Celebrate the holiday season with Goodwille

Christmas is around the corner, and Goodwille would like to invite you to Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar on Thursday the 6th December to celebrate the holiday season together with us and our friends! This year we are inviting clients, partners and friends to join us for a Jingle & Mingle to replace our traditional Winter Warmer. We ho-ho-hope that you and your colleagues can join us for a merry afternoon (and evening?)!

Loosen the tie, put on your Christmas jumper and join us from 3pm for good company, good drinks, live music and GOOD TIMES! At 5pm we will make our way to the nearby pub The Eagle, (7 min walk from Lisa’s). You are welcome to join us at either venue, and if you are unsure where to find us, you can call Santa’s little helper James on 07785 629 603 and he will guide you like Rudolph’s red nose on a foggy Christmas Eve!

Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar
3pm – 5pm
305 Portobello Rd,
London W10 5TD

The Eagle
From 5pm
250 Ladbroke Grove,
London W10 5LP

RSVP to johanna.bjarschfollin@goodwille.com no later than 4 December with the number of colleagues you’ll bring and where you plan to join us to give us an indication of numbers.

Come dashing through the snow and join us in welcoming the most wonderful time of the year!

Wrap Up London

Do you have any old, unwanted winter coats that only take up space in your wardrobe? Donate them to charity and help keep vulnerable people stay warm this winter!

Between 8-14 November, the campaign Wrap Up London runs at several major London underground stations. Wrap Up London is run by the registered charity Hands On London, and during the campaign they collect your old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence.

Coats donated to Wrap Up London go directly to people across London who struggle to keep warm during the winter months. Coats are distributed via homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis.

There are collection points for people to donate coats at six of London’s major tube stations; Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo. Goodwille will collect coats at our London office for clients and employees who want to donate but do not pass any of these underground stations during the campaign. Our CSR team will on behalf of Goodwille drop off all coats and jackets donated by the team & friends on Wednesday 14th November.

Donate old or unwanted coats and help those that can’t afford winter clothes to wrap up and stay warm this winter. Give a coat, warm a heart – help keep vulnerable people warm by donating a coat this November! #DOITFOROTHERS

Want to read more about how Goodwille support charities and the activities we get involved in to raise awareness and funds for good causes? Check out our Charity Page.

Grow it, show it – Movember

November is dedicated to showing support for men’s health issues. At Goodwille, we are proud to be part of the global movement to stop men dying too young by taking part in Movember. 5 brave Mo Bros from Team Goodwille will grow a moustache and we hope that their faces will inspire donations and start conversations about this important and global issue.

For 30 days, our Mo Bros to embark on a journey for men’s health. This year’s warriors are:

Alexander Goodwille (CEO)
Kevin Rutter (CFO)
Michael Thake
Tore Overgaard Frederiksen
Alex Blain

The rules are simple! On the 1st November the Mo Bros arrive to the office with a clean shaved face, and by the end of the month a dedicated jury will evaluate, measure and decide on who has grown the biggest and prettiest moustache. Who do you think can grow the best Mo? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain. No matter the shape or style of the Mos, they will make a real change for all men!

We are taking part in this campaign to support Movember Foundation, a global charity tackling men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Show your support for men’s health by joining Goodwille & the Mo Bros in raising funds and awareness for this good cause and donate to our Movember fundraising campaign. All funds raised will go to directly to Movember Foundation for an everlasting impact on men’s health.

Let’s do this together for all the dads, sons, brothers, and mates in our lives! #DOITFOROTHERS

Interested in learning more about Goodwille’s charity initiative #doitforothers?
Check out our Charity page here!

Meet Katy Jones

They say first impression is everything. That’s why here at Goodwille we aim to make our clients, visitors and colleagues to feel at home and welcomed. Our Office Assistant, Katy Jones, has an invaluable role in providing this experience for everyone. Her main responsibilities are dealing with requests from clients and colleagues and keeping the London office running smoothly, among many other tasks. So, whenever you call the Goodwille office or visit us in London, you are very likely to be served by Katy!

