Venditan: Proud Sponsors of Swinton Lions RLFC

Venditan: Proud Sponsors of Swinton Lions RLFC

Manchester based E-Commerce & Retail Software specialists, Venditan, are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Swinton Lions RLFC.

Swinton Lions compete proudly in the Bet Fred Championship, the second tier of English Rugby League. However, historically, it’s a club that hads enjoyed plenty of success at the highest level, having been crowned Champions of England 6 times, and Challenge Cup winners 3 times.

With the club having turned 150 years old in 2016, it is now under the ambitious stewardship of Chairman Andy Mazey and a forward thinking board who are keen to plant roots within the local Swinton community to ensure the Club’s future is bright.

Step forward to March 2018, and this Sunday (25th) sees E-Commerce & Retail Software house Venditan as the Main Match Sponsor for the Swinton Lions Versus London Broncos fixture in the Bet Fred Championship.

Speaking of the partnership, Venditan Commercial Director John Coyne, himself a former proferssional sportsman at Wigan Athletic Football Club, had this to say;

“I’ve been a Rugby League fan all of my life, having grown up watching the all conquering Wigan sides of the late 80’s and early 90’s, and I first began watching Swinton in 2016 when they moved to Heywood Road in Sale. When Andy Mazey took over the club, you could feel an almost overnight change of emphasis – the club seemed to be much more professional in their dealings than maybe they had been previously, and there was a lot of talk about investing in the future of the club and the local Swinton community, and the talk has turned into action. I met with Andy to talk about how Venditan could get involved and support the club, and this has resulted in forthcoming match sponsorship, and we’ve also sponsored a player this season, Marcus Webb.”

John Coyne
19th March 2018

Venditan Lake District Hike

Venditan Lake District Hike

A day in the hills

With the weather taking a turn for the better, four Venditan team members escaped Manchester for the day to enjoy the fresh air of the Lake District. The lighter and longer days meant the team took the opportunity to conquer one of the highest mountains in England, Helvellyn.

Leaving the car in the small village of Patterdale the team trekked their way up the side of the mountain making our way to the hole in the wall, which marks the beginning of Striding Edge. It is steep going and quite a relentless climb, but the fast ascent makes for rewarding views down the valley back to the villages below.

The team started their journey across Striding Edge, a first for many of the hikers who joined the exploration this weekend. Making their way climbing up and over the large rocky face of the edge, the challenge was in full swing.

With the edge complete, the steep climb up to the summit starts. Muscles aching and the sun baking the team finally made the summit of Helvellyn to take in the views of Ullswater and the surrounding area.

Helvellyn finished, the team plodded over the minor summits of Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike down to Grisedale tarn and back through the valley to the car.

7.5 hours of hiking, 18km (11 miles) covered and 1200m ascended. Helvellyn complete.

Andy Lyon
10th April 2017

Forever Manchester Football Tournament Raises £2,250 For Local Causes

Forever Manchester Football Tournament Raises £2,250 For Local Causes

15 businesses from across Greater Manchester dust off their shin pads to help raise money and awareness for some worthy local causes!

Last Friday, Venditan took part in the annual 7-a-side Forever Manchester Football Tournament. The 15 team competition was staged on the 3G Community Pitch at Broadhurst Park, the home of FC United.

The group stages of the tournament comprised of four ten-minute matches. In the fiercely competitive group C, Venditan faced off against Ward Hadaway, Hannan Associates, Bennet Verby and Convergys B.

Team Venditan played valiantly but ultimately missed out on the knockout stages, going down narrowly, 2-0, 2-0, 3-0 and 1-0.

Pixel Kicks, Hannan Associates, Oscar Recruitment and My Accountancy Place/Six and Flow all made it through to the semi-finals. Oscar Recruitment finally took home the coveted Forever Manchester shield at the end of a tense final against Pixel Kicks. 

It was a brilliant event which raised £2,250 for some worthy local causes. The groups to benefit from the money raised include:

Deaf Rhinos: A football club based in Rochdale that provides activities and support for the deaf and hearing impaired community.

Hurst Circle Of Friends: A group for elderly people based at Hurst Community centre. The group fights loneliness within the elderly community by arranging outings, activities and providing a way for people to make new friends.

Monton Voices Community Choir: A choir established to provide respite for carers aged from early 20’s up to 70 years old. The choir is a place where members can make new friends and get some relief from often stressful situations.

A huge well done to Chris, Mike, Callum, Paul, Krzysztof, Kamba, Mark and the 14 other teams who gave up their Friday evening to take part! And congratulations to Oscar Recruitment on winning #FMFootball 2017!

Forever Manchester fund and support over 1000 community projects across Greater Manchester. You can find out more about some of the projects they support and how you can get involved here: https://forevermanchester.com/

 

Stephanie Fenton
5th April 2017

Meet The Team: John Coyne, Commercial Director

Meet The Team: John Coyne, Commercial Director

Our Commercial Director John Coyne, shares a bit about his job role here at Venditan, how he spends his day, and his ecommerce predictions for 2017.

Q) Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m a North West lad born-and-bred. I’ve worked at Venditan for such a long time that it feels a lifetime ago that I did anything else, but my background before starting a career in digital was actually professional football. I’d played youth football at Everton, and my first full time job following school was (luckily for me) full-time in the game. I played professionally for Wigan Athletic and loved every minute of it. These days you can catch me on a 5-a-side pitch or playing tennis – or, more likely, in the garden with my 5 year old daughter.

Q) How long have you worked at Venditan?

I joined Venditan in January 2002, so I’ve now been here for over 15 years. The team was much smaller back then but it’s been nice to be here and witness and be part of our growth first hand.

Q) What does an average day at Venditan look like for you?

As Commercial Director, I head up our Client Services, Project Management, Business Development and Marketing Teams. It’s a well-worn cliche, but two days are genuinely never the same. I work quite closely with Chris Maule (Managing Director) and Tom Walder (CTO) in terms of strategy for our business, but I’m also as likely to be found in a planning meeting talking about client work or our internal development roadmap.

Q) Tell us about the most interesting project you’ve worked on.

Good question. I won’t mention any names but I once worked on producing both a strategy and also the document for a digital privacy policy (many years ago) for a major UK retailer. It might sound as dull as it gets, but it was hugely insightful – understanding data and what you should be doing with it (in terms of best practice) – but more importantly how businesses should treat their customers. Pleased to say the retailer still uses the strategy and (an updated) document.

Most of the projects migrating retailers from their existing eCommerce platform to our Venditan Commerce platform have also been really interesting.

Q) What are your eCommerce predictions for 2017?

Competition for the sale just gets fiercer by the week. I genuinely think to stand out from the crowd retailers are going to have to work harder than ever to satisfy consumer demand whilst maintaining the margin they need to be profitable. Delivery expectations are only going one way and, as expected, Amazon are the leading light. I predict same-day and 7 day deliveries will become the norm, rather than the exception, by Q4 for the retailers who want to win.

Q) Do you see online shopping growth slowing over the next 12 months?

It’s hard to see. We are seeing positive growth across plenty of retail sectors and there is plenty investment in trying to tie everything together under the unified ‘omni-channel’ umbrella. I genuinely believe that the UK is amongst the best in the world at getting online right, and some of our retailers are truly flying the flag and pushing boundaries.

Q) How do you spend your time outside of work?

I love sport; still play football, and plenty of tennis (I’m still unbeaten within Venditan at tennis!). Horse Racing is another major passion and I travel quite a bit to the major meetings. I try and travel as much as annual leave and budget will allow, and aside from that then it’s Family-time. Nothing too complex!

Stephanie Fenton
9 Feb 2017