Our Guernsey team were out in force over the weekend enjoying a day at the races. The L'Ancresse meeting is an annual horse racing meet on the island and this year Betway were headline sponsors. After the event was cancelled last year due to bad weather the fingers were crossed this year that the sun would shine. As you can see from the photographs it certainly did and the Guernsey team were able enjoy some fine racing in a very picturesque setting over the bank holiday.
Around 300 members of staff, family members and suppliers will be running the Hackney half-marathon on Sunday 19th May in aid of our London charity partner CALM. Our team have been supported in their training by ultra-runner Nick Butter. Nick put some of the team through their paces in Regents Park recently with everyone living to tell the tale. Betway likes to support its people in the challenges they undertake whether it be through coaching, resource or opportunity. In doing so we look to foster team spirit, positive work ethic and healthy attitudes to both life and career. Running together is just one way of helping to develop this. As Nick says "many people say running is an individual sport, but actually those of you that run, I’m sure you know, the running community is the biggest team sport that exists." But don't worry - if you're looking for a career at Betway you don't need to be a runner - you can play your part in our team (as many do) by simply living our values. In doing so you can be assured that we will support you along the way.
Our London office is delighted to announce that the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - is our nominated staff charity for the next 12 months. CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Each year around 6,000 people die from suicide. 135 people are directly affected by each suicide, with every single one costing the UK economy £1.67 million. Our London team will be looking to raise money and share experiences with the charity over the next 12 months - starting with around 300 people taking part in the Hackney Half-marathon in just a few weeks time. Society is one of the fundamentals of our CSR policy at Betway, so contributing in this manner to such a worthwhile cause is part of daily life to the team. Feel free to check out some of the vacancies we have in our organisation and we will be sure to keep you up to date with news as our partnership with CALM progresses.
This is a place we call Steps at the Park in our London office. This time next week it will be packed to the rafters (literally) as London unveil their new charity partner for the coming year. Society forms an important part of Betway's CSR policy and charitable giving and activity is a cornerstone of that. From the coffee we drink during the week, to the half-marathons that (some) of us run during the year - it's part of the way we give back to the society around us and play both an individual and collective role in being good citizens. Tune in to see who they're going to be running, drinking, cooking, eating, jumping, dancing and singing (badly) for this year shortly and then read about the vital work they undertake.
*LONG SERVICE PROFILE* Paul Scully, VIP Team Lead in London You’ve been here for 5/10 years now – what do you think has changed the most in that time? The biggest change is the public exposure the company now receives. We operate across a multitude of products &amp; countries, sponsor high profile events and are leaders in developing the changing landscape of the industry. And the least? As we’ve grown as a company, the industry has changed around us, but the same principles, values and ethos remind as strong within the company. What is the secret to such longevity? I wouldn’t say there’s a secret to longevity. I’m just lucky that the job I initially applied for through a recruitment agency ended up not being the job I got! It’s fair to say that I have never looked back and have found a place that has given me a job I love. Why should people come and work here? It’s the combination of the people, opportunities and adventure that Betway has to offer. If you’re willing to work hard and embrace the culture, I hope like for myself it will be a life / game changer.
*LONG SERVICE PROFILE* Daniel Giuliano, Head of IT in Malta You’ve been here for 10 years now – what do you think has changed the most in that time? Betway continuously improves by focusing on work-life balance as well as the well-being of its people, such as flexible workhours, introducing a shorter work week, building a gym etc. And the least? Betway’ values and the great relationship with my team members. What is the secret to such longevity? This really goes both ways, such is the relationship between Betway and its people. The main points are the fact that I enjoy what I do, the environment I walk into each day, and the variety of challenges that I need to overcome. Where do you see yourself in another 5/10 years? Can’t really say at this point; I will see what life has to throw at me. If you could go back now and give one piece of advice to yourself on your very first day here, what would it be? This is a tough question! As it’s been 10 years, I think the only advice I would have to say to myself is, stick to your path even when the going gets tough!
*LONG SERVICE PROFILE* Hanro Viljoen, Senior Architect in London You’ve been here for 10 years now – what do you think has changed the most in that time? When I joined the company, it was a start-up. Ten years on, it has grown and developed into a much larger brand, delivering some hugely exciting products and expanded ambitiously into a number of new markets. And the least? I have always worked with fantastic people. Despite there being so many new people, the high quality of my co-workers over ten years has been constant. What is the secret to such longevity? Growing with the company; it will change over time and you would need to learn and adapt, so be open to new ideas. If you could go back now and give one piece of advice to yourself on your very first day here, what would it be? My first day at the company was on my 26th birthday. I brought cake but did not know for how many people. The advice would be to go with your gut and don’t stress it; one cake is plenty!
*LONG SERVICE PROFILE* Madeleine Norman, Affiliate Marketing in Guernsey You’ve been here for 5 years now – what do you think has changed the most in that time? The business is constantly developing, and often at a very fast pace. As a result, almost every process I learn needs to change or be updated regularly in order to continue being efficient! And the least? The faces around me, as there are lots of people who have also been here for 5+ years. What is the secret to such longevity? Being trusted to get on with my job, a generous benefits package and being right next to the beach for lunchtime swims (in summer!). Where do you see yourself in another 5/10 years? Somewhere in the vicinity of Bondi please! Anywhere that is 5 minutes away from the sea otherwise. If you could give one piece of advice to yourself on your first day here, what would it be? Believe in myself more! Why should people come and work here? Most jobs in Guernsey revolve around the finance industry, so it’s a breath of fresh air to work in an exciting and fast-paced arena like gaming.
Phase Two of the Customer Journey Last week, our London office was given a presentation by the Customer Experience Team. Led by Michael Wolman, Customer Experience director, this was a chance to update the business on the progress that has been made in 2018 on the customer journey and to present some of their findings. Mike and his team have been working closely with Ipsos MORI who are a market research company. Ipsos spent hundreds of hours interviewing customers up and down the country – in their own homes - in order to glean their unique likes, dislikes and betting patterns, with fascinating results. Their research challenged some of the stereotypes around individuals who gamble and showed that our consumers are highly varied in terms of class, age, gender and lifestyle. Based on the data, Ipsos was able to categorise our customers into five personas, which helped Mike and his team gain a greater understanding of the different individuals who choose Betway. If you're interested in customer experience and want to be a part of Phase Three, then check out our vacancies.
We attained our Swedish license at the end of last year and went live on 1st January 2019 – an incredible achievement from our team meaning that Betway had gone live in Italy, Spain and Sweden since the start of 2018. As such, we thought that an authentic Scandanavian-style celebration was in order, and gave our Thursday drinks in the London office a yellow-and-blue hue for the night. We had a tipsrunda (interactive quiz), we had SKÅNE and FLÄDER (Swedish schnapps) we had karaoke (ABBA!) and we had Swedish meatballs. Throw in beerpong, Rekorderlig and a lot of dancing, and it left quite a few people needing a long fika afterwards! We will be celebrating in equal measure in our Guernsey and Malta offices over the next week, and look forward to bringing you some of the highlights from those. Meanwhile, in you’re interested in working on projects like our expansion into Sweden, or like the sound of a good party, then check out our vacancies.