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An exciting new chapter

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2021 11:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry

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Over the last few weeks you may have seen the announcement regarding the merger of the Institute of Quarrying with the National Stone Centre (NSC) at Wirksworth in Derbyshire. We have set out our vision and purpose for the project and our aspirations for the future in our communications to members.

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Engaging communities for future skills

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Environment, Engagement Influence and Impact

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One of the issues we often discuss at IQ Board of Trustees meetings is the need for society to recognise the need for our sector and our profession.

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Industry innovation for a sustainable future

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2021 12:14:57 PM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Environment

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In last month’s column, the focus centred on the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) for all of us as members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the wider industry. The June issue of Quarry Management also provided a timely insight into the work the industry is undertaking in driving innovation across a range of areas.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) vital for future success

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in CPD

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The industry’s leading event, Hillhead, has just experienced its successful transition to an alternative, digital format. Hillhead Digital was a reminder of the restrictions we have been under for the last year but also the spirit of ingenuity to adapt to the situation that we have all faced. As restrictions continue to ease, we look forward to being able to return to the live Hillhead event next June.

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Building skills now and for the future

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President

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The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has a long and proud history of professional development for its members, through education, training, and the sharing of best practices. From our establishment in 1917, our core purpose has been to develop competent and capable professionals and support individuals throughout their career.

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New product innovation to deliver a better future

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2021 10:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry, Environment, Knowledge and Innovation

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At the time of writing, we are at the point in the year where we are beginning to see the signs of spring with warmer and brighter weather on its way. It also marks the one-year anniversary since the full impact of the pandemic first hit us all. Whilst there is still some way to go, for most of us there is now a sense of real hope for a pathway out of the pandemic.

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CPD drives competence

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in CPD

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We are approaching the end of the first quarter of the year and there is genuine hope that we are seeing the beginning of the pathway out of the pandemic. Vaccine programmes begin to roll out across the globe and there is greater confidence of being able to manage COVID-19 in the short and long term. There is still a long way to go before we can be sure of some return to normal and undoubtedly the situation has changed how we will work in the future.

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Managing risk today for future growth

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Environment, Health and Safety

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The early months of 2021 have brought a sense of déjà vu as many parts of the world remain focused on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a stark reminder for us all that no matter how well prepared we believe we are, there will be issues to challenge our thinking and approach as to how we operate.

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Health and Safety Remains Top Priority

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Health and Safety

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The start of a new year provides the opportunity for us all to look forward and refocus our efforts for the coming months both personally and professionally. Over the festive period many of us will have had the chance to reflect and evaluate what is important to us, setting new goals and ambitions to support our own personal growth, mental health and general wellbeing.

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Looking to the Future

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Membership, IQBF

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As is tradition at this time of year, December is the chance to reflect on the past year and to look toward what the coming year may bring. Whilst my predecessors would have talked of uncertainty, challenges and opportunities, I don’t think any of us would have predicted the 2020 we have all experienced.

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