Inteb MS client Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious Sustainability Award!

Following the successful environmental management campaign run during 2017 the Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust was awarded with ISO14001:2015 certification, one of very few NHS Trusts to hold the standard. Inteb MS acted as environmental consultant for the Trust and assisted with coordination of the ISO14001 Environmental Management System and audit.

The demonstration of the Trust’s environmental credentials, backed up with accreditation to the renowned international standard, is testament to the hard work put in from teams across the organization to coordinate effective management of their environmental performance.

The Trust have been shortlisted for the Procurement award at the NHS Sustainability Awards, with the ceremony being held in London on Thursday 17th May.

Full details of the awards shortlist is available here.

Inteb names Tomorrow’s Women Wirral as its chosen charity

A GROUNDBREAKING and dynamic organisation that helps women to turn their lives around and make a fresh start has become the chosen charity for Inteb Managed Services.

The company will be supporting Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an award-winning community charity committed to reducing female offending and imprisonment as well as providing assistance to women who have never entered the Criminal Justice System but who want to make positive lifestyle changes.

From its “safe haven” base in Birkenhead, Tomorrow’s Women has for the past seven years been running a full timetable of free educational workshops, courses and social activities to help integrate women from the Wirral community, no matter what their background or issues.

More than 600 visitors use the centre each week. It’s a place where there’s always a listening ear, a cup of tea and a warm, welcoming environment offering fitness, cookery and craft classes, health and wellbeing advice, debt and finance support as well as dealing with issues including domestic abuse and confidential drop-in sessions from police, solicitors and support agencies.

Recycling courses have been set up teaching women to use recycled material for crafts and Tomorrow’s Women Wirral has also developed a Recovery Garden, recycling rainwater, composting and recycling furniture.

A vital part of the programme is putting women on the road to employment by supporting them to gain qualifications and providing them with job-seeking skills such as interview techniques and confidence-building exercises.

Tomorrow’s Women’s chief executive Angela Murphy explained: “Tomorrow’s Women is all about enabling women to share skills to support one another. We engage with more than 160 agencies that offer their expertise to enable women to move forward in their lives, offer support to women who may feel isolated, have low self-esteem or simply want to try something new.

“We provide a safe haven in the heart of the community with our charity designed to benefit all women aged over 18 and we have so many success stories of employment, education and holistic wellbeing.”

Raja Khan, Inteb’s commercial director, said: “Visiting Tomorrow’s Women, I learned about some of the incredible work being done there to tackle and prevent some of the underlying issues that lead women into difficulty.

“It offers a route out of the negative situations some women find themselves in and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Angela and her team, along with volunteers, to help in any way we can with support for employability programmes and with fundraising.”

More about the work of Tomorrow’s Women Wirral here.

Inteb director Tom Kelly appointed to chair influential Energy and Environment Forum

Inteb director Tom Kelly has been appointed to the prestigious role as chair of an influential group tasked with business growth in the energy and environment sectors.

The newly-launched Wirral Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Forum has identified significant growth opportunities for these sectors not only locally and regionally but also on a national and international scale.

Part of Tom’s role will be to help shape the direction of the group as well as ensure businesses take full advantage of its benefits to learn, share, collaborate and grow.

Following the announcement of his appointment, Tom said: “I am delighted to be appointed chair of the Wirral Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Sector Forum during what is a very exciting time for the development of the sector locally.

“The role of the forum in terms of engaging businesses to encourage a wider reach of opportunities for our members, by working with other businesses and partners across Wirral and the Liverpool City Region, has never been more relevant. Our region is uniquely and ideally placed to benefit from the opportunities this sector will bring and we hope these benefits will be widely felt by Wirral Chamber members and other local businesses alike.

“In this new role, I hope to ensure the forum continues to provide local businesses with information on specific issues relating to energy and the environment and work together to address potential barriers to growth. Together we can then ensure that businesses in the Energy and Environment sector have the skills required to form part of a robust supply chain and look to benefit from supply chain opportunities in the sector.

“There are also many other important and exciting opportunities involving the energy and environment sector where the forum will be looking to take a lead role in business engagement.

“At Inteb we promote pro-active energy management throughout businesses of all types and sizes and, as we move towards a low-carbon economy, the focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy generation is becoming more mainstream. This in turn brings further opportunities for businesses involved in the sector to reach out to a broader client base rather than being the ‘niche’ service offering it has been in the past.

