Commercial Real Estate: It is as Simple as That.

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Rentschler/Tursi, LLP (R/T) is a boutique law firm specializing in commercial real estate, including brokerage, leasing, sales, and litigation. We spoke to Judi Rentschler as we look to find out a bit more about the company and the services it provides.

Within the legal industry, R/T’s typical client is either a small business owner who is ready to sign a lease or buy a building for their business; or a small to mid-level investor who owns, leases or is selling incomeproducing property. Additionally, the legal team also might work with a commercial real estate broker or agent seeking advice real estate licensing law, a difficult transaction, or a dispute.

Unique in many cases, R/T boasts many decades of experience, and has first-hand of experience of seeing how many ways a deal can turn sour, and possesses an individual perspective in which the team can recognise and prevent potential problems, and this is the firm’s niche. Few real estate lawyers in the Bay Area know real estate brokerage law, and what happens when a contract is poorly drawn. This is where R/T excels as they know the industry inside out, and also are familiar with how to try a case if things do go wrong. Clients can work with the practice knowing they are better protected and that the team can spot potential issues quickly, as well as coming up with solutions before they get in trouble.

Judi outlines her role and key responsibilities to us, going into detail about how long she has been at R/T and what targets she has set the practice. She talks about management and how her aspirations are always to help their clients and reward them with justice.

“In 1996, I opened the firm after 10 years as a personal injury trial lawyer, and 10 working in-house for CBRE as a commercial trial lawyer. Yes, it is what I aspired to do, and I chose law to help people, looking to understand the laws that impact their real estate investments, and to navigate what for many is the largest financial commitment they have ever made.

“As the head of a small firm, I handle the management, personnel, library, administrative and accounting work. As per the legal work, while all of us work on leasing, sales, and disputes, I handle all of our clients’ business – formation legal work, financing documentation, and complex transactions.”

Referring to how she manages her staff and ensures they are well placed to provide the best service to their clients, Judi explains that there is a real family culture within the practice. She
provides us with an overview of the key principles which staff adhere to, whilst making it clear that staff should be allowed to balance their work life with their personal life.

“Essentially, our team is like family, and I treat them with the trust and respect they have earned. My and my team’s key principles include; taking the time to make sure that the directions are clear and certain, articulate expectations, and hold employees accountable. The most important principle is to have a life, and enjoy your family! Work hard when you are at work, but do not let it consume you.”

Discussing the current trends within the industry, Judi mentions how the firm must stay ahead of developments as the business can be affected in a great way. She alludes to the Great Recession and how the industry has gone full circle, as well as the advice of R/T which has to adapt with each growing trend, particularly in relation to technology.

“Industry trends impact our business a great deal. For example, during the Great Recession, we saw contraction in retail outlets (shopping centres, malls), with tenants in default on their rent; hence we often advised our landlord clients to cut the tenant some slack so he would still in business when the worst is over. Now, in the Bay Area, it is a landlord’s market again, and our advice has to change with the times.

“Furthermore, I think it is vital to keep up with the technology that will help make us better and more productive lawyers, providing access to data and legal resources online, time management and billing, and all other requirements.”

Regarding the challenges that women themselves face in the courtroom, Judi talks about her personal experience, referencing the huge divide in men over women, and how she and other women have worked hard to overcome gender bias and be treated equally.

“In reality, the biggest challenge has been gender bias in the courtroom. For 10 years, I was the only woman lawyer in a prestigious trial firm. On Mondays, when courts called all cases set for trial, of all the milling lawyers, there were about 49 men to one woman. This is often a challenge, as there was not much support for women to rely on, and the attitude towards women led to some feeling marginalised.

“However, to disprove the bias and stereotype, I did my job and tried cases, big ones, long ones, complex ones, and found that juries did not hate me for being a woman or an advocate, and I won (and lost) just as often as did the men.”

In her concluding comments, Judi finalises what makes her law firm so attractive to clients, and why return clients and business through word of mouth will help the company to succeed in the real estate and legal industry.

“Ultimately, we stay up to date on the law by reviewing each day’s advance sheets (daily opinions) and industry resources, and whenever a new case, law or regulation impacts our business or that of our clients, we make sure that all of our forms and resources are current and reflect the latest trends in the field. I meet and talk often with real estate brokers about trends and needs. Moving forwards, both myself and the rest of the team will work hard to continue to support my clients in all their real estate endeavours.”  

Company: Rentschler/Tursi LLP

Contact: Judi Rentschler

Contact Email: [email protected]

Address: 411 Borel Ave # 510, San Mateo, California, CA 94402, USA

Phone: +1 650-524-1980

Website: www.landlaws.com

Fully Managed IT Services, MPS and Business Solutions

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Carolina Business Equipment, Inc. (CBE) has been providing business solutions to South Carolina since 1975. We spoke to John Eckstrom as we take a closer look at the innovative company.

