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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

Creative Swiping Update

For many years we have been arranging for leaders and managers to visit other businesses to learn from different approaches and "Creatively Swipe" ideas to bring back to their workplace to drive continuous improvement. This experiential type of learning is often complementary to workplace and classroom-based learning so helps to be all-inclusive.

Recently we have gone one step further and have taken the Creative Swiping ideas to a company during an interactive workshop so that the whole workforce could discuss ideas and implement the most suitable. Dr Nick Johnson (pictured), Founder and Former CTO of telecoms firm ip.access shared his career story and learning points during a most engaging afternoon in September. We structured the session so that leaders and staff have been able to record the learning points in a way they can be implemented and progress reviewed to check things are on track.

Please get in touch to learn more about how Creative Swiping can help your business.

US2U Consulting Podcast - 30 Tips for Developing Resilience

Welcome to the latest episode of the US2U Consulting Podcast. In this edition, US2U Consulting Director & Founder Rachel Blackburn discusses her list of 30 top tips to help anyone develop resilience - whether facing professional or personal challenges. She also looks at what exactly we mean by 'resilience' - and it is something that is more important than ever as the UK reopens following the pandemic period, and many of us still face unique work and lifestyle changes.

Watch or listen to the podcast below and let us know which tips you found most insightful. The list of 30 tips is underneath:


1. 4 Step Assertiveness 2. Relaxation Techniques 3. Healthy Lifestyle 4. Role Models 5. Sleep 6. Avoid Getting Defensive 7. Positive Affirmations 8. Ask for Support 9. Emotional Control 10. Identify Triggers 11. Manage Negative Self-Talk 12. Reframe Mindset 13. Set SMART Goals 14. Focus on the Controllables 15. Don't Victimise Yourself 16. Optimism 17. Compartmentalise Feedback 18. Positive Outlook 19. Empathy 20. Acceptance 21. Take Responsibility 22. Maintain Perspective 23. Focus on the Positives 24. Support Network 25. Be Flexible 26. Lifelong Learning 27. Don't Panic 28. Systematic Problem Solving 29. Anticipate Things Going Wrong 30. Gratitude

Which are you favourite tips from the podcast? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Contact us to find out how we can help you or your organisation become more resilient.

Marketing and Branding with US2U: Are We Your Missing Piece?

One of US2U Consulting's key strengths is the diversity of the services we offer and the expertise we have on hand to make a positive difference to any organisation. Our experienced and flexible team of specialist consultants allows us to build long-lasting relationships with our clients; providing the necessary advice and services to them as they grow and face ever changing challenges. 

Among these are our Marketing and Branding services - through which our team can make your company and your offering stand out from the crowd and boost your audience and sales.

We have recently been working with long-standing client, Great Yarmouth based metals testing business ASAMS Ltd, on their new company brochure (front cover pictured) - working with them to scope, design and write the brochure, as well as producing the artwork and both printed and digital versions. Their brochure provides clear, concise messaging around ASAMS' services, featuring engaging written content and high-impact artwork that is effective when seen in printed form or when viewed online. We are really pleased with the result and it will be a great asset for them as the country opens up again. Click below to view the full online version.

ASAMS Ltd Brochure 2021 - produced by US2U Consulting

We can also work with any client to develop their holistic marketing strategy - whether it requires revamping a logo, creating a new company slogan, or producing an integrated digital marketing campaign - with regular e-newsletters, social media content, bespoke commercial videos or even a series of podcasts.

Learn more about Our Services, and Contact Us to discuss further.

US2U Consulting Bowled Over with New Sponsorship Board

We were excited to get out and about to see our new sponsorship board revealed at local Norfolk cricket club Horsford CC, just outside Norwich, ahead of what should be a great English summer with crowds returning to local cricket and sports grounds.

It is the first time we have had a sponsorship board at a sports ground - we are breaking new boundaries - having sponsored the safety curtain at the Theatre Royal in Norwich a few years ago. After we heard the cricket club were appealing for new sponsors, we were all over it.

Horsford Cricket Club is also the home ground of Norfolk CCC who play teams from across the UK to crowds of several hundred spectators. We hope to catch people's eye with our new signage this summer!

If you want to swing by to see our new sponsorship board this summer, the address is Horsford Cricket Club, Manor Park, Holt Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 3AQ. The club's website is, for a list of the their upcoming fixtures. Give it a spin!

The Psychology of Buying Decisions - US2U Consulting Webinar

US2U Consulting Sales Performance Consultant Steve Thurlow delivered a webinar, hosted by the Cambridge Network, on the topic of 'The Psychology of Buying Decisions' on Wednesday 14th April 2021.

The webinar provided many valuable takeaways for improving sales conversions in 2021 as we re-emerge from lockdown. Listen out for the engaging Q&A session as well. Watch or listen below:


Contact us to find out how we can help you improve your sales!

