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Merit calls contestants to run virtual project

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THE BEST marketing and project managing minds in the business are being urged to prove themselves by registering for the 2005 Merit construction management competition.

As well as being a great way to improve your problemsolving skills, the eight-week competition also contributes to ICE continuing professional development.

Merit (management, enterprise, risk, innovation and teamwork) is run by Loughborough University and supported by the ICE, the Construction Industry Training Board, Loughborough University, Balfour Beatty and Mouchel Parkman.

Teams of up to six members must register by 28 January to take part in this year's competition at a cost of £495 per team.

The competition involves running a virtual construction company, bidding for jobs, juggling workload and labour costs and allocating capital against other aspects of the business, such as marketing and administration.

About 1,000 people took part in the competition last year which climaxed in a head to head final with the top 10 ranking teams at Loughborough University in April.

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