Human Engine Insights || June 2022

Updated: Jul 26

2nd Edition | June 2022 | Human Engine Insights


Human Engine Insights is our monthly digest of what's happening in our world. Each edition will include industry news and thought pieces from our team on what's happening within the private and public sector.


It's June, which also means Pride month is in full swing. 🏳️ 🌈


Human Engine would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who is part of the LGBT+ community a happy month! We support and encourage our team and clients to bring their authentic selves to work! Make this Pride Month your opportunity to be an ally to a member of the LGBT+ community and see the difference you can make.



Article: Fixing Unfair Britain...

Did you see Panorama a few weeks ago? It was great to see our client Barnsley Council and Councillor Stephen Houghton CBE on Panorama talking about Levelling Up, which focused on whether we can close the north/south divide by investing billions of pounds in high streets, transport links and skills. Check out 'Fixing Unfair Britain' on the BBC, it was very interesting!


Human Engine has been working with the talent at Barnsley to deliver projects which support businesses, communities, people into employment and investment in skills - as part of the Community Renewal Fund (CRF). The CRF programme was the forerunner to three available multi-£billion pots - Towns/Levelling Up (LUF2)/UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


The CRF programme has helped to address many of the issues Panorama raised, and we're delighted to be working with the team at Barnsley on their next application for LUF2.

To find out more about the programme of work, reach out to:

  • Ed Gurney - Principal Consultant Human Engine

  • Paul Clifford - Head of Economic Development

  • Kathy Mc Ardle - Service Director Regeneration and Culture

You can find out more about how we're supporting Barnsley here: https://www.human-engine.co.uk/communityrenewalprogramme



Going the Extra Mile

Trafford Tridents Completing the Channel Swim
Trafford Tridents Completing the Channel Swim

It's been a big month of giving back to good causes and personal records within the team.

Firstly, huge congratulations to Human Engines Tom Mills and the Trafford Tridents for completing their 21 Mile English Channel swim in 8 Hours 52 Minutes.


We are pleased to confirm this as the second-fastest 4-man ever and fastest channel crossing (of any sized team) since 2017! And only a few minutes short of the world record.

Tom and the team have raised a staggering £4,976 for the RNLI

We're proud of you!


Donate - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trafford-tridents-channel-relay


Secondly, Ben Smith has raised £6,869 for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Florence Nightingale Hospice provides a range of specialist palliative and end-of-life care services to people in Buckinghamshire and parts of Oxfordshire and south Bedfordshire who have life-limiting illnesses such as chronic lung conditions, cancer and neurological conditions. The total raised so far is equivalent to providing end-of-life care at home for 3 families, at a time when they need it most.


Ben and his friends and family 'The Menaces' are taking part in the 10-mile midnight walk in July. You can keep track of their journey here: https://www.justgiving.com/team/TheMenaces



Thank you!

A big thank you Susan Calthorpe(The Clive Davis Partnership Ltd) who recently delivered a one-day course for our Human Engine clients on writing successful bids. This could help those who joined unlock £millions in future funding proposals. Mark our words - They will!

It was fantastic to see many faces from across local government and charity organisations join us.


Delegates included:

  • St Helens Council

  • South Staffordshire District Council

  • Caerphilly County Borough Council

  • Cheltenham Borough Council

  • Luton Council

  • Westminster City Council

  • The Avenues Youth Project

  • Buckinghamshire Council

  • Dudley Council

  • Cambridgeshire County Council

  • Wolverhampton City Council


We're thrilled with the feedback. The course received a 100% 'would recommend and overwhelmingly positive comments such as 'without a doubt the best course I have been to in years!’.


Please contact us if you're interested in organising an inhouse session for your team. info@human-engine.co.uk


If you attended, please do others know your thoughts in the comments.



Lunchtime Learning

Join Us - Lunch and Learn
Join Us - Lunch and Learn

Do you have a passion for being commercial in the public sector? Join our commercial networking group. We meet monthly for an informal round table to share, develop ideas and network with like-minded peers. All sessions will include a mix of guest speakers, discussions and group activities. The sessions are open to commercial directors, commercial managers and business development teams from local government, central government and the NHS. Free to attend. 12:30 – 13:30


Upcoming Schedule

  • 28th July – Persuasive Business Cases – Win Hearts & Minds - Ed Gurney

  • 25th August – Confronting Price Volatility - Inflation Special!

  • 29th September – Effective Contract Management - Ali Macdonald


Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commercial-lunch-learn-tickets-141955503733



LGA Conference 2022


We're exhibiting at the upcoming LGA Conference in Harrogate. Stall Q26!


We're looking forward to meeting many faces at the biggest event in the Local Government calendar! Drop by, it would be great to see you.


Harrogate, 28 - 30 June 2022 || Local Government Association



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