Below we share any news and offers from us here at MD2MD and also from you, our members. If you would like to share a piece of news or an offer, please do let us know (email to contact in the member update). We will always facilitate our members connecting with one another, just ask!
Staffordshire business bolsters international operations with Italian launch
Congratulations to one of our members, Oliver Ragg, and his team at Staffordshire-based Top Online Partners Group who have recently announced their expansion into the Italian market with the launch of TopCashback Italy.
The new cashback site already features over 270 of the biggest Italian brands including Mediaworld, Manomano, Italo and more, offering members savings on everything from fashion to food, travel, technology and much more. Like its UK counterpart, the site’s aim is to help its members save as much money as possible by securing the best cashback rates on offer.
TopCashback Italy joins the group’s six strong network of existing cashback sites (UK, USA, China, France, Germany, and Australia) which have a membership base of over 23 million people worldwide.
ITPEnergised at the Ireland Scotland Business Exchange Awards
ITPEnergised attended the Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange Awards 2023 in Edinburgh recently.
They were up for the Scottish Exporter of the Year award but although not victorious on the night; a massive congratulations for being on the shortlist. It is fanatastic to see the ITPEnergised Technology team being recognised for the great work they have been delivering on a growing number of offshore wind developments in Ireland.Read in full
The Rooflight Co.
Congratulations to Steve Webber and his team at Rooflight who are celebrating a massive 30 years of trading!
They have used this milestone as a perfect time to revamp their brand. They have got a fresh new visual language, including a new company name, logo and website, check it all out for yourself via the link below.Check out their new website here
Stone-based technical solutions company Capula crowned Employer of the Year
Massive congratulations to Simon Coombs and his team at Capula who have recently won Employer of the Year at the Staffordshire University Apprenticeships Celebration Evening. The evening celebrated achievements of those who have excelled in Higher and Degree Apprenticeship courses and Staffordshire businesses with contributions. This achievement demonstrates Capula’s commitment to their apprenticeship programmes. Over the last few years, they have continued to improve their training and support for their apprentices. Well done to all involved!Read more here
Michael Pace and ZCJ Consulting
Wishing Michael Pace all the best in his new venture. After a wonderful 4 1/2 years at NHS LPP, he is striking out on his own again. Michael is looking to work in procurement and transformation roles as well as support HealthTech companies bring their developments into the Health Sector. Visit his company’s new LinkedIn page here for more info.
Wilson Partners win Best Company to Work for Award
Congratulations to Allan Wilson and his team at Wilson Partners who were announced as the winners of the Best Company to Work for Award at the Maidenhead and Windsor Business and Community Awards!
As a company who prides itself on recognising that it’s the people who make businesses great, it’s fantastic to see that they are being recognised for their culture, working environment and opportunities.Full post
Tracker's 30th Birthday!
Tracker celebrates 30 years of successfully recovering stolen vehicles for their customers. As they celebrate this milestone, they would like to thank everyone at Tracker, their Customers and their Partners for contributing to their success.
They are celebrating:
✔ Over £590 million worth of recoveries
✔ Over 27,900 recoveries to date
✔ Over 2,920 arrests made
✔ Over 2,800 other non-Tracker fitted vehicles recovered
Aardman's Chicken Run will premiere at London Film Festival!
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget will have its World Premiere at this year’s British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival!
Directed by Sam Fell, The Mayor of London’s Gala will screen the film at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and in cinemas across the UK on Saturday 14 October.
BFI London Film Festival 2023 takes place 4-15 October. Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget debuts globally on Netflix on 15th December 2023.
Smart Connect Research nomination!
Congratulations to François Leprêtre and his team at SCR, who have been shortlisted as finalists for the Recruitment Excellence award at the prestigious MRS Operation Awards, fondly known as the OPPIES. This acknowledgment not only reaffirms their passion for excellence but also highlights their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional results within their field (Hard to Reach audiences).Read in full
You are invited to London's Open House Festival
Open House Festival is a two-week celebration of London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods. You can get inside some of London’s best known buildings, as well as some of its best kept secrets.
Open House Festival celebrates our curiosity for what happens inside the buildings that we walk past every day; a festival that works to give all Londoners the chance to learn from the city’s best architecture and the people behind it.Find out more
Not one, but two nominations for awards for Wilson Partners!
Massive congratulations to Allan and his team at Wilson Partners who have recently been nominated for two awards. They are a finalist in the Best Company to Work for Award at the Maidenhead and Windsor Business and Community Awards and their Corporate Finance team have been shortlisted for the Transaction Services Team of the Year at the Insider Media Dealmaker Award!
Big well done to all involved and best of luck at the award ceremonies in September – looking forward to hear how you got on!
Redblue win Best Small Agency
Congratulations to Tom Scrimgour and his team at Redblue for winning the Best Small Agency award at The Aura Awards 2023. Well done to all involved!
ITPEnergised celebrate their 10th birthday!
