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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

Howzat! US2U sponsor local Cricket Club Horsford CC for second year running

US2U Consulting are pleased to be sponsoring Horsford Cricket Club for a second year in a row, and supporting their positive influence in the Norfolk community.

We began our sponsorship in 2021 (read that story here) , and US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn is pictured with our latest sponsorship board for the 2022 season.

Horsford CC play at Manor Park, Holt Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 3AQ and also host Norfolk CCC matches there. Visit www.horsfordcricketclub.co.uk for more and for their fixture list for the 2022 season.

Keep on Truckin'

More than 3,000 trucks were on display at the East of England Showground in Peterborough from April 30 until May 2 at Truckfest 2022, Europe's largest family-oriented truck festival.

One of them was the Boniface Engineering 40th Anniversary Truck which won a Highly Commended Award by the judges who walk around the show - which is a great achievement considering how many vehicles were there.

US2U Consulting is proud to be one of the sponsors of the anniversary activities, along with our metals testing client ASAMS Ltd. Our logos are displayed on the anniversary truck and the anniversary logo we designed for Boniface Engineering is looking great against the white paintwork.

Mike Boniface and some of his team attended the event and were impressed by the number of Boniface products on display. Boniface Sales Engineer Lea Pearson commented "It was great to catch up with old friends and customers and also see everyone relaxed and having a good time. The Peterborough show has always been good for the Boniface brand and, as always, our customers did us proud by displaying a large range of Boniface products including Century Rotators, Recover Tridents, Interstaters, VLA slidebeds and more. Also thank you to our sponsors who have contributed to our 40th anniversary events."

Later in 2022, the anniversary truck is also due to appear at: Truckfest Edinburgh 6th & 7th August, Truckfest Southwest in Bath 3rd & 4th September, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting at Snetterton Circuit 9th-11th September and the Professional Recovery Tow Show at Telford International Centre 28th & 29th September.

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Engineering the Engineering in Norfolk

Rachel Blackburn organised for a number of our Norfolk clients to attend an open morning to view the facilities of the new School of Engineering at the University of East Anglia on Friday 25 March. This was a joint initiative between the UEA, Productivity East and The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce to promote good collaborative relationships with Norfolk-based engineering businesses to strengthen the learning, innovation and economic impact of world class engineering in the area.

Rachel is pictured with David Morgan, CEO of Hethel Engineering-based ETA Green Power. David said "at ETA Green Power we develop game-changing high density Electric Drive Systems to support the Off Highway sector in accelerating electrification and support emission reductions. We are passionate about enabling our clients to improve electification productivity whilst reducing costs and maximising performance for a sustainable future. We are expanding rapidly so are keen to develop collaborative partnerships."

Happy Birthday to US2U Consulting!

It's great to be celebrating 18 years of US2U Consulting in Barbados, where Director & Founder Rachel Blackburn is pictured currently holidaying! Thank you to all of our clients, team members and suppliers who have supported us since we launched.

Here's to continuing to make a positive difference to our clients in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

Boom: The Foreign Secretary Visits Boniface Engineering to Celebrate 40 Years of Engineering Excellence

US2U Consulting organised for The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP to join Directors, Managers and Staff at Thetford-based Boniface Engineering in January 2022 in her capacity as MP for South West Norfolk.

This was part of the year-long 2022 celebrations as Boniface Engineering has reached the milestone of 40 years of designing and producing equipment for the vehicle recovery industry. It produces bespoke equipment for a range of clients across the UK including the AA, Neil Yates Recovery and McPhie Recovery. They also export to many countries including Germany, Japan, the USA and Denmark.

Mike Boniface started the business in a small workshop on 18 January 1982 and today it employs 65 people across three sites.

During her visit, Liz Truss learnt more of the history and exports of the business, enjoyed a factory tour and then saw some recovery equipment in action. The Boniface Team created a lorry crash scene on site so they could demonstrate a "roll over recovery" and show how quickly their equipment can clear the highway following a crash or breakdown and therefore improve road safety.

Liz Truss has been recognised for her passion for road safety previously and said "I had a fantastic visit to Boniface Engineering and saw an impressive demonstration of one of their recovery trucks."

Mike Boniface said "The visit was a big success and it's great to have our achievements recognised by our local MP, especially one who is so busy fulfilling her UK-based and international roles."

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40th Birthday Celebrations with Boniface Engineering Ltd

US2U Consulting are excited to be working with long-standing client Mike Boniface and his team at Boniface Engineering Ltd in Thetford, England on a range of plans throughout 2022 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Mike started the business from a small workshop in January 1982 and they have been engineering recovery equipment for the UK and export markets ever since.

Now part of US-based Miller Industries, Boniface Engineering was US2U Consulting's first client back in 2006. One of the first things we have done with the Boniface team is to create an anniversary logo which will be used on all activities this year. This is adapted from the ruby shape, which is often used to celebrate 40 years!

