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Posted by Anne Speirs |
Cartus Global Spotlight: She Said, France (Part Deux)

Yesterday’s Cartus Global Spotlight blog was written by my husband, James, on his home country of South Africa. Today, I’d like to share experiences of my native France and also about living in a household with lots of different cultures… .

A Tale of Two Halves

I was 18 when I left my hometown of Arcachon, near Bordeaux in the southwest of France. I came to Swindon to work as an au pair before attending the University of Western England in Bristol, to study for a Languages & Law degree. In 2003, I joined Cartus, where I met James two years later. When James and I discussed this blog, we found that there were more similarities than differences between our two cultures: French and South African people can be very confident and headstrong, are big meat eaters, and both believe that their country has the best food and wine (a constant debate!).
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Cartus Global Spotlight: He Said, South Africa (Part One)

Posted by James Speirs |
Cartus Global Spotlight: He Said, South Africa (Part One)

The Cartus Global Spotlight series has so far focused on the relocation experiences of individuals, but this post is the first of two that provides a couple’s perspective on to cross-border living and working. My wife, Anne, and I are from two very different countries—France and South Africa—and we live in a third, the UK. In this post, I will focus on my homeland of South Africa, and tomorrow, Anne will share her experiences of life in her home country, France.

A Tale of Two Halves

I was born in Durban, a busy port on the east coast of South Africa. After travelling to the UK, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel, I lived in Johannesburg, and worked running a live music venue until I was 25. I then left for the UK permanently and joined Cartus in 2005, where I met my beautiful wife-to-be, Anne. We have two children, which means there’s a mix of French, South African, and British cultures at home. Our household is always fun and entertaining, and there’s certainly never a dull moment.

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Cartus Broker Network International Conference: Today, Tomorrow, Together!

Posted by Denise Porter |
Cartus Broker Network International Conference: Today, Tomorrow, Together!

The 2014 Cartus Broker Network International Conference was a rousing success. Nearly 700 Cartus Broker Network members, clients, industry experts and exhibitors from the United States and the United Kingdom came together for an intensive event that included an awards celebration as well as interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and executive presentations.

This year’s event was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from February 25-27. We were honored to have on stage Realogy’s Chairman, CEO, and President, Richard A. Smith, keynote speaker Kevin Kelleher, and featured speaker Henry Evans, Managing Partner for Dynamic Results, LLC. Our theme “Today, Tomorrow, Together” embraces three areas of focus that are important to our network. “Today” we will inspire each other, mastering the tools for achievement “Tomorrow,” and “Together” creating a strategy that will result in our continued mutual success. This timeline was further illustrated by showcasing the coming together of our top-performing Network to celebrate our past performance and plan for future successes.
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Cartus EMEA Shortlisted for Two Awards

Posted by Jane Bergman |
Cartus EMEA Shortlisted for Two Awards

We’re delighted to announce that the Cartus EMEA internship programme has been shortlisted at the 2014 Re:locate Magazine Awards in the Best Growing Talent Initiative category. As if one nomination wasn’t enough, we also received a second in the Technological Innovation in Relocation for our integrated relocation system.

EMEA Internship Programme

Launched in 2012 in partnership with the University of the West of England, the EMEA internship programme provides internships in Swindon, London and Geneva. The programme offers young people the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to our clients and the international assignees we move. We’re delighted that the programme has been recognised as a best growing talent initiative by Re:locate Magazine.
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The “Trailing Spouse”: Helping Accompanying Spouses and Partners | Mobility Insights Video Series

Posted by Patrice Heinzer |
The “Trailing Spouse”:  Helping Accompanying Spouses and Partners | Mobility Insights Video Series

When asked which issue tends to contribute the most to failed assignments, companies consistently name inability of the partner and/or family to adjust to the new location.  Recent research by Cartus supports this, with 65% naming this issue as the number-one reason employees turn down assignments. Yet even while acknowledging the concerns, mobility managers often don’t fully understand the underlying issues—or know how to address them.
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