Chock-a-block member news: part one

Featuring Neo PR, Blaser Mills, Bucks New University, CoCredo, Origin, Epoq IT, Bucks Thames Valley LEP, Gobbler Boats, GIG, and Copperbay Creative.

Member news featured in this round-up:

  • Neo PR’s employee rewards system praised
  • Blaser Mills shortlisted for prestigious honour
  • CoCredo to launch the first Dual Report within the credit industry
  • Origin makes prestigious Sunday Times list
  • Epoq IT ‘highly commended’ in Tech Awards
  • BTVLEP Chair appointed governor to the British Film Institute
  • Bucks New University wins Teaching Innovation of the Year
  • Gobbler Boats runner up out of 4,000 businesses in VOOM awards
  • Award-winning businessman returns to his roots
  • Local chef behind famous Rolling Stones shepherd’s pies

Neo PR’s employee rewards system praised

Buckingham-based Neo PR has been profiled on ‘Be the Business’; a government-backed, business-led campaign to help companies across the UK improve their productivity.

The focus of the profile is how Neo PR has adapted its employee rewards system and addressed morale within the company. The change began when the management team at Neo PR challenged employees to better the previous rewards system in place.

Be the Business featured Neo PR in its regular “From the coal face” series that explores how junior members of staff are leading change within their companies.

Blaser Mills shortlisted for prestigious honour

For the second year running, Blaser Mills Law has been shortlisted for the IR Global ‘Member of the Year 2018’.

Hiren Gandhi, Partner at Blaser Mills, said: “IR Global is an international law network that connects us to highly recommended lawyers across the world. In addition to giving us access to a global network of expert advisers, we are able to keep abreast of the latest international legal developments. IR Global received over 900 submissions from its members, so we are delighted to be on the shortlist of 15 firms!”

BM Data Services

Blaser Mills Law recently launched a regulatory consultancy business called BM Data Services. The consultancy acts as a Data Protection Officer (DPO) for businesses that must appoint a DPO under GDPR and the business either needs to or wants to outsource this responsibility. For more information about BM Data Services, email eurep@bmdataservices.co.uk.

CoCredo to launch the first Dual Report within the credit industry

Local credit checking company CoCredo recently launched their new Dual Company Credit Report which has been over a year in the making and is a brand-new concept to the credit industry. Prior to their public launch in May, the product was trialled by valued customers who were given the opportunity to offer their feedback in time for any changes to be made before the product went live.

To enable CoCredo to offer this premium service they have added an additional leading data supplier to their portfolio. This means that customers will now be able to view the best data from both suppliers alongside each other in one report. The reports will have the same look and feel as their current reports but customers will now be able to view two providers' opinions and perspectives.

Origin makes prestigious Sunday Times list

High Wycombe-based Origin were included on the Sunday Times International Track 200 List, which recognises companies with fast-growing international sales.

Origin, who reported an increase in international sales of 68 per cent over the last two years, placed 58th on the list.

Epoq IT ‘highly commended’ in Tech Awards

Epoq IT recently reached the final of the inaugural Thames Valley Tech Awards in the Emerging Tech Company category. Although they did not win the category, they were given a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade.

The award covered the rising stars of the sector - the emerging company that might be starting to scale up, or has plans to.

BTVLEP Chair appointed governor to the British Film Institute

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Hancock, has appointed the Chair of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), Andrew M Smith, along with Idris Elba, Robin Saunders and Phil Stokes, to the Board of the British Film Institute (BFI) for a four-year term.

Andrew M. Smith, also Corporate Affairs Director at Pinewood Studios Group, said: “It is a great honour to be appointed governor to the prestigious British Film Institute. As a county at the forefront of the creative industries this appointment is very fitting. Indeed, film is very important to the economy of Buckinghamshire, with one of the highest proportions of employment in this sector in the UK with over 17,200 jobs across 4,430 businesses.”

Bucks New University wins Teaching Innovation of the Year

Buckinghamshire New University scooped the Teaching Innovation of the Year Award for its training with dementia simulation at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018. Sam McCormack, Simulation and Skills Team Lead, Rachel Cabral, Senior Lecturer, and Kelly Milligan, Simulation and Skills Technician, picked up the award at the ceremony at the London Hilton.

The university was nominated eight times across four categories in the annual awards which recognise institutions that offer high standards of academic and practical teaching and excellent resources.

Gobbler Boats runner up out of 4,000 businesses in VOOM awards

Gobbler Boats was named as one of four runners up in the VOOM 2018 awards, the prestigious Virgin Media competition that recognises and celebrates businesses that have developed a great business model and are making their mark on the world.

Award-winning businessman returns to his roots

Former John Hampden pupil and award-winning businessman Ben Wheeler has returned to Buckinghamshire to open a new branch of his award-winning business, Copperbay Creative.

Copperbay Creative, which specialises in digital marketing, web design and development and mobile apps, opened its first office in Swansea in 2008 and now employs ten people. Ben has just opened his first office in High Wycombe where he has ambitious plans for growth.

Ben, who won the Director in a Small Business Award at the IoD Wales awards, is originally from High Wycombe and has made the move back to Buckinghamshire to expand the business. Ben said: “Buckinghamshire has a real entrepreneurial spirit which makes it the ideal place to grow the business. We plan to grow our client base in the area and create job opportunities for local people, offering real career advancement for ambitious people.”

Local chef behind famous Rolling Stones shepherd’s pies

Local man Chris Carter is an experienced chef who works with specialist event and hospitality caterer GIG. He recently found himself at the centre of a media frenzy as photos of personalised shepherd’s pies that he cooked for the current Rolling Stones tour went viral.

As the official tour caterer for the Rolling Stones' tour, GIG has been cooking the pies at each of the venues.

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