Here are Jonny’s reflections of the last 10 years:
“I vividly remember the excitement of walking into our new Edinburgh office on Day 1, 1st July 2013, after months of graft getting us to the start-up. Whilst we’ve expanded well beyond that small office, I still get a buzz seeing and hearing the activity around the business, and always really enjoy talking to our clients and the co-professionals we work with.
It’s never been dull over the last 10 years. If there’s one thing that has been constant as we’ve ridden the rollercoaster of geo-political, macro-economic and global pandemic impacts, is that it’s all about people and relationships. I often reflect that we’re fortunate in our industry to work overwhelmingly with and for genuinely good people. Looking forward to more of that.”
Well done Jonny – looking forward to see what the next 10 years brings for you and ITPEnergised!
Nuacom's new badge!
Nuacom has been awarded the prestigious High Performer Badge on G2, a leading software review platform!
This recognition is a testament to their commitment to delivering exceptional communication solutions and outstanding customer experiences. Nuacom say that it’s all with thanks to their amazing users who have supported them and shared their positive feedback on G2.
Nuacom are incredibly proud of this achievement and said it motivates them to continue innovating and providing top-notch services to empower businesses. The High Performer Badge showcases their dedication to customer satisfaction and their position as a trusted partner in the communication industry.Learn more
Capula take on mountain challenge
Congratulations to Simon Coombs and his team at Capula who completed this year’s Severn Trent Water Mountain Challenge over the weekend – it had roughly 1,500M of elevation – that’s a lot of uphill! This was a fundraising challenge for Water Aid – a charity which provides clean water, decent toilets and hygiene knowledge to people who don’t yet have access to them.Donate here
Top Online Partners Group invests in rewilding project
Staffordshire based Top Online Partners Group (TOPG), which owns the UK’s leading cashback site TopCashback, has invested £6million in Highlands Rewilding. Highlands Rewilding is a project which seeks to rewild and re-people the Scottish Highlands by increasing carbon sequestration, growing biodiversity, creating green new jobs and generating sustainable profit for purpose.
The funds from Top Online Partners Group will be invested into the recent purchase of Highlands Rewilding’s third estate Tayvallich, a 1,300-hectare estate in Argyll, Scotland. The investment will enable the restoration of temperate rainforest on the estate, which should absorb carbon dioxide thus removing it from the atmosphere.Highlands Rewilding
75 years of the NHS!
As the NHS celebrates 75 years, watch the clip below that explains the importance of the work of Michael Pace and his team at the NHS London Procurement Partnership. Effective procurement in the NHS is vital to enable clinicians to focus on delivering the very best patient care. The NHS LPP supports it’s members and NHS organisations to make decisions that create clinical and financial efficiencies, which benefit NHS patients.Watch here
Aardman at the Drum Roses Awards
Great news! ‘Home’ created by Aardman and Save the Children took home two silver awards at the Drum Roses Awards!
In February, Aardman collaborated with Save the Children to create a short film that highlights the experience of refugee children around the world. ‘Home’ is a poignant tale of displacement, loss, friendship and tolerance – you can watch the full video through the link below. Well done to all of those involved!Watch now
Ayima shortlisted for Global Search Awards
Congratulations to member Nicky Applegarth and her team at Ayima for being shortlisted for the Global Search Awards – good luck at the finals in Paris, we’re all rooting for you!Full shortlist here
Homes in Sedgmoor secures 'ServiceMark' accreditation
Congratulations to the team at Homes in Sedgemoor for securing the Institute of Customer Service ‘Service Mark’ Accreditation. This comes after two years of hard work and is awarded based on customer satisfaction feedback and an assessment of employee engagement. ServiceMark is a national standard, independently recognising an organisation’s achievement in customer service and its commitment to upholding those standards. It demonstrates the high quality of customer service at Homes in Sedgemoor – very well deserved recognition, well done!
Woodford officially open their Innovation Hub!
Steve Abbott and his team at Woodford & Woodford have officially opened their Innovation Hub. The hub is designed for technical training with clients, thought leadership sessions with consultants, industry experts & partners and in the near future, hopefully a location for one of our MD2MD meetings (keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon!).Full post here
Redblue nominated for TWO Aura awards!
Congratulations to Tom Scrimgour and his team at Redblue for being shortlisted for not just one, but two awards at the Aura awards 2023. They have been shortlisted for Agency of the Year and Best Small Agency. Tom describes the Aura awards as the Oscars of the Marketing Research industry – well done to you all and good luck at the awards ceremony next month!Read more here
British Rowing Masters Championships Victor Ludorum!
Congratulations to Sarah Cripps and her rowing club, Monmouth RC, for winning the British Rowing Masters Championships Victor Ludorum. Sarah and her team also came 5th in the double and 3rd in the quad, well done all!
The Rooflight Company is working with Blenheim Palace on their £2million restoration project
The restoration of Blenheim Palace’s Orangery was recently featured on BBC South Today as the project is the first of its kind on a Grade 1 Listed Building. https://bit.ly/3qdZVhP
The £2million restoration project will see the glass roof replaced with a more traditional timber and slate roof that when combined with modern insulation will help retain warmth, reduce energy consumption and help Blenheim reach its green goals.
