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Bellagio Stone – Bringing life to Monday mornings!

Bellagio Leadership Team
Bringing Life to Monday Mornings – Bellagio Stone’s steps to success
The senior team at Warwickshire stone company, Bellagio are on the road to continuing success with structured Monday planning meetings to shape the growth of the company. Enjoying increased sales and a determined approach to constantly improve, the leadership team comprises Rob, Cathy, Mike, Mark and Ben. Using support from Carole Longden and GrowthAccelerator, the team are now making plans for investment in new machinery, premises and staff to meet the increasing demand on their services.
Cathy Wilkinson comments, “When we originally signed up for the Growth Accelerator scheme, we were somewhat dubious as to the value it would give to our business.  As three busy directors of a fast growing company, we wondered if our time spent in meetings of this nature could be better spent elsewhere.  From our first contact with Carole throughout this whole process, this has not been the case.  She has helped us to focus our strategy / communication planning and assisted us in defining our long term goals.  We have learnt small but crucial and obvious skills in our approach and feel that we are operating far better both as ‘bosses’ and as part of our close knit team.  Carole is organised, patient and approachable and we would thoroughly recommend her services to any businesses in a similar position to ours.”

What’s going on in CSR?

What’s going on in CSR? Find out on 10th Feb at Stoneleigh Park

Gain new ideas from Caterpillar, adi Group, KPMG, NFU Mutual, Phoenix Group, National Grid and The New Optimist Forum. Book now for a two for one offer.

Discover great ways to build your CSR culture while building passion, productivity and profits. Why not exhibit at the event or become a VIP Sponsor to gain valuable new contacts. This year’s headline sponsor is the innovative and award winning multi-disciplined engineering company adi Group.

This inspiring event brings together both seasoned and new practitioners to share, network, learn and exhibit. Book two places for the price of one.

CSR Showcase 2015

As well as an eclectic mix of talks and interactive workshop style sessions, you will benefit from a complementary exhibition and networking opportunities and a vibrant Q & A panel.

Book two places for the price of one now – or email carolelongden@longden.co.uk to pay by invoice.

PS – We will plant a tree in The Forest of Hearts for every place booked and help us to raise up to £500 for Heart Research UK.

 

UK CSR Showcase 2015 – Tree planting

Helen Cuthill (centre) from KPMG and a team plant trees kindly donated by The Woodland Trust in The Forest of Hearts. Helen, a speaker at the CSR Showcase on 10th February 2015 at Stoneleigh is helping the Forest of Hearts, a charity, to develop its CSR practices in lovely Warwickshire countryside. The CSR Showcase’s headline sponsor is the dynamic adi Group.

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The team from the UK CSR Showcase will plant a tree for each delegate who attends this informative and enjoyable event with this great line up of speakers;

James Sopwith, adi Group; Rob Jones, NFU Mutual; Jane Petcher, Caterpillar; Dave Tilley, National Grid; Lucy Symonds, Phoenix Group; Kate Cooper, New Optimists and of course, Helen Cuthill, KPMG

Book two tickets for the price of one at only £199 here.

James Sopwith, Group Sales and Marketing Director at adi Group comments, “adi is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the UK CSR Showcase 2015 and we are pleased to be able to share the adi CSR story at this great event”

For more information about adi Group click here.

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Thanks to the tree planting team of Hannah Train, Carole Longden, Helen Cuthill, Rob Hesketh and Chris Dobedoe.

Tree planting with National Grid & fundraising for Heart Research UK

Tree planting and teambuilding

Thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of the team from National Grid over 100 trees are planted in the Forest of Hearts in Stratford upon Avon. The intrepid team also raise over £100 for the Helping Little Hearts campaign for Heart Research UK by successfully cracking the Codebreaker Challenge at Stratford Armouries. John Lloyd, Midlands Regional Manager from Heart Research UK comments,

“Teambuilding and tree planting go together so well, as it’s almost “Green Therapy” and the fact that Carole Longden and her team then donate money to Heart Research UK for each event is wonderful!”

Click here for details of the Teambuilding and Tree Planting Challenge for your team to get out, go green and give back!

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Unitemps save the world and raise £200 for Heart Research UK!

Congratulations to Unitemps who save the world with a Longden team event on a lovely sunny morning at Scarman House. The team of 50 staff from the dynamic recruitment company encountered “An element of surprise” as they successfully completed the team tasks to raise over £200 for Heart Research UK. Joanne Taylor from HRUK thanks the energetic teams for the donation, which will help to fund the Helping Little Hearts Campaign.

