Joint Winner: Campaign for Learning Networked for Learning - SME

Taylor Vinters is an international law firm supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them.

Following a successful Learning at Work Week 2017, Taylor Vinters used the 2018 ‘Networked for Learning’ theme to share the impact of taking part in the week and moved their collaboration to the next level, working with business and intermediaries across Cambridge.

Taylor Vinters teamed up with games studio Jagex once again and together they worked with the cross sector Cambridge Network to share ideas for the week with local businesses. At a special network meeting, Taylor Vinters and Jagex provided tips and learnings for running a successful Learning at Work Week including how to get management on board.

Taylor Vinters’ programme of interactive sessions for its Cambridge and London office promoted internal networking. These were held at various times and on different days to enable colleagues with varied working patterns to take part. Video conferencing was made available for colleagues who were working remotely and webinars for those who were commuting between offices. Daily expresso email shots showcased work won by Taylor Vinters through networking. To promote networking more widely, most of Taylor Vinters sessions were also opened up to the wider business community.

Mindfulness, difficult conversations, networking using LinkedIn and social media were just some of the sessions on offer. Some of these events were delivered by businesses in return for the support from the initial networking meeting. Colleagues could also join a lunch and learn to hear about the firm’s environmental projects and join a webinar on neuroscience hacks for learning. The week culminated in a fun ‘Bingling’ event in collaboration with Jagex and the Cambridge Network. Eighty attendees from local businesses met each other using a bingo format based on interesting facts that each had provided in advance.

Taylor Vinters’ week has led to positive impacts on different levels. It has realised one of the guiding principles of the firm which is to ‘Make connections happen’. Colleagues practised and developed their networking skills, which will be useful for lawyers working closely with business clients. They learned different ways of leveraging networks and are now more confident on Twitter and LinkedIn, which also benefits the firm’s brand. Internal networking has developed people’s knowledge and understanding of other business areas, which supports cross selling. Connecting with businesses across Cambridge has increased Taylor Vinters connections with L&D  professionals and trainers, providing a network that can support the firm’s HR and L&D capability going forward.