A newly appointed energy and sustainability expert to strengthen TEAM’s multi-discipline Consultancy service.

Highly experienced energy project manager, Sam Arje, has joined TEAM Energy to help customers realise their energy management needs and sustainability goals through their growing suite of consultancy services.

Sam has over 15 years’ experience in project management; with 7 of those years dedicated to driving down energy consumption and carbon emissions for UK based holiday organisation, Bourne Leisure. Whilst here, Sam established sustainability strategies across the group’s three brands, managed their £45m utility spend, and implemented energy projects for the group, including their company-wide internal energy management platform, and ESOS auditing as the internal lead assessor.

His professional successes include a 25% reduction in electricity consumption and a 45% reduction in carbon emissions during his tenure at Bourne Leisure. He also won the Energy Managers Association awards for the “’Best Energy Reduction Project through Organisational Behaviour Change 2017”, “Energy Management Team of the Year 2016” and Runner up “Energy Manager of the year”, Private Sector 2019.

Commenting on Sam’s appointment, Tim Holman, Head of Operations at TEAM said:
“Sam’s sustainability achievements as an energy manager are remarkable. They represent many of the goals that our customers are working towards. His in-depth energy management insights, experience with budgeting and reporting, knowledge of up to date legislation, and general understanding of energy markets will bring many benefits to existing and new customers. “

“As a sustainability champion, we’re delighted to have Sam on board. He will be playing a key role in the development and expansion of our consultancy portfolio, adding notable value and ensuring the breadth of energy services meet the needs of the industry.”

In addition to his extensive career in project management, Sam is an experienced data analyst, market and social researcher. He previously worked as a Lead Analysis Programmer for TNS, part of the WPP group. He also has experience in offering consultancy and advice regarding trend analysis, working with customers, and business development,

“As someone who has thrived from delivering positive change through progressive energy projects, I will offer a great understanding of energy compliance, best practice and behaviour change for TEAM customers, while supporting the development of climate action within the services portfolio” said Arje.
Sam went on to add:

“TEAM is a highly ambitious company driving sustainable change, seeing its strong reputation within the energy management industry continue to grow.
“Businesses in the UK are waking up to the government’s net-zero challenge, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with TEAM’s customers to help them implement successful energy and sustainability strategies and amplify their contribution to significant environmental change.”

With this latest investment in talent, TEAM is enabling genuine growth in their Energy Services portfolio, developing an expansive suite of services, to support organisations in reducing carbon emissions and realise their sustainability goals. As an experienced energy and sustainability manager, Sam understands the operational and strategic challenges TEAM’s customers face. His appointment affirms the organisation’s commitment to build energy partnerships with their customers, deliver successful energy management, and drive positive climate action.

Notes to Editors
For further information, please contact:
Pauline Scoins – Marketing and PR Executive

TEAM Energy
Phone: +44 (0)1908 690018 Ext 204
EDW House, Radian Court, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PJ

About TEAM
TEAM Energy is a leading supplier of carbon and energy management solutions. We specialise in energy management software, energy bureau services and energy consultancy.
TEAM’s customers come from the private sectors including retail, transport and banking, and public sectors such as education, government, NHS and the emergency services. Public sector organisations can also benefit from TEAM’s services under various pre-tendered government frameworks.

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The Berchtold Group’s Brett Berchtold Wins Sitecore Most Valuable Professional Award

Elite distinction awarded for commitment and dedication to the Sitecore community.

ST. LOUIS, MO — January 31, 2020 — The Berchtold Group today announced that Brett Berchtold, President, has been named a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Strategy category by Sitecore®, the global leader in digital experience management software. Brett Berchtold was one of only 46 Strategy MVPs worldwide to be named a Sitecore MVP this year.

Recognizing professionals within the Sitecore community who actively apply their talent and expertise to help others best utilize Sitecore products to deliver premier customer experiences, the MVP program is now in its 14th year. Of more than 13,000 certified developers and over 24,000 active community participants, the 316 MVPs are truly an elite group. This year’s MVPs were selected for the quality, quantity and impact of the contributions they made in 2019, including the sharing of product expertise and mastery of the Sitecore platform to support both partners and customers.

“I am truly honored to have been recognized by Sitecore for my contributions. Sitecore is so uniquely positioned in the market to meet the needs of organizations seeking to accelerate growth and deepen customer relationships. This award reinforces our dedication to delivering those solutions on the Sitecore platform and our passion for expanding the Sitecore Community,” said Brett Berchtold, President at The Berchtold Group, and Strategy MVP.

The Berchtold Group is a Sitecore Affiliate and specialized in delivering growth-solutions enabling Experience Platform™, Experience Commerce™, and Content Hub.

