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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.

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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!

Championing Best Practice at the Chamber

Michael Holness once again spoke at The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce as part of their Chamber Sessions, delivering Be Better at Excel for Business.

The session was aimed at providing secrets and shortcuts to improve efficiency when using Microsoft Excel, and received positive feedback from all of the delegates.

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Meeting, Moaning and Making a Difference!

Rachel Blackburn delivered a talk on Developing Your Influencing Skills in Dubai on Wednesday 25 November on behalf of the British Business Group.

Capturing the attention of an audience of around 30 business people at the Capital Club in the Dubai International Financial Centre, Rachel discussed the challenge of influencing others, covering concepts such as influencing styles and the Organisational Development Process.

The talk was well received, with one business account even live-tweeting coverage! @SMARTERtcm commented:

"How to deal with and influence 'challenging' or 'difficult' people. Great checklist from US2U Consulting to build relationships"

"Adopt a 'Zero Tolerance' to moaning in your organisation. Love this! #influencingpeople"

"4 Steps to Assertiveness from US2U Consulting. Simple as that!"

"The old adage "don't bring problems, bring solutions" is still a good way forward!"

US2U Consulting attend City College Norwich Graduation Ceremony

Rachel Blackburn was proud to be invited to attend the City College Norwich 2015 Graduation Ceremony at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 24 October.

City College Norwich, celebrating 125 years of Providing Educational Excellence in 2016, were recognising Rachel's comitment to representing employers on their Leadership and Business graduate programmes over the last year.

Rachel commented, "It was great to be able to support this year's graduates and help provide them with the skills to compete in the graduate job market. Congratulations to them all!"

Strictly Making a Positive Difference!

Rachel Blackburn was thrilled to be invited to the Dot Com Children's Foundation Strictly Ballroom Fundraising Gala Dinner on Monday 14th September at Mansion House, London.

Dot Com Children's Foundation is aimed at empowering children through its Value Versus Violence Education Programme and managed to raise an impressive £81,000 on the night.

Attending as a guest of long-standing client Worldwide Fruit and pictured with the night's compare Anton Du Beke, Rachel Blackburn contributed to the silent auction, winning a signed pair of Wayne Rooney's matchworn football boots!