VoIP Unlimited invites Southampton University Formula Student Team for a tour of the Sahara Force India F1™ factory


Further to becoming an official supplier to the Sahara Force India Formula One™ Team, Poole-based telecommunications firm VoIP Unlimited invited the Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) to visit the factory at Silverstone.

Members of the SUFST team, which is sponsored by VoIP Unlimited, recently competed in Formula Student; Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition. The team had just nine months to design and build a single-seat race car from scratch before racing at Silverstone.

The Sahara Force India Formula One™ factory tour allowed the team a privileged insight into how a Formula One car is created. The students viewed the race control centre, the workshops and design studios, the trucks that are taken to the European races, and the R&D and testing labs.

Team Leader of SUFST, Dan Castro, said, “We’re so grateful to VoIP Unlimited for giving us the opportunity to see the inner workings of a Formula One™ factory and have a tour around a place where many of us would like to see ourselves working in the future!”

Head of PR at Southampton University, Joanna Barzycki, said, “It was really interesting to have a Formula One™ visit with the all amazing engineering work going on. It is my ambition to work in motorsport communications and public relations so this was a wonderful insight for me.”

Sahara Force India was delighted to show the up-and-coming student engineers the factory and demonstrate the logistics behind the workings of a world class team.

VoIP Unlimited is committed to helping students and young people develop skills for the workplace. The company is also a keen supporter of Dorset’s ‘Enterprise and Skills Challenge’, an employability skills programme inspiring entrepreneurial behaviour in young people.

For further information about VoIP Unlimited’s work with young people, please visit www.voip-unlimited.net and to see the results of the Southampton University team simply go to www.sufst.com.

VoIP Unlimited joins the Dorset Business Awards sponsor line-up with a brand new category

The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to welcome Poole telecommunications company VoIP Unlimited to the portfolio of award category sponsors at the 21st Dorset Business Awards, in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo.

The company has confirmed its support for Dorset’s prestigious award programme and is sponsoring a brand new category, the VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award.

VoIP Unlimited is a Dorset-based organisation with a national presence. It invests time and values its relationships with local educational organisations. The VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award aims to recognise a Dorset business which has established a positive partnership with a local school, university or education programme within the past three years.

Entry is free and open to all businesses, which are based in Dorset with a BH or DT postcode. The award can only entered by the business and not the school/educational organisation.

VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award checklist

Entrants should include:

  • The aim and objective of the project.
  • The benefits that the business has received from the relationship with the educational organisation or programme.
  • The benefits that the educational group has experienced from the partnership.
  • The commencement date and duration of the relationship between the business and the educational organisation.
  • How many students have received direct benefit, to include examples.
  • Details of how the project might impact the industry as a whole.
  • Details of challenging aspects of the project and how they were overcome.
  • Whether there are future plans for the educational organisation and business to work together.
  • Mark Pillow, managing director of VoIP Unlimited and sponsor of the Business Engagement with Education Award, comments: “This new award category is close to the heart of our company, which cares about nurturing the next generation of our workforce. We hope that introducing the new award, which aims to recognise the positive relationship between businesses and educational organisations, will encourage and inspire other Dorset businesses to follow suit.

“The Dorset Business Awards celebrates innovation, excellence and the determination to succeed, and we are thrilled to be on board for 2015.”

The Awards are also backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105. Entrants can submit an entry via www.dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk or print off an entry form and submit a paper-based entry. The closing date for entry is Friday September 11. Entrants do not need to be a member of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For further information about the Awards, sponsorship opportunities or to reserve tickets for the Gala Dinner which will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday November 26 please contact Lorraine Hubbard on 01202 714810.

Sponsor profile – VoIP Unlimited

Established in 2006, VoIP Unlimited is a Poole-based telecommunications company which provides a complete package of complimentary IP services for UK businesses that want to realise the benefits of using new breed technology and improve the effectiveness of their company’s communications. The company invests time and values its relationships with local schools, students and educational organisations.

VoIP Unlimited supports Southampton University Formula Student Team as it competes at Silverstone


Last weekend was the toughest yet for Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) as the annual Formula Student UK competition got underway at Silverstone. VoIP Unlimited supported SUFST, as the team competed against almost 100 university teams from across the globe in a single-seat racing car event.

