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NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 11 March: WYG grows through acquisition; Balfour Beatty joins gay equality charity

Consultant WYG expands its international business through acquisition; Balfour Beatty pushes diversity agenda by joining gay equality charity.

Today’s highlight: WYG has expanded its international business with the acquisition of specialist international development consultancy Delta Partnership Solutions. 

Formed in 2000, Delta is an established business boasting an experienced team of permanent consultants and a large network of associates dedicated to improving the lives of people living in poverty. Delta has worked with a range of clients including the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, the bi-lateral aid agencies of Norway, Canada, Belgium, the UK and Sweden, as well as a broad range of non government organisations and foundations. Delta is headquartered in the UK and has offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda.

Delta was founded by Mike Thomson who will become WYG’s business development director for East Africa and Aileen Lyon, who will become WYG’s operations director for East Africa.

3pm update: Balfour Beatty has become one of the first major construction companies to join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The programme, run by the gay equality charity, helps employers to develop inclusive workplace cultures for their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff in order to ensure that all staff can perform to their full potential. Balfour Beatty joins businesses as diverse as The Royal Navy, National Grid, Network Rail and Ernst & Young, amongst over 650 major employer members of the scheme.

Balfour Beatty chief HR officer Paul Raby said the move sent out a powerful message.

“By supporting and developing our lesbian, gay and bisexual staff through the Diversity Champions programme we’re sending out a powerful message both to our existing and potential employees,” he said. “We’re proud to join the programme and look forward to developing our work around sexual orientation.”


Morning update: storm recovery works continue.

Christchurch Borough Council has engaged Earlcoate Construction, specialists in civil engineering and coastal defence, to undertake emergency works at Avon and Friars Cliff beaches.

Earlcoate in action

An unprecedented sequence of winter storms, resulting in the lowest beach levels for over 40 years, has exposed dangerous ageing timber groyne structures. During the most recent storm in mid February, both beaches suffered extensive damage to the existing defences and promenade including the loss of 55 beach huts.

At Friars Cliff beach, three timber groynes have been rendered extremely hazardous and are being replaced with rock armour as an emergency measure.

A section of seawall at Avon beach has already been given the added protection of rock armour by Earlcoate.

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