Appetite News and Updates.

1 October 2020 – Teams Day Online

Steve McPherson, our Learning Consultant, will be presenting at Teams Day Online. Gathering international experts on the modern workplace, the conference aims at demonstrating how Microsoft Teams improves organisations’ productivity and collaboration.

During his session, “Fantastic Presentations Using Teams Start and End with PowerPoint”, Steve will be showcasing tips and tricks to create effective and engaging presentations with Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint.

25 September 2020 – G-Cloud 12 Framework

For the second year in a row, Appetite for Business has been awarded listing on the G-Cloud 12 framework by the UK government.  

Appetite for Business are, once again, an accredited and approved supplier for a comprehensive range of cloud hosting and cloud support solutions. The range of offerings is available through the G-Cloud framework and the Digital Marketplace catalogue, both managed by Crown Commercial Service. 

 These services are available from 28th September 2020.  

 Sheryl Newman, Managing Director, said: 

“Our inclusion in the G-Cloud framework is a huge endorsement for us as a business.  

As we adapt to the new normal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing that access to highquality cloud services to support SMEs with the COVID-19 outbreak will never be more necessary.  

It shows all public sector bodies can trust that the services and solutions we offer will meet the rigorous high standards expected of every company on this framework. It also puts us on a level footing with some of the biggest service providers in the country.  

The G-Cloud framework provides a significant platform for continued growth in our cloud and managed services business as well as presents a proof point of our delivery capability.  

Appetite for Business specialises in the provision of Microsoft 365 services to public sector organisations including universities and government departments.  

For further information on the full range of Appetite for Business’s services listed on the G-Cloud 12 framework, visit the UK Digital Marketplace or email us at 

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September 2020 – ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

Managing Director, Sheryl Newman, has been shortlisted in this year’s ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards.

ScotlandIS awards highlight innovation, expertise, and ambition of businesses within the industry in Scotland, as well as celebrate the people behind them.

With a panel of judges selecting the finalists, and eventual winners for 2020, we are pleased to be shortlisted to be named ‘Leader of the Year’.

The category recognises individuals who have proven leadership skills to inspire their team and the dogged determination to grow their business even when the going gets tough.

Sheryl Newman commented:

“We are delighted to be among the finalists within the ‘Leader of the Year’ category at the Digital Technology Awards.

You are only as good as the team that works alongside you, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with my colleagues. They are the heartbeat of our Appetite for Business family.

Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and this is reflected in the personal service we provide and the customer loyalty we retain. I want to recognise my colleagues who have continued to work tirelessly during these unprecedented times; this is very much a team effort.

Elaine Maddison and Sarah Smith are also incredible women to stand alongside.”

Winners will be announced during an online event in October, with previous recipients including the likes of RBS and Skyscanner.

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July/August – Covid19 Update

Throughout this uncertain time, we are continuing to operate as normal and all of our services remain available and online, as our work is in Microsoft 365 we are able to operate as normal to support our customers. People are at the heart of our business and we are using Teams to communicate with our clients. We will not be looking to re-open our office until late August at the very earliest. We want to help our customers achieve a brighter digital future. If you would like to find out how Microsoft/Office 365 can really make a difference to your business contact us to find out how we can help you. We offer a weekly free webinar ” 6 Great Things to Know about Microsoft 365″ to help support individuals who found themselves working with this technology.  Stay healthy & safe!

27 July 2020 – Shortlisted for a Great British Entrepreneur Awards & Community Award

The Appetite team received the most amazing news that we had been shortlisted for a award. It was so humbling to be nominated for what we do every day to help others but to be recognised in this way made us proud too. Wishing all the other finalists much success and well done for getting through to this stage. GBEA Award


8 July 2020 – LPI Top 30 Learning Provider Award

Appetite for Business has been commended by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), the UK’s leading learning and development organisation, for the second year running, as part of its top 30 eBook.

The latest edition, for 2020-21, pays tribute to the “cream of the crop”, based on the thousands of LPI-accredited organisations worldwide. Specifically, it recognises learning providers which “demonstrate a strong customer value proposition” and that are “passionate and committed to developing their customers, staff… and their performance.”

