The best of Morson Sport: 2019 in review

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  • From the worlds of rugby union, boxing, horse racing and now rugby league​, we look back at our sporting highlights that defined 2019 #TeamMorson

Overcoming Challenges in Sport and Business Event

Mark Cueto, Ricky Hatton, Bryan Robson and Harry CobdenThis past April we arranged the biggest event on the Morson sporting calendar, our ‘Overcoming Challenges in Business and Sport’ event at Hotel Football. Dominic McGuinness hosted an acclaimed panel from various sporting disciplines with Bryan Robson, Ricky Hatton, Mark Cueto and Harry Derham all sharing their stories of success and lessons learnt.

During the panel, Bryan Robson reminisced on his Premier League title wins and how Sir Alex helped him transfer his skills into management, whilst Ricky Hatton looked back on his famous Vegas fights and world title wins. Ex-England and Sale Sharks player, Mark Cueto, also discussed his playing career and his move into the commercial world with the sharks. With the event taking place prior to the Grand National, Harry Derham highlighted how the major race has increased in scale in the modern era and offered advice on ones to watch for his fellow panelists.

The event was brilliant in highlighting the ups and downs on the road to success, the importance of mentors and the incredible sporting moments Morson have been involved in over the past few years. We couldn’t have been prouder to bring such admired athletes together in front of a captivated audience and look to hold similar events in the years to come.


This year saw Morson's array of world class boxers competing on some of the grandest stages in the sport. From the Staples Centre in LA to the world-renowned Madison Square Garden in New York, this was undoubtedly the biggest platform for our fighters since Ricky Hatton competed against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas back in 2007.

Anthony Crolla

Anthony Crolla and Michael Buffer

Anthony Crolla secured a dream match-up with one of the most admired and awe-inspiring athletes in the sport, Vasyl Lomachenko, back in April. Even though Anthony came up short, it was a massive testament to how far the Moston man had come. From being counted out early in his career, to surviving a life-threatening injury and then going on to fight the sport’s elite, after winning a world title himself.

After securing the biggest pay day of his career, Anthony turned to coaching throughout the summer, as he guided Dylan Evans to a couple of impressive wins. We followed Crolla during his first night as a coach at Kieran Farrell’s show in May and it was brilliant to see him on the other side of the ropes, sharing all the knowledge he has learnt from the sport over the years with a young, up and coming talent.

With talk of retirement being in the background for the past couple of years, the former WBA champion decided that November was the right time to enter the ring for the last time at the place he had made his own, the Manchester Arena. A comfortable win over Frank Urquiaga served as the final bow for Crolla and he reflected on his illustrious career at a recent panel event at Adamson House. We couldn’t be prouder for one of the great representatives we have had over the years.

Callum Smith

Callum Smith celebratingCallum Smith began the year raising awareness for autism at our Q&A event in Liverpool alongside his brothers, Paul and Stephen. During the event the three brothers gave an insight into their family’s experience taking care of their 18- year old sister, Hollie, who struggles with severe autism. This was an informative event for a great cause and allowed the attending audience to get to know Liverpool’s most famous boxing family even more.

Callum returned to the ring on one of the biggest cards in recent history on June 1st as he served as the co-main event to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz at a sold-out Madison Square Garden. Smith retained his super-middleweight world titles in dominant fashion as he stopped Hassan N’Dam in the third round.

Next up for Smith was mandatory challenger, John Ryder in a fight that many believed would be a straightforward victory for the Morson fighter. The fight turned out to be tougher than expected, with John Ryder putting in a valiant effort that forced Callum to dig deep to secure the victory on points.  

This now places the 29-year-old in position to fight some of the biggest names in the sport in 2020 with Canelo, Genady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders all on the radar.

The Best of the Rest

Nathan Gorman

We predicted that Morson's Nathan Gorman would compete in one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights of the year against fellow rising star, Daniel Dubois and that finally happened in July. The fight was an all-out war whilst it lasted, with both men having success in the opening rounds. It was always going to be a case of whoever landed the bigger shot first, had a high likelihood of sealing the win and in this case, it was Daniel Dubois. The 22-year-old secured the first knockdown in the third round and finished the fight in the fifth.

History has shown that some of the greatest world champions have been made through growing from their experience from early setbacks, and we have no doubt that Nathan will come back stronger than ever in 2020.

