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Proud to be an Export Champion

East of England Export Champion 2020 4Col thumbnail2US2U Consulting have been awarded the prestigious title of 2020 Export Champion by the UK Department for International Trade.

This is in recognition of the international work we have done over the last few years, with international projects and trade visits to the likes of Belgium, Ireland, Canada, USA and across the Middle East - along with the insights our teams can share with other businesses looking to export their goods and services. Read more >>>

News & Events

Pleasure in the Park

Some of the US2U Consulting Team were pleased that they could join Boniface Engineering colleagues for their Family Fun Day at Old Buckenham Country Park, Norfolk on Saturday 14th May. This was part of their ongoing celebrations for their 40th Anniversary in 2022.

"It was great to be able to chat to people in a more relaxed atmosphere than usual and also to meet their families" said Rachel - pictured with Mike Boniface.

US2U Director Features in Open University Executive Course

US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn has been featured in the video content for a new Open University Executive level educational course, on the topic of Business Management: People Management and Leadership.

Rachel, who obtained her MBA with the Open University in 2004, was filmed in late 2021 at US2U Consulting's premises and her interview-style insights will be used to educate and inspire a new generation of Open University students. View a compilation of Rachel's video feature below!

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US2U Consulting Produce a Professional Superbike Racer Interview Series to Mark 40 Years of Boniface Engineering

We are very pleased to be helping our long-standing client, Thetford-based Boniface Engineering, celebrate 40 years of engineering excellence in 2022, having been established by Mike Boniface in 1982.

Our latest project supporting this milestone year has been to script and produce a series of video interviews with Boniface-sponsored professional British Superbike racer Ryan Vickers (pictured), who is also from Thetford.

The interview series saw us sit down with Ryan at Boniface's workshop to discuss the different stages of his career and life as a professional sportsman and Bennetts British Superbike racer - as well as how sponsorship from Boniface Engineering has helped him in his career.

We have produced an engaging three-part series of video interviews along with a number of short interview clips, which will be featured on the Boniface website and across their social media across the British Superbike season, which runs from April to October 2022.

Watch the first part of the interview series below and contact us to find out how US2U Consulting can produce engaging video content for your organisation. 

 

Howzat! US2U sponsor local Cricket Club Horsford CC for second year running

US2U Consulting are pleased to be sponsoring Horsford Cricket Club for a second year in a row, and supporting their positive influence in the Norfolk community.

We began our sponsorship in 2021 (read that story here) , and US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn is pictured with our latest sponsorship board for the 2022 season.

Horsford CC play at Manor Park, Holt Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 3AQ and also host Norfolk CCC matches there. Visit www.horsfordcricketclub.co.uk for more and for their fixture list for the 2022 season.

Keep on Truckin'

More than 3,000 trucks were on display at the East of England Showground in Peterborough from April 30 until May 2 at Truckfest 2022, Europe's largest family-oriented truck festival.

One of them was the Boniface Engineering 40th Anniversary Truck which won a Highly Commended Award by the judges who walk around the show - which is a great achievement considering how many vehicles were there.

US2U Consulting is proud to be one of the sponsors of the anniversary activities, along with our metals testing client ASAMS Ltd. Our logos are displayed on the anniversary truck and the anniversary logo we designed for Boniface Engineering is looking great against the white paintwork.

Mike Boniface and some of his team attended the event and were impressed by the number of Boniface products on display. Boniface Sales Engineer Lea Pearson commented "It was great to catch up with old friends and customers and also see everyone relaxed and having a good time. The Peterborough show has always been good for the Boniface brand and, as always, our customers did us proud by displaying a large range of Boniface products including Century Rotators, Recover Tridents, Interstaters, VLA slidebeds and more. Also thank you to our sponsors who have contributed to our 40th anniversary events."

Later in 2022, the anniversary truck is also due to appear at: Truckfest Edinburgh 6th & 7th August, Truckfest Southwest in Bath 3rd & 4th September, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting at Snetterton Circuit 9th-11th September and the Professional Recovery Tow Show at Telford International Centre 28th & 29th September.

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Engineering the Engineering in Norfolk

Rachel Blackburn organised for a number of our Norfolk clients to attend an open morning to view the facilities of the new School of Engineering at the University of East Anglia on Friday 25 March. This was a joint initiative between the UEA, Productivity East and The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce to promote good collaborative relationships with Norfolk-based engineering businesses to strengthen the learning, innovation and economic impact of world class engineering in the area.

