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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 >>>

Boniface Engineering

Boniface Engineering

  • 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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  • As One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

    Since 2009, US2U Consulting has been supported in our International Export work by Leszek Wysocki, International Trade Advisor, Department for Business and Trade.

    This support included inviting us to join the UK Trade and Investment Mission to Qatar, Oman and Abu Dhabi in December 2013. This was part of the company's Gateway to Global Growth programme and followed successful projects in Canada, North America, Belgium, France and Bahrain. Leszek attended the Trade Mission with US2U Consulting Founder Rachel Blackburn.

    Subsequent to this, US2U Consulting has delivered successful international projects in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, India and the US.

    Leszek was also instrumental with our award of Export Champion status from 2020 onwards.

    US2U Consulting has also introduced Leszek to some of our clients to support their exporting strategies. One of these is UK-based international recovery truck company Boniface Engineering, part of US-based Miller Industries.

    After 22 years in the role, Leszek has decided to retire.

    Rachel Blackburn, pictured with Mike Boniface (left) and Leszek (right), said "It has been great to work with Leszek for so long. He will definitely be missed for his knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment and contacts. We wish him all the best for the next chapter in his life."

    Mike Boniface presented Leszek with a glass paperweight model truck and said, "We would like to thank Leszek for all the support that he has given Boniface Engineering over the years as we have continued with our European export activities. We have enjoyed great success."

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  • Boniface Engineering - Highway Crash Clearance Event, Mallory Park, Leics.

    boniface-engineering-highway-crash-clearance-event-mallory-park-leicsDemonstrating the diversity of the types of projects within our portfolio, we have recently project managed a new product launch on behalf of one of our clients. In addition to working with the management team to plan the event we have also produced a new product launch template that can be used for subsequent events. The event was a great chance to show off the product range, explain features and benefits of the products and inspire customers to plan their next purchase. Please click picture to enlarge.

  • 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."

    Photo: Matt Woods Photography

  • Celebrating 10 years with a Truck down Memory Lane

    Back in April 2006 Mike Boniface, Managing Director of Boniface Engineering Ltd, was US2U Consulting's first client. Established in 1982 by Mike, Boniface Engineering has always specialised in the manufacture of vehicle recovery equipment. In the early days all the products were designed and developed by Boniface.

    Miller Industries (USA) acquired Boniface Engineering in 1996; many of the products installed today at Thetford originate from Miller factories in the USA and France. Miller Industries is the world's largest manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment and include the brand names Century, Challenger, Holmes, Eagle, Jige, Boniface, Chevron, Vulcan and Champion.

    In the early years of US2U Consulting the team worked with the management team at Boniface Engineering to progress core processes to develop leadership behaviours, management processes and marketing initiatives which have enabled Boniface to continue to be brand leader in the UK and expand the business in Europe. This involved working at sites in the UK, USA and France.

    Celebrating US2U Consulting's 10th anniversary Mike Boniface said, "Access to the expertise Rachel brought to us provided training to our employees which would have taken years to develop otherwise."

  • End of Year US2U News Round Up

    It's been a busy end to 2022 as we have been busy supporting clients and the professional community. A few recent highlights of what US2U Consulting have been up to are below:

    Creative Swiping with ETA Green Power at Worldwide FruitETA at Worldwide Fruit

    We often encourage our clients to visit other clients of ours, often from different industries, to conduct 'Creative Swiping' activities to drive their continuous improvement strategies. We recently arranged for Norfolk-based ETA Green Power to visit Worldwide Fruit in Lincolnshire to do just this. "It was a superb day; we have learnt lots of practical things that we can use to develop our continuous improvement culture" said Craig Joryeff, QHSE Manager, ETA Green Power.

     

    ETA Green Power IET Partnership ProgrammeIET and ETA

    We have been pleased to also recently launch the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Partnership Programme for our client ETA Green Power. "It is great that we have joined this world class network" said Liam Bowman, CTO, ETA Green Power.

     

    Boniface Engineering 40th Anniversary celebrations continueBoniface and ASAMS

    Rounding up the 40th anniversary year celebrations of Thetford-based Boniface Engineering Ltd, we were pleased to attend the sponsorship event with our client Thomas Whiskin, Managing Director of ASAMS Ltd. It was another great opportunity to see a truck recovered quickly from a crashed position by the internationally-renowned Boniface Engineering equipment. Pictured from left to right are Thomas Whiskin, Rachel Blackburn, and Boniface Engineering's General Manager Jackie Rix and Managing Director Mike Boniface.

     

    Rachel Blackburn speaks on a Hays Recruitment webinar on Equality, Diversity and InclusionHays EDI to attract and retain people

    Attracting and retaining great staff is forecast to continue to be a challenge during 2023. We were pleased to be invited to speak at a recent Hays Recruitment Webinar about the importance of maintaining focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as a key part of an organisation's People Strategy - not in a 'woke' way but in a 'Let's make this a great place to work for all" way. More information about the ED&I survey we conducted during the webinar will follow next year.

