Dyslexic mum-of-four in line for top award after creating life-changing jobs project

THE inspiration behind a life-changing project helping socially isolated people into work has been nominated for a top award.

Mel Davis, an Employability Mentor with Conwy Employment Hub, is a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year Management category of Grwp Llandrillo Menai’s 2024 Apprenticeship Awards.

With no previous academic qualifications to her name, the Old Colwyn mum-of-four joined the Hub six years ago and was encouraged to return to learning for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and to help lay the foundations for her future career.

Mel went on to achieve a string of qualifications, including Diplomas Levels 3, 5 and 7 in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring.

She also secured a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management and did so having only recently been diagnosed with dyslexia, working her day job and creating the hugely successful Confidently You pre-employability scheme, which more than doubled its initial commitment to help 30 people across the county.

She is “delighted” to be nominated for the title but insists the acclaim will be shared with her colleagues and those who took part in the project.

“It was a shock and surprise to hear that I had been chosen, so I’m of course delighted given I never had any traditional qualifications before joining Conwy Employment Hub,” she said.

“That helped build my own confidence and led to us launching Confidently You, which has supported so many people into the position of applying for and securing jobs.

“For those who were socially isolated, especially after the pandemic, it was a chance for them to meet new people, learn and develop social skills and see what opportunities were out there for them.

“We are so pleased with the results as having targeted 30 people there were in fact more than 60 who engaged with the project, many of whom are now in work and loving life, so it’s been incredibly heart-warming to be a part of that.”

Backed by the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund, Confidently You brought people together for more than 113 indoor and outdoor group activity sessions, ranging from bushcraft to paddle boarding, e-biking, caving, arts and crafts, and much more.

The results to this point saw 25 of them gain a qualification and 13 find employment while having a positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of all participants.

“For so many of them to now be in jobs, and jobs they love, is amazing, and a big part of the success,” said Mel.

“But for some just getting out of the house having been so socially and economically inactive for so long was a fantastic outcome and so courageous – hopefully the first step on their way to finding work.

“For all this to be recognised with a nomination from Grwp Llandrillo Menai is really heartening, and I thank them for the support they’ve shown me throughout my learning journey.”

Libby Duo, Strategic Manager for Conwy Employment Hub, added: “We are so proud of Mel, she is a truly inspirational mentor and fully deserving of this nomination.

“She is dedicated to helping others and creative in developing training programmes such as this, which have had a major impact across Conwy county – we wish her luck at the awards.”

To vote for Mel, visit www.awards.gllm.ac.uk/2024/management.

Visit Conwy Employment Hub – More information – Conwy County Borough Council for more on Conwy Employment Hub and information on the training academies.

Alternatively, call 01492 575578, email ceh@conwy.gov.uk or you can self-refer via the website at https://bit.ly/Conwy-form.

BlueVoyant Research Reveals U.K. Organisations Are Increasing Their Focus on Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risk

97% have been negatively impacted by cybersecurity breaches in their supply chain in the past year as cyber risk visibility proves a key pain point

BlueVoyant, a cybersecurity company that illuminates, validates, and mitigates internal and external risks, today published the findings of its fourth annual global survey into supply chain cyber risk management. The U.K. results show that reducing supply chain cyber risk remains a persistent problem. A concerning 97% of surveyed U.K. organisations report suffering negative impacts from a breach in a third party or supplier partner in the last year, a figure that has remained the same for the past three years.

While U.K. businesses have struggled to move the dial on supply chain cybersecurity to date, the combined survey findings show evidence of growing focus. Increasing board oversight, growing budgets, and rising third-party monitoring frequency are reasons to anticipate a positive shift in the future.

