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The Spring | Summer 2022 issue is themed…

Altruism

Our lead interview is with Jane Gurney, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

“Sometimes, I get the chance to meet air-lifted patients and their families, and that is what makes my job so meaningful. When I first started working at the air ambulance, it was in its early days, but there was a huge dream; to always be able to deliver a first-class pre-hospital emergency medical service to those that need it the most.”

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Helping you run your business better.

Although not specifically aimed at directors and owners of start-up businesses, the magazine content, advice and tips we share with our readers have one common goal, to help you run your business better, no matter how long you have been trading.  Our articles come from leaders of local businesses all who know first-hand the reality of running a business based in Essex and are willing to share their knowledge. 

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Sleep your way to better health

When it comes to taking care of your health and wellbeing, you already know that eating your five-a-day, avoiding processed foods, drinking water and exercising regularly go a long way to keeping you in good health. But, if you find yourself feeling run-down, struggling to focus, feeling irritable or binging on unhealthy food, you may want to look at your sleep patterns.

Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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What are the responsibilities of a director?

You start a business because you are good at something and if all goes to plan, the organisation grows, and before you know it, you are sitting around a board table with colleagues running a much larger entity. Yet, being a director brings with it several responsibilities of which not all directors are aware.
Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Employee Ownership Trusts

By Simon Martin, Ensors Chartered Accountants

Many sellers of owner-managed businesses decide to step back as retirement approaches. At this point, some are lucky enough to be comfortable financially. They see the potential sale safeguarding company legacy and employee livelihoods rather than raising cash for themselves.
Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Mixed outlook ahead for Essex businesses

By Alistair Bacon, Chair, R3 Eastern
As corporate insolvency figures continue to soar compared to this time last year, the Eastern branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 is urging directors of the region’s businesses to seek advice if they are worried about their businesses.
Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Is being altruistic good for business?

By Carole Burman, MAD-HR

Giving time without expectation of fee or favour, caring selflessly, and considering others – they’re all phrases we’ve been used to hearing with greater frequency throughout the pandemic.
Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Spotlight

Quickfire

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Quickfire with Rob Thacker

Chief Executive Officer, Pozitive Insurance
Rob started Pozitive Insurance Solutions alongside Pozitive Energy in Colchester in 2020. The ambition is for business customers to procure the best insurance and energy in one place, saving time and money.
Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Quickfire with Rob Thacker

Chief Executive Officer, Pozitive Insurance
Rob started Pozitive Insurance Solutions alongside Pozitive Energy in Colchester in 2020. The ambition is for business customers to procure the best insurance and energy in one place, saving time and money.
Published in Essex Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Altruism

Our lead interview is with Jane Gurney, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

“Sometimes, I get the chance to meet air-lifted patients and their families, and that is what makes my job so meaningful. When I first started working at the air ambulance, it was in its early days, but there was a huge dream; to always be able to deliver a first-class pre-hospital emergency medical service to those that need it the most.”

be in the know, to have the know how.​

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Legacy

Our lead interview in this issue is with Olly Magnus, CEO of Magnus Group, a haulage, warehousing, and freight forwarding company based in Suffolk. He talks about his yearnings to emigrate to Australia and how his experiences, good and bad, led him to buy into his father’s business and continue his legacy.

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Altruism

Our lead interview is with Jane Gurney, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

“Sometimes, I get the chance to meet air-lifted patients and their families, and that is what makes my job so meaningful. When I first started working at the air ambulance, it was in its early days, but there was a huge dream; to always be able to deliver a first-class pre-hospital emergency medical service to those that need it the most.”

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Altruism

Our lead interview is with Matthew C Applegate, Creative Computing Club
“Everything we do at the Creative Computing Club is incredibly hard work, but also incredibly rewarding. It’s not about the paycheque, it’s about the future of the kids I teach and putting them on the right path.”

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PASSION

The lead interview is with our very own Editor-in-Chief Sue Wilcock
After years of interviewing business owners and directors for Suffolk Director Magazine, Sue is finally the one being interviewed about her career and the passion that lies behind the magazine.

“The ethos of Suffolk Director is that it has integrity, is respected and the cover is something to aspire to. It answers the questions that help owners and directors run their businesses better.”

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