"We have been excited to be one of Enswarm's first customers. Their Innovation tool, in particular, helped us support our clients in collaborating and improving their organisations, and really exceeded our expectations. We are so impressed we are now building Enswarm's tools into our events and consultancy services, and we look forward to continuing to work together."
“It is great having Clarus Knight on board. They are accessible, driven, relatable and understand what it is like to run a small business. They help us look at our finances strategically rather than putting a finger in the sky, and this support has helped us to become a more professional company.”
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.
Since the introduction of fire safety laws over ten years ago, fire safety is a legal necessity, and most commercial properties in the UK are fitted with compliant fire doors. Despite progress in raising awareness and improving standards, there have been fatal incidents, where inadequate or poorly fitted doors have contributed to the outcome. In one tragic case, the inquest ruled that death could have been avoided (1), if a self-closing fire door had not become stuck on the floor, preventing it from closing. Correct fitting is critical to ensure that fire doors remain compliant and meet the appropriate standards. Tests to certify doors to a declared fire resistance period (typically 30 or 60 minutes) become redundant, if not fitted properly or maintained over years of wear and tear. The consequences for safety are frighteningly obvious – one incident highlighted where blocked exits and door faults trapped hotel residents (2) and there are plenty of video examples where door-sets fail to impede fire (3) as planned. The financial implications for the building manager and owner are significant with hefty fines for fault or negligence. Property management companies are held to account in cases where the council carry out inspections, such as Kier Stoke (4). However, the laws and standards can be confusing – and EU policy makers are urged to review them for the hotel and tourism industry (5). Alarmingly, statistics from Fire Door Safety Week (6) indicate that 45% of building managers do not know how to spot a problem with their fire doors.
Karen Livesey is a documentary film maker who comes from a politically active, campaigning background. She attended film school in Sheffield, studying cinematography and directing. This is when she first became interested in the gender divide – specifically, what separated “men’s work” from “women’s work”. The inspiration for the Ladies Bridge documentary came from a story Karen heard in Sheffield: that Waterloo Bridge had been almost entirely rebuilt by women during the Second World War. The river boat pilots on the Thames knew the story, although they didn’t know how they knew it: as they passed under Waterloo Bridge tour guides would always tell tourists the story of the women who had worked on it. The story had been handed down orally, but did not appear to have been documented, and so wasn’t classed as “official history”. Karen was astonished that this wasn’t part of any official record, and so – somewhat optimistically, as she admits – started to try and track down the truth.
When Weatherbys Bank needed support within a major systems change project, Sarah from Bubble Business was hired because of her thoroughbred and horse racing industry knowledge, and her ability to streamline complex operations into simple steps. The organisation-wide systems change programme required a focused project team. Sarah was tasked with delivering six outcomes for one specific internal interface: Business analysis to identify requirements and recommend changes to process. Support for software development phases – to ensure alignment with planned changes. Test cycle support – including systems, user acceptance and latest software release checks. Support for the live implementation date – with weekly reporting to directors and senior management. Written documentation to define and embed the revised processes. Training sessions to support internal staff dealing with new processes; overview sessions for decision makers, and a handover to a permanent member of the team.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial art promotion company. It is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion as well as the largest in the world, featuring most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. The UFC was set to host its first ever Croatian event in April 2016 and enlisted Kristina Spionjak to promote it across print press, online press, national and local radio and TV from January 2016 through to post-event coverage. The objectives were to raise awareness of the UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation, their roster of elite athletes and their first live event in Croatia, as well as reach new audiences.
Seeking funding and preparing for investor conversations can be a daunting process for start-ups. Some start-ups struggle to understand financial terminology, while others overestimate potential sales and create unrealistic cash flow and revenue forecasts. Pitching for funding without an understanding of the numbers undermines investor confidence, and reduces the attractiveness of the proposition.
Partnership helps firm to produce its own cost-effective, energy-efficient concrete and quadruple profits in 3 years. Concrete specialist Taranto quadrupled its profits, cut costs by 25% and reduced energy use by 30% after taking part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The business worked with Queen’s University Belfast to develop in-house knowledge of concrete mix design. Now it can test and optimise locally sourced aggregates to produce its own cost-effective, energy-efficient concrete. The decision to invest in research and development at a time of economic downturn in Northern Ireland’s construction industry increased both the profit margins and the number of customers for its concrete products. Taranto saved £100,000 in the project’s first year through optimising the mix design and introducing a high-performance, less labour-intensive concrete. Research made new products possible This made new products possible, including pre-stressed concrete piles, a novel vaulted floor system, and SureFound: a BBA-accredited pre-cast concrete foundation system. These have enabled Taranto to enter new markets and attract new clients across the UK and Ireland, including a multi-million pound project in Wednesbury, Birmingham. Taranto has since begun another three-year KTP to develop another aspect of the business. This case study has been republished under the Open Government Licence v3.0
At XCommNet there are many diverse applications that our technology can be used for. On the 7th of September, our mobile internet bonding solution was used to live stream a 48-hour durational living installation. The eye-catching performance was called ‘Cherophobia’, a word which means ‘an exaggerated or irrational fear of gaiety or happiness’. It involved artist Noëmi Lakmaier’s bound and immobilised body being lifted off the ground using 20,000 helium party balloons in a church in Shoreditch.
In the competitive hospitality market, discount voucher codes offer an important way for hotels to attract and engage with prospective customers. Travelodge is an extensive user of voucher codes, but had been losing money as a result of online code misuse. Through working with voucher code experts Uniqodo, Travelodge has been able to: offer unique codes tailored to meet specific customer needs reduce code misuse and associated revenue impacts increase the number of customers on marketing email lists significantly reduce the time spent on manual reporting by up to 15 hours per week access current, detailed analytics around customer booking behaviour to drive effective customer engagement