This emblem will feature across the company's marketing this year, as well as appearing on clothing, promotional merchandise and birthday cupcakes (pictured) - with plans for it to feature on special 40th birthday recovery vehicle livery later this year!

As well as their birthday celebrations, we are also pleased to be working with them on other marketing and recruitment projects this year.

Congratulations to all at Boniface Engineering Ltd on the achievement! 

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Norwich School's Young Chamber Initiative: Supporting the Next Generation

Developing the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs is important to us. As part of our sustainability strategy, US2U Consulting has become the main sponsor of the Norwich School Young Chamber initiative for 2022/23. Developed by Norwich School with the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, the initiative sees students establish and operate their own commercial business ventures in small teams - providing them with valuable experience and learning opportunities at this early stage in their careers.

In addition to providing some funding for senior school pupils to start their own small businesses, we also plan to assist with developing an entrepreneurial toolkit that the pupils can use to develop their skills. 

"We're very grateful for your support in terms of enthusiasm and in this case, financial support" said Tom White, Head of Economics and Business Enterprise and Young Chamber Coordinator, Norwich School.

As a former Norwich School student that has gone on to establish his own business venture - online art shop By Kerwin, there are also plans for US2U Consulting team member Kerwin Blackburn to provide entrepreneurial advice to those participating in the initiative - particularly around the topics of e-commerce and the start-up business journey.

We look forward to getting started and learning more about the companies being set up at Norwich School, based in Norwich's Cathedral Close.

Change the Race Ratio Reaches 100 Signatories

Change the Race Ratio - the initiative to drive greater Diversity and Inclusion among British businesses, established by the Confederation of British Industry - has reached its initial target and milestone of 100 signatories. We're proud to be part of the 100 signatories and look forward to the next 100, alonside making continued progress on these issues.

Read our story about committing to the campaign in early 2021 here.

For more information about how to increase Diversity and Inclusion in your workplace contact US2U Consulting, or find out more about Change the Race Ratio here.

The East of England CBI Dinner 30 November 2021

As an elected member of the East of England Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Rachel Blackburn attended the quarterly regional meeting followed by the annual dinner at The Graduate Hotel in Cambridge. Lord Bilimoria, pictured with Rachel, attended the dinner and made the keynote speech. Karan Faridoon Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria, CBE, DL, FCA is a British Indian entrepreneur, life peer in the UK House of Lords, and a university chancellor.

He founded the global beer brand Cobra Beer and currently operates as the company's chairman. In addition to his business activity, Bilimoria is a politically active crossbench member of the House of Lords, currently serves as Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and is President of the Confederation of British Industry.

One of the themes for the meeting was the fact that CBI research shows that only one in five businesses currently invests in developing their leaders and managers to support their business goals. We support the CBI's recommendations to boost labour productivity in these challenging times when all sectors appear to be facing recruitment and retention issues. These include:

 Adopting leadership, management and people practices that retain, engage and develop all staff, unlocking a healthier, more motivated and productive workforce by:

 Establishing and communicating a strong company purpose that encourages motivation

 Embedding effective performance management that keeps staff engaged and accountable in goals that are important and contribute to organisational success, while not being onerous

 Setting people management objectives for leaders and managers and put them on a par with commercial targets

 Ensuring leaders and managers regularly communicate clear expectations around organisational priorities, while also asking staff about their workload and wellbeing

 Regularly recognising and rewarding staff to appreciate what the team does

 Keeping track of employees' engagement levels and establishing ways staff can provide feedback and ask questions which are acted upon

Please get in touch with US2U Consulting to explore how we can help you manage these challenges.

Net Zero Update

Following our commitment to Net Zero, signing up to the SME Climate Hub and updating our sustainability policy back in March 2021, it's great to provide an update.

Some people will remember that it was back in January 2013 that we worked with ABC Taxis in Norwich to help them get funding for and launch their first two environmentally-friendly cars - see the story here. Since then we have worked with many businesses to help them become more sustainable. In the last few months we have been pleased to be working with two early stage businesses where their whole focus is developing world-leading solutions which are using ground-breaking science and engineering to change the way that we consume energy and materials. These are ETA Green Power based at the Hethel Innovation Centre in Norfolk and Xampla based at the Cambridge Science Park.

ETA Green Power has developed a game-changing high density Electric Drive System to enable the Off Highway sector accelerate electrification and support emission reductions - they deliver a direct substitution for existing hydro-carbon fuel based solutions, all without additional costs or power compromise.

Xampla created the world's first plant protein material for commercial use. It's great to be working with such cutting edge businesses and passionate people. Please see what both companies say about working with us on our Testimonials page.

What Next?

US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn said "We will continue to work with clients following the sustainability agenda so that we continue to make a positive difference in many different ways. Recently our office has moved into an eco-friendly building (pictured) with very high energy efficiency which demonstrates our commitment to this agenda. The next stage is for us to switch our vehicle fleet to electric vehicles and install a charging point.

Read our 2021 Sustainability Policy here and contact us to find out how you can take steps to make your orgnisation more eco-friendly.