Founded in 2009, iVendi has grown rapidly by working with key players in the automotive and financial services sectors in the UK and Europe. Their head office is based in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, with a remote development and engineering team based around the North West of the UK.
With a growing team of nearly 100 people, iVendi is now the leading platform for online vehicle retailing and financial services.
iVendi’s friendly workforce includes marketers, designers and engineers who are on a mission to reshape the way people purchase cars online. They specialise in developing digital motor retailing and finance solutions, with an aim of eliminating the misconceptions surrounding retailers – this begins with their talented team. Every team member has a direct and visible impact on the business where everyone’s ideas are listened to. They know that their products are only as good as the people who build them, so they believe in hiring talented, creative problem-solvers who can make a difference.
The leadership team at iVendi has held company updates and participated in weekly catchups for those on furlough throughout the lockdown period. Additional training was provided for furloughed staff wanting to keep active during the lockdown. Remote working allowances were introduced to those teams working remotely and furloughed staff were topped up to 100 per cent. The leadership team ensured it openly communicated the strategy and the direction of the business, whilst reassuring employees of the security of working for iVendi.
The organisation set up an internal website full of tips and information on health and wellbeing, as well as tips to effectively work and manage teams remotely. iVendi also held regular catch ups and helped managers maintain an increased focus on business priorities, providing budgets to meetup with their teams safely and help them during the transition. The feedback for this support has been extremely positive.
iVendi has had some great feedback on remote onboarding from new starters who have joined since the start of the pandemic. One of the changes in this process was sending out an iVendi ‘welcome pack’ along with kit and equipment to people's home addresses. The pack included lots of company merchandise to help new recruits instantly feel part of the company. Another adaptation by iVendi has been face-to-face inductions being completed via Zoom video calls and team greetings via communications platform, Slack.
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