded over Zoom and Elle was in a bare room that had a TV stand but no TV. But that's Brixton for you.To find out more about Elle and her company, click here: Drew London.For more information about Mark, Talent Lab & Urbano Network - and to leave feedback - click here: the show (
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We were delighted to welcome Penny Gowler, Director and Head of Sustainability at Elliott Wood to act as our guide to offer illumination and clarity on some key questions: What do we mean by net-zero carbon, carbon-neutral, embedded carbon, the life cycle of a building, carbon footprint, sustainability, retrofit, circular economy and reuse vs recycling? Can you compare and measure different material choices when discussing their sustainability and zero carbon impact? What regulations exist that govern the use of materials in the built environment? Penny Gowler is a Chartered Structural Engineer. She has a strong interest in sustainable design and is a frequent speaker at events, including the recent RIBA Smart Practice Conference. Penny is Director and Head of Sustainability at Elliott Wood and is responsible for managing a team of 20 engineers and technicians working across a wide range of projects with typical construction costs of between £10m and £100m.Support the show (
London, perhaps more than any other of Britain, has seen the slowest rate of economic activity compared to 2019 and the City of London has not yet returned to previous levels of office-based working.This event was a look at the future of London and the City with Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy & Resources Committee of the Corporation of London.Catherine shares the Corporation of London's and her personal vision for the City and London as part of a post-Brexit and post-Covid Britain. A unique chance to share, shape and align your company's future relationship with the financial heart of the UK with a key policy maker.Support the show (
Simon is a founding director of global architecture practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) where he leads a design studio of 200 architects.Simon is a frequent writer, critic and advisor, a visiting professor at Harvard, a trustee of the London School of Architecture and the Chickenshed Theatres Trust.In 2020, Simon was elected the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and took up the role on September 1st.On his election, Simon said he wanted to create "a more open, productive, engaged and reinvigorated RIBA" that addresses "global climate change and architecture's pivotal role in a post-pandemic world." This event will hear from Simon on his plans to deliver on his priorities and where he sees the future of architecture within the fast-changing landscape of the built environment, leading into an interactive Q&A, with networking to follow. Our hosts - The Building Society - is a co-working space and collaborative community for everyone working within the build environment sector, created by Urbano Members Structural & Civil Engineers, Elliott Wood. This is a place where we can all start to engineer a better society. Support the show ( the report as a starting point, we look at the specific challenges around retrofitting in historic and listed buildings, and traditional homes - especially those in conservation areas - where owners are looking to install heating and power systems in line with government targets to reduce zero carbon emissions.About our Guest SpeakerPeter Cox is Managing Director at Carrig Conservation International Ltd and a Fellow at The RSA. Peter and his company Carrig International have a proven track record in dealing with all levels of listed buildings, protected structures and monuments. Peter Cox is well known and respected internationally and contributes much to international standards, Government policies and lectures extensively on the international stage. Support the show
Presenting this session, which examines newly opened The Spine building, is Robert Hopkins, Regional Director of AHR, the award-winning architecture and building consultancy practice - and Urbano Network members. Robert is design/project lead on The Spine, the new northern home for the Royal College of Physicians in Liverpool, which aims to be one of the healthiest workplace environments in the world when it opens its doors in May 2021. Biophilia is at the heart of AHR's approach to the design of The Spine and the building has been designed adhering to WELL Standard principles. Robert discusses how biophilia and other innvovations around workplace wellness and design have informed The Spine's design and construction. About our speaker Robert has over twenty years’ experience in the design of award winning buildings and delivery of several large and complex education projects in the UK and internationally. Robert is lead on the design of The Spine, the new £35m northern headquarters for the Royal College of Physicians in Liveropool which incorporates biophilic design features to create an inspirational workspace.Support the show (
Doing business for good

Doing business for good


Urbano has championed green and sustainable business practices since 2002 in Shoreditch where we created our first networking community. To achieve the targets in the Paris Agreement will involve more collaboration, more engagement, and a different way of measuring profitability. Urbano has highlighted and supported environmental awareness in business since 2002 and support organisations like the Good Law project. We will also be looking to undertake an audit for Urbano's parent Talent Lab to become a UK member of B Corp, the global body for-profit businesses to demonstrate their commitment to having a positive impact on society and their environment. This event will look at the steps that for-profit companies need to take to become a member of B Corps UK with Urbano Supporters, EQ Investors. SPEAKER Kate Sandle - Director of Programmes & Engagement at B Corp UK. Since the launch of the B Corporation movement in the UK, Kate has been key to building the community of companies who are reinventing business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves by measuring their impact and offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. As Director of Programmes & Engagement at B Corp UK, Kate works with existing B Corp members to strengthen the community and delivers campaigns to champion and build awareness of the movement. Kate will share with us how they are driving and promoting the role business plays in society This event is supported by EQ Investors, who recently scooped the award for 'the best adviser firm for ESG' at the Professional Adviser Awards 2021. are a purpose-driven investment management firm helping individuals and institutions who care about social and environmental impacts.Support the show (
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