NAC Group triumphs in league table of Britain’s fast-growing companies

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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Sunderland training consultancy NAC Group has stormed onto the latest Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, which ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales. The NAC Group is a training, consultancy and outsourcing business that helps public organisations and private companies improve performance to boost productivity, meet green objectives, and up-skill staff. NAC employs 40 people and its sales have grown by 92.87% over the last three years with a recorded turnover of 7.6m by July 2008. It has shown further growth despite the recession by recording a turnover of £11m in July 2009. The NAC Group has three areas of work; its Green Collar Training products are intended to help companies to meet their green objectives by providing their staff with correct climate-change skills and understanding. Its NHS Hub helps health sector organisations to improve their service performance by providing staff with lean skills. The third area is NAC Group’s Manufacturing Support Specialists (MSS) which help companies to enhance their performance by streamlining production, improving logistics and outsourcing key functions. Paul Robson managing director of NAC Group said: “Being recognised in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100  five years into our business journey is excellent news. Prospects for our future growth are excellent, both in the NAC Group’s core business of training for improved productivity in the manufacturing sector, and in diversifying away from this core.“NAC Group’s core business involves the delivery of training and provision of skilled labour for lean manufacturing.  We’re well positioned to benefit from the recovery of the manufacturing sector as it emerges from the current recession, and seeks new labour and enhanced skills. “We also expect to benefit from the expansion of government-funded training programmes aimed at getting the unemployed back into employment, and at up-skilling the existing workforce. This will remain a priority irrespective of the outcome of the next election.”NAC also aims to grow from the number of new business opportunities in the fields of low carbon manufacturing and sustainable development, including renewable energy.“These markets are expected to be the focus of huge public and private investment over the next 5 to 10 years, and the NAC Group aims to react to the opportunities with a mix of public sector funded and commercial training products,” added Paul.NAC is the only company in the North East region to feature on the league table with well-known names such as the fashion retailer Cath Kidston and chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat Stores; along with translation company Applied Language Solutions, which has flourished after it was rejected for investment on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den. NAC Group triumphs in league table of Britain’s fast-growing companiesOn 4 Feb 2010 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

How organisations kill engagement through poor emotional intelligence on-demand webinar

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. How organisations kill engagement through poor emotional intelligence on-demand webinarOn 10 May 2015 in Personnel Today Watch this webinar to find out how your employees’ emotional intelligence is at the heart of positive sustainable change.Attendees will learn:how to unlock people’s potential in new ways;how behavioural science is improving our understanding;why emotional intelligence is for everyone, not just senior leaders; andhow digital learning tools can improve EQ.Download a transcript hereDownload the slides here No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Former Purplebricks boss launches industry foundation to ‘give something back’

