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Tuesday 6th November 2012 - Posted in Business
by Wouter van Tol, Head of Sustainability Marketing & Communication, Nestlé

Wouter van Tol is Head of Sustainability Marketing & Communication for Nestlé UK & Ireland. Based in York, he is responsible for sustainability strategy, responsible sourcing, communication and public affairs. Ever since moving to the UK from his native country The Netherlands he has lived and worked in Yorkshire.

…Any business trying to crea...


34 Months and Counting

Monday 2nd July 2012 - Posted in People
by Carl Hopkins, Managing Director, Joblink Solutions CIC

The principle director of Joblink Solutions CIC is Carl Hopkins A one-time Channel 4 ‘Secret Millionaire’, Carl Hopkins is a Yorkshire-based entrepreneur and marketing ‘guru’. Since selling his marketing agency JDA in 2007, Carl has invested in Joblink Solutions; a CIC that supports organisations that train people for work. He is also one of 30...


9 minutes a day: Continuous career management

Wednesday 13th June 2012 - Posted in Business
by Wade Burgess, Head of North America Sales, Hiring Solutions, LinkedIn

Wade Burgess, who recently located back to the US with LinkedIn, was the Senior Director, Northern Europe at LinkedIn. In this role, Wade managed LinkedIn’s recruitment business – helping European employers find and attract talent at scale through LinkedIn’s professional network.

Wade spoke at our conference, YMC2012, about using LinkedIn to ...


Fuel Prices – We can’t do anything?

Wednesday 9th November 2011 - Posted in Business
by Steve Irwin, Trading Manager at Portland FPP

I live, breathe and love (in an all too geeky way) all things related to the price of fuel.

I have listened and scowled at politicians who offer at best a misguided and at worst a misleading view of why fuel prices are high and what can and can’t be done to rein in the rising cost of fuel. I have seen protests come and go, noble in their inte...


Slowly slowly

Tuesday 4th October 2011 - Posted in People
by Geoff Shepherd, Founder of The Yorkshire Mafia

So, why Kilimanjaro?

Being the highest point in Africa and the highest stand-alone mountain in the world made Kilimanjaro an attraction in terms of a personal challenge. Combine that with the prospect of doing something meaningful for a charity and it was a pretty tempting mix. It’s this kind of initiative that The Guardian wrote about in ref...


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