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02.06.21

Project Speed Vision Report

This week, we are delighted to release our Project Speed Vision Report.  At Nichols, we have always placed huge value on increasing the efficiency of projects, because through doing this, we are delivering life changing benefits to individuals and communities faster.  To read our insight on achieving this efficiency through Project Speed, click here.

 

03.03.21

Town recovery the tailored way

As the country looks to recover from the continuing challenges presented by Covid-19, one crucial issue we must confront is regional economic regeneration and the ‘levelling-up’ agenda. The pandemic has laid bare just how vital it is that we support communities nationwide to revitalise their local environment and build economic resilience. With coastal communities and areas in the North and Midlands particularly vulnerable to an economic downturn, we need to get serious about supporting our regions and towns. It is vital that a new and creative approach is adopted to ensure freedom of opportunity is no longer contingent on geography.

A cornerstone of the Government’s commitment to level up the regions is the £3.6bn Towns Fund. As leading strategic change experts, last year Nichols were invited to join a multidisciplinary consortium of specialists appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to help local authorities access the Fund and support their communities. By October 2020, the first seven Town Deals, worth almost £180m, were announced, providing communities with a much-needed confidence boost to drive economic regeneration and productivity growth.

At Nichols we believe there are two key considerations that will ensure the success of this vital programme. First is the importance of a collaborative, bespoke approach. What has become clear during our 45 years of working on major regeneration projects, from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy to the redevelopment of Kings Cross, is that a one size fits all approach will always be doomed to fail. Communities, the people that live in them, their local environment and the challenges they face are all unique – so our approaches in supporting and strengthening them should be equally so.

Secondly, we need to recognise the importance of local knowledge and experience. Any levelling up programme must champion local voices and must, at all costs, avoid the appearance of Londoners telling regions ‘how things should be done’. In our role of supporting local authorities and empowering leaders in the design and development of their local plans, Nichols’ experts will, wherever possible, be located in the region they are working with. Our innovative virtual working practices will also support the successful delivery of the Fund.

Therefore, the focus of the Fund on enabling local communities to shape their own environment is key. The scale of the Covid-19 crisis makes it the most challenging national event since the 1940s. And if stronger, more inclusive and resilient towns is one of the outcomes from this pandemic, then this crisis will not have been for nothing.

To read Katie’s op-ed in full, please visit The Municipal Journal.

21.01.21

Learning to Lead

This morning, Nichols’ Simon Kirby was delighted to host ‘Learning to Lead’, an event in collaboration with the Major Projects Association. During the event, Simon explored the importance of leadership at all levels, as well as introducing different leadership styles and ideas for development. To read more about this event click here.

09.11.20

Achieving Project Speed

We are delighted to feature in today’s New Civil Engineer with an article outlining our thoughts on achieving Project Speed. In the article, we identify three key transformative accelerators for achieving faster project delivery. Click here to read more.

27.08.20

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration finalists are announced

Thank you to all those who entered, every application was truly inspiring and we would like to congratulate all those who applied or were nominated on their outstanding successes and achievements. The winner will be announced at the virtual APM Awards Ceremony on 16 November 2020.

Click here to view the finalists.

21.07.20

Speeding up the delivery of major projects

Nichols Simon Kirby has written an article for Infrastructure Intelligence on speeding up the delivery of major infrastructure projects in line with the ambitious challenge recently set out by Government. To read the article click here.

21.04.20

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2020

We are delighted to announce that nominations have opened for this year’s Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration.

This award celebrates the legacy of our founder and guiding star – recognising inspirational individuals, projects, programmes and organisations, and their contribution to successful transformational change for the world and society. The award will be presented at the APM awards ceremony in November.

We very much look forward to reading your entries and learning about what has inspired you in the past year, shining a light during this difficult time. Please click here for further details and nomination forms.

20.11.19

Loraine Martins and Michèle Dix awarded prestigious Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration

All of the entries received for the 2019 Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration were truly outstanding. Having considered all finalist entries at great length, it was clear to us that we had no choice but to select not one but two worthy winners.

