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November 03, 2008

Presenting Certificates of Competence Profiling

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The CCM team have started to present our Profiled Companies with a ‘Certificate of Competence Profiling’. As the CCM project moves to the close of the ERDF funded recruitment and intensive consultant support. The Collaborative Marketplace will continue and part of the process of these certificate visits is to update the competences and skills recorded on the CCM database.
Chris Salt of ABC Desks receives their certificate from Nicki of
Chris Salt of ABC Desks being presented with their Certificate by Nicki of Penstamps recently. Bob Narotra of BN Engineering is presented by Tuhin of CCM

The ABC Desks Competency Profile and the
BN Engineering Competence Profile both provide excellent web referrals as this entry powerfully confirms.
Bob Narotra of BN Engineering based in Small Heath, Birmingham, receives his Certificate from Tuhin from the CCM team, right.

April 04, 2008

What do you do with a successful Web Presence? Make it work Better!

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Balustrade & Handrails aid Accessibility in a modern office.The CCM team’s assistance to AD-Fabrications has been in three phases.
  1. Launch a new Online Brand & Catalogue bringing over 1000 web visitors every month.
  2. Focussed their on-line catalogue to generate better repeat business.
  3. Trained AD-Fabs to say “we don’t do that” quickly & courteously by helping domestic visitors find architects online.

The challenge has been to manage the overnight success of Ad-Fab’s web presence, to tune their site to attract more profesional repeat customers and to free up their staff to serve them better. Read the full CCM Case Study .

March 20, 2008

Civil Engineering Drainage Design Consultants Ready for Flood of Enquiries

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Example technical drawing from JNM Engineering

JNM Engineering is the latest company to be assisted by CCM. I have just published a new company profile for this Civil Engineering Design Consultancy Practice based in Ironbridge, Telford, West Midlands.

Their office seems to be precariously hanging on to the side of the banks of the River Severn, but they do specialise in Flood Risk Assessment, so they should be pretty safe.

They offer design consultancy services for drainage network design, highways adoption, flood risk assessment, Planning Policy Statement PPS 25 documentation, and residential / commercial scheme development.

James Mewis, the Practice Director has worked on some pretty big schemes in his 10 year experience, including the M42 Junction 4a widening scheme boasting Europes largest overhead gantry, and he has worked on the mother or all drainage networks for an Airport design.

They utilise some of the latest sophisticated software packages to carry out the drainage network design.

While writing this profile, I have had to learn some new phrases from James -

Sophisticated software for drainage design

Grey Water Harvesting
Rain Water Harvesting
Attenuated Drainage Systems
Attenuated Flow Systems
Vortex Control
Hydro Breaks
Reservoir Class Systems
Section 104 / 102 / 106 Approvals
Section 38 / 278 / 247 Approvals
PPS 25

So hopefully, with this profile published on CCM, JNM Engineering should get a flood of new enquiries.

Grant Melrose 2008

March 10, 2008

Enhancing web pages with background images

HTMLA very simple but effective way to enhance the look and feel of websites is to add a background image to pages. I have found this particularly useful on WMCCM hosted pages provided as part of our free assistance to eligible SMEs and start-ups. By simply adding

< body background=”image location”>

to the html code for the page, a background image is placed on the page. Two simple websites I created recently for start-up companies under our start-up support package are good examples, the first being Smart Fabrications and the second being Multifit (UK). I find making the image partially transparent, reducing the contrast and slightly increasing the brightness makes the background image more subtle and allows the page content to still stand out.

A useful variant is to have the background static but allowing the main content to scroll freely over it. This can be done adding

< body background=”image location” bgproperties=”fixed”>

to the code for the page. A good example of this is the site I created recently for Hawk Design as part of a full 5 day assistance package.

January 09, 2008

CCM Celebrate Business Support for 5000 Companies

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Its time to break out the Champaign - or a nice bottle of beer of two !
The 5000th company has just registered with us on WMCCM.

WMCCM is the regions best provider of fully funded e-Business support services and assistance to eligible small medium enterprises in the West Midlands, UK.

Anyone can register for free - but actually we always try for quality not quantity - we encourage companies to provide a detailed company profile when they register. Most companies do, but some don't - so we regrettably have to decline some applications .... which makes the 5000 registrations all the more impressive.

So why do we insist on a company profile? So that you publish rich, search engine friendly content to illuminate your products and services on the Internet. This means that you can be more easily found on the Internet by potential customers and generate more enquiries and sales.

These profiles are much better than the typical entries made in some business directories I could mention. Primarily designed to help regional companies, we also attract national and international interest. Buyers, including some big name Tier 1 contractors also register, hopefully to seak out potential suppliers to fulfil their supply chain requirements.

And for the lucky few companies who match the post code lottery numbers, we can provide fully funded e-Business assistance packages. But time is running out fast. At our latest check we only have 32 full assistance packages left.

And our 42 remaining Start-up Support packages for eligible companies who are less than 18 months old are fast running out too. You will need to act now and check out secure your place. 

Grant Melrose on WMCCM, 2008 

January 03, 2008

CCM in the Birmingham Post | CompeteFor joins race for Olympic Gold

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CCM in the News Again - Birmingham Post

Take a look at todays Birmingham Post – It looks like an imposter (sorry competitor) has arrived in town.

CCM set up over a year ago to help West Midlands companies find tenders related to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since then we have sniffed out approximately 100 related tenders and published them for our members.

We have also held numerous Prepare for 2012 seminars around the region in conjunction with Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the West Midlands Business Council.

Well, Compete For will now be joining the race to help businesses win Olympic Gold. This national site at will enable registered companies to access top-tier and lower-tier contracts from London 2012. Higher tier contractors and businesses in their supply chains will be encouraged to publish their Games-related opportunities there too.

I hope the additional investment made by AWM for this site, will prove to be a useful resource for Midlands firms.

Grant Melrose 2008

November 16, 2007

Gavin of Craftwork Services finds the CCM Tender Service

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Gavin Byram discovers that CCM’s Tender Alerts “is perfect for us”.

Gavin Byram of Craftwork Services near Uttoxeter was on a mission. He was on the
search for a large refurbishment tender from Scotland that he had heard of and
found a tender on the CCM site. He called the office looking for clues. Was it
the refurbishment of the Assembley Rooms in Edinburgh? We couldn’t say but suggested
that he register for free and search for tenders so that he could find the complete
details. He will also find 2 tenders for the assembly rooms and 2 for the University of Edinburgh in the 6 found with “refurbishment edinburgh”. Gavin responded; “This is fantastic, brilliant.
Craftwork Services Ltd are rapidly becoming known within the UK Construction Industry as one of the leading suppliers of Architectural Encasement Systems and Pre-formed Plywood / MDF Profiles.
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When Gavin explained that they had a successful track record in winning public construction tenders we explained about our tender alerts service.
Using keywords that describe their areas of interest he can get regular email alerts when tenders of interest are posted. “This is perfect for us”,
agreed Gavin.

CCM can help eligible companies to set up a number of effective Tender Alerts but any EC based company can use the service. To find out more go to the CCM Site or our Tender Alerts site.

With Gavin being so enthusiastic I asked him for permission to quote him. He also reminded me that this excellent free service that the site provides is the source of most of our conversions, the registrations on the system. To get the best out of the tenders service visitors need to log in.


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