Round-up from our brilliant Learning at Work Week

What a fantastic week we had last month at Artemis Marketing. We fully embraced the national Learning at Work Week event, thanks to some key staff on our team who put on a range of learning opportunities and facilitated some great pop-up learning sessions to enable staff to learn something new from each other.

The week kicked off with a team breakfast and a talk about the past presence and future of Artemis from our MD, Mike Knivett in line with this year’s event theme ‘Shaping the Future’. A team meeting was followed by a fascinating and insightful look at the future of SEO by our incredibly knowledgeable Technical Director, Justin Aldridge.

 

From Tuesday to Friday we started our learning drive with healthy breakfast smoothies while we picked up inspiration from a selection of TED talks. Smoothies were yummy, the talks interesting, and it created a real buzz at the beginning of each day. This learning lark is a lot of fun!

 

On Tuesday we were zinged into action with Maxine’s awesome Turmeric and ginger shots. Julia’s smoothies for the rest of the week included a beetroot, strawberry and mint concoction (mm mmm), an avocado, pear and ginger thickie (an Artemis favourite) and last but by no means least, a chocolate and blueberry smoothie with a healthy helping of cinnamon and nutmeg (delicious). It took a team of early-rising smoothie makers in our kitchen to get these freshly made each day (well done smoothie team – you were awesome).

 

Our Ted talk selection included How to be Team Human in the digital future by Douglas Rushkoff

Some rather worrying insights from Pablos Holman “Top Hacker shows us how it’s done”

A brilliant reminder to us all on the power of appreciation by Mike Robbins

And finally, an inspirational snippet on how to make small and sustainable changes in your life by Mike Cutts with his talk, Try something new for 30 days

 

On Tuesday lunch-time Jack, one of our brilliant Senior SEO managers, shared his medical knowledge (he’s also a volunteer Community First Responder for the South East Coast Ambulance Service), by putting on a Defibrillator training session.

 

 

Our Wednesday lunch-time learning session was run by our card-playing expert Ciso on Poker, the basics. We played with real chips, but no money was exchanged (thankfully as I wasn’t very good!).

With a real buzz building throughout the week, our Rewards and Recognition team (part of our new Pride and Belonging initiative) were tasked with recognising everyone in the company.

Staff completed questionnaires earlier in the week to record how colleagues had helped them overcome a difficulty, grow in their role or learn something new. Anonymous comments were read out and each team member received a lucky dip prize. It was a fantastic session which had everyone smiling and feeling fully appreciated, with hilarious prizes and lots of clapping.

 

Throughout the week staff made Learning at Work Week origami butterflies to record a personal and a work learning aspiration. The Butterflies are pinned on our notice board and will be shared this week. They will also be recorded in each employees’ HR file for action later.

 

We finished the week with the usual Artemis enthusiasm for trying something new by changing up the menu at our end of week team lunch, offering a wide selection of vegan, gluten-free and diary-free options to honour inclusivity.

What a great week! A big thank you to all of those who helped make it happen! It has been great to mark the importance of continual learning at work.


Kangaroos charity raise £663 at quiz night

Artemis were delighted to support Kangaroos at their latest charity quiz night at the Savannah Café Bar in Haywards Heath last night. The café was packed out with supporters all desperate to show off their quiz prowess and support Kangaroos.

We were really happy to be involved in raising awareness of the amazing work the charity does in running clubs and fun activities for children and young adults in Sussex with learning disabilities. It was great to see some of the Kangaroos’ parents at the event too.

This year is the charity’s 25th anniversary year and fundraising has been stepped up to raise an extra £100,000 to provide members with an amazing ‘Memory of a Lifetime’ experience. Overnight trips to Disneyland Paris, Centerparcs and Alton Towers have been arranged, as well as some great day trips to London and other places for those not confident enough to spend nights away from parents and home. This is truly an exciting and great year for all of the Kangaroos members.

The quiz night was a resounding success and raised a whopping £663.50. Artemis were delighted to donate a party hamper filled with snacks and drinks fit for any summer barbecue. It made first prize in the raffle and was gratefully received by the raffle winners. We were also pleased to provide a bag of goodies for the forthcoming parents and carers pamper event.

As far as quiz nights go, we’ve done better! We started the evening with aplomb, playing blinders in the first two rounds, but things slowly started to go downhill (I blame the distraction of food). Our Mid Sussex knowledge definitely needs work, but we made up points in our last round on music. We may not have won the first prize, but one of our teams did get a surprise consolation (6 bottles of wine) – and no we weren’t last (just)!