 

Nichols are delighted to announce that Loraine Martins MBE and Michèle Dix CBE have both been awarded the prestigious Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration at the annual APM Awards. This distinguished award recognises inspirational individuals, projects, programmes and organisations, and their contribution to successful transformational change for the world and society.

To continue Mike’s legacy of inspiration, we are overjoyed to have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Loraine and Michèle’s inspirational work in the industry.

25.07.19

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration finalists are announced

Thank you to all those who entered, every application was truly inspiring and we would like to congratulate all those who applied or were nominated on their outstanding successes and achievements.

The winner will be announced at the APM Awards on 18 November 2019. Click here to view the finalists.

29.04.19

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2019

We are delighted to announce that nominations have opened for this year’s Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration.

This award celebrates the legacy of our founder and guiding star – recognising inspirational individuals, projects, programmes and organisations, and their contribution to successful transformational change for the world and society.  The award will be presented at the APM awards ceremony in November.

We very much look forward to reading your entries and learning about what has inspired you in the past year.  Please click here for further details and nomination forms.

 

19.03.21

Gender perceptions in transport

Nichols is delighted to be included in the APPG report for Women in Transport on gender perceptions in the transport industry. In the report, we share our vision to create a business environment that reflects the variety in the world around us, and reveal the results we have achieved so far. Click here to read the full report

19.02.21

Sponsorship and collaboration

Nichols’ Liz Baker has written an article on the relationship between sponsorship and collaboration in major projects. In her piece, she explores the benefits of sponsorship, as well as the attributes required by a sponsor to enable better collaboration.  To read her article in full, click here.

19.01.21

Project speed or project snail

Nichols’ Jackie Duncan and Temi Afolabi have written a joint article which looks at how to get pace into projects right from the start and how to prioritise people in the process. Click here to read their piece.

27.10.20

The importance of streamlining processes

Nichols’ Alistair Godbold has recently published a piece on the importance of streamlining processes to achieve greater productivity and better results. Click here to read his piece.

12.08.20

Nichols joins consortium of experts to deliver MHCLG’s Towns Fund

We are delighted to be a part of a consortium of experts appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help local authorities access the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund delivering crucial benefits for communities across England. To read more click here. 

10.07.20

The importance of integrated planning and strategic rail investments

An article by Nichols Satish Luhar on the importance of integrated planning and strategic rail investments in the Midlands and North; outlining their impact on UK growth and stronger communities post Covid-19, has been published in today’s Transport Times. This follows our contribution to the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment.

Click here to read the article in full.

06.03.20

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! We are celebrating this year’s IWD by sharing an extract of our campaign ‘Mind the Gap’ which was created in collaboration with Sorry to Interrupt. We hope you enjoy!

 

18.11.19

The 2019 Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration

The winner of the 2019 Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration will be presented at tonight’s APM Awards Ceremony.  The award recognises inspirational contributions to transformational change. We are excited to be celebrating Mike’s legacy and acknowledging those in the industry.

29.05.19

Embracing diversity

Earlier this month Nichols Lisa Hogben presented at the Embracing Diversity Event hosted by the Major Projects Association. Many insightful and inspiring topics were touched on during the event, including discussions about why we should resist the temptation to recruit and promote people who remind us of ourselves.

At Nichols, loving variety is something we hold close to our hearts. We are proud to have such strong and passionate people within our business family who are keen to share this message with the wider community.

21.03.19

Frances and Kathryn speak to Emily Ashwell, New Civil Engineer

Frances & Kathryn Nichols

Frances and Kathryn Nichols were delighted to speak to Emily Ashwell from the New Civil Engineer earlier this month about the history of Nichols, what sets it apart and the vision for the future.

In this thought-provoking article, they touch on the origins of the business, as well as communicating the importance of values, creativity, diversity and inclusion to business life.

Having spoken at an International Women’s Day event just a few days earlier, this article is a timely display of Nichols passion to create balance, and promote and celebrate diversity in society.

Click here to read the article in full.

