Executive Search and Professional Interim

Executive Search and Professional 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.

Apple Affected by Major Flaws in Computer Chips

Apple Affected by Major Flaws in Computer Chips
Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data.

Billions of PCs, smartphones and tablets around the world are affected – Apple has now confirmed its products are too.

The firm has released some patches to mitigate the Meltdown flaw. It said there was no evidence that either vulnerability had been exploited yet, but advised downloading software only from trusted sources to avoid “malicious” apps.

Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to security issues than, for example Android phones or computers running Microsoft systems.

Winter Olympics Targeted by Hackers

Winter Olympics Targeted by Hackers
Hackers have attempted to steal sensitive data from groups involved with next month’s Winter Olympics, cyber-security firm McAfee said. The report found malware-infected emails were sent last month to organisations linked to the Pyeongchang Games. It did not identify those responsible, but said more attacks tied to the upcoming Olympics were likely. In similar past attacks, hackers tried to obtain passwords and financial data.

McAfee said a number of groups associated with the Olympics had received malicious emails – including several affiliated with ice hockey.

“The majority of these organisations had some association with the Olympics, either in providing infrastructure or in a supporting role,” the security firm said.

“The attackers appear to be casting a wide net with this campaign.”

The emails were sent from a Singapore IP address and told readers to open a text document in Korean.

McAfee said the hackers were trying to trick recipients into believing the emails had come from South Korea’s National Counter-Terrorism Centre – which at the time was in the process of conducting anti-terror drills in the region.

In some cases the hackers used a technique in known as steganography which hides malware in text and images.

McAfee echoed recent warnings from University of California researchers to expect more cyber-attacks targeting major sporting events. “With the upcoming Olympics, we expect to see an increase in cyber attacks using Olympics-related themes,” the security firm said.

It comes as Pyongyang prepares to hold official talks with South Korea for the first time in more than two years.

North Korea accepted an offer to attend the meeting on 9 January that will focus on finding a way for its athletes to attend the Games.

Drive Quality Traffic to your Website with Google Adwords

Drive Quality Traffic to your Website with Google Adwords

Google Adwords is one of the most versatile ways to drive traffic to your website. Google get 3.5 billion searches per day, meaning that people are constantly searching the web for products and services. 40,000 Google search queries are processed per second. Some of these queries are informational, but many are related to products or services. Right now, hundreds of people are searching for a website like yours. Google AdWords helps you target these searchers, and puts your website in front of these potential customers.

Google have made it incredibly straightforward to advertise with them. You can advertise through the Google AdWords interface.

Why use Google AdWords? There are a variety of reasons. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the more important reasons.

1. Precisely Target Interested Customers

When you create a TV or newspaper advert, you are targeting masses of people. For example, if you advertise lawn mowers in a local newspaper, you will have a variety of people reading your ad, from teenagers to elderly people to businesspeople. Most of your audience probably don’t require a lawn mower at that point in time.

However, with Google AdWords, you can precisely target customers who are interested in lawn mowers only. When someone searches for “lawn mower shop Manchester”, you can place your ad directly on Google’s search results. Since this person is highly interested in purchasing a lawn mower, they are more likely to click your ad. As a result, they are more likely to convert, either by purchasing a lawn mower or through some other conversion. Instead of spending huge amounts on newspaper ads (directed at the masses), you can spend the same on interested customers, who are very likely to purchase.

This means that with a small amount of investment, you can get highly interested people coming to your website. These people have shown interest in your product by conducting a search into Google, and this means you’ll get more conversions and more purchases.

2. Instant Results

This is a no-brainer. With SEO, you have to wait up to six months to start seeing your website receive lots of traffic. While this may be a long-term investment, it does take time. While you are waiting for your website to rise in the SERPs, you can invest in some short-term PPC/Google AdWords advertising. With as little as £20, you can start receiving interested customers to your website. These customers will arrive at your site in as little as a few hours, and you can generate some quick business.

Since PPC is a relatively inexpensive method to gain customers, you can experiment with pricing and keywords. The results are quick; you don’t need to wait months. That said, SEO should definitely be a part of your long-term internet marketing strategy, but PPC can have quick results too.

