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Intelect Supports St Mary’s Football Club 25 Years On

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Intelect Supports St Mary’s Football Club 25 Years On

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St Mary’s Football Club has had a positive start to their season following the announcement of a new three-year sponsorship with local engineering company, Intelect.

The news comes almost a quarter of a century on from when the two organisations first crossed paths, as back in 1998, during Intelect’s second year of operation, St Mary’s were the company’s first grassroots sponsorship.

Both the club and Intelect celebrate significant anniversary’s this year, with St Mary’s Football Club celebrating their 75th, and Intelect their 25th, meaning there was no better time for the two to rekindle their partnership.

Now competing in the North Riding Football League Premier Division, a registered FA Level 7 league, St Mary’s is still continuing to provide community adult football in the Middlesbrough area from their base at the Kings Academy in Coulby Newham.

With no junior set-up infrastructure or large financial investment, the club have had to work hard to maintain their existence, relying on the generosity of local sponsorships, player fees and competition honours to keep it afloat.

Having been involved with the club since 2004, St Mary’s Chairman, Tony Wilson was thrilled to receive Intelect’s support saying, “Receiving the sponsorship from Intelect, who have been a local business in Middlesbrough for 25 years, fits really well with our own values as a club.

“On our 75-year anniversary as a football club, which has its own established history in Middlesbrough’s grassroots football community, it is amazing that Intelect have reconnected with us and agreed to support the continuation of this long-standing football club”.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican recently attended the club’s anniversary celebration, which saw players from all generations of the club’s history attend. At the event, Fran was presented with a framed shirt from the team as a thanks for the company’s support.

Fran said, “Supporting our local community is something we’re really passionate about. It’s great to see St Mary’s still succeeding as a club and giving hundreds of adults across Teesside an opportunity to enjoy themselves through grass roots football. We wish them all the best for the season!”

Intelect will remain the clubs main sponsor for three seasons.

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Triple Award Success for Intelect as they Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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Triple Award Success for Intelect as they Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Awards 25 years

In the same week that engineering company Intelect celebrated its 25th anniversary, the team were also delighted to bag three awards for their commitments to apprenticeships and training.

The first award arrived at the grand final of the North East Business Awards, where Intelect narrowly pipped Unipres and Newcastle Building Society to the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award, which was sponsored and judged by the CIPD.

Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood was there to accept the award on the evening, and just four days later it was Director, John Thompson’s turn on stage at the North East Region National Apprenticeship Awards, where Intelect received not one, but two awards.

Taking place at the Hilton in Newcastle, Intelect were crowned regional winners in the SME Employer of the Year category, and they also received an unexpected award for Recruitment Excellence of the Year.

Now in their 19th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are England’s biggest apprenticeship award ceremony, and following their regional victory, Intelect will now go on to represent the North East against nine other regional winners at the grand final in London later this year.

Established in 1997, Intelect launched their apprenticeship programme just one year after opening their doors, and have continued to remain committed to supporting apprentices and their employees ever since.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican was thrilled to hear about the latest flurry of awards, saying, “It’s been a monumental week for us as a company, and it’s been great to look back and reflect on the last 25 years and see just how far we have come.

“Having grown the company from a small team of six, to now having over 120 employees is enough of an achievement for us, but to also receive both regional and national recognition for our commitment to our employees is fantastic.

He continued, “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our team, and we are looking forward to celebrating our victories and our 25th anniversary together with them this month.”

Earlier this year, Intelect were ranked 17th in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs in England, and this year took on a record number of electrical apprentices.

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Success For Intelect At The North East Business Awards Grand Final

Success for Intelect at The North East Business Awards Grand Final

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Success for Intelect at The North East Business Awards Grand Final

Success For Intelect At The North East Business Awards Grand Final

Celebrations are in order following Intelect’s latest victory at the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category.

Up against the likes of Unipres and Newcastle Building Society, Intelect had some tough competition on the night, with both businesses having excellent programmes when it comes to apprenticeships and training.

Judges from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) commended all of the finalists prior to presenting the award, and highlighted just how committed the North East region is when it comes to apprenticeships and training.

Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood was there to pick up the award on the evening, she said, “This award is testimony to the years of commitment Intelect has given to its apprenticeships and employees.

“Of the 25 years that the company has been running, 24 of them have been dedicated to growing an apprenticeship programme that provides local people with solid career paths, and we are proud to say that over 50% of the apprentices we have trained are still with the company today.”

“To be up against such tough competition and still come out on top is truly fantastic, and we look forward to continuing to grow our programme and be an advocate for apprenticeships alongside other likeminded businesses in our area.”

The award comes in the same month that Intelect took on a record number of electrical apprentices in their yearly intake, bringing their total number of apprentices up to 28 in Teesside.

They were also recognised in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs earlier in the year, ranking 17th in England for their award-winning programme.

Covering a variety of capabilities and educational levels, there really is something for everybody when it comes to their apprenticeship opportunities.

Other big Teesside winners on the night included Cleveland Containers, who bagged the coveted Company of the Year award, and Great North Air Ambulance for the Services Award.

Success For Intelect At The North East Business Awards Grand Final

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Intelect commits to investing in the next generation by joining The 5% Club

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Intelect commits to investing in the next generation by joining The 5% Club

Intelect, a national engineering company with bases in Middlesbrough, Grimsby and Leicester, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated in 2013, is a movement of more than 700 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

After 24 years of supporting over 150 apprentices with their award-winning programme, Intelect continues to build on its commitments to the next generation by joining The 5% Club. The company is regularly commended for its efforts and dedication, and most recently, they ranked in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs in England.

Director, and former apprentice, John Thompson said, “We are delighted to be joining the 700 plus employers who are already members of The 5% Club. As a former apprentice myself, I understand the value that apprenticeships and training opportunities bring to young people, and the companies they work for, so it’s vital that businesses continue to open doors for the next generation.”

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Intelect into the membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

This year, Intelect plans to take on a record number of 10 apprentices across a range of business sectors including electrical engineering, accountancy, health and safety and design. They are also a finalist in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category at this years North East Business Awards, which take place in September this year.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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KP Snacks and Intelect join forces for Charity Family Fun Day

Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun

Middlesbrough-based engineering company, Intelect recently joined forces with long-term client and food manufacturer, KP Snacks, in order to host an employee family fun day and raise money for two local charities, Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun EVS.

The event was held at Norton Stockton Ancients Football ground, and saw over 250 people attend, with a grand total of £1,400 being raised throughout the day of fundraising.

Alongside there being a range of fun activities, the two companies also took part in a seven-a-side football tournament, which resulted in the Intelect Blue team coming out on top following a hard battle in the final against KP Snacks.

After working together for over 20 years, the two companies decided to partner up to raise vital funds for their chosen charities, all of whom rely heavily on donations and volunteers to operate their invaluable services.

Due to the pandemic, Intelect and KP had to hold off on their previous plans to host the day for a second time in 2019, however both companies were pleased when they got the go ahead for this year.

The £1,400 that was raised has since been split evenly between Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun EVS, an amount both charities were thrilled to accept.

Anne Cooling, Head of Corporate for Teesside Hospice said, “The recent family fun day hosted by Intelect and KP Snacks was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The donations raised from the fundraising activities will go towards supporting people and families who have been affected by a terminal illness.

“These donations will help Teesside Hospice ensure people receive the highest level of specialist palliative care and to stay as independent as long as possible. Teesside Hospice values our corporate partnership with Intelect and we hope this partnership continues for many years ahead.”

Gill Dixon, Secretary at Bloodrun EVS echoed Anne’s thanks, saying, “As a small local charity, Bloodrun EVS (Emergency Voluntary Service) is manned entirely by unpaid volunteers and is dependent on the generosity of local businesses and the public to continue to provide its free-of-charge urgent transportation service to, predominantly, our local NHS Trusts.

She continued, “This donation from Intelect and KP Snacks is most welcome and very gratefully received and will be an amazing help towards our current goal, which is to replace one of our aging vehicles.”

Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood led the organisation of the fun day, she said, “It was fantastic to see so many people come together to support two fantastic local charities. Bloodrun and Teesside Hospice provide invaluable services to our local community, so we were really proud to be able to once again partner with KP Snacks to support them.

