Welcome to our blog!

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-06-2010

We will update this regularly with all our new Responsible Business Practice activity. Please feel welcome to have a browse around to learn what Kaplan Altior RBP is all about.

See you again soon!

Kaplan Altior’s Hawaiian Lu’au brings out the Cardiff sunshine

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-08-2013

The team at Kaplan Altior dressed up both themselves and the office on Thursday 22nd August for a day full of Hawaiian fun to raise money for Ty Hafan – a local children’s hospice.

With palm trees, parrots, mocktails and coconuts in abundance, the office was transformed into a tropical paradise – and the temperatures soared in Cardiff to a balmy 24 degrees for the occasion.

Competition was fierce for first place in hula hooping (Jude/Leeann), limbo (Mercedes) and best dressed (Sam). The themed lunchtime quiz was ably hosted by Adam, and was won by ‘Dave’s Hawaiian Harem’.

Full of sugar from all the cakes and treats brought in, we have all had an enthusiastic day learning new skills (some of us have never even picked up a hula hoop before) and joining in the fun.

The whole day was arranged by Leeann, so special thanks to her for all her efforts. All in all, we raised a little over £60 – not bad with only 16 of us in the office today!

Tropical fun at in the office!

Trip to the Senedd

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Community | Posted on 15-05-2013

Yesterday, we exhibited with a small stand at a Business in the community event at the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay.

The event was to draw attention to the work BitC do, and the benefits for businesses to operate responsible business practice schemes. It doesn’t matter how much or how little each company does – speaking to people throughout the evening, it was clear that doing anything at all brought tangible benefits to staff and customers alike.

Talking about our own RBP scheme was a great opportunity to share its success and to pass on the team’s enthusiasm about it. Our membership with BitC has provided us with a great support function and an ability to get involved with some really interesting and fun community based projects,  as well as offering us advice across a range of topics.

A group of us will be spending time out of the office on Friday to take part in give & gain day at a local school, and we’re all keen to crack on with the project and see how much we manage to do!

We’ve just arranged a team for the Cardiff 10K.

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-05-2013

Today, we have decided to enter a team into the Cardiff 10k event to raise money for local children’s charity, Ty Hafan.

Our team so far is made up of Chris, Natalie, Adam, Leeann and Matt – all are ready and raring to go!

The race will take place in September, so they have plenty of time to top up their training if they need to, to raise some money, and for those of us on cheerleading duty to make our pom-poms and practice our human pyramids!

Kaplan Altior nominated for two awards!

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-05-2013

We’re delighted to announce that we have been nominated for two awards this year!

Firstly, we have been shortlisted for the ‘Responsible Work Inspiration Award‘ at the 2013 Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards.

Our work experience programme seeks to provide a much more valuable and practical experience for the participating students, and we have worked hard to design a  structured approach to this to ensure that they get the best from their time with us. No endless days of photocopying and filing for our work experience guests!

The second nomination is for an Arts & Business Cymru award for our annual calendar. Every year, we work with undergraduate illustration students to produce a unique calendar. This provides us with a completely unique calendar every year, and it provides the students who take part with an opportunity to work on a live brief. This year’s calendar was produced in partnership with Illustration students from Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Give & Gain Day is coming soon!

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-04-2013

Our annual participation in Business in the Community’s Give & Gain Day is coming soon…. This year we have a seven volunteers, including 3 of our senior management team!

We’ll be returning to Grangetown Primary School in Cardiff – to continue painting murals on the walls in the playground. We were last at the school in 2011 and so we can’t wait to go back and add more to the wall mural we did before.

Give and Gain Day will be on 17th May – so we’ll post photos of all our hard work once we’re back!

Spring fun day for Ty Hafan

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-03-2013

March 2013 saw us in fancy dress again in the Kaplan Altior offices! This time, we designed and made Easter bonnets to amuse ourselves and raise money for our nominated charity – Ty Hafan. That was only part of the fun though – we also had an Easter themed quiz and a table load of home made goodies to buy and tuck into!

Chris tries on the winning bonnet

 

Happy Halloween!

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Fundraising | Posted on 01-11-2012

Yesterday saw the Kaplan Altior office team dust off the fancy dress costumes once more. It was a whole day of day of spookily-themed festivities with the office bedecked in creepy critters, ghosts and cobwebs.

