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Employee Ownership

Gaining authority by giving it away – UMi’s approach to employee ownership

From creating a culture of togetherness to simply doing the right thing, employee ownership has helped UMi become a better business for both its customers and its staff. Here, Simon Allen, Chair of UMi’s Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) explains how the company became employee-owned back in 2011 and why #BetterTogether is a fitting philosophy for its 130+ strong team. No ...

County Durham Community Foundation

County Durham Community Foundation hits £50m milestone with support from UMi

A North East charitable Foundation has marked its £50m milestone in grantmaking that boosts communities. County Durham Community Foundation was founded 25 years ago by people who love, live and breathe the North East. With the support of local philanthropists and businesses, the Foundation awards hundreds of small grants each year to community groups and projects making a ...

Top 100 companies to work for award

UMi named one of the Best Companies to work for

Workforce engagement has been in the spotlight in recent days as business leaders committed to supporting and empowering their teams were celebrated at Best Companies Live 2021. What does it take for a company to be world class? Is it about great leadership, giving something back, investing in personal growth, putting wellbeing front and centre, or being a forward-loo ...

Three stars

UMi is seeing stars...again!

It has never been more appropriate that UMi is named after Ursa Minor - the brightest constellation in the sky – as Best Companies has awarded the company its highest star rating for workplace engagement, for the second time. The three-star accreditation means that UMi is considered a 'world class' employer and it joins an exclusive club of small businesses that excels ...

Leigh Alder

Leigh Alder shares her apprenticeship journey with UMi

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (February 8 to 15), we are sharing the stories of some of the team who started their journeys as apprentices. After completing her first apprenticeship at another company –and seeing the benefits of combining external learning with on-the-job training - Leigh Alder moved to UMi to complete her Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration ...

Bethany Ward

Bethany Ward shares her apprenticeship journey with UMi

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8 to 15 February), we are sharing the stories of some of the team who started their journeys as apprentices. After realising A-levels weren’t for her, Bethany Ward began an apprenticeship in Business Administration at UMi in March 2019, attracted by the prospect of learning new skills in an office environment while earning a wage. ...

Kate Buckle

Kate Buckle shares her apprenticeship journey with UMi

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8 to 15 February), we have decided to share the stories of some of the team who started their journeys at UMi as apprentices. Kate Buckle joined UMi in January 2020 and completed an apprenticeship in digital marketing before becoming a Digital Campaign Executive in November. Here, she reveals how the mix of classroom learning and ...

UMi drives forward with contract win

UMi drives forward with contract win

UMi has won the contract to deliver a 33-month extension to the highly successful Digital Drive County Durham programme on behalf of Business Durham, seeing business owners supported with how to embrace digital adoption until June 2023. UMi has been delivering Digital Drive County Durham since its launch in January 2018. So far, over 1,100 companies have registered on ...

UMi Staff

UMi drives forward with contract win

UMi has won the contract to deliver a 33-month extension to the highly successful Digital Drive County Durham programme on behalf of Business Durham, seeing business owners supported with how to embrace digital adoption until June 2023. UMi has been delivering Digital Drive County Durham since its launch in January 2018. So far, over 1,100 companies have registered on ...

The UMi Network

Introducing... The UMi Network

Here at UMi, we believe businesses have the power to make a difference and that by working together businesses can do more and go further - that's why we have introduced the UMi network. We know that to make that difference it takes more than just us... it takes a whole network of open minded businesses, individuals and partners (from the youngest of start ups, to the ...

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