Opinion - June 2017

  • Birmingham: The Future’s Bright

    Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Last year I wrote a couple of articles on the growth of Birmingham and positive developments across the second city. As we enter the second half of 2017 I thought now would be a good time to see how the city is fairing. The relocation of HSBC’s commercial and retail arm from London to Birmingham is very much on track with the new office opening in January. The office will be based in a £200 ...

  • Brexit…the first 12 months and the way forward…?

    Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    So, we’ve survived the first 12 months of Brexit – the sky hasn’t fallen in, cats aren’t sleeping with dogs and sterling hasn’t imploded (completely).   Wasn’t this always going to be the case? The public perception of a cataclysmic instantaneous impact was never the view of economists or those in the business world but what it has produced is uncertainty. The initial London Chamber of Commerce ...

  • A happy workforce is a productive workforce?

    Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Employees Having one of those days where your head just isn't in your work? Stress can get on top you at the best of times, coupling that with other factors can bring about a lack of productivity in the workplace. In most roles, performance is key, so how important is it to ensure you strike the right work/life balance and how this can be achieved? Coming into work in a positive mood will more ...

  • Gone in 60 seconds – First Impressions and Interviews

    Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    I recently read an article that discussed first impressions and judgements made by employers during job interviews, which detailed that ‘job hopes can be gone in 60 seconds’.   Over the years I have carried out hundreds of interviews and it got me thinking, how much of a generalisation is this and how much actually holds true?   Studies suggest that one in five firms decide whether to employ ...

  • Day 1 | CIH Housing 2017 Conference

    Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    At the first day of the CIH Housing 2017 conference yesterday I was able to attend an address given by Tuesday’s “highlight” keynote speaker Andy Burnham.  Not only did the Mayor of Greater Manchester share his vision on solving the housing crisis and ending homelessness, he also identified what he felt was wrong with housing policy within the UK today.   Following recent events it is clear the ...

  • Does persistence still beat resistance?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Working in recruitment is not that much different from other sales environments.  Before the shiny new vacancy gets filled there have been man hours put in, calling clients continuously. This is done not just to earn money from our clients but to better understand an organisation, department and Line Manager, so when the opportunity to recruit arises we do it to the best of our ability. Due to ...

  • CIH Housing - Coming together on the challenges faced

    Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Social Housing and its place within society has been and, potentially, always will be a talking point.  After the recent tragic events at London’s Grenfell Tower we are seeing extensive media coverage and an understandable question mark over the standards of Social Housing within the UK. Venn Group will be attending the CIH conference this week paying particular attention to matters around ...

  • The NHS… An industry looking for change?

    Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    Following a hung parliament earlier this month, and with the future of British government still lying in some uncertainty, British politics seems to be at a crossroad. With so much at stake in the coming year (Brexit negotiations), and a record high 66.4% of young voters (18-24) turning out to vote, it would suggest there is a need for a sympathetic voice to represent these voters. Jeremy Corbyn ...

  • Recruitment Views: The Race is on

    Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

    It has become apparent that the future of the automotive industry will come in the form of electric vehicles. With more and more investment being thrown into the development of this technology, the race is on for manufacturers to innovate and capture this emerging market. Britain’s leading automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has recently announced they will be recruiting 5000 new employees ...

  • Navigating the recruitment jargon for an easy sell?

    Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 by Venn Group2 comments

    Much like the world’s top brands look to establish brand identity and loyalty, we at Venn Group look to do the same. This can only be achieved by being different and standing out amongst our competition.  We live in a fast-paced society where organisations are looking to make business easier by reducing the supply chain, not extending it. Ultimately, it is up to us to ensure that we are providing ...