“One of our greatest assets is the highly collaborative Sitecore community, where members share technical knowledge and insights across numerous channels and at events to help each other build greater digital experiences for their organizations and customers,” said Pieter Brinkman, Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Sitecore. “Sitecore MVPs stand out as leaders within the community for their passion and willingness to invest their own time with contributions ranging from educational blogs, videos, podcasts and speaking engagements to community engagement and support on social media and forums. They are an invaluable resource and important part of the Sitecore user experience, for which we are truly grateful.”

“Sitecore MVPs are always at the top of the list to get access to the latest developments and offerings from Sitecore, and we will rely on them heavily when we introduce the new Software as a Service offering later this year. I am looking forward to working on this together with this incredible group.” added Brinkman.

Sitecore’s SaaS offering will make it much easier and faster to build digital experiences while maintaining the flexibility for Sitecore partners and customers to create differentiated experiences. Once a user is on Sitecore’s SaaS platform, they will always have the most current version of the product with the ease of automatic upgrades.

More information can be found about the MVP Program on the Sitecore MVP site:

About The Berchtold Group
The Berchtold Group enables growth-focused B2B and B2C companies to leverage the marketing optimization capabilities of the Sitecore digital experience platform.

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The Shortyz entry period extended to January 31 – Award nominations continue to be accepted

London: International Hospitality Media’s inaugural Shortyz Awards nomination period has been extended until January 31 2020.
ShortTermRentalz news editor and Shortyz head judge, Paul Stevens, said: “There has been such a high volume of nominations for our first awards ceremony in the short-term rental space, so we have decided to extend the nomination deadline until 23.59 GMT on January 31 2020.”

The Shortyz features 13 award categories and is completely FREE to enter. The categories include 11 that will be won by companies and 2 to be won by individuals who have made a significant contribution to the short-term rental industry, namely the Rising Star and Pioneer categories.

Once the entry period closes on January 31, the panel of expert leading industry judges will be assessing all of the entries and compiling shortlists in each category.

The shortlists will be announced later in February, and it will then be the ShortTermRentalz readers, who decide who should win in each category – when it goes to a public vote on the ShortTermRentalz website.

The voting period will be open for two weeks and details will be published on ShortTermRentalz in due course.

The 2020 awards ceremony will take place as a unique boat party aboard Bateaux London on the River Thames on Wednesday 11 March 2020. This is the evening prior to the Short Stay Show at the ExCel in London and the Serviced Apartment Awards [on the evening of Thursday 12 March 2020], the latter also being organised by International Hospitality Media.

The 2020 Shortyz awards categories are as follows:
• Rising star – a promising individual with a bright future
• Pioneer award – an individual who has innovated and led the sector in its formative years
• Best use of social media
• Best App or website solution
• Best home automation solution or product
• Best ancillary services provider
• Best sales and marketing campaign
• Best corporate accommodation booking channel
• Best OTA / online accommodation booking platform
• Eco award
• Best property management solution
• Best channel manager
• Best property management company [10+ units]

Among the companies that have already submitted nominations are: Rentals United, Guesty, Sonder, NoiseAware, Lyric, HomeAway, Avantio, Furnished Quarters, Vacasa AltoVita, Avantio, Fulhaus, Price Labs, Stay Alfred, Maison Privee, Operto Guest Technologies, Stasher, Virtual Concierge Service, Lavanda, Holidu, Touch Stay, I-PRAC, Letulet, Lavanda, Travelnest, Klevio, YAYS and Veeve.

Industry professionals are also invited to join the likes of Vanessa de Souza Lage [Rentals United], Ken Brown [Furnished Quarters], Andrew Boldt and Humphrey Bowles [GUARDHOG], Avgustina Angelova [ALTIDO], Jacob Wedderburn-Day and Anthony Collias [Stasher], Charlie Marsh [JetStream Tech], Vivi Cahyadi [AltoVita], Moriya Rockman [Smiling House Luxury], Alex Allison [D. Alexander], Robertin Nunez [Co Host Expert Company], and Chris Maughan and Emma Mills [I-PRAC] in submitting nominations for either the Rising Star or Pioneer Award categories

How to submit an entry:
If you would like to nominate yourself, your company or one of your peers or colleagues for one or more of these awards, please email with a

• 90-second video entry or 200 written words per category
• All criteria and categories can be found here.

For more information on The Shortyz:

Paul Stevens, News Editor – ShortTermRentalz
Piers Brown, CEO – International Hospitality Media
For more information please see;
To join us on the evening and secure tickets see; click here
Promotional video can be found here.

