HW Global Executive Search & Interim

HW Global Executive Search & Interim

HW is a global Executive Search and Professional Interim business operating out of the UK. Our focus is on the senior talent needs of a broad range of dynamic organisations from small capitally invested start-ups through to publicly traded multi-nationals. We have a significant breadth of functional and cross industry expertise that incorporates both local and global geographies, enabling us to genuinely appreciate diversity, cultural differences, social responsibility and how commercially business is done across continents.

We have a passion for challenging the conventional thinking of our clients, demonstrating an in-depth understanding of cross-industry synergies whilst representing high-potential and seasoned executives that frequently sit beneath the radar.

Our candidates typically become clients meaning many relationships have spanned 3 decades; our commitment to consistently delivering best-in-class solutions is without compromise.

Our practice areas in Executive Search and Professional Interim are Consumer, Financial Services, Business Services, Industrial, CFO, CIO, Chair & NED. 

EXECUTIVE SEARCH

In a dynamic and highly challenged economy the role of senior executives across all sectors, functions and geographies remains business critical.

Being able to recognise cross-industry synergies, attract business professionals who are passionate about utilising their skills in new areas, and applying decades of knowledge to shape and support clients’ strategic initiatives remains at the heart of our continued success.

Having a global perspective and multi-cultural appreciation enables us to shape richly diverse executive teams helping our clients to achieve outstanding results.

Process

As a true client partner HW work tirelessly to ensure that we genuinely appreciate the intimate detail of every search we undertake. We believe in providing healthy challenge and honest feedback through each phase of the assignment, tackling potential issues collaboratively whilst offering constructive solutions throughout.

Our sole aim is to exceed expectations by providing a breadth of highly talented candidates delivered through a smooth and efficient process.

To achieve this we follow a number of clearly defined steps.

·         Agree the priorities of the search

Define the need through critical evaluation of the business and unique role requirements

Agree the responsibilities of the role and the person specification

Challenge the scope of the search – Salary range, sector expertise, academic/commercial skills

Finalise brief

·         Define target audience

Agree company target list for initial approach work

Utilise local and global relationship network to identify potential talent

Reference individuals who meet agreed criteria

Create a longlist of candidates for discussion

·         Approach work

Engage with target market to understand and evaluate suitability

Challenge competency, cultural and commercial skills

Evaluate personal and professional drivers

Finalise shortlist for client presentation

·         Shortlist presentation

Formal client review of all shortlisted candidates incorporating our assessment of both hard and soft skills vs. the brief

Provide supporting evidence of track record, career achievements, qualifications and fit

Agree client interview availability

·         Completion

Manage both client and candidate needs and expectations until the preferred individual is selected

Provide formal references

Lead the salary package negotiation process to finalise the offer

Support the on-boarding program through regular communication with both parties

Complete client satisfaction survey

Remain in touch with both client and placement to check on progress and transition

 INTERIM MANAGEMENT

With over 40 years combined experience, the Interim Practice has been at the forefront of one of the most dynamic and prolific service offerings within the Human Capital industry.

HW Interim provide experienced and talented interim and change management executives to PLCs, private companies, SMEs and private equity backed organisations for assignments in the UK and overseas.

The fabric of the Interim proposition consists of an elite network of senior Executives, all of whom specialise in change, turnaround or transformation. HW have met, vetted, referenced and known, many who are also clients.

Working alongside the Executive Search business we adhere to the same principles and high standards, enabling us to source the ideal interim to match our clients’ needs.

Our strategy is to develop longstanding partner relationships with all our clients. Working with a team of dedicated and experienced Researchers we are able to provide solutions within a 48hr timespan and with well over 90% completion rates.

The business offers both purist Interim cluster solutions as well as Interim to substantive options. Daily rates are typically between £850-£2000 per day.

For further information please visit the HW Global Executive Search website today.

Luxury Bathrooms & Showers

Luxury Bathrooms & Showers

Updating your bathroom or installing a new shower in your bathroom is an excellent way to add some real luxury, without having to spend a fortune or take a lot of time having work carried out. At P T Ranson they have an excellent range of high quality luxury bathrooms and showers available in a wide range of designs from high quality suppliers such as Fiora Showers, Matki Showers and Hansgrohe Showers so you are certain to find something that complements your bathroom perfectly.