The Rooflight Company’s Conservation Rooflights will be used as part of the new roof structure to ensure the orangery keeps its light and airy feel whilst also helping with natural ventilation. The Orangery at Blenheim Palace is set to reopen in October of this year. Rooflight’s technical designers have been working alongside the project team to create sustainable rooflight solutions.Read more here
Exclusive MD2MD member discount - get 20% off with Tony K Silver, LinkedIn Profiler
Tony is very kindly offering 20% discount on the below services to all MD2MD members – just mention you are a member when you reach out to him!
LinkedIn services (a PDF for each service is available and can be sent to interested parties)
- 1-2-1 Training – Includes a report, 2 videoed sessions and 3 months Message support £600.
- Masterclasses – Online sessions from 45 minutes to 2.5/3 hours £225 to £850 (price for in person is POA)
- Speaking Gigs – from £1000
Connect with Tony:
An afternoon of golf with MD2MD
The day before our quarterly in-person meeting, MD2MD Members joined our pro-golfer, Elliot Bradley, for 18 holes of golf at Whittlebury Golf Course. The golf enthusiasts spent the afternoon playing golf, socialising with likeminded leaders, as well as working on their golf game with some top tips from Elliot too.
Congratulations to Brian for winning our coveted ‘Player of the Day’ trophy!
Follow the link below to find out how you can benefit from our blended membership plan.Blended Membership Plan
Gold Medalist, Citizen Spritz, a newly launched innovative, non-alcoholic spritz range!
Citizen Spritz, which is co-founded by our very own MD2MD member and food industry entrepreneur Mike Bagshaw and his wife Lynsey, are celebrating as its signature flavour, Bitter Orange, was awarded Gold in the World Alcohol-Free Awards 2023! The annual awards are the only drinks competition dedicated solely to drinks of 0.5% ABV and below, where the panel of judges highlight the best alcohol-free products in the world. So without further ado… say hello to your Gold Medalist, Citizen Spritz, a newly launched innovative, non-alcoholic spritz range!
Described as having “bags of flavour” by the judges, the Bitter Orange flavour is created with a unique blend of bitter orange oils, rhubarb and subtle hints of herbs and botanicals. The simple-to-serve instant spritz mix is deeply complex in flavour, and once combined with soda or sparkling water, it creates a delicious non-alcoholic aperitif. With soaring feedback on the taste, the spritz was described as having a flavour of “red cola cubes, cinnamon, vanilla, orange/citrus, marshmallow, angelica and peach jelly,” as well as “a wisp of bitterness on the finish, almost like wormwood. Nicely balanced, with plenty of personality which easily shines through when mixed with soda.”
The Citizen Spritz team is thrilled with the award win; in particular, Mike, who launched the brand with co-founder Mark Gould as they were on the hunt to find a refreshing and genuinely delicious drink to be enjoyed as an alternative to alcohol. Mike says, “We tried many mocktails and non alcohol spirits, but most were sickly sweet, with no complexity or depth of flavour and often overwhelmed by the taste of mixers. We thought that we couldn’t be the only ones looking for a satisfying ‘in-between’ drink, so we decided to create our own” and as a result, were beyond excited to unveil Citizen Spritz to the world!Shop now
Member Nicky Applegarth has been keeping busy and active as always – this week she competed in a Hyrox Women’s Relay. She described it as ‘pretty brutal’ but is already planning her entry for next year!
Allan's Marathon for Mind
On Sunday 23rd April, Allan Wilson took part in the London Marathon 2023. He said he had an awesome day and feels it is one of the best things he has ever done. Allan took on this challenge in order to raise awareness and money for the charity Mind – what a fantastic achievement Allan & all for a great cause, well done from all of us here at MD2MD!
Celebrating 30 years!
MD2MD Member Ian Bray has recently celebrated his 30th year working at GSS!
As Managing Partner, Ian oversees 5 offices across the country, and provides key account and framework management services to their clients. He started as a trainee Quantity Surveyor in 1993 where GSS supported him with his studies, becoming Chartered in 2000 and a partner in 2006. He has worked on hundreds of projects over the years including the recently completed Northampton Saints High Performance Centre and has witnessed the growth of GSS from 2 offices with 25 people to 5 offices with a team of over 70.
Ian’s commitment has ensured the continued success of GSS, and we’d like to congratulate him for reaching such a huge milestone!
Celebrations for MLL Telecom
Gary Marven & his team have been named in the E2E Tech100 List of the Fastest Growing Tech companies in the UK! The track focuses on privately owned, UK-based technology companies and is designed to showcase the very best UK companies that are excelling, experiencing consistent growth and presenting disruptive business strategies. Congratulations to Gary and the whole team at MLL Telecom!Read more
Steve becomes a Life Coach
Huge congratulations to Steve Abbott who has recently attended a course to become a Life Coach. This enables him to be on hand for his team at Woodford; to coach, mentor and encourage them through personal and career challenges. What an inspirational achievement Steve, well done!
