LATEST NEWS

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Neil wows academy group 007

2017-09-05 12:57:02

Neil has recently gained the rare privilege of becoming an accredited speaker / presenter at the Academy for Chief Executives, the country’s leading organisation for growing and developing senior leadership talent and transforming businesses. Simon Lester, Academy Chairman of Group 007 and a leading light in the organisation asked Neil to conduct his Strategy MOT Workshop twice in two days during July. Afterwards, he kindly wrote the testimonial below: “Neil presented to both my CEO Group and my Director’s Forum and scored highly in both workshops. The members found the ‘Strategy on a Page’ concept really useful and easy to implement. Neil has a unique background and uses both his military and commercial experiences to demonstrate the impact of good and bad strategies with great effect. Neil has achieved some incredible personal challenges and highlighted some of these to demonstrate the importance of how a great strategy combined with effective implementation can positively influence the result. Neil Laughton is a newcomer to the Academy and has the potential to become the Academy Newcomer of the Year, he is that good! Book him now.”

Ireland 360

2017-08-25 10:53:50

In the summer of 2000, Neil Laughton and Tim Maw became the first people to complete a circumnavigation of mainland Britain by jet-ski. During their trip and accompanied by Bear Grylls they shot across the Irish Sea for a pint of Guinness and always had in mind to one day return to make a circumnavigation of Ireland. 17 years later, Neil organised this mission with sponsorship from BRP, manufacturers of the leading personal watercraft brand Sea-doo and engaged with two charities - Help for Heroes and RNLI. Neil and Tim were joined on the water by Mark Shoosmith and Rory Mackenzie, who had lost a leg whilst serving in Iraq. A land based support team was manned by volunteers and members of the H4H community. The expedition was successful with all four riders completing the 1500 mile journey which took 14 days to complete. They started and finished in Belfast Harbour at the site where the ship Titanic was built and launched in 1912.

Adventure retreats in South Africa

2017-07-06 11:52:16

Adventure Retreats is an initiative in collaboration with Angus Wingfield and John Richards. The idea is to take groups of senior business executives to Zingela, one of the most beautiful and remote safari lodges in the Kwa-Zulu Natal area of South Africa. This place is stunningly peaceful, well equipped with luxury tented accommodation and located in a wild unfenced wilderness - the perfect place to unwind, reflect and be a little adventurous. Clients participate in morning group workshops designed to ask difficult questions such as: “Are you fulfilling your true potential?”, “What impact are you really having?” and “What legacy will you be leaving?”. We hope that delegates spending a week in this wonderful environment will return to work energised, orientated and motivated. Neil, John and Angus conducted a recce of the area in June and hope to commence Adventure Retreats in 2018. For more information please visit: www.adventure-retreats.com

Scientific Exploration Society

2017-06-05 12:50:38

The SES is a charity set up in 1969 by the explorer John Blashford-Snell OBE, whom Neil worked for on leaving school. John was to become his mentor and inspiration for exploring and adventuring around the world. The SES leads, funds and supports scientific discovery, research and conservation in remote parts of the world offering knowledge, eduction and community aid. Whilst few areas of the world remain undiscovered, there is still much to learn and to be done in promoting sustainable economies, saving endangered species and offering community welfare in less developed countries. After knowing each other for over 35 years, John asked Neil to become Chairman of the Board of Trustees and took charge in May. Neil is keen to increase the size of the membership, develop sustainable financial income streams and deliver added value for members. Anyone interested in joining the SES, please email gail@ses-explore.org

Climb Higher! at Brighton Met

2017-05-12 12:49:03

The typical Laughton & Co client is a corporate entity with a large number of dynamic, successful and keen-to-progress business directors or managers. When an opportunity to run a developmental programme over a three week period for a group of unemployed adults at Brighton Metropolitan College, there was just a little trepidation in the run up to the course starting last month. Neil need not have been so concerned because by and large the group were open, worked hard and were keen to learn. The age range varied from 21 to 65 and there were a mix of gender, nationalities and experiences. However, Neil designed a developmental programme that would engage all ages and abilities with a mix of learning sessions, coaching interventions, guest speakers, site visits to various businesses and a one day experiential session at Laughton & Co HQ in the South Downs National Park. The delegates collectively rated the course 9.7 out of 10 with many offering heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those people who gave up their time to help deliver an inspirational experience.

