Archive for November, 2013

A question of perspective

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Major events have a habit of shaping your life. It is often remarked how the birth of a child will change someone, and it is certainly true that the death of a loved one has a profound effect on how you see life and its priorities.

Much has been committed to print over the last week about Jonathan Trott, the England batsman, and his return from the Ashes tour due to a “stress related illness”. Effectively, he has been signed off from work, and because he is a high profile figure who battled his demons on a very public stage, he has been lauded with all manner of praise for facing up to his problems. Contrast that to a social worker in Birmingham Children’s Services, who similarly cannot cope with the demands of their job, but who is castigated for taking the easy option, even though they too are signed off work with a “stress related illness”.

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The sportsfan’s eternal dilemma

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Sometimes when you sit down to write a blog, you have no clear idea in your mind what you want to say and how you want to say it. Sometimes you know the preamble, and the ultimate point that you want to make, and sometimes you just need to write and see what comes out.

Sport has a curious way of throwing up the unexpected; in hindsight, such unexpected instances are actually blindingly obvious. This week there have been two such instances by England sporting teams (and in this case I am ignoring the two spineless displays by England’s 2nd XI football team). Instead, I want to focus on rugby and cricket.

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Business Development Assistant, £17,000pa, Preston

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is an ambitious, expanding business, offering a range of services to an exclusively blue chip client base. As part of their continued growth plans, they are now seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and hard working individual to a new role within the business development and marketing function. The purpose of this department is to drive new sales enquiries to the business, and while involving a lot of telephone sales work, also requires the ability to undertake research into potential clients and to become increasingly involved in tender processes for public sector clients. This is an outstanding opportunity for a business studies or marketing graduate with a strong work ethic, good communication skills and an outgoing personality. This role will not only give you some excellent work experience in a fast paced, challenging but rewarding environment, but may well offer significant career prospects as the company has a well deserved reputation for developing and promoting its staff.

The power of the Internet

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The internet is a thing of wonder.  It may not be a wonderful thing but it surely sits alongside the wheel and electricity as one of mankind’s greatest inventions.

Virtually all of our lives have been changed by the internet, and with more content available on a mobile basis, we are surely heading towards Arthur C Clarke or Philip K Dick territory, the stuff of science fiction not so long ago.  There is a growing group of people (known as “the young”) who have never experienced life before the internet, and whose entire knowledge is downloaded rather than looked up.

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The difficulty in recruiting unicorns

Friday, November 8th, 2013

It’s a funny old game, as Greavsie used to say. Obviously a statement that like undeniably proves someone’s age, but the sentiment remains; we live a time of conflicting messages and odd realities.

Recent months have seen a spate of economic good news stories; the US agreeing their budgets and staving off economic meltdown, the UK economy officially coming out of recession and only yesterday, the ECB reducing its base interest rate by 0.5% to an all time low of 0.25% in an attempt to stimulate growth in the economy. Credit must be given to the Bank of England on this; by keeping their own base rate low, they have surely shown the way for other economic powers that if you make it cheap for people to borrow money to invest (even if that money is more difficult to come by) then you will fuel economic growth.

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Head of Sales & Marketing, £50,000pa + bonus + benefits, Cheshire

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is a dynamic and ambitious organisation offering a revolutionary product that is cost effective, market leading and award winning. They have experienced exponential growth in the last couple of years and are now seeking to capitalise on this success with entry into new markets. To assist the Managing Director in achieving his goals, they are keen to appoint an experienced, driven and determined individual to a new role heading up the UK and European sales function. The greatest emphasis of the role is on new business development and increasing sales within existing markets, but you will also have significant input into the overall marketing strategy which covers the full range of media, including trade press, traditional PR and digital. The potential client base is diverse, but most of their sales are based on long term relationship development and you must be comfortable dealing with senior decision makers as well as purchasing and procurement functions across a variety of sectors. You will be used to working in an autonomous role, and in being judged on success and increased sales, and experience of selling into the public sector, distributors and end user driven markets would be highly beneficial. This is not, however, one of those roles where you are expected to work your socks off for a basic salary and a pat on the back; not only would the bonus structure reflect the contribution that you are making to the company, but, given sustained success, the role is expected to develop into a much broader business management role.