Opencast leading the way
Last week, Tom Lawson and his team at Opencast attended the annual Northern Tech Awards in Edinburgh – celebrating technology throughout the North of the UK.
Opencast were confirmed as the 9th fastest growing tech firm over the past three years in the North of England. Tom was presented with the ‘Judges Award for Leadership – The Management Team With The Strongest Vision And Best Leadership’ after sharing Opencast’s model for human-centred and values-driven growth.
What an amazing achievement being recognised for your admirable leadership skills, Tom. Congratulations to you and your team from all of us at MD2MD!
The Woodford Way
Member Steve Abbott and his team at Woodford have had a busy few months working hard on their journey to net zero and they will soon be opening their exciting, new Innovation Hub. The hub is launching as part of their Renewables and SmartTECH division to develop ideas and bring them to impact.
Innovation is crucial for achieving net zero emissions as it enables the development and deployment of new technologies and solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy.
We are working closely with Steve and the team at Woodford to arrange an MD2MD Trending Topic meeting on innovation which will be held at Woodford offices – keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon!Read in full here
Big Balance Theory Podcast ft. Emma Phipps
Member, Sarah Cripps, has just released her 16th episode of her Big Balance Theory Podcast, this time featuring MD2MD’s very own Managing Director, Emma Phipps.
Listen to the episode where you can hear Emma talk with Sarah about her career objectives – working hard and saving money to travel and work across the world. Find out how introverted Emma coped over lockdown with having her husband and two teenage children all under the same roof and learn what the common themes of MD2MD members were over the testing Covid-19 period. Recommended reads, podcasts, and legacy can be found at the end of the interview.Listen here
Looking back on lockdown probably brings back feelings of uncertainty and nervousness to some business leaders. The lockdowns brought about significant changes to daily life, and people had to adjust to a new way of living. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for all. During lockdown, our lovely member and MD at Salad Skills Ltd, Sarah Cripps, decided to make a life-changing decision. Born and bred in Leicestershire, Sarah decided to up her whole life and make a move to Wales. As well as keeping her original office in Market Harborough, Sarah has now opened up her second office in Monmouth, Wales. Congratulations Sarah & everyone involved at Salad Skills!
Malcolm spending a night outdoors!
On Thursday 30th March, member Malcolm Knott is spending a night outdoors to raise awareness and money for charities supporting the homelessness crisis in the UK. Malcolm is horrified at the amount of homeless people in Teeside and wants to do something about it. The money raised goes to people in need, people who’ve been contacted by, or people seeking help from the charity. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Well done to Malcolm for taking on such a tough challenge for a great cause!
Congratulations to Malcolm and all the other participants at the CEO Sleepout, Middlesbrough who have now raised over £55,000 to help fight poverty and homelessness in the UK!Donate here
89 years of innovation!
On March 13th, Indium Corporation celebrated their 89th anniversary! Since being founded in 1934, they have been a company dedicated to discovery and innovation. Through the years, their staff have embodied that same pioneering spirit to build the business into a global manufacturer of award-winning, future-enabling materials solutions. Congratulations to our member Brian Craig and the team at Indium for reaching such an impressive milestone, we can’t wait to see what the next 89 years bring!
Paul in the Pennines
Paul Currah, one of our group managers, is taking on the Pennine Way in May – read below to find out more about his challenge!
I am retiring (well, partially) at the end of March, and to mark this occasion I am raising money by walking the Pennine Way over 21 consecutive days during May. You may know that I love hiking, but this is a big one; 265 miles and a total ascent which exceeds that of Everest!
If you would be willing to donate to either Alzheimer’s or Cancer Research UK, please follow the link below. Why these two charities? You’ll have to follow the link to find out!Donate here
Fish and Chip Awards
Huge congratulations to Paul Goodgame and his team at The Chesterford Group for winning two awards at the Fish and Chip awards this week. They won the Staff Training & Development award and their chairman and founder also won the Outstanding Achievement award. What a fantastic recognition for all your hardwork – well done Paul & team!
Welcome to the world baby Oliver!
Massive congratulations to one of our members Tom Scrimgour who welcomed a little boy, Oliver, into the world on the 21st February. Wishing you and your family all the best, Tom!
TopCashback winning top awards (again)!
Staffordshire-based TopCashback have been named Cashback Site of the Year for the fifth consecutive year at the Moneyfacts Consumer Awards 2023. The UK’s leading cashback site was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering ceremony at the Royal Lancaster in London.
The Moneyfacts Consumer Awards are totally independent and combine more than 30 years of Moneyfacts’ expertise with the opinion of the all-important consumer. By giving almost 200,000 customers a voice, the results enable Moneyfacts to distinguish companies which offer great products, alongside excellent customer service.
