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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 >>>

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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

US2U Consulting Expands its Reach to the United States, Bringing Expertise and Innovation to American Businesses

Leading UK-based Consultancy Firm Sets Its Sights on American Market, Offering Comprehensive Solutions for Business Growth

September 2023

In an exciting development, US2U Consulting, a renowned consultancy firm with a strong track record of success in the United Kingdom, is making its way across the Atlantic to expand its operations into the United States. This strategic move promises to bring a wealth of expertise, innovation, and business acumen to American enterprises seeking to thrive in today's competitive market.

US2U Consulting, known for its dynamic and client-focused approach, has consistently delivered results for a diverse range of businesses in the UK, spanning various industries. With this expansion, they aim to replicate their success and help American companies unlock their potential.

"Our decision to expand into the United States is a testament to our commitment to providing world-class consultancy services to businesses worldwide," said Rachel Blackburn, the CEO of US2U Consulting. "We believe that our proven strategies and customised solutions will empower American businesses to overcome challenges, drive growth, and excel in an ever-evolving business landscape. I am excited to be meeting potential clients in New York during the week commencing 17 September - Climate Week."

US2U Consulting brings a comprehensive suite of services to the American market, including strategic planning, leadership development, organisational optimisation, and market expansion strategies. Their team of seasoned consultants is well-versed in navigating the complexities of both domestic and international markets, offering valuable insights and actionable plans tailored to each client's unique needs.

Why work with US2U Consulting?

One of the key strengths of US2U Consulting is its adaptability. The company has a history of assisting businesses in diverse industries, from healthcare and technology to finance and manufacturing. This versatility, combined with a deep understanding of market dynamics, positions US2U Consulting as an invaluable resource for American enterprises seeking to achieve sustainable growth.

As US2U Consulting sets its sights on the United States, it aims to forge strong partnerships with local businesses and contribute to the country's economic prosperity. Clients in the United States can now look forward to experiencing the same high-level consultancy services that have made US2U Consulting a trusted name in the industry.

For American companies eager to enhance their competitiveness, boost profitability, and navigate the complexities of today's business environment, US2U Consulting's expansion represents a significant opportunity for growth and success. The consultancy firm's arrival in the United States is a milestone that holds promise for businesses seeking innovative solutions and expert guidance.

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Learn more about what we offer by downloading our US2U Consulting: United States 2023 Service Sheet

And Now for Something Completely Different! Captain Fawcett Visit

During a 25 year consultancy career, US2U Consulting Director, Rachel Blackburn, has visited many business sites across most sectors in locations across the UK and in many locations around the world.

However, she has recently visited the fellow Export Champion business Captain Fawcett, tucked away in a corner of an industrial estate in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England - which is a bit different from other businesses she has encountered.

Founded by Richard Finney in 2010, the business is "an emporium home to a simply delectable range of first class Gentlemen's grooming requisites".

As a successful international entrepreneur, Richard says that he does things differently and hates management speak. The business is set in the Marvellous Barbershop Museum which Richard, with a background in the British film industry, has curated with the eye of a set designer - creating a period tableaux which might serve as a unique photographic and film location.

Indeed the site, which includes a manufacturing facility, is an experience for most of the senses as it smells amazing - it is a challenge to decide where to look first.

"Whilst we have clients that have curated museums and artefacts reflecting their history, it is my first experience of a business operating from their museum comprising of so many interesting objects reflecting the DNA of the brand" said Rachel.

Rachel and Richard are pictured in one of the museum settings. The museum is available to visit by calling in advance of your visit.

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Proud To Be At Manchester Pride

Established in 2006, US2U Consulting has always had strong values to underpin the way we do business.

One of these values is Encouraging Diversity; yes, we had this as a value before it became fashionable!

In addition to supporting clients with this part of their business culture, we take opportunities to continue to learn and develop our understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and what best practice looks like. Clearly, a lot has changed since 2006.

On Saturday 26 August 2023, we took the opportunity to attend the Manchester Pride Parade (US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn is pictured here). The theme this year was "Queerly Beloved", in honour of the 10th anniversary of the marriage equality act in the UK.

We also experienced the weather of all the seasons whilst the parade was taking place, but regardless of the rain it was great to see all the colourful outfits, live performances and strong community spirit.

US2U Consulting Rises to a New Level of Intelligence: Our A.I. Policy

We are pleased to share that US2U Consulting has launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy, in line with current advice to businesses. We always aim to think ahead and stay on top of new regulations so that we can provide the best possible advice to our clients.

Our policy defines AI, as well as the potential benefits and risks associated with its deployment. We go on to outline our principles with regards to AI here at US2U Consulting, and what we do and do not use AI for.

