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Some challenges we have faced so far…

This post isn’t about our failures but rather where we have recognised where we have struggled and where we can continue to develop in the next half of the challenge.

  1. Cancelled events for Fund
  2. Hayley (Chair) being off sick for a month
  3. Tiger Toolkit and sourcing cost effective products
  4. Sponsors and communicating with them about our main Gala Event
  5. Sponsors donating raffle prizes
  6. Last minute presentations
  7. Board meeting nerves
  8. Holidays
  9. Running out of rice…
  10. Being a team of 6 and the extra workload this requires

This list just touches on some of the challenges we have faced, however it isn’t all of them and when we submit our Learn final submission we will be elaborating on all of these challenges and how we overcame them and how they helped shape us as a team.

For the next half of the challenge we would like too:

  1. Focus more on Solve and ensure that we complete a sustainable product that can be used by the market audience and achieve all of its learning outcomes
  2. Engage with our line managers more and make sure that we are developing in a way that is suitable for each of our careers
  3. Raise LOTS of money at our 1920s Gala Dinner! (PS buy your tickets if you haven’t already!)

This is just the tip of a very big iceberg but we don’t want to give away too many of our ideas and where we have already developed!


Time to face the Winnovator Dragons… #businesspitchtime

In April we submitted our business pitches for Fund, Learn and Solve to the Winnovator Dragons…. Thankfully they loved it, and we secured a £500 seed fund!

We worked well as team during this as all of us had very busy work schedules in the lead up to the submission. This meant that we only had one evening to be able to film 6 minutes worth of video- next time we hope that our schedules will be a bit clearer and we won’t put ourselves under so much pressure… (just one of our lessons learnt so far).

Our chief producer was Georgina, and our editor was Hayley, you can see the magic they produced here on the Portsmouth Water YouTube page. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5rabLFs-8lhbfVQDZnkd2w

We had several outtakes during the filming of our business pitches, but our key point that we wanted to convey in the videos is that we are passionate and enthusiastic about the work we are undertaking for Water Aid. We did this by trying to make our business pitches fun and creative as possible, and just wanted to make the judges have a smile whilst they were watching us pretending to skydive and being interviewed by Dawn (our learn team leader).

We are now looking forward to all of our planning and developing for all three sections of the challenge, and hopefully impressing the judges in the final submission! Thank you Water Aid Winnovator Team for supporting us with this journey!

Pub Quiz and Just Giving

On Thursday the 29th March 2018, we held a pub quiz just before the long Easter Weekend for Portsmouth Water Staff and invited the local public to join in too.

We had 6 teams who played to be crowned pub quiz champions and the evening went down a storm. Drinks were flowing and people were cleverly working out the answers, but the night was great fun and the winning team kindly donated their winnings to WaterAid!

In total we raised £153.88 which brings our total too £631.01!

We have also gone live on Just Giving, so if you would like to donate to our cause please follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/portsmouthwatertigers.

We are in the process now of submitting our business pitch and once we have finished the submission we will be uploading the videos online so that everyone can see what we will be getting up too!



World Water Day!

On Thursday the 22nd March 2018, the world celebrated #worldwaterday, and the Portsmouth Water Tigers felt that we should plan our first event to be tied in with this important day.

World Water Day is about focusing the worlds attention on the importance of water, we did this by raising awareness on our social media platforms, throughout Portsmouth Water by holding an Easter Bake Sale and Dress Down Day and also by lighting the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth blue.

The theme this year for World Water Day was Nature for Water. We held an Easter Bake Sale, which involved many employees of Portsmouth Water donating baked goodies that featured eggs, chicks, and rabbits, all things associated with Spring time. We also asked the company to dress down for the day, whilst wearing something blue.

The team worked really well together to host these two events, and whilst we all had to work on our confidence at asking people around the company for donations to #wateraid, we all took turns and everyone did a fantastic job at working together.

The event was a huge success, and whilst we haven’t completed the final count yet, we have raised over £400 already, meaning that we have smashed our own personal target of £250!

Thank you to the Portsmouth Water employees and Public who kindly donated, and also to our team of bakers from Portsmouth Water who provided some of the most delicious cakes, including a Portsmouth Water Tigers logo cake which was quite incredible!

Now onto the next event- Pub Quiz!



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