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Showing Off at ExCeL London

US2U Consulting attended The Business Show 2017 on 17 and 18 May at ExCeL London to gain insights into the latest hot topics among the UK business community.

As the nation's largest free business trade show, The Business Show welcomed over 25,000 businesses across the two days and included more than 350 exhibitors as well as hundreds of interactive masterclass sessions and seminars across its 5 business zones.

Among the highlights for the team were the engaging life stories by 2014 Apprentice Winner Mark Wright, Caprice and Myprotein Founder Oliver Cookson, along with a lively debate about contract and employment law with controversial Pimlico Plumbers CEO Charlie Mullins (pictured with Rachel Blackburn). They also heard about key opportunities in Africa and the ASEAN nations, as well as the story of how Cornwall-based Tregothnan Trading became the official brand of tea for the Government's GREAT campaign.

Rachel Blackburn was also spotted at one seminar by an audience member who recognised her from the Open University's Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking online course that she is featured in!

The Business Show 2017 adds to the environmental scanning that the company has been undertaking recently as it seeks to stay ahead of the curve in these rapidly changing times for businesses and society.

US2U Consulting attend the Oxford-GCC Business Conference 2017

Rachel and Kerwin Blackburn of US2U Consulting visited the University of Oxford on Saturday 20 May to attend the Oxford-GCC Business Conference 2017, which covered a range of topics concerning the development of the Gulf region. The conference was held at St. Anthony's College and was hosted by OxGAPS, the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and Said Business School.

Welcoming delegates from across the world, the conference focused on three key areas of the Gulf economy; the private sector, the creative economy and the evolving role of women in the region.

The conference also featured an exclusive list of interesting keynote speakers from prominent public and private sector organisations both in the UK and the Gulf, with an objective of the conference to promote and foster a greater UK-Gulf trading relationship.

Among the speakers on the subject of the arts and the creative economy in the Gulf was Princess Alia Al-Senussi, Chair of Tate Young Patrons and a descendant of Libyan royalty, pictured with Rachel Blackburn.

There was also an unique presentation on the specific characteristics and challenges of growing family-oriented businesses; a topic that is particularly prominent in Saudi Arabia - 75% of businesses have a family dynamic - and of course relevant to US2U Consulting too!

John Bird Talks Social Enterprise with Your Own Place CIC

US2U Consulting attended the lively and insightful 'John Bird Talks Social Enterprise' event, hosted by Your Own Place CIC, on Thursday 20 April at St. Giles House Hotel, Norwich.

Norwich-based social enterprise Your Own Place CIC was hosting their annual event for the second time, following 2016's talk from Lemn Sissay MBE.

They invited founder of The Big Issue, Baron John Bird, to share his story that led him to starting the social business, and what advice he has for other change-makers looking to make an impact through business. His overriding piece of advice was to focus on giving those in need a "hand up rather than a handout".

The event also included a screening of the promotional video which we are proud to have sponsored and produced for Your Own Place, which has already helped them in raising their profile throughout the region!

Find out more about how an US2U Consulting-produced promotional video can enhance your organisation's image.

Cultures, Conventions and Customs in the Far East!

Rachel and Kerwin Blackburn recently visited the Far East to conduct market research and gain insights into business and cultural customs in some of the world's rapidly emerging economies.

Staying for four days in Beijing before spending a day each in Nagasaki, Japan and Busan and Seoul, South Korea, they undertook various different local activities, ranging from a Chinese tea ceremony to visiting the Great Wall and other historical sites.

These experiences provided valuable insights into some of the unique customs, traditions and etiquette in these countries.

Learning about the contrasting political histories of these three countries also proved beneficial in helping to understand attitudes towards conducting business in the region.

The trip was a great success and hugely productive in enhancing the company's knowledge of a part of the world that could soon become much more significant in the UK following the nation's exit from the EU.

"Being an international management consultancy it was a great opportunity to learn more about a fascinating part of the world and be able to picture how US2U Consulting's services could fit into the visions of China, Japan and South Korea for the future" said Rachel.

Kerwin reflected, "It has been good to learn more about these territories as we currently work with a significant number of clients who provide goods and services for people from these parts of the world."

US2U Produce Tenancy Training Trailer with Your Own Place CIC

US2U Consulting are proud to have produced a promotional video for Your Own Place CIC, a Norwich-based social enterprise that prepares young people for independence and adult life.

