Worksmart Company Briefing Meeting Recap

Steve Neilson Worksmart Contracts Refurbishment Scotland

Acorns to Oak Trees – Where we were, where we are and where we are going.

Professionalism, Honesty, Value, Loyalty and Competency. The five core values we work towards here at Worksmart Contracts. This was the topic of discussion at our company briefing meeting in the new East View Suite at the recently refurbished Park Hotel in Kilmarnock; a stunning venue for any function or event.

Over the last few months, the Worksmart team has worked hard on this project. The result of the effort is plain to see, and we’re delighted with the results. The Park Hotel project, in addition to the new Blues at the Park Restaurant and projects within Kilmarnock Football Club’s Rugby Park Stadium, has resulted in a very busy last few months.

Following the success of the last Alignment Meeting two years ago, the Worksmart management team wanted to communicate to the entire Worksmart Team under one roof. Quality time was needed to go through each and every department to discuss the current situation and our goals for the future.


We believe it’s important for the full team to understand where each of the departments are, what they are trying to develop and improve, and what they are looking to do in future. It’s crucial that each team is able to see how this interacts with other departments and how the business benefits overall from the process. For a company to be successful it must be efficient. At Worksmart, we recognise this and are working to improve our efficiency in every aspect of our business.

The conference was opened by Steve Neilson presenting images of recent projects. Professional photography coverage was once again provided by the talented Guy Hinks, who was also on hand to photograph the event. Following on from that was a general overview of the structured development of the company. This included the aims of Worksmart, job roles, responsibilities and a look at recent investment in the company such as: IT systems, vehicles, newly branded workwear.

Worksmart Contracts Joiner Scotland FitOut Refurb

Steve also informed the full team of the success of Worksmart Fire Door Inspection and also the newly formed EMC Projects Ltd. This has just been formed with Worksmart and Michael O`Brien, a well-established electrical and communications business owner.

It was then the turn of Lisa Neilson to address the room, discussing the need for everyone to working smarter, embrace their job roles and responsibilities, the quality management system, training, betterment and more. Lisa went into the last few years of the overall Scottish and UK construction industry markets and their trend lines, along with the comparison between the UK trend and the Worksmart trend. She demonstrated how Worksmart has been able to sustain business levels through the tough times and are slower to be affected by the downtrends, and react better than others in the market.

Worksmart’s Business Development Manager, Jim Harkins, then informed the team of all the excellent work at the front end of the business. This included the marketing, the new CRM system and how we have it linked together. He then spoke about how we harness these systems to stay up-to-date with market trends and integrate with our consultants.

Jim also touched on the CPD Seminar which is being delivered by Worksmart Fire Door Inspection all over Scotland, including two with RICS in the coming months at their Glasgow and Edinburgh offices.

Barry engaged with the team and discussed how the full and extended Estimating department works, integrating with Jim in BDM and controlling tenders in and out. He told how the use of the new Conquest system making us more efficient and working well with our process flows, and assessing sub-contracting partners and ensuring they are at the best price point and quality.

The Park Hotel Kilmarnock East View Suite

Paul took us through the Commercial and Procurement side of things and went through the new additions to the team, speaking about how everyone works collaboratively with the other departments within the business. He stressed the importance of every cog in the wheel playing its part and how the business is the sum of its parts.

After this, Gary, who heads up Operations, took the time to go through all aspects of the system and its requirements. He also welcomed the extended team, now featuring additional Contracts Managers, Project Managers, Site Managers, Site Supervisors, Joiners and Apprentice Joiners. This accounted for some thirty plus members of the team. We have developed our company and our team to be highly sustainable and diverse, ready to take on and deliver Interior Contracting projects all over Scotland and the UK.

Mhairi took us through the HR side of the business, making everyone comfortable with the systems and procedures while going through various aspects of the Core Values. These values were created at the aforementioned Alignment meeting two years ago.

The conference was then closed out with Steve back on stage giving everyone a refresher on the Acorns to Oak Trees outlook.

Worksmart Contracts Fit Out Refurbishment Contractor

On behalf of the entire Worksmart team, we’d like to take our hats off to Gordon Anthony, Hotel Manager at The Park Hotel. It is always important to feel comfortable and be well looked after at conferences and we were certainly well looked after by Gordon and his fantastic team at the Park Hotel. Thank you for a first-class service.



Dyslexia in the Construction Industry


It is estimated that up to 20,000 people within the construction industry could be dyslexic and many of the people with the condition are completely unaware. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has estimated that between four and 10 percent of the UK population is dyslexic meaning up to 2.9 million workers may be affected.

These numbers are surprising, and mean that each and every one of us will know someone who is dyslexic. The BDA estimates that four percent of the population is seriously affected by the condition. A further six percent experience less serious difficulties.

Dyslexia Scotland Construction Industry

According to Dyslexia Scotland, some of the difficulties involved with having dyslexia include: Problems with reading, taking notes, remembering numbers, names and details and problems with written work, such as spelling and writing.

Research has shown dyslexia to be more prominent among architects, construction workers, entrepreneurs, farmers, scientists and in the medical profession. With the condition – which can be classified as a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – being found more prominent in our own industry, we felt we had to do more.

At Worksmart Contracts, we want to make sure everyone feels at home and included. Whether you’re in the boardroom or on the front lines producing some of the finest Fit-Outs and Refurbishments. Everyone is in this together, and no one should ever have to feel like they are at any kind of disadvantage or falling behind their peers.

Dyslexia Friendly Construction Materials

Once we realised the scale of this issue, we felt the need to do our part and address it. In our company vision and values, we state that we “value our health, our happiness” and we offer “consideration, helpfulness and friendship to others.” These are the principles we work by every day. We are committed to helping others, especially when it comes to the health of our employees.

Over the last few weeks, Worksmart Contracts has been preparing a dyslexia-friendly version of our site induction literature. These materials are crucial for people working on a live construction site. They cover everything from PPE to on-site conduct to first aid and parking.

For anyone who has ever struggled to understand something, whether it’s in a book, during a lecture or while watching a movie, it can be embarrassing to admit you need help. Because of this, it’s critical that these site induction documents are dyslexia friendly.

The formatting of this document will make it much easier to read for anyone suffering with dyslexia. Failure to read and understand the document fully could result in some serious accidents on a construction site. Hopefully with this new dyslexia-friendly version, we will be able to ensure complete clarity for everyone.

Our Health and Safety Consultants, Amalgamate, have been involved with one of our site teams who wanted to take this development on, in addition to them delivering some fabulous fit out & refurbishment works on their own projects.

construction company helmet health and safety

Worksmart Contracts Managing Directors Steve Neilson said: “We’re proud to be taking this step to help people with dyslexia. These site induction materials are extremely important in our industry. We’re delighted that they will now be available in a format which is suited to everyone’s needs.”

The site induction document is the first of a series of on-site document developments we are working on. As ever, we will keep you informed as things progress.

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