About International Hospitality Media:
International Hospitality Media is the premier specialist in online publishing; conference, exhibition and events, and advisory services for growth sectors of the hospitality industry. The company publishes three industry-leading b2b websites: and and which keep their respective sectors up to speed with news, comment and opinion.

Our conference experience spans four continents and covers high growth segments including boutique, lifestyle and hybrid hotels, serviced apartments / aparthotels and extended stay, and vacation rental. Our events are renowned for their intense focus and attract quality industry leaders, brands and independents, providing unparalleled networking and learning opportunities. We also organise bespoke educational events and investor breakfasts to bring owners, investors, operators, and suppliers together.

International Hospitality Media contacts:
To discuss sponsorship & tickets, contact:
Katie Houghton, Group Head of Sales: Media and Events
+44 (0) 7535 135 116

To discuss media or marketing opportunities, contact:
Joanne Cox, Marketing Manager
+ 44 (0) 7765 890 972 / + 44 (0) 8340 7989

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SN Travel Wins Prestigious British Travel Award

London based long haul specialist travel agency, SN Travel has been announced as the winner of the Gold Award for Best Holiday Company to the Caribbean & Bermuda in the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards. The announcement was made on 27 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry professionals.

With over 45 years in business at their London travel agency, SN Travel were pioneers in Caribbean leisure travel. Originally a Caribbean specialist, this independent travel agency has expanded into long haul holiday destinations including Maldives, Dubai and USA. Earlier this year SN Travel officially launched weddings abroad, cruise and the expansion of their business with the introduction of a homeworking division.

Sandra and Donna at BTAS 2019

Director, Sandra Dyer shared “As this award is judged solely by the amount of consumer votes received, we are absolutely elated to win gold! The Caribbean is where our heart is and it will always be at the core of our business. I feel incredibly proud of the SN Travel team and very grateful to all the loyal customers that voted for us.”

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: SN Travel is to be congratulated on winning Gold Award for Best Holiday Company to the Caribbean & Bermuda. Competition was particularly strong this year but ultimately it is the travelling public who decides the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest consumer awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade.”

The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, votes are verified by leading global business practitioners Deloitte.
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GNB Industrial Power Wins ServiceMax Award For Innovation In Field Service

Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored energy solutions, has won a ServiceMax award for innovation in providing field service to its clients. The award went to GNB, the division of Exide responsible for Motive Power and Industrial applications. The awards were presented at the recent Maximize London event on 7–8 October.

ServiceMax is a leading software platform for field service provision, and its annual awards recognize customers whose innovative use of its solutions leads to outstanding delivery of field service. GNB won its innovation award in the category “ServiceMax – Keeps The World Running”.

ServiceMax has helped GNB to vastly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our field service operation,” said Max Hemmingsen, Director Digital Tools EMEA at Exide Technologies. “The software gives excellent visibility into our operations, and allows GNB to be more responsive to customers. Thanks to ServiceMax, we now precisely measure performance in areas such as utilization, first-time fix rate and average response time.”

GNB has used ServiceMax to fully standardize its service delivery model across Europe. It increased uptime and productivity, improved invoice efficiency and introduced more consistent processes for service technicians. Real-time analytics allow management to fully understand the field service operation at a glance.

Maximize is the world’s premier conference on service execution management, showcasing the ways that companies around the world use ServiceMax to perfect their customer experience while boosting revenue and business performance. The two-day event includes talks, demos, previews, product updates, case studies, and networking opportunities for the EMEA community in the industry. This year’s event took place at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in King’s Cross and featured motor-racing legend Christian Horner as a special guest speaker.

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CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award June 2019

It is always a proud moment in anyone’s career to be professionally recognised by your peers.

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Mark Allen

And so, Mark Allen, 60, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) on Saturday (22 June 2019) at the CIMA MiP Conference 2019 at Woodland Grange.

The honour is much deserved.

Mark, co-founder of the TAG Accountants Community, was recognised by his fellow MiP, for his voluntary work with the Institute, Members in Practice, and he is also credited with transforming the CIMA Members in Practice Panel into a greatly valued arm of CIMA and of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants AICPA.

Tina Jenkins of ADV Accountancy, who is a fellow MiP, said “Mark so deserved this award; he has done a lot for us MIPS. I am truly grateful for all he has done”.

Jane Capel of JC Accounting Solutions, another MIP member said, “Mark’s guidance and encouragement has always, and continues to, supported my journey as a MIP”.

Mark, a serial entrepreneur for much of his career, has focused most of his professional business life around helping accountants and their clients build their businesses.

