Poole-based telecommunications firm VoIP Unlimited has appointed three new recruits to join its growing sales team. The new starters will liaise with customers and engage with new prospects, as part of the company’s rapid growth and development.
Jess Loce joins as a sales executive and is well versed in communicating new ideas and concepts to high level IT management. Jess said: “I am so excited to be starting a new year with a new job at VoIP Unlimited. I am really looking forward to flexing and growing my skills within the supportive environment of the team and there is scope to develop my role as the company grows, which is really positive.”
With experience in office and field based sales and customer services, Matthew Darkins also joins the company as a sales executive. Jess and Matt’s roles include creating sales opportunities, building and maintaining relationships with dealers, and updating client lists and details.
Speaking of his appointment, Matthew said: “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work at such a dynamic and fast-moving company, and I’m looking forward to embracing the new and varied challenges the job will bring.”
Jamie Shergold has been appointed as an account manager, boasting nine years’ experience working in IT sales roles he brings with him a wealth of knowledge in targeted sales.
Jamie said: “This is an exciting move for me, as I was seeking a fresh direction and new challenges. VoIP Unlimited offers me just that, and I am looking forward to putting my years of experience within the telecommunications industry to good use.”
In addition to the three new sales recruits, Coral Winters has joined the provisioning department, where she will manage the end-to-end delivery of services and solutions provided by the sales team and take responsibility for tracking and managing service delivery activities.
VoIP Unlimited sales manager Jamie Fish welcomes the new recruits adding: “We wish to extend a huge welcome to our talented new starters in the sales team, Jess, Matt and Jamie, and of course to Coral, who will provide integral support in the provisioning department. We couldn’t have asked for a more positive beginning to what I’m sure will be a very important year for VoIP Unlimited.”
Students competing to win this year’s Enterprise and Skills Challenge are being mentored by VoIP Unlimited managing director Mark Pillow in the run-up to Christmas, in order to effectively sell wooden crafts and Christmas gifts for their company, MODE at stalls across Dorset and Hampshire.
Designed to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills in Dorset’s young people, the Enterprise and Skills Challenge sees teams of students create their own small businesses selling real products with the support of a local business expert. Mark Pillow has been counselling the young people from St Edwards School, Queen Elizabeth School and Bournemouth School for Girls throughout the process, which will conclude in February 2015 with an award ceremony.
MODE is giving all proceeds made in the run-up to Christmas to HeadSmart – a campaign launched by VoIP Unlimited’s charity of the year, The Brain Tumour Charity, which aims to raise the awareness of brain tumour symptoms in children and young people.
Mark Pillow said: “As team mentor, I’ve been really impressed with the way the MODE team has been working hard to design, make and sell its products. The pre-Christmas period is a key time for making sales and the innovative crafts have proved really popular with the general public.
“The team has really made the effort to sell far and wide, with stalls at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, Wimborne Market and even West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton. HeadSmart is such a worthy cause and the MODE team recognises this and has worked really hard to support it.”
MODE will have a Christmas stall at Lilliput Surgery on Sunday 21 December, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, and there will be further sale days in the new year.
Staff at Poole telecommunications firm VoIP Unlimited donned their brightest Christmas jumpers last week to raise money for HeadSmart; a campaign launched by the company’s charity of the year The Brain Tumour Charity, which aims to raise the awareness of brain tumour symptoms in children and young people.
What’s more, the company decided to donate the money that would have been spent designing, printing and posting Christmas cards for clients to the HeadSmart campaign, with more than £500 donated as a result of this alone. The staff also took part in a number of games on Christmas jumper day, including ‘pin the nose on the reindeer’ and a treasure hunt in order to raise funds.
VoIP Unlimited managing director, Mark Pillow said: “We chose to hold a Christmas jumper day to bring a bit of fun and festive revelry to our fundraising. The staff dug deep into their pockets and donated generously, truly embracing the spirit of Christmas.”
He added, “With more funds being added to the HeadSmart charity pot daily, we don’t as yet know the definitive amount that we’ve raised this Christmas, but I’m expecting the total will be in the high hundreds.”
For further information about VoIP Unlimited and its work with HeadSmart and The Brain Tumour Charity, please visit www.voip-unlimited.net/news/ .
Poole telecommunications firm VoIP Unlimited has chosen The Brain Tumour Charity to be its charity of the year
The company has pledged to raise at least £10,000in funds by November 2015 in aid of the charity’s HeadSmart campaign, which aims to raise the awareness of brain tumour symptoms in children and young people.
HeadSmart campaigner Sacha Langton-Gilks, who lost her 17 year old son David (known as DD) to a late brain tumour diagnosis, explains: “The risk of a child developing a brain tumour is the same as a child developing meningitis but awareness of brain tumour symptoms is extremely low in both the health profession and the general public.
“Despite the fact that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and young people aged 2 – 24 years in the UK, there is no public money going into raising awareness. This is why the support of companies like VoIP Unlimited is so vital; we simply couldn’t do it without them,” she said.
VoIP Unlimited staff met Sacha at the firm’s offices in Poole to hear more about her son DD’s story before signing up to pledge their support. As well as planning a series of employee fundraisers over the coming year staff will also be spreading the word with HeadSmart’s pocket-sized brain tumour symptom cards. A mobile friendly version of which is available by texting SMART to 81400.
Mark Pillow, managing director of VoIP Unlimited, said: “VoIP Unlimited is determined to help HeadSmart further reduce the diagnosis time for children with brain tumours. Since June 2011 the campaign has helped significantly lower the UK’s diagnosis time, currently at 6.7 weeks, but we are still far behind other countries; Poland, for example, being under five weeks. We want to help them get these diagnosis times down to be on a par with, or better than, the rest of the world.”
While Lord Sugar catapulted into his tenth crusade to demolish a fresh round of apprentice egos, hopeful youngsters launched into Dorset’s Enterprise and Skills Challenge at VoIP Unlimited.
A team of students from years 12-13 at St Edwards School, Queen Elizabeth School and Bournemouth School for Girls met VoIP Unlimited managing director Mark Pillow to discuss strategy for this year’s Enterprise and Skills Challenge.
Designed to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills in Dorset’s young people, the Enterprise and Skills Challenge will see teams of students across the county create their own small businesses selling real products with the support of a local business expert.
Student Georgina Leonard is looking forward to the challenge, she said: “I wanted to sign up to this project for the experience that could be gained and to see what skills you need to start up a business.
As a team mentor, Mark Pillow will counsel his group of students in how to raise starting capital in order to design, buy-in or manufacture an innovative product to sell in an effort to help them win the coveted Bournemouth University ‘Company of the Year Award’, one of the sponsored trophies on offer.
Mark said of the competition: “I’m really looking forward to working with these students and mentoring them through this opportunity. The Enterprise and Skills Challenge enables students to gain hands on experience of running a small business whilst learning vital skills that can be used in the future.”
The programme will conclude in February 2015 with a dazzling showcase of talent judged by prominent local business people and an award ceremony with individual and group awards for a number of business categories.
For further information about VoIP Unlimited’s work with young people in education, please visit www.voip-unlimited.net.
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