If you are planning to create a shower cubicle or even a wet room you definitely want to take a look at the great range of stylish bathroom taps available from Crosswater, Hansgrohe and many more. Most of these products carry a 10-year manufacturers guarantee.

At P T Ranson they have some excellent products from Matki Showers that includes everything you need to create the perfect shower for your bathroom whether you are planning on having a separate cubicle, wet room or one that simply sits over your bath. With many original and high quality items on offer including high performance showers, screens, trays and many other items in a wide variety of stylish designs you are sure to find the ideal shower for any bathroom.

Matki aim to create the most innovative designs that are efficient, attractive and great to use you can be sure that any shower you choose will be a welcome addition to your bathroom, and no matter whether you want to create a separate cubicle or install a shower over your bath at P T Ranson they also supply all the Matki fixtures and other accessories required to really complete the job.  With some really beautiful designs to choose from you will find yourself spoilt for choice so why not browse some of the excellent products they have on offer?

If you want a bathroom that is truly effective that you know you can rely on check out the great range of Hansgrohe bathrooms where they have a great range of efficient and stylish bath & shower designs that will really give your bathroom a modern edge along with all the accessories required to make sure that you get the perfect finish, including wall outlets and concealed valves so you can get the job done exactly how you want it.

P T Ranson Luxury Bathrooms
So why not head over to P T Ranson bathrooms and start planning what you could do with your bathroom this year? With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed.

Having been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years, and with over 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project. P.T. Ranson, offer deliveries on the UK mainland free of charge and hold a huge stock of modern bathroom and fittings. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the P.T. Ranson website today.

Online Health and Safety Accreditation

Online Health and Safety Accreditation

Getting health and safety accreditation from a recognised awarding body such as CHAS and SMAS Accreditation can be a really worthwhile investment if you have decided it’s time for your construction or building company to start taking on larger jobs and begin to grow.

Having accreditation not only proves that your company complies with industry standards and carries out work using the best practice for health and safety it also helps give your company a more professional and reliable image to help attract new customers and potential business associates. Although this can sound like a daunting or time consuming task the benefits that having proper accreditation can bring to your business makes it worth the effort, and if you use the services of a professional accreditation agency such as beAccredited it could be far more easier and take a lot less time than you may first think.

At beAccredited they are able to help you complete a wide range accreditations that are relevant to your company and the type of work that you carry out, including Safe Contractor and Constructionline accreditations among many others to give you certification that your company works within the strict health and safety guidelines that are required to meet the standards of the accrediting body. With a great team of friendly consultants available to guide you through the process even if you aren’t sure what type of accreditation is relevant to your business or you would like to find out more about what advantages having accreditation can bring to your business they are happy to answer any questions that you may have and fully discuss all the options with you before you make any decisions.

With professional support and advice at every stage of the process you can be sure that whatever accreditation you choose to get for your business you will be able to complete it within a reasonable timeframe and with the minimum of stress. Even if you have already started the accreditation process alone and feel you need a little help to get it finished or don’t think that you have the right paperwork beAccredited will still be able to help you get everything done, with over fifteen years’ experience helping companies get the right health and safety accreditation they have all the skills and knowledge required to solve most problems or find ways round the most complicated situations.

With a fast track service available, if you need to get things done in a hurry and an easy to understand pricing policy, they do everything they can to offer a flexible and reliable service every time. Offering a guaranteed pass for each assessment and a wide range of accreditations available to suit many aspects of the construction industry, whether you are looking for CHAS & SMAS accreditation, Safe Contractor & Constructionline accreditation or something that is a bit more suited to the type of work you carry out it is definitely worth finding out more about the services that beAccredited can provide and the accreditations that they can help your business to achieve.

Why not take a look at some of their excellent past customer testimonials and see how they have helped other businesses like yours grow and win better contracts by simply getting the right accreditation?

As leading UK Health and Safety Consultants providing of online CHAS & SMAS Accreditation, Safe Contractor & Constructionline Accreditations, plus Builders Profile Accreditation and much more. With over 15 years of experience, clients include sole traders through to corporate clients.

