It is amazing how time flies – it now feels like I have been working with the team here at Intuit for years when in fact it has only been seven weeks!
Over the past week I have begun meeting with area managers to learn more about what we do in sales, care, marketing and finance. This has given me a much better idea of how the whole business works and how the company achieves is ambitious growth targets. We also had a very interesting dinner when Cheryll Watson, the Director of Communications for Intuit, came over from Canada. It is wonderful to see how much enthusiasm she has for the job and the future of Intuit.
At the end of last month, we held a One Day Sale. This was a high-tempo day as we did everything possible to drive sales through Amazon, PC World and Staples in 24 hours. This was a great experience, especially as we reached our targets, and it taught me a lot about how social media can really drive sales for a business. I was particularly interested in learning how to track the effectiveness of your campaign which means that you are held very accountable!
Supporting small businesses
Intuit is continually doing more to promote the growth of small business in the UK. I recently joined Sally Revell, the Head of Marketing for Intuit UK, as she announced Intuit’s support for StartUp Loans in London. She joined Lord Young and James Caan on the stage to announce that Intuit will make over £1 million worth of financial management software available to the recipients of StartUp Loans to help them to get their businesses off the ground. It was an amazing atmosphere there.
Following this I went to a couple of locations with the StartUp Britain Bus Tour. Intuit is a major sponsor of this initiative and it really showed how the support for both of these organisations is helping to drive the growth of small business in the UK and kick-start the economy.
We have been having a lot of fun in the office as well. Pumpkin carving, dressing up, a trip to Thorpe Park and many more activities create a great atmosphere amongst everyone here.
The highlight of the past month with the New Entrepreneurs Foundation was a talk at UCL with Charles Mindenhall, co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot; John Milliken, co-founder and Managing Director of Mobile Money Network; Marcia Kilgore, founder of Bliss Spas, Soap & Glory and FitFlop; Nicola McClafferty, co-founder of Covetique.com; and Zarine Kharas founder and CEO of Justgiving.com.
The theme of the evening was “Spotting Opportunities” and the Q&A session was a fascinating way of finding out about these impressive people. Their experiences were all very varied but it was the most motivational experience I have had so far to inspire me even more in my future career.
We also had a whole day of training with representatives from PWC on networking techniques. This will no doubt be very valuable over the coming year. The key thing I took from it was the importance of getting out as much as possible and meeting lots of different people.
Over the coming few weeks Brad Smith, the CEO of Intuit, is coming to visit us in Maidenhead and I have four days of training with the NEF at UCL so there is lots more excitement to come!