     

    The Gem Appeal Charity Ball in ManchesterGem Ball

    The Gem Appeal was started back in 1994 to raise funds for genetic research with a view to treating and hopefully one day eradicating life-limiting disorders. Two of the team were pleased to attend the Denise Welch Enchanted Wonderland Ball in Manchester in November, which was raising funds to support the appeal. Rachel Blackburn is pictured with some celebrities who attended the event.

     

    We have enjoyed working with many different organisations this year as they navigated the challenges of 2022, and we look forward to continuing to make a positive difference to our clients in 2023.

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  • Pleasure in the Park

    Some of the US2U Consulting Team were pleased that they could join Boniface Engineering colleagues for their Family Fun Day at Old Buckenham Country Park, Norfolk on Saturday 14th May. This was part of their ongoing celebrations for their 40th Anniversary in 2022.

    "It was great to be able to chat to people in a more relaxed atmosphere than usual and also to meet their families" said Rachel - pictured with Mike Boniface.

  • Ryan Vickers Interview Part 2 with Boniface Engineering

    The second part of our interview series featuring British Superbike racer Ryan Vickers - a project we have been working on with and producing for Boniface Engineering - is out now.

    Both Boniface Engineering and Ryan are from Thetford, and the US2U Consulting-produced interview series comes as part of Boniface's 40th anniversary celebrations this year. They have been sponsoring Bennetts British Superbikes contender Ryan for a number of years, so just before their season got underway we sat down with Ryan to find out more about the challenges, successes and key points in his motorbike racing career so far.

    Boniface Engineering was US2U Consulting's first client back in 2006, so we are delighted to have been tasked with scripting, filming and producing this interview series. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with us to find out how engaging video content can help elevate your organisation's message.

    Watch 'Part 2: Tipped for Success' below - click here to revisit Part 1.

    The current Bennetts British Superbike Championship will be running over the next few months and airs on Eurosport on race weekends - featuring the Boniface Engineering 40th anniversary logo that we designed, which Ryan proudly wears on his helmet during races.

  • Ryan Vickers Interview Part 3 With Boniface Engineering

    The third and final part of our interview series featuring British Superbike racer Ryan Vickers - a project we have been producing for Boniface Engineering's 40th anniversary in 2022 - is out now.

    Both Boniface Engineering and Ryan are from Thetford, and Boniface have been sponsoring Ryan in the Bennetts British Superbikes Championship for a number of years. Just before their season got underway we sat down with Ryan to find out more about the challenges, successes and key points in his motorbike racing career so far. Ryan also made his first appearance in the World Superbike Championship earlier in 2022.

    Boniface Engineering was US2U Consulting's first client back in 2006, so we are delighted to have been tasked with scripting, filming and producing this interview series. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with us to find out how engaging video content can help elevate your organisation's message.

    Watch 'Part 3: Speeding Into The Future' below - click here to revisit Part 1 and Part 2 here.

    The current Bennetts British Superbike Championship will be running over the next few months and airs on Eurosport on race weekends - featuring the Boniface Engineering 40th anniversary logo that we designed, which Ryan proudly wears on his helmet during races.

    This interview episode was released at the weekend to coincide with the Snetterton meetup on the British Superbikes circuit - Ryan's local track. Unfortunately Ryan suffered a concussion in Race 1 on Saturday 10th September so was forced to miss Races 2 and 3 on Sunday - much to the disappointment of many local fans who were looking forward to seeing him in action. Nevertheless we look forward to continuing to watch him on Eurosport over the rest of this season and seeing him at Snetterton in future seasons!

  • Ryan Vickers, Sponsored by US2U Client Boniface Engineering, Clinches Podium Finish

    Congratulations to British Superbike rider, Boniface Engineering-sponsored Ryan Vickers, who clinched his first career podium finish in the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park on Sunday 21st May 2023.

    Ryan has been sponsored by Thetford-based Boniface Engineering - a long-standing US2U Consulting client - for a number of years. He finished second in the opening of three races at the Donington Park leg of the Championship, after over 100 races in the competition.

    Through Boniface Engineering, US2U Consulting have been following Ryan Vickers' progress for a few years. We even scripted and produced a series of video interviews with Ryan last year, to mark Boniface's 40th anniversary year of trading. Watch these here!

    Congrats, Ryan!

    Pictured is Ryan Vickers with Mike Boniface, and the British Superbike podium trophy.

  • US2U Consulting Produce a Professional Superbike Racer Interview Series to Mark 40 Years of Boniface Engineering - Ryan Vickers Interview Part 1

    We are very pleased to be helping our long-standing client, Thetford-based Boniface Engineering, celebrate 40 years of engineering excellence in 2022, having been established by Mike Boniface in 1982.

    Our latest project supporting this milestone year has been to script and produce a series of video interviews with Boniface-sponsored professional British Superbike racer Ryan Vickers (pictured), who is also from Thetford.

    The interview series saw us sit down with Ryan at Boniface's workshop to discuss the different stages of his career and life as a professional sportsman and Bennetts British Superbike racer - as well as how sponsorship from Boniface Engineering has helped him in his career.

    We have produced an engaging three-part series of video interviews along with a number of short interview clips, which will be featured on the Boniface website and across their social media across the British Superbike season, which runs from April to October 2022.

    Watch the first part of the interview series below and contact us to find out how US2U Consulting can produce engaging video content for your organisation.