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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

Diversity and Inclusion 2020

Whilst we have worked with clients to develop their processes and behaviours for managing diversity for many years, we have now seen how the agenda has changed since the killing of George Floyd in the US in May 2020.

Therefore we have researched and developed a new Diversity and Inclusion Framework which supports the latest language and principles of proactively addressing black lives inequality.

This includes recognising what Diversity and Inclusion mean, understanding the latest terms and what is appropriate, exploring unconscious and conscious bias, reflecting on relevant black history, managing issues around recruiting, developing and promoting people and action planning to achieve positive change.

Please get in touch to find out how we can help you manage this sensitive priority which has moral and commercial implications.

(Pictured below is a painting by US2U Consulting team member Kerwin Blackburn - a Jackson Pollock inspired action painting of American civil rights activitist Martin Luther King, capturing the tone of the current discussion)

Martin Luther King - Kerwin Blackburn Art

15 Years of Worldwide Fruit

It was July 2005 that Rachel Blackburn first started working on Leadership Development Projects at Lincolnshire-based Worldwide Fruit Ltd. Established in 2000, Worldwide Fruit is an award-winning international fruit marketing and distribution company. It sources products globally from over 1000 growers worldwide, ensuring continuity of supply 365 days of the year to the UK's leading supermarkets.

15 years later the professional working relationship continues and Rachel, along with other colleagues at US2U Consulting, have delivered a wide range of solutions to assist Lincolnshire-based Worldwide Fruit to continue to drive positive change in their business.

"It has been great to work with Worldwide Fruit for so many years; to get to know the people, the culture and the product ranges. The business never stands still. There is always more to do to develop people and processes in line with the Worldwide Fruit values of 'Passion, Quality, Innovation, Together'" said Rachel Blackburn.

Trish McCarron, HR Director at Worldwide Fruit (pictured), said, "During the last 15 years our business has doubled in size and been really successful. Rachel and the team at US2U Consulting have played an integral part in helping to develop our people; they have been like an extension of the HR Team."

We look forward to continuing to make a Positive Difference to Worldwide Fruit in the coming years.

Using Emotional Intelligence to Develop High Performing Teams

One of the current priorities is to invest in Human Capital to deal with the many challenges that lie ahead. There is a need to develop Leadership and Management Skills and develop a culture of Lifelong Learning so that people can adapt to the new normal and make the most of the latest opportunities. As with any other investment we must focus on the likely Return On Investment rather than the upfront cost. Responding to this feedback we are pleased to launch our new service which incorporates Using Emotional Intelligence to Create High Performing Teams.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) has a powerful impact on how an individual performs at work, communicates effectively, manages relationships, overcomes challenges, manages conflict and deals with stressful situations. Ultimately it can also impact on people's job satisfaction, engagement, well-being and overall organisational performance. This programme aims to enable participants to recognise, understand and manage their emotions and behaviour and develop interpersonal and personal effectiveness. It is suitable for individuals, teams and leadership development, with the goal of creating sustainable change that drives business results.

Please see full details of the service here - Using Emotional Intelligence to Develop High Performing Teams - Service Sheet

See Jan Baynham, Psychometric Assessment Specialist Consultant at US2U Consulting, present some of the details of Emotional Intelligence below, and get in touch to find out more.

Managing Equal Opportunities and Diversity

In addition to managing personal and professional situations in relation to the current pandemic, most of us will have been concerned about recent events concerning racial prejudice. We understand that we strive for all-inclusive workplaces; however none of us can be complacent. We must continue to review what we are getting right and what we can do differently or better.

We have many years of experience of helping Executive Teams, Leadership Teams and Team Members explore these sensitive subjects. It's always better to discuss best practice proactively than be forced to discuss it when someone has said or done something inappropriate.

Please get in touch to find out how we can support your business with reviewing Equal Opportunities and Diversity as this is such an important part of complying with the law, creating high performance teams and giving great customer service!

Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24th May 2020

Clearly mental health is something we are aware of on a daily basis as we lead and manage our teams.

It is important to acknowledge the relevance of being aware of everyone's mental health, particularly at a time of global pandemic.

Therefore it is positive to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme of Kindness.

Whilst we know we should be kind to people every day, this gives focus to the fact that we should do kind things for people even when it's difficult.

At work this may mean being nice to someone who frustrates you, telling your boss how much you appreciate them or taking time to listen to a colleague to find out how they are coping with the change in routine.

