Here at VIPR, we think it is important for all our customers and potential new customers to get to know us and understand what we do. It is more than likely that you will have direct contact, either face-to-face or over the phone with a member of the VIPR team. With this in mind we have interviewed key staff to find out what they get up to on an average day.
First up is our CTO Paul Templar..
6:00 – There is no need to set the alarm as i’m woken by my three kids (two girls and one boy) bright and early. After a quick shower and helping get the kids breakfast, I’m out the door heading to Barking train station. I skip breakfast.
7:30 – Most days I’m in London for client meetings so I’m on the train heading to Fenchurch St, tummy rumbling. Luckily my journey only takes 20 minutes to get into London, so once I’ve reached my destination, I head to one of the local coffee shops. When my schedule is less packed, I go to our new office in Bromley on my motorbike to catch up with the team.
8:00 – I meet with Stewart, our COO who is hiding in a quiet spot in the coffee shop already on his laptop, and with a coffee and toasted muffin in his hand. I give him a wave and head to the counter and order a latte and croissant, as well as a mango smoothie – my healthy option for the day!
8:10 – Over breakfast Stewart and I go through the plans for the day and make some calls. Today we only have two meetings, but sometimes it can be anything up to six!
10:00 – As we are leaving, I get a call from a client who has some queries regarding Intrali, our bordereaux management solution. Having ended the call ten minutes later with a happy client, we get our skates on to get to our first meeting of the day.
10:25 – We arrive at the Lloyd’s building to meet with a new client. We discuss the contract as well as project initiation – basically going through the activity for deploying Intrali, Intarga and Active Reports. It’s a successful meeting.
12:00 – Feeling famished, Stewart and I grab a bite to eat. We opt for pizza to fuel us, complete with spicy pepperoni toppings.
13:00 – Our next meeting is with another potential new client where we have an afternoon workshop. Having set up in their meeting room, we go through each of our products including; Active Reports, Intrali, IBA and Intarga with real life scenarios. One of their challenges, they explained, was limitations with their current system, including not being able to collect bordereaux data or to be able to create reports. To help, we loaded their bordereaux data, previously unseen by us, into Intrali so we could demonstrate how it worked and the associated benefits – this included using Active Reports to collect the information they required.
17:00 – After four hours of demos and questions which seemed to go very well, Stewart and I part ways and I head back to the station to start my journey home.
18:05 – I arrive home to the screams of the kids who are arguing about Toy Story. Once the issue is resolved, it is not long before they go to bed and I spend some time catching up on emails. My work continues …
20:00 – I rarely have a big evening meal, so I tuck into a cheese sandwich as a small snack. I’m still on my laptop but have moved onto YouTube watching an educational sales video. I enjoy learning new things and find videos really useful.
22:00 – Time to get some rest, it’s been a long day and tomorrow will be hectic with five back-to-back meetings. I turn out the lights.