Elsewhere, Robbie Davies Jr went 2-1 in his three fights this year. Winning the European super-lightweight title against Joe Hughes and narrowly being defeated in a fight of the year contender by Lewis Ritson means that the Liverpudlian is still in line for some intriguing fights next year.

Kieran Farrell continued to grow his brand as a promoter and trainer, with a number of brilliant fight nights from Kieran Farrell Promotions in the Greater Manchester Area this year. Kieran was also in the corner of his brother, Nathan, who made his pro-debut this year and ended the year 3-0. After Kieran watched Nathan battle depression and a career threatening injury, seeing his brother fight on two of Eddie Hearn’s biggest domestic shows has got to be up there with the career best moments for Team Morson’s Kieran Farrell.

Rugby Union

Chris Ashton, Jono Ross and Akker van Der Merwe

Sale Sharks’ steady growth continued as the side competed for a top four position for much of the second half of the 18/19 season. However, slip ups in winnable games such as Newcastle and Worcester saw the Sharks finish the season in seventh. Despite missing out on a targeted Champions Cup qualifying top six spot, Steve Diamond’s side still secured a place in Europe’s elite competition due to being the highest ranked non-qualifying club from the same league as the Champions Cup winner.

Heading into the 19/20 season, Steve Diamond recruited an array of international talent with the likes of the Du Preez brothers and Akker van Der Merwe reinforcing an already stacked squad. Key stars such as Faf De Klerk, Tom Curry and AJ MacGinty were missed at the beginning of the season due to representing their respective countries at the World Cup from September until November. It was a very strong showing from Sale on the world stage, with four players representing the club in the final between South Africa and England and it was ultimately Faf De Klerk’s South Africa that were crowned champions.

We caught up with Faf, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Valery Morozov at Sale Sharks Supporter’s Club’s panel event, as the four reflected on their experiences from Japan and looked ahead to the upcoming season with their club.

Sale currently sit at fourth in the Premiership, after an impressive win over league leaders, Northampton at the weekend has set up a promising season ahead. 

Salford Red Devils

Rugby League

Morson were proud to join Salford Red Devils as headline sponsors heading into the 2020 Super League season. The Grand Final runners up represented Morson in the Old Trafford game against St Helens, sporting our famous caps and will be proudly wearing Morson on their home and away jerseys next year. We look forward to adding coverage to a new sport in rugby league and will be following Salford every step of the way

Horse Racing

Paul Nicholls
Earlier in the year we travelled to Somerset for Paul Nicholls annual press day ahead of Cheltenham. The event served as an opportunity to watch the Cheltenham runners train, be paraded and have exclusive discussions with Paul Nicholls and Harriet Tucker. One of the proudest moments for Morson in the horse racing world this year was Harry Cobden guiding ‘Give me a Copper to victory at Wincanton and taking home the badger beer trophy. The victory was met with elation as Paul, Ged Mason and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated their win as owners.

We will be visiting Somerset prior to Cheltenham in the new year and look forward to seeing Paul’s continued success.

2019 has been another brilliant year for Morson on the sporting stage with world titles and races won, careers celebrated and a new club welcomed to Team Morson. We congratulate all of our ambassadors for their achievements this year and are proud to be represented by both great athletes and great people.