As an established leader, CBE performs like a 43-year-old start-up, with every day at the company providing a new challenge or opportunity. There is a sense of urgency encapsulated in the firm’s motto ‘will it amaze?’, which looks at astonishing the customers. With a 4000-strong established print base of MFPs & MPS, and a 14-year history of ever evolving IT services; the CBE team is constantly looking to improve the services, products and support provided to its established and new clients. John outlines the company mission, explaining what steps the company takes in order to reach the targets it sets itself. This is not intended to be a road map for how to start a managed network business, it is just a recap of how we went from a start up in the MNS space to the company we are today.

“CBE strives to be a no excuses top level provider of technology and business solutions. We do not try to be all things to all clients, but rather be the very best at what we provide and deliver fully integrated we well thought out and cleanly executed solutions.”

Following on from CBE’s aims of being at the top level of technology and business-related solutions, John states how the company marks itself out as the best option for clients, highlighting the infrastructure within the company as a key aspect of its success.

“Essentially, CBE’s investment in internal infrastructure and support tools sets us apart from any provider in the territories we support. Rather than say we are the best, we strive daily to empower our clients to tell others that CBE is substantially better than anyone else in our field. Our constant efforts towards improvement and no excuses approach combine to set CBE as the pinnacle provider. In summary, a client can find someone to do it cheaper but they will not find anyone to do it better.”

Being recognised as Most Reputable Business Solutions Provider 2017 in South Carolina in the Corporate Excellence Awards 2017, is a sign that the company is heading in the right direction. John explains what it means to the company to be recognized, before going on to explain what this means for the firm going forward.

“It is always humbling to receive awards and we try to keep a proper perspective. This award helps to validate that we are moving in the right direction and encourages us to strive to be even better. Clearly, to have been picked by CV Magazine as the Most Reputable Business Solutions Provider for 2017, the IT Management group pulled together to talk about it. There is a term ‘Technology Disrupters’ that is common when you are a solutions provider. Long before that term was common, we at CBE have operated under the charge that we will bring solutions to the market place for the way business will be conducted.

“To be relevant, it is crucial to recognise the subtleties that are going on all around us, and to be able to adapt to what is happening, presenting solutions to the client base, so that they too are not sitting in the dust wondering what happened. Given the significant changes in the world as far as technology goes, we are often asked, “What is next”? Here is the answer, we simply don’t know. What is going on right now with mobility, social media, cloud computing and big data has put us in an era that is unprecedented. What we can tell you with conviction though is that, for most of you, if you do not embrace technology you will struggle to remain relevant in your respective industries. The solutions that will be necessary to survive in a meaningful way will be developed by the SMB business. No longer are these being developed by the “Big Guys” and handed down. It is our job as the solutions provider to quarterback these often-complex solutions.”

“The concept of bringing business solutions to the market place for the way business will be conducted, is really something that was hard for most people to understand years ago. The forward-thinking nature of our entire management team is a testament that we are on the right track and in fact we are, in many cases, installing that track. Simply put, it means that we are yet again seen by an outside source as the premier solutions provider in the southeast. The award echoes our motto of “Will it Amaze”: and it is nice that we have been recognized for our ongoing efforts to provide quality business solutions.”

Teamwork can be an integral part of a growing company, with John explaining that the teams at CBE are always training and communicating openly, something which they are encouraged to do. There are weekly meetings which means staff can get across their point of view, and John comments on the fact that active management is a key part of ensuring everyone gets their say.

“From our most tenured to the least tenured person, we encourage open and passionate discussion about how we can improve. Performed at the company are weekly strategy meetings, the use of SWOT’s and encouragement for different teams to work together as one team for the combined success is our continuing goal.

“Furthermore, we assess new possible internal tools, products and services; not many make the cut but once we have chosen we are confident in that selection. Here is where the very active management is necessary to make sure the team leaders are always communicating with one another, as well as staying on the lookout for some of the new stuff mentioned above.”

Part of being the leader in the industry is providing not just the best solutions, but also the best customer service. Therefore, John tells us how staff go about undertaking a new project, and what steps they take to ensure clients receive the best possible outcome, which can sometimes provide a measure of the company’s success.

“Considering new engagements, this process always begins and ends with listening to the clients to understand their needs and desires. Then, our team sets the expectations seeking to become the people who say yes. While it always feels good to say yes, it is imperative that we fulfil our promise and deliver the best service possible to the respective clients. When we must say no, our task is to find a way to deliver the desired outcome via a different path. As the expert in the engagement, we lead our clients to solutions that exceed their request within the budget and limitations for that engagement.”

Regarding the future of the firm, John is keen to emphasise that the company will have to adapt along with the industry and the new technology that will be developed. Monitoring trends and being pioneers in the industry is one of the key factors of CBE’s success, with John stating that the firm enjoys being ahead of any advances that develop, both in technology and business.

“As the industries and technology change, we too must adapt and work to stay ahead. Over the past year, we have been seen as a solutions provider for other managed network services providers and frankly that is the easy part. For the foreseeable future, we are on a good path, and we must stay vigilant to ensure we make the relevant adjustments, plus, be ever watchful for the next best opportunity that fits into our wheelhouse. This is the real fun part and it also is what has differentiated us from the others. Remember, before Technology Disrupters was a common term. we were bringing solutions to the market place the way business will be conducted.”

