• ACE Awards benefit market credibility says Frame Group

    Posted by · March 01, 2024 10:51 AM · 1 reaction

    Winning Silver and Sustainability ACE Awards had multiple positive spinoffs for Frame Group. Managing Director Jonathan Pringle tells us how the company’s success at last year’s awards helped attract new team members, created team pride and inspired them to enter further awards, and benefitted market credibility for the small, specialist business.

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  • Temporary Traffic Management changes - have your say

    Posted by · February 28, 2024 9:29 AM · 1 reaction

    If you're working in Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) you'll be aware of some important changes with the move to a risk-based approach to TTM which replaces the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM).

    These are important changes and professional services firms have a role in supporting the industry during the transition period.

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  • Gold ACE Award shows size no barrier says Index Engineering

    Posted by · February 28, 2024 9:17 AM · 3 reactions

    With entries now open for the 2024 ACE Awards, Gold award winner Index Engineering encourages other SMEs to enter saying last year's win was a huge achievement and great endorsement of its work. Business Manager Ingrid Snyman shares her thoughts about why the awards are worth entering.  

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  • ACE Awards encouraged reflection and boosted client relationship says ElectroNet

    Posted by · February 27, 2024 9:17 AM · 1 reaction

    Entries for the 2024 ACE Awards are now open. We talk to 2023 Silver award winner ElectroNet about how entering the awards encouraged the team to reflect on its achievements, and the resulting boost to its client relationship and business profile. Business Development Leader Kieran Kennedy shares the company's experience.  


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  • Why succession planning is crucial for SMEs – with Ian McKnight at BMC

    Posted by · February 26, 2024 1:57 PM · 1 reaction

    Batchelar McDougall Consulting (BMC) is a specialised structural engineering consultancy based in the South Island that has gone through a transformative process of succession planning. We talk to Chief Executive Ian McKnight about what kick-started the journey, how they navigated significant hurdles, and the purpose and values that underpin how the business operates today.  

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  • 2024 ACE Awards Convenor Rebecca Jackson talks submissions

    Posted by · February 14, 2024 11:44 AM · 1 reaction

    Environmental engineer, professional development mentor and coach, and 2024 ACE Awards convenor Rebecca Jackson talks about the consultant’s unique contribution and creating an award-winning entry.

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  • Attracting key talent in an ever-changing market

    Posted by · February 09, 2024 10:57 AM · 1 reaction

    Uncertainty remains rife in the job market and there’s no sign of this changing soon. HainesAttract’s Head of Partnerships Ben Tinker says people are eager for the market to return to normal following the pandemic, but volatility is still very present. We are living in a world where situations constantly change so the need to adapt rapidly and effectively is essential. 

    Over twenty years of experience in global talent acquisition enables Ben to provide direction about how businesses, teams and individuals can attract, engage, onboard and nurture the talent they need without wasting precious time and resources. ACE is delighted to announce that he will share this knowledge at our inaugural ACE New Zealand SME Summit on 8 May in Auckland. 

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  • Over and out – why do female engineers exit construction careers?

    Posted by · February 09, 2024 10:11 AM · 1 reaction

    Kat Jackson’s concern at the fast departure rate of female engineers in the construction industry stems from personal experience. The Mott MacDonald technical director – advisory progressed fairly quickly in her career once she left construction.  

    She started working for construction companies nearly twenty years ago but her experience within the sector predates her formal employment following graduation. Since the late 1990s, when she undertook work experience as a teenager, she has worked in engineering in numerous capacities. 

    This journey, which offered much observation of “watching women come and go...often faster than they arrived”, has culminated in the recent completion of her thesis researching how women proceed in construction careers. 

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  • The government’s 100-day plan – a mixed bag

    Posted by · January 24, 2024 1:22 PM · 1 reaction

    The implications are numerous for the professional consulting industry in the coalition government’s 100-day plan (the plan) released in December 2023. Harrison Grierson’s Executive Director and National Land Development Manager Campbell McGregor looks at how the plan will affect the professional consulting industry and what the next three years could look like for Aotearoa.

    Campbell says the government’s self-proclaimed "ambitious" plan will have a real impact on the professional consulting sector and its partners, and believes there’s a lot to be excited about and achieve.

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  • Using ChatGPT to speed up contract analysis - with Matt Bishop

    Posted by · December 12, 2023 11:13 AM · 1 reaction

    Matt Bishop’s latest foray into the technology world aligns with his commitment to adapt and lead in a continually evolving construction sector where he constantly seeks to make construction smarter and more efficient.

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