I started my apprenticeship in the Corporate Finance Team of 3BM, in October 2014, with no working experience and I was extremely anxious about what to expect. However, the support and patience I received from my colleagues helped me feel more comfortable and I settled very quickly. After being trained and shown how to perform the tasks needed of me as an apprentice, I instantly felt like part of the team and that my role had a purpose.
Being at 3BM has not only taught me skills specific to my role, but it has also taught me about the working life, which is what I wanted to gain out of my apprenticeship.
I’ve always known that I’ve wanted to work and 3BM gave me the chance to start my career which I am very grateful for.
3BM undertook a client feedback survey in June / July and are delighted that all would recommend us to other schools. More than half of 3BM supported schools completed the survey. We asked them what they thought of the overall quality of the various services and had stunning results. c80% of schools rated the service(s) they have as being excellent, with virtually all others rating us as good.
As a thank you for participation, we offered £50 for the most useful feedback, with the winner being: Lady Margaret School, LBHF.
We will not be sitting on our laurels of course! We continue to develop our offer further and are striving to provide a greater portfolio of services as we build the Mutual. This year we have expanded from c50 to 75 staff to ensure we can be the best.
A huge thank you to the continuing support from our schools!
Kinetic Coaching is a charity that works with youngsters in London to help them develop and realise their potential through sport. To assist Kinetic Coaching, we have supported one of their football teams as part of our wider community support programme.
3BM are admirers of Kinetic Coaching’s work with young people, which they do through partnerships with schools. Their drive as an organisation is to expand their offer to support many more sports to help improve children’s experiences.
Last week, the football team competed in the finals of an international event in Sweden, achieving great success and only succumbing at the final stages to Japan (after beating the host team, France and Brazil). We are very proud of the boys and their efforts. Aaron one of their current year 10 players is modelling their new kit.
Friday 3rd July is the third Employee Owners Day and to mark this important day in the employee owned world, 3BM’s Managing Director, Andy Rennison, attended the launch of the preliminary findings of an interim research paper, published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and MoralDNA™. The report details that Employee owned firms are leading the way when it comes to ethics and management culture, with more democratic management cultures, high levels of employee motivation and a longer-term approach to business decisions. Supported by eaga Trust and Fieldfisher, the report was discussed at a roundtable event on employee ownership, better performance and good management and how they interact, hosted by Graeme Nuttall, OBE.
In March 2015, the highly acclaimed artist Stephen Wiltshire was commissioned by Head Teacher, Jude Ragan OBE, Queensmill School, to draw their new building.
Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes and was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic and from the age of five attended Queensmill School on its previous site, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing.
Queensmill school provides outstanding provision for children and young people with autism, as rated by Ofsted in October 2014.
The school was designed by 3BM’s Lead Architect Nick Rogers, ARB,RIBA. 3BM were appointed to design and project manage the delivery of the new purpose-built specialist autistic school and respite centre, from inception through to completion.
Stephen presented the original drawing to Jude, where it hangs with pride of place in the reception.
Public Service Mutual of the Year Award is endorsed by the Cabinet Office, and is to celebrate the most impressive groups of employees to have ‘spun out’ of the public sector into an employee-led mutual organisation, and who are showing progress in transforming the service to improve outcomes for their users. We are delighted to have been awarded Highly Commended in this key category.