“As a Corporate Partner of Teesside Hospice, we understand the vital role they play when it comes to supporting patients who are suffering with terminal illness and their families. Selected by our employees as our charity of choice for 2022, we felt it was only right to make them our chosen charity for the fun day.”

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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

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Left to right: Former Warrant Officer Class 2 and Intelect QHSE Manager, Mike Cook, Intelect Director, John Thompson and Lt Col Andy Black REME, Head of Engagement for North East and Yorkshire.

Intelect continues with its award success, adding a further accolade to their tally after receiving the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant.

Created to ensure the Forces community are treated fairly and have equal opportunity, the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to those who have served and their families.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Through a 3-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers.
As a forces friendly employer, Intelect Director, John Thompson was delighted to receive the news about their silver award, he said, “We are very proud to have received the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant, building on our previous commitments.

“As a company we have supported the forces community for many years, and we will continue to provide opportunities and advocate to other businesses about the positive impact this can have.”

Brigadier Paul Baker, Chief Executive, North of England RFCA said, “There has always been great support for the Armed Forces within the North East of England but the growing number of companies prepared to publicly demonstrate this support is truly heartening, especially in such challenging times.

“These Employer Recognition Scheme awards are a recognition of the backing and encouragement provided to their employees who are also Reservists, Adult Volunteers within the Cadet Forces, Veterans and their families. Well done to all.”

The award follows not long after Intelect hosted the North East Armed Forces Business Forum, which saw over 20 regional business come together to discuss how they can better support those who serve, or have served, and their families.

Having signed the Covenant initially back in 2019, Intelect have continued to make steps to improve their support of the force’s community, building on their Bronze Employer Recognition Award which they received two years ago.

Going forward, Intelect plans to continue growing its support of the force’s community, and hopes to obtain the Gold Award in 2023.

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Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022 Following Earlier North East Business Awards Win

Engineering company, Intelect celebrates a double whammy, ranking in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SME Employers for 2022 just days after triumphing at the Teesside North East Business Awards in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category.

The Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list celebrates small to medium enterprises for their vital contribution and commitments to apprenticeships, with Intelect taking spot number 17.

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Launched at the same time as the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, the two leader boards are designed to showcase the very best of England’s apprenticeship employers, with those listed recognised for providing some of the most successful apprenticeship programmes over the previous 12 months.

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Intelect’s business model since 1997, just a year after their launch 25 years ago, and they have continued to grow their commitments ever since, training over 150 apprentices in that time and increasing the number of courses they offer.

Currently employing 33 apprentices across a range of disciplines, and with a retention rate of 54%, the Top 50 ranking comes only six days after their win at the Teesside North East Business Awards, where Intelect fought off tough competition to scoop the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award.

As a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Alan Wallace, North East Network Coordinator was delighted to see Intelect representing the region and the network, saying “We want to congratulate Intelect on their recent award win and achieving 17th in the Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list.

“This shows just how much Intelect values and supports apprenticeships as a recruitment method, as well as a learning and development route for their existing employees too, which is equally as important”.

Intelect works in close partnership with a number of local training and development providers to deliver their award-winning programmes. Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, Darren Hankey said, “We are delighted that Intelect has received so much recognition for its approach to apprenticeships. The company is known for its high standards and the recognition is richly deserved.

He continued, “Having high standards is also a part of our DNA at the College, where we’ve been supporting organisations since 1849. It is a privilege to work with Intelect and to be entrusted to train its fabrication, product design and environmental apprentices.”

Intelect Managing Director, and former apprentice, Fran Cormican was blown away with the recent news, saying “We are truly delighted to receive such fantastic recognition, and to be ranked 17th out of over 500 employers who entered is incredible. Apprenticeships are, and have always been, at the heart of Intelect and our ‘train to retain’ ethos has allowed us to grow and bring a wealth of innovation and diversity to our business for many years.

“That being said, we feel it’s hugely important that we, and other businesses alike, continue to advocate the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships can provide, to ensure as many people as possible continue to have a pathway to succeed”.

