Simon joins us as we grow our global, remote-first team! He is a Senior Test Engineer and is part of the team from his home in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Here, we get to know him bettter:
This Friday is Virtual Payara Day – a quarterly event that looks quite different from our first-ever Virtual Payara Day (VPD) in 2018, despite the consistent success of VPD since then. Once we kick off a recurring event like this that receives glowing results, isn’t it easy to publish our template and rest on our laurels? However, because the needs and culture of a business are always developing, no template should be rid of that “edit” button. At Payara, the evolution of VPD is a useful example of how an already successful event can be improved by remaining alive and responsive.
Hadar, our new Payara Engineering Manager, joined the team at the same time as Arie, Cheryl and Luis (read their previous Q+As). We onboarded 4 team members across 3 different countries/time zones in the space of one week.
Earlier this year, Payara Services was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade. This is the UK’s most prestigious business award, often called the “Knighthood for Businesses”.
Long-time followers of Team Payara will know that Payara Week is our annual company-wide event. It’s our opportunity for team bonding, to discuss and develop ideas for Payara’s future success, and, most importantly, have lots of fun!
Last year, our fourth Payara Week took place at our Portugal office, located in Funchal on the island of Madeira. The fantastic event energised the team, and as the time for the fifth of these exciting company summits rolled round, we were faced with the question – what would Payara Week look like when pandemic-related restrictions meant it had to be virtual?
The answer? Thanks to the invention, imagination and innovation of our HR and Engagement team – and the fantastic attitude of Payarans all over the globe – Payara Week was just as creative, inspiring and relationship-building than in previous years! Payara Cloud lead developer Patrik Duditš invites you to find out more…
Payara Services have been shortlisted in a total of 4 Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Awards ! These awards, organised by the prestigious local branch of the UK wide British Chambers of Commerce business network, aim to raise profile and celebrate excellence in a range of businesses across the two counties local to our Malvern office.
We are shortlisted for the below categories:
- Employer of the Year
- Small Business of the Year
- Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
- Exporter of the Year
So, following on from my last blog about cashflow, I thought it useful to cover a business plan.
There are always opportunities for new businesses. If nothing else, the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption has given people the time and space they need to be creative and to think of new business ideas.
Additionally, the unreliable employment situation is acting as inspiration for people to make the leap and go it alone.
However, if you’re serious about creating a business, you’ll need a business plan – and lots of advice.
HURRAH! Our 2 new Digital and Technology Solution (DTS) Degree Apprentices have finally joined the Payara Engineering team ….and it’s been such a wait!
Recruitment of UK (DTS) Degree Apprentices is an unusual challenge as the business must think and act like an academic institution. Instead of the usual short hiring cycle, hiring a Degree Apprentice often takes longer than a full academic year as initial advertising has to take place at the start of the school year (September) to fall in line with Year 13 options around University education. Candidates apply for Degree Apprenticeships at the same time as University places, and interviews/offers need to be timed to coincide with University offers during the following Spring. Once the successful applicant has accepted the offer, there is a long wait until November of the following Academic year before they start with Payara… so there is a lot of work done to keep in touch during that time.