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23rd Jun, 2015

Southampton Solent University Mentoring Program by Victoria Odey
by Celestine Onomo on June 23, 2015 20:22


JCI Southampton is actively supporting students and graduates from Southampton Solent University.

Our Deputy President Victoria Odey has been awarded the Mentor of the year for her support and commitment towards the programme.

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The annual Southampton Solent University Mentoring Celebration was an inspiring afternoon for students and graduates. Hosted by the employability and enterprise team, the event thanked and recognised the contribution of businesses, students and recent graduates to the success of this year’s programme.

Individuals and organisations become 'professional friends' to Solent students

Every year a range of individuals and organisations give their time regularly and freely to become a 'professional friend' to their mentee.

This year 85 mentors and 102 mentees participated in the programme, which includes a formal training element. Over the course of six months mentors provided student mentees with work-related personal advice, practical employability skills and industry-specific information.

In addition to the more traditional one-to-one support, some participating organisations such as E3 Consulting, Carnival UK, Old Mutual Wealth, Ordnance Survey, and Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity took a group-mentoring approach, and provided workshops to support employability needs.

Mentor of the year: Victoria Odey, Hampshire Chambers of Commerce

Victoria's mentee said: "Victoria was flexible, making sure we continued to communicate even at the busiest times. She helped me explore different options and opportunities, gave me endless support and advice. Best of all she helped me develop industry contacts and enabled me to secure a social media marketing role."

Mentee of the year: Emily Alcock

Emily’s mentor was from Hampshire Constabulary and said:" “Emily was always willing to address the key issues. She wasn’t intimidated by people or processes and used her previous work experience and focussed on the outcome ahead. She gained a great place on the JP Morgan Graduate Scheme that will see her flying around the world over the next two years."

Outstanding Contribution 2015: Carnival UK

Received by Bob Dixon, General Manager – EMEA Sales, and Frank Somers, Solutions Architect.

Outstanding Contribution: E3 consulting

Received by Zoe Toseland, Marketing Administrator & Ian Barwick, Research Administrator.

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18th Jun, 2015

JCI Southampton #Thirstday Social Networking Event
by Celestine Onomo on June 18, 2015 15:47


2nd Jun, 2015

LEAP (Leadership Excellence in Action Programme) is a weekend leadership academy held annually towards the end of the summer.  Delegates come from chambers across the UK, as well as internationally, to take part in this flagship training programme.

The programme aims to develop your leadership skills so you have the confidence and authority to make a real difference in your business, your community and your personal life.

Here are five reasons why you should attend LEAP 2015:

1. You'll find out more about yourself and others

2. You'll get tips on how to motivate and lead your team

3. You'll learn and develop new skills

4. You'll meet JCI members from across the UK

5. And feedback is pretty good.

This year, LEAP is taking place in Birmingham from 21-23 August 2015.

To find out more about the programme and/or book your place, please visit JCI UK website

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11th May, 2015

Volunteering at the Southampton Half Marathon
by Kathryn Haines on May 11, 2015 17:49


On the 26th April, JCI Southampton's President, Max K-Thompson, and our Fundraising Director, Ruth, ran the Southampton Half Marathon. 

Myself, Celestine our Marketing Director and Sophie our PR and Communications Director volunteered as Mile Makers for the event to support our fellow council members and all the other runners taking part.

Although we were kept busy throughout the day carrying boxes, hanging up marketing materials and handing out thermal blankets, we had plenty of energy for cheering on all the particpants and congratulating them as they passed through the finish line.

It was a great day to support our friends and the city of Southampton, and we hope that next year we will be able to do the running!

Mile Makers

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29th Apr, 2015

April's Training Event was 'Starting your new business and what to consider' with Sandeep Sesodia.

Sandeep is the Relationship Manager within the Corporate Banking Lending Business and Healthcare sectors at RBS and has an active role in the business community and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. He has over 30 years experience in banking and finance, business development within the sectors and in the wider business community.

He aims to work with customers to develop their business and to achieve strategic and long term goals, originate and structure new businesses to meet client needs and provide appropriate lending solutions and develop new customer relationships by collaborating with colleagues and with key business partners and professionals within the Business and Healthcare sectors.

When people say to think outside the box, he asks "why does it have to be a box?"


At the Training Event, Sandeep explored what is required in a business plan and answered questions about how this should be dealt with. He said the three questions which should be considered when starting a business are: Where are you now? Where do you want to go? and How do you get there?

