Modus win KEiBA Employer of the Year 2021

We are absolutely over the moon to announce that Modus have won KEiBA Employer of the Year 2021!

KEiBA, the Kent Excellence in Business Awards, are managed by the KM Media Group along with Kent County Council and recognise deserving businesses across the county.

Having been established for only 7 years, it is a huge achievement to win this award. We do everything we can to produce the best people through training, mentorship and employee investment, ensuring that our clients receive the highest standards of quantity surveying and construction consultancy services.

Award judge, David Ward from David Ward Associates, had the following to say in his comments:

“Possibly one of the smallest companies to have ever won Employer of the Year, Modus Construction Consultants are worthy winners. They thoroughly deserve the award for going above and beyond anything you would expect from a company of their size in regard to staff development and progression. The investment in the training and progression of their team to ensure they met the highest possible standards was inspirational and the very high retention rates were testimony to the way this was appreciated by the employees.”

Modus are beyond proud to have pushed the boundaries of the award, being one of the smallest to have ever won. Award criteria covered aspects such as sales turnover and profit levels over the last few years, key objectives for the coming three years, equality and diversity, how we retain a motivated workforce, staff development and training and what differentiates us as an employer of choice within our industry. Awards accreditations and achievements within our business were also recognised as part of the entry.

You can read a snippet of our entry below:

As a small but ambitious firm, we are proud of how far we have come in the last 7 years. As a business, we are proud of what we have achieved and the service we provide our clients, investing in our staff, securing repeat business, and working towards our goal of being the region’s number one Quantity Surveyor.  We are clear in where we see the business going within the next 5 years and know we have a dedicated and experienced team to help us get there.

Since inception in 2013, Modus has grown in both in staffing levels and turnover. The company is now supported by 10 full time members of staff consisting of two Directors, six Quantity Surveyors ranging from senior to trainee, an Office Administrator and a Marketing & Bid Co-ordinator. 

In recent years we have seen our business grow considerably. As a result of our staff becoming more experienced and qualified, along with our reputation growing in the market, we have been able to secure more and higher-value, projects. We have seen a stable increase in turnover and our profit as a percentage of turnover is consistent.

Despite facing a worldwide pandemic over the last year, Modus were in a fortunate enough position to hire 3 new employees. These included two surveyors, one of which was an Apprentice, and a Marketing & Bid Co-ordinator. Unlike many industries, the construction sector was able to remain open, meaning we have been able to continue our growth strategy despite unprecedented circumstances, with our staff reaping the rewards of their hard work.  No staff were furloughed and our 20/21 turnover increased by 16% on our 2019 turnover. Our predicted turnover for 21/22 is on track to further increase with 84% of work for this period already secured. 

The last couple of years has seen Modus be successful on several large public sector frameworks, thanks to our motivated and dedicated staff. These include: NHS Shared Business Services Framework, NHS London Procurement Partnership, Medway Council Framework,Medway Hospitals Framework, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Framework and Assura.

Something that stood out to judges is the investment in our employees and our successful Apprenticeship Scheme. Over half of our workforce (4 out of 6 of our Surveyors) joined us through the scheme. We take on one or two apprentices a year, who, after one year of employment, are enrolled on a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying. The degree course is funded by Modus and trainees are allocated a dedicated training day per week in which to study. This study day is paid for by the company. Following on from the degree course, employees benefit from a structured training programme towards becoming Chartered. This arrangement allows for us to retain our staff by opening up career progression opportunities. We also encourage staff to suggest training opportunities for themselves that may support them within their role.

As a result of our training programme, our employees benefit from promotions through career progression as their experience grows. So far, we have supported and funded 3 employees through their complete degrees, with another 2 currently studying . Our Office Administrator, Claudia, recently completed her AAT Accounting Foundation Level 2 Certificate at East Kent College.

Being a smaller practice, we are able to provide a friendly, supportive place to work. As a company we pride ourselves on having a

stimulating and fun working environment. Modus has a relaxed atmosphere and our offices are modern and open plan, with up to date technology accessible to all. Our mentoring strategy, whereby each of the company’s Directors is a mentor to a member of our team, has been a great success, particularly with junior members of the team who find the mentoring invaluable.

Generally, our employees have enjoyed pay rises increases of approximately 15% to 30% year-on-year, way over the national average of 3.4%. Modus has just set up a private healthcare package with AXA which was rolled out and offered to staff from April 2020. Modus holds regular team lunches and team building events, as well as an annual summer event and Christmas party. Client and corporate hospitality is also shared between all members of staff.