US2U Consulting Podcast - Outplacement & Career Transition

As the UK economy begins to reopen and businesses are able to plan for future with more optimism, changes to workforces and job roles will continue to impact companies and individuals. Such changes - such as redundancy, career changes and workforce restructurings - can be accompanied by feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, prompting many questions about the outplacement and career change process.

In our latest podcast episode, Rachel Blackburn and US2U Consulting team members Jan Baynham and Mark Fuller discuss these topics, reducing these complex issues into simple and insightful takeaways, and practical top tips.

This interesting discussion provides a snapshot of our Outplacement and Career Transition service, which can be tailored to meet the needs of any organisation or individual.

Watch the discussion below on YouTube or listen on Soundcloud - we would love to get your thoughts on this topic.

Contact us to find out how we can make a positive difference to your situation, or visit our services to see how else we can help you achieve your business goals as we look forward to lockdown reopening.



If you like our series of podcasts that we have produced and think these would be a good addition to your company's marketing, then we can work with you to produce your own company podcasts. Please get in touch to find out more!

Celebrating 15 Years of US2U Consulting

Since 1 April 2006 we have turned over several million pounds of business, worked across most sectors of industry, education, several other parts of the public sector and the third sector. Twenty two team members have contributed to the company's success including five interns who have used the opportunity to develop their skills and springboard their careers. We have also worked across 16 countries and been awarded Export Champion status by the UK government.

Our mission has been to guarantee to make a positive difference and we have been pleased to do that at business, team and individual levels. It's always great to see how our clients have been able to develop their efficiency and effectiveness to deliver their products and services to their clients and customers. Supporting the community through sponsoring local events, buying equipment, speaking at various events and supporting young people with careers advice has also always been important to us.

Having traded profitably and through a recession and now a pandemic we wish to say a huge thank you to all who have contributed to our sustainability. We are pleased to celebrate 15 Years from our new location at Ivy House (spot the ivy in the photo alongside our birthday cake!).

Lifelong Learning: Rachel Blackburn featured as a notable Open University Case Study

US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn has been featured as a star Open University Business School alumna case study, as the world-renowned educational institution looks back on the successes of some of its former students.

In this interview Rachel reflects on her early career days, and how the educational opportunities provided by the Open University opened doors to fulfilling career opportunities that might not have been accessible otherwise. It was also her MBA qualification gained through the Open University that ultimately gave her the confidence to establish her first company, US2U Consulting. She was recognised for this achievement in 2016 - being awarded an Open University Business School Student and Alumni Award - and her MBA continues to open doors around the world as people recognise the value of a degree from a leading British educational institution.

"My studies gave me a management and leadership toolkit. By the time I finished, I had a deep understanding of how businesses work, how to manage a business and best practice in business ... I left having the confidence that I could help any business with these concepts. I wouldn't have had this confidence without my MBA.

"I now use these concepts every single day to help businesses and clients ... I have used the skills I learnt to help hundreds of other businesses to become successful and generate income. People appreciate the fact that it's a British MBA ... it's opened up many doors for me, particularly in the Middle East."

Read the full Open University case study here.

Rachel's commitment to lifelong learning is a core US2U Consulting value, and something that allows our team to make a positive difference to any organisation. Find out more about our services.

The Psychology of Making Buying Decisions - US2U Consulting Webinar

US2U Consulting Sales Performance Consultant Steve Thurlow is delivering a webinar, hosted by the Cambridge Network, on the topic of buying and sales psychology, on Wednesday 14th April from 11am - 12pm.

The webinar explores how people make buying decisions in a world of complexity and information overload. Fortunately, the psychology of making a major decision is consistent. It doesn't matter if it's personal or business, or if it's an individual or group decision - the mental processes we all go through are the same.

Discussed in a B2B sales context, this webinar will provide insights into the phases of the buying process, how to recognise them and how to match your sales approach to achieve maximum impact.

Click here to learn more and sign up. The webinar is free to Cambridge Network members, and £10 to non-members. To find out more about how Steve and US2U Consulting can improve your sales conversions as we look forward to post-lockdown reopening and Covid-19 economic recovery, contact us.

Take a look at the US2U Consulting Podcast Sales episode featuring Steve below:

US2U Consulting launch updated Sustainability Policy for 2021

We are pleased to share our updated 2021 Sustainability Policy, which we have adapted from our previous Environmental Policy to reflect our multifaceted approach to achieving environmentally- and socially-responsible business practices today.

This policy sets out our '3 Pillar' approach of combining Economic, Environmental and Social considerations to our work and that of our clients. It also includes some of the recent initiatives we have committed to, including Change the Race Ratio which aims to increase racial diversity among UK businesses, of which we are one of 75 founding signatories.

We have also recently committed to the SME Climate Hub, a network which aims to help small and medium sized businesses curb their emissions in line with the UN's Race to Zero Campaign, while also gaining a competitive advantage.

Read our 2021 Sustainability Policy below:

US2U Consulting - Sustainability Policy 2021