bobsleighThe search for the 28th MERIT Champions has started. It will be competitive with 38 companies entering teams from 10 countries.

The results from the first round are not good predictors of the eventual outcome given the turbulence that will develop. Everyone is still learning, and the competition will intensify. A good start is always helpful and greatly encouraging to the teams.

The main purpose of MERIT is learning and training extending knowledge of those with a predominately technical education in company, business and financial management. MERIT also develops, what might be called, the 'soft' skills of disciplined decision making, team work and leadership. MERIT decisions are too numerous and the data too extensive and the timescale too short for an individual hence to succeed and requires a team acting as a Board of Directors to manage their simulated company. To achieve disciplined decision making requires teamwork and teamwork requires leadership. Each Director responsible for their own area needs to do the research necessary to understand the consequences of the decisions they recommend. A meeting (real or virtual) is needed to agree the decisions submitted, this will require compromise for the greater good of the company, this is teamwork. Achieving teamwork is harder than it sounds hence the need for leadership. The record shows that it is the lessons from these soft skills that last the longest and support the individuals through their career development. MERIT will give an insight to the pressures of senior level management it is an opportunity to think like directors, act like directors, be directors. This experience will influence future training and development choices. A casual approach will no provide full benefits or succeed. Every participant, not just the winners, benefits greatly as MERIT's long record demonstrates.

The leading six teams after round 12 will qualify for the final and face an even more competitive experience. The final will be held on 17/18 May at Loughborough University's prestigious hotel and conference centre Burleigh Court. For the finalists we will provide the opportunity to 'live like directors!'

In these early rounds teams are working out the market level that will produce winning bids. Compromises and judgements in the decision discussions will include the 'Marketing Budget'. Does your Company invest heavily in marketing to generate many bidding opportunities or do you manage your overheads more carefully?

Getting the marketing budget right will provide bidding opportunities. The judgement needed is If you bid too low you may win a lot of contracts, but this will generate little or no profits to pay interest on borrowed capital, or to retain for company growth, or to be able to pay dividends to shareholders. The Company's finances will deteriorate. On the other hand, bidding too high won't produce any contracts and the Company's finances will deteriorate even quicker!

Good luck to all teams in MERIT 2018 but disciplined decision making, teamwork and leadership will reduce the need for luck!

 

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28 feb

After many requests, we've extended the Registration deadline to 28 February. So with just over 2 weeks left to go before Registration for MERIT 2018 now closes, it's not too late to enter the only Annual International Construction Business game supported by The Institution of Civil Engineers and The Chartered Institute of Building.

Teams representing over 30 companies have already Registered, and are Trialling hard using the online software. If you are one of these teams, why not get more colleagues involved for a bit of in-house rivalry, and the chance for your company to claim the Sponsors award.

 

Registration

For your chance to become the MERIT 2018 Champion and win the £5,000 cash prize...

Register NOW!

Registration now closes: 28 February 2018

If you're having trouble getting hold of the all-important Purchase Order Number needed to complete the registration, please Pre-register NOW!

Pre-registering for MERIT 2018 gives you access to the trialling phase while you chase up the PO number that we need to confirm your place in the main Game.

You can also Register and pay by Debit/Credit Card.

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There are only 3 weeks left to Register for MERIT 2018, the annual construction business game supported by The Institution of Civil Engineers and The Chartered Institute of Building.

If the Trialling results so far are anything to go by, MERIT 2018 is going to be an exciting game, so Register NOW!

Wide spectrum of companies

Teams from Arup, Atkins, Fluor, Capita, Kier, COWI, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald and many others have already registered for MERIT 2018 and are trialling hard.

If you are one of these teams, why not get more colleagues involved for a bit of in-house rivalry! If three or more teams Register from the same company, they are automatically entered into the Sponsor's award (won by WS Atkins India in 2017).

So for your chance to become the MERIT 2018 Champion and win the £5,000 cash prize...

Register NOW!

Registration closes: 21 February 2018

If you're having trouble getting hold of the all-important Purchase Order Number needed to complete the registration, please Pre-register NOW!

Pre-registering for MERIT 2018 gives you access to the trialling phase while you chase up the PO number that we need to confirm your place in the main Game.

You can also Register and pay by Debit/Credit Card.

now openWe encourage you to Register now for MERIT 2018 so that you can make full use of the trialling that has now opened. Trialling allows teams to familiarise themselves with the simulation, understand the data entry process, make mistakes and try out mad ideas all before the game begins in earnest.


So for your chance to win the MERIT 2018 Champion's Silver Salver and £5,000 cash prize...

Register NOW!

Registration closes: 21 February 2018

If you're having trouble getting hold of the all-important Purchase Order Number needed to complete the registration, please Pre-register NOW!

Pre-registering for MERIT 2018 gives you access to the trialling phase while you chase up the PO number that we need to confirm your place in the main Game.

You can also Register and pay by Debit/Credit Card.