Hi all, I wanted to get in touch to introduce myself, I’m James Davis one of the Founders of the REAL Family of companies, as Nick mentioned we have recently become the 80% owners of Zevvle and we are really excited about what the future holds for the network.
The first thing I wanted to say is how much admiration and respect we have for what Nick has achieved with Zevvle. I was introduced to Nick when we were in the planning phases for setting up our own MVNO and we were interested in what the possibilities were in creating an app. Without hesitation it was made clear to us that Nick was the person to talk to about this and I can see why!
We did a lot of market research and Zevvle stands apart as being a breath of fresh air in a crowded market and this has come from Nick having the integrity to stay true to his vision coupled with the talent and determination to be able to make it a reality. I’m sure you can understand how keen we were that the Founder of Zevvle remains one of the owners as we embark on this new chapter.
So what are the plans now? One of the things I’ve been most struck by is how engaged, supportive and insightful Zevvlers (that was agreed upon as the word, right? ) on the boards in this community continuously are. Prior to creating a profile I’ve read many of the discussions and have learned a lot from doing so, so thank you! With this in mind, if you’re willing, it makes perfect sense to reach out and see what you would do if you ran the network and take every response as chance to help shape the future for the network.
We are very respectful of what has been created here and are keen to keep an open mind of what the future holds. We’ve also decided to hold off on any senior hiring decisions until we have completed full research and finalised our plans.
We are in a good position of not needing to make immediate large changes to the company’s goals. There are some things we are fixed upon, for example becoming a BCorp. For anyone unfamiliar with the BCorp movement you read more https://bcorporation.uk. Why did we decide to become a BCorp three years ago? We find it one of the best resources available to assess how we are performing against our core values and provide us with a clear direction of how we can improve. Hopefully this doesn’t come across as too much of a brag but It was since becoming a BCorp for example that we won awards at the business culture awards two years running, decided to donate 20% of our profits to Charity and our environmental credentials have improved significantly. Ultimately most businesses claim to be ‘ethical’ these days but what ways do we have as consumers to know what’s ‘under the hood’ of these companies?
We believe passionately that business can (and should) be a force for good in the world. We have various ways we demonstrate and guide our ethical conduct as a business and BCorp is one of these. All REAL businesses share one common ethos: they must balance a focus on people, profit and purpose and Nick has built a network that is in harmony with this. We work across many industries, but each company has its own identity and with this in mind it’s important to us to retain Zevvle’s uniqueness and character. At the same time, it’s important that we grow the network and with these goals in mind we would be really interested in hearing your perspective on any or all the following questions:
1. What do you love most about Zevvle?
2. If you could change one thing about the network, what would it be?
3. If you were made MD of Zevvle tomorrow what would your vision be for the network?
If you would rather not make your response public, please feel free to direct message me. I’m also really keen to hear any other points you would like to make and will be checking back frequently in case anyone has any questions I can help with.
For anyone who finds the time to answer these questions, as a thank you we will make a £20 donation to a charity of your choice so please let me know either on this discussion or private message which Charity you choose and I’ll let you know when we have made the payment.
Finally, we are planning an open day in June / July and wanted to extend an invite to all Zevvlers, either in person or remotely (whichever you prefer). We will be discussing all things Zevvle and setting out exciting plans having collated all your suggestions and it will be great to meet as many of you as possible either in person or through zoom. In terms of venue, we will find out where is most convenient for the most of you and will locate it there. We have some ideas on how we can increase the impact you have as a community on the future of Zevvle that we are keen to share with you soon.
Thanks for your time in reading what’s turned out to be a rather long message. I intend to become an active member of this community and promise my future posts will be snappier