Company: Carolina Business Equipment Inc.

Contact: John Eckstrom

Contact Email: [email protected]c.com

Address: 5123 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212, USA

Phone: 803 798 7522

Website: www.cbesc.com

The 2017 Consultancy & Advisory Awards Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the 2017 Consultancy & Advisory Awards Winners

United Kingdom, 2017– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2017 Consultancy & Advisory Awards.

Throughout all sectors and industries, consultants & advisors play a major role in businesses ongoing success. Aiming to advise, assist and provide essential information that informs and shapes vital strategy, consultants & advisors are becoming an increasingly fundamental part of the ever-evolving business landscape.

The 2017 Consultancy & Advisory Awards aim to highlight and give recognition to those consultants who really deserve it.

Jazmin Collins, Awards Co-ordinator, commented on the success of the winners: “Covering industries worldwide, ranging from medical to image and management to transport, we have put consultants in the spotlight and focusing on their individual attributes and skills. It has been a real pleasure to showcase the commitment and hard work of our winners, and I would just like to wish them the very best of fortunes for the future.”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit http://www.cv-magazine.com/.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

A CEO of the 21st Century

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Chris Campbell is a founder, Chairman and CEO/Creative Director of Palace Production Center, one of the more successful mid-size television and electronic media production organizations in the U.S. We profile Chris and the firm as we discuss him being named in the 2017 CEO Awards as 2017 CEO of the Year in Connecticut.

Alongside being Chairman and CEO of Palace, Chris is managing partner of Rabbit Ears Entertainment, LLC, a children’s publishing company; Docere Palace Studios, a nonfiction television producer; and Praxis Media, Inc., a strategic communications consulting company.
Palace operates in the competitive New York-BostonPhiladelphia corridor, markets with high concentrations of financial services, high-tech and entertainment clients.

Chris founded the first of his companies, Praxis Media, Inc., at the age of 27, after serving as the youngest Public Television station manager in the country. He has produced films on location all over the world, including the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for a documentary on the world’s first undersea laser system for telecommunications. He has produced an award-winning body of work in broadcast and corporate media as well as children’s entertainment, while building a premiere, independent creative and production facility.

Interestingly, the Palace Production Center’s name comes from its headquarters building, once a vaudeville theatre where Harry Houdini and Mae West performed. With an investment of more than $10 million dollars, the Palace Theatre building has been converted to a state-ofthe-art television and digital media studio. It is one of the oldest continuously operating independent media production centers in the region.

Palace provides production services to film, broadcast and cable television networks, independent producers, corporate communicators, and ad agencies, offering HD and SD audio and video production and post, a broadcast studio with motorized lighting grid, 2D and 3D computer graphics design and animation, video duplication, standards conversions and multimedia production services.

For several years the Tour de France was broadcast through Palace in Connecticut and Palace studios in New York supplied production services to the advertising community and to MTV, Viacom, and A&E, to name a few. Palace also received Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Humanities grants to develop a multimedia series on American history targeted to middle school students.

A versatile company, for four decades, Palace contributed to the National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) while Chris served on the Board of Directors, helping to raise corporate dollars to support the country’s top regional theatres. He also serves on the boards of several Connecticut non-profits, including Connecticut Public Broadcasting, The Evergreen Foundation for Aids Relief, The Fairfield University Trustee Advisory Board and the Film Makers Educational Cooperative in Bridgeport, Conn.

Chris’s honours include ‘Best Drama’ from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Emmy awards and over 100 industry citations and film competition awards, including the New York Film Festival, the Telly’s and ITVA. He was inducted into the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame, named Producer of the Year by the Connecticut Film Commission and was honoured with the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s Chairman’s Award for outstanding contributions.

His advice to people starting out in the business: be a life-long learner, accept change as the only given in life, and love what you do. Since Chris believes that employees who ‘act as owners’ are more innovative, customercentered and driven to succeed, Palace has operated for decades as an employee-owned company with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

An inspirational leader, Chris’ ability to see patterns where others see only confusion has made him a sought-after business and communications consultant at Fortune 50 companies. As CEO, he has led an organization in constant change, always keeping ahead of technological advances. In his capacity as a business organizational communications consultant, he has worked on strategic communications projects with some of the largest companies in the world. Projects included mergers and acquisitions, product rollouts, brand repositioning and crisis management. His particular specialty is applying new technologies with the most sophisticated of human communications skills in the areas of leadership, quality and global competitiveness.

Ultimately, future plans for Chris include writing a book and applying his experience to non-profit enterprises. He has taught communications seminars and courses at corporations, universities and professional institutes and also provides media presentation training to senior corporate executives.

Company: Palace Production Center, Inc.

