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Award Tour for Rachel Blackburn

Rachel Blackburn was presented with her Open University Business School Highly Commended Alumni Award for her contribution to an organisation and society at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 22 June.

The Open University's mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas, and the award was presented as part of their Student and Alumni Awards 2015, presented in 2016. It provided an opportunity to meet other Open University MBA alumni and reflect on their achievements since graduating.

The day also included a tour of the campus, with presentations on the Open University Library Services and on Space Instrumentation.

The award winners also got the opportunity to record their thoughts and experiences on camera: watch Rachel's here!

"All our winners have shown huge drive, determination and commitment" said Executive Dean and Director of Studies, Professor Rebecca Taylor.

Prize for Enterprise!

Rachel Blackburn was a judge at the University of East Anglia's Young Enterprise final at the Enterprise Centre, where she and the other judges had to determine which of their companies would progress to the national final in London.

The companies pitched their products and fielded questions from the panel of judges, who were particularly impressed by eventual winners Tritiki and their range of blended teas aimed at students.

"It was great to see such enthusiasm and passion for their products from the young entrepreneurs!" said Rachel.

The event also coincided with Rachel's day of filming for an Open University MOOC (Meet, Greet and Get Ready to Tweet!), meaning the deliberation amongst the judges could be set to feature in the final cut - we will keep you posted!

Meet, Greet and Get Ready to Tweet!

Rachel Blackburn is to be featured in an Open University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about the benefits of networking after an intensive day of filming on Tuesday 10th May.

After welcoming a film crew from Evans Woolfe Media in London to the US2U Consulting head office for one-to-one filming, we then went on location to the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce's Doing Business in Dubai conference on the outskirts of Norwich to witness networking in practice.

The day finished at the University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre where Rachel was a Young Enterprise judge to determine which of their companies would progress to the national finals in London. Filming was concluded with the importance of an elevator pitch - shot in an actual Enterprise Centre elevator!

The MOOC is titled Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking and can be accessed through the Open University's Future Learn platform.

US2U Consulting attend The Business Show 2016

Rachel and Kerwin Blackburn attended The Business Show 2016 on the 11th and 12th May at the ExCeL Arena, London.

The Business Show is the UK's biggest exhibition for anyone starting or growing a business and offers and wealth of networking opportunities and inspirational speakers to its 25,000 visiting business owners.

The show also provided the team with numerous tips and invaluable insight to put into practice. Alongside The Business Show, the ExCeL was also hosting the B2B Marketing Expo and the Sales Innovation Expo, ensuring Rachel and Kerwin gained exposure to a mixture of complementary disciplines, making for a very productive couple of days!

Celebrating 10 years with a Truck down Memory Lane

Back in April 2006 Mike Boniface, Managing Director of Boniface Engineering Ltd, was US2U Consulting's first client. Established in 1982 by Mike, Boniface Engineering has always specialised in the manufacture of vehicle recovery equipment. In the early days all the products were designed and developed by Boniface.

Miller Industries (USA) acquired Boniface Engineering in 1996; many of the products installed today at Thetford originate from Miller factories in the USA and France. Miller Industries is the world's largest manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment and include the brand names Century, Challenger, Holmes, Eagle, Jige, Boniface, Chevron, Vulcan and Champion.

In the early years of US2U Consulting the team worked with the management team at Boniface Engineering to progress core processes to develop leadership behaviours, management processes and marketing initiatives which have enabled Boniface to continue to be brand leader in the UK and expand the business in Europe. This involved working at sites in the UK, USA and France.

Celebrating US2U Consulting's 10th anniversary Mike Boniface said, "Access to the expertise Rachel brought to us provided training to our employees which would have taken years to develop otherwise."

Rachel Blackburn nominated for Open University Award

Rachel Blackburn has been nominated for the Open University Business School Alumni of the Year Achievement Award 2015-16.

Coinciding with US2U Consulting's 10th birthday in April, "Rachel has been nominated for her ambassadorial role and her generous spirit of sharing knowledge and expertise amongst her alumni peers", while also underpinning her Open University Business School learning with strong company brand values including integrity and encouraging diversity.

Her full profile is available to view here.

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US2U attend Change Management Conference

Rachel and Kerwin Blackburn of US2U Consulting attended a conference on how to Meet the Crisis in Change Management Head On in London on Friday 26 February.

Change management is a core US2U Consulting service and this conference provided a fresh perspective on a constantly evolving topic that is becoming increasingly prominent in today's business climate.

Key issues to consider included how to engage and motivate employees throughout change, provide effective leadership and empower your workforce to ensure they maximise their potential.

To find out how US2U Consulting can assist your organisation through change, visit our services.

Excel with US2U IT Training: Special Offer on the Table!

Celebrate our 10th Birthday by taking advantage of our special promotional price of £675.00 plus VAT and travel expenses for an Excel group session when you book during March 2016.

US2U Consulting provide a range of IT courses covering Excel, Word and PowerPoint, individually tailored to meet the needs and current capabilities of the trainees. Training is delivered by world-class Microsoft certified expert and consultant Michael Holness and will free up your workforce and improve return on your investment in technology.

Michael has also delivered a series of Be Better at Excel for Business seminars as part of the Norfolk Chamber's Chamber Sessions - with the latest on the 1 March - and in conjunction with these we have this special offer on the table for a limited time only.

The session is for up to 5 people, to take place by the end of 2016. Find out more about our Excel training here.

To take advantage of this unique offer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01603 716852.

Inspiring a Generation at Norwich Cathedral

Rachel and Kerwin Blackburn attended the "When I Grow Up" careers exhibition at Norwich Cathedral on Tuesday 15 December, aimed at providing inspirational careers advice to over 500 children from the Harleston schools in Norfolk.

The event featured around 80 organisations from a variety of sectors, and we were pleased to be featured within the "something a little bit different" section!

As part of our display we featured several of our clients to convey the benefits of becoming a Management Consultant, including fresh produce from Worldwide Fruit and G's Fresh, and an ABC Taxis recruitment film.

Unsurprisingly, however, Wayne Rooney's signed, match-worn football boots managed to steal the show, with many of the 7-13 year old crowd taking 'boot selfies' and vowing not to wash their hands again after holding them!

Emma Johnson, the schools' Cluster Coordinator, said "Thank you for bringing so many great activities and goodies for the children and sharing your passion for the jobs you do. The feedback from teachers and pupils has been so positive."

Boot Solution Required!

US2U Consulting took custody of a pair of Wayne Rooney's signed, match-worn football boots in earlier this week, won at the Dot Com Children's Foundation Strictly Ballroom Fundraising Gala Dinner on 14 September in London.

There is only one problem though - we don't quite know what to do with them! If you have an idea how we could use them to make a significant sum for a specific charity that needs support, please get in touch or tweet us @US2UConsulting!