Working in Norwich

Insights from Emma Manuell, a manager in our library/information services team working in our Norwich office:

How would you describe the culture of your office?

It's a very dynamic, hard working office but at the same time a fun and friendly place to work. Doing various voluntary activities through our "Give a Day" scheme helps develop friendships that may not necessarily come about in our day to day work.

What is the actual office like as a place to work in?

I can't praise our restaurant, CC's, enough. The food is just fantastic and the prices are very reasonable.

We make use of technology, such as videoconferencing and teleconferencing, so that we keep our travel costs and carbon footprints down, which I think is great. It also saves time out of the office.

What kind of hours do you work?

I'm pretty lucky that I get to work very reasonable hours. Generally 9.00am - 5.30pm.

How long does it take you to get into work?

I live about 20 miles away from the office so I give myself about an hour to get in. It's not a bad commute and usually takes less than an hour but I like to be prepared in case of traffic jams!

What kind of social life do you enjoy with your colleagues?

I'm quite involved with the firm's social life, having been on the Sports and Social Committee since I joined the firm in 2004. We organise a variety of events, not least end of month drinks and a rather competitive annual office quiz. We also have a charity committee in the Norwich office as each year we choose a different local charity to support. Fundraising comes from a variety of events such as pumpkin growing competitions, a cake trolley around the office and an annual Sports Day (complete with sack race) in which we compete against a number of firms in the area. We also have a "Give a Day" scheme to do voluntary work. In the past this has involved taking a group of elderly people to the seaside as well as gardening and decorating.

What the best thing about working in Norwich?

Having lived in London for ten years before moving back to Norwich in 2004, I really appreciate how lovely Norwich is. Norwich has a real sense of identity, a great character and there's a strong sense of community. There seems to be a great camaraderie among businesses up here and there are a number of business networks to get involved with.

What local bars and restaurants do you recommend?

Being a librarian, I'm naturally going to recommend The Library! There's also Elm Hill Brasserie, Last Wine Bar and Zizzi.

What else is there to do in Norwich?

Norwich is the shopping capital of the east! There are also theatres, comedy clubs, museums, restaurants and various events that are held in the city.

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