Get to know Katy a bit better and read what she likes about her job and what she’s dreaming about doing in the future.

What do you do at Goodwille?

I am an Office Assistant in the London office. My day to day is never the same. I deal with requests from clients and colleagues. My responsibilities include answering calls, handling posts, HR administrative tasks, cheque handling, among many other ad hoc tasks. Essentially my role is to keep the office running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

How did you end up working at Goodwille?

Oh boy has it been an adventure! I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Sociology and I had no solid ideas as to what career path I wanted to go down. So, like many others, I moved to London to try and figure my life out. I worked in event marketing/sales for a few months but that was not for me. Then I moved on to work in customer service which was… let’s say, a character-building experience. I was ready for a challenge and for a more stable routine so here I am!

Using 3 words, how would you describe Goodwille?

Good for you.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

The worst thing is answering phone calls. I struggled sometimes to understand different accents and it took me a while to get a hang of it.

The best thing about my job is that I get to work with so many different clients as well as getting an insight into every aspect of the company and what we do. Also, it helps that people in Goodwille are so welcoming, it makes it easy to come into work every day!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love walking! On weekends you’ll find me either in Richmond Park, Lee Valley or Hampstead Heath, most likely with a Guide to British Birds (pocket size of course!) and my binoculars ready to go. If you know me you know that I live like a 60-year-old, no shame! Besides that, I enjoy travelling and eating or the combination of both!

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?

Oh! that would terrify me! I hate having the attention on me and public speaking just makes my heart drop. I guess I should probably use this moment to say something inspirational like ‘Be kind to one another’ but I would most likely just say ‘Hi, if anyone wants to fund my trip around the world it would be greatly appreciated!!’

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hmmm this is a toughie because I struggle to see myself in 1 year yet alone 10! I imagine I would be living in another country, somewhere near a beach preferably, travelling around the world more and hopefully living life to the fullest! The offer is still out there, anyone to fund my highlife lifestyle??

Lastly, tell us something no one knows about you…

I am half Chinese, half British. I grew up and lived in Malaysia for 18 years and only moved to the UK 6 years ago. Also, I have a slight American accent just to throw people off. This is because I watched a lot of Disney growing up, Lizzie McGuire was my inspiration (for you 90s kids out there).

We’re recruiting – Financial Controller

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the kind of professional services required to establish themselves and flourish in the UK. These include Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

We are currently looking for an aspiring finance professional, preferably fluent in a Nordic language, to join our talented Finance team as a Financial Controller.

You will be responsible for
• your own portfolio of international clients
• day-to-day financial control support to your clients
• producing a number of weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly reports on behalf of your clients
• control over cash flow, preparation of accounts for audits, assist accountants with year-end work, and compile VAT returns and EC Sales Lists
• some task supervision but this is a hands on role with you being responsible for maintaining quality standards

Reporting to the Senior Financial Controller and primarily working with your colleagues in the Finance team, you will also find yourself liaising with all other departments, such as HR, Payroll and Company Secretarial departments on a regular basis, attending frequent team, company and client meetings.

Having, or working towards, an accountancy qualification is a prerequisite, as well as the kind of excellent communication and customer focus skills that will allow you to explain financial information to the team and, more importantly, your clients at all levels. An excellent working knowledge of accounting software and Microsoft office (particularly excel) are essential. International or cross border experience would be an advantage.

In joining us, you will become part of a modern, forward-thinking and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment in which to accelerate your career in finance and accounting.

This is your chance to join #TeamGoodwille – check us out on Instagram. When you join Goodwille you get access to a whole range of employee benefits, all designed to ensure an enjoyable work/life balance. Some benefits for all employees include:

  • Office fruit every week
  • Employee perks, rewards & benefits including discounts on supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.) high street stores (Topshop, John Lewis etc.) & gyms
  • Complimentary phone insurance, as we know how important it is to stay connected
  • Access to the well-being & lifestyle platform, including eating advice, exercise routines and yoga videos
  • Generous social budget for team lunches, parties and for you to hang out with colleagues.

