MD2MD & member news & offers

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!

August 2022

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.

Learn more & book on here!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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.

July 2022

Special interest groups

Special interest groups

MD2MD has recently upgraded the membership packages to include a number of new features such as Special interest groups, Trending topics and Sponsored speaker workshops. More info here.

Special interest groups (SIG) bring together members from different groups who have a common interest around a specific topic. To get started we would really like to get your ideas for group topics. For example the topic of Sustainability in business could be of interest. Other topics might include: Manufacturing, Financial Directors, Professional services etc. Read more about Special interest groups and let us know your thoughts via

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!

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 to add benefit to our members. As well as a speaker briefing on 24th August, which you can find out more about on our events page, all members can take advantage of a free HR, Employment Law or Health and Safety consultation.

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Member news

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!

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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!

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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.

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Keynote speaking on social value

Michelle McCann,  Executive Director for Sustainability and Social Value at NHS London Procurement Partnership, will be providing her expert insights into social value in procurement in a keynote speaking slot at P4H England at Birmingham NEC on 7 July. Michelle will be speaking in the Keynote Arena from 12.40pm – 1pm on the NHS London approach to incorporating social value into procurement and contract management to maximise the impact for local communities. There will also be a Q&A opportunity.

To find out more and register, click here