May 16, 2020

Balfour Beatty Services Boss Quits for Serco

Balfour Beatty
Kevin Craven
Haden Building Manageme
1 min
Kevin Craven leaves the position for Serco
Balfour Beattys Chief Executive of Services, Kevin Craven, is to leave the company to take up a position at services contractor Serco as CEO of its UK c...

Balfour Beatty’s Chief Executive of Services, Kevin Craven, is to leave the company to take up a position at services contractor Serco as CEO of its UK central government division.

Craven will take up his new post 1st September after more than four years at Balfour Beatty. Serco appointed him last month.

At Serco, he joins a division that reported revenues of £1.6bn in 2013 and one with a workforce of more than 23,000.

Craven rebranded Balfour’s newly-acquired Haden Building Management in 2008 to Balfour Beatty WorkPlace, before it was sold in 2013, when Balfour Beatty’s Rail UK business joined the Services division, where Craven had been appointed CEO in 2011.

Along with seven other senior managers, including Construction Services chief Nick Pollard, he sat on Balfour Beatty’s executive management committee.

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Jun 3, 2021

uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Round up of this week's launches covers uPVC piping, safety glasses and new Spetz app

This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.

Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.

Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.

Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.

Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility. 

"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”

Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.


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