Job type: Permanent, full time
Location: Kensington, West London
Salary: Depending on experience/skill set

If you like the sound of this vacancy and all the features and benefits you get by being part of a team like Goodwille, then please contact kevin.rutter@goodwille.com.
www.goodwille.com

#DOITFOROTHERS – Goodwille launches internal CSR & Charity initiative

On Monday 1 October, Goodwille launched its new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Charity initiative #DOITFOROTHERS. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness and funds for Good Causes. We are committed to making a difference in our society and give something back to the communities where we live and work. Doing good is in our DNA (and our name!) and that’s why we deliver a variety of different fundraising opportunities by organising events and making financial contributions to support local and national campaigns and charities.Through our internal CSR group, we raise awareness and funds for those who need it most, whilst having fun along the way. We actively encourage our team to get involved in these activities, to organise their own events and take time to give back to charitable causes.

By raising awareness and money for good causes, we hope to inspire our clients, partners and wider network to also get involved and #doitforothers. Follow Goodwille on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter to get the latest information on our upcoming charity events and the opportunities YOU can take part in. You can also read about the next Charity events we are taking part in below.

Good perks for Team Goodwille

To show our commitment to doing good, we have introduced two new charity-related employee perks for Team Goodwille. These perks include:

Matching Donations – For all funds raised for good causes by the team, Goodwille match the money.

Charity Day – each employee gets one extra day’s leave per year to support charities close to their hearts.

Upcoming charity events

We are working to make volunteering easy and want to invite everyone – colleagues, clients and partners – to join us in doing good. To show support for issues and causes close to our hearts, we’re partaking in several charity campaigns this autumn.

September

On 28 September, before the official launch of Goodwille’s CSR initiative, both Goodwille Offices took part in The World Biggest Coffee Morning by hosting coffee morning open to the public to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

October

On 19 October we will Wear it Pink to show our support for those affected by breast cancer. Wear It Pink is a fundraising event for breast cancer research, initiated by the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity Breast Cancer Now.

November

November is dedicated to raising awareness for men’s health issues! Throughout the whole month, we’re growing our Mos to support Movember. Starting with a clean shave on 1 November, we hope that the Good Growth of our facial hair will raise awareness and inspire donations for men’s health. Follow the progress and root for your favourite moustache on our social channels, and please help us raise money for Movember Foundation here!

Between 8-14 November, the campaign Wrap Up London runs at several major London underground stations. Donate old or unwanted coats and help those that can’t afford winter clothes to wrap up and stay warm this winter. Give a coat, warm a heart – help keep vulnerable people warm this winter by donating a coat this November!

 

Want to read more about how Goodwille support charities and the activities we get involved in to raise money for good causes? Check out our Charity Page.

Welcome to Goodwille’s Coffee Morning

On Friday 28 September, Goodwille is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee morning by hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings in both our offices. Join us for a fundraising event that both tastes and feels good!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fundraising event for people facing cancer taking place all over the UK on 28 September 2018. All donations on the day are made to Macmillan Cancer Support, and last year the event raised over £27 million! We want to do our part and beat that number this year and therefore open up the doors to our offices to anyone who wants to help us raise money for cancer!

What you can expect from Goodwille’s Coffee Morning:

First of all, lots of good cakes! Some of them will be home-made, some might be from one of the amazing coffee shops we have around the corner. What is for certain is that there will be a selection of cakes to suit every taste. Make sure to get here early though, we’re not saving the best for last!

For every coffee (or tea) and cake you try on the day, you donate a desired amount to our Coffee Morning Fund.  We will also host bake&cake related games where you donate to take part and the lucky winner gets a prize! Everything raised by the end of the day goes directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Help us raise money to beat cancer – join us for delicious cake(s), coffee and fun games between 10am and 2pm on 28 September. Pop in for a chat with our friendly colleagues, judge our baking skills and start your weekend the best way possible together with us! Clients, partners, friends and strangers – everyone is welcome to our Coffee Morning! Hope to see you in one of the Goodwille offices in London or Warwick (see addresses below).