“As a local business and Strategic Partner of Wirral Chamber, it is our role to ensure that our neighbour and partner businesses understand the benefits that can come from improving their approach to energy management and benefit from the cost savings and business opportunities this approach can bring.”

Paula Basnett, chief executive of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, added: “I am delighted that Tom has agreed to be an active member of our Energy and Environment Forum and to chair the group.

“He will provide great expertise, focus and enthusiasm in moving this initiative forward and play a key role in advancing both the interests of our members in sharing information and best practice, as well as working towards improving the quality of life in our region.”

Tom, who is a chartered energy manager and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) lead assessor, has worked for more than 16 years in energy, sustainability and resource efficiency sectors, building an in-depth knowledge looking at business solutions to utility and waste costs, environmental legislation and gaining a competitive edge through improved sustainability performance.
With increasing awareness around the tightening legislation and cost of carbon emissions, Tom is able to assist organisations meet their present needs while planning for the future, including monitoring, targeting and assessment of improvement opportunities through to managing building related projects.

His specialities are energy management and carbon reduction, CRC, ESOS, utilities metering and data management, construction project management, waste management and legislation, resource efficiency project management and sustainability reporting.

Renewable energy ‘set to be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020’

Renewable energy will be cheaper than fossil fuels in two years’ time, according to a new report.

Experts predict that investment in green infrastructure projects will lead to decreases in the cost of energy for consumers.

Continuous technological improvements have led to a rapid fall in the cost of renewable energy in recent years, meaning some forms can already comfortably compete with fossil fuels.

The report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) suggests this trend will continue and that by 2020 “all the renewable power generation technologies that are now in commercial use are expected to fall within the fossil fuel-fired cost range”.

Of those technologies, most will either be at the lower end of the cost range or actually undercutting fossil fuels.

Adnan Amin, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said: “This new dynamic signals a significant shift in the energy paradigm. Turning to renewables for new power generation is not simply an environmentally conscious decision, it is now – overwhelmingly – a smart economic one.”

The report looked specifically at the relative cost of new energy projects being commissioned.
As renewable energy becomes cheaper, consumers will benefit from investment in green infrastructure. The current cost for fossil fuel power generation ranges from around 4p to 12p per kilowatt hour across G20 countries.

By 2020, IREA predicted renewables will cost between 2p and 7p, with the best onshore wind and solar photovoltaic projects expected to deliver electricity by 2p or less next year.

Other methods of producing renewable energy, such as offshore wind farms and solar thermal energy, are not yet as competitive as fossil fuels. However, the results of recent renewable power auctions for projects to be commissioned in the coming years suggest these forms too are due to drop in price. Auctions provide a useful means of predicting the future cost of electricity.

Mr Amin added: “These cost declines across technologies are unprecedented and representative of the degree to which renewable energy is disrupting the global energy system.”

The new report comes after 2017 was declared the UK’s greenest year ever by WWF, when data from the National Grid revealed 13 different renewable energy records had been broken.

Inteb joins business leaders in shaping economic strategy

Inteb Managed Services is taking new and important steps to help formulate plans for the economic regeneration of the region where the business has its national headquarters.

Commercial director Raja Khan was among progressive and forward-thinking business leaders who took part in the inaugural meeting of Wirral Chamber of Commerce’s Strategic Place Advisory Forum, a 50-strong group – partnering with the local authority – with a mission to shape a strategy for economic growth and investment.

As a Strategic Partner with Wirral Chamber, Inteb, as well as being at the heart of initiatives for this local sector development, will also be involved in the Chamber’s lobbying activities.

Raja explained: “Our business is a huge supporter of Wirral Chamber and the strides it is making to put the area on the map as a great place to work and do business. As a Chamber member, it was a natural move for us to take on the extra responsibility of becoming a Strategic Partner and join like-minded business people who, with their influence and decision-making, can make a real difference to the success of the local economy.”

At the inaugural meeting of the forum, Andy Snell, head of strategic partnerships at Wirral Chamber, added: “I am delighted with the interest and commitment to this initiative of so many quality businesses from Wirral and the Liverpool City Region – organisations from established blue chip companies to start-ups who are shaking up their industry.”