What a great achievement for Oliver Ragg and his team at TopCashback – many congratulations from all of us here at MD2MD!
Aardman's award and awareness film
A huge congratulations to Sean Clarke and his team at Aardman for being awarded Best Animation at the Kidscreen Awards for their production of ‘Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas’.
The team at Aardman have also recently collaborated with Save the Children to create a short film that highlights the experience of refugee children around the world. ‘Home’ is a poignant tale of displacement, loss, friendship and tolerance.
Watch 'Home' here
Some good news for Wilson Partners!
A huge congratulations to Allan Wilson and his team at Wilson Partners who made the top 25 Best Small Company (25-74 employees) to work for in the UK. They placed 19th and are recognised as a ‘Very Good’ company to work for by Best Companies which is a remarkable achievement!Full Article
Huge recognition for ClubView!
A massive congratulations to Matt Everett’s team at ClubView for being listed in Sports Pro Media (one of the biggest sports industry press) Class of 2023 as one of the best 20 sports tech ideas globally to invest in now – what a great recognition to receive!Full Article
Event: Diamonds - taking place in London on 16th March
Run by women, for women, Diamonds is an exclusive network for female business leaders at the top of their respective professions. The aim of the network is to actively generate opportunities for women-led businesses, within a culture of kindness and support, and provide a safe space for mentoring, encouragement, and peer-to-peer advice.
Hosted by Liz Jackson, Marketing Director for BCMS.
Event: How to sell a business - 23rd February in Haslemere
This is an opportunity to meet like-minded business owners and advisers and grow your professional network with Rathbones, Phillips Law and BCMS. Phillips Law is headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire and provides insights and practical legal advice on a full range of services; whilst BCMS is an independent and impartial sell-side corporate finance adviser for privately owned businesses, headquartered in Kingsclere, Berkshire.
You will hear from Jonathan Dunn, chief executive officer at BCMS, together with Mark Bentley, head of communications at BCMS, Adrian Devine, entrepreneur, financial director and former BCMS client and Jack Gardener, partner at Phillips Law and business owner.
Congratulations to Sarah Perry of Knights
We almost missed this piece of news, but we’d like to wish congratulations to MD2MD Member Sarah Perry for being awarded Honorary Doctorate of Law at Coventry Cathedral by Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE last November.
A big win for NHS LPP at the HCSA Awards
Congratulations to Michael Pace’s team at NHS London Procurement Partnership (NHS LPP) for winning the prestigious HCSA Award at a ceremony this week in Manchester. The Medicines Optimisation and Pharmacy Procurement (MOPP) team won the Clinical Procurement in Partnership Award for creating a regional homecare dashboard to monitor a set of high-level, nationally recognised KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for homecare medicine services.Full Article
Exclusive offer to MD2MD Members
San Martino is an Italian wine merchant specialising in bringing unique, indigenous and delicious wines from the Emilia-Romagna region. Our goal is to connect you with the history of the region’s wine, introducing you to small, independent and low-intervention vineyards, and varieties of grapes that have been vinified in some cases for at least 3,000 years.
MD2MD Member Charles Dall’Omo from Train Together, along with his wife Steph, started San Martino in 2019. Charlie’s family is from the region and following years of visiting family has grown a deep connection with the people, the culture, the food and the wine. Exclusively for MD2MD members, San Martino would like to offer you a 20% discount on orders. Simply pop onto the website, select the wines that speak to you and add MD2MD20 into the promo box at checkout.Website
We can’t wait for the 15th & 16th March 2023!
We are very pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Business Innovation Expo on the 15th & 16th March 2023 at the London ExCeL to bring answers to budding businesspeople across the UK.
After a successful event in 2022, The Business Innovation Expo is back for a bigger and better event in 2023, and we can’t wait to attend alongside them. Events like this are essential for businesspeople who are finding it hard to make connections and grow in the difficult modern market, or even for ones that are finding growth easy and are looking for ways to sustain their fast growth!
The Business Innovation Expo promises to provide networking, learning and collaboration opportunities as well as a room full of exhibitors who all hold the answers to YOUR business questions and problems.
We will be exhibiting as well as partnering with the event and therefore have reserved a group of tickets for our network so click the link below to register for a free ticket.
This event comes highly recommended, so please come and see us in March!
Book your FREE ticket
Homes in Sedgemoor - Striving their way to Success
On November 23, Peter Hatch, Claire Tough and colleagues of Homes in Sedgemoor (HiS) hosted an event with the organisers of the Strive project at Bridgwater House. The event was to celebrate everyone of their customers who took part and completed the Strive course and to highlight all their hard work. The event was in the style of popular television programme, Dragons Den, with cash awards to help four Strivers set up their businesses.