Date: 28 September 2018
Time: 10am – 2pm

Goodwille London
St James House
13 Kensington Square
London W8 5HD

Goodwille Warwick
1 Chapel Street
Warwick CV34 4HL

Warmly welcome!
/ Team Goodwille

Meet James Service

Our Marketing Manager James Service is more than just a Marketing Manager. Besides marketing activities and reaching out a helping hand to businesses thinking about starting up in the UK, he is involved with most aspects of the business, which he knows inside out as he has been with Goodwille all his working life.

James spared us a few moments in between speaking to foreign businesses about doing business in the UK, organising social activities for Team Goodwille and chilling in the bean bags to answer some questions about what makes Goodwille a good place to work and what it’s really like to work with a bunch of Scandis…

What do you do at Goodwille?

I’m the Marketing Manager at Goodwille and it’s my job to make sure people find us, remember us & choose us when they are searching for the thrilling topic of outsourced business services in the UK. My unofficial job here is social klubb lead, table football champion & beanbag officer. (I’ve lost the table football champion title, but I’m clinging on to the other three fulltime positions.)

What is your background and how did you end up at Goodwille?

I studied Geography at University with a focus on conservation & the natural world, and worked part-time at ‘Enlink’. Many older clients & partners will remember Enlink which was started by my oldest sister, Kate. It was meant to be a part time stopgap which I didn’t have to go for interview for. Where most people spent time having fun at university I spent mine working late and putting paperwork in numerical order. Goodwille ultimately acquired Enlink (and my soul) about seven years ago, and here I am, still clinging on without ever being interviewed. Maybe I’m doing something right, or maybe they just haven’t noticed I’m still here.

You have been with Goodwille for 11 years, what made you stay this long?

I’ve moved around a bit whilst I’ve been here, from Office Assistant, Client Support, Marketing Executive to Marketing Manager. The job gives me responsibility, the opportunity to try out my ideas and have fun. I hear about people who dread going to work, and I’m glad that’s not me <insert standard comment from colleagues saying that’s because you do nothing>. Some people think they have it tough until they change jobs, and realise the grass is rarely greener.  I’d hate to work for some stiff corporate where I have to wear polished shoes and a tie every day to work, that’s not me and that’s not Goodwille.

As a Brit working in a company strongly influenced by the Nordics, what have been the most fun/enjoyable and most difficult things to get used to?

I like Nordic people, they’re a lot friendlier than us Brits. I think Goodwille is increasingly influenced by the Nordic startup feel that many companies have, where the people are at the core of the business. I really like that. One thing I’ve found difficult though is trying to understand their love of Rye bread. I’m concerned these people don’t have Warburtons in their life, now that’s real bread….

Best and worst thing about your job?

I love the variety my job offers, the people I get to work with, the team spirit and fun that we all have along the way. I love winning new business for Goodwille. Nothing gives me a greater sense of achievement than when a company joins us off the back of the teams marketing activities. The worst thing about the job is probably organising events. They always go well, but I can’t relax and enjoy them. I spend so much time running through every micro detail in my head beforehand. That’s stress I don’t need in my life.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you!

I read the Daily Mail every day and I take what I read as gospel. Their love of fake news isn’t helping anyone, but it’s fun and more interesting than the broadsheets even if it’s not real. I’m sorry!  On a separate note I can be a bit obsessive. I find a new hobby, buy all the gear and then I’m bored of it a month later – I’m talking fishing, walking, scuba diving, stamp collecting. I think I’m old before my time. My current obsession is growing my own vegetables, lets see how long the fad lasts.

Will you be around at Goodwille for another 11 years?