We would like to express our gratitude all 2021 KEiBA judges, as well as Kent County Council and the KM Group, for awarding us this prestigious accolade. Congratulations to all other winners and finalists. Bring on KEiBA 2022!


Sam wins Best Construction Apprentice at the South East Construction Awards

Not only were we lucky enough to win KEiBA Employer of the Year this year, our Surveyor, Sam Prideaux MRICS, also won Best Construction Apprentice at the South East Construction Awards.

We are beyond proud of Sam, who completed his Apprenticeship, Degree with the University College of Estate Management and APC exam to become Chartered in just 6 years.

It’s unusual for the award to be given to someone who is no longer an apprentice, however Sam’s exceptional journey from a school leaver to a Chartered Member of RICS in such a short time, stood out to judges. Sam joined Modus in 2015 as our first apprentice. Since then, he has helped Modus grow to the successful business it is today under the mentorship of our Directors, Martin and Michael.

The submission covered questions such as ‘What sets this apprentice out from the others’, ‘What is their contribution to the wider team’ and ‘What has the impact been on them as a person’.

We asked Sam to write a few words about how he found his apprenticeship:

“Overall, my apprenticeship was a really positive experience and enabled me to obtain both technical and personal skills that have bettered me both as a person and a professional.  I was able to obtain a university degree and professional qualification with no financial debt, whilst being trained and gaining technical experience which I wouldn’t have had if I decided to go to university full-time.  It has also given me the opportunity to build amazing relationships with both colleagues and clients on a professional and personal level, which I feel is extremely valuable in life.

I have great ambitions within the construction sector. The first of which is to broaden my experience and skill set to ensure I can bring as much value to my clients and colleagues as possible.  I also recognise the great need to promote sustainability within the built environment and want to ensure I am involved in projects that positively impact both people and the planet.”

Congratulation again to Sam, we can’t wait to see what else you can achieve in your career at Modus!

If you are thinking about entering the construction industry through an apprenticeship, send us an email on info@modusltd.co.uk and we’ll be happy to chat you through the process.

 


MODUS EXHIBITING AT THE SOUTH EAST CONSTRUCTION EXPO

We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the South East Construction Expo #ConstructExpo on 21st October 2021. This is the first time we’ll be exhibiting at the show at the South of England Event Centre and can’t wait to see some familiar faces, as well as meeting new clients! Come and see us on Stand 66 to discuss how we can work together to reduce contractual and financial risk on your next construction project.

Not only will there be over 100 exhibitors and 2000 delegates, there will be a number of guest speakers, a networking breakfast, a women in construction networking lunch, a gala dinner and more!

If you’re in the construction sector, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you there.

Register for your free ticket at Book | South East Construction Expo (constructionexpouk.co.uk)


MODUS SHORTLISTED FOR KEiBA EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 2021

We’re excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the 2021 KEiBA awards! Entries were judged on a number of factors, including:

  • Staff motivation and engagement
  • Differentiation to other employers
  • Effective communication between managers and staff
  • Successful work/life balance for your staff
  • Trends in business turnover and profit levels
  • Business objectives for the next three years
  • Staff development initiatives/schemes
  • Initiatives that have contributed to performance

To be recognised for our investment in our staff is a real achievement. Fingers crossed for our interview next week with sponsor of the award, David Ward, Managing Director of David Ward Associates 🤞


Hope for Tomorrow Charity Clothes Collection

It’s the summer holidays and the perfect time for a clothing de-clutter!
 
Throughout August 2021, Modus will be partnering with Hope for Tomorrow collecting clothes to raise money for their new East Kent Mobile Cancer Care Unit (pictured below). A brand new unit costs £270,000 and has a 10 year life span. 
 
To run a unit for just one day costs £198 and is able to provide treatment for 20 people. Hope for Tomorrow receive £250 for every tonne of clothes they collect, meaning every bag counts towards their £7,000 a year maintenance cost.
 
The charity’s Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs) help patients to fit their treatment in to their lives, not the other way round. Aligning with Modus’ current healthcare and NHS construction projects, the charity works closely with NHS Trusts across the country, bringing their fleet of MCCUs into the heart of the community.
 
 
We’ll be opening up our offices to the public on Mondays and Fridays, 8am – 5.30pm throughout August to drop off sacks of unwanted clothes.
 
For specific requirements on what the charity can accept, please visit https://hopefortomorrow.org.uk/clothes-recycling/ and pop us a message to say you’re dropping by!

Covid-19 & SMEs – opportunity rather than crisis?