May 7, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgPurplebricks founder Michael Bruce has launched a foundation today that seeks to improve the mental and business well-being of estate agents across the UK.The former Purplebricks CEO, who is now estimated to have made at least £35 million from selling his shares in the company, says he wants to give something back to the industry.Called ‘Agents Together’ and backed by a host of well-known industry names including his brother Kenny, Stephen Brown, Chris Watkin and Mike Day, it also has a loftier aim.This, he says, is to improve the public perception of estate agents overall, although Bruce admits that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.Funded during the first year via £1 million from Bruce, it will employ mental health coaches for agents who need it, but is also enlisting volunteer mentors to match with agents who need help with different aspects of running their business.“There are hundreds of people out there who we believe will offer their services without a cost, but if we engage people in a health professional capacity such as a psychologist then that might be on more of a commercial basis,” says Bruce.Mentoring programmeThe mentoring programme will be free and includes two types; 30-minute speed mentoring sessions as well as a more structured and long-term programme.As well as local and national volunteers, this will include several well-known UK and international business names from outside the industry, who are yet to revealed.Sessions will be online only initially, but once the lockdown is fully lifted could include face-to-face meetings.“If I was mentoring someone and they were mad enough to want my help then I’d certainly want to meet in the flesh because you do need to get to know them,” says Bruce.He believes that the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic will prove a turning point for estate agency and that the foundation can help people come together, and says it will be concentrating its efforts at first on estate agency businesses leaders.“After Coronavirus arrived, the whistle blew and everyone walked off the field,” says Bruce. “I could feel that there was a change of mood in the industry and there was an opportunity to bring agents together in the way I always wanted to.”Allstars CEOThe foundation is headed up by CEO Sarah Edmundson (pictured, above), a former Fine & Country agent and now Allstars trainer, who is working alongside its trustees. These include former Virgin communications chief Will Whitehorn and Moneypenny’s Samantha Jones.“In the early days of the lockdown it was clear that there were some agents out there, particularly those working home alone, who felt they needed help but didn’t know where to go,” says Edmundson.“It was glaringly obvious that giving them one place to come to with no commercial objectives other than to help people could be of great use now, as well as into the future.Agents can now visit the website where helpline directories, an information hub, details of how to find business and mental health training and a forum are live, while other features including videos will be added later.Agents Together Sarah Edmundson Purplebricks Michael Bruce Mike Day Chris Watkin June 9, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsRichard Rawlings, Estate Agency Insight Estate Agency Insight 9th June 2020 at 10:51 amI’m proud to be on the training panel of Agents Together. Having had several conversations with Michael Bruce over the past few weeks, I can tell you there is nothing but a genuine desire to support our industry here, from both personal and business welbeing perspectives. I’d advise any agent to take full advantage of the tremendous amount of freely-given expert knowledge, advice and counselling that’s on offer here. Have a great day.Log in to ReplyAdam Pigott, OpenBrix OpenBrix 9th June 2020 at 8:51 amReally? Is this 1st April? The very same, who attacked the industry, caused wholesale fee reduction? This time it’s all about t a charity? I smell a rat!Log in to ReplyRichard Rawlings, Estate Agency Insight Estate Agency Insight 9th June 2020 at 10:44 amCaused a fee reduction? You can charge what you like. On the contrary, the Bruces spotted an opportunity to offer an alternative service to the public. It was a low fee, hands-off, service. Good high street agents recognised the opportunity to raise their game and pull away from that approach and in doing so raised their fees. I have seen agency fees rise over the past year or two with many now charging at least 2.5%.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 9th June 2020 at 8:49 amNot one to be controversial, and of course many know my thoughts on a certain online agency, but I take my hat off to anyone in a position of influence within the industry who puts his hand in his pocket to help the real estate cause. Well done Bruce & Kenny Bruce and Chris Watkin et al.Whilst many in high office are re-arranging the deckchairs I actually applaud Messrs Bruce, because 2020 is going to be far worse than 2008, and the mental welfare of the agency clan will be tested as never before.Support, understanding and help is what it needed and I hope that many in the industry will seize the opportunity to help their brothers and sisters in what may turn out to be the darkest of days, ‘Agents Together’ we certainly are, now is the time to act like it.Log in to ReplyAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Former Purplebricks boss launches industry foundation to ‘give something back’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleFormer Purplebricks boss launches industry foundation to ‘give something back’It won’t be popular with some agents who view Michael Bruce’s legacy dimly, but the foundation is backed with £1 million of his personal wealth.Nigel Lewis9th June 20204 Comments2,726 Viewslast_img read more

