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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 >>>



  • 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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  • Change the Race Ratio Update 1st September 2022

    Back in February 2021 we announced that US2U Consulting was one of 75 UK businesses to sign up to the Change the Race Ratio initiative. The idea of Lord Bilimoria, pictured with Rachel Blackburn, was to grasp the moment to create real and lasting change to improve the racial and ethnic diversity across company boards and senior leadership positions in UK businesses.

    There are currently 100 signatories for the initiative and all were invited to a Reception on the Thames at Tower Bridge Quay, London, hosted by the British Television Presenter June Sarpong OBE. Key points from the various speakers who presented during the evening included:

     Only 20% of FTSE 100 companies have signed up to the Change the Race Ratio

     There are still no FTSE 100 companies with a black Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer

     When recruiting, to make a statement along the lines of "We embrace diversity but won't compromise on merit" can be seen as patronising and an inappropriate comment - as it's assumed that the best candidate will not be from an ethnic minority

     Black people who are capable to do key roles may feel like an "imposter" and may benefit from a mentor or sponsor to help them navigate the career ladder

    Lord Bilimoria said "It's a dream come true to have this evening; it's proven that to have more diverse senior leadership makes good business sense as more diversity leads to more innovation."

    To find out how we can help your organisation develop its Diversity and Inclusion strategies, please contact Rachel Blackburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an exploratory conversation.

  • Diversity and Inclusion 2020

    Whilst we have worked with clients to develop their processes and behaviours for managing diversity for many years, we have now seen how the agenda has changed since the killing of George Floyd in the US in May 2020.

    Therefore we have researched and developed a new Diversity and Inclusion Framework which supports the latest language and principles of proactively addressing black lives inequality.

    This includes recognising what Diversity and Inclusion mean, understanding the latest terms and what is appropriate, exploring unconscious and conscious bias, reflecting on relevant black history, managing issues around recruiting, developing and promoting people and action planning to achieve positive change.

    Please get in touch to find out how we can help you manage this sensitive priority which has moral and commercial implications.

    (Pictured below is a painting by US2U Consulting team member Kerwin Blackburn - a Jackson Pollock inspired action painting of American civil rights activitist Martin Luther King, capturing the tone of the current discussion)

    Martin Luther King - Kerwin Blackburn Art

  • 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.

  • Rachel Blackburn attends CBI meeting in London to discuss the Change The Race Ratio Campaign

    Rachel Blackburn attended a CBI (Confederation of British Industry) meeting on Cannon Street in London on 23 February 2023 to discuss the Change The Race Ratio Campaign that US2U Consulting has been a key signatory of since 2021 (read more about this here).

    The purpose of this movement is to campaign for race equity and encouraging diversity in leadership and senior management positions - which US2U Consulting has always been passionate about as one of our core values. We offer a variety of Diversity and Inclusion-focused services, with our Diversity and Inclusion language quiz being one of our activities on this topic. Read and have a go at this here - let us know how you get on!

    Richard DeNetto (pictured with Rachel) was one of the key speakers at this meeting in his role as a Race Change Equity Agent.

    Overall, this CBI meeting was helpful for members to discuss the topic of race equity within a variety of industries, and how an inclusive culture can help any type of business thrive.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how we can support your organisation's Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunities strategies.

  • Rachel Blackburn joins Norfolk Chamber panel to discuss Diversity & Inclusion

    US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn was invited onto a Norfolk Chambers of Commerce virtual panel to discuss the topic of Diversity & Inclusion on Thursday 17 September.

    The four-person panel discussed the region's approach to this issue - offering practical takeaways that organisations can implement to ensure they and their staff are following best practice - and answering questions from the audience. The webinar was held in light of the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement that began earlier in 2020.

    Feedback was very positive from attendees, who praised the 'enlightening' discussion. One audience member wrote "thank you all for your contributions and insights - really pleased I joined", while another wrote to Rachel, "thought you did a great job today - brilliantly articulated philosophical, procedural, practical and personal points, adding much needed insight and focus to the discussion. Thank you."

    To find out how US2U Consulting can help you become up to date with your Diversity and Inclusion practices, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    We'd also love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

    Click here to watch the recording of the panel discussion

  • US2U Director joins Open University Diversity & Inclusion Webinar Panel

    Rachel Blackburn was on the panel for the Open University's webinar asking "How can business schools help create more racially diverse businesses?" on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

    As an award-winning Open University and MBA alumna, with incisive insight into and experience of working in the subject of Diversity and Inclusion, Rachel's suggestions and practical advice were well received by the audience.

    Watch the recording of the webinar here.

    Dr Terry O'Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Management at The Open University Business School, commented how Rachel "was reasurring about the practical relevance of many of the concepts she had met in her studies - particularly some classic ideas about culture and change management... Rachel also acknowledged the sensitivity of work in this area. Part of the difficulty of conversations about racism at work is that staff may have to relive traumatic experiences."

    Pictured is Rachel at the Open University awards ceremony at the OU campus in Milton Keynes where she received her award in 2016.

    To find out how US2U Consulting can help your organisation stay on top of the latest business trends and challenges as we begin 2021, contact us.

  • 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.

    Watch the video below and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how US2U Consulting can make a positive difference to your organisation.