Golf Retreats in Cornwall

2017-04-12 12:47:11

Laughton & Co has teamed up with John Richards, a vocational life coach and keen golfer to provide opportunities for stressed out business executives to take a well-earned long weekend break. The new initiative is called golf-retreats and will be hosted by John and Neil in the beautiful Cornish coast near Porthpean. Clients are accommodated in attractive modern cottages on the edge of the Porthpean Golf Course with stunning views of the coast, play unlimited amounts of golf and participate in voluntary group coaching sessions. The evenings are spent relaxing, walking, paddle-boarding and dining in delightful local restaurants in the neighbouring secluded harbours. The first golf retreat is scheduled for late September. For more information and details please visit www.golf-retreats.com

GSBR wins Chestnut Tree House Award

2017-03-05 10:44:29

Back in 2012 a visit to Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice near Arundel left Neil with a pronounced sense of thankfulness for a half a century of good health, an appreciation of the amazing work being done at the house and a determination to help with fundraising. Being a specialist in team activities and challenges, the idea of an annual charity bath raft racing tournament was born. Neil sourced 20 baths from CP Hart and he knew the founder of another Sussex charity called Lifecentre who lived near Chichester and owned a beautiful private lake. Neil teamed up with the uber-organised Gemma King of Vivid Marketing and the pair set up the Great Sussex Bath Race. Each year since, up to 18 corporate teams have competed for the three marble with bath tap adorned trophies. Over £60,000 has been raised to help children and their families in Sussex and at the recent CTH Business Awards, we won “Most innovative fundraising idea”.

AirBnB Experiences

2017-02-16 09:02:34

Airbnb recently launched a new service called Airbnb Experiences. Neil was approached by the company to see if he would be interested in piloting the scheme with some sort of Penny Farthing experience for their customers. Priding ourselves on our innovativeness as a company, we jumped at the chance and devised a three hour experience called “Bike like a Victorian through central London”. Clients book and pay online through the Airbnb Experiences App and then join Neil in St James’s Square for part one: Training. Clients are taught how to ride, mount, dismount and navigate the busy streets of the capital safely. After a well earned coffee break, its time for part two: The Tour. Neil leads the group of up to six clients riding 48 inch high Penny Farthing bikes on a special tour that includes Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The experience regularly receives a 5 star rating (the maximum) because of its uniqueness, the sense of a difficult challenge overcome and because the clients are photographed thousands of times by tourists which makes them feel like a celebrity!

Columbia's highest mountain?

2017-01-28 16:39:09

James and Oliver were obsessed with a conundrum in the climbing world - which of two mountains listed in the mountaineering guide books as identical in height was actually the highest? I got roped in to undertake what we would call in the military a “close target recce”. The main problem was gaining access to the peaks, Pico Colon and Pico Bolivar in the NW of Colombia as they resided in a National Park with primary jungle and a secretive native peoples called the Kogi who disliked visitors and tourists were banned. We tried various diplomatic routes without success and then decided to just go there and work it out. With a local guide and blessing of the chief Kogi (after an exchange of money and gifts) we made our way with two mules up through the jungle foothills, often staying with local Kogi families. The terrain got steep and one of the mules fell off the trail which meant we had to reduce equipment and carry everything ourselves. It was hot and humid, I developed mild heat-stroke and the pounds dropped off our bodies as we made our way onto the glacier and cooler temperatures. Given the sensitivities, I shall just say we reached a height on one peak that give us a reasonable view of the other and I can confirm they are both very similar in height!

Laughton & Co wins Business Awards

2016-12-17 12:36:13

The business coaching, training and consulting world is a busy marketplace and anyone operating in it needs to be able to stand out from the crowd! There is no better an opportunity of testing yourself and your business against the competition than by subjecting yourself to the critical eyes of a business awards judging panel. In 2016 we placed ourselves in three business awards competitions and the results were pleasing…we were a Finalist in the JP South East Business Awards and then Neil won “Business Personality of the Year” in the Brighton & Hove Independent Business Awards followed by "Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Sussex Business Awards in 2016.

Sussex Business Awards Nomination for 2016

2016-10-19 12:13:22

The Laughton & Co team are extremely pleased and happy to learn that Neil has reached the Final of the Sussex Business Awards “Entrepreneur of the Year” 2016. The winner will be announced at a black tie gala dinner on 1st December. Whatever the result, this has been a rewarding few months which comes off the back of winning the Brighton & Hove Independent Business Awards “Business Personality” 2016, reaching the finals of the JP South Business Awards and being nominated (anonymously) in the Institute of Directors annual business awards for Director of the Year (Small Company).

