For more than a decade, Acorn have worked with a number of the UK’s largest commercial and infrastructure construction firms including Balfour Beatty, Skanska, BAM and LendLease across a diverse array of complex projects.
The infrastructure construction sector is one which is coming under increasing demands on performance (financial, safety, project delivery etc.) and Acorn have worked in partnership from initial bid and project team assembly to sign-off and project close.
The diverse nature of these assignments has included hospitals, prisons, nuclear storage facilities, MOD bases and road and rail networks.
The nuclear industry is arguably the world’s most challenging business sector, where the demands upon companies and the issues they face are more acute because of the nature of the work being undertaken and the high profile of the sector itself.
Companies operating in the sector, from SMEs to multi nationals, and frameworks to individual contractors, must deliver high performance and are often called upon not simply to demonstrate outstanding technical capability, but also extraordinary levels of collaboration and team working.
Safety continues to be a vital factor in gaining and retaining contracts for the maintenance, renewal and enhancement of the UK’s rail infrastructure.
In a growth sector that is undergoing its biggest modernisation programme since Victorian times, safety continues to sit at the top of Network Rail’s priorities. Safety must be seen to be embedded at every level of an organisation if contractors are to succeed in this highly competitive sector.
Acorn work with a number of specialist companies delivering strategic, engineering and project management solutions to the challenges faced by the UK industry, specifically in waste management and asset care.
Acorn has supported these firms in areas such as succession planning, senior team coaching, leadership and development, along with talent management programmes to make the most of the graduates and young engineers recruited into the business.
Manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry is extremely competitive and volatile, consistently at the mercy of market forces. Senior managers and executives operating in this highly regulated sector need to balance many tough management issues.
In such a highly scrutinised business, managers often need to balance the conflicting needs of many stakeholders in a very public way, considering environmental, welfare and political issues whilst still producing a profit for shareholders.
Acorn has worked with senior teams across the UK to develop their ability to adapt and change for long-term survival, by sustaining high performing resilient teams.