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Explorer Adrian Hayes to receive Specialist Excellence Alumni Laureate Award

Adrian Hayes K2 summit 01 aAdventurer Adrian Hayes will be honoured tomorrow at the awards ceremony of the University of Nottingham celebrating the amazing achievements of its alumni, where he will receive a Specialist Excellence Award.

He was the first Briton this year (2014) to conquer K2, having summited the world’s second highest mountain on Saturday 26 July, 60 years after the first conquest of K2 and almost a year to the day after his first attempt had to be aborted due to bad weather. Hayes’s achievement breaks new ground for a British adventurer, making him the first to reach the summit of the world’s two highest mountains and reach both the North and South Poles.

Adrian Hayes, originally from the New Forest, a former Gurkha Officer and  Special Forces reservist in the British Army, is the record-breaking polar explorer & adventurer, international keynote speaker, business coach and sustainability leader.

He set a Guinness World record in 2007 for reaching the Earth’s “3 Poles” – walking all the way to the North Pole, South Pole and summiting Mt Everest – in the shortest period of time in history, becoming one of only 15 people ever to achieve the feat. He holds a second Guinness World Record for the longest unsupported Arctic expedition in history (kite assisted), the 2009 vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap. His most recent expedition was a 44 day 1600 km crossing of the Arabian Desert by foot and camel following in the footsteps of 1940s British explorer Wilfred Thesiger.

Adrian who graduated from the university with a Masters in Business Administration in 1994 said: “I am delighted – and frankly flattered – to be receiving the Alumni Laureate Award from The University of Nottingham. As well as being one of the happiest periods of my life, the time I spent there undoubtedly shaped my career immensely – launching me into the whole world of personal, team and leadership development, which is now my core work outside of my adventures and expeditions.”

You can get an insight into some of his expeditions  here

9th December 2014

Using Social Media to Develop Your Business

There are 6.8 billion people on the planet

4 billion of them use a mobile phone  social engagement index desktop smartphone

Only 3.5 billion of them own a toothbrush!

Facebook has 1.2 billion monthly active users*.

2-3 new Twitter accounts are activated every second.

Twitter averages 50 millions tweets per day.

If you’re not using social media to engage with and win new customers, can you really afford not to?

To find out how to get use social media to win sales and develop your markets email wessexmediagroup@gmail.com

*Source: Business Insider

20th December 2013

Going for Growth Application Deadline

PrintThis new campaign is safeguarding and creating local jobs and getting the economy
moving. The public and private sectors are working together through the West of
England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to shake-off recession.Funding can range
from a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £1,000,000. The closing date for full
applications is the 31st July 2013, with expressions of interest being accepted
until 31st May 2013. Click here for more info.

24th May 2013

Global Creative Business Cup Award

image_cbc_logoCreative England is looking for the UK’s best creative entrepreneur
to compete in the global Creative Business Cup competition. First prize
is a fully financed acceleration programme worth $50,000.
If you would like to be considered, please send an email to
Johanna.bolhoven@creativeengland.co.uk detailing why you deserve
to be recognised with the Creative Business Cup Award,
(in no more than 200 words). The deadline for expressions of interest
is Monday 24 June 2013.

For more information visit www.creativebusinesscup.com

23rd May 2013

Business Solent Annual Conference

business_solent_logo_genOver 300 visionary business leaders and decision makers from key organisations within the region will be attending the Business Solent Annual Conference 2013, on 8 March.

This year’s Annual Conference will be themed around Connecting the South to drive economic prosperity, and will build on the successes of last year’s Annual Conference – Business without Boundaries.

The keynote speaker for the Conference as Dame Helen Alexander. As well as celebrating the achievements of Business Solent to date, Sally Lynskey, CEO, Business Solent will discuss plans for the future of Business Solent and the region.

The conference will also include a buffet lunch, business exhibition and opportunities for networking throughout. For more information and how to book, please visit: www.businesssolent.com

31st January 2013