The study was conducted by independent research organisation, Opinion Matters, among 2,100 chief technology officers (CTOs), chief security officers (CSOs), chief operating officers (COOs), chief information officers (CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), and chief procurement officers (CPOs), with 300 respondents from the U.K., in organisations with more than 1000 employees across a range of industries. It covered 11 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Supply Chain Cybersecurity and Risk Visibility Problems Persist

Key findings from U.K. organisations include:

  • The average number of supply chain/third-party originated breaches reported in the U.K. stood at 3.91, a slight drop from 4.26 in 2022 but still higher than 2021’s figure of 3.57. Twenty-five percent of respondents had suffered between 6 and 10 breaches, a rise from last year’s figure of 21%.
  • Sixty-eight percent say that supply chain/third-party cybersecurity risk is either not a priority or only somewhat of a priority, a rise from 62% who said this in 2022.
  • Risk awareness remains almost static. 44% of U.K. respondents saying that supply chain/ third-party cyber risk is not on their radar, compared with 43% in 2022.
  • 37% of U.K. respondents say they have no way of knowing if an issue arises with a third-party/supplier’s cybersecurity. This figure is consistent with last year’s responses and is considerably higher than the global average of 26%.
  • There are signs that monitoring frequency is improving. This year, 46% say they monitor third-party supplier risk monthly or more frequently, an increase from 39% who reported this frequency last year.
  • Reporting frequency is rising. There is a growing requirement to brief senior management teams more regularly on third-party cybersecurity risk. Forty-four percent brief monthly or more frequently, among whom 8% brief daily. This is an increase on last year when 39% briefed monthly or more frequently and 5% briefed daily.

Joel Molinoff, BlueVoyant’s global head of Supply Chain Defence, said: “U.K. businesses are still struggling to make progress on reducing supply chain and third-party cyber risk. Awareness and prioritisation remain low and breach frequency is persistently high. However, there are positive signs around rising monitoring rates and increased frequency of senior leadership briefings that may signal the start of a more determined and dynamic approach.”

U.K. Budgets Are Recovering, Driven by High Profile Supply Chain Cyber Breaches

More U.K. organisations report budget growth this year, with 87% expecting budgets to rise, and the average expected increase at 57%. Last year, only 79% expected budgets to rise and the average increase was lower, at 51%.

The survey found that high-profile breaches are exerting an upward influence on budgets, with 51% of U.K. respondents expecting them to lead to more budget for internal resources to help protect against supply chain security issues and 52% believing it will result in more budget for external resources.

High-profile supply chain breaches have also prompted increased scrutiny and oversight from 42% of boards among the surveyed U.K. companies.

Pain Points Around Visibility and Managing Supplier Performance

Among the global research cohort, the top three pain points are internal understanding that third-party/suppliers are part of the company’s cybersecurity posture (19%); working with third-party suppliers to improve their performance (17%); and meeting regulatory requirements and ensuring third-party cybersecurity compliance (16%).

However, U.K. respondents reported a different range of pain points. The most common issue is getting up to date visibility into the organisation’s current risk position, reported by 22% in the U.K. compared to 15% globally. The second-most prevalent issue also relates to visibility, as 20% of U.K. respondents reported blind spots where the organisation doesn’t have the resources and visibility to spot emerging risks (16% globally). The third most common issue for U.K. respondents is understanding how to penalise third parties/suppliers when they don’t respond or remediate issues (19%).

On a related note, it seems U.K. businesses are prepared to be more proactive than global peers when it comes to managing supplier security performance; 22% say they work with the third-party/supplier each step of the way to rectify identified issues, compared to 19% globally.


Automation can help relieve the burden of managing cyber risk across large and complex supply chains, but most still prefer a mix of in-house or external analyst resources with automation used in certain areas. Fifty-four percent of U.K. respondents are taking this approach, while only 20% are using automation technology wherever possible.

