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Ralph Sutcliffe has joined the TSI team

April 16th, 2015 by Ralph Sutcliffe | No Responses

I am absolutely delighted to be joining The Survey Initiative!

I’ve known Gary for the best part of 20 years as a colleague, client and friend, and having worked together on what must be into the hundreds of projects, we have a very good understanding of how each other ticks, and the same work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done. When I met Jaime, I very soon realised that she was out of the same mould and am thrilled that TSI reflects their personalities and attitudes – which is why it’s great to be joining a well-run and close knit team which I feel I fit into, and a part of already.

I’ve been in the market research and survey software sector for over 30 years and have worked with a range of clients from supporting independent consultants to managing multi-language international surveys for GlaxoSmithKline, as well as helping the BBC and even MI5.

There have … read more »

Nothing wrong with a bit of romance?

February 16th, 2015 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

If like me you like a good read, or a rom com, you will know that some of the best romances have flourished in the office environment. We have been inspired by the advent of St. Valentines day this February to offer some features covering both our professional opinion and our personal experiences of romance in the office.

We spent most of our waking hours at work, so it’s not surprising that statistically you are more likely to meet a romantic partner at work – I met my husband at work (you can read more about that in my interview with ILM in Finding love at work).

A recently commissioned survey to promote the DVD release of the TV series, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, pro-ports that relationships that start at work are more likely to stand the test of time, but whether successful long term relationship or not, consider the impact at work.

It is … read more »

Table Tennis British National Weekend

January 17th, 2015 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

Survey Initiative Rowhedge are back in action this weekend in the next round of the British National League.

This Sunday sees Jermaine Fearon, Greg Green, Gary Cattermole and John Andrews in action against the two top teams of Waterside and Cardiff. Although a tough weekend, the team will no doubt give a good account of itself.

The team will be looking to improve its results in the return fixtures. Last time out against Cardiff saw them succumb to a 2-6 defeat with James a Denyer picking up 2. A 0-8 loss to Waterside can only be improved upon this weekend as well.

Currently mid-table with 7 points, Survey Initiative Rowhedge will be looking to finish as high as possible.  It’s been a interesting season in Division 5, which historically has some very strong teams added to it each season.  The team is more than capable of causing an upset this Sunday.

Good luck to the team on Sunday.

Do you dodge fun and glory?

January 11th, 2015 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

As employee engagement specialists, we fully support any activity that builds rapport between team members and sport is one of the quickest ways to achieve it – it creates a common interest and provides the opportunity for fun, healthy competition and relationship building – not forgetting the chance to get fit.

With that in mind, how could we refuse the opportunity to sponsor a sport that is relatively new to the UK but has been played in the United States since the 1800s? We’re talking about Dodgeball! You may well have seen the 2004 film of the same name that starred Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which is probably credited for bringing the sport to the attention of a wider British audience. If you haven’t yet seen it, here’s how it’s played: essentially, there are two teams who play against one another.  The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with … read more »

Christmas Stuff !

December 22nd, 2014 by amber_mckinney | No Responses

Today, since it’s the first day of my Christmas holidays, I decided to earn a bit of cash by tagging along with mum to her work place. After a quick tour of the office, I found that the place wasn’t quite up to the Christmas spirit standard that I hoped. I took it upon myself to surf the magic that is the internet to find some interestingly creative decorations that some offices have concocted.


Post-It Note wreath. This one made me laugh at how creatively daft it was. It just goes to show how you can make Christmas happen by sticking brightly coloured bits of square paper to a window.


Glove tree. This is an interesting example that you can make a tree out of pretty much anything that you have an abundance of in the office. Just make sure you have plenty of ‘puff’ for this one though.


A Fairy on top. Literally. If you’re going to decorate your … read more »

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