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Make It Your Business at Number 10

Rachel Blackburn was pleased to attend an action-packed day with ladies from around England who met in London to discuss the new initiative to encourage women to start and/or scale up their business. Currently only 17% of businesses in the UK are started by women.

The day included a trip to the Houses of Parliament, meetings inside Number 10, Downing Street and lunch at the Carlton Club.

The trip was organised by Alison Cork, the Founder of the Make It Your Business initiative. Rachel is the Norfolk Champion for the initiative which launches in Norwich on Friday 19 October.

"It was a fascinating day and we even saw Larry, the 10 Downing Street cat!" said Rachel.

Rachel Blackburn Speaks at Jeddah Chamber

Rachel Blackburn spoke at Jeddah Chamber on the evening of Monday 1 October to promote US2U Consulting's Empowering Women Programme.

The evening marked an engaging, informative session for Saudi women who are planning to start a business or looking to scale up their existing business. A number of these women are planning to attend the UK-based Empowering Women Programme, which runs between 10-21 December 2018.

Please register your interest to attend this programme by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 15 October. See full details of the programme here.

Watch the short film of Rachel explaining the programme below:

Sing When You're Winning!

After recently completing his Master's degree at King's College London, US2U Consulting Consultant Kerwin Blackburn headed to Singapore in mid-September to embark on a six-month paid internship!

The internship will see Kerwin operate as Business Development Intern at Singapore-based company A Better Florist, where he will contribute his skills and knowledge to the growth of the company.

Having studied MSc Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development in London over the last year, this also provides a great opportunity to further learn about business customs in a unique, exciting part of the world!

Rachel Blackburn continues Empowering Women Programme Recruitment Drive

Rachel Blackburn will be delivering a talk at Jeddah Chamber, Saudi Arabia, on Writing a Business Plan and The Empowering Women Programme on Monday 1 October. See more details here.

The talk forms part of US2U Consulting's drive to attract Saudi female entrepreneurs to register for our UK-based Empowering Women Programme, in line with Vision 2030, which begins on Monday 10 December. Find out more about this exciting initiative!

 

Driving Continuous Improvement and Excellent Customer Service

It has been great to work with our client ABC Taxis in Norwich during the summer to produce three more films to support their passion for excellence in all that they do. Two of these may be of wider interest and can be seen by clicking the links below.

Managing Equal Opportunities and Diversity - a subject which continues to get more complex and challenging.

Managing Safeguarding and Child Protection - another subject which is so important to get right.

You will note in each film we have worked with various people in the community to explore best practice and make the messages clear with practical examples. We research, script, shoot and edit the films, providing a 'one stop shop' to tailored film production that makes it easy and cost effective to digitally convey consistent, key messages to staff and customers.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how we can work with you to improve your organisation's communications and training.

From US 2 London: US2U Consulting say farewell to Kieran

Kieran Compton leaves us after joining in April as a 3 month intern. Since joining the team he has experienced working on a variety of projects both internally and externally. This has included developing our privacy policy in line with GDPR and assisting in developing our Empowering Women Programme for Saudi Arabia. Alongside this he has attended events including the Wellbeing at Work conference.

During his time here, Kieran has been able to shadow Director Rachel Blackburn and other colleagues in a variety of client meetings and projects which have helped deepen his understanding and knowledge of Management Consultancy. 

Kieran said of his time here, "It has been a great experience working alongside Rachel for the past 3 months. I have gained valuable knowledge and experience from working on a variety of projects with clients that has helped me to take the next step in my career."

Kieran now moves onto the next stage of his career working in a project-based role near Tower Bridge, London.

#15secBiz for Norfolk Day

In support of Norfolk Day 2018 on Friday 27 July we have created our own #15secBiz video summarising what we are all about and why we are proud to make a positive difference to Norfolk's businesses, with our Norfolk-grown corporate coloured vegetables!

The video will be shown as part of a celebration by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce at Norwich Cathedral on Norfolk Day 2018, 27 July.

Please watch the video below and let us know what you think!

Exciting Developments in Saudi Arabia

Rachel Blackburn's latest trip to Saudi Arabia has been another success, with plenty of positive meetings.

Staying in Jeddah, within sight of the world's tallest flagpole and water fountain, King Fahd's Fountain (pictured), Rachel promoted our two key services - The Empowering Women Programme and our Executive Coaching.

There were plenty of opportunities to network as Rachel developed lots of new contacts, and even watched England's World Cup semi-final at the British Consulate!

Rachel will be returning to Saudi Arabia in the near future to continue developing new and existing business and said of her latest trip, "It was exciting to be working back in Saudi Arabia and making lots of progress in our contribution to the Crown Prince's vision of the future for Saudi Arabia and its people".

US2U Consulting Continue Saudi Arabia Expansion

Saudi British flags

As Rachel Blackburn makes her third business trip to Saudi Arabia we are pleased to announce that we are members of two key organisations - the Saudi British Joint Business Council and the Saudi British Society. This is part of our international strategy to support the Saudi Vision 2030.

Specifically we have two key services we are offering - our Executive Coaching Services and our Empowering Women Programme. Please see below for more information on each, or get in touch with Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how US2U Consulting's services can benefit you.

US2U Consulting Executive Coaching Services

Vision 2030: Empowering Women Programme 2018

Jeremy Goss Heads Fundraiser for the NNAB

Norwich City Football Club legend Jeremy Goss, the Head of Fundraising for the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) hosted an evening of fun in support of the charity.

US2U Consulting was pleased to be in attendance and support a good cause. The NNAB helps 20000 people with poor sight throughout Norfolk. It has a residential home and 20 sheltered flats for blind and partially sighted people.

Rachel said "It is great to support a local charity which helps so many people be as independent as possible.