Molinoff concludes: “U.K. organisations have identified clear pain points around supply chain risk visibility and managing supplier performance. They must now focus their energies on deploying methods that proactively illuminate and reduce cyber risk, delivering continuous coverage to eliminate blind spots and enabling supplier collaboration to remediate threats as soon as they emerge. With increasing budgets for internal and external support and growing focus among senior leaders, we expect to see investment in intelligent risk management solutions start to pay dividends. There is undoubtedly scope to introduce more automation and AI-powered solutions to manage third-party cybersecurity risk, and this is an area that U.K. companies should explore.”

Learn more about the full global BlueVoyant research report: The State of Supply Chain Defence: Annual Global Insights Report, including analysis across countries and vertical sectors.

Paul Popham Running Club donates £4k to Popham Kidney Support

Paul Popham Running Club (PPRC) marked a triumphant milestone at its eighth Annual Christmas Awards Night, hosted at Morgans Hotel, Swansea on November 24. This year’s fundraising efforts reached an unprecedented total of £4,330, taking the club’s cumulative total to over £15,000 since its inception in 2016.

The funds raised will be utilised to provide a memorable experience for children and their families battling kidney disease on December 17, 2023, when 50 kidney patients will experience a performance of Aladdin at the Wales Millennium Centre. The Annual Christmas Awards Night showcased the club’s commitment to acknowledging member achievements and also its dedication to raising money for kidney patients across Wales.

Founded in 2016 by sisters Claire and Joanne Popham, Paul Popham Running Club was set up in their father’s honour and homage to his passion for running. Since then, it has evolved into a thriving community with over 150 members of diverse abilities and has raised a total of over £15,000 for Popham Kidney Support.

The club’s inception aimed to promote the physical and emotional well-being of Swansea residents through innovative “Learn2Run” programmes. Initially based on the couch-to-5k principle, these programmes have become instrumental in fostering a love for running among participants, resulting in a dedicated and growing membership base.

Paul Popham Running Club offers a variety of programmes throughout the year, fostering a dynamic and inclusive running community. The club boasts a total of five distinct programmes annually, each tailored to cater to diverse interests and abilities.

Popham Kidney Support, the club’s charitable arm, benefits annually from the club’s fundraising initiatives. Notably, the annual 5k Series, the Swansea Bay Summer 5k, the Where’s Wally Run, and the recently concluded Annual Christmas Awards Night contribute to a collective effort to support kidney-related issues.


Claire Popham, Co-Founder of PPRC, expressed her gratitude, saying:

“We are thrilled to see our members’ dedication not only to their running journeys but also to making a positive impact in our community. The funds raised this year will undoubtedly bring joy to the lives of those facing the challenges of kidney disease, aligning perfectly with the spirit of the festive season.”


Joanne Popham, Popham Kidney Support CEO, and Co-Founder and Chair of Paul Popham Running Cub, said:

“The running club is filled with social, fun-loving people who recognise the benefits that running can bring to their physical and emotional wellbeing, while also creating a social environment. Every year, members support the club and charity’s development. They either take part in one of the club’s events, volunteer, or help organise it. The £4330 is an amazing amount and does not include the sponsorship that individuals raise for races they take part in on behalf of the charity – our members truly make the running club a family.”


Stephen Arnold, Vice Chair, Paul Popham Running Club, said:

“Being part of this family-friendly club that supports a great cause is wonderful. We are lucky indeed.”


Simon Treharn, Fundraising Secretary, Paul Popham Running Club, said:

‘’We organise many fundraising initiatives throughout the year, all members get behind the initiatives with enthusiasm. We started a lottery for the club members and in its first year, it raised over £1000, all while also enabling members to become lottery winners!”


Lynne Orton, Chair of Trustees, Popham Kidney Support, said:

“The PPRC donates funds to the charity annually, and we are very lucky to have such a band of runners who also understand how charities need their support.”

To find out more and/or to join the running club visit: www.paulpophamrunningclub.co.uk

Business service opening new retail sites in mid and west Wales following pilot success

A BUSINESS support service will expand across Mid and West Wales following an encouraging first year.

Antur Cymru’s pop-up retail project in Aberystwyth had such a positive impact they have opened another test space in Newcastle Emlyn.