Contact: Chris Campbell

Contact Email: [email protected]

Address: 29 North Main Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854, USA

Phone: 001 203 853 1740

Web Address: www.palaceproductioncenter.com

Security Services Tailored to You

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Magenta Security provides high quality, bespoke security solutions to clients within the retail, healthcare and commercial sectors across the UK. Recently, Managing Director for Magenta Security, Abbey Petkar took time to tell us more about his role and the innovative work provided by the successful company.

Magenta Security provides high quality, bespoke security solutions to clients within the retail, healthcare and commercial sectors across the UK. With our head office in Hounslow, we also have operations in Birmingham, Kent, Swindon and Manchester. Our tailor-made security packages are devised to suit client’s individual requirements, and our service-based ethos ensures high levels of customer satisfaction.

On the topic of services, Magenta Security provides security officers, mobile services, as well as a range of bespoke security solutions. In addition to these services, our partnerships with external suppliers means we can provide a variety of additional services. Also, we hold ACS accreditation for security guarding, keyholding services and door supervision.

Magenta has grown 20% year on year by retaining existing customers, providing new services and winning new customers. However, this is just one of our headline statistics. Gross profit has increased 2% year on year. Magenta has a five-year growth plan which is based on the company growing organically. This will primarily focus on winning contracts for the operation of further sites for existing customers, and investing in marketing to help win new business.

As Managing Director of Magenta Security, I established Magenta Security Services with one security officer and one customer more than 22 years ago. Today, it is an award-winning company which is recognised as a leader in its field. Before setting up Magenta, I spent eight years at one of the UK’s largest security firms, rising from the role of security guard to middle management. However, I was unable to progress any further. Instead, I set up Magenta, providing me with an opportunity where I could make a real difference to the industry. People would be hired and promoted on merit – regardless of colour or gender, we would be CSR focused and deliver great value for customers. Ethics were also a key factor in the founding of Magenta, which is why I didn’t take any clients from my old role and built the business from scratch.

Throughout the years, I have worked hard – some might even say crusaded – to change the perception of the security industry through market leading initiatives. One of these was the  publication of a whitepaper which offers businesses advice on selecting a security provider.

‘Managing Your Security’ looks at the key criteria businesses should consider when looking at a security provider including licensing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and customer service. I wrote the whitepaper because I believe selecting a security company should go far beyond looking at how much it cost. The informative guide has given businesses the insight they need in order to make an informed decision.

Also, I have been dedicated to raising standards within the security industry by promoting key issues to a wider audience, talking on a wide range of issues; offering advice to other businesses and helping others implement best practice. Through this, my reach goes beyond the security industry, and my achievements have been recognised by the wider business community.

Two key issues in particular have been CSR and licensing. In both instances, I have and continue to lobby my peers, clients and even the government to improve standards. Whether it be voluntarily or through legislation, we must continue to improve in both areas. In terms of CSR, we should all be more environmentally friendly, we should all be more philanthropic, and these are issues I have raised time and again, whilst instilling into Magenta’s operations and ethos. As a result, CSR has become an integral part of Magenta’s business strategy. Magenta was the first manned guarding company to achieve ISO 14001, and since then has gone on to create a business founded on sustainability.

Security industry licensing on the other hand is a political minefield, but it cannot be ignored. As an industry, we are plagued by rouge operators and I see it in black and white. Clients need to understand the difference between the good and the bad, a better system of licensing can achieve that, and I will not stop lobbying for change. To achieve this, I have joined the security industry’s small business board – which focuses on achieving change at governmental level.
Such political matters don’t however get in the way of success, and I am delighted to say that Magenta has a portfolio of clients including embassies, educational establishments, heritage sites, blue chip organisations, healthcare and retail clients.

We have, for example, been working with a healthcare company since 2009 and recently extended the contract. We provide a variety of services including manned guarding, CCTV monitoring, key holding and patrol services. Also, we created a bespoke training package to enable its porters to gain security skills – including training to the SIA standard, customer service, fire safety and conflict management. Our staff have even been trained to understand medical gases and have medical training to be able to use them in case of an emergency.

In 2007, 2009, 2011 and again in 2013, Magenta won the contract to provide security services to the Royal Parks – a contract awarded by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Magenta is the sole supplier for the provision of security for all the Royal Parks and Cemetery, working in partnership with the Royal Park’s management, and liaising with the Metropolitan Police, to ensure a good visitor experience to the parks.

To achieve all this, I firmly place my team and their personal development at the heart of the business. Here at Magenta, we provide staff with on-going training, which allows security solutions and customer service to be combined effectively. Our staff are trained in Security and Customer Services. However, as each customer is different, we ensure our security guards receive specific training to work on the sites they operate on. Also, we consult with customers to see what training opportunities they would like the security guards to receive. Such an ongoing training programme allows us to achieve best practice and achieve customer care objectives.

Our training programme has major benefits for customers, as staff turnover is significantly
 lower than the industry standard. Throughout our time in business, we have not lost a customer through poor service and this can be accredited to the training staff receive. Our client retention remains one of the highest in the industry – in fact more than 97% of clients remain with Magenta for at least three years.