A business plan should be about 10-12 pages long, with a page for each section, with the last section covering the 'what if' scenarios. This shows the bank manager that you have considered the possibilities of where your business could go and how you would deal with them.

The training was very informative and helpful and had a very successful turnout by current and future members of JCI Southampton. 

Don't forget to keep an eye on our Events page and Facebook page to hear about our future training events!

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17th Apr, 2015

The First #Thirstday Networking Social at The Dancing Man Brewery
by Celestine Onomo on April 17, 2015 12:01


By Christina Noekleby, Social Director

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The first JCI Southampton #Thirstday networking social was held on April 2nd, at the newly opened The Dancing Man Brewery. The historic building is filled with edgy, quirky and endearing decorations, but more importantly an incredible atmosphere!

For this networking social, we had our own private area, with pretzels and nuts to share. Not to mention, the delicious array of ales, wines and other drinks available. It would be rude not to try AT LEAST one!

The turnout for the social was fantastic and there were some new members to speak with and also some familiar faces. The Dancing Man Brewery was the perfect setting, with a relaxing environment for people to meet and network over an ale.

For those that wanted to, a tour of the premises was given and fascinating history presented of the building itself. Previously known as The Wool House, the brewery used to be a prison, and some names could still be seen carved on the beams of the roof!

The plaque on the building reads:

This building was erected in the 14th century for the storage of wool before export to the continent in the galleys and carracks of Venice and Genoa. The wool trade was the basis of Southampton's prosperity in the middle ages. During the Napoleonic wars The Wool House was used to accommodate French prisoners of war, some of whose names may be seen carved on the beams of the roof. This building was restored by the city corporation and opened as a Maritime Museum in June 1966.

The Dancing Man Brewery did not disappoint, and will definitely be on the cards for hosting a future social event. It was great to meet with JCI members in a relaxing environment and have an opportunity to learn more about the history of the building we were in.

JCI Southampton’s monthly networking socials are great for professionals in and around Southampton looking to engage and meet likeminded individuals.  If you’d like to come to our next social, please get in touch with or check our Events page at:

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20th Mar, 2015

Secrets to becoming a world class networker
by Kathryn Haines on March 20, 2015 18:46


The first training session of the year was "Stepping up - Secrets to becoming a world class networker" hosted by Joe Dilger, JCI Senator 62404.

We discussed the use the use of online networking and how most people still prefer to have the face to face contact when networking. There's something about meeting someone in person that makes it easier to trust them and build a future networking relationship. However, it is often a great way to begin making contact with new people or to follow up with after a meeting.

We also realised that almost every opportunity is a networking possibility and could result in a new contact, even with VIPs. A chance meeting in a lift with someone who appears to be a total stranger could in fact be the VIP speaker at the event you are attending!

Next, Joe explained to us about the Japanese way of giving and accepting business cards. How it is to be treated with respect and should always be given and taken with both hands and then never simply placed in your pocket uncaringly! 

The session was extremely informative and was very fun and interactive. It was a great session to build up our knowledge and confidence with networking. Thanks Joe!

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6th Mar, 2015

2015 New Members Evening
by Celestine Onomo on March 6, 2015 13:30


JCI Southampton New Members Evening

By: Christina Nokleby on March 5th 2015.

On Thursday 26th February JCI met with current, past and potential new members at Orange Rooms in Bedford Place, Southampton. The turn out was great, with over 40 entrepreneurs and professionals coming together to enjoy free canapés and drinks on offer.   

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The New Members evening is a yearly event for young professionals and entrepreneurs within the city, and aims to teach people about the benefits correlated with joining JCI. It is also a fantastic networking opportunity and to meet likeminded people in the area.

Max Thompson, the current JCI Southampton president, briefly touched upon some of the activities and goals of this professional body. These include the opportunity to broaden networks of contacts, becoming involved in community projects, enhancing skills and being able to partake in valuable training courses.

Ruth Andrew, our Fundraising Director, spoke about our chosen charity of the year, Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity. This is a special organisation where people with life limiting illnesses, both in the Hospice and our community, are cared for by a team that delivers ‘over and above’. There will be further events and socials in the year where we will give a certain percentage from the ticket prices to the Hospice. We have also recently set up a JCI Just Giving page and welcome any donations [insert link]. 

