Outstanding achievements & thriving businesses

Our Director, Suzanne Edmonds was once again on the judging panel for the Made In Bury Business Awards for 2018. The awards night celebrated the outstanding achievements in businesses ranging from start-ups to longer standing companies. Check out all the details here

Square Peg Associates are proud to be part of this event which is the biggest awards ceremony in the Greater Manchester Borough, all superbly put together and presented by Debi and Phil Fellone.

It was an absolutely fantastic event with worthy winners such as

  • Start up Business – Slate Barbers, Ramsbottom – work hard, play hard guys that offer the slickest and finest Grooming. Not to be  mistaken for the Commended award that went to Stay N Play Doggy Daycare who also offer a different kind of grooming!
  • Molygran & Co had a multi award winning evening, boasting their two awards for The HH Smith & Sons Environmental Impact Award and The Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Manufacturing & Engineering Award.
  • The Family Business Award was sponsored and presented by our very own Director Suzanne Edmonds and Recruitment Consultant Jenni Jones – The winners were Lavender Hotels who gave a very emotional thank you and acceptance speech.
  • And, the Business Man of the Year went to David McCann – Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall and The Business Woman of the Year – Hannah Broughton from Twinkleboost.

And talking of winning, did you know that for just £2 a ticket, someone in Bury wins £2000 every week. Check out Made in Bury Business Draw, we put on our lippy every Wednesday in the hope that it is one of us that is being presented with the huge cheque!!  Check it out here !!

Everyone did amazingly well and it just proves that business is still booming in Bury and the economy is still thriving. The Sales Director of Bury Football Club, Samantha Gibbs, said the atmosphere at the club at the moment is phenomenal, and the team are doing exceptionally well and she encourages people to come along to offer their support to the team. There are also lots and lots of events in the run up to Christmas including a Christmas Movie drive-in on Sunday 23rd December.  

For more information on all MIBBA finalists and winners please click here 

Here’s to an eventful and fruitful 2019.

Can they do? Of course they can!

On Saturday 1st September the Square Peg team, alongside Activate are undertaking The Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge (Y3P) and they’re doing it to raise much needed funds for Bury Hospice.

They are covering a 24 mile circular taking in and ascending three mountains; Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, all reaching over 2,000 feet, and begins and ends at Horton-In-Ribblesdale. The event is led by ex military event leaders and so the team are in incredibly safe hands. It’s most certainly something that will challenge them, but that’s what it’s supposed to do – they’ll not only have the challenge of the climb and the distance, but the technical and navigational aspects too.

The brave begin their journey from the Pen-Y-Ghent Cafe at 6 a.m with the walk expected to last approximately 12 hours.

Can they do it? Of course they can!

The challenge is for an amazing cause, part of The Bury Hospice Corporate Challenge where businesses begin with just £50 and are challenged to turn this into as much money as possible. Alongside other local businesses, they’ll fight it out to take part in, and organise a number of tasks, no matter how large or small, to raise what will hopefully be 1,000’s of pounds. Whoever raises the most by the end of October becomes the overall winner.

Square Peg Associates are embarking on the challenge as part of The Made In Bury Brunch Club, a group of business ladies who meet twice per month to invest in and develop their business and connections through networking.

 

Donations
If anyone would like to donate to the fundraiser and send with some positive thoughts for a healthy return (because we know how sore those feet are going to be!) then please do so via the link here.

“Please could you ensure that any donations include: Your name and Sq Peg 3 peaks challenge just so we can differentiate which Corporate Challenge Event has raised what money.

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

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.

 

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.

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

Nice to meet you…

We had a fantastic night at the BIG Bury Business Expo which we blogged about here, we made some great contacts and recently we’ve been out and about delivering the prizes from our business card draw.

We are pleased to announce the winners and tell you a little bit about some of the great people we met:

Congratulations to Anthony Higham, Partner Solicitor at Butcher & Barlow for winning the bottle of Champagne presented by our Senior Recruiter, James Soden.  

Butcher & Barlow are solicitors with over 125 years of experience and offices across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Butcher & Barlow are a highly respected and friendly firm of Solicitors with over 125 years of experience. They have 10 Offices spread throughout North Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire – and our dedicated Commercial and Agricultural office at Gadbrook Park, Northwich. Butcher & Barlow pride their selves on being a law firm with local connections but the size to provide an approachable expert in every field.

Lacey Plumbing & Heating LTD

Big thanks to Lacey Plumbing & Heating Ltd –  Square Peg’s Jemma Doolan won a bottle of fizz from their business card prize draw. It was great to meet Rebecca Lacey, Business Owner at Lacey. Lots of really positive vibes, new premises and support happening there.

 Glideslope Software Ltd

We had a great meeting with John Miller and Charlotte Preston from Glideslope Software Ltd in Heywood, a local IT company who are Microsoft Certified. We initially met over Speed Networking at the Bury Expo. Arranged a visit to meet the team and to get to know the business further. A lovely team providing a range of quality IT Support to Businesses, Charities and Schools for over 16 years within the Manchester area. Follow them on Twitter

Once again, Congratulations to Anthony at Butcher & Barlow and a BIG Thank you to Rebecca from Lacey Plumbing and Charlotte from Glideslope Software.

James Soden

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