And the social enterprise’s latest venture – Cymorth Busnes Lleol / Local Business Support – plans to add another location in 2024.

Funded by UK Government and driven by Levelling-Up via Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire councils, the scheme also includes guidance and advice for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and independent traders across the region via a team of skilled and experienced mentors and advisors.

Meanwhile, the test trading spaces give people the opportunity to develop ideas, trial products and generate a customer base whilst being given advice on how to build their commercial ventures.

Project Manager Julie Morgan says there will also be more of a focus on carbon reduction, reducing waste and improving sustainability, digitalisation and more.

“The latest space is now up and running and we’ve already had a lot of interest from prospective traders, customers and the local community,” said Julie.

“Unlike Aberystwyth, where last year it was a pilot programme, in Newcastle Emlyn we already have the foundations, learning and systems in place to hit the ground running, which is what we’ve managed to do.

“There are already businesses on-site selling their wares, including bespoke fashion, locally made gifts and flowers, and the wider service offering coaching and business support will be on hand to help existing and new businesses across the two counties.”

Previously known as New Skills New Start, the Local Business Support project will also feature drop-in surgeries, training, networking opportunities and runs until next December.

Bronwen Raine, Managing Director of Antur Cymru, said the organisation is committed to ensuring more businesses can access the personalised support offered by the project by both increasing the number of shop sites and by extending eligibility to include post start businesses of any age and size.

“Having Aberystwyth, Newcastle Emlyn and the next space we hope to announce shortly means we are providing local doorstep provision across a wider number of towns,” she added.

“We thank everyone for their support so far – particularly the local authorities of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire – and are excited to all work together to give anyone with a business idea the support they need to make it a reality.

“We will also be out in the community supporting existing businesses, and with the prospect of more locations in the future the results will no doubt have a positive long-term impact on local economies.”

For more on Antur Cymru, visit the website www.anturcymru.org.uk and follow them on social media at @AnturCymruWales. Alternatively, call 01239 710238 or email info@anturcymru.org.uk.

Ecosoft Water Filters: Your Trusted Solution for Clean and Safe Water

Clean and safe water is not only essential for sustaining life but also for ensuring the overall well-being of individuals and communities. In the face of increasing water pollution and environmental concerns, having access to reliable water filtration systems has become crucial. Ecosoft, a renowned name in the water treatment industry, has been at the forefront of providing innovative and efficient water filtration solutions. With a commitment to quality, sustainability, and consumer satisfaction, Ecosoft Water Filters have emerged as the go-to choice for millions of households and businesses worldwide.

A Legacy of Innovation and Excellence

Ecosoft has established itself as a pioneer in the water treatment industry, with a rich history of innovation and excellence spanning over two decades. Since its inception, the company has consistently strived to develop cutting-edge water filtration technologies that not only meet stringent quality standards but also adhere to environmentally friendly practices. Ecosoft’s team of experienced engineers and researchers continuously work towards creating advanced filtration systems that address the evolving challenges of water purification, setting new benchmarks for the industry.

Comprehensive Range of Water Filtration Solutions

Ecosoft offers a comprehensive range of water filtration solutions tailored to meet diverse consumer needs. Whether it’s for residential, commercial, or industrial applications, Ecosoft has a solution for every requirement. Their product lineup includes countertop and under-sink filters, whole-house filtration systems, reverse osmosis filters, and industrial-scale water treatment solutions. Each product is designed with precision and undergoes rigorous quality testing to ensure maximum efficiency and longevity.

Uncompromising Commitment to Quality and Safety

Quality and safety are non-negotiable aspects when it comes to water filtration, and Ecosoft maintains an unwavering commitment to both. Every component used in their filtration systems is carefully selected and tested to guarantee compliance with international quality standards. Ecosoft products are equipped with state-of-the-art filtration technology that effectively removes impurities, contaminants, and harmful substances, while retaining essential minerals, thus delivering water that is not only clean but also healthy for consumption.