Intelect will represent Teesside the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards on the 29th September at Hardwick Hall, where they will face Northumberland & Tyneside winners, Newcastle Building Society and Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside winners, Unipres UK Ltd.

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Intelect celebrates Women in Engineering Day by backing Power of Women campaign

Intelect's Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood and Managing Director, Fran Cormican.

23/06/2022

As companies around the world celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), local mechanical and electrical engineering business, Intelect are transpiring their thoughts into action, by becoming a Corporate Supporter of the Power of Women campaign.

Celebrating its ninth year in 2022, INWED gives female engineers around the world a platform of visibility, and encourages young women and girls to take up engineering careers, something which Intelect are keen to champion.

According to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), it’s reported that as of June 2021, only 16.5% of engineers are women, a figure which highlights the huge gender imbalance within the industry.

It’s these imbalances and inequalities that fuelled the fire of a group of local Tees Valley business leaders, spear headed by the late Professor Jane Turner OBE DL, to devise an action plan and create a campaign that improves the lives and aspirations of young women in the Tees Valley and beyond, leading to the launch of the Power of Women campaign in 2022.

Having worked in male dominated industries since the start of her career, Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood is accustomed to challenging gender stereotypes, and was keen to continue doing so when she joined the company in December 2021.

Lily said, “When I joined Intelect, it was fantastic to see just how much work the company does to support young people, both inside and outside of the organisation, and in particular when it comes to advocating apprenticeships and career opportunities that are available within the engineering industry.

“That being said, it has always been frustrating to see the obvious lack of female presence within the sector, something which is highlighted further whenever we promote vacancies, which often leads too little to no women applying.

She continued, “To mark International Women in Engineering Day this year, we were delighted to become a Supporter of the Power of Women campaign to further cement our commitment when it comes to levelling up. It’s vital that young women and girls have visible role models within the industries that they aspire to work in, so that they can make their own choices, and choose their own path when it comes to their career.”

Power of Women chair Jane Armitage, who was Tees Businesswoman of the Year in 2020, said: “We’re thrilled that Intelect are backing the POW campaign to raise the aspirations and ambitions of our region’s girls and young women.

“There are significant challenges to be overcome but, with the support of companies such as Intelect, the Power of Women is beginning to make an impact, helping to create role models for the next generation to aspire to and emulate. You can’t believe what you can’t see. It is by seeing people in roles that girls will themselves believe they can aspire to and achieve, so it’s wonderful that Intelect are speaking out to mark International Women in Engineering Day too.”

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “Historically, the engineering industry has seen a huge underrepresentation of women. As businesses, it is so important that we come together to combat these imbalances by ensuring our sector is accessible to everyone and visible to future generations.

“We understand that there is still a long way to go when it comes to gender equality within the engineering industry, but by making these steps and working with the likes of the Power of Women campaign to combat stereotypes, we believe that we can continue to make a positive change for the future.”

For more information about the Power of Women campaign and how you can get involved, visit: https://powerofwomen.org.uk/

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Left to right: Former Warrant Officer Class 2 and Intelect QHSE Manager, Mike Cook, Intelect Director, John Thompson and Lt Col Andy Black REME, Head of Engagement for North East and Yorkshire.

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Intelect were delighted to host the North East Armed Forces Business Forum for June, which saw over 20 regional businesses come together to discuss how they can better support those who serve, or have served, and their families.

All of the companies who attended the forum, held at Intelect’s three-acre site on Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, are also signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, which aims to ensure that those who serve, or have served, and their families, are treated fairly and with respect in the communities, economy and society they serve.

As a Forces friendly employer, engineering company, Intelect received the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award in 2021, and they are currently nominated for a Silver Award, which they hope to obtain in 2022.

The scheme highlights employers who pledge to support the Armed Forces community, including existing or prospective employees, something Intelect has done since the company was launched back in 1997.

Now, 25 years on, Intelect continues to support Veterans, Reservists and other members of the Armed Forces, including former Warrant Officer Class 2, and now QHSE Manager at Intelect, Mike Cook.