David Logan, CTA, Marks co-founder of TAG said “A thoroughly deserved award for Mark who has been an inspiration to work with. His role and expertise in building the TAG community has been truly exceptional”.

Since being founded in March 2016, TAG, under Mark’s and David’s guidance, has grown at an astonishing pace. It is now a community of accountants and professional advisors whose turnover exceeds £135M hosts expert teams in tax, financial advisory, legal services, insolvency, business development and technology that is tailored to provide a bespoke service to members and their clients; and continues to grow year on year adding new services in the rapidly evolving world of business.

Even more impressive is that since 2017 this has all been achieved whilst Mark battled a life-threatening illness and endured life changing surgery.

Mark states that success in life is about building a brilliant team with an unselfish attitude, but with an absolute will to be the best they can.

David Logan added “working with Mark is inspirational, we set out with the purpose of creating a community that would nurture and support members, and TAG has grown and continues to do so. The future is incredibly exciting, and this is in large part down to Marks enthusiasm and vision.”

For more information on the TAG Community contact Neil Kilgour at or 01789 201 912 or

The European Search Awards Finalists Have Been Announced And Absolute Digital Media Have Made The Shortlist!

Fresh off of a win for Best Use Of Search in Finance at The Drum Search Awards, full-service digital marketing agency Absolute Digital Media have been listed as finalists in four categories at the European Search Awards this year.

Nominated in the Best Use Of Search Finance and Best Use Of Search B2C categories for their work with short-term loan lender Uncle Buck, Best Use Of Search Health for their work with Longevita Hair Transplant and a nomination for the highly accredited Best Small SEO Agency, Absolute Digital Media are only adding to a successful past year. Following wins at The UK Search Awards in Best Use Of Search – Finance, also for their work with Uncle Buck, as well as accolades for Best Search Agency Essex at the Southern Business Awards 2018 and top UK Marketing Agency from Clutch, being announced as finalists has only added to a growing list.

While Absolute Digital Media have secured wins for their partnership with Uncle Buck in the past, namely the UK Search Awards and The Drum Search Awards, it’s their nomination for their work with Longevita Hair Transplant and for Best Small SEO Agency that has truly shown their diversity as a business. Through a carefully-designed and fully tailored strategy, Absolute Digital Media’s work with Longevita Hair Transplant saw the cosmetic surgery company reach page one for ‘Hair Transplant Turkey’ and an incredible 890% rise in search visibility across the SERPs.

Commenting on being shortlisted, Absolute Digital Media’s CEO, Ben Austin, had this to say:

“Being shortlisted at such a prestigious award ceremony is something I’m incredibly proud of. The experts here at Absolute Digital Media have worked tirelessly on each of our clients’ strategies, taking a proactive approach to SEO, PPC, content marketing and more. We’re looking forward to celebrating alongside Uncle Buck and Longevita Hair Transplant at the awards in June this year.”

The European Search Awards celebrate the very best in the search industry, across SEO, PPC, content marketing and digital marketing. Every entrant can face a two-step judging process, including the initial pre-scoring to determine the finalists and a meeting between judges to choose the winner.

This year’s awards will take place on the 20th June at the Vigado Concert Hall in Budapest. Absolute Digital Media will be attending alongside the other nominees for every category.

For more information regarding Absolute Digital Media and their campaigns, or the services that they provide, please get in touch with a member of the team on 0800 088 6000.

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Exide’s Battery-Testing Initiative Gets Distinction at Golden Arrow 2018 in Poland

The battery campaign “Centra Mocy” has gained a distinction at the Golden Arrow 2018 marketing competition in Poland. The campaign was designed for Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Under the initiative motorists were invited for a free battery test, allowing faulty batteries to be identified and replaced to prevent a winter breakdown. This was highly effective in building brand awareness and customer loyalty, and generated encouraging sales figures for Exide’s participating resellers.

The nationwide campaign – entitled “Centra Mocy” – encouraged motorists to visit shops and garages for a free battery test. It was promoted in a range of media, and saw impressive uptake and participation.

“Brand awareness is critical in the Polish battery market, where motorists typically buy and replace batteries themselves. The Exide and Centra brands have an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and performance, which were further strengthened by the success of the campaign,” said Mariola Michalczyk, Marketing Manager Poland & CIS at Exide Technologies.

The Golden Arrow competition, organized by the Polish Marketing Association and VFP Communications, assesses the strategy, creativity, efficiency and freshness of marketing activity. This year, more than 142 applications were assessed, of which just 69 received nominations and 31 received awards and distinctions. “Centra Mocy”, completed for Exide by the Polish marketing agency Just, gained its distinction in the category of Shopper Marketing.

Craig Anderson, Cooper Murphy