They have helped 100s of businesses across the country by making the health and safety accreditation process hassle free, easy, convenient and reliable, allowing you to focus on the projects at hand. Visit their Health & Safety Consultancy services website to find out more about how they can help your business or call beAccredited today on 0845 2722350.

First Call Teacher Recruitment Agency

First Call Teacher Recruitment Agency

If you are looking for a teaching jobs North East based specialist recruitment agency First Call Teachers may be a really good place to start.  With a wide range of roles available for supply teachers across all sectors of primary and secondary education and many permanent roles on offer as well, no matter what kind of teaching job you may be looking for within the North East you can be sure that First Call Teachers will be likely to be able to help you find something suitable.

Whether you are new to teaching, looking for a more flexible work routine, want to reduce your hours or are looking for something a bit more permanent First Call Teacher have all the expert skills required to make sure that your teaching career takes the direction you want it to, with a great team of supportive and committed staff, excellent working links with many different schools within the area and a simple and straight forward application service no matter what type of role you are looking for within the classroom you can be certain that they will do everything they can to make sure you find it.

At First Call Teachers they pride themselves on being able to offer high quality teaching jobs for staff to schools at short notice when they really need it. Being able to provide cover for sickness or other unexpected absences is a challenge that many schools regularly face and along with the daily running of the schools is a task many schools have limited time to carry out so many of them rely on good quality agencies to help them reduce staff shortages. First Call Teachers recognise this and aim to ensure every school is satisfied with the supply teachers they have available every time they need them so they can continue to build excellent working relationships with schools across the North East.

They offer a range of benefits to schools and teachers alike, not only do they match great candidates with the roles they are searching for and provide schools with a service they can rely on they also help to reduce the administration time required during the requirement process as they hold all the relevant details and documents required, they also find suitable vacancies a lot faster than you might expect as they have many established working relationships with schools who always let them know immediately of any roles they may need cover for.

Good communication is essential to make sure thing run smoothly and at First Call Teachers they have the experience and procedures required to make sure that important details aren’t overlooked and that everyone is always well informed at every stage, and if for any reason things happen to change or a role doesn’t work out First Call Teachers are flexible enough to try and find a way around things. With a dedicated team of fully trained and experienced staff on hand to offer advice or answer any questions you may have at any stage no matter whether you are a teacher looking for work or from a school requiring staff you can be certain that they will make sure that the whole process is completed as quickly as possible without compromising on the quality of service you receive.

So for a great range of teaching jobs why not take a look at what is on offer at First Call Teachers? With an excellent choice of roles for supply teachers, SENs, teaching assistants across primary and secondary schools within the North East and many permanent roles on offer as well you could find that you are working in a role that you really enjoy and adding valuable experience to your CV in no time at all.  Or if you are a school that needs a little extra help finding high quality and dependable staff you may want to see what they can do to help you to find suitable teaching staff at short notice to help keep your school running without a hitch. .

By working with First Call Teachers not only will you have the advantage of working with an ethical, progressive supply agency who put ‘Quality Education’ at the centre of everything we do!

First Call Teachers are specialists in offering teaching jobs, they supply teachers and support staff, who are highly motivated and a day to day, long term or permanent job in a school. For further information, call them today on 0191 280 5849 or visit their website to review their current vacancies and teaching jobs in and across the North East.

Crawford Falconer Takes Up Post as UK’s Trade Negotiator

Crawford Falconer Takes Up Post as UK’s Trade Negotiator
The man in charge of negotiating the UK’s trade deals once Brexit is finalised, starts his job this week. Crawford Falconer will take up the post of chief trade negotiation adviser at the Department for International Trade.

Leaving the single market would mean the UK would have to establish new bilateral trade agreements, but cannot formally do so until after Brexit. However, one economist suggested Mr Falconer would already be “building bridges” with the European Commission. The UK faces a huge challenge in resetting its trading relationship with the EU and other countries when Brexit takes effect.

Trade pacts that have been negotiated by the EU with the rest of the world will no longer apply to the UK, while Britain will also need to define new trading relationships with the EU itself.

Membership of the EU has meant the UK does not have a large bank of trade negotiators with recent experience.