Well done and thanks to the Artemis quizzers! I hope you’ll agree a good night was had by all. We will continue to support Kangaroos, our charity of choice. Our Artemis golfers are looking forward to defending their title at the Kangaroos charity golf event at Mid-Sussex golf club on 10th May. We are also planning a sponsored walk to tie in with our new Health & Well-being at work initiative soon!


Artemis supports Kangaroos at Christmas Tree Festival

SEO stardom Christmas tree

We are delighted to be supporting our partner charity, Kangaroos, at the Cuckfield Church Christmas Tree Festival at the parish church of Holy Trinity. This year, the festival is partnering with Kangaroos to raise much needed funds for this amazing charity, so we of course wanted to be involved.

Every year local businesses sponsor trees at the festival and half of the funds raised go to the chosen charity. Businesses are invited to decorate a tree in the church either to a Christmas theme or to represent their organisation.

The first festival was held in 2003 and due to its tremendous success, it has become an annual event the local community look forward to every year.

Artemis have sponsored a tree at this year’s festival for the first time in support of Kangaroos. We decided on our theme ‘SEO stardom’ and to represent the ethical side of our business we voted to handmake all of our Christmas decorations (not a plastic decoration in sight!). Well done to the Artemis crafters! You did a great job!

Artemis team makes decorations

A bunch of the Artemis team have been busy over the last few weeks getting together (at the pub) to make a zillion stars (well not a zillion, but it felt like it!) and today we headed down to the church to decorate our tree, ready for the festival which runs over this coming weekend (Friday 7th December – 9th December).

We were blown away by the wonderful displays and we think we did an amazing job with our tree too.

Please go and support Kangaroos this weekend. There is a rich music programme running all weekend with choirs, instrumental performances and singers. See the programme of events here. We can’t recommend this event highly enough.

Pop in and see our tree. Some of the Artemis team will be there on Saturday afternoon helping out on the Kangaroos stall. Do come and say hello if you can make it. It’s the perfect event to get you in the Christmas spirit.

We’ve been really proud of our efforts to support Kangaroos over the course of 2018, raising nearly £6.5K. Kangaroos run fun and social activities in a supported setting for children and young adults with learning disabilities and we know how much this charity means to the young people and families who use their services.

We are looking forward to working with Kangaroos in 2019, which will be their 25th anniversary year and hope to smash our fundraising target of £6K again next year.

 


Artemis cake sale and picnic by the pond

Picnic by the pond

 

Team spirit is brimming over at Artemis this week after our brilliant picnic by the pond last Friday. The event was organised by our CSR Manager, Julia, to raise funds for local charity Kangaroos, who we are partnered with. The charity runs fun clubs and outings for children and young adults with disabilities in Mid Sussex and they rely heavily on donations to contribute to their operating costs.

We’ve been partnered with the charity since the end of 2017 and we are always looking for fun ways to help raise much-needed funds for this brilliant organisation. Our cake sale raised a magnificent £270.80, which takes our total raised for the charity this year to £6,083.52 – wow!

Picnic by the pond

We are so very lucky to be working in the beautiful Sussex countryside, so a cake sale made perfect sense to give us some time out to enjoy a lazy lunch by the pond and catch the last of the summer sun before autumn sets in. And it was a great chance to get to know our neighbours better too, so all of the businesses here at Danworth Farm were invited along.

Picnic by the pond

Last week began with some carefully orchestrated lists of who was to bake what and picnic food requirements were divvied out to the team. We had everything crossed that the weather would hold out and it did.

The cake offering was amazing with everything from beautiful apple cakes baked by Nicole, to deliciously moreish chocolate and raspberry cake lovingly prepared completely gluten-free by Julia, and scrumptious bread pudding slabs made by Samantha from Kangaroos. There were many more, so sorry I can’t mention you all here! They were all yummy, judging by the delirious grins and crumb-filled laps afterwards!

We had lots of savoury snacks too, including a generous array of sandwiches donated by our MD, Mike Knivett. Everyone in the Artemis team contributed in some way and it was great testimony to the way we work and support each other.

Picnic by the pond

We were bowled over by the generosity of everyone who attended. Kangaroos are delighted and so are we! A big thank you to the Artemis team who pulled a stupendous spread of food out of the bag, and for the picnic essentials, such as gazebo and chairs loaned to us by Matt, one of our account managers who also happens to be a hog roast catering extraordinaire.

Thank you to the other businesses who came, gave generously and hopefully enjoyed the gathering. It was great to meet you all. Huge thanks to Geo Environmental, Beauty Concepts, Pet Id Microchips and Cutters Barn for your donations. We hope you enjoyed the cakes and our company! Let’s do it again next year.