Future forum topics for discussion will include training and skills, energy and transport infrastructure.

Inteb answers the call to help homeless

Vulnerable people living on the streets this winter can look forward to a Christmas of comfort – thanks to help from staff at Inteb Managed Services.

The company once again answered a crisis call to make a difference to the homeless by filling rucksacks with essential items of food and toiletries.

The initiative was part of the annual Rucksack Challenge organised by Wirral Chamber of Commerce, uniting businesses throughout the borough in supporting the hundreds of people living rough in desperate conditions.

The rucksacks are now being handed over to YMCA Wirral and the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead, which helps the poorest in the local community.

Inteb director Tom Kelly said: “This is the second year we have given our support to the worthy cause of the Rucksack Challenge. Hopefully, our effort will help to make a difference to those living in desperate circumstances this winter and bring them some comfort.”

Raja Khan, commercial director at Inteb, added: “When we’re all thinking about friends, families and generally having a good time at Christmas, it is important we make efforts to look after those who are not so fortunate. That’s why we get involved in the Rucksack Challenge each year.

“It’s hard to imagine living in such unbelievable circumstances – and so close to home for those of us based at our headquarters here in Birkenhead.”

Paula Basnett, chief executive at Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very grateful to Inteb Managed Services for getting involved in the Rucksack Challenge to support the very important services which both YMCA Wirral and the Charles Thompson Mission provide not only during the winter months but also throughout the rest of the year.”

Last year, YMCA Wirral provided almost 3,000 bed nights to people in crisis. Staff and volunteers are on duty at its night shelter, which has been in operation since 2008, trying to ensure that no one needs to sleep rough on the streets as well as providing hot meals over the Christmas period.

The Charles Thompson Mission helps men women who are homeless, poor or needy, providing hot food, clothing, toiletries and other basic essentials, along with love, care and compassion. The mission also operates a drop-in centre for the homeless and needy, offering food, clothing, shower facilities, advice – or just someone to talk to.

Professional management qualification for Inteb’s Natasha and Janet

Paula Basnett presents the CMI certificates to Natasha and Janet

PRESTIGIOUS professional accreditation has been achieved by two members of the Inteb Managed Services team who have been awarded their Level 3 qualification in First Line Management.

Operations Manager Natasha Edwards and Operations Team Leader Janet Walton were among the first to successfully complete the Chartered Management Institute course run by Wirral Chamber of Commerce.

After completing practical assignments in Management Communication and Improving Performance, they then had to demonstrate how they can now apply what they have learned into their workplace.

Wirral Chamber’s Chief Executive Paula Basnett said: “It was great to see them develop their skills and learn not only from the course but also from each other by sharing best practice and how they have been able to apply their new knowledge and skills.

“The role of the First Line Manager is crucial in getting the best out of people to improve efficiencies and productivity so that the investment companies have made in developing their managers at this level will certainly be returned by seeing real changes in how they manage their staff.”

Inteb Director Tom Kelly added: “The benefits of the qualification to Natasha and Janet is that it provides them both with a wealth of knowledge around the principles, methods and effectiveness of management communication techniques. It also means they can assess the impact of an individual’s performance on teams, recognising performance behaviours and implementing improvement measures.

“The experience and qualification gained from the CMI training will be invaluable to them both going forward and will help them in their management of personnel and projects.”

Inteb applauds inspirational people who make a difference to communities

Raja Khan at the awards ceremony with Sandra Kirkham, managing director of Progress to Excellence Group

Inteb Managed Services has applauded the inspirational people and their dedication to others by its support for a major awards ceremony celebrating the people and businesses who make a difference to their customers through training and education.

As a sponsor for the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards 2017, held at Liverpool Crowne Plaza, the company joined civic dignitaries and 300 specially invited VIP guests from across the region at the day of celebration to honour the individuals, employers, training providers and charities for the huge contribution they make to their communities, gained from their commitment to training.

Inteb’s commercial director Raja Khan said: “Playing a part in the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards was important to us as we take great pride in providing first class training for our employees along with exceptional leadership and support.

“We see job satisfaction as vital and so we work tirelessly to create a working environment that’s enjoyable to produce beneficial partnerships with our customers.

