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5 takeaways from the Diversity and Inclusion in UK Nuclear conference

Firstly, thank you to everyone involved in making the event in Manchester on 18th July possible. The event was funded by our sponsors – Sellafield LtdUKAEANNL and EDF HPC, and was a success due to the active contribution of the diverse range of attendees, speakers and workshop leaders. The spaces at the event were limited to 60, with others able to watch the presentations via an internet live stream. This article is for those that were not able to attend and have an interest in supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (E,D&I) in the UK nuclear industry. The following are some of the takeaways from the event:

1. Engaging the majority is crucial – One of the workshops, delivered by Mark McBride-Wright of EqualEngineers, was on the topic of engaging the majority. Currently it seems that it is those from minority or underrepresented groups that are taking the initiative to drive and progress E,D&I. It is understandable why members from those groups have been motivated into action before the majority, but we are now far enough along to know that an equal, diverse and inclusive workforce is beneficial for everyone. How can we shift this dynamic so that we all, especially the majority, are bought in and actively contributing? In the workshop, many practical steps that we can take were identified and shared. A summary of these will be shared in an article that will be published on www.dinuclear.com in September 2019.

2. Unconscious bias training should be available to everyone in the industry – Another of the workshops, delivered by Irene Afful from Ametrine Enterprise Solutions Professional Coaching & Consultancy, focused on unconscious bias and positions of privilege. By the very definition, this refers to biases we have picked up through our life experiences  that we may not even be aware of. A crucial point is that there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to unconscious bias, and that we should not be afraid to identify and recognise our own. Unconscious bias is one reason that we gravitate to hiring people like ourselves, which is a barrier to equality, diversity and inclusion as it perpetuates the majority in teams and in entire organisations. Two actions that we can all take are to identify and recognise our own unconscious biases (Harvard has free online tests you can take https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/), and to ensure that there is diversity in interviewer panels. Upping the interview panel from one person to two people, provides an opportunity to help reduce unconscious bias impacting the selection process.

3. We need to develop a support network –  The same suggestion came up from several of the attendees at the event in Manchester. It would be great if we had a way to share information, case studies, best practice and practical examples of how different people, teams and organisations are progressing with E,D&I initiatives. This sharing could be amongst stakeholders in the UK nuclear industry and could also include input from other industries and other countries. The sheer amount of information, and indeed information sources, is bewildering in our modern information age. One of the actions we have taken away from the event is to look at how to gather relevant and useful information and then make it available to stakeholders in the UK nuclear industry in a way that it is easy to digest and to turn in to practical value adding activities. Watch this space….

4. There are many  aspects of identity that deserve recognition – One of the many thought provoking realisations that came from the event was that there are many more aspects that make up our identities than immediately come to mind for most people. Deborah Beveridge from EDF led an excellent workshop on flexibility and dynamism in work, delving in to how flexibility in working practices can support E,D&I. For example, it was discussed how a company policy that treats those with children differently to those without children in terms of flexible working allowances is not necessarily fair. It shows that sometimes the most well meaning of policies and actions can create feelings of isolation and unfairness amongst others. Defining  every identity aspect is a significant undertaking, and nearly everyone could potentially find themselves feeling excluded at one point or another. A good starting point is to simply put ourselves in the shoes of those around us and constantly be aware of how our actions or behaviours might make them feel. A little empathy can go a long way.

5. The updated conference format was a success – The event in Manchester was filmed and broadcasted live on the internet. The cost of doing this is a fraction of what it was even 5 years ago and made the event more inclusive and available to those that could not be there on the day. The links to watch the videos of the  presentations will be shared via the Diversity and Inclusion in UK Nuclear mailing distribution (email info@dinuclear.com to request or sign up here to the mailing list).  The presentations are concise, engaging and tell the stories of the presenters. They are available for people across the UK nuclear industry to watch at their leisure in the coming weeks and months. It is clear that we need to engage with a wide audience, especially the majority, so this type of event format is a proven formula for future events. In addition, the workshops provided practical takeaways, some of which have been described in this article.

