We are very proud to announce that Ridgeview’s CEO Tamara Roberts was awarded 'Businessperson of the Year' at a ceremony hosted by the Sussex Business Awards at the The Grand Brighton. “Hard work & bloody mindedness does pay off but only if you have the support of family, friends & a fantastic team” commented Tamara on receipt of the outstanding award. This follows on from a recent roll of fantastic achievements including Tamara being announced as the new International Wine & Spirit Competition - IWSC president for 2020. The appointment is a respected honour and Tamara is excited to be taking on this new role, particularly as the first English producer to do so. ‘My father started Ridgeview with the vision & ambition that England could produce sparkling wines to compete with the very best in the world, changing the course of the English Wine Industry forever. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate his legacy and the sparkling future that lies ahead for our industry’. Ridgeview will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2020 and over this quarter of a century [...]
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The Sussex business and academic communities are an important part of One Research’s partnership network. And although we work in a global market, our locality has inspired and supported us throughout. Sussex is part of our identity and our brand. The university, in the South Downs National Park, is our home. The Sussex Business Awards 2019 are a celebration of business excellence. One Research joins that celebration by sponsoring the coveted Businessperson of the Year award. We look forward to meeting the inspirational leaders who make Sussex such a vibrant business hub. The finals take place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, on Thursday 5th December 2019. If you are planning to make the trip, we look forward to meeting you too.
One Research launches an innovative Mastercard® service to support patient recruitment and retention
The One Research Mastercard service was developed in response to a client’s request for a straightforward and cost-effective solution to cover patients’ clinical-research expenses. As a company that specialises in patient recruitment, we have seen the problems associated with slow reimbursement and how this can significantly impact on both recruitment and retention. In our recent survey of 3,500 patients, 60% of respondents said that travel expenses are a key consideration in deciding to take part in research. All too frequently the onus is placed on the patient to fund their own participation and then submit an expense claim for later reimbursement. From feedback we have been given, many organisations attempt to reimburse patients in around two to four weeks, but it can take up to nine weeks for a claim to be processed. We investigated card and expense providers from both the pharma and financial services industries but found that they didn’t offer the operational flexibility required and were also prohibitively expensive. Our findings prompted us to develop our own cost-effective, scalable and straightforward solution. The One Research Mastercard is more than just [...]
Sussex Innovation Centre-based One Research was founded in 2010 in response to the problem of recruiting and retaining volunteer patients in sufficient numbers for clinical-research studies. Co-founder and first-time entrepreneur, Alistair Crombie, highlights some of the benefits of being based at the Centre. Many people have business ideas, but it is a big step to go from notes on a napkin to a fully fledged operation. As I see it, the role of science parks and innovation centres, like the Sussex Innovation Centre, is to provide first-time entrepreneurs like myself with the resources, skills and, most importantly, the confidence to take that step. My first experience of the Centre came in the form of an interview with its Executive Director, Mike Herd. Mike’s speciality is strategic insight, particularly spotting the opportunities to refine a business model – getting his feedback at such an early stage was a valuable proving ground before taking on the risk of starting a business. The main things that the Centre looks for in potential members are an innovative idea, and the ambition on the part of the entrepreneur [...]