When asked why he felt it was important to support the Forces community, Mike said, “Our Armed Forces and Veterans make huge sacrifices and commitments, and I believe as a society and business community, it’s important we recognise the contributions they have made, and support them into civilian employment.

“Intelect continue to do this, and have been a great employer from this perspective, especially when it has come to helping me transition into the H&S industry and further my knowledge. They are also hugely supportive when it comes to providing opportunities to Veterans and Reservists, and continue to support the Armed Forces community through the likes of the Business Forum and Employee Recognition Schemes”.

Intelect sign Armed Forces covenant to support ex-military personnel

John Thompson signs Armed Forces Covenant in May 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Black REME, Head of Engagement for North East and Yorkshire was present when Intelect signed the Armed Forces Covenant back in 2019, and was happy to be back for the Business Forum, saying, “It was a delight to visit Intelect, four years on from when they signed the Armed Forces Covenant. Hearing from their Director, John Thompson about the strides the organisation has made to support Service Leavers, Reservists and Armed Forces Charities is inspiring and I sense there's much more to come from Intelect.

He continued, “Teesside as a region is hugely supportive of the Armed Forces, many of those that serve in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force come from the region, and return to the region after their service with a tremendous skillset.  It is great to see employers in Teesside championing those that serve or have served."

Intelect Director, John Thompson said, “It’s fantastic to see that so many North East businesses are supportive of the Armed Forces community. We want to ensure that as a company we are providing as much support and opportunity as possible, especially when it comes to those looking to start a second career.

“There are so many transferable skills and qualities that former Forces personnel can bring to a business, and it’s really important that companies recognise this and provide opportunities of employment.”

The North East Armed Forces Business Forum (NE AFBF) is aimed at bringing together representatives from the Ministry of Defence and North East employers, to tackle challenges and explore opportunities. The events are delivered as information sharing sessions, acknowledging the excellent work that is taking place across the region. It also recognises that there are issues that still need to be addresses, some of which could benefit from business, University and MOD intervention. It is hoped that all invested parties will form a platform for collaborative solutions to support the Armed Forces Communities.

If you are interested in becoming a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, please visit: https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

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Miranda Lynch

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5 years

Can you give an overview of what your job entails on a daily basis?

I am mainly based in the Middlesbrough office; however, I look after the compliance for all three Intelect locations.

On a daily basis, I manage the companies IMS system (Integrated Management System), keep records of all the equipment that requires a LOLER certificate (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), and oversee our internal welding procedures.

I am also responsible for keeping all of our accreditations up to date and carrying out internal audits on all of our departments and locations, and on occasion I am also required to attend site to carry out internal audits on any of our ongoing projects. My role also involves preparing for all of our external audits and ensuring we have everything that is required for such events.

Have you always been in this role at Intelect? If not, what did you do before that and why did you decide to change?

When I started at Intelect I was initially an Administrator. After a couple of years in this role, I eventually began to expand my responsibilities and naturally swayed towards more compliance focused tasks.

I decided to take on the role of Compliance Manager as I found it interesting and a new personal challenge.

Have Intelect supported you with any training or personal development?

I feel that Intelect have fully supported me with my training throughout my time in the company. When I was transferring roles, they supported me with the completion of my IOSH qualification, a two-day IMS Internal Auditor Course, and my Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management, which in turn led to me feeling more confident in my new role.

They also support all employees with additional online training courses that cover everything from mental health awareness to manual handling.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I really enjoy the friendly working environment at Intelect, and that everyday tasks are never the same.

Do you have any aspirations for the future?

I would like to take my career as far as possible within Compliance, and continue to expand on my training and knowledge.

This week, as well as Careers Week, we are also celebrating International Women’s Day, do you think that more needs to be done to support women into STEM industries?

YES – I definitely think women need to be supported more within industry, as I still feel women are often overlooked when it comes to the opportunities available, and it should be an equal playing field for everyone. There needs to be more promotion and education around accessing careers in STEM industries, as I would have been interested in starting my current role much earlier if I knew what opportunities were on my doorstep and accessible.

Finally, what careers advice would you give for someone interested in a role similar to yours?

Take every opportunity that you can, as it can only lead to a better future.

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