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Proud to be an Export Champion

East of England Export Champion 2020 4Col thumbnail2US2U Consulting have been awarded the prestigious title of 2020 Export Champion by the UK Department for International Trade.

This is in recognition of the international work we have done over the last few years, with international projects and trade visits to the likes of Belgium, Ireland, Canada, USA and across the Middle East - along with the insights our teams can share with other businesses looking to export their goods and services. Read more >>>

News & Events

US2U in India - She Inspires Foundation Chat With Rachel Blackburn

Following US2U Consulting's trade mission to India in 2023 and efforts to develop relationships with key partners for the India business market, US2U Founder and Director Rachel Blackburn recorded a discussion with She Inspires Foundation CIC. The discussion focused on Rachel's experiences of attending a trade mission to India, and devising US2U Consulting's international strategy for this market as a UK Export Champion.

In association and support from DBT (Department for Business and Trade) and Manchester India Partnership and other associates, SheInspires Group is hoping to change the landscape for women in business, one market and industry at a time.

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US2U Consulting in New York January 2024 - Rachel Video Diary

US2U Consulting Founder & Director Rachel Blackburn visited New York City in January 2024, in the latest visit to expand our Management Consultancy, Executive Coaching & People Development services into the United States.

Rachel filmed a video diary during her trip, detailing a few of her various visits during the trade mission. Have a listen below to what she got up to in NYC!

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New Year, New York! US2U Consulting's USA Expansion

As part of our 2024 expansion plans for delivering our Executive Coaching Services for clients in New York, we have joined BritishAmerican Business and produced an introductory video to explain who we are, what we do and what makes our services special.

Take a look below and let us know what you think.

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Change at Change The Race Ratio ExCo Forum 23 November 2023

As one of the signatories of Change the Race Ratio, US2U Consulting are pleased to see the changes in the organisation as it continues to keep leadership focus on race equity in the face of tightening economic conditions.

US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn was pleased to attend the quarterly event in London organised by Change the Race Ratio CEO Richard DeNetto and attended by the new Chair Sir Trevor Phillips - both pictured with Rachel.

"Whilst progress is being made by some businesses, there is still a significant amount to do to achieve the organisation's aims" said Rachel.

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Positive Feedback From Long-Term Client Snap-on

At US2U Consulting we have always been passionate about working in partnership with clients to develop their people to assist with achieving their ambitious business plans.

We have recently completed another Leadership Programme with one of our international automotive clients, Snap-on. We have worked on multiple projects with Snap-on since 2014 and always focus on making a positive difference.

Mark Ost, General Manager at Snap-on said, "We have worked in partnership with US2U over many years and have always been delighted with the professional training our associates have received. With Rachel's support we have managed to progress our associates' careers and development. We look forward to working together for many years to come."

Made In The UK, Sold To The World

As an Export Champion, Rachel Blackburn, Founder and Director of US2U Consulting was pleased to attend the launch event of International Trade Week 2023 in London on Monday 6 November. This included various workshops to enable businesses to "Boost Your Global Success", and also a keynote address by The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for the Department for Business and Trade.

The evening reception celebrated the Export Champion initiative's 10th anniversary and was hosted by Lord Offord of Garvel, Minister for Exports, pictured with Rachel.

Rachel said "It was a high energy event with a broad range of UK businesses determined to play our part in achieving the UK target of  £1trillion in exports by 2030."

This event was also great timing for US2U Consulting, as we have recently secured our first Executive Coaching client in New York - a key part of our current exporting strategy.

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US2U Consulting Explores New York City, Ignites Prospects for Ambitious US Expansion

As the excitement of the summer ends, Rachel Blackburn, Managing Director of US2U Consulting, spent last week immersed in the hustle and bustle of New York City (NYC), laying the foundations for US2U’s expansion into the United States (US).

Rachel thoroughly enjoyed her trip, commenting that “Visiting New York City during Climate Week and United Nations Week was a fantastic experience. I gained profound insights into the ESG agenda and various issues faced by businesses and individuals around the world.”

