Thursday, 16 December 2010

Interviewed by WM BIP

I was recently interviewed by WM BIP and provided information including: my background, successes and future ambitions.

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Chronicle Feature Current Successes

Recently featured in: The Chronicle, due to being Ranked a Top 100 UK Entrepreneur and Success with CHARGE...

Shaun Gurmin

Thursday, 25 November 2010

University of Wolverhampton Press Release

The University of Wolverhampton published a Press Release regarding my Success as being Ranked one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in the UK.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Shaun Gurmin Ranked as Top 100 UK Entrepreneur

The recent economic issues coupled with few opportunities meant that for most students, their first glimpse of their career aspirations came during their placement year, if they were fortunate enough to get one in this highly competitive market. The issue with this is that if the student didn’t like the job, they were then stuck with the placement.

In response to this, Shaun Gurmin had the idea of developing partnerships with educational organisations including the University of Wolverhampton, and employers, and through these relationships he organised business visits.

These visits allow students to get a competitive edge by learning exactly what employers are looking for. Students are also able to get a glimpse in the life of the professional career they aspire to e.g. a day shadowing an accountant or manager. This is intended to allow students to decide if the: industry; business; or career path is right for them.

Further to this, CHARGE: the Multi-Award Winning Student Social Enterprise also arranges a variety of events throughout the year to enhance students’ employability. These include careers events, fundraising days and other fun activities. Students are able to volunteer in any event and gain valuable experience.

Due to Shaun being Founder and President of CHARGE, and the success it has experienced, Shaun was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs by Striding Out.


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Thursday, 7 October 2010

VInspired VFifty Award

Awarded the VInspired VFifty Award: for helping Improve students Employability and Opportunities through CHARGE.

Further information about CHARGE can be found here:

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

University of Wolverhampton Business Network

Join the University of Wolverhampton Business Network and be kept up to date with the latest academic, business and technological news.

If you are interested in, work in or own a business, you will certainly boost your recognition through our ever growing business network.

Shaun Gurmin.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Charge Website

Our new Charge website is up and running:

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Due to the success of Shaun Gurmin's business ventures, sought him out and interviewed him to try and grasp the essence of his entrepreneurial abilities.

They asked a series of questions looking into a variety of areas. The whole interview has been promoted on their website and is available here:

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Shaun's Personal Website

I have recently been creating a personal website. There is still plenty more to add, but feel free to have a look:

Shaun Gurmin.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Risk Management Presentation, By Shaun Gurmin

During this presentation I cover the basics of Project Risk Management. Risk Management is an essential tool to enable Project Success. The presentation is available here.

Shaun Gurmin.

Effective Project Management Presentation Part 2, By Shaun Gurmin

The second part is available here. This presentation covers further areas that are also relevant for Effective Project Management.

Shaun Gurmin.

Effective Project Management Presentation, By Shaun Gurmin

A number of people have approached me and requested that I provide a summary of what is required for Effective Project Management; for this Reason I have created two short presentations. The first is available here. I hope you find it useful.

Shaun Gurmin.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Charge win Innovation Award

A Social Enterprise that I am currently CEO of has been selected to win an Innovation Award:!/chargesociety.wlv

Shaun Gurmin

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Prince2 Without the Jargon

Prince2 is a Project Management methodology. It is used to manage time, costs and resources. To do this, it recommends the user to follow a number of best practices; Principles, Processes and Themes of the methodology.

The Principles are:
  1. The project should have a purpose
  2. Learn from experience
  3. Define roles and responsibilities for members of the project
  4. Manage the project by stages
  5. Provide a restricted amount of freedom for management levels
  6. Focus on products
  7. Tailor Prince2 to suit the project
The Processes are:
  1. Directing a Project - Directing a Project involves providing authorisation and monitoring progress, this role may be filled by a business mentor or bank manager

  2. Starting Up a Project - Starting up a project is intended to be a short pre-project process that aims to ensure that the project has solid foundations

  3. Initiating a Project - Initiating a Project focuses on whether there is sound justification for the project and compiling detailed plans for the project

  4. Controlling a Stage - This involves monitoring and controlling of the stage's activities and reacting to unexpected events

  5. Managing Product Delivery - This stage covers: Planning work; Ensuring work is done; Ensuring Quality; and Reporting on Progress

  6. Managing a Stage Boundary - This stage covers: Planning the next stage; Updating Documents; and Reporting on Performance of the Stage

  7. Closing a Project - This final stage involves making sure aims and objectives have been met, disbanding the team, signing off the project and completing documents

The Themes are:

  1. Business Case – this is the purpose of the project

  2. Organisation – this refers to the project team; their roles, responsibilities and relationships

  3. Plans – Prince2 offers a series of plan levels that can be tailored to the project

  4. Progress – Progress involves monitoring the project, this is aided by breaking the project down into stages and then having stage boundaries to measure the performance of the project

  5. Risk – Prince2 defines when risks should be reviewed, defines an approach for the analysis and management of risk and monitors these through all the processes

  6. Quality – Prince2 starts by establishing the customer's quality expectations and then develops these by implementing standards and quality inspection methods; to maintain quality throughout the project

  7. Change – this involves two activities: managing changes; and managing products

These do not all have to be completed individually. The purpose of tailoring is that, depending on the project, areas can be integrated. For example, in a business start-up, a business plan could include: Plans; Risks; Quality; and the Business Case. Doing this saves a lot of time and improves efficiency.

Shaun Gurmin.