Picnic by the pond

 

Picnic by the pond

Artemis sponsors local football team

Artemis sponsors Hurstpierpoint FC

We’re delighted to announce our sponsorship of local football team, Hurstpierpoint FC. The Artemis offices are based on the outskirts of the beautiful Sussex village of Hurstpierpoint so it made perfect sense for us to support the local team.

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Hurstpierpoint FC have been the village team since 1886. They currently play in the Gray Hooper Holt LLP Mid Sussex Football League Division 1. Home games are played at Fairfield Recreation Ground in Hurstpierpoint and the club trains weekly at the Burgess Hill Academy.

The club played in the Mid Sussex League for the majority of its early years, but became a founder member of The Sussex County Football League (SCFL) Division Three. Their best season so far was reaching second in SCFL Division Three in 2010/11. With us as sponsors we hope they’ll make it to the top this season!

Pre-season training is underway and the team is looking forward to the start of the 18/19 season. Manager, Dudley Christensen and assistant manager, Stuart Ritchie are feeling optimistic. Pre-season started with a 2-1 win and a 5-3 loss against a strong Southwater FC side. Despite the loss of one game, Hurstpierpoint put in two solid performances.

Our brilliant designer, Aaron Thomas is working on the graphics for the new football shirts. We can’t wait to see the big reveal and see the team in action. We promise to share more news with you soon!

Come on you Blue Dogs!


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Kangaroos’ fundraising fashion show a resounding success

At Artemis Marketing we are really proud of our developing relationship with local charity Kangaroos, who run fun clubs, activities and trips away for children and young adults with learning disabilities in Mid Sussex. We are delighted to be supporting a charity making such a difference to people’s lives in our local community.

We were invited to attend the Kangaroos’ fashion show fundraising event at Bolney Wine Estate café last Thursday. The event was organised by Kangaroos volunteer, Jackie Flynn along with Helen Hitchcock, owner and founder of clothing company, Sakala. As always, Kangaroos’ fundraising coordinator Samantha Norgate was on hand to offer her support.

The fashion event was organised to raise funds and the profiles of two very worthwhile causes – Kangaroos, and the charity arm of the Sakala clothing range, Helping Elsewhere, which funds and runs a number of Indian and Nepalese educational and development projects in and around Goa.

Eight of us lovely ladies from the Artemis team jumped at the opportunity for a night out and a chance to be involved yet again in raising money for great causes. And what a fantastic evening it turned out to be.

Kangaroos Fashion Show - Artemis team

 

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The night kicked off with a glass of the Estate’s own wine, which we enjoyed while we heard more about the evening ahead. We were treated to really heartening tales of the charity work being carried out in India by Sakala’s founder Helen Hitchcock. This is a woman with an incredible heart doing wonderful things in India, as well as supporting great local causes here in the UK, such as Kangaroos.

Kangaroos Fashion Show 4

 

While we topped-up on wine and ordered some great tapas food from the Bolney kitchen, we watched the fashion extravaganza showcasing a beautiful range of ethically-produced Indian cottons from Steyning-based Sakala. The clothes were modelled by a team of lovely ladies, while Sakala’s founder Helen gave us a running commentary on the styles and detailing.

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Kangaroos Fashion Show 7

 

After the show we were able to browse the clothing, jewellery and homewares collection and buy (and boy did we buy!). Sakala’s clothing is defined by a range of wonderful ethnic prints. The pieces, ranging from harem pants to kaftans, dressing gowns, pyjamas, scarves and dresses, are quite simply stunning, beautifully made and perfect for the latest British heatwave! Arbonne, botanically based beauty products, were also on offer, as well as a range of essential oils.

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Kangaroos Fashion Show 9

 

As if that wasn’t enough, massage and beauty therapist Ingvor Hicks offered taster Ayurvedic facials and head massages using Neals Yard products, which enabled us to wind-down the evening perfectly before making our way home.

Kangaroos Fashion Show 10

 

A percentage of ticket sales from the event went to Kangaroos, as well as proceeds from the raffle, massage treatments and 10 per cent of Sakala clothing, jewellery and homeware sales on the night. Kangaroos were able to raise £455, which was match funded by an individual donor to make the total raised a very respectable £910.

We were delighted to have been invited and to have contributed to this fund raiser for much-needed funds towards the running costs of Kangaroos. As well as offering our presence on the night, we contributed two great hampers as prizes in the raffle, thanks to the generous donations from everyone in the Artemis Marketing team.

