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WE MAY NOT BE THE BIGGEST AGENCY BUT WE LEAD VERY INTERESTING LIVES – HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN UP TO LATELY.
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Reg Clark, MD of Rhino Rugby and long standing client of ENS has been shortlisted for the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year awards.  When Reg took over Rhino it was a niche business with a limited manufacturing proposition. Over the past eight years, Reg has developed Rhino into a global brand with multi-million pound sales and product lines that now span team wear, leisurewear, male grooming products, artificial turf and rugby balls in addition to the company’s mainstream training products. Not only has Reg created a buoyant business, he has built a brand that is at the heart of both codes of rugby worldwide.

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Following a hugely successful debut, the 2015 STAs will return in March next year. Celebrating the best and most innovative advancements within the sports technology sector, ENS and partner, R3 Events, will be opening the doors for entries from September 1st. Exciting changes to this year’s awards include a judging panel that features new members Howard Webb, David Dein and Karen Pickering and additional categories of Best Wearable Technology and Best Use of Technology by a Venue. For more information visit www.sportstechnologyawards.com

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ENS has twins - this Saturday sees the birthdays of Tom and Eric. Happy birthday from all the team!

ENS is working with its client, The Craig Bellamy Foundation, to expand its fundraising portfolio. Part of this is a series of events, including golf days, gala dinners and sports quizzes, that will be taking place over the next year. All funds are going to help the Foundation’s work giving over 2000 underprivileged boys and girls in Sierra Leone the opportunity to reach their true potential through football and education. Not only does this help these youngsters better their own lives, it helps their communities too. If you are interest in receiving more information about these just let us know by sending us an email.

The team at ENS can’t resist a bit of in-house competition so during the World Cup we staged an in-office tournament forecast, with points being awarded for game score and result predictions. After tallying the totals, football-nut Tom came out on top and duly claimed his a bottle of Prosecco (this would have been announced earlier but he has spent the last fortnight playing the tables in Vegas). He has generously donated his prize to the ENS ‘fizz fridge’ which we keep for toasting new business – the good news is we will be cracking open the bottle tonight (more to follow soon…)

On Tuesday our MD Rebecca Hopkins chaired a PRCA discussion on Sport tourism. On the panel were Tracey Halliwell (London and Partners), Sean Murray (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) and Gerry Dawson (Sports Tourism & Event Development Specialist). Topics discussed at the popluar event  included the impact of major events on cities and how a legacy can be sustained for continual economic benefit. Sport is now becoming a reason for people to travel.

 

 

Last week saw the sports industry convene in Liverpool and Manchester as part of the International Festival for Business. Martin was on the ground for ENS’ and he networked, debated and conferenced with figures in the worlds of media, brand, cities and sport.

Whilst rugby union is on its summer hiatus, their league counterparts are in mid-season and on Saturday ENS was front row to watch the London Broncos take on the Wigan Warriors.

As a guest of the Super League, ENS’ rugby league advocate, Victoria, mingled with the sport’s finest before taking her seat at a try-filled – if rainy – match, which saw the Warriors claim victory.

Whilst the Bronco’s weren’t quite bucking that afternoon, the pre-match hospitality was rocked courtesy of league legends Martin Offiah, Mike Ford and Shaun Edwards.

ENS’ relationship with US initiative, the Foundation for International Education, means that we have a rolling internship for American students. They teach us about things like Football (ie not soccer), Hockey (ice not field) and Chik Fil A whilst we give them valuable insight into football (not US), netball and tea drinking. This quarter we welcome Olivia Dunn, from Florida who is as crazy for football (ours not theirs) as we are – just don’t mention the Belgium result.

Over the course of the World Cup ENS has been working with Airton Risk Management to devise and promote a selection of stats surrounding the world’s most famous tournament. Airton, a division of Paddy Power, has produced a plethora of probabilities concerning goal scorers, clean sheets, group positioning and unlikely winners and we have secured coverage in The Sun, FourFourTwo and FC Business. For daily stats check out Airton’s Twitter: @airtonrisk