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Sports Relief Kilimanjaro Challenge at Quorum

Climbing the Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in Q13

At Quorum Business Park in Q13, a member of the Convergys team completed an awe-inspiring challenge to climb the same distance as the ascent to Kilimanjaro within the Convergys building. We asked Dean Moon, undertaker of this immense challenge just what it took to complete such a distance, here’s what he said:

“The challenge took just under eight hours to complete. It was a total of 38,808 steps, which equated to 308 laps up & down the stairs (up & back down = 1 lap). There are six sets of stairs to climb to reach the top floor.”

“I started at 9 am and made good time over the first 75-80 laps, but found laps 80 to 154 be the hardest laps to complete. So after nearly four hours I took a 20 minute break to get some fresh air, to top up my energy levels and rest my aching legs.”

“I restarted on lap 155 with renewed vigour and again made good progress for the next 50 laps, before a touch of cramp slowed my progress. However when I hit the 208 lap and realised that I was at the 100 lap count down, the ache seemed to lessen and by the time I got to the last 50 I found my third or fourth wind and was almost (but not quite) jogging down the stairs at the end.”

“I would like to thank all my colleagues who either joined me for a lap or gave encouragement when passing me on the stairs as it made the whole thing a bit easier to complete.”

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Quorum Swap Shop

Climate Week Event sees staff swap old items rather than buy new!

Staff at Quorum have taken part in a Swap Shop as part of Climate Week Activities across the Business Park. The premise of the Swap Shop is that instead of buying new, staff can swap old unwanted items. The stall was run with an honest policy and staff were free to come and go all day, at the end of the day leftover items were donated to local charity, St Oswald’s Hospice. Items left inlcuded clothes, dvds, books and games.

As well as the Quorum Swap Shop, the Quorum Wildlife Group has been re launched with a number of plans made for Spring.Events and Sustainability Manager, Laura Barber says ‘The Wildlife Group are fairly active here across the park, but in the winter months we tend to focus on simply keeping the bird feeders stocked over the colder months, but now spring is round the corner we want to introduce some exciting activity across the park to get staff really engaged in Sustainable initiatives. We’re planning a stream clean of the letch that runs down the back of the business park and we’ve recently partnered with a local community project working on the local Village Green, where we will be assisting with the planting of trees near our Wildlife Corridor’.

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Quorum Workers Learn Vital Life Saving Skills

First of our Two Heart Start Courses Took Place in our Q Learning Building

Staff at Quorum Business Park took part in the first of two heart-start courses provided by North East Ambulance Services. The two hour course was well attended by staff from across the business park and covered basic accident response, treatment of serious injuries and choking. Particular focus was placed on Heart Attacks and Cardiac Arrest. All staff will receive a certificate recognizing their training and additional literature to help refresh their learning going forward.

Quorum Events and Sustainability Manager, Laura Barber said ‘This is the first stage in a big ramp up in our First Aid capabilities onsite, Course Leader, Alexandra Wheeler, is currently facilitating the purchase of a defibrillator that will be stored onsite in our 24 Hour Security Hut, we’ll ensure that all our security staff are trained to administer help with a Defibrillator – ensuring their is always a qualified first aid response on site. The kits are so light that they can be transported on the security staff’s bikes, which means we’ve calculated that a defibrillator is only ever 4 minutes from any potential incident.

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Bike Hub Launch Steers The Better By Bike Message To Commuters!

Quorum Bike Hub was successfully launched in our retail unit.

Quorum Business Park has partnered with pioneers of the ‘National Cycle Network’ and the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, and Newcastle’s longest established bike shop, M-Steel Cycles, to launch its monthly pop-up cycle hub encouraging employees on the park to cycle to work.

The ‘it’s better by bike’ programme offers information, guidance and incentives to local employees on Quorum looking to switch from their current work commute method, such as the car – ultimately promoting cycling as an accessible and safe form of travel for journeys under 5 miles.

An impressive number of park employees turned out for the launch on 12 February, where advice was provided on everything from bike maintenance to route planning and Quorum’s innovative pool bike scheme, while free refreshments were served.

M-Steel Cycles gave away 30 free bike health checks while Sustrans introduced a new ‘bike buddy’ service where an experienced cyclist will recommend the safest routes to commuters and accompany them on their way to and from work until they feel confident enough to continue without support.