3. Get Exact Predictions and Data

With Google AdWords, you can choose which keywords you’d like to target. Then, you can get predictions on how many clicks you’ll get.

This gives you exact data and it’ll help you forecast how much traffic you expect to receive. If we compare this to newspaper ads or radio ads, they don’t give any detailed metrics on what you can expect. They may highlight certain demographics or ages, but they aren’t measured with the accurate specificity of Google AdWords. With PPC, you can get accurate metrics on what to expect. Since so many businesses use Google AdWords each year, Google have amassed exponential amounts of data and research on what keywords convert best. All this data is neatly compiled into the AdWords Keyword Planner, and you can easily access it.

You can input the amount of money you’d like to spend per day, eg: £10. With that £10, the tool will state how many clicks you’ll get for that £10 for your chosen keywords. You can then toggle around with the keywords, and choose cheaper or more expensive keywords. This gives you unlimited freedom, because the keywords have been tried and tested, and Google’s long experience in PPC advertising helps you hone in on the most profitable keywords/search queries to target.

Final Thoughts

Google AdWords can be a versatile source of advertising for you. It will allow you to get exact predictions on your expected traffic, it’s easy to use, and it’ll quickly bring targeted customers to your website. If you feel that traditional advertising isn’t working for you, or you want an easy way to get targeted customers to your website, Google AdWords is the perfect choice for you.

Direct Submit Pay per Click & SEO Services
Direct Submit are an established Search Engine Marketing and Internet Marketing company. With over 95% of our business coming direct from client referral, we provide a cost effective and highly efficient service. We offer a client focused service, and always speak to our clients in a language they understand, helping them understand the Internet and how a successful Internet Marketing Campaign can benefit their business.

Established over a decade ago and operating from the North East of the UK, Direct Submit have become one of the leading SEO and Internet Marketing providers in the North East and the UK. Our client retention rate is exceptional, currently over 80%, which shows our commitment to working with the client to make a project a success. Unlike most other SEO companies, we do not do any marketing of note. We don’t employ sales people, not do we cold call or bombard business with sales materials. Virtually our entire client base comes directly from referrals.

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350 or email us on mail@directsubmit.co.uk. We look forward to your call.

Disability Plan to Help a Million into Work

Disability Plan to Help a Million into Work
The BBC are reporting that the government plans to get one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years have been set out by the government. Ministers say the new strategy will help those with disabilities keep their jobs and progress in their careers.

The new measures include widening the number of people who can issue fitness-to-work notices and additional training for mental health professionals. Labour’s Debbie Abrahams said benefit cuts had already pushed more disabled people towards poverty.

The pledge comes after ONS figures from June 2017 suggested that disabled people were twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. About 80% of non-disabled people are in work compared with just under 50% of disabled people.

Prime Minister Theresa May said a person’s life and career “should not be dictated by their disability or health condition”.

“Everyone deserves the chance to find a job that’s right for them,” she added. “I am committed to tackling the injustices facing disabled people who want to work, so that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them.”

The government says in the past four years 600,000 disabled people have found work. However, the disability charity Scope says progress is too slow. The new strategy includes:

  • Measures to provide access to personalised support for those with mental health issue
  • Extending “fit note” certification – which details how a condition affects someone’s ability to work – beyond GPs to a wider group of healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists, psychiatrists and senior nurses
  • Reform statutory sick pay

The 10-year plan builds on a green paper published last year which pledged to halve the so-called disability employment gap. The government hopes the changes to the fit note system will improve the identification of health conditions and treatments to help workers get back to work quickly.

But some disability activists say the problem lies in employers’ attitudes. Mik Scarlet, an inclusion specialist, says he chose to be self-employed after some “disastrous attempts” at getting work.

“Employers have little idea of how beneficial disabled employees can be to a workforce,” he said. “They also don’t understand that creating flexible inclusive work systems improves the working environment for all.”