Emphasis on Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility

Ecosoft recognizes the importance of sustainable practices in the water treatment industry and prioritizes environmental responsibility in its operations. The company integrates eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes, aiming to minimize its carbon footprint and reduce environmental impact. Ecosoft’s water filters are designed to be energy-efficient, with some models incorporating innovative recycling features. By promoting the efficient use of water and reducing wastage, Ecosoft actively contributes to the global effort of conserving one of the planet’s most precious resources.

Customer-Centric Approach and Global Reach

Ecosoft’s success can be attributed to its customer-centric approach, which places consumer satisfaction and support at the core of its business operations. The company offers comprehensive pre and post-purchase support, including installation assistance, maintenance guidance, and responsive customer service. Ecosoft’s dedication to providing an exceptional customer experience has resulted in a loyal and satisfied customer base that spans across continents. With a global distribution network and strategic partnerships, Ecosoft ensures that its superior water filtration solutions reach households, businesses, and communities worldwide.

A Vision for a Healthier Future

Ecosoft envisions a future where access to clean and safe water is not a luxury but a fundamental human right. With a strong focus on research and development, the company continues to pioneer groundbreaking technologies that redefine the standards of water filtration. By fostering innovation, promoting sustainability, and advocating for global water conservation, Ecosoft remains dedicated to shaping a healthier and more sustainable world for present and future generations.

In conclusion, Ecosoft Water Filters have positioned themselves as a trusted and reliable solution for ensuring clean and safe water for diverse consumer needs. With a legacy of innovation, a commitment to quality and safety, a focus on sustainability, and a customer-centric approach, Ecosoft stands as a beacon of excellence in the water treatment industry. As the world grapples with environmental challenges, Ecosoft continues to lead the way in providing efficient and effective water filtration solutions, contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

Hospitality Charity Rewards Inverness Hotel

Staff Wellbeing Measures Recognised

Hospitality Health – a Scottish charity dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in the hospitality & tourism profession- has awarded its Wellness Charter to the Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness.

The charity was founded in 2018 with a mission to change the way the industry thinks about mental health. Its Wellness Charter award recognises businesses which are putting the right measures in place to support the mental wellbeing of their staff.

The Hospitality and tourism sectors have often been associated with unsociable hours and pressures on work-life balance and Hospitality Heath believes that recognising and understanding emotions is essential for employers.

The charity seeks to provide employers with the tools and skills to bring about positive change by putting supports in place to help staff experiencing mental ill health, by providing access to assistance and by challenging stigma.

The Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness has taken steps to develop an all-encompassing programme of staff support which relates directly to the workplace but also acknowledges the wider work-life relationship.

Speaking at the Charter presentation, Victoria Erasmus, Owner of the Glen Mhor Hotel, commented: “We are delighted to be awarded the charter from Hospitality Health. Focussing on the wellbeing of our staff, we have introduced mental health first aiders, wellness training, health passports and development training for all staff.

“We have taken a holistic audit of the Glen Mhor and introduced initiatives that both support individuals in our workplace and in their own home lives as well. I am very proud of what we are doing as a family business at a time when stress and anxiety within the sector is high.”

Victoria added: “Gordon and the team at Hospitality Health are so passionate about helping those that work in the industry by providing invaluable information to anyone that may be facing work or personal worries.
“This is a fantastic charity that is current and definitely needed in an industry that, whilst very rewarding, can be very tough!”

Gordon McIntyre, from the charity, added: “What we are trying to achieve with Hospitality Health is to equip our industry with the right tools and mental health first aid training to not only address mental health but to put staff welfare first.
“We launched Hospitality Health in Glasgow 5 years ago with 120 operators in attendance and we have grown considerably, post- pandemic, with a real need for mental health support.”

