The Green Apple Awards
Thursday 4th May – Specifying innovative sustainable systems by Constructing Excellence

The Constructing Excellence Sustainability Theme Group is teaming up with Innovation Gateway to bring you a session on innovative and sustainable solutions and how these are specified. The workshop taking place at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford will look at some best practice examples of where innovative solutions have been trialled and implemented on real projects.

The Innovation Gateway is an alliance of organisations working in partnership to reduce the risk and cost of adopting high-impact solutions to energy, waste, water and productivity & wellbeing challenges. By attracting the best innovation through the collective power of the partners’ brands, innovators and SMEs get an opportunity to pilot their solutions on the property portfolios of some of Britain’s biggest companies.

10.00 Coffee & Networking
10.30 Welcome and Introduction, Paul Toyne, Group Chair
10.45 Innovative solutions coming to projects near you,

  • The Biophilic Office Project, Flavie Lowres, BRE
  • Endertherm, Dale Edgington, Endo Enterprises
  • AirClean, Jack Sweeney, Tobermore
  • including AirClean by Tobermore
11.30 Tour of BRE Innovation Park
12.15 Lunch
12.45 The Power of Many, Henry Majed, Innovation Gateway
13.05 Panel discussion: How companies are working together to transform their building performances
14.15 Summary & Next Steps
14.30 Close

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REGISTER NOW 2 Free Chamber events - Your invite to talk business


David, Lisa and I had the pleasure of visiting our opposite numbers from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Budapest late last year and its time for the return visit.

Twelve business people from a range of industries - machinery, manufacturing, export-import, banking, ICT, healthcare, environmental & fire protection - will be in St Albans on Thursday 20th April and we're going to showcase some of the things we do really well.You are invited to join us...

From 10.30am - 1pm we will be at Oaklands College where Commercial Director Nicole Sadd has kindly arranged a tour of Hertfordshire's finest further education establishment - 1,500 courses, 10,000 students and lovely little lambs - after which there will be a chance for you to meet and talk to the delegates in a informal environment... Register Free Now

The delegation will then move on to see our friends at BRE (Building Research Establishment) who will play host 2.30pm - 5pm . Here delegates will see the world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre, nestled just inside our District. If you have not visited this is your opportunity to see how they are building a better world together and meet our international colleagues at the same time... Register Free Now

The day will be rounded off with a Platinum Point hosted networking event from 6pm - 8pm at Verulam Golf Club, with a rather special speaker. Nikki King OBE set up Isuzu Truck UK in 1996 in a crowded male dominated marketplace and she built it into a company that at its height had a £35million turnover. She was the subject of Channel 4’s Undercover Boss, appears on BBC1’s Question Time, is a Radio 4 regular (Any Questions, The Bottom Line, Saturday Live) and took part in a lively debate about female quotas in the boardroom at the Oxford Union. I for one can't wait to have a chat... BOOK NOW

I am extending an open invitation to any business leaders in our district to come and meet our Hungarian friends to talk business - no pressure, no hidden agenda, just an opportunity to talk to like minded commercial people with a focus on sustainable growth and building relationships at any or all of these events.

There is no charge for either the morning or afternoon sessions but numbers are limited so please register here and the evening session is a snip at £25 includes a glass of wine and a a buffet as well as the chance to meet many other local business contacts!

Please get in touch if you have any questions, thanks,

June Cory
Vice President

Wednesday 3rd May – The Way Forward: Businesses Go Green and Save Money?

Inspirational and potentially money-saving workshop on Wed 3rd May 9.30am-12.30 at Hightown House, Maylands Avenue HP2 4XH. £25+vat.

Phil Williams of Plan-It Eco will inspire us with his stories as a Producer and Director from his days at the BBC and tales of his adventures in the Amazon. Sharon Gaffney of SG Associates will explain how going green will save you money and the impact that these changes will have on the environment.

Hosted by Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassador Hightown HA.

For more information and to book, click here.

Thursday 18th May – 3D Printing and Design Showcase

Discover how 3D printing and digital technologies can enhance your business and drive innovation. Find out how the University and its specialist unit, the Digital Hack Lab, can help you innovate and transform. The University of Hertfordshire are offering a FREE event for businesses, for more information and to book please click here.

Event details
Date: 18 May 2017
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Chapman Lounge