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CSS at the Races!

On an absolutely scorching day down in Esher the CSS team was kindly invited along to Sandown Park for Equiniti David Venus’ race night.

It was a perfect opportunity for CSS to meet the Equiniti David Venus team and their clients on an evening of networking, champagne and of course horse racing!

There was plenty of excitement to be seen on the course and in the stands, as a photo finish decided the winner of one closely contested race and Ska band Madness performed a live set once the last race had concluded.

A huge thank you then from CSS to everyone at Equiniti David Venus for going ‘One Step Beyond’ in hosting a fantastic night.

CSS Attends Board Effectiveness Panel Discussion

CSS would like to say a big “Thank You!” to the AWCS for putting together such an enjoyable and engaging evening last night at theInstituteofDirectors.

Bringing together an expert panel, comprising of:

  • David Venus (President of ICSA)
  • Dr. Roger Barker (Head of Corporate Governance at theInstituteofDirectors)
  • Jo Haigh (Senior Partner at fds Corporate Finance/NED)
  • Julia Casson (Director at Board Insight)
  • Pippa Begg (Director at Board Intelligence)
  • Robert Armour OBE (Director at Equiniti David Venus/NED)

An array of topics were covered discussing the increasingly important question – ‘What makes and effective board?’  Panel members looked at the role of NED’s, diversity in the boardroom, board evaluations and the importance of having concise and efficient board packs.

This led to some insightful and at times emotive debate and some great questions from the floor.

For more information about the evening and to see up and coming events from the AWCS please visit:


BLT’s Indirect Tax team, Liz Watt, Guy Barrand and Emma Wade, would like to congratulate Centurion VAT Services on their success in winning the Best VAT team award at the 2013 Tax awards. They were shortlisted against the tough opposition of KPMG and Deloitte and the team of five senior VAT experts were delighted that the judges recognised that Centurion “punched well above its weight” in terms of the support it provides to its clients. Well done to Centurion, and the other nominated teams, from all at BLT .


Supporting Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE who is, subject to election, in line to be the second Lady Lord Mayor in the 1,100 year history of the City!

“The Women in the Livery and City Float“ took part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on Saturday 9 November 2013.   This was an initiative of the Women in the Livery Group of the City Livery Club that is supported by members of the Club as well as several women’s groups including City Women’s Network, International Women’s Forum UK, Women in Banking & Finance and Pan Asian Women’s Association. Also supporting the Float were several other business women in the City from organisations such as the IoD City of London branch and other City companies.

For more details, you can contact Miss Mei Sim Lai OBE DL, T: 020 7194 8385, M: 07903 153793, Fax: 020 7194 8386 Email:

BLT Breakfast Seminar – “Smart Talent Management and Business Performance”

BLT once again hosted an insightful and well received seminar on the topic of “Smart Talent Management and Business Performance”.

Jill Foley, a Managing Partner at On3, was invited to present her seminar which detailed the virtues of an inventive and modern approach to talent management and the positive impact it can have on business performance. Drawing on her own practical experiences Jill highlighted how traditional approaches to talent management were failing to deliver enough talented individuals to prompt future success.

Further information about Jill and her work can be found here:

BLT would like to sincerely thank everyone for attending and hope that you will return in the future!

Manchester Business School – London Meeting

BLT will be attending the MBS reception for current students and Alumni in the Churchill Hotel. Please talk to Don or Bryony if you’d like some advice on the night

MBA Careers Conference London

BLT will be a guest panel list at this gathering of business school advisers. Contact Don Leslie if you’d like to link up while we are there.

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