Mandarin Consulting delivers expert coaching support to provide graduate job and internship opportunities in London, the UK and beyond. They offer career coaching, cross-cultural training, recruitment and business consulting to enable ambitious Chinese students and graduates to launch and progress their international careers.
The 2008 recession changed the way financial instituitons are regulated, with the introduction of tougher regulations and financial reporting requirements. KnowCo's solution is a smart software tool, enabling fast compliance and minimising risk.
Prederi staff designed and delivered a highly successful course at Henley Management College for senior leaders of the Ministry of Defence to better appreciate that we are in a world of scarce resources and value for money is paramount. The course ran for over four years, during which time around a hundred Director level staff were trained in financial and resource management.
A very large, global business engaged us with a view to creating a new Information Security Strategy after suffering from a number of security breaches which incurred significant losses – one of which was valued at over £20m. After reviewing their current Strategy and Policies, we discovered four key areas that needed improvement; Their current strategy was too focused on technology, with little attention given to the human factors in Information Protection.The result was a strategy that dictated technical solutions (“You must use this specific type of Firewall”) but neglected to consider the wider implications of security. Information Security decisions were based entirely upon what the IT Department thought it should be doing, with no input from the business. There was no clearly identifiable single point of contact for the business to engage with for Information Security concerns. The current practices of the IT Department were directly contributing to the loss of information, with issues such as cloning current or former user accounts for new starters, failing to revoke access for users who had moved on, and neglecting to fully wipe desktops, laptops and external hard drives prior to re-use or disposal.
Brainstorm Integrated Marketing (Brainstorm) are a boutique, full-service, strategic marketing company who offer ‘big company’ experience without the big company fees. Their unique approach was essential in developing a full rebranding strategy for South African fruit logistics company GoGlobal Group (GoGlobal). Brainstorm has worked with GoGlobal (formerly GoReefers) since the early days of the company. Having fared extremely well under Brainstorm’s initial messaging of “It’s the way we think that makes us the best”, GoGlobal needed a brand refresh to align their disparate set of brands, and emphasise their market leading history of innovation. The challenge for Brainstorm was to produce a repositioning strategy to clarify GoGlobal’s status in the marketplace, deepen their customer engagement and bring successful brand cohesion to their multiple business divisions. The challenge for GoGlobal, and ultimately the success of the project, was to embrace a complete overhaul and commit to the time and resources required to implement the changes. The incredible launch event of the new brand, GoGlobal, left no doubt that the ‘go in or go home’ attitude proposed by Brainstorm had been fully adopted and that the GoGlobal brand was the perfect vehicle to take this logistics business forward on the next leg of their journey.
A Government Agency that specialised in training, assessment, examinations and policy was required to change purpose and become a Professional Body as part a decision to reduce quangos. The Government required the Agency to become a stand-alone Standard Setting body that would eventually evolve into a self-funded membership organisation. Merielle Ghali, now of MRG Associates, worked alongside the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to bring about the change. During the six months before the transformation, Merielle examined the legislation necessary for the new body, to implement policy and standards for national Workforce Strategy, for a wide variety of paid and volunteer staff. Merielle proactively reviewed her policy team's skill set and best fit for new roles, and identified opportunities for team members in the new organisation or negotiated with the parent department to take them, in advance of the transformation to the new organisation. The outcome was that all of Merielle's team were not put at risk of redundancy. During the transformation, Merielle was responsible for bringing in specialised change expertise, producing FAQs to hold Change team members to account, and opening up dialogue with staff through outreach activities Merielle’s efforts to drive extensive outreach activities early in the transformation were highly beneficial. She spoke with over 300 people, across the UK, acting as a conduit between the profession, staff in the body, the Change team and the Board. This gave individuals a voice to provide valuable feedback and shape what the new organisation would look like and how it would function. Facing redundancy herself, Merielle had credibility with colleagues in a similar position, some of whom had been in post for years. Merielle provided support to individuals at a very emotional time, helping them to understand what the change meant for them, and find positive opportunities during a difficult time. Staff gained confidence in the change process due to Merielle’s outreach activities. Many people said that they appreciated being able to talk with someone ‘real’ and ‘approachable’, which made them feel valued. This made a significant contribution to a new organisation based on feedback, with people bought into the change process.
Prederi was commissioned by Newham CCG to construct an extended narrative description of its commissioning strategy over 2 and 5 years, to provide a foreword to its Operating Plan and facilitate common understanding of the CCG’s agenda amongst members and staff.
Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) IT Strategy team engaged Prederi to undertake the development of its five year IT Strategy. Digital by Default has been adopted across the NHS to improve patient care and safety, patient experience with NHS services and enable better use of limited resources. WF CCG needed assistance to understand and implement the Digital by Default Standard.
The Board of a Regulatory Body of approximately 60 people was struggling to keep track of multiple projects and the associated costs, necessary to understand the progress of high-risk and high-value projects. The organisation had a history of using external consultants to build systems to enable reporting to the board on major projects. Unfortunately, the systems were not working as they should. Staff lacked confidence in the systems and were using disparate methods to provide project reporting to the Board. Staff were cynical about further initiatives, and were concerned that management would impose a new system from the top down. Merielle Ghali was asked to lead an internal project team to improve oversight of all projects, large and small scale. A combination of: A consultative, collaborative approach that involved asking individuals what did and did not work in prior systems Analysis of processes and day to day working practices led to the development of a new solution. The new solution blended Prince 2 project management methodology with bespoke processes geared towards the needs of the organisation. The Board received regular highlight reports detailing project activity, along with Risks and Issue registers. Merielle built a Programme Office (PMO) using in-house staff to implement the new system, and support colleagues. This ensured buy-in across the organisation. The new solution was delivered within three months, from inception to business as usual. Individuals benefited from the visibility of project push and pull points, which the Board were able to see across all projects to make the right decisions.
Tech-Wales provide high quality IT support services across the UK. From our base in South Wales we can provide day to day IT support services, cloud migration services and application integration services. In this testimonial you will hear how we support graphene technology company Haydale with their IT requirements.
DE&S is undergoing a major transformation as it moves to become a semi-autonomous trading entity. This transformation has been accompanied by a significant change in its working culture and working practices and Prederi have been working alongside DE&S to help build greater resource management and financial capability across its various project teams and corporate functions.