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Vogal’s new head offices

Vogal Project Management are pleased to announce that we have now moved into our new head office. It is creatively designed with our core message of professionalism, expertise and innovation in mind.

This is an exciting period for VPM as our new offices now enable us to satisfy our ever-expanding resource needs.  Whether its for permanent positions or hot-desking, we have the capabilities and facilities for new employees to come on board with Vogal Project Management. If you want to find out more about career possibilities with Vogal, get in contact with us.

The new offices have improved our communications with both clients and suppliers owing to our in-house meeting rooms and office based external conferencing facilities. There are several meeting rooms varying in size and functionality, enabling us to provide the perfect setting for our complete service offering, from initiation to handover and in the management of all engineering projects.

We emphasise our core message of innovation by our meetings rooms being named after inspirational inventors: Swan, Brunel, Watt and Stephenson. We also have a 16-seater conference room to enhance our abilities to hold steering meetings bringing suppliers, designers and clients together ensuring that projects and designs remain on track.

We welcome both existing and potential clients to come and visit our new offices. Located closely to our previous premises, we’d proudly show you around and present our team. If you want to come see our head offices for any support for current projects or to discuss the services that Vogal Project Management can off to your business, please get in touch!

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Keeping your brain healthy and happy

The most precious part of us is our brain. Our brains make us human, make us individual and make us live. But are you doing everything to look after it? To boost your brain, you have to look after it. Here are the best ways how

A healthy body is a healthy mind

It has been discovered that people who regularly participate in multiple healthy behaviours significantly reduce their risk for dementia. A study looked at 2,235 men over 30 years and measured their participation in five healthy lifestyle behaviours including non smoking, a high fruit and vegetable intake, regular physical activity and also low to moderate alcohol intake. The study found that four, or in some cases all five, behaviours resulted in a 60% less likely to chance to develop dementia. Keeping a healthy body means that you are more likely to retain a healthy brain. Exercising encourages the brain to work at an optimum capacity, strengthens interconnections and protects them from damage.

Sleep is also a simple yet necessary part of retaining a healthy body. Sleep is not only essential for regenerating your physical body, but it also allows us to reach new mental insights such as seeing new solutions to old problems. Only sleeping for 4-6 hours at one time can impact the ability to think clearly for the next day, and sleep is known to enhance memories.

One of the simplest ways to boost function is to constantly learn. Challenging your mind with mind training exercises can keep your brain fit, with activities such as doing a crossword puzzle or playing a board game that gets you thinking.  Research done has shown that even surfing the web activates regions in your brain that is related to decision making and complex reasoning, much unlike watching the television where the brain can become disengaged.

Food for thought

There are multiple types of food that you can eat to boost your brainpower.

  • Oily fish- Essential fatty acids cannot be made through the body itself, which means that we have to obtain these from the foods that we eat. The most effective form of fatty acids can be found within oily fish such as salmon. Not having fatty acids within your diet can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as memory loss.
  • Blueberries- Evidence done at Tufts university suggests that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving, or delaying, short term memory loss.
  • Broccoli- Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is been known to improve and enhance brainpower. Broccoli also has great aspects within that we need for our central nervous system, as well as keeping the brain and memories sharp.

Keep your brain ‘appy

If we spend our lives on our phones, we should use them to keep our brains happy and healthy. Wanting to keep the brain active, developers have created apps that can test your brain, from aspects such as your memory and problem solving. Here are just a few of the apps that you can get.

  • Luminosity- This popular app is split into sessions of games which are tailored to your own goals: memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed and flexibility of thinking. The developers say that just a single session a day can improve mental skills and users are able to track progress and compare with other performers on the app.
  • CogniFit Brain Fitness- This app has the ability to improve cognitive abilities, such as memory and concentration. Users can track their progress and assess insights about overall brain health. Developers found that users saw an improvement by spending at least 20 minutes, two to three times a week playing these games.
  • Brain Fitness Pro- This app employs a series of memory training exercise to increase all focus, memory and problem solving skills. Developers say that these benefits will remain long term.

Whether you’re eating more wholegrain, challenging your brain to a crossword, sleeping more or even boosting your brains activity with 20 minutes of brain training on an app every day, every small change that you make may result in a large positive impact for the health of your brain.

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Welcome to new Contracts Manager, Dan Lowder

Vogal Projects is very please to announce the recent addition to the Vogal Group team, Dan Lowder. Dan is joining the Vogal Group as a Contracts Manager. He brings a wealth of experience both in the project and installation supervision industry and the manufacturing environment. We wish Dan a very warm welcome and look forward to working with him on future projects.

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Vogal Projects welcomes new Project Design Engineer

Paul Hadman

All of us at Vogal Projects are very excited to have Paul Hadman on-board with us as our new Project Design Engineer. Paul has a wealth of experience in a variety of different industries which includes food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other associated industries. We look forward to Paul using his knowledge of all of these industries, on top of his ability to use leading edge software packages in order to further Vogal Projects’ growth.

 

Paul will be joining Steve Watkinson, our Senior Controls and Automation Manager, and Robin Towers, Senior Project Manager who is currently working on live projects within the Vogal Group. Together, they are key components of our ever expanding group team.

 

Paul is a great asset to our team and we cannot wait to be working with him on all the new and exciting opportunities working at Vogal will bring.

 

Additional to his day-to-day role Paul will be instrumental in the preparation, and setting up, of our new design office which will be housed in our new purpose-built facility which has a planned opening on the 4th November.

 

Once again, a big welcome to Paul from everyone here at Vogal Projects.

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Vogal Project Management launch new website to mark new beginnings

Marking the start of newly formed company Vogal Project Management; the directors are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

Eifion Evans, Managing Director of Vogal Project Management comments “We wanted an informative and innovative website that truly reflected the new company and one with standout. We choose to work with creative agency Thump who had been introduced to us by our parent company The Vogal Group.”  Eifion added  “They certainly did come up trumps with a highly creative execution delivered promptly and effectively – the whole thing was a breeze from concept to implementation”

 

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Meet the team at Vogal Project Management

Here at our headquarters in Peterborough is the core team at Vogal Project Management

Vogal staff Dave Stubbs, Anrew Davies, Neil McIlwain and Eifion Evans at the Woodston offices.

From Left to Right: Eifion Evans (Managing Director), Neil McIlwain, Andrew Davies (Operations Director) and Dave Stubbs (Projects Director) at the Woodston offices.

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