Category Archives: Events

Season’s Greetings


The Rickter team would like to thank everyone we have worked with this year and wish you all a happy and restful festive season.

Our office will be closed from 23rd December and will re-open on 6th January.


We look forward to working together again in 2016, Merry Christmas.

Launch of new Rickter Appraisal System

Appraiser Training A new way of undertaking staff appraisal, our system benefits Management and Staff, helping achieve positive outcomes for the organisation as a whole.

Having just delivered our first Rickter Appraiser training, we are very pleased with how well it has been received:

“Excellent course, I will recommend it to others”

“As the Rickter Appraiser System is a positive focus, it will promote positive teams and very realistic goals”

This training focuses solely on staff appraisal using the Rickter Staff Appraisal System which has been developed around the Rickter Scale Process.

Through our experience and from feedback received on training evaluations, we identified a common gap exists around managers/supervisors delivery of staff appraisals/supervision. Quite often people have earned promotions and moved through a service or company and although they know their organisation systems extremely well, they have never received any kind of training around carrying out staff appraisal.

We are promoting the Rickter Appraiser training to address this skills shortfall and to offer a formal method for reporting positive staff outcomes and good practice. Some organisations are unhappy with the appraisal systems they currently have in place and are looking for a simple and effective replacement. We know that the Rickter Staff Appraisal System works, having used it very successfully within our own employee management programme for a number of years now.

The one day Rickter Appraiser course is ideal not only for those new to employee management, but also for anyone wishing to enhance their existing skills and implement a more formal system of appraisal and staff engagement.

The training costs £195.00 per person which includes a Rickter Scale Appraiser Board and access to the online Rickter Appraiser IMS (Information Management System) for recording action plans and outcomes. Lunch and refreshments are also included.

On completion of the training, you will receive a certificate to use Rickter in the capacity of staff appraisal and will leave equipped with all the tools you need to implement a new Appraisal System that straight away will help build motivation, helping create a stronger workforce.

Please complete our webform to register an interest in accessing future courses. Be sure to state your location and the number of places you would provisionally require.

Thank you so much to our first participants, Jan and George. We very much appreciate your input and feedback.

Work in Wales

Rickter Interview - Practice SessionI have been delivering quite a lot of training in Wales, some of it to Workways who tackle the barriers that prevent individuals from finding employment. The project provides support with job searching, CVs, application forms, interview skills, telephone techniques and access to training. Participants are also matched with local businesses, helping them gain the vital experience needed to find long term employment.

Practitioners will use the Lifeboard to help the individuals they are supporting identify the barriers that are preventing them from  getting into employment and training, but also to structure an achievable Action Plan to help them move forward.

Led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and City and County of Swansea, the South West Workways project is backed with £12.6 million from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Through this work partnerships have also managed to access funding and as a result I have been in Cardiff delivering Rickter Multi Agency Training events for individuals and smaller groups. I am currently looking forward to the next event of this type in Cardiff next week. 

Building Links in Dublin

Last week saw me in Dublin for a few days through UK Trade and Investment. We have commissioned some work through the British Embassy which coincides with our Marketing Plan to take Rickter into Europe.

L-R Kevin Daley (Director, Northern Lights Music), Ron Ingram (UKTI Market Visit Leader) and Rebecca Wardell (Deputy Director, UKTI)

L-R Kevin Daley (Director, Northern Lights Music), Ron Ingram (UKTI Market Visit Leader) and Rebecca Wardell (Deputy Director, UKTI)

While there I met with The Probation Service and Business in the Community Ireland to share ideas and information and hopefully to give us a foundation to build on in taking Rickter forward. It was very beneficial to discover what is happening in Ireland around Service Provision and Trade and Industry.

I was in Dublin as part of a group from the Newcastle area and in particular with some from The City of Light Foundation, which is the charity arm of Sunderland Football Club. The Foundation has worked with around 75,000 young people to help improve their lives using football and sports activities as its basis. They have worked not only in the UK, but around the globe. This group were doing a sponsored cycle ride to raise awareness and money to continue their excellent work, leaving on Wednesday morning to ride from Dublin to Sunderland, arriving Sunday afternoon.

As part of the programme while in Dublin we also attended a dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence which was very impressive. We were made most welcome by the Deputy Ambassador and had a wonderful meal and opportunity to network.

The Gathering 2012

We’re delighted to be part of The Gathering 2012 on 29th Feb and 1st Mar 2012 – this is Scotland’s unique free event that brings together all parts of the third sector.


We will be hosting a special Rickter event on day 1: Introducing the Rickter Scale.

Bookings have now opened for this free event. Please click the url below for more information or to book your place:

Limited spaces are available. Don’t delay, book your free place today! You can also visit us within the Exhibition, we’ll be on Stand Number 1.

A whole decade of Rickter

In January 2011, it will be 10 years since the Rickter Company was incorporated.

We have grown and progressed so dramatically over the years that looking back it feels like a whole lifetime ago since we started out. In the beginning our office was a tiny room jokingly referred to as ‘the cupboard’ and Rick manufactured each and every Rickter Scale® in his garage. Now we have a team of people throughout the UK and our Suppliers are producing the boards in their hundreds every week.

balloonsIt hasn’t always been easy, and there has been a lot of hard work along the way, but we are very proud to be here ten years on as we look back at our company history.

We have a truly excellent extended team of dedicated people who make up our company, and our current core team have all worked together for at least half of the past decade.

However none of the above would even have been possible without our loyal customers, who continue to champion Rickter and demonstrate their support. Our heartfelt thanks go out to you all.

There are so many challenges for everyone in the current climate, but our resolve remains firm: to offer flexibility and excellent value for money, coupled with standards of service that are second to none.

We have so many plans; we can hardly wait to start the next decade!