Winners announced in competition to drive innovation and sustainability in construction sector

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), a market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, has revealed the winners of the 2017 Grand Challenge.

The six winners battled stiff competition to win the acclaimed annual contest, which challenges entrants to share new ideas that could positively impact the build environment and in turn, our society.  The competition aims to attract new people and encourage the wider construction industry to focus on innovation to create a more efficient and sustainable sector.

The winners of this year’s competition were announced on Wednesday 8 February at the Grand Challenge Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted in London. The winning entries focused on sustainability, new and emerging technology and leadership.

Robert Brown, CEO of COINS, said: “On behalf of everyone at COINS and our partners and judges in the Grand Challenge, I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners in this year’s event.  We have been very impressed with the creativity and innovation in every entry, all of which have highlighted a new and improved way to do things across the sector.

“At COINS, we take our responsibility to society and the future of the industry very seriously, and it’s that belief that is the driving force behind the Grand Challenge. We hope to see many of the students, start-ups and innovators we have been working with bring transformational products and services to the industry over the coming years, and wish them the best of luck in their new ventures.”

The winners of this year’s Grand Challenge are awarded a series of prizes such as R & D Funding, paid internships with leading industry players and education grants which have been sponsored by a series of partners including Barratt Developments, Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK.

For further information about the Grand Challenge, a full list of this year’s winners, sponsors and partners, please visit

With offices in six countries, COINS is the market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, offering cloud and mobile based solutions that help customers manage projects across each stage of the project lifecycle.


£5,000 and Paid Apprentice up for grabs to the Ultimate Tradesperson

IRWIN®’s Ultimate Tradesperson Competition Calls on Outstanding Tradespeople to Nominate Themselves, Friends and Colleagues for the 2016 title

IRWIN® Tools, innovation experts in the hand tool and power tool accessories industry for over a century, has launched its annual Nominate a Tradesperson competition to find the UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson.

IRWIN is on the lookout for trade professionals – joiners, electricians, plumbers, metal workers and mechanics to nominate themselves or colleagues and share their stories of when they have gone above and beyond to get a job done, no matter how big or small.

Tradespeople worldwide rely on IRWIN for superior performance on the job and now IRWIN wants to celebrate the UK and Ireland’s best. The successful candidate will receive a year’s paid apprentice for 2017, £5,000 (€6,440) to help build their business and a range of IRWIN products including IRWIN’s new Pro Comfort Screwdrivers, WeldTec™ Circular Saw blades and VISE-GRIP® cutting pliers.

The winner will be announced at the Build Show on the 18th and 19th October at the NEC in Birmingham.

Ahead of the 2016 winner being crowned, between June to October a monthly winner will receive a prize package bursting with IRWIN tools to the value of £660 (€851) as well as an all-expense paid trip for two to the Build Show to the value of £850 (€1095).

The competition now in its second year gives IRWIN the opportunity to recognise the positive difference tradespeople are making to the UK and Ireland. IRWIN spokesperson Amber Popowicz, Senior Brand Activation Manager explains: “We established Nominate a Tradesperson to find tradespeople who through their skills and dedication make a real difference. This could be a tradesperson who has shown their commitment to instilling their skills in the younger generation by working with apprentices or someone who always goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional client service.”

2015 Winner, Stacey Greenwell, from Stoke-on-Trent added, “When I began my career over 15 years ago I never thought I would become the UK’s Ultimate Tradesperson. I started buying uninhabitable derelict properties and renovating them to provide affordable housing to help my local town. It’s been such an experience to have won and it’s been great to have been recognised by such a long-standing company like IRWIN.”

To nominate yourself, a friend, a colleague or family member who you think deserves the recognition of UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson, and to find the full terms and conditions of this promotion visit: