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

What a night! – Big Bury Business Expo

A huge thank you to Phil, Debbie, Kathryn and Natasha from The Best of Bury for yet another great business expo at The Village Hotel, Bury. Well done to all the prize winners.

 It was Square Peg’s second expo which we enjoyed immensely, in particular, the speed networking which was a quick fire way of connecting and exchanging business cards to around 30 people in a short session. We had some proud moments in the evening, being told from several contacts that we are “The best recruiters in the Bury region for quality and service and they would undoubtedly recommend us to any of their contacts or suppliers”.

I’m so proud of the team and what we have achieved as a business so far, we are coming up for our five year anniversary in May 2017 and comments like these mean so much to us and we feel very welcomed as part of the Bury Business community. After our last blog on Learning to Listen we are working on how we can use this feedback to further improve our services.

 Big shout out to some great new contacts during the evening:-

 Paolo Hu – MD of The Chinese Buffet 

Chris Smith – MD of 360 Vehicle leasing 

The Team at Munro Greenhalgh Insurance Brokers – (Thanks for the bobsleigh race)

The girls from Bury Football Club  

Leanne Brooks – Finding Locals 

Nick Druce Net Nutz

Simon Moscovitz – Eurotek UK

 Please do not hesitate to contact the team for an informal chat – we’d love to hear from you.


& the team: James, Jemma, Paul, Kim and Kathai x


Learning to Listen

We recently received a fantastic testimonial from our client Greg French at AFG Law, and I really wanted to post the testimonial here in our blog and say how much it still means to us to get great feedback. Myself and the team here at Square Peg are really passionate about what we do and when we get this sort of feedback it really makes our hearts sing!

We read so much about ways to keep individuals and teams motivated and how we maintain job satisfaction, but nothing makes me more motivated than hearing positive feedback and a client advising they wouldn’t hesitate to recommend us. I’ve worked very hard to try and listen to my clients and customer’s requirements and it’s something we will continue to work on as a team as I know there is always room for improvement!

Towards the end of last year AFG LAW were recruiting for a new assistant cashier and passed a referral to Paul Aisthorpe from the Square Peg team. Greg wrote:

“Square Peg very quickly made contact with us and identified what it was that we were looking for in a candidate. They understood the skill sets required, and perhaps more importantly the type of person that we were looking for. They put forward what looked to be an excellent candidate within 2 days of being given the brief. An interview was set up but unfortunately, the guy gave back word and even before the interview, decided to stay put at his current job.

In between making the appointment and it being cancelled, we decided that the job role that we originally briefed Square Peg had changed. We passed on the amended job description and again within 2 days or so, Square Peg had identified a further candidate. We interviewed Matt, and after having a couple more chats with him, decided that he was the ideal fit to what was a fairly new role for AFG LAW, offered him the job and he accepted. He has now been with us for approximately 3 months.

It would have been very easy to pass this testimonial as soon as the role had been filled – job done! But I felt that it would mean far more now, several months further on and seeing Matt developing so well in the role.

Square Peg are different to other recruitment companies that we have used in the past. They listened to what we needed and understood the sort of person that we were looking for – both from a skill set and a personality. They also understood the ethos of AFG LAW. Suzanne actually took the time to come out and meet with us and talk to us so that she fully understood what it was we were looking for.

They vetted and only sent through real candidates and not like so many other agencies that will “listen” but then just send anyone through to you. And ultimately sent through what so far looks like being the perfect candidate.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Square Peg Associates.”


Ho, ho, ho! How Square Peg does Christmas!! Bad jokes and all….

It’s been a great year here at Square Peg, we have had some fantastic successes for candidates and clients, and welcomed new members to the team to enable the servicing of our customers to the best of our ability, and to really show that passion for recruitment we talk so much about.

So time to celebrate! To look back on the great year we have had and spend some fun time together as a team. We started off with a fabulous meal at The Oxford Pub in Rochdale, where the team McNeeneys looked after us. We opened our Secret Santa pressies (always good for a laugh) then up to the theatre in Bacup for a barrel of laughs Comedy Night.

Hilariously funny Host Comedian – Simon Bligh

Sharp witted and very dry opening Comedian – Mike Wilkinson from Wigan

Jaw achingly funny Headline act Colin Cole – a 6ft 7 Aussie guy!

Brilliant! Square Peg’s Jemma Doolan (read all about Jemma in our previous blog) had a few minutes on stage in the spotlight and a bottle of fizz after winning a competition with the following joke….

“what do you call a man with no Knees? Neil….”

Moving on, to Manchester City Centre for the night’s finale we celebrated our successes over 2016, but we also very much look forward to bringing in 2017 with continued positivity and new clients on board. We are proud to enter into our 5th year of trading and would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

All the very best at Christmas & and for the New Year – cheers.

Suzanne, James, Kim, Kathai, Paul and Jemma 

Peaks & Troughs

Twelve months ago, a team of Lancashire businesses embarked on the National 3 peaks challenge to conquer the peaks within 24 hours. (Sept 15 England Scotland & Wales). The team raised £1833.56 for the Fire Fighters Charity – a provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families. And I was thrilled to be a part of it..

Taking on the challenge was a huge deal for me both physically and mentally, with the physical training came the thoughts of whether I was ready for the commitment. But commit I did, and I learnt more about myself than I thought when I faced injury and disappointment.

I was two peaks down when injury struck coming down Scafell pike in the pouring rain so grudgingly I had to abandon the third peak. So I learnt to deal with the disappointment along with the elation I felt for my team and I remained steadfast that one day I would complete the journey.

Twelve months later, I am proud to say that I finally got there and climbed Snowden on 8th October 2016. And it felt great even if it was twelve months later and I’m proud of my patience!

