Concerto exhibit at Government Property and Estates Conference

Concerto will be again be exhibiting with One CPD on Thursday 17th April at Old Trafford, Manchester.
The focus of this Government Property and Estates conference is the transformation of service delivery across public estates. Experts in this field will be presenting at this conference to explain how the initiative could help your organisation make significant savings over the next four years. Learn how engaging with the One Public Estate programme can improve services, boost capital receipts and generate economic growth.

We will be showcasing the Concerto estates management solution alongside Bellrock FM, our parent company, who offer the full range of complimentary FM services.

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Concerto Support Services becomes part of Bellrock Group

On August 29th 2016 Concerto Support Services Limited became part of the Bellrock Group. Bellrock is one of the UKs leading Facilities Management (FM) and Property Management (PM) businesses. Established in 2000 (as SGP) and backed by Lyceum Capital since 2013 their vision is to continue to provide their clients with market leading, technology driven, FM and Property Management services.

Bellrock has sought to differentiate from their competitors by offering a technology driven range of FM and PM services. Increasing market interest and client demand led to the need for a genuinely integrated suite of software solutions that clients could use across their estate.

Concerto have developed their offering to provide the exact fit for this requirement and the potential for clients and prospects of each business to access a broader range of services.

Concerto Support services will continue to trade in its own name and use its existing office in Frodsham.

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Concerto Hadrian’s Wall fundraising event – the 100 mile route!

hadrians-wallIn just under 8 weeks time the Concerto team will be setting off on a 100 mile cycle across the UK’s Hadrian’s Wall. Crossing the UK with a variety of challenges including hills, busy roads, grass lands and trails, all in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Below is a summary of the route we will be taking. Please sponsor us via the follwing link:
Sponsor Concerto for Cancer Research Now

Day 1

Beginning in Bowness-on-solway, the team will cross the Solway Firth, subject to tidal flooding at high spring tides if there is a strong westerly wind, and then head to Carlisle. From Carlisle we will follow the very muddy river bank onto the Hadrian’s Wall National Walking Trail. After passing Low Crosby Bridge and Warwick bridge, the first real climb will begin.

The team will pass though Brampton, Lanercost Old Bridge and Lanercost priory and continue the steep climb up to Banks where several substantial remains of Hadrian’s Wall and Birdoswald Roman Fort can be seen.

35 miles in and we wil pass through Gilsland, Longbyre and Greenhead into Haltwhistle where there will be a steep fast descent! Thirlwall Castle is close by and can be reached from Longbyer.

The climb continues throughBardon Mill up to Smiths Shield – where the “Stanegate” is joined.

The climb will intensify at the entrance to Vindolanda – Chesterholm – with a steep 40m 1:7 climb to Crindledykes which is the highest point of Hadrian’s Cycleway – 262 m. above sea level!

Thankfully there is then a 4 mile fast 195m descent on the “Stanegate” to Fourstones.

After passing through Hexham County Bridge and covering approximately 64 miles, the team will take a well earned over night break at Corbridge, ETA – 5.30pm (but we will see!!)

Day 2
The day begins with a long steady climb on a busy road followed by a fast descent on narrow road with sharp bends, along the north bank of the River Tyne towards the Tyne Riverside Country Park.

The team will pass through Ovingham Bridge and Hagg Bank before arriving in Newcastle Upon Tyne! The route is now shared with the Hadrian’s Wall National Walking Trail through Newcastle.

Passing through Newburn, we will continue along the river until we can follow the Quayside passing under the Tyne Bridge and onto the Millennium Bridge.

Here we will Cross Pottery Bank, through gap in stone wall and up slight hill passing gas holder (L) and follow wide path ahead over several roads and follow the blue direction signs through Willington Quay.

We will use Toucan Crossing over busy Howdon Lane, but these lights are not yet switched on!!

After crrossing a very busy Dual Carriageway, we will now take care to look for direction signs passing through an industrial area and housing.

The team will then cross River Tyne on the Shields Ferry then on leaving the ferry, we will follow signs leading along riverside promenade and through new housing until we arrive at the destination point in Arbeia – the Arbeia Roma Fort – 100 miles from the start!
– (Approx. Total of 100 miles Travelled from start) (Day 2 Approx. miles 32)

The concerto team surely deserve your sponsorship after that? It’s for Cancer Research so please dig deep!

Sponsor Concerto for Cancer Research Now

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Concerto Scottish Networking Day

indexConcerto Scottish Networking Day

Our Scottish networking day yesterday marked the end of our User Group meetings for 2016.

