Gibbs Hybrid’s Gavin Stead compares project management to Spotify for a Gartner audience


Taking the keynote stage at October’s Gartner IT Sourcing Summit, Gavin Stead, Head of Programme Services at Gibbs Hybrid, explained how Spotify – or Netflix or Zipcar – is similar to our Project Management as a Service (PMaaS) offering.

Why? Just as with Spotify you can pick more or less any tune you could ever want without having shelves full of CDs or vinyl, PMaaS allows your business to have top quality, fully qualified project management available exactly when you want it – and not when you don’t. With a scarcity of project manager talent, and the resulting high cost, companies have the choice of seconding existing staff or having an underemployed project manager waiting for her next assignment. Just like all those vinyl records waiting to be played. PMaaS, Gavin explained to the packed audience, gives you all of the skills at a lot lower cost.

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Dynamyk Yoga teaches Innocent Drinks staff about mindfulness for Wellbeing Week wellness session

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Michelle Fanus, founder of start-up wellness business Dynamyk Yoga was invited to speak to the staff at Innocent Drinks about the importance of wellbeing and maintaining a healthy work life balance.

The 1-hour session, which was a part of Innocent Drinks’ staff Wellbeing Week, took place on Wednesday 3rd October at the Fruit Tower head office in London. Topics included “Switching off and Zoning out”, “Self-Care and ‘Me’ time” and “How to say ‘no’ nicely”; although Innocent already have weekly in-house yoga classes in place, they invited Michelle to share some advice on how a busy professional should manage their time.

As a serial entrepreneur and 18-year yogi, Michelle rose to the challenge and presented an exciting, energetic speaking slot on time management, self-care, sleep improvement, mindfulness, meditation and, of course, tips on how to get the most out of their next yoga class.


In other news, Dynamyk Yoga have announced plans for their first 5-day yoga retreat, scheduled to take place in May next year.

The retreat, which is open to everyone especially those new to yoga, will be held in Tuscany, commencing on Monday 29th April, ending on Friday 3rd May 2019. Prices start at £650 pp for a double occupancy room, 3 meals per day, 6 yoga classes, a wine tasting evening and an excursion to San Gimignano. Flights are extra and will be from London to Pisa.

See or get in touch by emailing if you’d like some wellbeing tips or a yoga teacher for weekly yoga at your premises, or for information about the retreat.

Iconic Event Management deliver successful Business Opportunity Day at MSDUK Conference 2018

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Presented with the challenge to provide new and exciting event innovations for the Business Opportunity Day; whilst using the event space to its full potential, Iconic  set about the brief using our creativity whilst firmly keeping both the exhibitor and delegate experience at the forefront of our thinking.

The delivery consisted of us creating event zones throughout the event space in order for the MSDUK business exhibitors to present their products & services; opportunities to meet the buyer; lounge area for delegates to relax / network; and creating an innovative silent seminar workshop area, providing both the presenters and seminar workshop audiences with interaction without distraction, through the use of headphones.


What our client thought…


“It was a pleasure working with Roger for our 2018 Business Opportunity Day. His innovative ideas particularly the silent workshop zone, enabled us to take this year’s event to the next level and elevate our delegates’ experience who attended on the day.”

Harriet Sullivan, Events Manager, MSDUK


For your innovative conference or exhibition ideas for your next event or simply to view our latest brochure to see what event services we provide, contact Iconic – 0800 689 4306 /




Green Park, the executive diversity recruitment specialists, has released its third annual Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business Index to celebrate the professional achievements of Britain’s ethnic minority leadership community and their commitment to delivering positive change.

This year’s Index includes leaders from across the UK private, public and third sectors, highlighting the importance that ethnic minority role models have in helping to inspire the next generation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders.

It is designed to highlight the talent, experience and expertise of ethnic minority leaders who are still currently chronically under-represented at board level in both private, public and third sector organisations.

Green Park applies a strict selection criterion to identify 800 ethnic minority individuals that comprise the talent pool from which the Top 100 will be selected, with the majority occupying director, executive and non-executive positions.  To establish the final shortlist for the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business Index, Green Park applies a propriety scoring methodology judged by an independent panel of experts, which identifies candidates’ professional achievements and commitment to delivering positive change.

The expert judging panel includes Ken Olisa OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Restoration Partners; Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman of Mediacom Plc; Natasha Adams, Chief People Officer at Tesco; David Tyler, Chairman at J. Sainsbury Plc; and Amee Chande, Non-Executive Director of BBA Aviation Plc.

