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Business News ...from page 5


encouraged someone to try something different.” Sandy is a Reservist officer with


37 Signal Regiment based in Redditch and works in an employer support role. The West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association are patrons of the GBCC. She told Chamberllink: “Army


reservists have much to offer, they are highly motivated self-disciplined individuals who receive training in decision-making, teamwork, leadership and communications - all transferable skills which directly benefit business. “With opportunities to develop


and challenge themselves, Army Reservists get the most out of life, while giving back to society and feeling part of something worthwhile.” The six “Ice Maidens” battled


their way across icy plains in 60mph winds and temperatures as low as -40C, using only skis and their own muscle power to drag sledges of equipment weighing up to 176lb each. They started their journey on the


edge of the Ross Ice Shelf on the 20 November last year and then climbed the Transantarctic Mountains, via the Leverett Glacier, to reach the polar plateau. After a re-supply at the South


Pole, the team turned north-west towards Hercules Inlet, skiing 600km across uneven ground, and spending Christmas Day on the ice before reaching their final re-supply point at the base of the Thiel Mountains. From there, they descended to the Hercules Inlet and the finish line. Sandy started her Army career


as a radio technician before commissioning back into the Royal Signals. After completing tours of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan she left the Regular Army to join the Reserves in 2014. She splits her time between


leading overseas expeditions, outdoor instruction and team building/leadership development. Sandy has participated in a


number of military and civilian expeditions, climbing and mountaineering in the UK, Spain, the Alps, Nepal, USA, Norway and Peru. She enjoys anything which takes


her outdoors and can’t turn down a challenge, which has led to many adventures from traversing the Cuillin Ridge to completing the Devizes to Westminster kayak marathon, and more recently competing in the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). She is currently studying Spanish


and can usually be found living out of her camper van, wandering in the hills with her dog Bracken or riding the local mountain bike trails.


6 CHAMBERLINK May 2018


Annual Dinner and Awards 2018


Curium creates the right chemistry at annual awards


By John Lamb


A young company that has quickly secured major global contracts to help businesses and individuals achieve their potential has itself secured a significant milestone. Curium Solutions were named Business of the Year,


sponsored by National Express, at the annual dinner and awards of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) in front of 1,300 guests at the International Convention Centre. The company, formed 10 years ago by Andy


Dawson and James and Adam Farrow, now employs 30 people at its headquarters in Innovation Court, Edmund Street, Birmingham. Curium have grown to be trusted by some of the


biggest and most recognisable brands. Curium’s main mission is to empower people and


organisations across the world to realise their personal and business potential and in doing so empowering Curium team members. Their spokesperson said: “We practise what we preach and ultimately strive to put people


Pictures: Jas Sansi


development at the heart of all that we do.” Every member of the Curium team is certified in


TetraMap, a behavioural framework that enables them to coach and develop clients. Curium has also developed the “1% Club”, a concept that challenges staff to find one per cent extra for clients and colleagues to unlock their potential. The business, chosen from the winners of the nine


award categories, has achieved steady growth during the past three years. Russell Jeans, chairman of the judges, said: “We


felt that Curium deserved the award because they have achieved remarkable global success in a very short time. “Their team is dedicated to helping other


businesses and individuals through first-hand experience and the award fully deserved.” The awards were a double triumph for two


companies – Millennium Point won the Excellence in Hospitality and Training and Education categories while Addfield Environmental systems were victorious in both Excellence in International Business and Manufacturing.


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