Author Archives: Rob Mulholland

  1. It’s that time of year again, and it’s important to Ubi.

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    Christmas can be difficult.

    It’s that time of year again when we look forward to meeting with family and friends, and appreciating our health and happiness. This year, because of the continuing pandemic, it might look a little different, but for many it will be the same, if not worse than usual.

    For some, Christmas can be a very difficult time of year. I think of those people that are homeless, or are suffering from loneliness, poverty, long term illness or the loss of a loved one.

    Ubi isn’t a big business – there are just 11 of us – but we feel strongly that it’s important to help our community where we can, and we have been doing so every year since we started trading over a decade ago.  We like to focus on small, local charities and community projects, and we sometimes mix this with national causes that we relate to. Our contributions are not big enough to change lives, but we hope they make some difference.

    This year we are very pleased to have continued to help a fantastic small charity called Jay’s Aim who provide free defibrillators together with educational training and screening for heart conditions. Their website tells you more and we are going to continue our support with them throughout 2022.

    We have also just delivered a car boot full of supplies to the Exeter Food Bank who do an amazing job helping to feed people in the Exeter area. This has become a Christmas regular for us and we will continue to support them every year.

    And we are very proud of four members of the Ubi team who grew truly remarkable, and somewhat dodgy moustaches as part of Movember 2021, raising over £600 for this ground-breaking men’s’ charity. If you feel like adding to our sponsorship, or would just like to have a look at the moustaches, then please follow this link.

    Our main sponsorship this year is in Crediton where we are contributing towards buying a motorised wheelchair for 11-year-old Imogen Leyman who has Cerebral Palsy. The wheelchair costs £16,000 and will enable Imogen to visit beaches, go out in the countryside, and help the entire family to enjoy a more expansive life. We hope that our help will make a difference. Please follow this page to find out more about Imogen and her wheelchair.

    I want to thank all the team at Ubi who fully support our work with these charities. 

    As I said earlier it’s the time of year that is important to everyone at Ubi.

    Happy Christmas to you all.

  2. Ubi, the environment and Ecologi

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    Ubi, the environment and Ecologi

    It’s not often that I find myself ahead of the curve. In fact, this may be the first time.

    The environmental impact of our lives is currently coming under more scrutiny than at any time in our history. And quite rightly so.

    For many years I have been concerned about the impact Ubi’s trading has on the environment, from the manufacturing of the products we supply to our business mileage, to the power usage of cloud servers and our own office heating. However, it has been almost impossible to find out the exact environmental cost of this.

    It does seem remarkable to me that we are provided with documentation on electrical safety, running requirements and details on the recycling and disposal requirements but not on the environmental cost of manufacturing. I believe that all newly manufactured items should come with an environmental impact certification which would help us gauge the true cost of change, but this still seems a long way off.  

    It was while wrestling with these questions, rather than sitting on our hands and waiting for things to change, we decided to see if we could assess our impact and off-set it. And then we found Ecologi (or Offset Earth as they were known at the time).

    Ecologi, in their own words, was “created so businesses can actually take on the climate crisis” through tree planting and investing donor contributions in into a broad range of carbon capture projects. Such activities can be tied to the commercial operations of your business, allowing you to offset against these.

    Since joining in 2019 Ubi’s contributions have paid for the planting of 2,624 trees (and counting) and helped offset over 425,000 business miles – a figure which is considerably more mileage than our team have clocked up in that time.

    The scheme is only now being picked up by the bigger corporations – including tech giant Nokia who started working with Ecologi only just this year. Still, better late than never.

    Recognising that protecting the environment has even greater urgency, we have increased our commitment to Ecologi’s programme this year and are now planting at least one tree for every new handset, cloud licence, mobile connection, system, router, data switch or new fibre line. And in 2022 we plan to go further by inviting all our customers to join us in adopting a commitment to this initiative – it’s surprisingly affordable and of course the trees will be growing and helping benefit the environment for many years after the products from us have visited the recycling station themselves!

    So why have I been ahead of the curve? Well, Ubi were one Ecologi’s earliest partners. When we joined, they had less than 300 business partners and they now have over 8,600. I encourage all businesses to look at Ecologi and think about getting on board to help limit our collective impact on the environment –