By 9am, a mountain of cakes and treats had appeared in the kitchen for the cake sale; our knowledge was tested at lunchtime in our quick fire mystery quiz; and the best pumpkin carving and fancy dress costume were announced in the afternoon. And the winners were:

  • Quiz champions – Team JoNaNa
  • Best pumpkin – Gemma
  • Best fancy dress – Natalie

We had a spooktacular day, and were delighted to raise some money for our nominated charity – Ty Hafan. For more information about Ty Hafan and the work they do, please visit www.tyhafan.org.uk  


Give & Gain 2012 – our time to pitch in…

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Community, Uncategorized | Posted on 28-05-2012

Following the last two years of successful participation in the BiTC-organised Give & Gain Day, Kaplan Altior joined in again this month.

Our cheerful team of 8 volunteers, including Head of Kaplan Altior Chris Sweetman, turned up nice and early and were raring to go. The location this year was Ty Gobaith, a Salvation Army social services centre in Cardiff. The centre provides a range of essential support services for vulnerable people looking to reach their full potential.

Ahead of the project, Chris said, “As part of our RBP scheme, we feel it is important to support a range of community projects as much as we can. BiTC Give & Gain Day provides an excellent opportunity for us to that, and is a great team building exercise too!”

 Following a quick safety briefing, and the welcome addition of some very large Give & Gain t-shirts, the team got stuck in.

There were two other teams working on site during the day and many hands did indeed make light work. Tasks completed included:

  1. Weeding, digging over, and generally tidying 3 built up garden beds. These are intended to be prepared as ‘nursery beds’ for seedlings to go on into the allotment patch recently acquired by Ty Gobaith.
  2. Renovating 3 smaller beds (rebuilding where necessary with breeze blocks/railway sleepers, weeding, digging over). 
  3. Painting the walls of the garden beds.
  4. Planting a number of hanging baskets to hang along the covered walkway. These make the outdoor area more attractive and appealing.
  5. Painting some indoor walls in the reception area.
  6. Generally improving the appearance of the outdoor area by tidying and sweeping.

The project coordinator at Ty Gobaith said, “We can’t thank you enough for the effort you all put in and feel very humbled to be involved with a community that obviously cares so much.” 

 He went on to describe the atmosphere around the centre as having changed, and said that the residents are committed to maintaining the newly refurbished spaces and encouraging the garden to grow!

Patting ourselves on the back

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-08-2011

Recently, Kaplan Altior has been celebrating its productive RBP Scheme. The RBP scheme at Kaplan Altior has been in place for a little over a year, and has encompassed a wide range of activity – which was highlighted week by week throughout July.   

Each week, we drew attention to a different aspect of the scheme on the RBP notice boards. We reflected on what we’re doing to improve our own wellbeing, environmental impact, involvement in local community and our fundraising projects.

Key projects like the BitC-run Give and Gain day are exciting and dynamic ways of getting involved and pitching in within the local community. This year, a small group of us helped to re-paint areas of a school playground and design and paint a wall mural to brighten the playground area. It took a whole day, and we all felt a job had been well done.

To keep us all in tip top condition and improve staff wellbeing, we have a weekly fruit delivery for staff and we have recently invested in a selection of air-purifying plants to help with the air quality. It sounds simple, but having a mains-fed water cooler has also helped us all to drink more water through the day. Every six weeks of the academic term, students from the local Higher Education college come in to provide us with ‘holistic drop in’ sessions. They offer us relaxing Indian head massage, hand, shoulder and foot massage – and all the practise they have outside the college counts towards their assessments so they benefit from the sessions too!

We ‘banned the bins’ months ago and the amount of waste we are recycling is still on the up. On another environmental note, as our office is so close to so many transport links, almost everyone one of our team walks, cycles, trains or buses into work every morning. We have dramatically reduced the wastage on our promotional items, course note packs, office materials and deliveries. And, for any Cardiff-based deliveries, we are delighted to now be using Ben Allen of Big Blue Bike to pedal our deliveries around Cardiff in his fantastic cargo bike. We only ever order our kitchen consumables when they are fairtrade or rainforest alliance accredited. Our milk is locally delivered on a traditional electric milk float.

Our aim overall with the RBP scheme is to make a difference, have fun and make sure that there’s something for everyone to get involved in. We have had a positive response to all our projects from staff, so here’s to another 12 months!

Greening the office has begun…

0

Posted by alana | Posted in Wellbeing | Posted on 15-08-2011

Plants help clear the air and lift our mood.

After months of selecting the right types of plant to enhance the aesthetic qualities of our office and to benefit our health and wellbeing, the plants have now moved in. Plants are proven to be an effective way to improve the air quality in offices, and to have a positive psychological effect on staff.

Even better, our plants are already visibly growing, which hopefully means they like their new home! Of particular interest are the ZZ plants, which have both nearly doubled in size.