Also, hot off the press, some of our latest include training to support organisations in light of the increased terror threat faced by the UK. This includes advice on how to keep buildings, individuals and customers safe. In support of this, I have committed to train staff as first aiders and fire marshals – training that has already resulted in the saving of one life and one business from a fire.

Such training is not aimed just at the clients. I recognise that it is also important growth for our team, which is why it is such an important part of our investment and staff retention strategy. In the last 10 years, Magenta has had a staff turnover of 9.7% – a figure well below the national average. In fact, during the last 12 months, Magenta has seen no changes to the management team make up.
At Magenta, we can attribute such a high retention level to the training, motivation and benefits we give employees. Some members of staff have been with the organisation since 1995. Since January, all new members of staff have passed their probation, settling in to their business roles and embarking on NVQ training.

Our staff are incentivised to stay with the company via a range of different schemes. Clients are issued with service certificates and gift vouchers, which they can award to the employees who have been outstanding. Customers issue the incentives to staff working on their site, and clients are also involved with the giving of long service awards. Also, I have worked closely with our team to source staff discounts with suppliers such as mobile phones, heating bills and travel.

I have personally and therefore, so has the company long been advocating for pensions for security guards, and taken measures which are seen as noteworthy in the security industry. Most simply, we pay employees higher rates to reflect the cost of living in a modern society.

It has always been my goal to put Magenta on the map as the beacon for high standards. Therefore, I have promoted the initiatives Magenta Security has introduced to help other companies achieve the same level of success. This influence is helping change the mindset of those choosing security services. Their choices then allow the sector to grow and improve for all. However, it goes beyond just the security industry, I have long been an advocate of internationally recognised standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, both of which have allowed us to work with clients and peers to achieve best practice for all. In fact, achieving ISO14001 is probably the high point of my career. We were the first company to do so in Europe, and it was so cutting edge that none of our customers or suppliers understood what we were doing. It was a challenge, but the end result has had a significant impact on the business.

Being selected for such a prestigious award is a real honour, not just for me but for Magenta as a whole. As a business, we do not attribute our success to one individual but to our team as a whole. This award therefore represents the input of many people and I thank them for their support throughout the years. It is this sense of team work I would impress on anyone else looking to succeed as a business leader. In the service industries in particular, it is people that count far more than anything else. Business owners and chief executives need to lead by example and demonstrate exemplary service levels if they want their staff to follow suit.

Here at Magenta, we don’t just try to improve our own business but those around us – offering advice for free to all those that ask – even peers and competitors. Such an attitude will make any business succeed, not just now but for years to come.

Making Dreams a Reality

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Quantic Dream is a video game developer based in Paris supplying motion capture services to the film and video game industries. We profile the company as we look to learn more about the exciting games it develops and what future developments there may be in the industry.

Founded in 1997, Quantic Dream are well renowned for their thrilling storyline based games, dealing in plenty of drama and excitement. Games produced by the firm include Fahrenheit and Beyond: Two Souls, to name a few.

Featuring in the 2017 Tech of the Year awards as 2017’s Most Innovative Tech Firm, this French based company has shown real innovating in developing video games. Throughout the years, it has gained international recognition for its contribution to interactive narration, along with its fresh thinking and innovative nature in producing games.

Providing viewers and users with an emotional experience, Quantic Dream is considered one of the leading motion capture studios, in particular for the creation of real-time 3D virtual actors performing with stunning realism. Technology is vital to success in the video game industry, with everybody striving to find the best graphics and software to produce and play the best games. Quantic Dreams have developed proprietary technologies, including some very advanced tools and a unique approach to the production pipeline.

As a game development studio, the company have collaborated in the past with major publishers, including Eidos, Vivendi Universal Games, Microsoft Games Studios, Atari and Sony Computer Entertainment, all of which have added to the sterling reputation of the company.

Boasting a wealth of experience and track record of success, Quantic Dream created the games Omikron-the Nomad soul, featuring recording artist David Bowie. Heavy rain, 2010’s most awarded video game worldwide, was developed in cooperation with Sony computer entertainment WWS on PlayStation 3. Heavy rain was the 9th bestselling title worldwide on the platform that year and has since sold over 5 million units.

Quantic Dream released: Beyond Two Souls in 2013 on PS3 and 2016 on PS4, featuring Academy Award nominees Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe in the lead roles. Nowadays, the company is working on Detroit: Become Human, a PS4 exclusive title with Sony Computer Entertainment WWS.

Ultimately, running through the firm’s portfolio of successful computer games, and lavish success, there is a bright future ahead of Quantic Dream, particularly thanks to its exciting partnership with Sony. With positivity running through the firm, the company can look to build on its solid foundations and catapult itself to the top of the gaming and CG film industry.

