Argentina football top winners
World Cup Sweepstake

During the World Cup we held a sweepstake worldwide. We had over 70 employees put their names in for a country with the winner receiving a personalised Argentina top. Argentina were World Cup Champions for 2022 which meant Euan Wilson and Swaraj Verma managed to get their hands on a 3-star shirt!

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Summer event 2022
Calnex Summer/Sales Event 2022

This year we had some of our overseas team come over to HQ for some sales training which we merged with our Summer event. It was good to have some of the different offices here to see everyone again! We treated everyone to some Dominos pizza and then a fun event at Crieff which was excellent and gave plenty of laughs.

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Hello Again

Since the start of lockdown in March 2020, Calnex has hired 37 new employees worldwide. Throughout this time we have found new ways of keeping our new and old employees engaged with one another via monthly quizzes, entertainment events such as magicians and escape rooms, and also fortnightly tea breaks where employees can stop for 30 minutes for a catch up with one another, all of which were done online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. With COVID restrictions easing over summer in the UK, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to host a reunion for our Scotland and Belfast team at Linlithgow Rugby Club. Our first in person event in almost 2 years!! This was a great opportunity for many of the new faces at Calnex to meet their new colleagues and get to know one another. We normally have some sort of entertainment at these events such as a sports day but as there is so much to catch up on, we settled with some amazing food provided to us by Young Spudz. It was a strange experience meeting many of our new colleagues as though it was the first time, even though we had spoken many times online but I guess this is the new normal and it was welcomed by all! Our overseas teams also had their own local gatherings. After all, Calnex is one team … worldwide

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Calnex employee makes it third time lucky

Ian Horsburgh’s wife didn’t want him to run the New Year Sprint, but she’ll be glad he didn’t listen as the entire family is soon going to Disneyland Paris to celebrate dad’s famous victory at Musselburgh racecourse yesterday. The Central AC athlete and Calnex Solutions employee made it third time lucky in the 110m handicap following a fifth and an eighth in two previous finals in the late 1990s, and it was the perfect early birthday present as he turns 42 next Friday. He also picked up the Eric Liddell Trophy plus a cheque for £5,000. All the pressure was on Horsburgh after clocking the quickest time in Monday’s heats and yesterday’s cross-ties (semi-finals), but the former 400m runner still had the necessary speed endurance to cope with two races in less than two hours yesterday afternoon. Starting off 10.25m, the title favourite caught club-mate Cameron Smith early on and held off Lasswade teenager Murray Blair and Edinburgh’s Stacey Downie to break the tape first in 11.81secs. “I’ve always wanted to win this!” he admitted. “My wife didn’t want me to run because she’s seen me have disappointments before, but I felt I had a big chance this year. Thank you to Billy Duff who told me to enter and train hard. Ian Horsburgh breaks the tape just ahead of Lasswade teenager Murray Blair and Edinburgh’s Stacey Downie at Musselburgh racecourse yesterday. Picture: Stewart Attwood.“I knew I was catching Cameron and I stayed relaxed for the rest of the race, but even when I crossed the line I wasn’t sure I’d won it until I heard my name called. I felt good this morning and felt fresh after Monday, but I had to get used to running on the grass again. Lane four is a good lane because a lot of previous winners have been in lane four, but my biggest worry was Murray Blair. He beat me in a race last summer, and I was determined not to let him beat me again! I dipped at the finish because I know people have lost it before on the line.” “I ran really well as a junior, especially at 400m, but I then had injuries and didn’t progress. I had 13 years off and had children, but I found some energy to train again when the kids started sleeping. I wanted to let them see me run rather than telling them about it. I think we’ll be going to Disneyland Paris as a celebration.” Blair took second place a metre back in 11.91, but the 18-year-old conceded: “Ian’s a really good runner and he deserved to win that. I thought I was there at halfway, but the track was quite heavy and he pulled away. Crossing the line, I knew he’d won it, but it’s an improvement on fourth place last year and hopefully I’ll be back again next year.” Despite only qualifying as a fastest loser, Downieused her 19m start and her 400m strength to grab the final podium position in 11.99, just 0.02 of a second ahead of Giffnock’s Kyle McLean. “I was ill a couple of weeks ago and didn’t think I’d be here today,” she revealed. “I wasn’t far off winning and probably needed an extra metre, but I went one better than in 2016 and also won the 90m on Monday, so it’s been a welcome start to the New Year. I’m off training in South Africa now.” 2018 winner Calum McWilliam, pictured, finished dead last this time in 12.25 but deserves enormous credit for reaching a fifth successive final. “I didn’t have it in my legs for the final,” he said. “My fitness let me down at the end, but I can’t complain about making five finals. I’m living in Amsterdam now, so it depends where my career is next year, but it’s become something of a tradition and I’d love to run it again.”