The Strive course helps to explore the potential of starting a business, benefiting not only participants but their local community as well. This course will provide a platform for those taking part to begin a business based on their own skills and knowledge supported by our the training programme. Click the link below to read further.HiS Article
Anthony James Insurers completes 1000KM Challenge
Congratulations to Steve Boorman’s team for completing their Triple challenge, finishing the year with their final event 1000km Swim, Bike and Run. Well done to you all and for raising vital funds for The Bodie Hodges Foundation.Sponsorship page
Success at Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards
Ian Bray and team from GSSArchitecture are celebrating their latest award successes following a great evening at the Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards on 10th November.
They were delighted to win the Employer of the Year award, which recognises employers that have created an outstanding workplace based on a set of values that has led to a committed, effective and motivated workforce. Hosted by Paddy McGuiness at the Northampton County Cricket Ground, the event saw a variety of businesses arrive to celebrate local successes from around the county.
Congratulations to you all.Full article
Congratulations to Allan Wilson of Wilson Partners
Upon opening a new office in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Exciting times ahead of you, we wish you all the best of success.Visit their website
Congratulations to Steve Abbott at Woodford
For receiving the award for Gold accredited membership via The 5% Clubs 2022-23 Employer Audit Scheme.
OK Positive - Mental Health Platform for your employees
We’d like to introduce you to Charlie Winton founder of OK Positive who comes highly recommended by MD2MD member Steve Abbott.
OK Positive is a mental health platform that can support both individual and organisational mental wellbeing. It utilises machine learning and AI to provide specific content, support and signposting to engage your employees and provide analytical insight into the wellbeing of your organisation as well as partners and interventions to positively affect culture, productivity and employee wellbeing.
Charlie will be hosting a Special Interest Group in March, see our events list for further details.
Click the link to watch his demonstration video
OK Positive Demonstration Video
Yuliya seeking employment
Yuliya Karchenko and her 4 year old daughter Adriana are from the Ukraine and have been living in Buckinghamshire for the last 6 months, while her husband remains in the Ukraine. In terms of qualifications she has fluent English & has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree and experience in event management, marketing communications, social media and ideally would like to find a longer term position that makes use of her skills. Please click the link below to view her CV.C.V.
Podcasts by MD2MD's Member Sarah Cripps
Feel free to click the button below to listen to Sarah’s podcasts, Founder of the Big Balance Theory on Business & life lessons researched, learned & shared to build lockdown legacies.
Upcoming interviews include:
Matt Swarbrick, Director of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) who will share the impact to his team on wfh and how they have changed the working week to address burn out from tech.
Professor Claire Thompson, CEO Agility Life Sciences on working with purpose and not letting the pandemic as a crisis go to waste.
Jonathan Parsons, VP HR Hitachi Rail UK and EMEA on his recent thesis on hybrid working.
Happy listeningSarah's Podcast
Boom Coms in partnership with Exertis
The market for Unified Communications services will grow significantly in the coming years with the ISDN switch off and the change in working behaviour as a result of the pandemic. Nick Birtwistle of Boom is proud to support Exertis and their resellers in helping to transform their customers’ communications solutions. By using their flexible and programmable features that Exertis Voice provides, this will enable the ideal solution for customers of any size to make their telephony cloud-based. Click the button below to read more.Full Article
We wish to congratulate Tom Lawson of Opencast Software on graduating at Harvard Business School on the Advanced Management Programme, well done and we hope you can share some insights at the next Peer Challenge Meeting.
Britain's Biggest Business Show is back for 2022,
Returning to ExCeL London on the 16th & 17th of November!
Are you looking to start a business or grow your existing business? Helping small businesses grow and develop, the 44th edition of the show will reveal the secrets of business adaptation, innovation and survival in the business world through finding and purchasing the products and services that your business needs to take you to the next level.
Running alongside The Business Show this year we have Working From Home Live and Retrain Expo, offering everything you or your business needs to successfully adapt to the ever changing industry advances. Retrain Expo helps you re-skill and retrain for the future, whereas Working From Home Live offers the tools and resources needed to work remotely.Book here
The Business Show 2022 continued:
We also have the return of Going Global, this show provides unparalleled education and information on trade agreements, international strategy, cultural and economic differences, and connects you with an abundance of business owners, under one-roof, who are looking to invest abroad.
With over 750 exhibitors, 200 seminars from business experts, speed networking and 150 unmissable masterclasses covering everything from keeping your workplace safe to optimising your website and taking your business online, visitors will leave with all the resources needed to succeed in their industry.
So what are you waiting for? To register for your free ticket, simply head over to www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk | @TheBusinessShow
WEBSITE URL: www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk
MD2MD's Player of the Day
Thank you to all those who took part in our recent golf day at Whittlebury Hall, a fun afternoon had by all and a big well done to Steve Abbott of Woodford Heating who won the golf cup for Player of the Day, judged by our very own professional golfer Elliot Bradley.Further information on Elliott
Good luck to Tom Lawson
Tom is currently attending the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School for a couple of months, its an opportunity of a lifetime. Click on the link below to read his post on LinkedIn. We’ll miss you Tom but we and your fellow members look forward to catching up with you in December.LinkedIn Post
Woodford' Offer more
Challenging and changing times mean sometimes we need to think differently and offer more.
