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At Pipster Solutions, we care about the wellbeing and mental health of our employees, customers and local community which is why we are proud to be a sponsor of the Mighty Titans vs. The Entire Country fundraising challenge in aid of Wiltshire Mind. On Saturday 28th July 2018, fifteen Mighty Titans of New Era Fitness, based in Melksham, will be running the length of the country. Starting at Land’s End, they will run round the clock for seven days in order to reach the finish line at John O’Groats by Saturday 4 August. The team will cover roughly 1,000 miles between them.

The aim of the challenge is to raise vital funds for local mental health charity Wiltshire Mind, as well as awareness for the importance of good mental health. Wiltshire Mind is based at the heart of the Wiltshire community and provide essential services throughout our county. With support groups in Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Trowbridge, Salisbury and Melksham they play a key role in supporting the safety and wellbeing of our community. Their vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all and that treats people with experience of mental distress fairly, positively and with respect; helping them to find the support they need and deserve.
We are extremely pleased to be supporting this challenge and excellent cause; playing our part in changing the way we talk about mental health and improving the lives of those in our local community.

For more information and to following the Mighty Titan’s progress, visit www.facebook.com/themightylejog
have managed to obtain Cyber Essentials certification today! Cyber Essentials helps me to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrates my commitment to cyber security.

Cyber Essentials ensures that I:
  • Have a clear picture of Pipster's cyber security level
  • Can reassure you, my customer, that I am working to secure my IT against cyber attack
  • Can attract new business with the evidence I have cyber security measures in place
  • Can apply for Government contracts that require Cyber Essentials certification

A copy of my dcertification can be found on the following link:

Further information on this Government-backed scheme can be found here:
Super excited to receive my tickets for the @WiltsBusiness Awards Gala Dinner today. Good luck to all the finalists - I hope to bring some glassware home on behalf of all other freelancers! #WBizAwards18 #Freelancer #Bid #MicroBusiness #PoshFrockRequired #ProudToBeAPMP
Absolutely thrilled to be a finalist in the Wiltshire Business Awards 'Business Person of the Year' category - a surprise and and an honour!
I will be visited by the judges to help them decide and the awards take place on the 20th April - maybe this time I will bring home something for the freelancers amongst us?!

Amazing day at the FSB South West Awards. Didn't bring home the glassware, but met some inspiring business people and had a lovely day off! Being shortlisted was such an honour 😁 @fsb_voice #FSBAwards

It's that time of year again! I will be working most of the holidays, as those pesky Local Authorities have done it again with their first week of January return dates. Hey ho, we all have to do what it takes :)
I do hope 2018 brings you all that you need and desire - I look forward to working with you x
It was a pleasure presenting with Ben Hannon of Bid Solutions at the APMP UK Annual Conference this year. Our presentation was well received and we felt we not only helped those who fancied becoming freelance, but also created links with current freelancers to start up conversations with each other. Our Contractors' map is now available (image below). Please drop me a line if you would like a PDF copy. I was thrilled to be asked to mentor the Practitioner's training day as well. Our two 'completers' have successfully achieved CP APMP status and those that started are well on their way to creating their submissions. I am now on the registered list of APMP Mentors and hope to assist others to achieve their goals. Sadly I didn't win the Fiona Flower award - the big team from Equiniti were given that honour, however, I was chuffed to bits to be given the biggest cheer on the night - all power to the freelancers!!
Thrilled to be chosen to speak at this year's APMP Conference again, this year with Ben Hannon of Bid Solutions. We are taking our delegates on a freelancing adventure!

Intrepid delegates will be guided on a quest through the contracting wilderness, gaining an understanding of the freelancer’s role and confidence to tackle that Brave New World.

It is October 2017. An experienced bid professional has found himself in the thick jungle of contract wilderness. He must traverse the treacherous plains of the employment unknown, avoiding potential pitfalls to achieve his goals. Survival kit on shoulder, he is confident he can tackle this Brave New World. Join Pippa and Ben as they open our hero’s survival kit and reveal what’s required to be successful in the increasingly competitive freelance market. We will discuss potential hazards and how to fully prepare you for what lies ahead. Whether new to the freelance adventure or an experienced contract crusader, everyone is welcome to join the expedition.

Delegates will take away a ‘Contractor’s Survival Guide’, understanding how to become freelance and sustain a bidding business, as well the confidence to make that leap into the unknown!

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