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P3M3® at Network Rail

Aspire Europe are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the Network Rail P3M3® assessment contract for 2016/17.

Managing Director, Rod Sowden said “This is one of the largest and most prestigious P3M3 contracts and certainly the biggest since we undertook the whole of Queensland Government in 2012. The team are elated to have won it but we are under no illusions how tough it will be to meet the exacting time frames and standards demanded by Network Rail”

P3M3® is a [registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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Network Rail award Aspire Europe eLearning development projects

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded two contracts to develop and deliver eLearning courses. This is a unique contract for us as we will be developing none P3M materials and shows the quality of our eLearning development team.

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ECMH Birthday Report

We have recently received the following news in regards to The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook (ECMH):

Kogan Page have given a ‘birthday report’ on The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook, which was published one year ago yesterday.  They are absolutely delighted with the response to the ECMH, which has sold

3,618 print copies

in its first year.  Kogan Page described this as ‘fantastic’!  The number of e-book copies in various formats was not included in their report, but is additional to the number given here.

If you would like to receive a code to buy the book at  20% discount from, please sign up to our Aspire newsletter here

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APM chairman – project management in UK is far more recognised [Video]


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Interesting Quote

“Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count” – Albert Einstein

How very true this is, programmes and projects rarely report on the things that really matter, like benefits realisation and stakeholder satisfaction – Albert must have been thinking of MSP® when he wrote that!!

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Dilbert is so wise


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22 October, 2014 · 11:00

AXELOS update

We have recently received the following from AXELOS, the new owners of the UK Best Practice product set:


After a very encouraging start for AXELOS since our January launch, I’m really proud to share our latest developments as we begin to fulfill our promises and take action on the feedback we’ve been given from our communities around the globe.

In the first quarter of this year we’ve been fortunate to be able to announce some key new appointments to our business as we sustain our early momentum in taking the AXELOS Global Best Practice portfolio to the next level. We continue to engage and work closely with our partners, to collaboratively shape and define what we can do to improve the way we deliver our market leading portfolio of established products.

Following the announcements of our new Partner Programme and plans for our new Cyber Resilience portfolio, there are lots of exciting new developments happening at the moment and take it from me, there’s much more to come!

More updates from AXELOS can be found here.

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APM Charter statement

The following statement from the UK Association of Project Managers about the Chartered Status, which they have been pursuing for many years.


In August 2012, the then APM chairman Mike Nichols released a statement on behalf of the association restating its case for achieving Chartered status on behalf of the project management profession.

The statement reiterated APM’s belief that it remains for the Privy Council to decide, in the light of its published guidance and the individual circumstances of the organisation, whether a Charter ought to be granted.

APM is now in a position to provide an update on its application for the benefit of its members, supporters and other stakeholders.

In February 2013, Association for Project Management (“APM”) was informed that, in his role as the Lead Privy Council Adviser in this matter, the Minister for the Cabinet Office had decided to recommend that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM.

APM’s application was then considered by a committee of the Privy Council that included the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Secretary of State for Defence.  In July 2013, APM was informed that this committee had unanimously reached its recommendation that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM, and that this recommendation would be placed on the list of business for the meeting of the Privy Council to be held in October 2013.

This decision was subsequently challenged by Project Management Institute (“PMI”) who sought permission for Judicial Review, naming the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Privy Council Office and the Attorney General as Defendants, and APM as an interested party.

A substantive hearing of the Judicial Review claim has now been scheduled for 8th and 9th July 2014 at the High Court in London.  In the event that the claim is finally rejected by the court, this would allow APM’s application for chartered status to progress to a formal meeting of the Privy Council.

Background information on APM’s application for a Royal Charter can be found at

The Privy Council Office provides briefing on Royal Charters and the application process at:

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Team Animation confirm time slot at Project Challenge

We are very pleased that Donnie MacNicholl   from Team Animation will be taking up residence at the Aspire Europe stand on the 12th March between 9.30am and 1pm

Team Animation are thought leaders in the arena of programme and project leadership, Donnie will be available to discuss the challenges and share experiences on how organisations have addressed these challenges

Donnie has posed the question –

Are you leading a VUCA project?”. For those who know what VUCA is, those who may think they do and for those who are intrigued – VUCA is an acronym for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. Some possibly think it is only programs that should be like this so come along and discuss.

If you would like to book a specific slot with Donnie, please email Alice on

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Aspire Europe become APM Corporate Members

Aspire Europe are pleased to announce that they are now APM Corporate Members.

Rod Sowden, Aspire Europe Ltd Managing Director, said “This is  overdue on our part, many of our team are individual members but we think it is important for our organisation to be seen as supporting the development of our profession. We have had a key role in the development of OGC best practice as lead authors and contributors, as that environment is changing we are looking forward to a closer relationship with the APM in the future.  In the coming months we will be offering their qualifications and hopefully Apprenticeships later this year”

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