Who knows what the future holds, but I’ll be part of the furniture by then. It’s scary to think it’s been my entire working life so far. With the direction the company is going, and the ideas and mentality new blood is bringing to the company I hope I am. That said, the dream was to be working with turtles in Costa Rica. I’m sure that step in my career is just around the corner, should the works lottery syndicate ever actually come off.

Describe yourself in 3 words!

Last one standing.

 

7 quick questions – did working at Goodwille affect your Britishness?

Victoria sponge or kanelbullar?
Victoria Sponge..

Go hiking or go to the pub?
I’d probably say go hiking, and then go to the pub after.

Sauna the Finnish way or Afternoon tea?
I’ve heard weird things about them Finnish sauna’s, I’m taking the afternoon tea.

Bangers & mash or wurst & sauerkraut?
Bangers & mash, I’m British!

Invite people over for a home-cooked meal or eat out at a restaurant?
Invite people over! I like entertaining. I’m the always the organiser and host.

Crisps or pick & mix?
Pick & Mix, sweet stuff over savoury all day long.

Salty liquorice – Yay or Nay?
Yay, for sure.

Good Effort: Team Goodwille run the British 10K for charity

Sunday 15 July 2018 was incredibly warm, with a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius before the clock had even struck 10am. But despite the heat and the fact that there were no clouds in sight, nothing could stop Team Goodwille from running the British 10K in Westminster to raise money for UNIQUE – a charity with the mission to inform and support anyone affected by rare chromosome and gene disorders.

Yes it was warm, yes the run was a bit more sweaty than most 10K’s, and YES they still all finished with great results! Definitely a Good Effort by all runners, not only from #teamgoodwille, but everyone participating in the run. The atmosphere during the run was amazing, and it was fantastic to see that most runners were running for charities and to support Good Causes.

Running for charity has become a tradition at Goodwille, and our employees partake in several races every year to raise money and awareness for different causes we care about. This year we chose to support Unique, and we hope that by raising awareness of rare chromosome and gene disorders and donating all the money raised from running the British 10K to UNIQUE, we can make a difference to individuals and families in the UK.

There is still time to help us make a difference and donate to our cause. All donations and contributions, however large or small, make a real and lasting difference.

DONATE HERE.


About UNIQUE
Unique provides much needed help and information to those caring for a family member with a rare chromosome disorder. These lifelong disorders affect 1 in 200 live-born babies and those affected are often sick and severely disabled, unable to walk or talk. For more information see www.rarechromo.org

We’re recruiting – Office Assistant

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the kind of professional services required to establish themselves and flourish in the UK. These include Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

We are looking for an Office Assistant who thrives on providing great customer service to join our Front of House team in London. Within your role you will be responsible for:

  • Meeting & Greeting visitors
  • Post handling & telephone answering
  • Meeting room bookings
  • Supporting a busy reception area
  • Support clients with administrative tasks
  • Working with onboarding new clients
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Order Handling & Sales Processing
  • Supporting departments with adhoc requests

The applicant should be computer literate, have an strong understanding of the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word & Excel) and experience working within an administration/reception role. You should be passionate about providing great customer service and be able to confidently work independently to ensure the smooth running of the reception area. In joining us, you will become part of a modern, forward-thinking and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment for you to work in.

This is your chance to join #TeamGoodwille – check us out on Instagram. When you join Goodwille you get access to a whole range of employee benefits, all designed to ensure an enjoyable work/life balance. Some benefits for all employees include:

  • Office fruit every week
  • Employee perks, rewards & benefits including discounts on supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.) high street stores (Topshop, John Lewis etc.) & gyms
  • Complimentary phone insurance, as we know how important it is to stay connected
  • Access to the well-being & lifestyle platform, including eating advice, exercise routines and yoga videos
  • Generous social budget for team lunches, parties and for you to hang out with colleagues.

Job type: Permanent, full time
Location: London
Salary: Depending on experience/skill set

If you like the sound of this vacancy and all the features and benefits you get by being part of a team like Goodwille, then please contact evy.rune@goodwille.com
www.goodwille.com