Rachel started the week off by attending Climate Week NYC 2023, which is partnered with the United Nations General Assembly and is one of the largest conferences dedicated to international climate action. This year’s theme, ‘We Can, We Will’ focused on climate and sustainability issues such as offshore wind, hydrogen energy, sustainable agriculture, reducing food waste and decarbonisation, as well as diversity, equality & inclusion.

Rachel also attended the Global Power Women Conference 2023. Figures such as the President of Kosovo, Viosa Osmani-Sadriu, and Rosalyn Henderson Myers, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, spoke about how female leaders can pioneer resilience and sustainable leadership.

As a part of US2U’s commitment to sustainability (read the full policy here), Rachel also attended a mixer hosted by the St. George's Society of New York. Renowned as one of New York's illustrious charitable organisations, the St. George's Society has upheld a 250-year legacy of supporting the needs of New Yorkers with British and Commonwealth heritage.

Rachel looks forward to nurturing the business connections she established during her trip, with a vision to build dynamic professional relationships between US2U and businesses in the US.

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US2U Consulting Joins Nelson's Journey to Celebrate Its 25th Birthday

Describing the occasion as "a glamorous but equally touching night", Rachel Blackburn hosted an US2U Consulting table at the Nelson's Journey 25th Birthday Ball on Saturday 23 September 2023. Founded in 1997, Nelson's Journey has been at the forefront of helping children and young people in Norfolk with their bereavement needs.

As part of US2U's sustainability policy (read here), we have been proud to have been able to work with Nelson's Journey for over 10 years. To support the amazing work which Nelson's Journey does, US2U Consulting connects the charity with our client network and our employees to also get involved with its initiatives.

Kerwin Blackburn, an US2U Consulting team member who also has an internationally-renowned art brand,, donated a unique, one-off hand-embellished framed art print as part of the live auction at the Ball.

Simon Wright (pictured with Rachel), the CEO of Nelson's Journey, expressed his appreciation for Kerwin's donation and extended his gratitude for "US2U's support for Nelson's Journey and young people in Norfolk." As US2U Consulting looks ahead to the future, we remain committed to our partnership with Nelson's Journey as we continue our outreach and sustainability efforts.

Arjun Has an Amazing Week Interning at US2U Consulting

US2U Consulting was delighted to have welcomed Arjun Kamath, a recent law graduate from the University of Warwick, to spend a week with us during September 2023 as an intern. Below, Arjun has set out his reflections about the week and what he has learned about the world of Management Consulting.

Spending a week at US2U Consulting allowed me to enhance my awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing the Management Consulting world, whilst sharpening my commercial acumen.

I have summarised what I have learned under five key points:

1.   Think Outside the Box: An important insight I have gained is that the challenge and varied work of management consultancy requires creativity. One my tasks during the week was to draft US2U Consulting’s Intellectual Property policy. Whilst my legal drafting skills were certainly useful, I enjoyed the challenge of trying my hand at something new and approaching it more holistically than I normally would.

2.   Be Flexible: As this was my first time in a marketing position, my week at US2U was not without its fair share of mistakes. However, given the fast-paced nature of my work, I came to appreciate that being able to quickly identify and resolve a mistake requires a flexible and adaptive mindset.

3.   Commercial Awareness: Since management consultants advise businesses on resolving their operational inefficiencies, my week at US2U highlighted the importance of having sound commercial awareness. Attending insightful webinars, hosted by the Department for Business and Trade’s Export Academy and Gallup, highlighted the importance of understanding how developments in the wider commercial landscape can impact a client’s business.

4.   Resilience: One of the most important lessons was appreciating how resilience is absolutely critical to excel as a consultant.

5.   Relationships are Key: Given the client-facing nature of consultancy, I have gained a strong insight into how to maintain professional relationships. Seeing Rachel introduce her humour, passion and curiosity during client calls allowed me to learn how I can build lasting professional relationships.

Thank you to US2U Consulting and Rachel for this enjoyable and engaging experience!

US2U Consulting Intellectual Property Policy 2023

US2U Consulting is pleased to share its Intellectual Property Policy that was created in September 2023.

This policy outlines that US2U Consulting is committed to safeguarding the intellectual property rights of our clients. This policy details the responsibilities of US2U Consulting Consultants and Staff when handling a client’s intellectual property.

View the policy here: US2U Consulting Intellectual Property Policy 2023