Blue Circle Industries last week rejected a hostile take-over bid by French building materials firm Lafarge and urged shareholders to back its board's strategy of growing its global cement market share and programme of cost reductions and performance improvements.
National Construction Week will kick off on 3 April with a breakfast reception in the banqueting suite at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The week is expected to unfold with themed days focusing on respect for people; sustainability; industry performance; modern materials and components; and the community/charity. Visit www.ncw.org.uk to get involved. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has confirmed that the budget for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions will be raised in 2000/2001 by £168.7M to £10.4bn.
Careers advisors, employers and educators were advised of practical tips to help address the under-representation of women in science, engineering and technology at an Opportunity Now conference this week. John Weston of BA Systems urged the industry to look closely at the strong business case for not ignoring 50% of the population.