Naidex Scotland is a leading independent living event in Scotland, the Rompa product team were in Glasgow and here are their thoughts on the event.
Rompa at Naidex Scotland 2013
“Visitors to our stand were so friendly and it was a real pleasure talking to everyone. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come and see us (especially for persisting through car park and traffic troubles) – your time and kindness was much appreciated. During the conversations had about our high standards of customer service, our products, our installation service, you said so many positive things. It’s really good to know that our efforts are so worthwhile. Looking forward to 2015 – I hope I get to go to the next Naidex Scotland!”
“NAIDEX was so exciting for me. I have recently finished my Occupational Therapy Training from Derby University and joined the ROMPA family in late July so it was my first time being involved as an exhibitor!”
“I was so scared but my nerves soon dissipated. We were blessed – one by one truly wonderful people came to our stand, everyone with golden hearts, wanting to improve the quality of life for the people that they care about, either professionally or personally.”
You can see our stand in the video below at 1:52.
Friends, relatives, children, healthcare professionals all came to chat. It was great to be able to explain what we do, listen to ideas and suggestions for new products, get feedback on ideas we have for future product development, and talk directly to people who use ROMPA and Winslow resources.
All I can say is a great big “thank you” to the organisers of the event, the people who came and the great company I am part of for making this such a fulfilling experience!
August 2013 bought me to my two year anniversary as part of the Rompa team. I can honestly say it has been a rewarding, educational and valuable two years.
I was very fortunate to gain employment with Rompa straight after completing a degree in Interior Design. My third year graduation project was the design of a Respite Centre for those affected by autism, alongside a dissertation on ‘How Interior Design can aid and improve the lives of those with autism’. It was this project being shown at our graduation exhibition that lead to me having contact with Rompa and successfully getting a job as part of their design team. I learnt a lot during the research undertaken for my graduation project and have continued to build on that knowledge while at Rompa. I have always had a passion for the caring industry; the sensory sector is one I find fascinating and highly rewarding to be a part of. Through my role I get to practice my passion for design and also help a wide variety of users gain a space that can enhance their lives in such rewarding and valuable ways.
Gemma in the Rompa Sensory Room
Gemma at an exhibition
The design team
During my first few months at Rompa I spent the time adjusting to the way in which the design and installation process works, learning the history of the company, using new programs and getting to know the team I work with. In my two years at Rompa I have worked on many exciting projects in all sectors, including room design, exhibitions, specialist projects for charitable events and large projects abroad. I have attended sales advisor visits, undertaken site surveys and had a glimmer of the life of an installer.
In this year and last I have attended various exhibitions, including the Autism Show for which I designed the stands. Being able to meet our customers and interact with people face to face is not something I get to do very often as a designer but I find it very valuable and get a huge amount of satisfaction from. As a designer of such important spaces it is vital we are aware of the users needs, experiences and feedback… what better way to do this than speaking with people directly.
2013 also saw Rompa install their fantastic showroom here at our headquarters. I oversaw the project and ensured the installation process went smoothly. It was great to see the design work we had undertaken grow into a room in front of our eyes and I loved being part of it through the design, manufacture and installation stages. I got my hands dirty at each stage and found it very rewarding to be part of the build process including some late nights spent painting and cleaning to ensure we met our deadline.
After over a year of being the only female member of a male dominated team, 6 months ago I got some female support in the form of Helen our newest designer. The dynamics of our happy office have only been improved by her arrival, and she helps me keep the men in check.