Working from home: Getting started with IT

Current situations mean that a lot of businesses, all of a sudden, are telling employees to work from home. But it’s not as simple as just doing it. There are some basic steps that need to be taken to ensure that you can get set up properly to work from home, and your IT settings … Continued

The 2020 New Starter Experience at Surevine 

I was quite nervous making the move with the triple threat: New industry. Never experienced 100% remote. A move from a very product orientated role to a services agency one. I remember the night before being quite unnerving and lots of “What have I done?!”-style internal monologues. The reality was very different. The onboarding process … Continued

UKGovCamp 2020

Surevine sponsored UKGovCamp again this year and I was lucky enough to attend. UKGovcamp isn’t like a normal conference, in fact it’s the exact opposite. An ‘Unconference’ covering topics in the public sector digital space, with talks pitched on the day.​ Pre-event ​I popped along to the pre-event drinks the night before only to find … Continued

Remote Working, Surevine and My Family

Remote working means something different for everyone in Surevine. For me, there were some very clear reasons as to why remote and flexible working was a must have. I used to work for a mobile app developer in another city in 2014. Buses to and from. I left the house before my eldest got out … Continued

Surevine’s Top Blogs of 2019

What a year it’s been! Over that time, we’ve published 23 blogs to keep you up to date in all things Surevine. To wrap up the year, we thought we’d remind you of what our best blogs of 2019 have been. How to test a React Higher Order Component using react-testing-library and JestExactly what it … Continued

The Wellbeing Project

As part of Surevine’s People Strategy we are working hard on better understanding and supporting our mental health and wellbeing. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year* and many more people will know or care for people who do. So we have no doubt the importance of … Continued

What a good remote meeting looks like

At Surevine, we pride ourselves in our remote working skills. When somebody new joins the team, we make sure they’re fully equipped with whatever they need to make sure that they can work well in this way. But it’s important to remember that not everyone is used to working like this. So for a remote … Continued

Reflections on Map Camp 2019

This year I was finally able to attend Map Camp 2019 with ~600 other people at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. Map Camp is a conference for learning the technique of Wardley Mapping, a tool for mapping strategy. I first came across Wardley Maps a couple of years ago through the medium book. I found it … Continued

Recruitment with Surevine & why we use Sonru

Our recruitment process is one-of-a-kind. That’s not just us saying it: we’ve often been told by the people we’ve hired that one of the reasons they’ve accepted the role is because of the awesome process they’ve gone through. Don’t believe me? Just give our blog on a Day in the Life a read and try … Continued

What we learnt from HackManchester Junior 2019

2 weeks ago, Surevine sponsored HackManchester Junior and I was thrilled to get my second chance to mentor at it. The last time was around 5 years ago and it has grown a lot since then!  Set in the auspicious venue of Science & Industry Museum in Manchester the 2 day event consisted of around … Continued