If you would like support to discuss mental health issues please contact us to see how we can support you. US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn is a certified Mental Health First Aider with experience of advising businesses and individuals on managing mental health issues.

To find out more about about this topic, please listen to or watch our podcast: Mental Health at Work.

US2U Online Training Courses Now Available to Buy

After 3 years of talking about it, we are pleased to have designed, scripted, filmed and launched our first two online training courses which are now available to buy on Udemy - the online learning platform.

These can be used as:

 Stand-alone learning solutions

 To complement other training and accredited programmes

 A useful refresher for people who wish to continue their personal and professional development

Our first two courses are based on topics which we often deliver via group workshops and 1:1 coaching:

Producing a Robust Business Plan


Influencing Skills to Achieve Your Goals


Click the links above to watch the course previews and purchase the courses. We do hope you like them.

Please let us know what you think and let us know what you think the topic for our next online course should be!

The Power Hour Online Consultancy Service from US2U Consulting

Do you have a business challenge that you need some help with?

There is a great new service from US2U Consulting - you can now book an online consultancy Power Hour with Director, Rachel Blackburn MBA.

Rachel has over 20 years' experience of running businesses and, as a management consultant, has helped hundreds of businesses in the UK and overseas to become more successful.

If you would like support, guidance and advice about any of the following then please email Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01603 716852 to book your Power Hour:

 How to produce a robust business plan so you become more successful

 How to develop your leadership skills so you become more effective

 How to tackle a difficult people situation

 How to prepare for a recruitment interview - the Dos and Don'ts

 How to manage a conflict situation

 How to plan your time better so you achieve your goals

The Power Hour will take place via Zoom or similar platform and a link will be sent with confirmation of the appointment.

The fee for an US2U Consulting Power Hour is £349 plus VAT. This is payable on booking.

Contact Rachel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your booking.

Workers Of The Home, Unite! NHS fundraiser painting By Kerwin

US2U Consulting team member Kerwin Blackburn has produced a painting commemorating the current Work From Home culture, along with all of the new makeshift bedroom and kitchen table offices being constructed around the world - and another reminder to #StayHome as much as possible.

The stoic, Jackson Pollock-inspired 'Workers Of The Home, Unite!' painting is available as a print, with proceeds going to NHS Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals Charity, in recognition of the NHS and its incredible staff.

Unite! By KerwinThe print is available in two sizes (12x16" and 18x24") and at a special promotional price, £30-£35.

Order now at www.bykerwin.com/product/unite-stayhome

For more information about US2U Consulting's new online coaching services can help you navigate the current challenges, click here.

 

 

 

US2U Consulting Celebrate 14th Birthday

We are pleased to celebrate our 14th birthday - although this year, like the rest of the world, we will be doing so in unusual circumstances!

To mark our birthday, US2U Consulting founder Rachel Blackburn has written a poem reflecting on the unique challenges of the current times while also sharing a message of optimism.

Watch this below, and scroll down for the words.




 

April 2020; normal life is dysfunctional

Coronavirus issues making life most uncomfortable

Through the doom and gloom we have something to celebrate

Another milestone reached that we really appreciate 

 

Our clients and suppliers are facing many challenges

If we all pull together we will see how we can manage this

We’re using new terms – asymptomatic; furloughed and social distance

We have the stay at home rules to protect our future existence

 

Adapting to the environment no matter what the future holds

We’re Zooming, Teaming and Skyping to help you fulfil your priority goals

Staying positive and hunting opportunities is the name of the game

Listening to our clients and applying our expertise is our aim

 

We are going to get through this and have a proper celebration

14 years of Guaranteeing Positive Difference and delivering innovation

So thank you clients for your support; it’s great to Achieve Success Together

Building on our strong relationships and the desire to be even better

US2U Consulting: Coronavirus Update 17 March

Throughout the ongoing situation US2U Consulting aim to minimise disruption to regular work and to clients, but will be responding appropriately to the increasing precautions as advised by the Government and adopted by businesses and wider society.

Like many others, we introduced simple measures to maintain hygiene levels and avoid physical contact several weeks ago (eg extra sanitisation/avoiding handshaking). We also have the capacity to alter the way we carry out certain aspects of our work (such as using Skype & Zoom to communicate instead of face to face meetings), but as of 17 March we are still fulfilling all of our regular work commitments.

If any our clients have concerns that they would like to discuss further, please contact Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 07786 263610.