This article was written by Callum Thomas and Monica Mwanje. Any feedback, questions or suggestions are very welcome. Please send them to info@dinuclear.com

Visit www.dinuclear.com to find out more about the event and the Diversity and Inclusion in UK Nuclear group.

Booking is Open Bid Bootcamp – 25 September 2019

Booking is open for the MM Creative Solutions 1 day Bid Bootcamp.

The bootcamp will take place in Warrington on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

Attendees will receive bid process training and leave better equipped to compile their next bid.

The training syllabus can be viewed here: MMCS Bid Bootcamp 25 Sept 2019 Syllabus.

Places can be booked here.

Limited places are available on this boutique training.

Discounted Early Bird Tickets are available until Friday 23 August 2019. 

Bid Bootcamp Testimonials 

“Really informative course with useful exercises.”

“Excellent high-level coverage of a potentially dry subject.”

“This was a really useful course that I will be putting into practise when I’m back in the office.”

“This course was really useful to introduce the bidding environment. The interactive activities were helpful to challenge thinking and application and also work with others from different organisations and experience a new perspective.”

“Monica is well organised, knowledgeable and runs a very good training event.”

“Identified the key time saving and success rate elements of a bid process. A really useful short course.”

“The course identified areas of bidding which I hadn’t previously considered and improved my understanding of the roles other people play in the bidding process.”

 

BOOK NOW 25 SEPTEMBER 2019 BID BOOTCAMP

 

MM Creative Solutions Spring 2019 Newsletter

Our Spring newsletter features our latest company news and an update on our activities.

You can read the newsletter here: MMCS Spring Newsletter.

Sign up here if you would like to receive future copies of our newsletter in your inbox.

Booking is Open Bid Bootcamp – 10 July 2019

Booking is open for the MM Creative Solutions 1 day Bid Bootcamp.

The bootcamp will take place in Warrington on Wednesday 10 July 2019.

Attendees will receive bid process training and leave better equipped to compile their next bid.

The training syllabus can be viewed here: MMCS Bid Bootcamp 10 July 2019 Syllabus.

Places can be booked here.

Limited places are available on this boutique training.

Bid Bootcamp Testimonials 

“Really informative course with useful exercises.”

“Excellent high-level coverage of a potentially dry subject.”

“Monica is well organised, knowledgeable and runs a very good training event.”

“Identified the key time saving and success rate elements of a bid process. A really useful short course.”

“The course identified areas of bidding which I hadn’t previously considered and improved my understanding of the roles other people play in the bidding process.”

 

BOOK NOW 10 JULY 2019 BID BOOTCAMP

 

International Women’s Day 2019

At MM Creative Solutions, our International Women’s Day pledge serves as a reminder and a prompt to check we are aiding gender diversity and supporting women.

The image below contains our pledge for 2019, that will guide our thinking and actions as we move forward.

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#IWD2019 #BalanceForBetter #genderequality

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Business Support – Group Programme

Are you a new business owner who is trying to work out how to network or win business?

Or maybe you are an existing business owner and you want some fresh ideas on how to secure new clients/contracts so you grow your business?

We’re launching a business support programme that’s specifically designed for business owners, to help you win business.

The group programme will be take place over 3 months and will include:

  • a monthly group webinar
  • 1 monthly individual call
  • 1 monthly group call
  • Private online group where members can ask questions and gain further support

Plus at the end of the programme each group member can book an individual call to seek further advice.

As the programme will operate online, you will be able to join the sessions as long as you have an internet / mobile data connection at your chosen location.

View the flyer here for further details about the programme.

This first 3 month programme will commence in April 2019.

The special introductory price for this first programme is £200+VAT.