“A shared ethos with Progress to Excellence – that developing and nurturing employees is the key to the creation of a fulfilled workforce operating with the right service culture  – makes us proud to be associated with this event.”

Damian Burdin, chief executive of national training provider Progress to Excellence Ltd, added: “Without our generous sponsors, this event – the fifth in the history of our company – would simply not be possible.

“Like us, they all share the values of a commitment to the training and development their own staff and the businesses and organisations they deal with on an everyday basis to make a marked difference to the communities in which they operate.

“That’s why we were delighted to have an organisation like Inteb Managed Services, which shares our values of commitment to its own workforce and the businesses it deals with on an everyday basis, as a partner at our awards.”

Keynote speaker at the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards, held at the Liverpool Crowne Plaza, was Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region’s Metro Mayor, who told guests: “People are our most precious economic resource and if we cannot nurture and develop their skills to the full, then we are stifling human potential and, at the same time, limiting our capacity for growth and prosperity.

“All our economic ambitions are predicated on the need for a highly skilled, productive and well-qualified workforce.”

Inteb’s vital energy messages to young people in local community

Tackling climate change and saving energy are among some of the most important issues facing the current generation.

To get these vital environmental messages across, Inteb Managed Services has been going out into the community to talk to young people about how their own individual efforts can be a powerful force for good.

The first Inteb energy awareness workshop took place at The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead, a new £6m state-of-the-art youth centre with more than 5,000 members from across the region.

A group of Young Leaders took part in a session, led by Raja Khan, commercial director at Inteb, when they were given some invaluable help and advice about the importance of conserving energy – for the future of the planet as well as for the future health of their own finances.

Raja said: “The workshop at The Hive was a wonderful opportunity to get a group of young people together to talk to them in an informal setting about energy issues that are so vital to them and to future generations.

“Most of this age group are still living at home but it’s important for them to be aware of how the smallest change in their energy usage can impact on the household bills.

“Getting into good habits now sets them in good stead for when they are homeowners themselves or renting a property.

“Hopefully, they will take all the information on board and pass it on to their families, friends and other young people at The Hive.”

A survey by the Energy Saving Trust showed that only seven per cent of those aged under 35 said they fully understood their energy bill.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, pointed out: “We now have a generation who don’t understand their bills and have little idea where energy comes from. One reason for this is that many young people rent and do not own their home, they are simply not invested in energy efficiency like their older relatives.

“We are calling on one generation to impart their knowledge to another so young people can learn to save energy and not worry so much about their bills in the future”

Among the tips Raja and Matthew passed on to The Hive’s members were:

  • If you’re not watching the TV, turn it off at the plug. Not turning of unused appliances is a huge contributor to high energy bills.
  • Finished charging your phone, laptop or tablet? Turn it off at the plug.
  • Toasters and microwaves which aren’t used on a daily basis can also be turned off and turned back on again when needed.
  • Save money by using a lower water pressure on the shower. The difference on your bills can be enormous.
  • Try to keep the fridge full. The more that’s in there, the less energy it uses because it doesn’t have to work as hard.
  • A simple way to save energy in the winter is to wrap up warm rather than turning up the heating.

Inteb’s vital role in supporting and developing economic growth

Inteb Managed Services has taken up a vital role in supporting development and growth of the economy in the region where the business has its national headquarters.

The company has become a Strategic Partner of Wirral Chamber of Commerce – the fastest growing Chamber in the UK – joining other leading businesses which champion the area as a great location for investment in new talent and staff development to create industrial and commercial wealth.

As a Strategic Partner, Inteb will be at the heart of plans for Wirral Chamber’s local sector development and also be involved in its lobbying activities.

Raja Khan, commercial director at Inteb, said: “As a huge supporter of Wirral Chamber and the strides it’s making to put the area on the map as a great place to work and do business, it was a natural move for us to take on the extra responsibility of becoming a Strategic Partner.

“We are delighted to be joining like-minded business people who, with their influence and decision-making, will be able to make a real difference to the success of the local economy.”

Andy Snell, head of strategic partnerships and international trade at Wirral Chamber, added: “Our Strategic Partner members are the face and voice of their sector in Wirral.

“We are delighted to welcome Inteb to this expanding group to work alongside many of the most powerful and influential business leaders in our community.”