Raj Tulsiani, CEO of Green Park, said:  “If we are to truly change attitudes to diversity and inclusion in senior leadership across the public, private and third sectors we need to highlight that there are already talented candidates doing incredible work. The problem is that there are not enough of these leaders. We need action to ensure BAME talent in the leadership pipeline can break through the glass ceilings that remain in many organisations. Organisations also need governance structures that will appeal to the widest possible talent pool and to ensure an inclusive environment to prevent a talent drain.”

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About Green Park

Since its inception in 2006, Green Park has become one of Europe’s most trusted suppliers of executive search, senior interim management and diversity and leadership development consultancy across the Private, Public and Third sectors. An award winning supplier, Green Park has consistently featured at the top of the recruitment industry league tables, most recently named in Recruiter as No. 1 in the Hot 10 Public Sector Providers, No. 1 in the Productivity Hot 20 & No. 2 in the Recruiter Hot 100.

At Green Park we are passionate advocates of the power of diversity as a source of competitive advantage, setting a benchmark for innovation and commitment to consistently attract diverse groups of appointable candidates.  In 2012 we were appointed founding members of the National Equality Standard, representing the only recruitment firm on the founding board. We also host the Diversity Recruitment Institute for Value and Excellence (DRIVE) dedicated to sharing global best practices in D&I made relevant through research and toolkits useful in a UK context.




MSDUK CEO Mayank Shah will be one of 125 business leaders to be featured in a diversity exhibition. The Diversity Works’, project examines the ‘diversity proposition’ through a series of portraits and perspectives featuring; business and thought leaders, managers and agents of change.

Over a period of 3 years more than 125 business leaders, managers and agents of change, including, Sir Nicholas Serota, Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Inga Beale DBE, John Bercow MP, Lord Browne, Vanessa Kingori MBE and Gok Wan were photographed and interviewed by Shahid Bashir. (

The project examines the value of rethinking leadership and culture to develop people, processes and systems that are inclusive and facilitate difference in the broadest sense of the word. It asks…

– How is diversity actually perceived and experienced within the context of work?
– What is the positive core of diversity and how does it relate to the positive core of an organisation?
– What are the negative stereotypes that are dismissively associated with diversity?
– What are the conditions under which diversity and inclusion can flourish in organisations?

The portraits have been taken in a particular style moving away from the happy, smiley corporate portraits we are all used to seeing. Instead, they incorporate a contemporary black and white, deadpan format as contributors are asked to draw on their lived experience and reflect on a specific moment in their lives when they were excluded and felt left.

As a business psychologist and lens-based artist, Shahid takes the white cube concept into large corporate spaces to get people to slow down, pause and ponder on their own lived experience. Creating a strong interactive element to his photographic installations, they are engagement pieces with multiple layers of meaning that facilitate self-reflection, reveal fresh perspectives and start new conversations. The aim…, is to encourage people to open up to new possibilities, to experience new ways of being and playing at work.

In his personal work, Shahid playfully interrogates the idea of the authentic self, examining the interplay between external forces and internal narratives and how this dynamic drives behaviour. His approach is informed by his roots in positive psychology and appreciative inquiry which is embedded in his practice. He is currently creating new works translating his approach to wider contexts, which can be seen at,

Flushable and biodegradable sanitary products take MSDUK Innovation Challenge title



L-R Helena Hutton, Cummins; Aaron Koshy and Olivia Ahn, Co-Founders of Polipop; Ava Vidal, MSDUK Awards Dinner host

A start-up business that makes the world’s first safely-flushable and biodegradable sanitary products has been crowned as the winner of the MSDUK Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Cummins.

Polipop received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham on 26th September as part of a two-day conference celebrating supply chain diversity – MSDUK 2018.

Over 600 delegates, 200 entrepreneurs, 100 buyers, 60 exhibitors, 40 global brands and 50 supplier diversity leaders attended the event, whilst a select panel of investors and supply chain experts heard pitches from 12 exciting new businesses aiming impress them with their innovative ideas and win the MSDUK Innovation Challenge.

This year’s prizes include scholarships worth $10,000 to the prestigious Ivy League Tuck School of Business in the USA sponsored by EY and Accenture, funding opportunities, a place on Accenture’s Development programme and mentoring pitch workshops with international motivational speaker David McQueen.

