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2022 – a cocktail of challenge and opportunity

We’re often guilty of moving on to the next challenge, without really celebrating our achievements. So, we’ve taken the time to pause and be thankful for 2022 – here’s some of our best bits.

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Nominations open for UMi Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2022

Exporters from across the North of England are invited to nominate their business for the UMi Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2022.

UMi helps SMEs soar high with London Stansted Airport opportunities

On Tuesday 22 November, we gathered more than 100 small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) at the Raddison Blu Stansted for the London Stansted Airport Meet the Buyers event to meet and sell to major buyers from the airport and its tier 1 supply chain.    

Over half of small businesses feeling less confident about the future

Recent research commissioned by UMi, shows that more than two thirds of UK’s SMEs are feeling less confident about the future of their business than they did 12 months ago, during the covid-pandemic. 

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UMi’s rising star recognised in 30 Under 30 list

UMi is celebrating after Content Editor Richard Dawson earned his place in The Professional Publishers Association’s 30 Under 30 class of 2022.

East London SMEs in the running for millions of pounds worth of business

On Tuesday 18 October, 104 small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) gathered at the ExCel in London for the East London Meet the Buyer event to learn about tender opportunities with London City Airport and partners. 

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New Durham office space sets UMi up for a Net Zero future

Alongside our recent B Corp certification, we have also completed the purchase of its new office premises which firmly sets us on the path to Net Zero, further enhancing our environmental impact and credentials.


Celebrating our B Corp Certification

UMi have achieved something no other business services company in North East England has managed. We became B Corp Certified.

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DABS Festival of Enterprise provides a needed boost for northeast start-ups

This week saw a number of County Durham’s most promising start-ups come together for a day of networking, keynote speakers and first-hand advice at the annual Durham Ambitious Business Start-Ups (DABS) Festival of Enterprise, sponsored by Swinburne Maddison.

EO Day 2022

Finding my feet through employee ownership

As part of EO Day, UMi Content Editor and one of the Directors of UMi’s Employee Ownership Trust (EOT), Richard Dawson, shares how employee ownership has helped him find his voice in business.