Cx Jobs

Principal Naval Architect

Due to a demand on their small boat programmes a top defence company are looking for Naval Architects on at both Principal and Senior Level. This is a minimum 6 month contract paying £50 per hour through an Umbrella company. Full details belowPosition DescriptionAn experienced naval architect with a depth and breadth of engineering knowledge. The Principal Naval Architect is a key role in the Small Boats Design team responsible for providing naval architecture capability across a broad spectrum of projects. The Naval Architect will be providing solutions in support of new build, development and post design projects for small craft. This role will:Participate in a wide range of activities including concept design, detailed design, support to build, delivery and in service support to the small boats sector.Conduct naval architecture tasks such as structural analyses, stability analyses, inclining experiments and concept design.Lead individual engineering projects, developing requirements into solutions and providing appropriate engineering evidence for the SDA.Mentoring and providing technical leadership and guidance to other team members. Core DutiesAs a Principal Naval Architect your main responsibilities will involve:-Collate evidence and present solutions so as to provide assurance to the SDA and other stakeholders.Lead engineering projects from requirements definition through to delivery.Provide sound estimates for engineering work carried out.Providing technical guidance to other team members.Conducting naval architecture tasks such as structural analyses, stability analyses, inclining experiments and concept design.Conducting all activities in a professional manner delivering naval architecture design solutions to agreed time, cost and quality to meet project or business milestonesParticipating in a wide range of activities including concept design, detailed design, support to build, delivery and in service support to to the small boats sector.Ensuring that work is undertaken in accordance with Company, Safety, Environmental, contractual and local business processes, standards, procedures and documentationDrafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents relevant to, or required by, a particular task in order to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipientsParticipation in the preparation and submission of technical proposals and tenders as directed by bid the manager in order to provide costed proposals for future work under the authority of the SDA.Maintaining accurate records of all design related work in accordance with relevant extant procedures to ensure a complete design record of work undertaken.Ensuring adequate integration with other engineering functions involved with a particular task or program of work to ensure all aspects of the naval architecture design solution are considered.Liaison with MOD establishments, test facilities, sub-contractors and customers as required to satisfy the needs of the project or the businessWhen appropriate, the supervision of undergraduates or young persons assigned for training to assist in the development of their knowledge and skillsAdopt a professional approach to all naval architecture design solutions to ensure knowledge and skills keep pace with the technology. Functional Knowledge Qualified to degree level in Naval Architecture /Power craft Design.Already or on course to Professionally Registered (CEng) as a member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or equivalent.Demonstrable knowledge and, ideally, experience in a number of the following:Leading engineering projects.Leading small craft design from concept through to delivery.Small Craft design standards and processes (IMO, MCA, ISO, DefStan, Classification Rules)Vessel powering and performance analysis.Small Craft systems design including electrical, fuel bilge etc.3D modelling, ideally using Siemens NX.2D drafting knowledge and experience.Stability analysis, ideally using Maxsurf.GRP and aluminium design and repair knowledgeStructural analysis, both theoretical and using FEA,Engineering material selection and use, particularly according to British Standards/ Euronorms/ Classification Society standards and Defence StandardsConducting and analysing Inclining Experiments.Requirements Capture.Knowledge of commercial and/or military small craft.Understanding of the whole vessel design process.Familiarity of naval architectural software, preferably Maxsurf.Experience of CAD software such as AutoCAD, NXAwareness of Product Safety and SHE and the participation in HAZIDs. Business ExpertiseAwareness of LCM process.Awareness of MOD tendering process.Awareness of how marine risk is managed by Class/ Flag State Authority.Awareness of product safety and design for safety. LeadershipProvides technical advice and guidance to other team members on Naval Architecture.Within team seen as authoritative on Naval Architecture Knowledge and the person to go to for assistance.Personal responsibility for his/her own learning and development and to work with the SB Future Products SDA to identify opportunities to increase individual effectivenessManaging own work and knowing when to seek guidanceNo supervisory responsibilitiesProblem SolvingThe job requires the skills to interpret the complex requirements and ensure that naval architecture capability requirements are met. This will require sound problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to produce high quality work in demanding timescales.Develops innovative and creative solutions to problems Nature of ImpactLimited to own job. The individual has product safety and engineering assurance responsibility in the realm of naval architecture.The position will have to take responsibility for all work carried out and provide accurate and reliable information to the SDATo help influence small boats new build projects and provide support to the SB future products SDA. Interpersonal SkillsCapable of communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, management, and externally.Be comfortable representing a top defence company both in the supply chain and in the customer community.Ability to lead design tasks within own knowledge areas and motivate others.Strong communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills.Required to guide and influence others on technical way forwardsRequired to liaise with MOD establishments, test facilities, sub-contractors and customers as required to satisfy the needs of project or the businessGood communication skills, able to understand and explain technical information to others.

Service & Repair Technician

Morson Talent are currently seeking a Service & Repair Technician to join our client in Portsmouth. This position is initially a 3 month contract with the chance of extension. Purpose of the Job: Support, maintain and improve production equipment to maximise manufacturing availability.Responsibilities: To maintain production equipment to ensure maximum uptime target of ?95% availability.To promptly identify root cause of equipment failure and implement subsequent repair.To manage an existing Planned Maintenance system, perform tasks to predetermined schedule.To manage PM system & calibration of production ATE systems.To manage gas regulator servicing and repair.To identify & ensure sufficient spares are available to provide adequate response time regarding component failureTo write technical documents to define procedures, including cell maintenance instructions including defining of TPM schedulesTo liaise with identified external partners/vendors regarding technical aspects of productionSkills Required:Proven Engineering backgroundExperience in a medium to high volume production environment is essentialProven working knowledge of assembly automation including diagnosing pneumatic system logicPractical experience with a hands-on and methodical approach to mechanical and electrical fault diagnosis/analysis with the ability to use diagnostic tools/equipmentExperience of PLC program interrogation would be an advantage.Working Hours: Shift hours will be Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 16:45 + Friday 08:00 to 12:00 (total 37 hrs/wkIf this role is of interest, please apply with your most up to date CV.