Everyone enjoyed a relaxed but productive day at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling, spent looking at current and future developments in the Concerto solution along with sharing experiences and valuable ideas for future projects and developments.

My assessment of our networking day is that Concerto via on-line software have
demonstrated improved module functionality and software performance for Asset, Estates
Maintenance and Project Management software modules that are efficient, lean and flexible

Senior Project Manager, Renfrewshire Council

We are looking forward to another round of Networking days in 2017.

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Success at London and Manchester Networking Events

The Concerto User Group Networking events took in London and Manchester last week. The response to the events was fantastic with some excellent feedback from our clients.

These events have provided users with the opportunity to discuss new projects, features and recent updates and receive a step through the latest release notes and advanced setting in the system.

In collaboration with some clients, we also presented informative case studies based on recent projects. This allowed our users to share insight into how the Concerto system in being used in other organisations.

The day was finished off with a discussion about future plans for the system with the chance for us to listen to our client’s ideas and feedback. This valuable input is always considered and incorporated into the future development of the software.

We are looking forward to our final 2016 national networking event in Stirling, Scotland on Tuesday!

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Team Concerto take on the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge

July 2nd – 3rd 2016

In July 2016, the Concerto team of fundraisers will be taking on a coast to coast cycle to raise money for chosen charity Cancer Research.

The 100 mile Hadrian’s Wall challenge will begin on the West Coast in Bowness-on-Solway, an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Solway Firth. The route then heads through the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country and finally reaches Tynemouth on the East Coast.

We would appreciate donations, please visit our Just Giving page HERE

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The Future of Property and Estates Conference and Exhibition, 30th September, Salford University

Concerto is pleased to be sponsoring the Future of Property and Estates Conference and Exhibition at Salford University again this year.

This event, held on September 30th 2015, looks at effective methods for securing cost reductions and modernising public sector workplaces. A number of speakers will also be providing their insights into approaches to rationalising and transforming their organisation’s property and estate.

Concerto will again be showcasing its integrated Property asset management solution and software demonstrations will be available. for more information, visit the conference website here.

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The Future of Public Sector Property and Estates Conference at Salford University

Concerto was recently invited back to present at The Future of Public Sector Property and Estates Conference at Salford University. During the presentation, we discussed some of the key issues Local Authorities face in ensuring validated project data is handed over for successful asset management, particularly in a BIM environment. We also examined the efficiencies that can be realised via integrated mobile technology, detailing a well-known case study as an example of how it this technology is being used successfully in a BIM environment.

Manchester City Council has been using Concerto’s integrated mobile technology for the past 4 years as part of the Concerto CAFM solution. The FM team comments on the mobile technology we discussed at the conference in an interview with Building magazine’s Thomas Lane:

“The [Concerto] interface is simple to use by FM teams. If a worker reports that a room is too cold, the FM department can pull up the systems supplying heat to that room and isolate these from the highly complex M&E systems supplying everything else. This makes it much easier to identify potentially faulty items, such as the boiler supplying the cold room. Once the offending piece of kit has been identified, it is centred on the user’s screen and placed in context, enabling the FM team to work out how to access it. They can also link to the operation and maintenance manuals and fault codes for that boiler, historical work, cost and survey information”.

“Data can also be downloaded to mobile devices, which is particularly useful when working on systems buried deep in a basement or in a remote area where there no data signal available”.

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Concerto Present at Salford University Conference

On the 11th February, Concerto will be presenting at “The Future of Public Sector Property and Estates Conference and Exhibition 2015” at Salford University.

The conference examines approaches to the reduction in the costs of estates through effective management,  and opportunities to increase efficiency, secure considerable savings and create modern places of work. The focus is also around mobile working for Facilities Management team for facilitated flexible working.

Concerto’s Managing Director, Kevan Davey, will be presenting on the topic of the effective use of validated data using case study examples to demonstrate effective data sharing and mobile working in practice.

For more information, click here

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How do you validate your project data for successful asset management?

There is only one thing worse than having no data on your projects to share, is to have invalidated data that you are sharing!

We recently presented on this topic at the Future of Public Sector Property and Estates Conference at Salford University. It is certainly a timely topic given the impending legislation surrounding BIM. Arguably, the core key element to the success of the BIM data environment is the validity of your data and most Local Authorities are now looking at how to ready their processes and their supporting technology for this and, BIM or no BIM, the principle remains the same; that validated data sets the stage for an efficiently run project and well managed asset in the longer term. Questions we raised at the conference included:

  • Is your project data accurate?
  • What happens downstream if it isn’t?
  • How can we effectively manage data to ensure the success of your assets?

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