Prof Alan Winters, from the University of Sussex’s UK Trade Policy Observatory, said Mr Falconer’s experience and contacts at the WTO would mean the groundwork for separating UK trade policy from Brussels would be made easier.

“He knows quite a lot of the main players at the WTO and can build bridges at the European Council, which is good as there is work to be done right now,” he said. “There is work he can do, such as discussions on whether the UK uses replicas or changes trade agreements that we have with nations by way of membership with the EU.”

One suggestion has been that initially trade agreements could be adopted by the UK in their current form – replicating them – at the point of Brexit, to be altered subsequently as new deals are agreed.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said of the new appointee: “Crawford Falconer brings a wealth of international trade expertise to our international economic department, ensuring that as we leave the EU, the UK will be at the forefront of global free trade and driving the case for international openness.” Mr Falconer will lead trade policy and negotiation teams at the DIT. His appointment was first announced in June.

UK Jobless Rate Down to 4.4%

UK Jobless Rate Down to 4.4%
Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down from 4.5% to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975.

Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year earlier. But with the rate of inflation running at 2.6%, real earnings fell by 0.5%.

The number of people employed on zero hours contracts as their main job fell 20,000 compared to a year earlier.

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

If you are looking for a new role in middle management and have been finding it difficult to find vacancies that are relevant to your skills and experience maybe you should consider getting in touch with a specialist recruitment agency, as they already have links with many businesses and organisations they will often get information about new job openings as soon as they become available.

Not only will using an executive recruitment agency to help you find your next middle management position make you far more likely to find suitable posts, you will also be able to get any help or advice that you may need to make sure that you are getting the positions that you deserve and receive all the information and guidance that you may need when starting out on a new role so your career can really start taking the right direction.

No matter why you are looking for a new job or what industry you work within as recruitment agency’s get information about a wide range of available jobs you can be sure that they will be likely to find you a role that matches your existing skill set and experience so you can keep adding relevant new skills to your CV. With a range of temporary and permanent contracts often available you will also find that a recruitment agency is going to be likely to be able to find you flexible employment that fits in with your lifestyle, which is ideal if you have other responsibilities.

Whether you just fancy a change, are just starting out or are returning to work after a break a good recruitment agency will be able to help you get the roles that will help you to take your career further, with many short term contracts coming up with an immediate start to provide cover sometimes these can be an ideal way to add important experience to your CV across a range of different settings.

So if you are looking for a position within middle management and would like a bit of help finding suitable work why not consider signing up with a recruitment agency? With so many vacancies being listed with them as soon as they become available you are sure to find a really good role much more quickly than using other more traditional methods.

Finding the Right Business Insurance

Finding the Right Business Insurance

Many businesses could get far better rates and cover for their business insurance than they currently have but the time required to undertake the research and find the best deal is something that they don’t always have, if this sounds like your business then one solution could be using the services of a professional insurance brokers to help you make sure you have the best levels of cover for the lowest possible price.

Weir Insurance have over forty years-experience offering insurance and brokering services to their customers in and around Newcastle both commercial and residential and are able to offer expert help and advice regarding most types of insurance including business insurance, household insurance, vehicle insurance and property insurance, with specialist advice and policies available regarding issues such as professional indemnity insurance, landlord insurance and public liability insurance you can be certain that they will be able to make sure that you and your business has all the cover that you require, even if you have a unique business or something that is complicated or hard to insure they will do everything they can to make sure that you have the correct level cover for the best possible price.

If you are just starting out or moving into an new branch of your industry Weir Insurance will be able to advise you of any insurance policies that are legal requirements and also what over types of cover that are available that may be beneficial for your company to hold, or if you have a more established business they will be happy to take a look at your existing policies to see if they can improve the cover you have or see if they can save you money when the time comes to renew your business insurance.

One of the main advantages of using the services of a reliable insurance brokers such as Weir Insurance is they will have many good working links within the industry and a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can use to help you make sure that you have the best cover available, that you aren’t paying for any unnecessary extras or have to face any surprise fees or extortionate excess charges if you do ever need to make a claim.

So if you want to save time and get the best possible value for your money but still be sure that your business insurance provides all the cover you require why not get in touch with Weir Insurance? Offering a friendly, reliable service that is flexible enough to fit around your businesses needs and very reasonable rate you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed.