Any hospitality business wishing to be considered to receive the Wellness Charter, should contact Gordon at gordon@hospitalityhealth.org.uk

More information about the charity can be found at online: www.hospitalityhealth.org.uk

Temu reveals 2023 British online shopping trends.

  • Clothing, home decor, kitchenware, and beauty are among the most popular categories for British shoppers on Temu in 2023.
  • In 2023, young British Temu users searched most for phone accessories, beauty products, and apparel. 

With the start of the winter and the holiday season, Temu, a popular online e-commerce platform known for its affordable pricing, has revealed what British have been shopping for most in 2023. Clothing, home decor, lifestyle hacks, and beauty turned out to be among the most popular categories, while Christmas-related items were high on the search terms for consumers.

European consumers are looking to spend less on holidays this year, in particular, cutting down on presents for others (39%) and treating themselves (37%), according to the latest research. Furthermore, shoppers have indicated that they will cut spending on clothing and home décor.

The shopping trends from Temu show how consumers are seeking to stretch their budgets by going to the e-commerce platform for both daily necessities as well as discretionary purchases due to its affordable pricing. British shoppers are also looking for unique and personalized gifts to make this winter season extra special while keeping spending low.

“When shopping, our consumers look for two things: uniqueness and value. People strive to buy things that reflect their individuality while also not affecting their budget”, comments Temu spokesperson.

For more information visit Temu.com or contact temu_europe@mcgroup.com and media@temu.com

Leicestershire homebuilders invest in charity’s vision to help those facing hardship

Leicestershire homebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have come together to make a contribution of £400 to Glen Parva-based Community Wishes.

Community Wishes was established in December 2020 with a noble mission: to grant wishes to individuals facing financial hardship, illness, or disability, regardless of age.

Over the past few years, this voluntary organisation has worked tirelessly to bring joy to those in need, and has fulfilled around 230 wishes for deserving individuals and families.

The contribution of £400 from the developers – which are building new homes close to the charity at Wigston Meadows – will directly contribute towards making the wishes of more individuals and families come true.

Denise Simms, Trustee at Community Wishes, said: “All involved in Community Wishes do so on a voluntary basis. We pay our own expenses and are totally reliant on donations and fundraising.

“As a charity, we have been heavily involved in helping struggling families. As our website states, we will look at every request that comes to us. If it checks out, we will and do help.

“On a personal level it’s very fulfilling to know that we make a difference. That somewhere a child is smiling. That somewhere a family, albeit for a little while, can be stress free because of what we do.

“We couldn’t do any of it without donations, large and small. On behalf of the trustees at Community Wishes, many thanks to Barratt and David Wilson Homes for helping us achieve our aims.”

This year, Community Wishes has embarked on an ambitious journey to raise £50,000 for a new holiday home caravan in Skegness.

The caravan will offer families who have never had the opportunity to experience the seaside a chance to create lasting memories together. Many families struggle with the financial burden of a holiday, and this initiative aims to provide them with the well-deserved vacation they have longed for.

The charity also has an ongoing Christmas presents and food hamper drive. Last year, it helped over 200 families and women refugees enjoy a Christmas they otherwise wouldn’t have.

Rachael Harrison, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We are honoured to donate towards this incredible project, providing families with the opportunity to live out their dreams, and for some to experience the seaside for the first time.

“We aim to support fantastic local charities, such as Community Wishes, in any way that we can, and this initiative embodies the spirit of community and compassion that we hold dear.”

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We are proud to support Community Wishes in its admirable mission, and it’s heart-warming to see the local community come together to make a real difference in the lives of those facing adversity.

“We hope this initiative brings joy and cherished memories to the families it serves.”

For more information on how to support the charity, visit the website at Community Wishes.

For information about any of the housebuilders’ developments in the county, visit the website at Barratt Homes in Leicestershire or David Wilson Homes in Leicestershire.

