Made In Bury Business Awards 2017

Square Peg Associates were proud to sponsor a category this year at the awards – Bury Businesswoman of the Year – and I had the pleasure of being one of the judges for the category.

There were 21 categories, including Businessman of The Year and Businesswoman of The Year, two new awards for 2017. Businesses and their teams arrived to enjoy a fantastic night celebrating some of our towns very best.

Now that the MIBBA’s are over for another year, Made in Bury asked me about my experience of being part of the awards and the judging panel. Here’s what I had to say….

“This was the first time that I’ve been involved in the judging at the Made In Bury Business Awards. The whole process was seemless from scoring the applications through to interviewing the finalists on the day of the meet and greet.

The interview day was brilliant, full of positive, engaged and motivated people that were incredibly passionate about
their businesses. The finalists were all of such high quality and very much driven, proving that the talent in Bury is
of a very high standard.

It was incredibly tough to choose the winners, everyone was so deserving in their own right. The awards ended of course with a great “do” on the 23rd November which was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic to be part of.”

You can see all the winners, commended and highly commended for all categories here

Follow your dreams

Suzanne writes;

“I heard a fantastic quote in the ladies brunch seminar given by Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland recently. She’s an inspirational life coach and the words really struck a cord with me “The only thing that limits you is what goes on between your ears”. This applies to so many of us in many different ways. 

The week after the seminar, I was flying 500ft in the air on a zip wire in Wales!!! 

Follow your dreams, walk towards your fears and focus on what you want to achieve!! 

Suzanne and friends enjoyed riding Europe’s largest zip line in Snowdonia recently. They climbed 500ft above a slate quarry and travelled a mile suspended from a zip wire reaching up to 100 miles per hour.

A truly a nerve wracking yet exhilarating experience which we would highly recommend to all! Absolutely brilliant!!

Prepare & Plan!

As you know James has been in training for Tough Mudder which he undertook this weekend to raise money for the Super Josh charity. To train for any event you need to prepare and plan just like a career change, and as part of the preparation for the event he decided to get some help from an expert.

Do Fitness are based in Bury and cover the Greater Manchester areas. They specialise in home personal training, lifestyle conditioning classes and swim teaching. Do Fitness is built around doers, people who want to make a change in their lives and do fitness.

From initial phone call Paul from Do Fitness was informative and worked with James on the goals he had set for himself. From the first face to first meeting he gave an overview of training plans and insights on how James should approach the task at hand. Paul is based in Bury and as a local business launched recently (congratulations btw) I think seeking advice from a business based in the same town in which Superjosh is based was important.

A brilliant local business helping the Doers of the community get fitter and stronger. And an example of applying good planning techniques into other areas of life!

You can still donate to James via Just Giving

Pushing the Limits

Tough Mudder training sessions with Fitness Success Bootcamp in Leeds.

I’ve been getting in some extra training for my Tough Mudder event to raise money for The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity so I made a visit to Fitness Success BootCamp which was founded in 2005, with just a wheelbarrow and a few basketballs full of water. Now with a truckload of the latest equipment fitness success has become Leeds number 1 Bootcamp. 

An ideal place to start if you’re training for an obstacle related event like a Mini Mudder or Tough Mudder.

We were put into groups we started with a warm up session of stretches and movements then straight on to the course.The course wasn’t crowded, everyone stayed as a team and helped each other over and through obstacles at various points.

We tackled, wooden climbing walls, climbing ropes, big boggy pits of muddy water and sludge (where you had to scrawl on your hands and knees to move) it stank!! Monkey bars, cargo nets and inclining wooden walls. I’m sure there were a few more too!

 All in all a great way to push your limits.

 Please remember to show your support by helping me raise money for The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity #superjosh on my Just Giving page

Meet the Team – James’s Q&A

In our Meet the Team series – we are getting to know James Soden a little bit better… and finding out he is a bit of a thrill seeker!

James is currently training for Tough Mudder raising money for the amazing  Super Josh charity – read all about the great work they do. If you can sponsor James please visit his Just Giving page. The Square Peg team will be supporting James all the way.

How long have you been with the Square Peg team? 295 Days 10 Hours 31 Minutes 36 Seconds and counting….