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The event, attended by Kangaroos supporters, parents of children who attend the clubs and friends of the Sakala brand, was a rip-roaring success. It was a relaxed evening in beautiful surroundings with brilliant company and all for a great cause. We are planning a fundraising picnic to raise more money for Kangaroos over the summer and we’ll be doing a sponsored walk in the Autumn.

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Artemis win cup at Kangaroos’ charity golf day

Kangaroos Charity Golf Day - Tom Hart

We were absolutely delighted to support the Kangaroos charity last Friday at their fourth annual golf day held at Mid Sussex Golf Club. The Kangaroos charity based in Haywards Heath provides a range of fun disability clubs and trips out for children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex medical needs. Kangaroos is a fantastic charity offering much needed services and respite to families in Sussex and further afield.

This was our first year at the golf event and it was a very special one with a winner’s cup dedicated to the memory of a young Kangaroo member, Ella Thatcher, who sadly passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the beginning of this year.

Ella’s father, Mike, also entered a team in the competition, and gave a very moving speech after the golf game. It is wonderful to hear such heart-warming stories of the incredible work that the Kangaroos charity is doing. Ella clearly loved her time at Kangaroos.

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Our team, headed up by Tom Hart (one of our brilliant Senior Account Managers at Artemis), did us proud, scooping the best team score (94) and Tom achieved best individual score too (41). (Tom is the one donning the fabulous beard).

We are of course delighted with the result and really proud to be supporting the Kangaroos charity. Tom was very modest, saying he hadn’t played a game of golf all year! Well done Tom, we now need a trophy cabinet at the office!

As well as entering a team in the event we were also thrilled to be sponsoring a golf hole to help raise much needed funds for this amazing charity.

Kangaroos Charity Golf Day - Tom Hart With Artemis Banner
The day kicked off with bacon rolls and the sun was shining. We think it may have been the combination of sunshine and breakfast that spurred team Tom on! Reports all round were of a fantastic, well organised event, so a big thank you to Samantha Norgate, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator at Kangaroos, who worked tirelessly to make this event happen.

Kangaroos Charity Golf Day - Golfers
After a fine few hours on the golf course, the post-golf meal went down a treat and was followed by a raffle and auction. Auction prizes included ‘have a Porsche for a weekend’, golf rounds at various courses, a signed photo of Jenson Button, photography vouchers, signed golf balls and a night at a spa hotel. The great team at Artemis all brought in treats in the weeks leading up to the event and we were able to put together a hamper for the auction. We were blown away that our hamper sold for £120.

Kangaroos Charity Golf Day - Artemis Hamper
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A brilliant day was had by all raising funds for a really worthwhile cause. Tom is already looking forward to defending his title next year! We are now busy planning our next fundraising event to continue our support for Kangaroos. Watch this space. More news coming soon.

Photo Credit: Simon Kingsley-Young


Artemis Team Bike Ride a huge success

Kangaroos - Team Artemis

A massive thank you to all who sponsored us to raise money for the Kangaroos fun disability clubs’ charity we are supporting.

We are absolutely delighted to report that the charity bike ride in Haywards Heath we took part in at the weekend was a rip-roaring success. Not only did all of our team finish their respective routes, we have raised a magnificent £5,447.72 (inc. Gift Aid) so far for our partnered charity, Kangaroos.

One of the Artemis team ran in the Brighton Marathon instead, and also committed to raising funds for Kangaroos. Well done Matt!

We all made it in to the office today too! The cycling team, and our lone Marathon runner, may have a few aching limbs here and there, but smiles are wide and the atmosphere buoyant.

Kangaroos - Team Artemis

Kangaroos - Team Artemis - Mike Knivett

Kangaroos - Team Artemis

Kangaroos - Team Artemis

We are so proud to be helping this charity and it was a delight to receive medals from some of the young adult kangaroo members at the end of the ride. We smashed our fundraising target and the buzz here at Artemis is fantastic. Kangaroos are over the moon and so are we.

Kangaroos - Team Artemis

Kangaroos - Team Artemis

The Haywards Heath Charity Bike Ride, which took place on Sunday 15th April, was the first event Artemis Marketing has been involved in to raise funds for Kangaroos. We initially hoped we would be able to raise at least £3,000 for the charity, so we’ve been blown away by how much support we have received from friends, family and the business community to magnificently exceed our target and raise much-needed funds for this amazing charity.

Kangaroos provides a range of fun, inclusive year-round clubs and trips in and around Mid-Sussex for children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. The charity supports children and young adults into their thirties, with a wide range of conditions and difficulties, including autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome and other complex medical needs.

