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Riding high - GoCardless’ London to Paris cycle

As if building the first global network for bank to bank payments doesn’t keep us busy enough, some of the GoCardless team decided to challenge themselves earlier this month by cycling from our HQ in London to our new office in Paris and raise money for Mind charity.

On 1 September, 14 riders set off with Paris in their sights.

Now back and rested, we sat down with two of the team, Merve and Anca, to find out how they got on.

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Working with Pride at GoCardless

Pride month comes to an end this week – and throughout the month, we’ve seen tech companies supporting and celebrating the LGBT+ community; from Zuora's #SubscribeToPride to Xero marching with Pride at parades across America. In the UK, preparations are underway for London Pride on 7 July.

At GoCardless, we’re celebrating London Pride by coming together to celebrate each other’s backgrounds and differences, while raising money for the Albert Kennedy Trust – a charity that provides safe homes and support for the LGBT+ youth homeless community. Check out their #NoRoomForHate campaign here.

Our approach to diversity and inclusion at GoCardless is closely related to our company values: start with why, take pride, act with integrity, and be humble.

Ahead of the event next week, we spoke to some of the team at GoCardless, both members of the LGBT+ community and allies, to find out what diversity and inclusion in the workplace means to them.

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GoCardless on the move: why our new office space matters

 

From campuses Apple Park and Google HQ to open plan start-ups and coworking spaces, working in an office has come a long way since the days of box cubicles and water cooler chat.

Research into working environment, productivity, and wellness has meant that more and more companies are using their office space to reflect and even shape a culture conducive to a happy, healthy workforce.

Earlier this year, GoCardless moved to a new home in Clerkenwell. Senior Facilities Manager, Jackie McRobert, explains: “We quickly outgrew our old office, going from 35 to 160 employees in four years. The challenge we faced was how to foster the trusting and collaborative culture we had worked hard to build, in a space three times the size, over three floors.”

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GC women discuss supporting women in tech

The problem of gender diversity in the tech industry is not new and there are many businesses and charities doing great work to make the industry more inclusive. For example, Code First Girls' 2020 campaign has already trained 5000+ women how to code for free and the newly-launched Fintech Parity Pledge encourages those working in events to only speak at, attend, and organise events that promote diversity.

Despite the success of these campaigns, there is still a long way to go, with some organisations predicting that the gender gap will worsen if more is not done. According to Code First Girls, female programmers and software developers made up only 3.9% of tech and telco professionals in the UK in 2017, down from 10% in 2007.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we sat down with some of the women in GoCardless’ Product Development team to hear about their experiences as women in tech (and fintech, a sector in which women represent only 29% of the workforce), and to get their thoughts on what can be done to encourage more women into the industry.

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Where are we in March?

March is set to be a busy month here at GoCardless as members of the team head out to various events across the UK and beyond.

Before that though, we have the last few February events, including the Techies where we are delighted to be nominated for FinTech Innovator of the Year and Quickbooks Connect in London.

With events season really starting to kick-off, take a look below to see where you can find the GoCardless team in March.

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Meet Jake: GoCardless' Energy Specialist

Jake is Gocardless' energy specialist

Jake joined GoCardless six months ago as an account executive in the enterprise sales team. Since then, Jake has become our energy specialist, immersing himself in the market and seeing some great results! We sat down with him to see how he is finding life at GoCardless.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Jake Grave. I have been at GoCardless as our energy specialist in Sales for 6 months, during which I have been lucky enough to work with some phenomenal companies and get them up and running on GoCardless. I’ve worked in sales and customer success in early stage SaaS companies for the past seven years, and in the summer of last year my search for a new challenge at a fast growing FinTech company brought me to GoCardless.

What does a typical week look like?

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