Why recruitment? If you’re passionate enough, It’s the most satisfying, roller coaster journey anyone can be a part of. Being in a position to open doors and present candidates with life changing opportunities is an amazing feeling – Especially when they are successful! When you pull the whole thing apart, as a recruiter, you have the influence and ability to make someone’s career and personal life a whole lot better! The thought of changing someone’s life for the better, to help them succeed personally and financially is what drives me.

What’s the best bit about your job? Be honest! I am a people person (or at least I think I am) Recruitment provides variety – No two days are the same and no two people are the same either. Better include the amazing team I work with in here somewhere!

 …… and the worst? Keep being honest! Trying to diet and get slim but working in an office full of “feeders” does not help LoL. Unreliable candidates that mistake kindness for weakness.

You talk to a lot of people on a daily basis, both clients & candidates, what do you think are the key issues / hot topics for them around recruitment? Managing expectations and accepting reality.

Candidates: Trying to find a suitable place to work within their local vicinity that provides support, progression, flexibility with a good salary.

Clients: To be presented with a selection of candidates (today) who exceed all expectations and can hit the ground running.

 If you were not in recruitment what would you be doing? i.e what vacancies would you be applying for?

Not sure what I would be doing or where I would be. I once saw a job advertisement for a Wing Rider with a Flying Circus air show! Always thought that could be fun and I am sure there must be some sort of danger pay involved…

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? If you spend today worrying about tomorrow, you’ll never be happy.

What did you think you would be before you grew up? A Mechanic!

I grew up building, fixing and riding motorbikes, motocross, Pit-bikes and Quad bikes across fields.

I’ve had on road and off road bikes since I can remember. Also raced and displayed cars at various track days and events.

I like anything that gets the adrenaline pumping!!

Made in Bury Business Awards 2017

The Made in Bury Business Awards are championing local Bury businesses and celebrating their outstanding achievements for the fifth year running.

The Made in Bury Business Awards 2017, taking place on the 23rd November, will reward and recognise local businesses and this year we are proud to be sponsoring a category

BURY BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR – enter here

The award is not restricted to business type or size. 

This category is open to all women in business, including entrepreneurial women who have founded their own business; directors, women in senior positions from businesses of all sizes.

Judges will be looking for:
•    Initiative
•    A proven track record of achievements in their field
•    Entrepreneurial / Business Accomplishments
•    Excellent Leadership
•    Overcoming Key Challenges
•    Strong financial performance/growth
•    Role Model / Mentoring

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated. Get entering now!

The MIBBAs are an acknowledgment of the successes of Bury’s diverse business community. Culminating in a black tie celebration dinner, the Made in Bury Awards are a major annual event in the Bury business calendar.

Entries will be judged by a high-profile panel featuring some of the borough’s leading business professionals.

 

Meet the Team – Kim’s Q&A

 

This blog digs a little deeper behind the scenes at Square Peg with a quickfire Q&A with Kim Taylor!

How long have you been with the Square Peg team? Just over 3 years

Why recruitment?  I like to have a big impact in helping people, in particular supporting candidates to obtain their dream job. I love delivering good news on successful interviews. I get the odd scream down the phone and tears of joy! It’s challenging though rewarding and crazy busy. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that it’s an easy job…..

What’s the best bit about your job? Be honest! The buzz of it. No two days are ever the same. Some days are a roller coaster ride though, working with such a great team, the satisfaction of finding solutions for people, and of course the potential to earn some good money. Oh and bacon butty Fridays are always a winner…

…… and the worst? Keep being honest! Unreliable people. People not being upfront or honest and not getting back to me after you’ve spent so long trying to really get to know them. I try and build the best possible relationships to minimise being let down. (For me & my clients)

You talk to a lot of people on a daily basis, both clients & candidates, what do you think are the key issues / hot topics for them around recruitment? Candidates – feeling undervalued in the workplace, recruiters really taking the time to understand their needs & keeping in contact, getting feedback and outcomes from interviews and job satisfaction. Clients – Integrity of candidates, employee engagement, staff retention, avoiding making a bad hire.

If you were not in recruitment what would you be doing? i.e what vacancies would you be applying for? I would be an interior designer……I have a passion for visual nice things and creativity

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Don’t wear flip flops in the rain!

What did you think you would be before you grew up? From a young age, I always wanted to be a hairdresser. I succeeded for over 5 years until I got introduced into recruitment by a friend of a friend. I decided to put my great customer service skills and helpfulness into a long term career into recruitment. I’ve never looked back and can’t imagine doing anything else right now!! Unless I won the lottery……

Now we are 5!

