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5th Sep, 2015

JCI Southampton Quiz
by Kathryn Haines on September 5, 2015 16:01


JCI Southampton hosted their annual quiz on 3rd September at Orange Rooms. This year it was to raise money for our charity of the year: Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

This year I offered to read the questions for the evening along with James Lambert, JCI Southampton's Finance Director. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and had a lot of fun. This was the first time I had hosted a JCI event and everyone was extremely helpful in making sure everything went smoothly.

All particpants did extremely well but it was E3 Consulting who took home first prize! Congratulations!

We also managed to raise over £250 for our charity of the year and would like to thank you everyone who took part and donated!

If you would like to join us for another event to help raise vital funds for Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity, join us for our annual gala on 10th October. Tickets can be booked here.

                             Quiz night                                                                                                                  Winning Team E3 Consulting

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5th Sep, 2015

This talk was hosted by Garry Lane of One Vision Life Coaching, who explained how life coaching can help you in your careers, business and personal life.

He described how he can help with goal setting, developing confidence, improving performance, becoming more assertive, dealing with stress and helping to get your career where you want it to be.

It was fascinating to learn how life coaching works and how it can benefit anyone in any part of your life.

If you would like to find out more about life coaching, please do not hesiatte to contact Garry. His website is 

                                            Garry Lane

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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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