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February 2020’s Monthly Roundup

Where January can often feel like the longest month of any year, February came and went in a flash for the ever-efficient MTeam.

Yet Mirus can jam-pack even the shortest of months, filling February with another industry award win, a Battle of the Bands spanning the globe, and an evening of celebratory curry!

With two major holidays ready-baked into every February, we were already looking forward to the month ahead. And sure enough, both Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day provided the MTeam with a selection of sweet treats. We celebrated the 14th with a platter of Krispy Kreme doughnuts which – to the surprise of nobody – were demolished in a matter of seconds. Remember; Biscoff’s the flavour worth fighting for.

Pancake Day was no less calorific, with pancake makers piping hot and ready to go by lunchtime and every sweet, syrupy filling you could think of ready for our delectation. Many a winning flavour combination was discovered, as well as a couple of losing ones too (Nutella and golden syrup? An accident just waiting to happen, if you ask me). Thanks to Michelle for providing all the perfect ingredients for both pancakes and heated conversations about one another’s flipping abilities.

While not every pancake was a winner, Mirus certainly was at the Milton Keynes Pancake Race. Organised in tandem with The Parks Trust and the Milton Keynes Rose, with a view to raise funds for both, it invited companies from all over the city to take part in a corporate pancake race. We’re proud to have gone on to become the winning team thanks to the efforts of Pip (who, didn’t run, but did manage to report on the event and take some excellent photos), and speedy running team: Laura, Dave, Tom and Jake. The MTeam is especially proud of the engraved frying pan now taking up residence in reception! 

Within the office, we had an award of our own to deliver. Yep – a new month means a new Colleague of the Month, and this time the award went to none other than Sabrina Di-Cienzio, who according to colleagues has been “on it”, “on with her updates and excellent communication” and “doing some great work keeping the team and the customers happy”. We think that’s an award well-earned there, Sabrina. Well done!

We decided to end February in style - I mean, we were kind of on a roll - and in preparation for our appearance at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards this March, the fine folk at Live Evolution dropped by to film a day at the Mirus office. The video, featuring chats with Mirus’s board of directors, will be shown at the awards ceremony this 12th of March, and we’re all eagerly awaiting our chance to win this year’s Customer Service award. Keep those fingers crossed!

Speaking of industry awards, we ended February securing our very first of 2020! Pippa and Ryan of the Mirus Marketing Team attended the SME and MK Business Awards at Whittlebury Hall, enjoying a champagne reception, a delicious three course meal (duck? Chocolate brownie? Yes please!) and entertainment from The Thornton College 10J Choir and Milton Keynes-born professional singer Holly Brewer. Yet the highlight for us was once again securing the MK Business of the Year Award! Having won the same award back in 2019, we couldn’t be prouder of our win and to keep up this streak of success two years in a row!

While not everyone on the MTeam was able to attend, they were able to head down to London on the day of the ceremony for a whole other evening of entertainment instead…

The MTeam and its in-house band, the Mirus All Stars, took a trip up to London to meet up with our ITLab stablemates for our inaugural Battle of the Bands! Going up against the musical talents of ITLab’s London, South Africa and Manchester offices, the All Stars took to the stage to perform a setlist of smash hit classic rock anthems, all while getting to know colleagues across our nation and beyond! The team had a great time, stayed up late into the night, and gave what the All Stars themselves considered one of their greatest performances. We only hope that when the votes come in we’re renowned as much for our musical skills as our technical ones!

What better way to end February (or wake us up on a sleep-deprived Friday!) than our regular Friday Feed? This month, we tucked into a selection of delicious curries – easily one of this writer’s favourite dishes! Once again, we must hand it to Michelle for getting this sumptuous buffet organised – she knocked it out of the park once again!

We’re as prepared as ever to make 2020 another stunning year. See you again in March!



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