Focus Group wins the Crazy Sportathon

2016-10-19 12:11:23

This week, a dozen corporate teams entered Laughton & Co’s latest sporting charity challenge - the Crazy Sportathon which raised in excess of £6,000 for children’s charity Rockinghorse. A team of 6 telecommunications experts from Focus Group won the rather unusual wrought iron trophy designed by local blacksmith Tom Fell. Teams were faced with completing and competing in 20 crazy sporting events during the day which included a Bucking Broncho, pole walking, extreme ping pong, melon shot putting, Bhutanese Darts, segway slalom and a Sumo suit relay race. Such was the positive response from the happy but tired teams, this may be repeated next year!

FTSE 250 Graduates Training Programme

2016-10-19 12:08:33

A group of young, enthusiastic and slightly nervous Graduates from a high street FTSE 250 company arrived at Laughton & Co HQ recently. They were fed and immediately went to work forming teams of three and tasked with erecting a series of Bell Tents in preparation for a good nights camping. The following morning they received navigational instruction (map & compass) and strategic guidance to then plan a 60 mile cross country mountain bike expedition with an additional night out in the wilds of the South Downs National Park. They certainly enjoyed the physical challenge, the leadership responsibilities and opportunity to get to know each other better.

Neil Laughton wins Sussex Business Award

2016-06-20 09:26:30

On Friday 17th June at the Brighton & Hove Independent Business Awards dinner in the AMEX football stadium, Neil Laughton won the "Business Personality" award for 2016. In his acceptance speech, he thanked Gemma King of Vivid Marketing who nominated him and went on to say that Laughton & Co was not a law firm but a company dedicated to helping individuals and businesses improve their strategy, leadership and teamwork.

Beach Volleyball Tournament

2016-05-12 21:51:52

Laughton & Co entered a team comprising some of its Associates, clients and suppliers in the Active Sussex Beach Volleyball Tournament at Yellow Wave, Brighton. Eight organisations entered the competition including teams from Brighton University, Quality Solicitors and American Express. Laughton & Co won two out of its three group stage games and there was a sudden death solo play-off for first position and Neil Laughton took on a young lady who apparently played for American Colleges and she won rather easily! Team Laughton & Co then played the winners of the other group in a semi-final and played their socks off (not literally). In the final against an experienced team from Financial Planning Group, they lost valiantly 33-28.

Bering Strait Expedition 2016

2016-02-01 03:41:56

Neil Laughton and James Bingham set out at the end of February to attempt a return crossing of the Bering Strait between NW Alaska and the International Date Line between the Diomede Islands, mid way to the Russian mainland. They had hoped to arrange the first game of 5-a-side football on the moving sea ice on arrival. However, the warmest winter on record made the sea ice too thin to walk on and too thick to paddle through and the pair had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard.

Business Meets Special Operations

2016-01-15 17:13:34

Laughton & Co launches another innovative, challenging and insightful 3 day executive training programme in the highlands of Scotland. Designed to educate teams of business executives in the finer art of Special Ops. Delegates will be given instruction from Special Forces personnel, hostage negotiator, fighter pilot and a military intelligence agent how to plan, communicate, train and execute a strategic mission successfully.

Strategy meetings on the water

2015-11-01 17:18:45

A 21 metre Dutch Barge owned by Laughton & Co that is moored on a floating pontoon at the North end of Portsmouth Harbour provides the ideal venue for a private, comfortable and unusual board room for groups of business executives conducting a special meeting or strategy session. Guests are met at Gunwharf Quays and embark a speedboat which then transfers them to Gentoo, the Dutch Motor Cruiser.

Team Development Training

2015-10-18 17:20:32

Laughton & Co offers local Sussex businesses a unique opportunity to conduct a one day training programme at its HQ in the South Downs Way. Delegates are given a mix of theoretical, conversational and practical sessions designed to improve the leadership, communication and team working skills of every group.

Laughton & Co team raises £100,000 for charity

2015-10-10 17:16:25

After their valiant attempt to set a new World Record for the highest formal dinner party at 23,000 ft on Mt Everest in April / May 2015, a team led by former Everest summiteer Neil Laughton have managed to raise in excess of £100,000 for charity Community Action Nepal. The team which included 2 Michelin Star Chef Sat Bains, reached 22,000 ft when they experienced a devastating earthquake that inflicted many thousands of casualties. The expedition was sponsored by the SJP Foundation, GH Mumm, Canada Goose and Thomas Pink.

Laughton & Co Olympics

2015-09-01 17:22:23

A perfect way to entertain clients, reward staff or to motivate the team for the year ahead, Laughton & Co launches its very own Olympic Games! With activities including rally driving, archery, American Pool, Air Hockey, Extreme Golf, Table-tennis and Wellington Boot throwing, this an unusual, exciting and adrenalin busting day of fun designed to identify the finest competitor in the group.