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Verity Machell, Intern at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 07th, Jun

Introduce yourself

My name is Verity Machell and I am currently interning at the Chamber. I am due to graduate from Liverpool John Moores University in July with a degree in Business Management.

Tell us about your time at the Chamber

Since starting my internship with the Chamber, I have been involved in a range of projects including supporting the Chamber’s Business Policy Committee and drafting the Chamber’s pledge for the Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment.  I was surprised at the diversity of topics with which the Chamber is involved.

I have enjoyed all the projects I have been engaged with, particularly the Policy Committee’s discussions around the current skills gap and Graduate retention across the City Region. As a soon to be Graduate these topics have been very relevant to me and I hope I have contributed constructively to the debate by offering an alternative perspective.

The work I have been doing around the Quarterly Economic Survey has also given me a real insight into current economic and recruitment challenges faced by businesses across the City Region, as well as highlighting key success factors. I feel extremely grateful to have participated in this process and have learnt a lot.

Who or what inspires you?

As cliché as it sounds, I would have to say my Mum. Among many things my mother is hard-working and loving, and balances both effortlessly. I am forever inspired by her work ethic, strength and constant support.  

Where would we find you on your day off?

I would like to say at the Gym but depending on the day it could be the pub.

Why choose Liverpool City Region? 

I love Liverpool. I have had the most incredible time studying in this City and have made friends for life. I am unfortunately moving back down South after my internship, but I have no doubt that I will be back to Liverpool when the opportunity arises. I always tell people “the air is different here; the vibe is different”. For me Liverpool is a City of change, social and economic issues are being recognised and appropriate processes are being implemented to change them. Since being at the Chamber I have become much more familiar with the Combined Authority and the amazing things being done to solve current issues. I understand why Scousers are so proud to be from Liverpool.

What area of business interests you the most?

I am particularly interested in social enterprise and helping local communities whilst generating a profit. My time at the Chamber has been very interesting for me regarding SME start-ups across Liverpool City Region. However, I am still very open to other areas of business, particularly finance, and have not yet decided on the career path that I wish to pursue.

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