Quorum Business Park events and sustainability manager Laura Barber said: “We’re thrilled with the interest we received at the event and it was great to see a lot of new faces that haven’t used the pool bikes before, finding out more about cycling to work for the first time.

“It’s really important for us to get across the message that it’s an easy, stress-free travel option that can be a cheaper and quicker alternative to taking the car to work – especially for those living within five or six miles of the park. We also want to dispel the preconceptions that you have to be an experienced cyclist or be head-to-toe in lycra to be able to get started.”

Sustrans Workplace officer, Laurence Bonner, who created the concept of the ‘pop-up cycle hub’ within business parks, said, “It’s fantastic to work with Quorum Business Park to offer this service to staff on site. We are seeing a sharp increase in the number of people wanting to cycle to work, but there are still certain barriers that make it too difficult for some. That’s why we’re here, enabling people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys.

Second hand, reconditioned bikes were also on offer from WatBike at affordable prices, of which the proceeds went to the WatBus Charity, and the day was rounded off with a guided group bike ride from Quorum.

Laura concluded: “Encouraging more park employees to cycle to work has been on our sustainability agenda for several years now and we’re sure the Bike Hub will do much by way of appealing to a wider audience. We’ve also engaged tenants to ensure they support their employees who cycle to work with the right facilities and regular incentives, helping us to achieve this long-term aim.”

The Bike Hub will open its doors on Quorum’s retail parade on the second Wednesday of every month throughout 2014 featuring free bike servicing, bikers breakfasts, fashion shows and cycling yoga sessions.

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Quorum Events Programme Shapes up for 2014

Quorum is set to kickstart the year with a healthy schedule of events for its hundreds of tenants to enjoy over the coming months.

The events program for 2014 gets fully underway with the launch of the new bike hub on 12 February. Sustrans and M-Steel Cycles will host the hub on the second Wednesday of every month to promote cycling to employees on the park that live in the nearby area.

The hub, which will be situated on Quorum’s retail parade, will provide a great source of information and advice for those who are keen to start cycling to work and free bike servicing will be offered three times a year to all cyclist commuters on the park.

Quorum Business Park events co-ordinator Laura Barber said: “We’re really excited about the new bike hub and are positive that it’s going to be a really popular addition to our events line-up. We’ve worked really hard to make it an appealing place to visit, with a vintage vibe decor, a sofa area to relax and read books on the sport, and clothing gear on sale.

“Encouraging more park employees to cycle to work is a sustainable objective high on our agenda so we’ve developed a buddy service, which will be available to arrange at the hub, where an experienced cyclist will recommend the safest routes and accompany them on their way to and from work until they feel confident enough to continue without support.”

The following month will see Quorum mark the fourth birthday of its Q-card, which offers special rewards and discounts to cardholders on the park. A week-long promotion from 24 March will be celebrated by new offer announcements and a Q-card partner exhibition will be held on 26 March hosting a variety of businesses.

Local business Dave’s The Gentleman’s Barbers will be offering wet towel shaves at its pop-up barber shop and Nuffield Health Gym are bringing a body-analyser along on the day to give a precise body fat indicator for those curious about their health.

Laura continued: “We’re looking forward to the opening of the park’s brand new outdoor gym facility in spring, and so to get everyone warmed up our boot camp leader Adam Hitchings will be running a workshop at the Q-card exhibition to show how to make the most of the equipment. Employees can also get involved in a demonstration by Solo Martial Arts to make sure they’re fighting fit!”

Discounted game tickets will be available from Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club and Newcastle Racecourse will be promoting the race meetings and events ahead of its busy season. Other exhibits will include South Shields’ Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, Matfen Hall Hotel and Newcastle-based wedding photographers, Footprint Photographic – alongside an array of healthy lunch options.

In the meanwhile, social enterprise Food Nation will be on the park on the first Friday of every month, each time serving up a different world cuisine. Laura concluded: “It’s a pleasure to work with Food Nation as its culture is undoubtedly in line with Quorum’s sustainable strategy. They produce great-tasting, nutritious food and all of its profits are invested back into their work in the community.

“We’ve got a lot to look forward to over the next few months and we’re confident that the 5,000 staff on the park will take advantage of what’s on offer.”

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