Company: Quantic Dream

Contact: Guillaume de Fondaumiere

Contact Email: [email protected]

Address: Quantic Dream SA, 54 Boulevard, Davout, Paris, 75020, France

Phone: 0033 1 44 64 00 95

Website: www.quanticdream.com

Creating the Organisation You Want, Not What You Think You Need

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Judith Cashmore-James is a specialist leadership coach, working with organisations and individuals to help leadership to grow and attain its own positive and authentic voice. Recently, we profiled the talented Judith Cashmore-James, to discover more about her Touchstone Associates Ltd and her remarkable success.

In 2007, Judith Cashmore-James established Touchstone Associates Ltd (formerly Cashmore-James Ltd.) with the mission of supporting transformational leadership in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Touchstone is a small business dedicated to providing high quality, highly experienced support for clients in developing confident, self-assured leaders who have a clear vision of their leadership and what that can contribute to their organisations and to their communities.

Judith heads up a discreet team of highly experienced coaches and assessors who have been selected for their skills, knowledge, experience and their positive approach to transforming leadership and its role in organisations. Working with Judith and the Touchstone
team, you are assured that the individual you will work with has significant experience of working at the top of organisations, is strategically savvy and understands the challenges and political nuances of the world of leadership.

Touchstone’s main area of work is the public sector. Whilst they cover all organisations, a significant amount of their coaching and team development work is in the education sector from primary schools to universities. The public sector is facing unprecedented challenges to reduce costs whilst still being required to deliver continual improvements in services. Clear, strategic and positive leadership is vital if organisations are to provide the services our communities need on a daily basis. Touchstone work across the UK and in the Middle East to deliver excellence in leadership at all levels.

As a small business Touchstone do not employ staff, rather they choose to work with a range of hand-picked specialists on a project by project basis to ensure provision of the best fit for their clients at all times. The best of the best is what they aim to deliver at every level of leadership coaching, assessment and development work. Their business is supported by a range of other small businesses from a virtual receptionist and admin team, through to specialist IT support, financial advice, branding, document design and marketing; all chosen for their high-quality attitude to delivering their own work to Touchstone as customers. In this way, they can ensure that they are agile enough to respond quickly to clients’ needs and can be assured of delivering a quality service.
Judith models to her team of Associates a rigorous approach to her own ongoing professional development by planning and undertaking a full programme of learning, reading and researching leadership developments, drawing from the leading researchers in the field.

At the heart of Judith’s approach is that “If we are true to our own values then embracing learning and development for ourselves is essential and not just essential it is an absolute joy, as Michael Scott said, ‘the day we stop learning is the day we die’. If we want to help others to grow and learn then modelling that to our clients is a complete must”.

Selecting individuals to work with Touchstone is done through observation, often by working with others on projects, understanding the way they think and work, ensuring full alignment to the Touchstone values and those of their clients. Drawing on a community of high performing individuals who have a passion for leadership and of whom they have experience and knowledge.

Judith’s passion for leadership comes from her own career, observing both great and poor leadership at all levels and wanting to influence a positive approach. In her senior management career, she observed great leadership at work and occasionally less than great leadership, learning from both as she refined and defined herself as a leader. Drawing influence from staff across the organisations in which she worked and from international thinkers – “leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another” -John C Maxell. This quote defines her own belief that organisational change can be positively and powerfully influenced through the attitudes and behaviours of staff at all levels. Nurturing and encouraging people to understand themselves as leaders and to take ownership of their own leadership approach is essential if organisations are to let go of historic paternalistic and hierarchical approaches. The future needs people to act appropriately, take incisive decisions in a culture of quality support and encouragement, only then will we as consumers truly have the experience we deserve.

For the future, Judith is building her international coaching and consulting practice, facilitating the growth of leaders for today and tomorrow. Seeing her role as encouraging leaders at all levels and at all ages as being essential if we are to face the challenges the world is delivering. In the last ten years organisations have faced significant environmental and financial challenges and across the globe there has been an awakening of individuals willing to call out the appalling behaviours of people from the media, parliament and many other walks of life. The world is changing and changing at a faster pace than ever before. For those choosing to work in the field of personal development being able to anticipate and deliver development that will facilitate what leaders and aspiring leaders need to step confidently forward to ensure the world has the leaders it needs is paramount.

Company: Touchstone Associates Ltd.

Contact: Judith Cashmore-James

Contact Email: [email protected] touchstoneassociates.co.uk

Address: First floor, 6 Ferranti Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford, ST18 0LQ, UK

Telephone: 01785 613962

Website: www.touchstoneassociates.co.uk and www.cashmorejames.co.uk

The HR & Training Awards 2017 Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the HR & Training Awards 2017 Winners

United Kingdom, 2017– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the HR & Training Awards 2017.

Following on from the success of 2016, the HR & Training Awards 2017 honour those companies and individuals that are meeting the highest standards of productivity and performance within their respected industry areas.

Discussing the programme, Amy Gower, Awards Co-ordinator, commented: “Operating in such a vital industry, each of my deserving winners has demonstrated their dedication, commitment and tenacity, and as such I am proud to showcase their achievements and wish them the very best of luck going forward.”  

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit http://www.cv-magazine.com.