Returning for its seventeenth year, the three-day event saw the next generation of world-class engineers and drivers racing for record times. SUFST beat the likes of University of Exeter and City University London in the overall class 1 results, achieving 71st place.

Having entered the competition for the second year running, the team achieved its most impressive result in the business presentations judging, earning a covetable 23rd place out of the 97 teams.

Backed by industry and high profile engineers, including Patron Ross Brawn OBE (former team principal, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 Team), the competition aimed to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers.

Challenged to design, build and race a single-seat racing car, the SUFST enlisted telecommunications company VoIP Unlimited as title sponsor at the start of the academic year, enabling students to design and engineer a car to withstand the dynamic event.

VoIP Unlimited managing director, Mark Pillow said: “VoIP Unlimited has been more than proud to sponsor SUFST – even more so now the team has earned a well-deserved place in the record books! It was a joy to see the students progress over the year with the design, build and on the final race day. They achieved so much in just a few short months.”

SUFST team leader Dan Castro, added: “It’s been great to have had VoIP Unlimited as a main sponsor for our team. Their knowledge, connections and experience within motorsport have proven invaluable to our development; both technically and with raising the profile of the team.”

VoIP Unlimited is committed to helping students and young people develop skills for the workplace. The company is also a keen supporter of Dorset’s ‘Enterprise and Skills Challenge’, an employability skills programme inspiring entrepreneurial behaviour in young people.

For further information about VoIP Unlimited’s work with young people, please visit www.voip-unlimited.net and to see the progress of the Southampton University team simply go to www.sufst.com.

Telecommunications firm has designs on the future with a brand-new recruit


Poole-based telecommunications firm VoIP Unlimited has appointed its first full-time graphic designer. Arts University Bournemouth graduate Mike Smith, has joined the team to develop the company website and take it into a new area of design.

Mike will help aid the website’s cutting edge customer support portal improving the user experience further. The portal is easy to navigate and customer focussed, enabling everything from conference calls and diverts, to hold music to be set online.

Previously a freelance graphic designer, whose clients included Bournemouth University and the charity Pump Aid, Mike is looking forward to putting his expertise in user interface design into practise at VoIP Unlimited, to improve the user experience for both customers and dealers who use the website and online portal.

Speaking of his appointment, Mike said: “I am hoping my role at VoIP Unlimited will help me to further develop my skills and test myself in new areas of design.  My input in the online portal will offer help characters and tutorials for customers, therefore improving every aspect of the business, from customer relations to efficiency and speed of service.”

VoIP Unlimited managing director, Mark Pillow, welcomes Mike to the team, adding: “Mike has chosen to join VoIP Unlimited at a really progressive time for the company and we are hugely excited about the improvements he’s planning to make to the overall design of the portal.”

VoIP Unlimited is continuing to recruit and is currently seeking a senior account manager and a sales administrator assistant. For further information, visit http://www.voip-unlimited.net/about-us/careers.

VoIP Unlimited marketing executive runs the London Marathon in aid of HeadSmart


Aimee Looker, marketing executive at telecommunications firm VoIP Unlimited took part in the sporting challenge of her life on Sunday 26 April – pounding the streets of London to raise funds for HeadSmart; a campaign launched by the company’s charity of the year, The Brain Tumour Charity.

22-year-old Aimee, who already competed in Tough Mudder in 2014, completed the 26-mile London Marathon in just five hours and 25 minutes.

Aimee has managed to raise £2,000 through tireless fundraising, which included hosting a charity pub quiz at Patrick’s restaurant and bar and launching a competition to guess her finish time. Aimee hopes to reach her total of £2,500 for the charity by the end of May.

The HeadSmart campaign aims to raise the awareness of brain tumour symptoms in children and young people, which include persistent or recurring vomiting, headaches and deteriorating vision. The Brain Tumour Charity is the leading funder of brain tumour research in the UK, spending over £12 million to date on pioneering projects that will help adults and children with brain tumours.

Aimee Looker, said: “The London Marathon was such an overwhelming day with all the support from the crowd and I am proud to have done it for such a good cause. I’d really like to reach my fundraising total, so if people are able to offer a donation before the end of the month that would be greatly appreciated.”

There is still time to pledge your support for Aimee’s cause, HeadSmart and The Brain Tumour Charity via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AimeeLooker92 .

For more information about VoIP Unlimited’s support for HeadSmart, go to www.voip-unlimited.net.