Having pledged to donate the time for filming and editing at their Christmas drinks reception in December, US2U Consulting's Richard Howes visited Your Own Place CIC's Tenancy Training flat in Norwich to capture what they do in action.

Watch the video for an insight into Your Own Place CIC's fun, colourful and interactive approach to tackling youth homelessness in the region:

Rebecca White, Director of Your Own Place CIC, said "Richard really did an excellent job and I'm enormously grateful to US2U Consulting for sponsoring this on our behalf. It will communicate very well with lots of partners."

Find out more about how an US2U Consulting-produced promotional video can enhance your organisation's image here.

Pitch Perfect at The Enterprise Centre

Rachel and Kerwin Blackburn of US2U Consulting visited the University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre on Friday 5 May to attend 'Pitch Perfect: Ready to Pitch?'.

This Dragons' Den-style event gave the pair the chance to hear UEA startups and entrepreneurs pitch their companies and ideas as part of a panel of potential investors, offering feedback and other business advice as part of the process.

The diverse range of products and startups featured provided interesting insights into some of the outlooks and challenges facing entrepreneurial students at the UK's 12th-ranked university.

Companies pitching included hyperSlate, Assemble, Grabbit, Future Max Careers and Cooknst.

US2U Consulting Eager to Help at EEEGR SNS 2017!

US2U Consulting were pleased to attend the East of England Energy Group's Southern North Sea Conference & Exhibition on 1 March at the Royal Norfolk Showground, along with Great Yarmouth-based client ASAMS Limited.

ASAMS is an independent, UKAS accredited metals testing lab and we have been working with them on their business strategy and planning, which included producing their first promotional video showcasing their company and services (watch here).

We were excited to accompany them on their first visit to the exhibition, which enabled them to gain greater insight and understanding of the benefits of networking, with a view to exhibiting themselves at such events in the future.

Andrew Page and Thomas Whiskin of ASAMS are pictured with EEEGR CEO Simon Gray.

US2U Consulting are proud to go the extra mile in order to make a positive different to our clients. If you'd like us to produce your commercial video or assist in your business planning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Rachel Blackburn Discusses The Export Journey

Rachel Blackburn was the keynote speaker at a joint Barclays Business and Department of International Trade talk held at the University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre on Wednesday 1 March.

Delivering a talk on US2U Consulting's Export Journey since the company was established in 2006, Rachel discussed the motivations for and benefits of exporting the company's services, as well as how US2U Consulting overcame some of the key challenges and obstacles.

Her tips on exporting services were particularly insightful and complementary to the advice regarding the export of physical goods, as covered by the other speakers on the day. These included International Trade Advisor from the Department of International Trade, Leszek Wysocki, who commented that many business will benefit from exploring the idea of exporting overseas.

To learn more about how US2U Consulting can assist you in working internationally, get in touch!

US2U Consulting x Jugaad Innovation

US2U Consulting would like to present a new business concept that is gaining traction in many organisations: Jugaad Innovation.

Originating in the developing contexts of the global East, this approach to problem-solving can teach us all lessons for use in our professional and everyday lives.

Based on the insights from the book Jugaad Innovation by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja, we've put together an infographic covering the key principles that can help you 'think frugal, be flexible and generate breakthrough growth'.

View our infographic below to find out more!

US2U Consulting x Jugaad Innovation

A New Year brings New Offerings at US2U Consulting

When seeking to source expertise covering both effective management and innovative marketing, companies have traditionally had to approach several organisations. Until now.

US2U Consulting are proud to announce that 2017 marks the start of an enhanced offering, with the addition of a new marketing team with over 25 years' commercial experience, headed by Andy Taylor (pictured with Rachel Blackburn).

US2U Consulting already works in partnership with clients to enhance business practice and management. We work hard to understand each individual business, meaning our dedicated consultants can deliver bespoke management solutions.

Now we are able to augment this offering with a brand new division supplying business strategy, training and marketing services.

We will be able to provide organisations with:

Marketing audits

Branding advice and development

Website development

Advertising strategy and campaigns across print, electronic and social media

Promotional and product brochures

Exhibition design and build

Now is the time to make your business stand out, both for efficient management and engaging marketing.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details and the chance to make a tangible difference to the success of your organisation.