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About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

A Small Enterprise Doing Big Things

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Hantian Labs was incorporated in the UK in October of 2013 and was acquired by the publicly traded and listed company Health Advance in January of 2017, a mere 39 months from inception. At the time of the share exchange agreement and according to the terms of the agreement, Hantian Labs’ 18 million shares were purchased for a price of 30 cents a share for a nominal value of 5.4million.

Developed by a team of research scientists, athletes and beauty professionals, the Hantian Labs line of tablets uses state-of-theart age reversal technology to diminish the signs of ageing, whilst enhancing, enriching and extending the lives of their consumers. Christian discusses the firm’s overall mission and what steps the company plans to take in order to reach the targets it sets itself.

“Embedded in the culture of Hantian Labs is our mission, with the team’s continued efforts focusing on resolving age, weight and vitality concerns while preserving youthfulness from the inside out.”
Customer satisfaction and strong results have been vital in the company’s rise within the industry. Despite being a small enterprise, Hantian Labs deals with a variety of clients and Christian explains how it ensures that the customer receives the best outcome from the products.

“The Hantian Labs line of supplements goes through a vigorous process, which begins in our Hantian Labs’ Idea Centres across the United Kingdom, Canada, USA and Western Europe. Products are conceptualized based on market need, societal health issues and scientific innovations. During our Research & Development process, we collaborate with medical, nutritional, sport and dermatological experts to identify the right nutrients. Then, our team works directly with the Hantian Labs laboratory to develop a formula with the necessary ingredients/ percentages to achieve the desired result. The formulation is studied and tested and the proprietary blend is created.”

Again, in reference to the fact that Hantian Labs is a small enterprise, it is integral that they are able to differentiate themselves from competitors within the health and wellness sector. Christian explains that the pride the team have in the products they produce highlights how seriously the company is about its client, with its qualifications helping it to mark itself out as the best possible option for clients. 

“All our staff take great pride in the quality of our products, which are all made at our GMP ISO 9001 and Informed Sports certified facility in the United Kingdom with the strictest quality standards. Hantian Labs products are Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approved (MHRA).”
Subsequently, the firm’s approach to hiring staff is important as the team have to all be aware of what the products mean to the firm, and also feel a sense of pride about working at the company. Christian explains the company’s hiring structure.

“Regarding how we recruit staff, we use the best health and wellness executive search agents. Also, referrals have accounted for about 20% of our staff. Now that we are owned by a publicly traded company headquartered in the united states, it opens up far more opportunities for our Hantian labs staff and teams.”

Providing us with a brief overview of the health and wellness industry currently, Christian comments on what specific challenges are affecting companies operating within the market. He mentions what techniques the team apply in order to stay ahead of emerging developments.

“One of the challenges facing the industry are saturated markets in unregulated jurisdictions. There are many inferior products that make unsubstantiated claims about their work, and this is precisely the reason we established ourselves in the United Kingdom. It is the strictest regulatory board in the world. Our research laboratory endeavours to exceed limitations, constantly thinking outside the proverbial box and discovering the undiscovered.”

Moving forward, Hantian Labs’ commitment to providing the best products within the health and wellness industry is unmatched, and there are definitely exciting times ahead for the small enterprise. Furthermore, Hantian Labs is not resting on its past success and laurels.

Company: Hantian Labs Limited

Contact: Christian Diesveld

Contact Email: [email protected]

Address: 46 St. Georges Drive, London, SW1V 4BT, UK

Website: www.hantianlabs.com

Improving Lives Through Education®

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AAMC Training Group are a Registered Training Organisation in Australia, whilst also operating in India, Indonesia and Philippines. Jeff Mazzini gives us an insight into how the organisation came to win the Most Outstanding Training Organisation 2017 in Australia in our Corporate Excellence Awards 2017.

Operating since 2001, AAMC Training Group offer a variety of courses ranging across many areas, placing a firm focus on Banking, Finance and Insurance in Australia. Additionally, the firm provides many continual professional development courses via face to face delivery or learning management systems, which it is constantly adapting to meet clients and regulators needs. Jeff outlines the overall mission of AAMC Training and what its aims are. 

“AAMC Training are in the education industry because they want to ‘Improve People’s Lives through Education®’, providing a borderless education offering to enable education to be transportable across countries. We believe this will greatly assist in reducing the high numbers of skills shortages across the globe.

“To enable this to happen, we need to build and design many courses to meet each country regulatory or business needs, otherwise the education will not be accepted or have little value to the students undertaking the courses. In some instances it requires translation of course materials from English to local languages due to the low level of understanding of the English language.”

Furthermore, seeking acceptance across borders and the ability to offer dual certification adds value to the student’s outcomes. Jeff discusses the range of courses that the team offers in the various locations.

“In our offshore locations we provide a range of courses to meet the needs of our clients. Many students who are leaving their learning institutions also require undertaking our work ready courses. This is where we teach them many soft skills and life skills that they are able to combine with their recent studies, to ensure they simulate as quickly as possible into the work force.

