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Faith in Business Conference 2019

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Snug’s founding director, Paul Bulkeley, has been invited to speak at this years Faith in Business conference at Cambridge University. He will also be leading a workshop on Work as Worship. This years event is called Devoted Living: Work as Worship and is being held from 5-7 April 2019 at Westminster College, Cambridge. You can find out more about the event at:

https://www.bizmin.org/blog/

WWW – Work as Worship Workshop

 

 

 

The Snug Story – Designed Success

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Here is a video of a presentation given by Snug’s founding director, Paul Bulkeley, delivered in Winchester to the RIBA South. It explores our approach to success and provides an overview of our core values.

Spending on design fast tracks company growth

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Global business consultants McKinsey recently conducted what they believed to be (at the time of writing) ‘the most extensive and rigorous research undertaken anywhere to study the design actions that leaders can make to unlock business value.’ Its core findings are that investment in good design, regardless of your business sector, increases company performance significantly. These are their key findings:

The McKinsey Design Index highlights four key areas of action companies should take to join the top quartile of design performers where the greatest impact is achieved. These are:

  1. From the top of the organization, adopt an analytical approach to design by measuring and leading your company’s performance in design quality with the same rigor the company devotes to revenues and costs.
  2. Put the user experience front and centre in the company’s culture.
  3. Nurture your top design people (including external consultants) and empower them in cross-functional teams that take collective accountability for improving the user experience.
  4. Iterate, test, and learn rapidly, incorporating user insights from the first idea until long after the final product is launched.

Companies that tackle these four priorities boost their odds of becoming more creative organizations that consistently design great products and services. For companies that fully implement these four principles, ‘the prizes are as rich as doubling their revenue growth and shareholder returns’ over those of their industry counterparts. That would suggest budgeting for comprehensive investment in design is worth every penny.

Companies in the property development industry should consider increasing their expenditure on design by 50%. If one assumes design is roughly 3% of the gross development value of the final product, increasing expenditure on design to 4.5% of GDV could take typical 20% returns to in-excess of 30%. Perhaps someone is courageous enough to give it ago. Give us a ring and we can put this theory to the test.

You can see the full article here:

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-design/our-insights/the-business-value-of-design

 

Love where you work

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

We came in this morning to discover Robin celebrating his first anniversary…..of working at Snug! #lovewhereyouwork

Free business as ministry seminar

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Paul Bulkeley, Snug’s founding director, will be delivering a free seminar on ‘Business as Ministry’ in Guildford on the evening of 28 June. Paul is passionate about the economic, social and spiritual potential of business. He says, “It is deeply rewarding when you consistently do business in accordance with your values. Where service rather than self defines the way we do business new bottom lines emerge.

Come and find out more about how business can become an effective ministry. More details on registering for the event can be found at:

https://thisisfamilychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/122869

Great sketch

Friday, April 13th, 2018

We received these two wonderful sketches from site today. We love the power of sketching, what we call ‘thinking on paper’. It is great to see a contractor who is confident to sketch. They may not have intended to create art but we think they are beautiful, as well as practical. Keep #sketching

Helping clients is helping us!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Snug’s founding director, Paul Bulkeley, has been interviewed for a fascinating article by the Royal Institute of British Architects on architects fees and how these can better align with client priorities. See the link below to the article:

https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/knowledge-landing-page/help-your-client-to-help-yourself

 

 

Proud supporters of BizMin

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

We are pleased to support the launch of a new organisation called BizMin which launched its website www.bizmin.org on the 31st October, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The organisation is committed to promoting ‘business as ministry’, encouraging entrepreneurs to lead companies based on service rather than self interest. The organisation is founded by Paul Bulkeley, Snug’s founding director, and provides resources and workshops that explore how to do business based on the teaching of the Bible, the same Christian teaching that underpinned the emergence of modern capitalism and the Protestant Work Ethic and informed the business ethic of many of our greatest entrepreneurs and their companies, including Joseph Rowntree, William Laing, and the Rank’s.

We are an RIBA Role Model Practice

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects @RIBA has selected Snug Architects as one of only nine practices to be a #RIBArolemodelpractice for the profession.

The Practice Role Models, published on the RIBA’s website architecture.com, were selected to show different characteristics of a role model organisation; and to encourage debate about what it means to be a successful RIBA Chartered Practice.

This is the web link to the page; https://www.architecture.com/campaign/practice-role-models

Paul Bulkeley, Director of Snug Architects says of his practice’s inclusion; “we are very pleased to have been selected. We are passionate about both the quality of our work and our culture. It is satisfying to have our achievements recognised by our peers. We hope to use this opportunity to continue to champion best practice in the industry.”

Snug was founded in 2003 by Paul and moved from its original base in Winchester to Rumbridge Street, Totton last year. The practice’s work ranges from the new beach huts at Milford-on-Sea to Winchester’s largest affordable housing scheme at The Valley in Stanmore, which won planning permission in July.

Snug’s 14 staff love what they do and in addition to working hard they share coffee breaks and Friday lunches, as well as visit inspirational buildings and generally have fun as a team. Once a year, they all go away together, with their families, as a treat on the company. The practice also allocates 10 per cent of its profits to charitable causes, which are selected by the staff.

The RIBA identified nine characteristics of Practice Role Models, including having a clear social purpose, being client/stakeholder focused and having a pioneering attitude. The characteristics are listed here https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/resources-landing-page/practice-role-model-characteristics

Paul stated; “We believe architects need to be as innovative about the way they do business as they are about design. Only then can we run successful businesses that effectively serve our clients in a fast changing industry. Snug has always been entrepreneurial, willing to challenge established ways of thinking, and our clients benefit from this. We hope to facilitate wider discussion about how the interests of the profession, and those of our clients, can be better aligned for mutual benefit.”

Our page can be viewed at;

https://www.architecture.com/campaign/practice-role-models/snug

 

Snug work placements 2017

Friday, July 28th, 2017
Over the last 2 weeks and earlier in the year Snug has played host to four work experience students; Matthew, Dan, Jonah and Anna, all from different schools and at different points in their education – GCSE and AS Level.    Each student was given the same ‘lose’ brief of creating a small off grid living pod for a quarry site in Cornwall.  The brief came from SPUD Youth Group, a local architectural youth group which a member of our team helps out with regularly.
The project allowed the students to form their own project briefs from a rough client brief presented to them at the start of the week, then work through the initial project stages and produce their own proposals, all in a week.  Each student was mentored through the week they spent with us but effectively worked independently to research, analysis, and create their designs.  A final deadline was given to the students for the end of the week to present their designs and research to a few of the Snug team, including one of our Directors – as a mock ‘crit’ or client presentation.
Each student produced brilliantly creative designs and very impressive bodies of work for the short time they had.  Most are going forward and seeking to progress with a career in architecture and we are greatly excited to see what these impressive young people come up with in the future!
Anna presenting to Amy and Matt
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