Becky Lawson

Visualsoft apprentice on the road to success

Back in 2010 Visualsoft eCommerce embarked upon a new experience with the addition of an apprentice to the expanding Online Marketing Department – that was in the shape of John Laws, an 18 year old Hartlepool born lad with a keen willingness to learn and succeed. Since that time, Visualsoft has employed and trained over 15 apprentices, an experience which has been a two way learning curve, and given the company a valuable insight into the younger generation.

John was brought into the Online Marketing department on an apprenticeship scheme, which allowed him to learn the necessary skills at College whilst also putting this into practice alongside the experience team members at Visualsoft.

John’s time as an apprentice at Visualsoft was short lived, but for all the right reasons – due to the support available in the workplace he very quickly finished the apprenticeship scheme in a matter of months, passing all exams and gaining his NVQ. He was then employed full time at Visualsoft as a key member of the thriving team as an Online Marketing Account Manager, which saw John developing targeted marketing campaigns for clients and liaising with them on a daily basis to ensure the best possible service He was also a keen driving force behind Affiliate Marketing and championed this marketing channel along with the help of our Online Marketing Manager.

In 2011 John embarked on his own career path in the entertainment industry, something he had always had a passion for, and John now runs a small but growing sound and lighting hire company, based in Hartlepool. The company, PBL Audio Ltd, offers a wide range of services around the North East, and is split into 3 main sections:

PBL Audio, which provides managed, technical supported North East PA hire solutions. Within this specialist area there are three experienced sound engineers including Peter Burgon, Peter Davies, John Laws and a recent new addition, Thomas Mallinson as Lighting Engineer.

PBL Discos provides mobile discos and karaoke entertainment across the North East. Working with various venues, the company holds resident DJ slots at The Traveller’s Rest, One 77 and Hartlepool Families First. The party genres encompasses childrens parties, weddings, anniversaries, and a wide range of birthday age groups. the company has six specialist DJs each with their own specialist genre, which is what makes PBL Discos unique to other competitors.

Finally, PBL Hire offers equipment hire, from dry hire with collection, or delivery and set-up PBL prides itself on the unique iPod Party Hire packages, DJ sound system hire, and affordable wedding PA systems. However, the company also can supply conference PA systems, and hold a huge stock holding of disco equipment, band equipment and sound PA equipment in our dry hire stock.

Speaking about his time at Visualsoft, John said ‘Visualsoft was a way of life for me, I loved the clients, and wished I could have done a lot more for each company – not simply just their Online Marketing. This showed me that I wanted to be a businessman and run my own company, which led to me setting up PBL. My time at Visualsoft taught be some fantastic skills, and I have certainly benefited from the knowledge of PPC, SEO and online marketing channels. They have a fantastic team of talented staff and I owe a lot to Rich, David, Gavin and the whole team.”

Here at Visualsoft, we’re always on the look out for talented individuals to join our team, through full time employment and also apprenticeships. We are proud of our roots in Teesside and we’re always looking for new ways to support local talent and help them succeed in a chosen career path.

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