Iraq Receives Two Patrol Boats from US Navy

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Industry news View post tag: Defense View post tag: Iraq Iraq Receives Two Patrol Boats from US Navy The U.S. Navy delivered two more 35-meter patrol boats (PB-310 and PB-311) to the Iraqi navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq, Feb. 17, after each craft successfully completed reactivation in Bahrain.These are the 10th and 11th vessels in the 12-boat procurement which will assist in reconstituting Iraq’s ability to enforce maritime sovereignty and security in the northern Arabian Gulf.“Our Navy shipbuilding team has again succeeded in working closely with their Iraqi counterparts to deliver these important assets to the Iraqi navy,” said Frank McCarthey, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships’ program manager for Support Ships, Boats and Craft. “Together with the nine patrol boats previously delivered, these two new vessels are a significant step toward meeting Iraq’s security requirements in the northern Arabian Gulf.”The U.S. Navy and Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC, Morgan City, La., are supporting the Iraqi navy in the procurement and construction of the patrol boats. The boat is armed with a 30 millimeter gun weapon system, provides for a crew of 25 and is capable of reaching 30 knots.The Support Ships, Boats and Craft Program Office in the U.S Navy’s PEO Ships, is managing the acquisition of the patrol boats as a foreign military sales case, with the final patrol boat planned for delivery later this year. In addition, the program office delivered two 60-meter offshore support vessels to the Iraqi Navy in December 2012.PEO Ships currently manages the design and construction of all U.S. Navy destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, as well as a wide range of small boats and craft for U.S. agencies and allied nations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 22, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Patrol February 22, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Boats Back to overview,Home naval-today Iraq Receives Two Patrol Boats from US Navy View post tag: two View post tag: US View post tag: Defence View post tag: receives Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford University has won Europe number one for ‘unicorn’ start-ups

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first_imgOxford University has produced more start-ups valued in excess of $1 billion than any other university in Europe over the past decade, a new study has revealed.Oxford alumni have founded eight such ‘unicorn’ companies in the last ten years, so named as they are exceedingly rare.The report, published by British software firm Sage Oxford, puts Oxford seventh globally, but firmly leading in Europe. Cambridge does not feature in the top fifteen.Oxford still has a long way to go before catching up with Harvard (51 billion-dollar companies) and Stanford (37).However, Oxford’s closest European rivals, French business-school INSEAD and German Management school WHU, lay claim to five unicorns each.Companies founded by Oxford alumni include Linkedin, created by former Wolfson college philosophy student Reid Hoffman, and ticketing platform Eventbrite launched by Kevin Hartz who read History at the University.Start-ups have gained increasing support from Oxford in the past few years. Last month Cherwell reported that Alex Snow, former chief executive of Lansdowne, had left the company to focus on his involvement with Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI).OSI, the University’s technology and research commercialisation company, has currently raised more than £580 million to support spinoff start-ups from the university.A spokesperson for OSI told Cherwell: “The news that Oxford University is leading in generating founders of billion-dollar companies in Europe is a strong testament to the teaching quality of Oxford.“The downside is that none of these companies continue to contribute to the Oxford tech cluster, and we must all do more to attract potential founders to remain in the area and engage with our innovation ecosystem.“Through our work in broadening our offer to Humanities and Social Sciences, our incubator’s increased activity, our partnership with Oxford Sciences Innovation, and more, OUI is continually enhancing the entrepreneurial offer of Oxford University.“But innovation works best when all parties collaborate, and we all need to pull together to ensure that the next billion-dollar startup founder knows that Oxford is the place to launch and grow their company.”Ukaire Onyinyechi, a visiting Biochemistry student from Tufts University, Massachusetts, said: “Oxford University doesn’t get enough credit for the fantastic work that it does in supporting technology start-ups creating meaningful change in the world.“I’d anticipate many more companies being launched over the next few years out of the university perhaps even rivalling the success on this list of top American universities”Maya Mobbs-Walton, a Law student at Worcester College, told Cherwell: “It’s great to see so many innovative companies coming out the university and it’s a testament to the support of organisations such as Oxford Entrepreneurs and Oxford University Innovation that so many great companies are being founded.”last_img read more

Belá Fleck Says The Flecktones’ Future Is ‘An Open Book’