“OH WOW!! HOW TIME FLIES. WE CANNOT BELIEVE ANOTHER YEAR HAS PASSED ALREADY!”

These are the words of Square Peg’s Director, Suzanne Edmonds, when asked for her thoughts on Square Peg turning 5 this year.

We have worked hard to make SQUARE PEG ASSOCIATES one of the most respected and successful recruitment agencies in the North West and we have always encouraged everyone to DREAM BIG. Our fundamental principle is personalisation, to you, the end user, client or candidate. Our ethos is to tailor our actions to your personal recruitment requirements. No Square Pegs in round holes so to speak.

“As a fully independent business, our focus has always been to ultimately provide a great service for our customers. Our journey has always been about relationships and trust. Many of our customers have become more like friends. This is how I always wanted to be in business and it makes the experience of business truly rich and rewarding. Understanding our client and candidate needs are at the heart of the unique approach to recruitment that Square Peg offer, and it is an ethos we focus on when developing the team.” said Suzanne reflecting on the business.

In the 5 years that Square Peg have been operating, they’ve achieved some major milestones:

  • Securing Preferred Supplier status with local, national and global businesses
  • Significantly increased our client base that includes small start ups to a large £130 million turnover businesses
  • Grown our team from 1 – 5 staff
  • Increased turnover year on year
  • Moved into new office premises / secured hot desking partnerships across the NW
  • Implementation of a new recruiter specific CRM system
  • Moved onto Xero accounting software
  • Member of The Best of Bury Business Community
  • Taken part in numerous charity fundraising events

Our plans for the future include exciting developments in:

  • Entering and judging NW Business Awards
  • Building our team to include a Senior Level staffing structure
  • Increasing our specialist sector offering by request from our long standing client base
  • Continuing to organically grow whilst maintaining our high service levels and professionalism
  • Strengthening our social media platforms and raise brand awareness
  • Aim to become more of a paperless office and participate in environmental and corporate social responsibilities

Thank you all so much for your love and support to Square Peg.
 We are truly proud and grateful.

Get in touch today

If you are looking for a recruitment agency that will go out of their way to make your next hire or recruitment process simplified and stress free, then please get in touch with the team at Square Peg today. Call us on 01706 523079 or email info@squarepegassociates.co.uk  We’d love to hear from you.

Are you tough enough?

Square Peg’s Jame’s Soden takes on a new challenge. James is no stranger to a tough challenge which you will have seen from a previous blog and soon he’ll be taking on Tough Mudder to raise money for the SuperJosh charity.

Probably the toughest event on the planet

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

Probably the toughest recruitment consultant in Bury

SuperJosh is an amazing local charity, offering children and their families support when things really get as tough as they can. It seemed logical to take on a ridiculously tough challenge to raise as much money as possible. Through donations, sponsorship and any other help James can get his hands on he plans to raise a minimum of £1,000.  Square Peg Associates are throwing their support behind him and he will be blogging about his training and progress throughout the journey, so stay tuned.

To sponsor James click here

May the fourth be with us

Myself and Jemma from the Square Peg Associates team attended the Spring Business Expo North West at Ewood Park on May 4th (Star Wars Day) and found it pretty busy with some good exhibitors, a tad quieter than usual on the visitors front, though this gave us the opportunity to really have a good in depth chat with the exhibitors about their businesses, share local market knowledge and book some great future meetings to carry on those chats!

It was great to meet you all and we are looking forward to working together in the future:

  • Tracy Heatley MD – BoB Clubs NW (Business over Breakfast networking)
  • Donna Dibben, Business Manager Croner HR/H&S/Tax
  • Ben Young Social Media Strategist DMT Digital Media Team
  • Mike Sharples, Sales Executive – HD Signology – thank you for the card trick!
  • Paul Aisthorpe Imaginative Coaching – helping business growth (Our Business Mentor & Business Consultant)
  • The team from Bizspace who we rent our offices from!! Thank you for the fab Pick n Mix sweet trolley.
  • Helen Watson, Recruitment Manager – Clayton Recruitment – great to see positivity amongst our fellow competitors – brilliant to see you Helen!
  • Not forgetting Paul Isherwood from Stressbuster Works for our wonderfully relaxing 5 minute back massage – bliss!

Great to be back at Ewood Park and good luck BRFC for next season – come on you Blues!! #getbackontopsoon #yourfansarebehindyou

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