We are refocusing and pushing the business to review options inside and outside of London plus Kent and Home counties, Offering MEP across the Residential and non-Residential (Commercial) sectors:
- Woodford Residential Developments (large mixed-use developments from 100 to 1200+ units – MEP Infrastructure and fitout)
- Woodford Housing Projects (Traditional Housing sites)
- Woodford Projects – Covering non Resi (Schools, Offices, Leisure, Healthcare… Energy Centre Plant Replacements…)
- Woodford FM – Covering MEP and full FM, PPM and Reactive call outs with our Customer Care TEAM
- Woodford FM Projects (Covering Small works… Marketing Suites, Site Temps, Surveys, Energy Reviews, Health checks on Energy Centres)
- Woodford Sustainability – Looking at Solar PV, Heat pumps, Hydrogen, new technologies and sustainable solutions
We have drafted our ‘Net Zero’ Road Map and are working with Clients on Sustainable solutions and Carbon Reductions.More information here
Congratulations to GSSArchitecture
GSSArchitecture have recently been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards. The Practice is a finalist in the Employer of the Year category, which recognises employers that have created an outstanding workplace based on a set of values that has led to a committed, effective, and motivated workforce.
In addition to this, the GSSArchitecture designed expansion of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is also a finalist in the Land and Development category. The awards will take place on 10th November at Northants County Cricket Club and will be presented by Paddy McGuinness.
Special interest groups
MD2MD has recently kicked off the first of their online Special Interest groups and Sponsored speaker workshops with the Trending Topic group on Sustainability meeting this week at Webmart. These groups are open to members and their teams.
Current groups running are:
Current Trending Topic: Sustainability
Sponsor speaker workshops:
Special interest groups (SIG) bring together members from different groups who have a common interest around a specific topic. We would really like to get your ideas for further group topics. For example: Manufacturing, Financial Directors, Professional services etc. Please let us know your thoughts via firstname.lastname@example.org
Special interest groups
National Sales Conference - MD2MD offer
The National Sales Conference is back this year on the 10th November. The NSC is Europe’s leading growth event for sales & revenue leaders held at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. All content is CPD accredited, so you can get those valuable points in to further your personal and professional development. This year, NSC are kindly offering MD2MD members only a discounted offer to attend:
Simply use the code in the image when booking and enjoy the day!Find out more and book here!
All members invited to an in person event at Webmart in Bicester on Tuesday 11th October to discuss best practice on Sustainability
You and your team are invited to Webmart to discuss best practice around sustainability. Webmart not only have the most amazing offices including a cinema room and an aeroplane room (yes you read correctly) but they also have their own Oxygen Farm! How sustainable is your business? Come along and lets share our knowledge.
Learn more & book on here!
This workshop needs YOU, and so does your business!
We appeal to all male members! We need to get this conversation out into the light, it could be affecting your bottom line!
Talking Menopause – are you an inclusive employer? (workshop) with Lynda Bailey – Wednesday 19th October 4:00pm-6:00pm.
So, why attend? Approximately 14 million workdays are lost in the UK every year due to the menopause! Don’t let your business be part of this statistic.
Cheltenham wine festival - 29th October 2022
Charles Dall’Omo’s wine merchant company, San Martino is going to be at the Cheltenham wine festival on the 29th October. You can enjoy your favourite wines and have fun discovering new ones from countries such as England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and the USA. If you’re based in the South-West or fancy a visit to Cheltenham, this will be a great event to attend if you want a get together with your team or just for something to do in your own time!Buy tickets here
Looking for some early adopters…
Would you be keen to try new tech that could save money, improve efficiency and increase safety? If so please keep reading:
Julie Holmes International Speaker, recently started providing some strategic advisory for a startup based in California and is wondering/hoping if there might be some businesses in the MD2MD community that she might be able to interview and potentially even invite to participate in some free POC opportunities. The company she is working with is called Kibsi (Kibsi.com). They are a tech company creating a no-code computer vision platform that uses AI to help companies create real-time monitoring and alerting.
Some examples of what they’re doing:
- For manufacturing and distribution: monitor if employees are wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), spot/alert for employees in danger zones to stop equipment/prevent accidents, check for anomalies or issues on the production line, etc.
- For healthcare: monitor facility utilization, analyze traffic/headcount in certain spaces, wait times, last time a hospital room was visited by a provider, etc
- For pharma: production anomolies, production safety and protocol monitoring, etc.
Introducing Vergo the Future of Pest Management
Following the sale of Terminix UK the company revealed its new name Vergo Pest Management Ltd.
The new brand recognises Vergo as the UK’s largest independent pest management provider, with over 370 colleagues geographically spread across the UK and Northern Ireland.
This change of company name will allow Vergo to present itself as the most innovative and forward-thinking pest management business in the UK today. As part of Vergo’s new brand commitment, they will also be continuing to develop its sustainability and green credentials on behalf of their customers, staff and for future generations.
