Movers and Shakers: Ben Cole launches events company Inspired Live Experience

A LIVE events company has been launched in Bury St Edmunds. Director Ben Cole has set up the company, Inspired Live Experience, following 15 years of working for some of the UK’s most established events agencies and suppliers.

Ben said that. in today’s challenging business environment, it was “more important than ever” for companies to engage their audiences in a meaningful way.

Whether it was launching a new product, creating advocacy for a brand or communicating organisational change, live events provided compelling experiences that generate proven results, he added.

“When launching Inspired, my vision was to provide a genuine point of difference for clients seeking a partner in live communications. By combining the creative vision and operational excellence of a large events business with the flexibility and cost effectiveness of a small, locally based one, we’ve created a boutique agency which will work closely with its clients to deliver real value.” he said.

“The first six months have seen the business get off to a flying start, working for both agencies and end clients on a wide range of different projects in the UK and Europe,” he added. “We’ve designed and delivered everything from the opening and closing ceremonies of a global skills competition at the O2 Arena to a dealer conference overseas for a major premium automotive brand.

“I feel that 2012 will be a year of new and positive opportunities for companies to reach out to their audiences, especially given the impact of London hosting the Olympics and the legacy this will create.”

: : COLCHESTER-based PR company, Big Wave PR, has appointed Carl Allen as director.

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Carl has a wealth of experience and will be heading the agency’s community consultation service and social media campaigns. Not only is Carl a skilled PR operator, he is also a fully-trained and practiced town planner, and he will be combining these skills to offer a new community consultation service to help industry engage with local communities and key stakeholders.

Hilary Collins, managing director of Big Wave PR, said: “We’re delighted to have Carl on board. His creativity, skills and knowledge set are sure to make him a key asset.”

: : GSL Dardan, a security solutions company based in the dastern region, has announced the internal appointment of Renato Notarianni to the position of managing director of the group’s Gardwell Secure Systems business. While the company is now a separate limited company, it remains a wholly-owned subsidiary of GSL Dardan Limited, which has a regional office in Ipswich and branch offices in Leiston and Lowestoft.

Renato, known as Ren to his colleagues and clients, joined the Gardline group in 1997, travelling the world in his engineering support related role. In 2002 he joined a division of GSL as an engineer where he was responsible for installing the company’s security systems. His responsibilities grew during this time to include surveying, specifying and business development. In 2007, he became divisional manager.

Ren, aged 42, said: “I am looking forward to this new role and the challenges it presents; in particular helping develop the skills and knowledge of the team to drive the business forward. I want to be able to utilise all the technology currently available, which is not currently used to its full potential, and provide our clients with exceptional security solutions”.

Outside of work, Ren is a keen drummer and often supports his band at local events, but close to his heart is his family and in particular managing his son’s football team.

Chairman Mark Duffy said: “Ren brings experience, dedication and an abundance of renewed energy to the company. His promotion to the position of managing director is a reflection of his hard work and dedication and therefore thoroughly well deserved.”

: : SOLICITORS Chris Jones and Susanne Grimwade of QualitySolicitors FJG have both been promoted to partnership members at the firm.

Chris Jones specialises in commercial and property law and is based in the firm’s Chelmsford office while Susanne Grimwade works in the wills and probate team and operates the Chelmsford and Colchester areas. The duo’s promotions see them becoming the 16th and 17th partners of the firm.

Susanne said: “With the recent move to QualitySolicitors, this is an enormously exciting time at the firm and being promoted to partnership only adds to the excitement over our future prospects”.

Chris said: “I am immensely proud to have been made a partnership member at QSFJG and with continued hard work and enthusiasm I look forward to helping both the firm and myself go from strength to strength.”

: : FARGO Systems has further bolstered its support team with Jamie Hall joining the company as a support analyst at its East Bergholt office.

Jamie joins from DHL where he was a senior business analyst, bringing a wealth of industry experience with him. With a business management degree, Jamie will soon be working towards a masters degree in information technology and is also heavily involved with the learning and application of web design.

Kevin Terrill, Fargo Systems director said: “Jamie is an ideal appointment with a wealth of experience and proven expertise in IT and logistics. His skills will be a real asset to Fargo Systems and our clients.”

Jamie said he was delighted to be joining the team.