Celebrating 2021 and moving into 2022

Merry Christmas from Synergos

Festive magic is in the air, the lights are twinkling and faintly in the distance, we can hear the jingle bells of Santa’s sleigh. We said this last year, but if ever there was a Christmas season that needs to be uplifting in all that it offers, it’s Christmas 2021! 

We’ve had another busy year, helping clients through audits, welcoming new members of staff and adding more services to our offering. So we are getting ready to down tools and have a restful Christmas period, ready to hit the ground running in the New Year!

With this in mind, I’d like to sincerely thank all of you for supporting us throughout this year and wish you a happy, healthy 2022.

The one thing that is great about Christmas is all the different ways that people choose to spend the holidays. With this in mind, we thought we’d share our Christmas plans with you…
Jenny is spending Christmas day with friends, who’ll be cooking a special vegan meal to meet her culinary requirements. Thereafter, the rest of the holiday will be spent visiting family and at least one theatre trip. Jenny and the family had planned on a trip to South Africa but that is now on hold for obvious reasons. Fingers crossed for 2022!

Steve is looking forward to a relaxing day. He’ll start his day with a bacon, mushroom and brown sauce sandwich, followed by plenty of great music, films and company, rounded off by enjoying a meal of curried goat and a craft beer.

Emma, on the other hand, will be spending the day in the wonderful Christmas chaos that her small children will bring to the day. Expecting an early morning, Emma will be spending the day with family and making the most of time together after last year.

Steve B is hoping for some more snow at Christmas so he can take a trip to Scotland to Ski the slopes. With a long list of Christmas Markets that he is wanting to visit the festive period has well and truly started!

Abigail also has the perfect plan for Christmas day: enjoy a long lie-in, open presents, watch Christmas films and eat lots of lovely food. All this is in preparation for the Boxing Day Sales!

Mehrino is looking forward to spending a relaxing time at home with his beautiful wife and will be heading to London to visit his family and friends. Mehrino also has a surprise spa day planned for himself and his wife to ring in the new year… we’re all very jealous!

Arjun is planning on making the most of his time off work to relax and enjoy some downtime! Although rest is in order, there are plans with friends to spend time in Sheffield for a few days and nights out.

And what about our highlights of 2021?!

We welcomed two new members of staff! 🤝

You may have noticed some names that weren’t too familiar in the last piece on Christmas traditions – and that’s because they have just joined us!

Mehrino joined the team in July and is training to be a consultant. He is responsible for providing administrative support for our consultants who assist the company’s clients to achieve various means of compliance. Mehrino’s hobbies are playing football, cooking, and exercising at the gym. When he is not busy at work, he enjoys watching his favourite team Manchester United play!

Arjun joined us in November and is our Information Governance Specialist. With a master’s degree in Cyber Security, his main role is to support our clients in identifying and advising on mitigating information governance risks. In his spare time, he plays cricket, football and likes watching movies!

We’re busy updating our website! 🖥️

With our team and services growing, we have taken it upon ourselves to update our website. We are currently going through a refresh and you will very soon see some new team bios here!

We have a brand new case study page, where you can see some of our client’s journeys. If you haven’t already, you can check them out here.

The number of successful audits, certifications and accreditations keep on rising! 👩‍💻

We have worked with some amazing clients this year from a range of industries and the range of ISO certifications and other accreditations, that businesses are taking the plunge for, is also beginning to diversify. More and more businesses and organisations are realising that certifications and accreditations are there to support and strengthen what they do and how they do it.

We’ve also practised what we preach… In July, Steve Byrom completed his IASME Governance assessor training course. The IASME Governance standard allows companies in a supply chain to demonstrate their level of cyber security and indicates that they are taking good steps to properly protect their customers’ information. The IASME Governance assessment includes a Cyber Essentials assessment and GDPR requirements. This new Accreditation allows us to assess our clients and assist them with gaining their Cyber Essentials.

He also successfully achieved his ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Status from The International Board for IT Governance Qualifications. We are proud of his hard work in getting this qualification!

In May this year, we were awarded the CHAS accreditation for Synergos Consultancy and in September, we were re-accessed for our ISO 9001 internal QMS and passed this audit with flying colours.

We continued to support our chosen charity of the year! 🚁 🏥

We have always supported charities and named the vital inter-hospital transfer service, The Children’s Air Ambulance, which flies critically ill babies and children from one hospital to another for specialist care, as our chosen Charity of the Year in November 2020.

So far, we have raised £2,488 for this wonderful charity through some of the fundraising events that we have done and have enjoyed working with the team at TCAA so much, that we have decided to keep them as our chosen charity of the year for another year.

In July 2022, Steve K and Steve B will be taking to the skies themselves and taking part in the ‘Keeping Hope Alive Yorkshire Skydive’ You can sponsor them here.

So, what does 2022 hold for us?

If there is one thing we’ve learnt from 2020 and 2021, you can’t always predict what is going to happen! However, we’re going to make a few predictions for the coming year as we enter the final weeks of 2021…

Our team will continue to grow, plans are in place for 2022 to recruit further roles in our Information Security team and Health and Safety team. 

Synergos will continue to improve our knowledge and expertise to ensure that we provide the certifications and accreditations that are valuable to our clients. 

With lots of exciting opportunities, we hope you continue to follow our journey.

We’ll be working right up to and including Christmas Eve with the team enjoying the festive break. We’ll be back in the office, revived and raring to go, on 4th January 2022.

All that remains is to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas!

The Synergos Team

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Jenny Kilburn
Jenny Kilburn
Completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 I was looking to start my own business. With over 10 years improving and streamlining business systems, I grasped an opportunity to assist a local business to improve their quality and communication processes by researching the requirements of a quality management system based upon ISO 9001 and conducted my first internal audit that resulted in 97 improvement recommendations. After a successful outcome, I was recommended again and again with glowing reviews and in February 2014, Synergos Consultancy was born. I now have the role of regularly reviewing and planning the strategic direction of the business to ensure that Synergos continues to develop, whilst at the same time, still actively working closely with some of our clients. In my spare time I love to attend the theatre to watch musicals, dance productions and plays. In 2019, I attended the theatre a whopping 24 times. I follow a plant-based diet which I absolutely love. A keen tick-tock follower, I have picked up a lot of interesting recipes. A firm favourite is Brussel sprouts and sriracha sauce baked in the oven. Delicious!
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