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Part of my weekend I spent reflecting about my company - Olive Strachan Resources. As of this year, we have been established for over 16 years, and we have gone through many changes in that time. We have had ups and downs but at OSR we are proud of our achievements and being associated with providing learning solutions to organisations worldwide, offering tailored solutions that fit their needs. We are continually branching out, and our training courses in Europe are becoming more prominent and enhancing business skills all over the world.

During the last 10 years, OSR have empowered people with the knowledge they need to drive their organisations, providing first class Business Skills training in Bosnia, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, France, Switzerland and the Ukraine. It is always thrilling to know that you have successfully delivered training that others have benefited from and enjoyed.

Developing long term relationships

I truly believe that working in partnership with our customers helps to develop long-term relationships based on an understanding of requirements, culture, and business needs. The approach is simple: you need to be trustworthy, committed, and able to demonstrate an understanding of the business and organisational culture. Our participants in Europe are required to develop their ability to act with greater precision and credibility when communicating with other people and to develop powerful techniques that put ideas across in a dynamic, winning way.

Over the years, OSR has helped to identify with each business their organisational requirements to meet their goals and ultimately achieve their visions. Every individual has different situational needs but with one aim. At OSR, we recognised the need and developed modular, bite-size programmes that cover a variety of multi-session workshops, enabling individuals to pick and mix to meet their own personal and organisational goals. For example, in Herzegovina we delivered multi-session workshops including: Time Management, Change Management, Effective Writing Skills, Presentation Skills, and Diversity.


When OSR received an invitation from the UK Trade & Investment to attend the ‘Caribbean Education & Trade Mission’ to Barbados and Trinidad we jumped at the chance! After visiting beautiful Barbados we embarked on the second leg of our journey to Trinidad where we were welcomed by Natalie Dookie; Head of Trade & Investment for UKTI Port of Spain and then Arthur Snell the British High Commissioner.

A hectic schedule proceeded with various presentations about ‘how to deliver business in Trinidad’ from the National Training agency, the university of the West Indies and the Ministry of Labour to name a few.

The next day we were all  involved in the ‘ meet the buyer event’ where we were able to display our products and services and meet and network with a variety of  local Education sector stakeholders for one to one discussions, meetings and company displays. Once again we came away feeling fully informed and with the impression that there is a great deal of potential in the Caribbean.

What have Olive Strachan Resources we gained from our Caribbean Trade Mission?

OSR  now have a clear picture of what is required to do business in the Caribbean; we also had some interest in forming partnerships with us.

OSR have made some excellent contacts some of who have become friends, thank you to Marquita Andrews from Pearson for taking us out for dinner and for making us feel so welcome.

OSR have made some potential business contacts

The lovely Veronica JnMarie from UK Trade and Investment in Barbados periodically sends us details of contracts that could be of interest to us.

Overall, the visit was a really exciting, informative journey and we visited some lovely places and met some fantastic people.


So what does the future hold for Olive Strachan Resources? Watch this space………………………. 

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Olive Strachan, CEO and Founder of OSR Ltd, recently visited the Caribbean in relation to the UKTI Trade Mission.  The blog is in 2 parts; the first leg of her mission took Olive to the beautiful country of Barbados….

“Having being born on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Dominica, I have always had the desire to one day work in the Caribbean. With this in mind, we have invested in land with the intention of offering the same training services as we do in the UK, but with a sister company in West Indies. When I received an invitation from the UK Trade & Investment to attend the ‘Caribbean Education & Trade Mission’ to Barbados and Trinidad in March of this year, I jumped at the chance - and for some reason my husband said he would come with me!

"The first stop was Barbados. We stayed at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa, which I would highly recommend!  

"On the first day, we were taken to the British High Commission where we received a fantastic welcome and a complete overview of the Political and Economic aspects of Barbados by Victoria Dean, British High Commissioner to Barbados. 

"Presentations followed. arranged by Hadford Howell (Head of Trade and Investment from the Caribbean Development Bank) and the  University of the West Indies to name a few. It was an action-packed day and we left knowing what opportunities were available to us in Education and Training.  

"The following day, Hadford and his team had organised individual meetings with potential partners/buyers. It was a thoroughly interesting, informative and enjoyable trip. As an added bonus, we met some lovely people - a big shout-out to Sue Springer and her team from the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association for making us feel so welcome!

"The following day, we were flying out to Trinidad and Tobago on the next leg of the visit – exciting times ahead.  My journey will continue with my August blog..."

Here at Olive Strachan Resources, we pride ourselves on being an international training company. We may be based in rainy old Manchester, but our training courses have taken us all over the world, from Belgium to Bosnia to Bahrain.

And while we could just sit here and boast about all the beautiful places we’ve visited, we’re not going to do that. As enlightening as it is to see all of these different countries, it’s their similarities that are truly inspirational.

The amazing thing about providing training courses on a global scale is this: the same values tend to hold true no matter where you’re preaching them. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking to project managers in Portugal or CEOs in Serbia, our tried-and-tested management training methods will almost always apply.

At the end of the day, managing a business is all about communication and making good decisions, and that ethos is valid no matter where your business is based. There are some differences, of course, and language barriers can sometimes be difficult to overcome, but the message at the heart of our training programmes can generally be exported to any and all corners of the world.

To learn more about our internationally-acclaimed training courses, email info@olivestrachan.com or call 0161 838 5692 today.

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