Scottish Brand and Communications Agency Achieves 103% Growth in Top-Line Revenue and Doubles in Size in 12-Month Period

Rationale, a strategic brand and communications agency, has announced an impressive 103% growth in top-line revenue over the past 12 months. The strong financial growth has also been further supported by the business doubling its team in size and further international growth. 


The agency, headquartered in Edinburgh and with offices in London and New York, has seen phenomenal growth due to its authentic strategy creation around a brand’s ‘why’ and the cultivation of a stand-out culture.  


Co-MD Rowan Morrison comments: “We attribute our rapid growth to the unique approach and culture we’ve built, leading to the formation of an incredible, motivated team. Next year, we will be focusing on further growth in B2B verticals where we have a depth of expertise, such as healthcare and health-tech, financial services, engineering and architecture, and innovation.”  


As part of Rationale’s commitment to excellence, the agency welcomes Strategy Director, Caroline Olechowski, who joins as a key addition to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Caroline brings a wealth of experience and expertise, which officially begins in the first week of December 2023. She is joined on the SLT by a second recent hire, Aisling Cotter, whose experience includes management roles at Schuh and Edinburgh-based agency, the Union.  


Olechowski and Cotter join Paul Saag, Rationale’s Creative Director, to continue to drive the agency forward. In addition to the SLT, Rationale has recently welcomed Clodagh Laing as Finance Manager and Fraser Malone as Editorial Strategist. 


With an eye on continuing international expansion, Rationale is actively building on its US presence and plans to host a significant event in New York in Spring 2024. The agency also maintains its commitment to BCorp status, actively working on sustainability and culture initiatives to contribute positively to the business landscape. 


The agency’s new office space on the Shore in Leith has become a landmark in Edinburgh’s creative hub, positioning Rationale to launch a series of events, in collaboration with other agencies in the area. The office will also support community endeavors, offering the boardroom for use by local charities and exploring various charitable initiatives as the agency bolsters its charitable credentials. 


Co-MD Svein Clouston adds: “From the start, we have had a driving ambition to challenge traditional agency models and elevate the quality and motivation of our team. Rationale prides itself on achieving high levels of creativity and quality, changing perceptions of B2B brand communications by fostering a supportive and empowering work environment. 


“We’re hugely passionate about insight-led, highly relevant, creative communications and brand storytelling that deliver against our clients’ objectives. Our leadership team is directly involved in the work we do as an agency and intends to continue to be so, to support not only our clients, but also our team in terms of mentoring and training.” 


Rationale boasts deep, evidenced expertise in B2B, with a particular focus on SME and Corporate audiences, addressing the decision-makers crucial for client engagement. The agency’s extensive experience extends to financial services, healthcare and health-tech, education, SME services, internal comms, and employer branding, providing comprehensive solutions to a diverse range of clients. 


To find out more, visit: wearerationale.com 

Org Group appoints Pernille Fabricius as new Group CFO

Org Group today announced the appointment of Pernille Fabricius as Group Chief Finance Officer into a newly created role supporting growth plans for the Group and its subsidiaries – global talent services firm Morgan McKinley, business process managed services company Abtran, and advisory and technology services firm Org.

Pernille joined from NNIT where she was EVP, Head of Strategy, Transformation and M&A, and previously CFO. Prior roles included executive positions at ISS, GN, APMM, Getinge with the latest being Executive Director at Reliance Worldwide Corporation. In addition Pernille has held a number of Non Executive positions.

Pernille Fabricius’ appointment was welcomed by Group CEO Seb O’Connell, “Pernille is a strategic finance leader with an exceptional international track record in strategy and transformation which makes her an invaluable addition to both our Group and Operating Boards. We believe that Pernille’s expertise will elevate our capabilities through the next phase of growth and innovation.”

Incoming Group CFO, Pernille  said, “I’m delighted to be joining Org Group as it continues to strengthen its portfolio of services across international markets. The strong foundations established over 30 years allow us to provide long-term partnerships and solutions for our global client base.”

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