Giles Hearn, head of marketing at the LPI, commented: “Appetite for Business has recently entered into its eighth year as an accredited provider with gold status from the LPI. This has been proudly awarded for its outstanding and consistent commitment, performance, and contribution to the learning profession and its clients. The company has also been listed, for the second year running, in our top 30 highest performing learning providers. This prestigious listing is testament to the highest quality of service and best user experience. The Appetite team are trusted business partners; acting always in the best interests of their clients and, as such, fully endorsed by the LPI.

“It is a pleasure to work with Appetite as it continues to grow and adapt to the changing environment, whether that is the sector or the technology it is delivering against.”


March to June 2020

Fully understanding & utilising Microsoft 365 will ensure your staff can communicate, stay productive, and most importantly stay safe during the Covid19 pandemic. Appetite for Business have been extremely busy during the Covid19 crisis, working closely with new and existing clients and ensuring they get the most from Microsoft 365, Teams & SharePoint. The Appetite team have been working remotely, complying with all government guidelines and ensuring the safety of staff and clients.


July 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved our Gold standard accreditation which is the pinnacle of achievement in terms of LPI accreditation. Not only did we achieve Gold, we were also notified we are on the list of the Top 20 highest performing learning providers for 2019! We were included due to our exceptional performance during the accreditation process and “Performance through learning”. Appetite received 100% scoring across client value proposition, Business Integrity, Learning Consultancy, Online Learning and People Development. By considering a provider with this standard ensures:

🎯Our service has been validated against globally-recognised quality marks, based on performance data from thousands of learning providers.

🎯A company who is committed to continuous improvement both for organisational and customer success.

🎯An organisation who is independently and internationally acknowledged as a forward-thinking, reputable provider, committed to learner outcomes, performance development and customer satisfaction.

🎯 A partnership with a company who is not scared to be held accountable against peers within the industry. The learning team have worked hard to get the accreditation and we are super proud of all the hard work.

Full report available via the LPI website.


DIGIT Expo Edinburgh Nov 2018

DIGIT has launched its inaugural IT and Digital Expo, hosted at the EICC in Edinburgh on 14th November 2018. DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland, with an extensive conference series focused around core emerging technologies. The Expo will be the biggest event in DIGIT’s calendar, spanning the entire Digital technology landscape with an all-encompassing showcase event.

Appetite as a specialist Office 365 provider are delighted to be attending and will be on stand B20.  We will be happy to speak to you attendees about digital workflow, SharePoint, Office 365 and Software Training. If you would like to arrange a one-to-one meeting please contact us directly.



ADIPEC Abu Dhabi Nov 2018

ADIPEC is one of the world’s largest and most important technical conferences with more than 120 technical sessions, attracting 10,000+ delegates. Appetite will be at ADIPEC in Abu Dhabi during Nov 12-15 2018, Hall 14, Stand 14419. Come and speak to us about Digital Workflow, SharePoint, Office 365 and Software Training. If you would like to arrange a one to one meeting, contact us directly.



Appetite MD Shortlisted for SWiT Award

Sheryl Newman, managing director of Appetite for Business, is delighted to be amongst five other finalists for the Leader of the Year category at the Scottish Women in Technology (SWiT) Awards. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, October 24, 2018 as part of a ceremony bringing together women from start-ups, multi-million-pound businesses and academia.

Over the years Sheryl has won several awards in recognition of her entrepreneurship and ingenuity to survive during the oil and gas downturn but also for the work she has done to promote STEM-related opportunities for women, particularly in the energy sector.

“I’m both humbled and delighted in equal measure to be considered in such an amazing shortlist. These awards act as a flagship in Scotland to support the industry in its mission to move the dial on gender. It can be tough and lonely at times being a female entrepreneur in the tech sector, but awards programmes like these shine a spotlight on female role-models that can help inspire young girls and women to pursue careers in technology.”

This latest awards nod for Appetite follows a period of sustained growth for the business. As well as adding four new personnel to the team, it has secured 30 new clients since the turn of the year across a wide range of sectors including education, engineering, aerospace and oil and gas.

“I’m extremely proud of our team for what we have achieved so far this year with an increasingly diverse mix of clients and sectors helping to drive business success. These recent project awards demonstrate our commitment to help customers drive efficiency and collaboration within their businesses and illustrates our growing expertise within our sector.”

In its 15th year SWiT launched the award in 2017. It plays a part in making a positive impact on the gender diversity ratio in the Scottish tech sector. Learn more about SWiT.

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