It is important that our AI policy is transparent, so that both our clients and team are aware of how we use AI and in turn maintain a trusting relationship with our business.

Read our AI Policy through the link below:

US2U Consulting Artificial Intelligence Policy 2023

US2U Partners with Cambridge Cleantech, June 2023

We are delighted to announce that US2U Consulting has partnered with Cambridge Cleantech, an organisation which supports the growth and innovation of 'clean technology' companies.

Cleantech companies aim to drive sustainability by using environmentally-friendly measures and resources. Cambridge Cleantech achieves this goal by providing a hub for cleantech companies, allowing them to connect with each other and form a network. Members of the organisation vary, ranging from start-ups to global organisations.

Given the rise in sustainability standards, the number of cleantech companies is increasing. At US2U, we are keen to build on our work in the cleantech space, having already worked with clients such as ETA Green Power, Xampla and ABC Taxis, all of which have made significant impact in the green technology sector. The partnership also ties in with our strong commitment to environmental sustainability, as outlined in our Sustainability Policy 2021 - read this here.

If you are interested in advice on how to improve your business practice, please email Rachel Blackburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. US2U Consulting advises companies internationally, guaranteeing to make a positive difference by making organisations for efficient and successful.

Marina Makes Waves at US2U Consulting!

US2U Consulting were pleased to recently welcome recent University of Oxford graduate Marina Popp to the team, who joined us as an intern for some valuble work experience within the Management Consultancy industry. Below are some reflections from Marina following her time with us:

Having spent a week at US2U Consulting, I have learnt a lot about the consultancy world and the opportunities and challenges that arise from the space. I have outlined what I've learnt under five key points below:

1. My work experience has been very insightful about the skills needed to be a successful consultant. These include (but are not limited to!) resilience in the face of setback, flexibility, responsiveness, willpower and energy, both in terms of time and distance.

2. Having written and edited an AI Policy for the business, I am now up-to-date on current regulations on AI, as well as on the benefits and risks associated with its deployment.

3. Handouts commonly used by the business for inspirational sessions have been really useful when it comes to understanding key skills and how to implement them. For example, I have learnt about the effects drastic change may have on someone, and how they can navigate that change in a positive way.

4. Working on certain projects of US2U Consulting with the 'cleantech' sector, such as its new partnership with Cambridge Cleantech, has introduced me to this buzzing, entrepreneurial space.

5. On a personal level, I have learnt to be open when it comes to taking feedback, and always learn from my mistakes. Drafting content for the website means that I have been flexible in changing my approach as appropriate.

Thanks for having me, US2U Consulting!

Developed in the UK, Sold to the World

We are thrilled to have been re-appointed as an Export Champion by the Department for Business & Trade for 2023/24. The Department for Business & Trade is the UK Government department for economic growth. It supports businesses to invest, grow and export, creating jobs and opportunities around the country.

Our role as Export Champions is to inspire other businesses to grow through exporting, drawing on our experience of entering various international markets in the last 12 years.

As a UK-based business, US2U Consulting recognises that exporting is fundamental to getting our economy back on track. Our goal is to make a positive difference across various international markets by exporting our leadership development services.

In particular, our Executive Coaching, Transformational Change and Teambuilding Services have made a significant impact in businesses in various territories from Canada through to Ireland and Dubai. We also work with UK-based businesses on specific projects to support development of their scaling up and overseas business development strategies.

Andrew Mitchell CMG, Director General, Domestic and International Markets and Exports, Department for Business and Trade, said "Export Champions play an integral role in the Government's Export Strategy - a partnership with business to encourage trade with every market in the world and realise our ambition to reach £1 trillion in exports in goods and services by 2030."

Rachel Blackburn, Founder and Director of US2U Consulting (pictured) said "We are excited to be part of this inspiring initiative; we can all play our part whether directly, or as part of the supply chain, to make an impact on this ambitious target for 2030."

Feel free to drop Rachel a line if you'd like some advice! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Celebrating Pride Month 2023!

Encouraging Diversity has always been one of US2U Consulting's core values. We always incorporate key messages into our client projects as appropriate. This may include helping clients create or refresh their company values to drive a positive, inclusive culture or delivering specific sessions to enable managers and staff to stay up to date on relevant legislation and language that can be used or avoided in the workplace so that people feel comfortable.

Always up for a challenge, to celebrate Pride Month 2023 we decided to make a Pride Flag Cake! It has three layers so we think that it is relevant to ask ourselves three questions:

1) What are we doing well regarding creating an all-inclusive culture?

2) What can we do differently or better to achieve this?

3) What are we going to change?

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