Published: October 24, 2021 | Updated: October 25, 2021

Biz News round-up featuring Mad River, Dorset Mind, Yunex Traffic and Care UK’s The Potteries

The Mad River team on safari to celebrate their 20th birthday. Picture: Mad River.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Mad River go on safari to mark 20th anniversary

An award-winning design agency celebrated its 20th anniversary by going on safari.

Cia-Louise Coton and Simon Gater, Founders of Bournemouth-based Mad River, took their team to Port Lympne in Kent for a safari adventure, complete with tigers, lions, bears, leopards, gorillas, giraffes and the UK’s largest herd of black rhinos.

Staying in safari tents, the team had dinner and then a private tour of the 600-acre estate the following day.

Cia-Louise said: “We are incredibly proud to have been making great things happen for our clients for the last 20 years.

“Our approach has always been to uphold the high standards we set ourselves, both creatively and service driven, to ensure we never become complacent or out-of-date.

“This continual push for excellence works well for our clients of course, but is also of benefit to our team, allowing them to grow, develop and be more adventurous both in and out of the studio.

“There’s so much more for us all to discover and we are truly excited for this next phase in Mad River’s journey.”

The agency has won many awards over the years, most recently taking home a prestigious Drum Roses Design Award for its work on legendary explorer Nimsdai Purja’s new website.


Senior team at Yunex Traffic revamp care home’s garden

A Broadstone care home welcomed the senior management team from Yunex Traffic to revamp its garden.

The volunteers gave up their time to transform the grounds of Care UK’s The Potteries on York Road as part of their community outreach programme.

They spent the day sprucing up the garden by staining garden benches and removing large bushes.

The team also repaired tarpaulin for the home’s chicken coop which will now become a greenhouse, and painted the summer house, a popular feature with residents throughout the warmer months.

Commenting on the revamp, Wilke Reints, Managing Director for Yunex Traffic in the UK, said: “We were really pleased to support our neighbours and help renovate the outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy.

“The entire team found the day really rewarding and we’re looking forward to supporting the care home again in the future.”

Zita Turner, Home Manager at The Potteries, said: “We were thrilled to have the team members from Yunex Traffic come along to help revamp our garden.

“On behalf of everyone at The Potteries, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Yunex Traffic, Wilke and his team who have transformed our garden in record time.

“The residents are very grateful, and we look forward to welcoming all of the volunteers back to spend some quality time in our beautiful garden when the warmer weather returns.”

Formerly known as Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems, Yunex Traffic operates as part of Siemens Mobility.


Dorset Mind wins £10,000 Movement for Good award

Dorset Mind is one of 30 charities chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 as part of Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards.

The specialist insurer is giving £1m to good causes this year.

Dorset Mind says the donation will make a real difference by helping to fund the charity’s new Key Worker Mental Health Support Programme.

Vital mental health support and wellbeing will be provided for key workers in Dorset through training webinars and individual counselling.

The funding will support approximately 100 people over the next 12 months.

Marianne Storey, Dorset Mind Chief Executive, pictured left, said: “We provide education, training, and support for local Dorset residents to help them learn about mental health problems, challenge the stigma they face reaching out for the support they need and importantly, we deliver impactful services to aid their recovery and maintain wellbeing.

“This generous grant will enable Dorset Mind to help key workers that have unwaveringly supported our communities by showing up consistently in extremely challenging circumstances of the pandemic.

“The funding enables us to support them in their hour of need.

“We are providing a ‘care package’ of essential support, training and 1-2-1 counselling, to help them recover from the trauma they have encountered being under extreme pressure over long periods of time.

“We’re delighted to be able to do this for them.”

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, pictured right, said: At Ecclesiastical we believe business should be a force for good.

“Charitable causes need sustained support and a sense of financial stability.

“Through the second phase of our Movement for Good awards we are actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society.

“We know that £10,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

“Ecclesiastical, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, is a unique financial services group.

“We are owned by a charity, which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers.

“As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business.”

  • Find out about the 1-2-1, group support and training provided by Dorset Mind on its website here.