On Sunday 29th January, JDX packed our salopettes and branded jackets and headed to Flaine, France, as a Silver sponsor for the annual British Schoolgirls’ Races, the premier downhill ski racing competition in the UK.

We arrived full of excitement at the prospect of spending our second year lending a hand to the fantastic team who put together such a great event.  The first evening’s briefing went well, JDX ambassadors were given the chance to answer questions about the company and advertise our work experience opportunities.  We organised an Instagram competition and asked the girls, parents and teachers to upload their best pictures over the course of the races with the hashtag #JDXCanDo, the three best posts received fantastic vouchers as a prize. #JDXCanDo is our 2017 brand initiative aiming to focus clients, staff, the industry and our sponsor partners on JDX’s imaginative and tenacious mindset towards success.

Once the races had officially begun we got to work speaking to parents and teachers about the work experience opportunities available at JDX.  We host several placements throughout the year, catering to GCSE students all the way to university graduates.  We believe that giving young people the opportunity to learn about the financial services industry is valuable for their future, as well as bumping up their personal statements and CVs!

On day two we arranged a stand for the competitors, parents and teachers, with free hot chocolate and croissants to fuel them ready for the day ahead.  It was a grey and rainy morning, but nothing put a dampener on their team spirit!  That evening we all sat down for a sponsor’s meal, which was a chance to meet with everyone else involved in putting together the event.

Once the racing was over, we attended Prize Giving where around 50 trophies were given. Our JDX ambassadors then got on stage to reveal who had won the prestigious Instagram competition.  We received over 40 entries and, although initially we had a first and second prize, we quickly decided a third prize needed to be given due to the dedication and creativeness of some of the entrants.

We left Flaine with new friends and a huge smile on our faces, see you all next year!