Big shout out to the team:-

Guide, Organiser, leader – Craig Rawsthorne – Peaks n Troughs

Paul Aisthorpe, Organiser & chief motivator – Imaginative Coaching  

Janet Marsden, Weighing Scales Ltd, Nelson

John Gannon, Weighing Scales Ltd, Nelson

David Riley, A White Room, Colne

Mike Dixon, Allied Lighting, Preston

Greg West,

And a massive thanks to my friend Charlotte who shared the final peak with me. It was worth the wait!

Big Bury Expo Winners!


In our last blog we congratulated the winners of our business card draw at the Big Bury Expo at the end of last month. Well this week it was great to get out and meet the winners of our prize drawer. We wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for meeting us at the Expo and seeing how a square peg rolls!

Thank you to Josh’s Grandad from the Super Josh charity  for popping in to pick up his box of Chocolates and to meet the Square Peg Team. Read more about the charity here

Thanks to Neil Cope from People Matters for taking the time to meet with us and get his prize bottle of Champagne.      

And thanks to Martin Stembridge at Martin Stembridge Photography for letting us pop by to drop off his bottle of Prosecco and grab a quick piccy (not as good as his though!)

Congratulations again and thanks for taking part in our survey and business card prize draw.

Big Bury Expo!

Square Peg’s first Big Bury Expo was a huge success!

We made lots of new contacts, met some new and “old” faces and felt very welcome from the start. We even met the mayor!

Organised by a great team, the event which was held on 29th September is designed to get great local businesses together for an evening of networking. We really enjoyed the experience and would like to thank the organisers and people we met, we look forward to working with you all in the future. If you would like to have an informal chat with any of the Square Peg team regarding your recruitment needs please give us a call on 01706 523 079. Read a little bit more about us and the team here.

Thanks to everyone that came to talk to us and congratulations to our prize draw winners!

Neil Cope: People Matters (HRC) Ltd won a Bottle of Champagne.

SuperJosh Charity won a Box of Chocolates.

Martin Stembridge: Weddings & Portraits won a Bottle of Prosecco.

We would also like to thank Amanda Barron for tweeting about us, Debbi and Phil Fallone at Best of Bury for hosting another great Expo, Martin Stembridge for taking the event photographs and the Major of Bury for our great “love Square Peg” picture! 

We hope to see you all soon!

He made it through the wilderness!

In our last blog we told you about our new recruit James taking on a challenge for Capital’s Survive the Wild in aid of Global’s Make Some Noise. Well… he took on the wild and he made it! Here is his diary….

Day 1: 

Meet the team, full brief by Dangerous Dan (The event organiser) and off out the gate….

1st was a mountain climb to summit of base camp then a walk towards our next challenge – 40 meter abseil, cave walking and finally a cliff jump (fully submerged) into freezing water followed by more cave walking waist deep in more water that hasn’t seen daylight or any form of heat for god knows how long. I was blue, couldn’t feel my toes and stank of stagnant water by the time we reached the end.

Night time.

Given a bag of potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, pasta, apples, bread, some nuts, jar of jam coffee, tea bags, sugar and UHT milk to last 3 meals for 6 people.

Day 2:

Slept for about 2 hours and woken up by someone Dan “pan bashing”….

Assigned a mountaineering  guide called Paul (Owner of Mountain Magic Org) Fantastic guy, helped everyone all the way to the top of Mount Wetherlam.

Walked around 16km finished by a very steep walk down to the bottom where we were met by further instructors who took us through our final challenge.

3 waterfall jumps… icy cold flowing water. 1st jump, a step and drop between funnel shaped rocks (arms in, legs straight), 2nd a jump in and over rocks into white waters and 3rd a rock slide then sheer drop into colder water.

Walk back to camp, debrief and then a drive home back to reality.

Feet, Legs and arse are on fire, blisters on my right foot but overall a brilliant weekend and all for an amazing cause. 

You can still sponsor me here

Will James ‘survive the wild’?

For those that read our previous blog you will know I am the new recruit at Square Peg. And as the rest of the team have been busy doing some physical challenges for charity I thought I would try my hand (and legs too) at raising some money!

I am asking for your help, please help raise awareness and some money for Globals Make Some Noise charity with Capital’s Survive The Wild Challenge. This is the final week! “crunch time” and I only have 5 days left to hit my target of £250.

Why Globals Make Some Noise? Because it’s a fantastic opportunity to raise money and help not just one but twelve small and brilliant charities across the UK, which help youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. 

This is a first for me, I haven’t ever done anything like this for charity before but we all have to start somewhere so I’m asking for your support to help me make a difference.  

So…please spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means more than you could ever imagine to those small charities that can’t shout loud enough.

So let’s all make some noise for those who don’t get heard.

James Soden – Senior Consultant

Hello James!

My first insight to the recruitment world was about 4 years ago and can honestly say I have never looked back. Within a few weeks I found myself studying in London to gain my Cert in Recruitment Practice, at that point I knew that this is what I wanted to do, not just as a job to earn money but as a career. I saw this as an opportunity to help people, give back and help change people’s lives for the better.

“In recruiting, there are no good or bad experiences – just learning experiences”

At the moment I’m ”The Newbie” of the Square Peg Associates team and what a fantastic team it is. I joined Suzanne and Square Peg Associates as a Senior Recruitment Consultant focussing on strategically expanding the businesses footprint to achieve organic and constant growth.  

In my spare time I like to socialise, read books, experiment in the kitchen cooking different foods and think I keep fit by attending a local gym.

I have a Claud Butler road bike and like to go for long rides – Unfortunately I have an unhealthy obsession with keeping my bike clean so tend to spend longer cleaning it than riding it….

I’m about to undertake a challenge called ‘Survive the Wild’ – more on that later! 

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