Virtual VIP Press Release II

17 April 2014

For Immediate release

 Unemployed youth should contribute to economy

 As the country begins to dust itself down and reposition its top hat, an entrepreneurial youth encourages others to follow in his footsteps.

Yesterday, the BBC reported that unemployment figures have dropped to below 7% for the first time since the ravenous recession endeavoured to ruin the country. Whilst more and more are returning to work, a young entrepreneur has said that the unemployed youth should be doing their bit to support rebuilding the UK.

The first quarter of 2014 has seen a significant rise in employment figures and with the notorious  UK housing market continuing to rise meteorically; the nation is on track towards total restoration. However, the percentage of youths unemployed and out of full time education remains astronomically high. Around 18% of young people are still struggling to find gainful employment; leaving young talent depreciating.

Steven Cairns, 25-year-old founder and director of new call answering service Virtual VIP, said “As the UK economy is just stabilising, creating your own business opportunities will help to strengthen it.” With the support of  Youth Business Scotland (The Prince’s Trust), Mr. Cairns designed a service to help local businesses by bridging the gap between providing excellent customer service and paying for an in-house receptionist: virtualvip.co.uk. Of course, the call answering and message taking service can be used by any business and is a popular choice for small businesses who are not quite ready to take on another member of staff.

Since the country began its rapid restoration from recession this year, there has been a sharp upward shift in sales throughout the UK. Cairns said, “Where businesses would’ve previously required a new member of staff to handle the increased sales, they’re delighted to find a solution in our services.”

As the UK sees a 13% rise in the amount of people opting for self employment, Mr. Cairns hopes that young people will be inspired to create employment opportunities for themselves. He said “I didn’t go to university, but I am driven. Many young people in a similar position are wasting their talents and ideas, waiting to find work.”

Organisations such as the Prince’s Trust provide an alternative to attending education or training centres by empowering them to set up enterprises. Offering support from start-up to growth and development, Mr. Cairns advocates seeking advice from the organisation. “I could see a gap in the market, where many small businesses and sole traders don’t have time to manage phone calls but can’t feasibly employ someone to manage this for them. With the help of Youth Business Scotland, I can offer an affordable solution to this business problem.”

Offering an initial free trial to celebrate their launch, businesses can then pay VirtualVIP as little as £45 per month for a trained professional to answer the calls as if they were employed within; saving many firms a fortune in wages. Providing a priority round-the-clock service, the opportunities for sectors to benefit from the service are limitless. “Hopefully, within a year, we’ll be taking calls for everything from mobile caterers to designers who’ve set up their own enterprises”, said Aimee Cairn: an expert receptionist.

To find out more information about Virtual VIP, visit their site at www.virtualvip.co.uk