This is the first in what will be an ongoing blog called “A word from the CEO” – hopefully it will provide you with an interesting insight to us as a business and some of our plans.
As with any business experiencing rapid growth, it can be a challenge to work on the business, rather than in the business and this is no different with IWP. As well as developing a number of exciting new platforms and delivering innovative projects, we are also expanding our coverage into new countries which adds many more layers of complexity! I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best people in the business and this enables us to work as a highly effective team to progress every project. However, managing the impact and direction of a team requires constant attention, with new people constantly joining the business who need to feel engaged, empowered and be heard; this means our people need to be very focused on ensuring teams adapt and evolve to the new skills and opinions at the table.
Our partnerships continue to be a core-focus for Christopher Chave-Cox who leads our strategic vision. It’s fantastic to see our latest relationships with the UK PropTech Association and Football Stadium Managers Magazine developing so positively, so quickly. The endless stream of events, expo’s, panels, podcasts, discussions and presentations means that CCC will soon need an agent to manage his appearances! The discussion panel he hosted at UKREiiF in Leeds was a huge success and has resulted in many new opportunities. The last couple of months has seen the team at IWP expand to around 20 people and we still have a number of vacancies to fill. Khalid Khan has joined us as Head of Projects and his impact has already been huge; his ability to plan a project through, overcome challenges whilst keeping all stakeholders informed and included is unrivalled. I am utterly convinced Khalid will play a huge part in our future success. Maura Vinall is our very latest addition and having worked with Maura in the past, it was always inevitable that we would one day welcome her into IWP. Maura has a perfect blend of commercial and sales skills alongside being the very best Account Director I have ever worked with. Her arrival has already resulted in a number of new clients.
There is also a committed team of people that work tirelessly behind the scenes on our websites, social content, collateral, sponsorships, case studies and outreach campaigns that deserve to be brought to the fore. Our marketing team is receiving praise at every event we visit, such is the strength and appeal of our content. We’re already out-punching many competitors with much bigger budgets and this is solely down to the talent and commitment of this team. Looking outwards, IWP are now fully operational in UAE and much of mainland Europe with live projects currently in Barcelona, Berlin, Andorra, Belgium & Italy. Scot Gibson is leading much of our international strategy and is adapting well to working across multiple time zones and the nuances of international trade. We are building our teams in these locations at pace with recruitment being targeted towards products like SensAI, ProxScan and Intelligent Buildings , which are proving hugely popular. Our access control/facial authentication platform EntrAI is getting real traction now across football, rugby & cricket venues and we are pleased to have started to develop our proposals with key event spaces across Europe. Lastly, you will start to see some subtle changes to our branding in the weeks ahead as the various products align under the IWP Group. I’m proud and delighted to confirm that there are some very exciting announcements coming soon as we shape the business for a truly international future. Worth a read! CCC’s interview with UK PropTech here: https://ukproptech.com/news/spotlight-interview-iwp-group/