The turnout was fantastic, with lots of interesting people to meet and stories to hear. JCI welcomes people from all types of backgrounds, cultures and countries and other JCI members from all over the world. 

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It was a great evening, which allowed new, current and past JCI members to socialise and learn more about how to get involved. 

Want to join us for our next event(s)? You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Our next events are:

            - Tuesday 10th March 2015 – ‘Stepping Up – secrets to becoming a world class networker’.  Venue: Kaplan Financial, Broadcasting House, 10 Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY. Book tickets at:

            - Tuesday 17th March 2015 – JCI Southampton and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Joint Networking Event. Venue: Pitcher and Piano, Southampton Unit 1, Block F, Ground Floor, Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3JB. Book tickets at:

            - Thursday 19th March 2015 – ‘How you can single-mindedly crowdfund your business’ training session. Venue: Kaplan Southampton, Broadcasting House, 10 Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY. Book tickets at:

            - Thursday 2nd April 2015 – JCI Southampton Social Event. Venue: The Dancing Man Brewery

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18th Nov, 2014

This weekend was the 2014 JCI UK National Convention, hosted by JCI Canary Wharf and JCI London with the theme of the Phoenix Tale: “How we deal with challenges makes us stronger!”. The National Convention is the highlight of the JCI UK calendar - a weekend where JCI members and non-members come together from all around the UK and from across the world to train, socialise and celebrate with a true JCI spirit. Although I wasn’t able to be there for the whole weekend I was very fortunate to be sponsored to go to the JCI UK Annual Black Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening by my local chamber - which I was especially grateful for as I had been nominated by them for the JCI UK Most Outstanding New Member of the Year Award! :)

Canary Wharf at night

I travelled up by train and tube in the afternoon, meeting Michelle Bustos, IPP of JCI Portsmouth at the Travelodge in London Docklands around 5:30pm to get ready for the evening.

The evening JCI UK Annual Black Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held at the Museum of London Dockyards in Canary Wharf - quite a dramatic venue with the backdrop of all the lit up high rise offices all around. We started off in the Rum & Sugar bar next door with a welcome drink chatting and catching up with other jaycees before heading through to take our seats.

JCI UK 2014 National Convention- venueIt was an outstanding evening - but it all felt like a bit of a blur. Drew and Jasmine did a wonderful job hosting the evening and in true JCI spirit there was a great atmosphere throughout. The level of genuine support, encouragement and celebration for each other in JCI always amazes and humbles me - this occasion was no exception. The whole evening from the meal to the speeches and the award ceremony were fantastic. Well done to JCI Canary Wharf and JCI London for pulling it off! I was sitting with the rest of the JCI Southampton team who could make the weekend and we enjoyed sharing a table with representatives from JCI Malta. We were all very excited to see everyone who went forward to receive an award or certificate of merit and be recognised for all the hard work they’d put into this year. I know that this was only a small snapshot of all the effort, development and changes that have happened throughout the chambers in the UK - so to all those who didn’t get a mention - well done and keep going! :)

Of course, there were a few highlights in the Award Ceremony for us…

  • Best Inter-Organisation Collaboration Project Award for JCI Southampton and our collaboration with JCI Kortrijk which started when they came over to visit Southampton in March. The highlight of this collaboration for me was being able to  visiting them and JCI Waregam in Belgium in July. We’re in the process of finalising the next meet up in the new year and look forward to what the future may bring.

  • Most Outstanding New Member Award for me? Total honour even to be nominated by the JCI Southampton council team - it’s still not quite sunk in that I’ve won it… wow!

  • Drew Charman (our 2011 and 2012 JCI Southampton President) stepping into his role of 2015 JCI UK National President, receiving the Most Outstanding Legacy Award and being recognised with a Senatorship, which our 2013 JCI Southampton President Michael Steel was able to present!

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Drew Charman - Senator 2015 JCI UK National President Drew Charman

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Although we had to finish the evening in the pub next door due to venue issues outside our control it felt very fitting to be sat closely together rather than spaced out for the Friendship Speeches and formal keynote speeches late into the night. It was a very memorable end to an evening celebrating this last year and it reminded me of what a difference a year can make. So, whilst we all revel in the successes of the awards and delight in the memories of the past year the challenge of what we do and how do we continue to fulfill the JCI mission and vision both locally and worldwide in 2015 and onwards still remains.

It’s going to be an exciting year! See you on the other side...



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