Faithful+Gould An APM Award Winner

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould has won the Association of Project Management’s award for 'Overseas Project of the Year 2006' for its work on the Nike Factory Store Programme, Europe.

The awards reflect the contribution which project management practices and project managers make in all sections of society and are respected across the UK.

Faithful+Gould has worked with Nike over the last three years to deliver its Factory Store Programme - each year setting new targets in line with the business - to improve performance in terms of time, programme and quality. It has in 2005/6 delivered 22 new and remodelled outlets across Europe.

A typical example of work completed under the contract is the re-fit of the Roermond, Netherlands store in February 2006, which cost in the region of €500,000 and was completed in nine days - Nike’s fastest ever refit.

Senior project manager Geoff Dawson says: "Since we started work on the Factory Store Programme we have set new delivery benchmarks in line with Nike’s business needs. This is an area which Faithful+Gould has real expertise in and the fact that our efforts have been recognised with this APM award is welcome endorsement of the service we have provided."

Sports fashion is a fast-moving brand aware business, sitting at the cutting edge of high street retail. It demands innovation, exceptional quality, and a focus on delivery. With tightening retail margins and year on year performance improvement a prerequisite, more delivery, faster and at incrementally less cost, is a business essential.

Key factors in the success of the Nike programme were Faithful+Gould's understanding of the client’s needs and the delivery of projects on accelerated timelines, from a base line of 26 weeks to just 7.5 weeks.

This reduced delivery timescale for new stores has benefited Nike both operationally and through increased revenues. On top of this, client expectations have been boosted by the huge success of this fast track approach, which now sets the new delivery benchmark.

James Killington, Nike Factory Stores Manager Europe, said of the project: "Faithful+Gould has managed to run multiple projects in multiple countries simultaneously without dropping the ball on a single one. Much of the success of our new store and re-fit programme over the past 18 months can be attributed directly to Geoff Dawson and Faithful+Gould, and an absolute commitment to, and understanding of, the Nike Factory Store business and its values."