The programme will be facilitated and led by Monica Mwanje, a business owner, with firsthand experience of successfully helping businesses to identify target clients/customers and improve their networking and business development approaches.

To join the programme please email enquiries@mmcslimited.com  or call 0333 224 9737.

Testimonials

“After networking with Monica as recommended by a friend, we quickly arranged an opportunity to sit down and discuss my project. I found Monica to be very perceptive and understanding. Monica is a great coach and helped me understand how things I previously ruled out may become opportunities, and a new approach to my bid which I hadn’t yet thought of or considered. I am incredibly thankful for her insight and her tips on how to move forward. A few days after our meeting I sent out a proposal to my target customer and I am happy to announce they loved my presentation and my product and we are moving towards to finding an opportunity to discuss it more formally. Monica has great insight and lots of experience, and I have really found her coaching a great help to me. Can’t recommend her enough, and I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again with my next product.”

“If you’re looking for a passionate, professional person to help your business grow then I would highly recommend giving Monica a call.”

 

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Bid Bootcamp – now running on 20 March 2019

The next MM Creative Solutions, 1 day Bid Bootcamp will take place in Warrington on Wednesday 20 March 2019.  This is a change to the previously advertised date (28 February 2019).

Attendees will receive bid process training and leave better equipped to compile their next bid.

The training syllabus can be viewed here.

Limited places are available on this bespoke training.

Ticket Price

Standard ticket price is £450+VAT per person.

Booking a place and payment options 

To pay via credit or debit card please book your place here.

For payment by invoice, please contact enquiries@mmcslimited.com in the first instance. All invoices must be paid within 14 days from date of invoice. Bookings requested less than 21 days in advance of the training session must be paid for immediately via bank transfer or via credit or debit card. Attendance will only be confirmed on receipt of full balance.

Discounts

A 10% discount is available for verified members of: Nuclear Institute, Nuclear Forum, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and Building Engineering Services Association. Please contact enquiries@mmcslimited.com prior to booking so the discount can be accessed and applied.

Bid Bootcamp Testimonials 

“This course is an excellent overview on bid writing that will maximise our chances of winning future opportunities.”

“Identified the key time saving and success rate elements of a bid process. A really useful short course.”

“The course was great! Although I have been working as part of a bid team for two years, I feel I expanded my knowledge even more.”

“The course identified areas of bidding which I hadn’t previously considered and improved my understanding of the roles other people play in the bidding process.”

 

MM Creative Solutions 1 Day Bid Bootcamp 20 March 2019

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#WomenInSMEs – Meet Monica Interview

At the start of February 2019 MM Creative Solutions’ founder, Monica Mwanje, was interviewed by Liz Rosling for the SME Loans campaign #WomenInSMEs.

The interview explored Monica’s journey to becoming a business owner and her reasons for supporting the #WomenInSMEs campaign.

You can read the full interview here; Meet MM Creative Solutions Founder

Thank you to Liz for asking Monica to get involved in the campaign.

If you would like to find out more about the work Liz and the team do,  you can follow them on Twitter: @SME_Loans or search hashtag #WomenInSMEs.  Or  you can visit the SME Loans website.

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12 Bid Tips of Christmas 2018

During this festive season we will be sharing, via email,  a total of 12 bid tips so your organisation can enter 2019 ready to bid.

You can sign up here to receive the MM Creative Solutions’ bid tip emails.

How it works:

  • You will receive the first bid tip on the same day you sign up.
  • You will then receive a bid tip on each week day until you have received all 12.

If you experience any difficulties during sign up please contact enquiries@mmcslimited.com

 

 

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MM Creative Solutions Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Our Autumn 2018 newsletter features our latest company news and an excellent guest post from Synthesis’ founder and director Tanya Popeau.

Tanya shares some top tips on how to implement and maintain an innovative culture and environment in your organisation.

You can read the newsletter here: MMCS Autumn Newsletter.

Sign up here if you would like to receive future copies of our newsletter in your inbox.

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