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Ideas That Excite

Oomph Seminars

We could all do with more oomph in our lives.

When Vivian Partnership Ltd was created we wanted to do something a bit different, a bit more exciting. In particular bring together professionals that don’t normally talk to one another to create new ideas and ways to give sustainability some renewed energy.

Oomph Seminars is one of our creations. It’s very simple. We take a topic or issue and in two hours we give it a good shake up and pull out the really good stuff.  In the process we get excited all over again – and give it some oomph. On top of which we try to make them completely free of charge.

Since Dan has left, I have had to put the Oomph Seminar programme into temporary suspension as time pressures are not allowing sufficient time to develop new themes. But watch this space as Oomph is not dead – simply resting.

It will book up fast so to ensure of a place register now:



What people said after our Oomph Seminars:

“Thanks for a great lunchtime session yesterday and lunch! It’s always good to do something different and meet new people. It was a great format and I enjoyed it.”

“All in all the whole session helped me to think about my process of change and commitment and to hear the voices/thoughts of so many other people struggling with similar issues was in itself inspiring.”

“It was really useful to hear from how other sectors view ISO 14001 and that we share some of the same critiques of the current system. ISO 14001 next generation will hopefully help to address these. I like the Oomph format and will definitely come to other future sessions”

“Thanks again for some morning inspiration yesterday Oomphers! Very much appreciated!”

“Another informative and stimulating event”

“Really enjoyed it – lived up to expectations, great opportunity to engage cross-sector”


“Original approach to sharing issues and generating fresh thinking”

Oomph Seminars’ philosophy

-       minimise jargon

-       try stuff

-       celebrate any attempt

-       if you don’t ask you’ll never know

-       and above all, excite yourself


It is fantastic to leave a seminar feeling inspired and full of practical ideas. Thursday’s oomph seminar did exactly that, Ben and Dan are naturals at putting an audience at ease which meant real participation from the group. As environmental professionals often form a one person team, it is fantastic to share a room with like minded individuals from local businesses who have faced and tackled similar challenges and can offer insight and advice. Eagerly anticipating the next installment of Oomph!

Nicola Duffy, Environmental Co-ordinator at Highcross, Leicester

Thank you both for inviting us to today’s Oomph seminar. From our point of view, we found the stimulus material and subsequent debate insightful from a sustainability perspective, but also in a wider context applicable to the successful deployment of general business initiatives.

Participant at Oomph Seminar 30 June 2011

Really enjoyed this morning. I have attended very few seminars over the past two years simple because they are all too similar, often the the same speakers and follow the same theme. Today was most importantly enjoyable, interesting and got the brain cells working. I like small groups with variety of people and backgrounds.

Participant at first Oomph Seminar 30 June 2011