Business Development Professional

Our client are the world's leading provider of Geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources. The purpose of the role is to drive business development and sales of a new maintenance based "Smart Tamp" solution within the U.K. focusing principally on direct sales to Network Rail. Smart Tamp is an innovate new concept to enable cost effective design tamping based on survey information reported from the train mounted RILA survey system. Core Activities:- - Manage, develop, maintain and create new client relationships within the railway infrastructure maintenance sector. - Build a strong client facing network and influence stakeholders to develop an in-depth understanding of client's needs and challenges. - Manage and develop new opportunities in the U.K. rail maintenance sector. - Develop a deep understanding of, and further refine, the company's unique value proposition to the rail maintenance sector and apply this from the early phases of client engagement and throughout the sales process. - Proactively manage the funnel of opportunities within CRM to provide a stable and on target order book. - Utilise online business intelligence portals for assist with the role, including Linked-In Sales Navigator, Global Data and Glenigan. - Pro-actively visit clients to develop long term relationships and progress opportunities for work. - Liaise with Communications and Marketing Departments to promote capability externally (events, literature, workshops, website, pod casts and articles). - Assist with developing and updating marketing material for region, including, brochures, projects references, CV's, etc. - Act as bid manger and lead preparation of bids. - Maintain tracking of proposals - Utilise SMART pricing strategies and value propositions to improve bid success. - Inform business strategy with rail maintenance market trends in short, medium and long term to direct and guide business growth and business objectives. Experience:- Working experience and/or background directly relating to the maintenance of operational railway infrastructure. Management experience related to the assessment or maintenance of rail infrastructure. Education:- Degree qualified in a scientific or engineering discipline.

Service Designer

Our client is a major Telecoms provider and they are looking for an experienced Service Designer for an initial 6 month contract. Purpose of role: As a service designer, you will be responsible for the delivery, on-going success and continual improvement of our products and services. You will influence and mentor others and work closely with designers, user researchers and product owners to ensure we are aligned around and continuously improving excellent end-to-end journeys. You will set direction, assure the quality of design delivery across teams and can lead multiple or highly complex services. You'll work with colleagues across Consumer Digital and beyond and be part of a team who develop excellent services for the business. Key Accountabilities: Your time will be split between acting as a 'hands on' service designer, and advocating for the service design profession within and beyond the client. You will lead the design of digital services and set direction for the approach to service design in Consumer Digital both through individual performance and influence in group settings. You will demonstrate senior stakeholder management in all aspects of delivery helping us to bridge silos. You will demonstrate through outcomes while managing and leading others as part of a strong community of practice. You will: ? plan and lead workshops with teams and stakeholders. ? influence working practices and behaviours in teams to support a user centred design approach. ? work strategically on end to end services to deliver improved service outcomes and costed savings. ? understand users and interpret evidence about them to propose services to meet their needs ? communicate complex information and processes across organisational boundaries to build a shared understanding ? Use research insights and data to design solutions responding to challenges, often in collaboration with users, front line staff and other stakeholders. ? develop ideas using sketching, prototyping and iterative design. ? communicate ideas and explain design decisions clearly. ? confidently put forward the case for design and prioritisation to senior stakeholders. ? handle constructive criticism of their work, and constructively review the work of others. ? contribute to design patterns and standards, identifying service patterns. ? work at pace using agile methods in technical and complex environments. ? confidently speak and write about your work. Team management ? Organise the allocation of people to services based on an understanding of their skills and specialisms ? Coach and mentor colleagues, establishing a culture of collaboration and skills sharing ? Rotate inside delivery teams to gain insight and ensure re-usable processes Advocacy ? Promote and communicate the work of Consumer Digital and its projects internally and externally, sharing ideas and best practice ? Foster a collaborative approach to solution delivery and engagement ? Play an active role in the product management community ? Maintain an active digital presence PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ROLE IS INSIDE IR35 AND ALTHOUGH BASED IN LONDON, WILL BE REMOTE WORKING INITIALLY.

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