Kangaroos - Artemis

Kangaroos is such a lifeline to many, both to those who attend the clubs and the families requiring a break from their intense caring role. The charity relies heavily on fundraising to keep going. At Artemis we are delighted to be helping Kangaroos with their operating costs for staff, premises and storage. We know our efforts will make a huge difference.

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Thank you once again to all who have supported us. As for what is next, the team at Artemis will be sponsoring a golf hole at the Kangaroos Charity Golf day on 11th May. We’ll also be organising a quiz night soon to keep our fundraising efforts going. We hope to be involved in more events as the year progresses.

What a great start to the week.


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Visit to Kangaroos

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With less than a week to go to the Artemis team’s charity Bike Ride to raise money for Kangaroos, I thought it a fitting time to pay a visit to one of the Kangaroos groups run for children and young adults with special needs.

Last Friday, I attended the Pals group, held at the Ashenground Community Centre in Haywards Heath. I can honestly say I was amazed to see first-hand the wonderful work that the Kangaroos charity is doing.

Kangaroos run several different groups at various times throughout the week, on Saturdays, during school holidays, and after school and in the evening during term time. The Pals group I visited is a Saturday and Holiday play scheme for children with special needs aged 6 to 12.

The staff at Kangaroos are incredible – so friendly, empathetic and engaging. The team is made up from paid workers and volunteers, and the number of staff almost equals the number of children attending the group. Nearly every child is allocated one-to-one support.

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It struck me how calm, safe and nurturing the atmosphere felt. The children were relaxed and encouraged to free play, communicate and join in group activities. In this session Dan, one of the paid workers, had made bubble mixture. The blowing and popping of bubbles was great fun for many of the children.

Chatting to Operations Manager, Jenny King, I was able to find out how much goes into running the groups. She said, many people and businesses fundraising for the Kangaroos charity often ask what equipment the group needs, but the biggest need for funds is in the operational costs.

With the high staffing levels, I can see just how important operational funding is. Kangaroos don’t have their own premises either, so as well as staff costs, there are office space, community centre rent and storage, which add heavily to on-going costs.

There’s also the cost of training staff. Paid and voluntary staff receive specialist training. Paid staff are trained to handle chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy. They also receive training in managing adults with special needs, which has a different set of challenges.

Many of the staff can communicate with children using sign language and there are many props at the centre enabling children to express how they are feeling, such as small cushions with happy and sad faces.

It’s also great that Kangaroos offer the same level of respite to families and support to young adults who have been attending Kangaroos since they were children.

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I can’t express enough how wonderful it was to see Kangaroos in action. This is a fabulous charity with a fantastic team of people enabling children with complex needs to participate in a wide range of activities and challenges. Children can enjoy day trips, residential overnight stays and challenges you just wouldn’t have thought possible, such as rock climbing.

At Artemis we are really proud to be supporting such a great charity. I for one will be pedalling my socks off next Sunday. If you feel inspired to sponsor any of our team, or make a donation, simply go to www.justgiving.com/kangaroos.

Kangaroos are a fine example of a charity making a huge difference to people’s lives, both the children and young adults who attend the groups, and in the respite given to families. Thank you to Jenny, Dan and Emily who showed me around and gave me a flavour of how vital these services are to the community. For more information about Kangaroos, see www.kangaroos.org.uk


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Artemis Marketing supporting local special needs charity Kangaroos

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Reg charity no: 1150202.

We are delighted to announce our partnership with local charity, Kangaroos. At Artemis we think it’s important to support our local community, and we couldn’t think of a better way than to partner with such a great charity. Kangaroos are a local charity based in Haywards Heath providing valuable support to children and young adults with a wide range of learning disabilities and complex special needs in and around Mid Sussex.

The charity runs a variety of fun after school, evening and holiday clubs and trips out all year round to give those with special needs the chance to enjoy a huge range of activities and exceed in things many wouldn’t have thought possible, as well as a vital social life with friends, that we all take for granted. The clubs also give families a much-needed break from the day-to-day of coping with a child or young adult with complex needs.

Kangaroos - Amex Banner photo 2017

Samantha Norgate, Community Fundraising and Communications Officer at the charity, said “the importance of local businesses supporting our charity couldn’t be stressed highly enough. With funding and grants being squeezed, the support of the local business community is essential for future fundraising. Many children and young people in Mid Sussex and beyond benefit hugely from the services provided by Kangaroos and to many families we are a lifeline.”

Our fundraising activities for Kangaroos kicks off with The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride on Sunday 15th April 2018. We’ve assembled a team and we’ve started the training. We’re really proud to be supporting such a worthy charity in our local area and are looking forward to a fantastic fun day of cycling in April. Come along and support us if you can. We will keep you posted on more of our fundraising activities soon.