Contact Weir Insurance Brokers
For further information please call one of our experienced insurance team today on 01670 365533 or visit the Weir Insurance brokers website. We have been helping our clients’ with their insurance needs since 1972. We talk to you about your requirements, work with you to figure out what cover you need (and what cover you don’t) and then use our relationship with dozens of insurers to find the best solution for you.

Scottish Parliament Targeted in Cyber Attack

Scottish Parliament Targeted in Cyber Attack
The Scottish Parliament has been targeted by a “brute force” cyber attack, officials have said. Chief executive Sir Paul Grice said the attack, from “external sources”, was similar to that which affected Westminster in June. He confirmed the attack in a message to MSPs and staff with parliamentary email addresses, urging them to be vigilant.

Mr Grice said “robust cyber security measures” identified the attack early, and systems “remain fully operational”.

Scottish NHS boards were also affected by a cyber-attack in May, leading to several discussions of cyber security at Holyrood.

Parliamentary corporate body member David Stewart told MSPs in June that an independent review of “cyber security maturity” had been carried out, and had “offered assurance that sufficient and effective arrangements are in place to manage cyber threats and risks”. He added that parliament regularly takes advice from the police, the security services and the national cyber security centre.

A “brute force” attack involves hackers repeatedly trying to access systems using a range of different passwords, in the hope of effectively guessing the correct password through trial and error.

Mr Grice’s email urged MSPs and staff to make sure their passwords were as secure as possible, saying that the parliament’s IT team would “force a change to weak passwords as an additional security measure”.

He wrote: “The parliament’s monitoring systems have identified that we are currently the subject of a brute force cyber attack from external sources. This attack appears to be targeting parliamentary IT accounts in a similar way to that which affected the Westminster parliament in June. Symptoms of the attack include account lockouts or failed logins. The parliament’s robust cyber security measures identified this attack at an early stage and the additional security measures which we have in readiness for such situations have already been invoked. Our IT systems remain fully operational.”

Unite Claims RBS Plans 900 Job Cuts

Unite Claims RBS Plans 900 Job Cuts
The Unite union has said Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is planning 900 technology job cuts at its London office by 2020 to reduce costs. It alleged that RBS intends to cut 40% of its permanent IT staff, or 650 jobs, as well as 230 contractors.

The bank said no individual job was at risk and no figures had been finalised. An RBS spokesperson said: “We have not consulted on any headcount reduction, instead sharing a direction of travel with Unite which is subject to change.”

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer, said: “Royal Bank of Scotland is continuing with its savage jobs culling program with today’s announcement of a 40% in IT staff, totalling nearly 900 staff. The decade of slashing jobs has done nothing to boost morale, increase consumer confidence or improve the bank’s performance.”

RBS, which is 73% owned by the government, has been restructuring ever since it was bailed out in the financial crisis. Its global workforce has shrunk from 226,000 in 2007 to about 77,000. It has not made a full-year profit in a decade. In May, it announced it was shedding nearly 250 IT posts as part of an overhaul of its back-office operations.

In London in 2016, RBS employed 2,200 full-time and contract IT staff. By 2020, Unite claims, there will be just 950 full-time staff.

RBS said in a statement: “Inevitably as RBS becomes a simpler, smaller bank focused on the UK and Ireland, our technology function will undergo reorganisation and will reduce over time. “Our proposed plans are designed to reduce the number of contractors we employ and strengthen our permanent workforce and while we are downsizing in London, we are reinvesting in other UK hubs.”

RBS has a bad track record with IT, suffering problems as recently as April. On the day it announced its first quarterly profit since 2015, its subsidiary NatWest was beset by complaints about glitches in its online banking system.

In June 2015, hundreds of thousands of payments failed to reach the accounts of RBS customers. In 2012, more than six million customers had their wages, payments and other transactions disrupted when a software update was corrupted. The bank was fined £56m by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Mr MacGregor said: “Unite is angry that the massive scale of IT job losses will sap morale, productivity and faith in the company. RBS’s fixation with cutting employee numbers, restructuring and offshoring work that could reasonably be done by displaced staff within the RBS IT community is unacceptable,”