Polipop have developed pads that break apart down any toilet within minutes. They are 100% biodegradable and body-safe, are plant-based and contain zero parabens or perfumes.

Olivia Ahn, Co-Founder at Polipop said;

‘We are thrilled to have won and to now be able to go to Tuck Business School next year along with RAB Microfludics and Twipes. This prize is unique amongst innovation challenges, in that the business course based in New Hampshire will enable us to not only further the start-up but also to explore the American approach to entrepreneurship.

‘’Being a London-based start-up, we have worked with many British and European mentors and advisers. We look forward to exploring the American market and audience whilst in America, and of course, putting into practice what we learn at Tuck Business School.

‘’Working with the other finalists throughout the innovation challenge showed us the calibre, talent and passion in the teams behind the start-ups. It was inspiring to learn from each other and to be announced as the winner was an incredible honour.’’

Mayank Shah, CEO of MSDUK said:

“Innovation through diversity is set to power the UK economy over the next decade and this was the mantra behind this year’s Conference and Awards. For over 10 years, MSDUK have been dedicated to improving diversity in entrepreneurship and driving inclusive procurement.

‘’We believe that supplier diversity is an economic and moral imperative. Innovation comes from a diversity of perspectives, so when we limit who can contribute, we in turn limit what problems we can solve. The calibre of the finalists this year was incredibly high and I am sure we will be hearing about all of them in the very near future but for the judges this year, Polipop was the outstanding business, along with the runners up, RAB Microfludics and Twipes.’’

This year’s finalists in full were:

– Polipop. The first safely-flushable and biodegradable sanitary products

– Twipes, which manufactures the world’s only truly flushable wipes

– RAB-Microfluidics, the company which downscales whole laboratory protocols onto a glass microchip

– ThingTtrax, which specialises in Internet of Things manufacturing machines and brings disconnected machines online

– Hello Daisy Life, which provides set top boxes and networks for the elderly

– The Cheeky Panda, which connects carbon neutral, ultra-sensitive healthy bamboo tissue products

– Medixus, a company which connects healthcare workers across Africa

– Zingr, which provides financial inclusion for the unbanked and underbanked in developing countries;

– Audiowings, the specialist in smart headphones for workouts

– Envirup, a company which provides insulated sidings systems for difficult-to-insulate homes

– Mother Nature’s making refreshing drinks that are inspired by flavours from a diverse range of cultures


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MSDUK announces supplier diversity award winners at 2018 Awards Dinner



Cassandra Rennie, winner of MSDUK Supplier Diversity Advocate award


The winners of the UK’s most prestigious supplier diversity awards were revealed last week (Wednesday 26th September) at a glittering ceremony at Birmingham’s Vox Conference Centre.

The annual MSDUK Conference and Awards is a must-attend event for Ethnic Minority Businesses looking to drive inclusive procurement and connect with diverse like-minded businessmen and women. This year’s event saw over 1,000 entrepreneurs, exhibitors and supplier diversity leaders gather to honour the efforts of both large corporations and ethnic minority owned businesses in making supply chains both inclusive and competitive.

The MSDUK Awards 2018 were split into six categories:

–          Scale Up Business (sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company)

–          Inclusive Procurement

–          Supplier Diversity Advocate (sponsored by AgileOne)

–          Supplier Diversity Excellence (sponsored by Gibbs Hybrid)

–          Businesswoman of the Year (sponsored by EY)

–          Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by EY)

Blue-collar recruitment agency Fortel Services and Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) Clintec International were named joint winners of the Scale Up Business Award, an award which recognises businesses that have shown significant demonstrable growth over the last two financial years within their specific marketplace.

The Inclusive Procurement Award, awarded to a British public or private sector purchasing organisation outside of the MSDUK network that demonstrates the strongest commitment to supply chain diversity, was handed to HS2 – the UK’s imminent high-speed railway and the largest infrastructure project in Europe.

Paul Harvey, Head of Procurement at Marsh & McLennan Companies, and Cassandra Rennie, UKI Operations and Sustainability Senior Analyst at Accenture, were named joint winners of the Supplier Diversity Advocate Award for their commitment, passion and hard work to promote diversity and inclusion within their organisation’s supply chain; while national energy supplier EDF Energy picked up the Supplier Diversity Excellence Award in recognition of its exceptional leadership in supplier diversity.

Raj Tulsiani, CEO of Interim Management and Executive Search firm Green Park was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year in celebration of his longstanding commitment to supplier diversity and for “setting a new benchmark for the recruitment industry that widens the gate without lowering the bar”.