BBC disability correspondent Nikki Fox said it was not the first time the government had pledged to get more disabled people into work. However, she said “the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people has not significantly changed for some years”.

Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Ms Abrahams, warned the government’s plans “hinted at” further cuts. “The Tories’ cuts to social security support are pushing more and more disabled people into poverty,” she said.

“The Tories have already hit disabled people who are not fit for work but who may be in the future in the work related activity group. “I hope they are not going to now target the most disabled people in the support group, as their green paper hinted at.”

Pound Rises on Hopes of Brexit Progress

Pound Rises on Hopes of Brexit Progress
The value of the pound continued to climb on Thursday as hopes rose of progress in the Brexit negotiations. Sterling hit a two-month dollar high on Wednesday on reports the UK had offered to pay up to €50bn to settle its EU “divorce bill”.

The Times also reported on Thursday that the UK was close to a deal concerning the border with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The pound was up more than half a cent against the dollar at $1.3467. Against the euro, sterling also rose 0.4% to €1.1363. On the stock market, the benchmark FTSE 100 share index was down 25.06 points at 7,368.50.

Shares in Aviva rose 2.6% after the insurer increased its targets for growth and dividend payouts.

Outside the FTSE 100, shares in the owner of the Daily Mail newspaper – Daily Mail and General Trust – plunged by a quarter after the publisher reported a full-year loss and gave a downbeat outlook for next year.

The company reported a loss of £112m after writing down the value of some of its businesses by more than £200m, and added that expected earnings in the short-term to be “adversely affected by recent disposals and challenging conditions in some of our sectors”.

Pub operator Marston’s saw its shares jump nearly 10% after it reported a rise in full-year profits and said it was “well positioned” for growth next year.

But results from rival Greene King fell flat by contrast. Its shares dropped 2.8% after the brewer and pub owner reported an 8% fall in half-year profits and said trading conditions were likely to “toughen” in the next few years.

Google Faces Mass Legal Action in UK

Google Faces Mass Legal Action in UK
Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.

The group taking action – Google You Owe Us – is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd. He estimates the users could get as much as “several hundred pounds each”.

The case centres on how Google used cookies – small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order to deliver targeted ads. The complaint is that for several months in 2011 and 2012 Google placed ad-tracking cookies on the devices of Safari users which is set by default to block such cookies.

The Safari workaround, as it became known, affected a variety of devices but the UK case will focus on iPhone users.

Mr Lloyd said: “In all my years speaking up for consumers, I’ve rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own.” He added: “Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we’re not afraid to fight back.”

Mr Lloyd said Google had told him that he must “come to California” if he wanted to pursue legal action against the firm. “It is disappointing that they are trying to hide behind procedural and jurisdictional issues rather than being held to account for their actions,” he said.

Google told the BBC: “This is not new – we have defended similar cases before. We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it.”

Those affected do not have to pay any legal fees or contact any lawyers as they will automatically be part of the claim, unless they wish to opt out.

The case is being supported by law firm Mishcon de Reya, which specialises in large-scale litigation.

Although there is no precedent for such a mass legal action in the UK, there is in the US. Google agreed to pay a record $22.5m (£16.8m) in a case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the same issue in 2012. The firm also settled out of court with a small number of British consumers.

The case will be heard in the High Court, likely in spring 2018.

PT Ranson: A New Bathroom for your Home

PT Ranson: A New Bathroom for your Home

As we move forward towards the winter, now is an excellent time to consider making home improvements in various aspects of your life, and some areas ready for a change may include such all-important areas of your home as the kitchen and bathroom. If you have plans to move home or remodel a bathroom in your home, it will be helpful to know what will be fashionable in 2018 and, PT Ranson bathrooms offer such delights the range of designer showers and bathrooms available from the likes of Vitra bathrooms and Hansgrohe Bathrooms.

For those looking to move house then the evidence shows that the rooms that buyers will often scrutinize are the kitchen and bathroom. Since other rooms can be improved upon with paint, flooring or carpeting and perhaps some minor electrical work, an attractive, recently updated kitchen or bathroom is more likely to tip the scales in favour of a sale.