Rachel is pictured with David Morgan, CEO of Hethel Engineering-based ETA Green Power. David said "at ETA Green Power we develop game-changing high density Electric Drive Systems to support the Off Highway sector in accelerating electrification and support emission reductions. We are passionate about enabling our clients to improve electification productivity whilst reducing costs and maximising performance for a sustainable future. We are expanding rapidly so are keen to develop collaborative partnerships."

Happy Birthday to US2U Consulting!

It's great to be celebrating 18 years of US2U Consulting in Barbados, where Director & Founder Rachel Blackburn is pictured currently holidaying! Thank you to all of our clients, team members and suppliers who have supported us since we launched.

Here's to continuing to make a positive difference to our clients in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

Boom: The Foreign Secretary Visits Boniface Engineering to Celebrate 40 Years of Engineering Excellence

US2U Consulting organised for The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP to join Directors, Managers and Staff at Thetford-based Boniface Engineering in January 2022 in her capacity as MP for South West Norfolk.

This was part of the year-long 2022 celebrations as Boniface Engineering has reached the milestone of 40 years of designing and producing equipment for the vehicle recovery industry. It produces bespoke equipment for a range of clients across the UK including the AA, Neil Yates Recovery and McPhie Recovery. They also export to many countries including Germany, Japan, the USA and Denmark.

Mike Boniface started the business in a small workshop on 18 January 1982 and today it employs 65 people across three sites.

During her visit, Liz Truss learnt more of the history and exports of the business, enjoyed a factory tour and then saw some recovery equipment in action. The Boniface Team created a lorry crash scene on site so they could demonstrate a "roll over recovery" and show how quickly their equipment can clear the highway following a crash or breakdown and therefore improve road safety.

Liz Truss has been recognised for her passion for road safety previously and said "I had a fantastic visit to Boniface Engineering and saw an impressive demonstration of one of their recovery trucks."

Mike Boniface said "The visit was a big success and it's great to have our achievements recognised by our local MP, especially one who is so busy fulfilling her UK-based and international roles."

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40th Birthday Celebrations with Boniface Engineering Ltd

US2U Consulting are excited to be working with long-standing client Mike Boniface and his team at Boniface Engineering Ltd in Thetford, England on a range of plans throughout 2022 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Mike started the business from a small workshop in January 1982 and they have been engineering recovery equipment for the UK and export markets ever since.

Now part of US-based Miller Industries, Boniface Engineering was US2U Consulting's first client back in 2006. One of the first things we have done with the Boniface team is to create an anniversary logo which will be used on all activities this year. This is adapted from the ruby shape, which is often used to celebrate 40 years!

This emblem will feature across the company's marketing this year, as well as appearing on clothing, promotional merchandise and birthday cupcakes (pictured) - with plans for it to feature on special 40th birthday recovery vehicle livery later this year!

As well as their birthday celebrations, we are also pleased to be working with them on other marketing and recruitment projects this year.

Congratulations to all at Boniface Engineering Ltd on the achievement! 

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Norwich School's Young Chamber Initiative: Supporting the Next Generation

Developing the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs is important to us. As part of our sustainability strategy, US2U Consulting has become the main sponsor of the Norwich School Young Chamber initiative for 2022/23. Developed by Norwich School with the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, the initiative sees students establish and operate their own commercial business ventures in small teams - providing them with valuable experience and learning opportunities at this early stage in their careers.

In addition to providing some funding for senior school pupils to start their own small businesses, we also plan to assist with developing an entrepreneurial toolkit that the pupils can use to develop their skills. 

"We're very grateful for your support in terms of enthusiasm and in this case, financial support" said Tom White, Head of Economics and Business Enterprise and Young Chamber Coordinator, Norwich School.

As a former Norwich School student that has gone on to establish his own business venture - online art shop By Kerwin, there are also plans for US2U Consulting team member Kerwin Blackburn to provide entrepreneurial advice to those participating in the initiative - particularly around the topics of e-commerce and the start-up business journey.

We look forward to getting started and learning more about the companies being set up at Norwich School, based in Norwich's Cathedral Close.