“Another area we also deliver soft skills courses to is for those who are wishing to go offshore to further their studies. Universities have stated there are certain skills gaps that need to be addressed before the student arrives to undertake their chosen area of study. Which is why we have designed these courses, to enable the students to adapt more quickly when they arrive in a new country.”

As with all industries, different cultures require different needs. This is no less relevant in education requirements but the end result is usually the same, which is to be able to ensure that the student leaves education as a skilled individual who is ready to work and excel in any industry that they choose.

“Every country has different needs with regards to their education requirements, however the end result is the same and that is to be able to provide skilled labour to meet the high skills shortages spread across the globe. This is basically the result of the slowness of education requirements in various countries to adapt to the fast-moving digital environment we are all now operating in.”

When undertaking a new project Jeff tells us what steps the organisation takes to ensure the client will benefit from working with AAMC Training. Preparation on both sides is key, and the team expect the unexpected from the client, making sure they are adaptable to the different requirements.

“Basically, it is impossible to guess what the clients’ needs are. Hence our team members actually prepare for the interview whilst also helping to prepare the client for the initial meeting. Firstly, four days before meeting the clients we send out a corporate pack including a copy of our corporate brochure, course lists and personal profile of the sales person attending the meeting. This enables our client to understand who we are and what we can do, so that at the meeting the focus is about them rather than about us.

“Secondly, team members undertake as much research as possible on the company and/or the clients’ that are to be visited, pre-populating the Client’s Training Needs review as much as possible from the client website. Lastly, staff respond back to clients’ in a timely manner with suggestions and recommendations which AAMC Training Group feel provides the best solutions in assisting the clients’ with the issues that are raised during the interview.”

In this ever increasingly technological generation there are many developments all over the industry, and Jeff tells us about an exciting new venture known as Jill Watson, which has benefitted universities and could change the face of the entire corporate landscape.

“Technology advancements have already entered the education industry. A good example is nano technology, a teaching assistant by the name of Jill Watson. Jill is used to answering phones, taking orders and solving problems 24/7, and has allowed one university to lower their course costs to $7K (compared to their nearest competitor $56K). This means huge ramifications for all in the education industry. I see greater use of Bots, Robots and VR/AR Goggles, all of which have already started infiltrating the education industry.”

Moreover, Jeff is keen to add that he believes there should still be a greater desire from humans to persevere in their quests, rather than give up because of the rapid evolution of the digital age. Jeff reiterates that education is a life long journey, and everyone is constantly learning every day.

“Education is now a life long journey, it is no longer about undertaking a course and gaining a qualification, thinking that is all you need to do for the rest of your life. That course in many instances is already obsolete by the time you have finished it and/ or the job role no longer exists. Hence short, sharp courses are the future.”

In his concluding comments, Jeff mentions what kind of times are ahead for AAMC Training Group, talking about increasing customer requirements.

“Ultimately our future is facing strong technology head winds, and competition that used to be locally or state based has now transformed into global competitors. The big five technology companies are a looming threat, basically anything that can be sold online and money to be made will be taken over by them.

“There are still impediments that prevent them from being the total suppliers, however that can be changed once they understand the industry better. Human resistance and fear of job losses are common across many areas, however what is resisted the most just encourages technology providers and individual companies to move faster into the online areas, as competition
and consumers are always demanding great quality but low prices.”

Contact: Jeff Mazzini

Contact Email: [email protected]

Address: Suite 1, 445 Melbourne Road, Newport, VIC 3015, Australia

Phone: 0061 8 9344 4088

Web Address: www.aamctraining.edu.au


The 2017 Executive Awards Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the 2017 Executive Awards Winners

United Kingdom, 2017– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2017 Executive Awards.

When looking to distinguish and reward excellence in the corporate world, it’s easy to focus on the worldwide brands and company figureheads and easy to forget about the people behind the scenes.

The 2017 Executive Awards praises those people who go above and beyond in the executive world. Those who form not only the backbone of their individual businesses, but of their wider sectors and industries.

Kaven Cooper, Awards Co-ordinator, discusses the awards: “Our deserving winners are those whose determination, decision making and endless knowledge of their market sector and clients keep their companies going every day. As such, it is a true privilege to be able to showcase their hard work and dedication, and I would like to wish them the very best of luck for the future.”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit http://www.cv-magazine.com

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

The Small Business Awards 2017 Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the Small Business Awards 2017 Winners

United Kingdom, 2017– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2017 Small Business Awards.

Small businesses form the backbone of our corporate landscape. Despite often being overlooked in favour of bigger names, these firms provide much needed support and services to the communities they operate in, and as such deserve recognising and rewarding for the hard work and dedication they put in.

To ensure that the very best small businesses, and the individuals behind them, receive the recognition they deserve, we have brought back the very successful Small Business Awards for a second year now

Rachel Devonport, Awards Co-ordinator, commented: “These awards recognise the companies who have gone above and beyond in this highly competitive sector. It has been a pleasure working with my winners and I would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit https://www.cv-magazine.com.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.