Concluding the dazzling awards ceremony, Farida Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs Hybrid, which provides single-source integrated Talent Management Services, Programme Consultancy and Outsourcing Solutions to mid-market and FORTUNE 500 companies, received the prestigious accolade of Businesswoman of the Year in recognition of her “dynamic, creative and visionary” leadership.

Delegates enjoyed a stellar line-up of speakers including Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African American woman to build a $1bn business; Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy; stand-up comedian Ava Vidal; Ebookers founder Dinesh Dhamija and Accenture CPO Kai Nowosel, before being treated to a sumptuous Awards Dinner sponsored by Barclays.

The two-day event (25th-26th September) concluded with the hotly anticipated Awards Reception sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.

Mayank Shah, CEO of MSDUK, said: “This year’s awards were driven by the idea that innovation through diversity will be what powers the UK economy over the next decade. All of our award finalists are living proof of this principle, and long may their commitment to supply chain diversity continue.

“Our warmest congratulations go to the winners of the MSDUK Awards 2018. They deserve these awards for the outstanding and important work they do”.

Farida Gibbs, MSDUK Businesswoman of the Year and CEO of Gibbs Hybrid, said: “I am thrilled to be named MSDUK Businesswoman of the Year. I’ve never considered myself to be an ‘entrepreneur’ – I am someone who loves what they do with great passion. I didn’t do well at school, an illness at the age of 15 saw me in and out of hospitals and I left school with 2 GCSE’s. I felt like a failure. I truly believe this is one of the reasons why I push the boundaries, am tenacious, never give up, take a leap of faith (self-belief) to prove that I am successful and can be successful if I put my mind to it”.

She added: “My upbringing has taught me to be a great leader for my team, to lead by example, build a team who share the same common purpose and outlook on life. Whatever I set my mind to do, I do. Whatever we dream, our vision is all within our reach”.

The 2018 MSDUK Award Winners in full:

Scale Up Business


Fortel Services

Clintec International

Inclusive Procurement



Supplier Diversity Advocate


Paul Harvey, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Cassandra Rennie, Accenture

Supplier Diversity Excellence


EDF Energy

Businesswoman of the Year


Farida Gibbs, Gibbs Hybrid

Entrepreneur of the Year


Raj Tulsiani, Green Park




Mancunian Entrepreneur, Melissa Drummond, selected for Business Scholarship

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  • Founder of Cue Marketing and Cliche Models has been selected for the Tuck Scholarship residential programme
  • Programme is designed for certified ethnic minority and female business owners with an ambitious growth plan and will focus on strategy and implementation to drive results.
  • Programme is led by world-class professionals from Ivy League’s Tuck School of Business and Aston Business School

Mancunian entrepreneur, Melissa Drummond, is one of the few selected in the UK to be accepted for the Tuck Scholarship residential programme delivered by the Tuck Business School and Aston University.

The exclusive scholarship programme is designed for certified ethnic minority and female business owners, who are committed to advancing their business capabilities and have an ambitious growth plan. The scholarship will be led by world-class academics and practitioners who will support these individuals through teaching them the principles of building successful businesses, focusing on strategy and implementation to drive results.

The world class academics and practitioners, Leonard Greenhalgh and Professor Mark Hart, are from Ivy League’s Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, USA and Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK, respectively. Greenhalgh is Faculty Director of Tuck’s Minority Business Programme and co-author of ‘Minority Business Success: Refocusing on the American Dream’. Hart is Deputy Director of the Enterprise Research Centre, Professor of Small Business Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School and 2014 recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

At just 33, Drummond has already founded two successful companies: Cliche Models and Cue Marketing.

Her journey started in 2012, when Melissa saw a gap in the market for a more culturally diverse modelling agency, Cliche Models.  Originally called Cliché Model Management, which represented commercial, fashion and promotional models from predominantly Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds.

While still running her modelling agency, she started being asked for marketing advice and support including from contacts in the property industry – so she set up CUE Marketing.  CUE now has a team of 12 staff; more than double the size of just a year ago.

When reflecting on her experience so far, Drummond states:

“I’m so proud of both of the companies I started. As any entrepreneur knows, it took a lot of dedication and a clear vision of success.

Drummond has more ambitious plans for the future

“I applied for the Tuck Scholarship Programme to learn how to further develop my business ventures from the world-class professionals. I am a firm believer in continuous learning and I am excited for this new opportunity!’