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Plant trees, build teams, leave a lasting legacy

We were out in The Heart of England Forest this week planting trees, then enjoyed bacon sarnies to round off the morning at Studley Castle – what a great way to build teams and demonstrate your commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

CSR and tree planting in The Heart of England Forest

The Phoenix Group is enthusiastic about the business benefits of tree planting, “The Heart of England Forest provides a perfect biodiverse playground for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the local environment, employee engagement, supporting school visits, and generally improving peoples’ wellbeing and fitness. It also provides a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

Lucy Symonds, Phoenix CR Manager said, “By planting trees in The Heart of England Forest we feel  it  is important that we are doing something tangible in our local area, which isn’t just a token gesture.  We have sponsored a large area of woodland which we can visit and we can feature as part of our CSR commitment. It’s great to know that we are helping to create England’s largest native broadleaf forest and that this will be a thriving wildlife woodland in the Warwickshire countryside. The Phoenix Way wood is planted with oak, alder, aspen, hazel and birch.”

Join The Phoenix Group at The UK CSR Showcase on 11th February 2014 at Ragley Hall for more ideas about how you can support the environment in your local area and leave a lasting legacy. Contact carolelongden@longden.co.uk for more information about tree planting and team building.

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Grow your network at Studley Castle 28th November 5-8pm

Join Longden at the newly renovated conference centre at Studley Castle for an informal and enjoyable evening of networking, eating, drinking and business support.    Book your free place here
Grow your network at Studley Castle 28 Nov 5pm, hot buffet...    Longden    GrowthAccelerator   Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship
AGENDA
5.00pm    Registration, refreshments and networking
5.30pm    Welcome from Studley Castle from Debbie Thompson
5.40pm    Business support and GrowthAccelerator with Sharn Haywood-Higgs
5.50pm Collaborate to Innovate – Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship & Louise Marjoram
6.00pm    Federation of Small Businesses – Steev Ellson, Chair of Stratford upon Avon branch
6.10pm    Rotary Club of Alcester Alauna- Presentation to Parkinson’s UK by Sue Matthewman
6.20pm    Summary and next steps, Carole Longden, Longden & The Heart of England Forest
6.30pm    Fine food and wine, networking, 1-1s with speakers, tours of Studley Castle
7.45pm    Grand Prize Draw
8.00pm    Finish

Enjoy more than free blackberries this September with Longden

Blackberries

I am enjoying the fabulous free feast of blackberries in the hedgerows and thought that you may like to benefit from a free place on our next ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management course. This year, Longden is celebrating 21 years as a successful provider of practical qualifications and as part of our commitment to CSR, we want to give something back. So, just email carolelongden@longden.co.uk to let me know how you will benefit from attending the 3 day training programme from 30th September – 2nd October at our training centre near to Warwick University. The first five people to respond with a good reason get a free place. To gain the qualification, you just pay £499 + VAT for registration, assessment and certification. How juicy is that? Download the details here ILM Level 3 Award and Certificate in Leadership and Management V2

ILM Award in Leadership and Management

Congratulations to Tracy and Mandy from Relate Coventry who gain the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management with Longden.

ILM Award in Leadership and Management

Well done to Emma from The NHSIQ who achieves the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management with Longden

Shakespeare’s secret discovered in Stratford upon Avon

A group of 32 high flying young people from Kuwait have a fun with a fast introduction to Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and support The Buzz Arts & Community Centre by meeting there for lunch.

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Organised by Longden Events, the group race around Stratford on a beautiful summer’s day gaining clues at 10 lovely locations. The answers to the questions give the opportunity to discover the long lost Shakespeare’s Secret Treatment, which restores health and well-being to the world. What a great way to build teams, learn something new and have fun!

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Carole Longden comments, “Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect playground for teambuilding events, as the teams enjoy the mix of fun, history, exercise, lovely locations, friendly people, shopping and they can give something back by enjoying a delicious lunch at The Buzz Arts & Community Centre – Stratford’s social enterprise and amazing charity venue.”

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Shakespeare’s Secret discovered in Stratford-upon-Avon!

A group of 32 high flying young people from Kuwait have a fun with a fast introduction to Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon with Longden whilst supporting The Buzz Arts & Community Centre – a local charity, by meeting there for lunch.

Stratford upon avon teambuild 3

Organised by Longden Events, the group race around Stratford on a beautiful summer’s day gaining clues at 10 lovely locations. The answers to the questions give the opportunity to discover the long lost Shakespeare’s Secret Treatment, which restores health and well-being to the world. What a great way to build teams, learn something new and have fun!

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Carole Longden comments, “Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect playground for teambuilding events, as the teams enjoy the mix of fun, history, exercise, lovely locations, friendly people, shopping and they can give something back by enjoying a delicious lunch at The Buzz Arts & Community Centre – Stratford’s social enterprise and amazing charity venue.”

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The teams enjoy the costume exhibitions and dressing up area in The Ferguson Room at The Swan Theatre of The RSC.

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The teams delight tourists with magnificent performances of Shakespeare’s bset known plays.

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The insult chair in The RSC is full of surprises!

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Shakespeare does not reveal his secret to this group, but what a great photo!

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