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Press Embargo 11th September


Work/Life Balance Week, London.

UK based Lifestyle Management pioneer tenUK (Time Energy Network) has announced an arrangement with Microsoft Ltd to provide lifestyle management services to their employees. The service is initially on offer to the UK Executive Team and a selection of other Managers.

Steve Harvey, Director of People, Profit and Loyalty commented, “At Microsoft we strive to continuously introduce benefits to promote employees’ financial, physical and emotional well-being. By using tenUK we offer employees an opportunity to delegate personal tasks during busy times, which can be of both practical and emotional benefit. This service can be valuable to employees if it relieves some of their pressures, thereby enabling them to remain focused at work, and if it ultimately improves their work/life balance.”

Microsoft SQL server technology is a critical element in the success of the tenUK business: to deliver a world-class service, tenUK must be efficient at harnessing its knowledge, both existing and acquired. This demands state-of-the-art knowledge management technology. Microsoft had the best solutions to meet that need.

The arrangement with Microsoft also further strengthens the use of tenUK lifestyle management services as a corporate employee benefit. The service is particularly aimed at companies who are looking for new ways to retain and motivate the best people. It is not surprising that tenUK have been taken on by a number of leading organisations, including top investment banks and law firms

Alex Cheatle, Chief Executive and Founder of tenUK commented: “Employees are known to spend up to half an hour of their average working day on personal chores. On top of this, they may use unvetted suppliers, which can create further hassle and time wasting. Imagine how much this costs a company in lost productivity. The tenUK service is about using a vetted and reliable supplier base to carry out a good quality job every time. tenUK has the know-how and the experience to quickly build strong, trusting relationships with employees. Only then will people feel comfortable and able to delegate anything and everything to tenUK, in the knowledge that things will be done more quickly and more effectively than tackling it alone.”

tenUK currently comprises 3 offices in the UK and has European coverage with offices in Germany. An office opened early in 2001 in Sydney.



In today’s pressurised environment, human resource effectiveness is one of the key differentiating factors for a company’s competitiveness. Offering lifestyle management as a benefit is one of the simpler ways of becoming an employer of choice. In a survey carried out by tenUK on 350 Oxford University Students to try and understand what motivates potential employees to join established firms, 84% of those interviewed would take a lower salary if it included membership of a lifestyle management company.

Background

tenUK was founded in 1998 by Alex Cheatle and Andrew Long, with the ethos that today people want a better balance between professional and personal lives. tenUK is the ultimate lifestyle management service and the largest of it’s kind in Europe. tenUK are at the forefront of an industry creating and delivering exceptional service. Members use tenUK to manage anything that they don’t have the time, energy or expertise to manage for themselves, be it in their business or personal lives.

All tenUK staff are recruited and trained to be highly responsive to the needs and demands of members. Lifestyle Managers are intelligent, perceptive and have proven professional success prior to tenUK. This allows them to have a peer relationship with members, which is essential. Added to that, tenUK employ Supplier Managers with proven industry expertise of between five and twenty-five years inside their industry. This ensures that our suppliers are expertly selected, meaningfully monitored and that we can leverage our buying power to the full.

The most common service categories include:

· home improvements – tradesmen, craftsmen, designers, surveyors, contractors

· travel – resorts & hotels, activity trips, weekend breaks, adventure tours, flights

· home services – management of deliveries, domestic staff, dry cleaning & laundry

· family – alternative health, medical consultants, nannies, schools, pet sitting

· entertainment – home chefs, parties, events, tickets, restaurants, entertainers

· motor – purchasing, selling, maintenance, importing, motor rescue, MOT’s

· financial and business – office designers, admin support, financial and career advice

· shopping - date reminder service, home shopping, personal shoppers, flowers

· body and mind – gyms, personal trainers, yoga teachers, massages, makeovers

· property – removals, relocations, buying, selling, managing buys-to-let


tenUK complete over 7000 jobs a month for members saving them up to 105 hours per year.



Contacts:

Victoria Mottram at Mushroom Media on 020 7463 2122, Victoria@mushroom-media.co.uk

Martine Schaffer or Alex Cheatle at tenUK on 07000 10 1999, martineschaffer@tenuk.com

Microsoft Press Centre on 0870 20 77377 ukprteam@microsoft.com


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