12.03.21

Frances Nichols nominated for industry contribution

As part of International Women’s Month, our Chair and Creative Director, Frances Nichols, was nominated by the IPFA for her outstanding contribution to raising consciousness and loving variety in business and the world. To view the nominees, click here.

05.02.21

Project Pace panel discussion

In December, Nichols’ Kerry Bangle was a panel member at the Major Project Association’s Project Pace – Accelerating Major Projects event. The event considered how the public and private sector might collaborate to help accelerate the successful delivery of major projects in the UK. To read more about Nichols’ approach to Project Speed, click here.

17.11.20

The 2020 Mike Nichols Award winner is announced

Nichols was delighted to award the 2020 Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration to Babcock’s Zephyr Plus Project Team at the annual APM Awards ceremony last night. Their tireless determination and pioneering work during the last year has been a true inspiration and has contributed to the lives of so many.  This distinguished award recognises inspirational individuals, projects, programmes and organisations, and their contribution to successful transformational change for the world and society.

21.09.20

Nichols welcomes Simon Kirby

We are delighted to announce that Simon Kirby has joined Nichols. We welcome Simon to our team of strategic change specialists, bringing our clients vision to reality, using experience, expertise and conscious awareness to ensure the delivery of outstanding projects and programmes.

Frances Nichols and Kathryn Nichols remain as Chair and Chief Executive of The Nichols Group respectively. In his work at Nichols, Simon will have no role in respect of the company’s work with HS2 Ltd.

31.07.20

Loraine Martins MBE speaks at Nichols Now Is The Time event

This week, we were delighted to host a ‘Now Is The Time, We Are The People’ event on the importance of anti-racism with guest speaker Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail. Loraine generously shared her personal stories and insights into the history of racism, highlighting daily challenges still faced by minority communities around the world, and inspiring us all to do whatever we can to bring about positive change.

09.06.20

Enabling Momentous and Sustainable Change

Nichols Temi Afolabi has written a powerful article on Enabling Momentous and Sustainable Change which addresses some important, timely issues along with suggestions for what we can do to make a change.

Click here to read the article in full.

21.11.19

The Mike Nichols Award

 

17.10.19

Nichols responds to recent media activity 

Following recent media activity relating to Nichols work with HS2, we have published the below statement.

At Nichols we pride ourselves on the integrity of our business family.  As was conveyed to, and reported by the involved media, Nichols and our consultants have behaved entirely properly and in accordance with the Conflict of Interest protocols laid down by Government.  We conduct ourselves by the highest ethical and professional standards at all times and are proud of the work we do on major projects around the world. 

Of the consultants who have joined us from HS2 roles, only one was ever required to register by their previous role, and they did so.  Only one person has worked on the project for Nichols since leaving the Department for Transport or HS2 Ltd; this was also done in total accordance with the rules in place.  Neither Simon Kirby nor Stuart Westgate, who have been mentioned directly, have had any involvement with HS2 whatsoever since leaving the company.

We have acted within the rules required of us by Government, at all times. 

29.05.19

Control is simply not enough

Nichols Neil McCrimmon has written a thought piece about the challenges of running successful programmes. The article provides an insight into the importance of using influence and control as a programme manager, and with this in mind, offers considerations on how to best achieve the goals of the programme.

His article has been posted on the APM website. To read it, click here.

12.12.18

Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2018

We are hugely grateful to this year’s finalists, all of whom demonstrated such inspiring qualities and are each extremely deserving of recognition.

We found one entry in particular, truly inspiring and heart warming; displaying tremendous skill, commitment and passion to their cause. 

The 2018 Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration was presented to the Cumbria Infrastructure Recovery Programme, run by Cumbria City Council and Mott Macdonald. The programme helped to rebuild Cumbria following the havoc caused by ‘Storm Desmond’ back in 2015, capturing hearts and minds alike in the process. We were very impressed with their collaborative approach to create a ‘delivery community’, which will leave a positive legacy for future generations.

We look forward to hearing about and celebrating those who inspire the project community and the world in 2019.