2011 is the year that 9 fresh food professionals are looking to make their mark as they embark on the latest MorePerformance Leadership Development Programme. Since this pioneering programme was launched in 2003 over 120 people have become MLDP alumni and gone onto build successful careers in the fresh food and horticultural sectors. Companies represented on this first intake of 2011 are Langmead Farms, MM UK, Gressingham Foods, Dole Fresh, Winchester Growers, Empire World Trade and Grapes Direct. This programme is also the first to be run entirely under recently approved partnership programme agreed between MorePeople and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. As a result of this arrangement delegates on the programme who also successfully complete a series of work related assignments will receive a 'Graduate Certificate in Leadership' awarded by the RAC. To mark this exciting new development the programme's opening session was held for the first time at the RAC and Dr Jonathan Turner the Dean of the School of Business at the College opened proceedings and welcomed the nine new recruits, who will now become 'virtual' students of the RAC as they progress through the programme over the next 7 months. Following feedback from past delegates this programme is now run as a combination of 1 and 2 day sessions and so takes 9 months, rather than 12 to complete.
We will be running other programmes later in the year and anyone wanting to find out more details about the programme and when the next one will be taking place should contact either Peter Hunt or Jan Kahn on 01780 480530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
and last but not least.................congratulations to Sarah Shynn of Majestic Trees who won the MorePeople Sales and Marketing Professional of the Year Trophy at the recently held 2011Grower of the Year Awards. It was Sarah's extensive horticultural knowledge, professionalism and commitment to excellent customer service at all times that won over the judges. That's 2 titles in 3 years for Majestic Trees and also continues a run of success for the ladies in winning MorePeople sponsored awards over the last 3 years!
What has happened to the guys? There's still time for a fight back in May with the upcoming MorePeople sponsored Young Horticulturalist of the year awards and Re:fresh Young Person of the year awards on the horizon. It's probably a little too late to get into the YHOY competition as the regional heats for that are now well under way but the closing date for Re:fresh entries is not until next week - 18th March. So get your skates on and get that entry form off to Re:fresh - http://www.refresh.uk.com/ Remember - you've got to be in it to win it!