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Why Calnex Solutions staff know they are valued

According to Calnex Solutions, a critical part of the firm’s ethos is to be an employer that people enjoy working for, and working with. Its approach to employee wellbeing not only encourages a comfortable, supportive and productive work environment but supports staff in taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing. Ian Horsburgh, R&D Engineer at Calnex, won silver at the 200m in the M40 age group (40-45), missing out on Gold by 1/1000th of a second.Its flexible working policy offers employees the chance to work extra hours Monday to Thursday to leave early on a Friday and core hours make for flexible start and finish times whilst ensuring employees can still work productively across teams, sites and countries. Employees also have the opportunity to purchase extra annual leave giving them more time off to manage their home lives and holidays. From a health perspective Calnex provides a competitive private healthcare scheme and critical illness cover to support employees if they were to be faced with medical health challenges. Daily office life at a desk can also take its toll on the body. To encourage people to move around and take a break, Calnex runs on-site circuit training and pilates classes. Employees have access to a multi-use games pitch where they can join in with five-a-side football or tennis. To encourage people to move around and take a break, Calnex runs on-site circuit training and pilates classes. The firm has a corporate membership at the golf course across from the HQ office with access to a driving range, putting green and nine-hole course and another membership at the local leisure centre with access to a swimming pool, badminton and squash courts. While at work, employees are given opportunities to get away from their desks at lunchtime, exercise if they wish or get out in the fresh air. Its location by Linlithgow Loch provides the perfect seting for lunchtime walks or runs and there is access to an onsite gym and fitness studio for an early morning, lunchtime, after work or weekend workout. The firm is on the verge of engaging a masseuse to counteract all the physical activity that goes on, helping to avoid injury and relieve stress. The firm feels wellbeing isn’t all about physical health however, and makes a point of regularly checking in with employees on their experiences of working at Calnex. The HR Manager offers regular checkups with employees to check in on how life is for them at Calnex, any aspirations they have or challenges they face. This is also done at monthly Slice sessions (culture meetings) where the CEO and HR Manager meet with groups of employees to discuss where things are going well and where Calnex can improve as an employer. The firm understands it won’t please everyone all the time, but where necessary it tries to find ways to address any employee concerns or ideas. Every quarter, employee communication sessions take place with the worldwide team to update everyone on targets, the outlook for the next quarter and any new initiatives that are kicked off and will affect employees at Calnex. Once a year, an employee survey is carried out to ensure the firm is meeting all its cultural objectives of Calnex being a good company to work for, of employees being listened to and of being a place where their opinions are considered. It also tries to ensure that staff have sufficient opportunity to meet their individual career/growth aspirations. Throughout the year managers also hold regular one-to-ones with all of their direct reports to monitor progress and challenges, and any development requirements employees may have. Lastly it supports employees with their charitable efforts through a corporate giving (donations) programme and has just kicked off its first Calnex in the Community initiative in the local town of Linlithgow. Most recently it supported an employee in his quest for gold at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Venice. Ian Horsburgh, R&D Engineer at Calnex, won silver at the 200m in the M40 age group (40-45), missing out on Gold by 1/1000th of a second. It was an amazing achievement and the rest of the team at Calnex was immensely proud. View press article in The Herald

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Calnex Christmas Carity Raffle
Calnex Charity Xmas Raffle

For the 7th year running, Calnex hosted our annual Christmas Charity Raffle in aid of the HopScotch Charity, to give disadvantaged children in Scotland a respite break. Many of our suppliers donated raffle prizes which included Amazon Echo Dot & Amazon Echo Show, variety of vouchers, 2 night stay in Edinburgh, Make-up calendar, a whole lot of wine and many more to encourage everyone to purchase raffle tickets. Through ticket sales from employees and with Calnex matching this amount we donated £2,000 to help 12 vulnerable children have a much needed countryside holiday. A big thanks to everyone who took part and to our suppliers who donated all the prizes!

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