As a finalist in the SME of the Year category at the 2021 SECBE Awards, our Director, Michael Hoggart, was invited to be a speaker on the summit discussion panel, ‘SME – industry disrupter?’. Along with other finalists in the category, this was an opportunity to discuss SMEs and their impact within the construction industry. Has Covid been an enabler, rather than a crisis for these companies? Did we need this disruption to create a better industry?

The panel was led by Malcolm Clarke, Managing Director at Baxall Construction, who were also sponsors of the award.

A main point of discussion was around the recently released government initiative, the Construction Playbook and whether it’s likely this will have a real impact within the industry.

In summary, the initiative outlines ways the government will work with the construction sector to kick-start the economy as the country comes out of the pandemic. Endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council, the playbook looks into how public sector procurement can be standardised and is supported by a set of 14 principles, addressing the need for a best practice tendering process.

Will this help SMEs in the long-term? Yes (theoretically!). It means SMEs will be able to better prepare for procurement opportunities and know what is expected of them. It will also prepare them for any investment they may need to make to remain competitive against larger companies. Commercial pipelines looking 3 to 5 years ahead will also help SMEs to prepare for upcoming project opportunities.

Digitisation from SMEs has also played a huge factor over the last year, enabling them to be a disrupter within the industry. Thanks to the pandemic, SMEs have been forced to adopt digital technology faster than they maybe would have, without having to deal with Covid-19. SMEs are now able to rival larger firms with their access to and implementation of new technology. A mix of online and face-to-face meetings have allowed SMEs to retain their personal touch and tailored approach to projects yet become more time efficient through less travel to sites. Larger companies seem to have been doing things the same way for a while now, and this is the chance for SMEs to come in and change the industry for the better.

Relationships between clients and suppliers, not just in construction but all industries, are changing from transactional to a collaborative approach. A need for all stakeholders to be involved right from design and inception has become apparent and trust needs to be placed into suppliers, as the experts, by their clients. Too many times we have seen an emphasis on going with the lowest cost price from a tender, rather than quality. Clients need to adopt an ‘Outcome-based approach’, one of the 14 principles of the Construction Playbook, where they only focus on the outcome and allow suppliers to take the lead on processes and methods. It is suggested that this will be supported by ‘Should-Cost Models’ and benchmarking. Although many buyers are specifically looking for SMEs to tender for projects, many of the awards still go to large, multi-disciplinary consultancies. Perhaps the Construction Playbook could finally change this.

Similarly, as emphasis shifts from choosing the ‘cheapest option’ to the ‘most sustainable option’, which is often not the cheapest, SMEs have their chance to demonstrate their own CSR policies and how they make a real difference within the local community. Influence should be coming from local level, with suppliers being given more authority to make informed decisions regarding projects. At the end of the day, the suppliers are the professionals and should be respected as knowledgeable experts.

As Construction Consultants, we have considerable control over what materials are used and how sustainable a project can be. We have the knowledge and experience to suggest more sustainable construction methods and materials, ultimately ensuring projects can be executed sustainably, within budget and on-time. Modus have successfully incorporated sustainable practices and considered environmental impact on many of our projects and will continue to deliver and improve upon these professional services for both our public and private sector clients.

You can watch all 10 panel discussions at Constructing Excellence Awards | 2021 Summit (ce-awards.co.uk).


MODUS SHORTLISTED FOR CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR 2021

Modus have been shortlisted for Construction Consultancy of the Year in the 2021 Construction News Awards! The awards celebrate the people, pride and passion of the construction industry. Our entry outlined company performance during 2020, and evidenced our customer satisfaction, growth and quality of work. Also included was our response to how Covid-19 impacted our organisation over the last year.

Following our shortlisting, we will present to a judging panel in July. The final awards ceremony will be held in September at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Well done to all other companies shortlisted! You can see the full shortlist here.


MODUS APPROVED ON MEDWAY NHS FRAMEWORK

Modus are proud to announce that we have been approved as a supplier on the Medway NHS Foundation Trust Framework for Project Management and Quantity Surveying. The framework will cover projects in the Medway Maritime Hospital, as and when required. The framework will run for 1 year, with a possible 1 year extension. We look forward to working with the trust on their future improvement projects.


VOTE FOR US IN THE ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD’

Although the fate of our ‘SME of the Year’ entry lies in the hands of the Judges at the South East Constructing Excellence Awards, the ‘People’s Choice’ Award is totally down to public vote. People are at the heart of our business, and that doesn’t just mean our valued clients, but also our dedicated employees.

You can see our full entry here for ‘SME of the Year’. We’d be honoured to receive your vote. All you need to do is scroll to the bottom of the entry page and click ‘Vote’!

Thank you,

Team Modus


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