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first_imgWith The Flecktones’ reunion tour all but imminent, the great banjoist Belá Fleck spoke about their motivation to reunite and what might come next. The new interview in JamBase touches upon Fleck’s many ongoing projects, mentioning work with Chick Corea, The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, his wife Abigail Washburn, and, of course, The Flecktones.Belá Fleck spoke about the reunion dates, explaining that it was his annual role at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival that brought them together.This lineup is a return to our original lineup: Victor Lemonte Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy. We had planned on trying to get together in 2017, but somehow blocking a big time period wasn’t working for everyone, what with all the different projects and lives we now all have. So we scrapped the idea for that time. A little later Telluride Bluegrass Festival promoter Craig Ferguson got in touch to ask me what I wanted to do this year at the festival.I’ve played there every year since 1982, and I always try to bring something special. I knew that The Flecktones guys always loved coming to Telluride, so I thought, what about a much shorter commitment? Just a couple of weeks leading up to Telluride this time? I floated the idea, and it went over big. So we’re doing it. Who knows what it will lead to next.Of course, the follow-up question was about what it could lead to next. Fleck answers vaguely, but optimistically for fans who want to hear more.It’s an open book. We are all share a lot of history, and warmth towards each other. At a certain point we all felt ready for new challenges, and Flecktones had been the center of our musical lives for decades, so we decided to give it a break. Four years later, we’re starting to miss each other!It’s nice to hear that the band is as excited to play as we are to listen! The tour starts on June 1st, wrapping through the country and landing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16th!last_img read more

Gov’t Mule Debuts Pearl Jam Cover & More At Capitol Theatre Closer [Video/Photo]

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first_imgOn Saturday night, Gov’t Mule rounded out their two-night run at Port Chester, NY rock palace, The Capitol Theatre. The performance saw the band work in a heavy helping of material from their latest release, last year’s Revolution Come, Revolution Go…, including a “Traveling Tune” opener that came full circle with a reprise of the tune to close the second set. In between, the band put together yet another top-notch performance filled with soulful, rocking Mule favorites, creative tease-filled jams, and even the surprise live debut of Pearl Jam‘s “Come Back”. You can also check out a clip of the end of “Mr. High & Mighty” and the beginning of “Come Back” below via YouTube user btragal:Gov’t Mule – “Mr. High & Mighty”, “Come Back” (Pearl Jam) [Partial]Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson will continue their ongoing spring 2018 tour this evening, Sunday, April 29th at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey as part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. For a full list of Gov’t Mule’s upcoming tour dates, you can head over to the band’s website.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/18Set One: Traveling Tune > Railroad Boy > Mule > Beautifully Broken, Stone Cold Rage, Drawn That Way, Forsaken Savior, Whisper In Your Soul, Little Toy Brain, Funny Little TragedySet Two: Life Before Insanity, Thorns Of Life, Trane > Eternity’s Breath, Pressure Under Fire, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, Unring The Bell, Endless Parade, Mr. High & Mighty, Come Back, Inside Outside Woman Blues #3, World Boss, Bring On The Music > Traveling Tune RepriseEncore: I’ll Be The OneNOTES: Forsaken Savior contained a “Sad and Deep” (Dave Mason) tease. Funny Little Tragedy contained a “Message In A Bottle” (The Police) tease; Eternity’s Breath (Mahavishnu Orchestra cover) contained a St. Stephen (Grateful Dead) jam; I’ll Be The One contained a “Blue Sky” (Allman Brothers Band) teaseGov’t Mule | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/18 | Photos: Eric Gettler Load remaining imageslast_img read more

UK strips Chinese state-owned TV channel of broadcast permit

February 8, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The U.K. has stripped China’s state-owned TV channel of its broadcasting license, after an investigation found the license holder lacked editorial control and had links to China’s ruling Communist Party. The communications regulator, Ofcom, said Thursday it revoked the U.K. license for CGTN, an international English language satellite news channel. The watchdog said it gave CGTN “significant time” to comply but those efforts “have now been exhausted. CGTN didn’t reply to requests for for comment. The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded with renewed criticism of a recent BBC report on COVID-19 in China, calling ït “fake news” and demanding a public apology.last_img read more