Vergo has over 40 years of experience in the pest industry, and delivers a comprehensive range of pest control services, including rodent control, bird control, insect control and wildlife management and more. Covering everything from technical inspections and routine preventative visits to pest-proofing, clearance works and the removal of pest contaminated waste.
For more information visit our new website www.vergo.uk
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Aden's new role
Congratulations to Aden Hopkins, CEO of ShipNet, who has been appointed an expanded role within Volaris Group as Group Manager in the AMSCO Portfolio. Aden will be busy as he continues on as CEO of ShipNet whilst also taking on this new, active role!Read more
The Rooflight Company's EO story
The Rooflight Company are in the running for this year’s Employee Ownership Association #EOStories competition. The Employee Ownership Association celebrate the stories of employee-owned businesses and the impacts they are having on employees, the performance of the business, and on the economy and society. Sadly, voting closed yesterday on the 1st of August but we wish The Rooflight Company all the best of luck at the celebration dinner at the EOA Annual Conference on October 3 & 4 where the winners will be announced.Read the story
GSSArchitecture's collaboration hub opening
GSSArchitecture have announced that their new collaboration hub in the heart of Leeds is now open and being utilised by their team. With offices in Kettering, Gloucester, Harrogate, MiltonKeynes and Newcastle, GSSArchitecture are delighted to offer this additional space to further build on their presence in the Leeds region and to better meet the needs of their clients and architectural teams.Read more
A little help from Ayima
Award-winning digital marketing agency Ayima have provided some handy tips and tools for budgeting for Pay Per Click. Calculating a budget for Pay Per Click (PPC) is a slightly different task from budgeting for other paid media channels. This is because PPC budgets rely upon demand (searches). Ayima have created a 6 step guide on how to budget for PPC on their website, and we think some of our members may find it very useful!Read more
Congratulations Ryan and family!
We would like to say a huge congratulations from all of us here at MD2MD to member Ryan Noades of Alton Wood Group Golf & Hospitality, who has recently become a father to a son. We are pleased to share that both Mum and baby are doing well. Enjoy your time off to spend some quality time with your family, Ryan, and we will see you again soon!
Wedding bells for Mike
Mike Bagshaw and his company, International Taste Solutions (I.T.S.) have been celebrating a lot of success over the last few years. Some of these achievements include: winning the Thames Valley Business of the year award, growing the company and most recently achieving another grade AA BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (see July’s news).
Now Mike has achieved another, more personal win: he got married to his new wife Lynsey at the weekend! We even heard they were able to demonstrate their salsa dancing skills to all the guests. Congratulations to Mike and Lynsey.
MD2MD partner with the Employment Law Advice Bureau
If you are in need of Employment Law help, then we have got you covered! MD2MD are working with the Employment Law Advice Bureau, all members can take advantage of a free HR, Employment Law or Health and Safety consultation.Read more
Wilson Partners take on the 3 peaks!
Wilson Partners have been busy completing the 3 peaks challenge recently – we asked them how they got on and these were the results! Their goal was to complete the challenge in 24 hours but despite a good effort and a lot of enthusiasm they didn’t make this due to a mixture of driving delays and weather conditions. They started at 8am climbing Ben Nevis. They then made a quick journey across to Scafell pike and arrived at Snowdon which they climbed in biblical weather. Unfortunately due to wind speeds of up to 75 mph, they had to turn around 500 feet from the top. There were no injuries (except for some dodgy knees)! What an achievement – well done to the team!Read more
Expansion for GSSArchitecture
We would like to say a big congratulations to GSSArchitecture, who after being founded over 140 years ago are still experiencing high levels of growth. Due to recent successes with several high-profile projects, alongside the continued growth of the Practice nationally, GSSArchitecture have expanded their Newcastle Studio, recently moving into larger premises in order to accommodate our growing team in the North East. As one of MD2MD’s primary objectives is to help leaders to grow their businesses, this is something we find very exciting!Read more
AirTanker celebrate women in engineering
Here at MD2MD, we support diversity and place a particular emphasis on celebrating women in business and (hopefully) expanding our community of women leaders in the near future. So, we are thrilled so see that our members share our values! AirTanker have been supporting and celebrating women in engineering, and have spoken about the importance of women in engineering and why some of the women on their team have chosen to pursue a career in the industry. You can hear what they have to say in the following video on AirTanker’s Linkedin page!Watch the video here
A BRC AA grade for International Taste Solutions
I.T.S. have achieved another AA grade for the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, proving their dedication to the highest class in food safety. Congratulations to the team! I.T.S. are also now making flavourings that help save the planet. They have offset an extra 10% of their carbon emissions to make sure they are taking out more carbon from the atmosphere than they put in, making a positive impact rather than just cancelling their emissions. And to top it off, I.T.S. are helping food brands adjust to the cost of living crisis with their flavour solutions such as butter flavours (cheaper than ‘real butter’), helping to bring down costs.Read more