Flamingo Group: a global ethical, sustainable and scalable winning business

Sustainable business blog

Flamingo Group: a global ethical, sustainable and scalable winning business biz4Biz returned with another packed ConneXions lunch event at the Novotel Stevenage on Thursday 23 June 2022. Our guest speaker was Ian Michell, Group Technical and Procurement Director at Stevenage-based Flamingo Group International (FGI), one of the largest specialist agribusinesses in Europe. Ian will talk […]

Skills the new paradigm

biz4Biz skills blog

On the 21st of June 2021, I wrote my editorial “will we face redundancies or resignations” which you can read here: https://biz4biz.org/will-we-face-redundancies-or-resignations-with-the-removal-of-furlough/ Since this article, much of what I predicted has come to pass and as expected a major recession is now on the horizon with inflation exceeding the official level of 11 per cent […]

Stevenage Regeneration: what does this mean for local businesses?

Stevenage Regeneration biz4Biz lunch

ConneXions returned on Wednesday 27 April 2022 with a lunch event at the Novotel Stevenage. Our guest speaker was Tom Pike, Deputy CEO at Stevenage Borough Council, who gave a talk about the Stevenage Regeneration Project and what it means for residents and local businesses. Also present was Adrian Hawkins OBE, who is Chair of […]

Stevenage MP visits thriving life sciences campus to help create future ‘STEM city’

Stevenage MP visits thriving life sciences campus

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, visited the GSK campus to hear at first hand how it is fast becoming one of the most significant life science clusters and the levelling up opportunities this could bring for the town. The MP met with Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair, Stevenage Development Board and Chair, Skills Advisory Panel, Hertfordshire […]

Menopause – Is it still the elephant in the room?

Menopause - Is it still the elephant in the room?

Many women have found themselves struggling with the impact of symptoms from the menopause – take it from me – it can be debilitating. Memory loss, hot flushes, night sweating, sleepless nights, tiredness and mood swings – let alone the impact of the pandemic and trying to maintain positive mental wellbeing. Approximately 13 million women […]

Revelling up for Christmas

Covid-19 NHS

Safe in the comfort that following two vaccinations and a booster, the worst effects of current strains of Covid are nullified, the Prime Minister introduced “revelling up” this Christmas encouraging us all to enjoy the seasons delights against a background of record-breaking infection levels. It is now extremely clear that vaccinations and boosters are the […]

Is it Schools or the system of qualification failing our children?

Education and skills in Herts

It is wonderful to see a greater emphasis placed on the concept of apprenticeships once more. Engaging an employer in the final years of a child’s education has many benefits. Firstly, it provides a new “master” and a new “environment” for the student at the same time as the motivation of an income. Secondly much […]

Business picks up the bill again!

Business taxes biz4biz

As I inferred in my piece regarding “Redundancies or Resignations” which can be seen here https://biz4biz.org/will-we-face-redundancies-or-resignations-with-the-removal-of-furlough/ demands will be made upon business to support various increased costs of the Covid fallout. It is clear that the profligacy from quantitative easing is over and government will now find new ways to raise funds as demonstrated by […]

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP visits Letchworth

Matt Hancock MP visits Letchworth

Report by Adrian Hawkins OBE – Chair of biz4Biz, Chair of the Stevenage Development Board, Chair of the Herts LEP Skills Advisory Panel, Managing Director Welding World. Friday 24th September: The opportunity to meet up with Sir Oliver Heald QC MP the long serving professional MP for the North East Herts constituency and a previous […]

GSK plans large life sciences campus in Stevenage

GSK plans large life sciences campus in Stevenage

GSK unveils plan for one of Europe’s largest life science campuses in Stevenage GSK has today announced that it has formally started the process of seeking a development partner to transform land within the company’s existing 92-acre Research & Development site in Stevenage into one of Europe’s largest ‘clusters’ for biotechnology and other early-stage life […]