Snake Season

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNot many animals elicit the extreme emotional response that snakes do, but the truth is they’re an ordinary part of the landscape in Georgia.They live in every corner of the state and serve an important purpose in the ecosystem, whether that ecosystem is a suburban backyard or an isolated pine forest. Without them, Georgia would have an overpopulation of rodents and other pests.Snakes feed on a wide variety of small creatures. Some species feed only on warm-blooded animals such as rodents and birds, while others feed on toads, frogs and fish. Some smaller snakes feed on earthworms, slugs and soft-bodied insects.Of the 40 kinds of snakes that call Georgia home, none of them have any interest in eating people. The state is home to six venomous snake species, which include copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.All snakes, including venomous species, try to avoid their human neighbors at all costs and only resort to striking at or biting people when they feel cornered or startled. Snakebites are a rare occurrence, even as people move into snakes’ natural habitats.If a venomous snake bites you or someone with you, there are basic steps you can take to reduce the severity of the snakebite.Know your snakes!Using a field guide, familiarize yourself with the six species of venomous snakes that live in Georgia. If the snake that bit you is nonvenomous, simply wash the affected area with soap and water.If the snake is venomous:Stay calm and keep the bitten area below your heart level. Remove any rings, watches and tight clothing in case of swelling.Try to identify the offending snake if you can do so easily, without putting yourself at risk or wasting valuable time.Get to the nearest hospital or emergency medical facility immediately, even if you suspect a dry bite, or a bite by a venomous snake in which no venom is released. The universal treatment for a serious snakebite is the use of antivenin or snakebite serum, which should only be administered by a medical doctor.Don’t eat or drink anything, including alcoholic beverages or medicines.Don’t run or engage in strenuous activity.Don’t cut into bite marks with a blade or attempt to suck out the venom.Don’t apply a tourniquet after a pit viper bite. All but the rarest of Georgia’s venomous snakes — the eastern coral snake — are part of the pit viper family.Don’t use a stun gun or other electrical shock to treat the snakebite.Don’t freeze or apply extreme cold to the area of the bite.As more people encroach on the native habitats of snakes, snake sightings are becoming more common.Snakes may be seen more often on property surrounded by natural countryside or woods with rock piles, streams and wetlands. Landscaping that mimics nature, rock gardens, piles of debris and deteriorating outbuildings may harbor snakes as well.No chemical controls can keep snakes at bay. The best way to reduce the chance of coming across a snake is to keep landscaped areas and structures unattractive to them. Keep these areas clean. Don’t allow areas around the house to become overgrown with vegetation or weeds.Think like a snake. Look for sources of food and places to hide. Snakes can fit into very small spaces, so pay attention to details. If you lessen potential food sources, habitats and places to hide, you will more than likely reduce problems with snakes around the house.To learn more about Georgia’s snake habitats and habits, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ ­snake information page at www.georgiawildlife.com/node/138.(Snake facts borrowed from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.)last_img read more

USS Normandy In Haiti; USS Vinson Treats Patients

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Dialogo January 18, 2010 The cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 17 to support Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, the joint U.S. military relief effort for earthquake victims. Normandy, homeported in Norfolk, Va., will support relief efforts by providing air surveillance for the heavy air traffic in the area. The ship will also act as a ready deck, or an at sea platform able to accept helicopters on deck and provide refueling services. Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 46, from Mayport, Fla., has two SH-60B helicopters onboard Normandy and will also contribute to the relief efforts with additional air lift support. *Vinson Receives Haitian MEDEVAC Patients * The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received seven injured Haitian civilians at approximately 7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 16 when a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter on a MEDEVAC mission was forced to divert due to weather. The helicopter was taking the earthquake victims from Port-Au-Prince to a hospital near Cape Haitien on the island’s northern coast. The ship’s medical personnel are currently treating the seven Haitians, including a two-hour old infant. The aircraft carrier, which arrived on scene within 72 hours of tasking, is supporting the unified U.S. military response to the disaster by providing its 19 helicopters to airlift humanitarian supplies to the Haitian people.last_img read more