If you are planning to upgrade to designer bathrooms in your current home for a future home sale or for your own enjoyment, you will want to do your research and find a manufacturer of high-quality luxury bathroom fittings who can deliver exactly what you want. If you are adding a new bathroom to your current home, you will want to choose a sleek design that provides the greatest possible return on your investment, and in many cases it will make sense to upgrade existing bathrooms to ensure a similarly updated and well-appointed look. The right designer will be able to help you do just that.

People adding a new bathroom to their home or upgrading to designer bathrooms have many things to consider before going into a showroom, and it is helpful to envision the desired result before deciding between the options that you have based on space availability, plumbing and other issues. One of the most obvious considerations is what you generally want your designer bathrooms to look like. Do you have a preferred colour scheme?

What about a preference for features that will be easy to clean? Do certain types of fixtures appeal to you more than others? Next, consider how your preferences will work with the layout of your current bathroom. To what extent might the existing layout have to change? Would you be willing and able to consider a more extensive renovation that involves new plumbing and electrical wiring? Will the dimensions of your existing bathroom or planned add-on leave enough space and allow for comfortable placement of fittings and ease of movement between the tub or shower, toilet and sink?

All of these questions need to be answered before ordering your luxury bathroom fittings, and the right manufacturer will come to your home, do a walk-through and work with you to develop a design that will work with your preferences as well as any variables that cannot be changed.

Once you have gone through this initial phase of the design process, you will be able to decide on the features that you would like to include in your renovated bathroom. Popular features right now include basin-style sinks on vanity bases with additional shelving or drawers, wide sinks and mirrors which can be shared by couples in master baths, free-standing tubs, recessed spaces for shampoo and other toiletries, stainless steel fixtures and white or off-white fittings against a dark background.

If you have limited cabinetry in your current bathroom or exposed plumbing which you would like to conceal, certain luxury bathroom fittings by Kohler and others can solve both problems in the form of an equally attractive and useful vanity base which also will also make the best possible use of the space. Shower cubicles can also be an excellent space-saving feature which makes for easier cleaning.

For larger bathrooms, separate shower cubicles and free-standing tubs are an attractive way to break up a large space, and windows with a view of the treetops can make the bath experience even more relaxing. Finally, you will want to make certain that the installers are familiar with the manufacturer’s products and support services. A reputable designer will recommend knowledgeable installers who will typically bring in their own electricians and plumbers as needed for your bathroom renovation project.

Whether your home is ten years old or 100 years old, adding a new bathroom or upgrading to designer bathrooms is one of the best investments you can make in your home. The right luxury bathroom fittings will make your daily routine more enjoyable, impress your guests and put you in a favourable position to sell your home should that day ever come. You might even find that certain space-saving features are more attractive than the ones you already have. Make sure that the designer you choose can offer the best value for the design you have chosen, and your new designer bathroom will delight your family and guests for many years to come.

If you want a looking for a new shower 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 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 has been supplying and installing components for luxury bathrooms across the UK for over 15 years. We work with architect’s specifications as needed and are prepared to guide homeowners through every step of the process, from initial consultation and planning to final installation. Let our experts outfit your home with the luxury bathroom of your dreams in 2015. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today on 0191 469 6999 or visit the P.T. Ranson designer bathrooms website today.

Ethical Hackers to Boost NHS Cyber Defences

Ethical Hackers to Boost NHS Cyber Defences
The NHS is spending £20m to set up a security operations centre that will oversee the health service’s digital defences. It will employ “ethical hackers” to look for weaknesses in health computer networks, not just react to breaches.

Such hackers use the same tactics seen in cyber-attacks to help organisations spot weak points.

In May, one-third of UK health trusts were hit by the WannaCry worm, which demanded cash to unlock infected PCs.

In a statement, Dan Taylor, head of the data security centre at NHS Digital, said the centre would create and run a “near-real-time monitoring and alerting service that covers the whole health and care system”.

The centre would also help the NHS improve its “ability to anticipate future vulnerabilities while supporting health and care in remediating current known threats”, he said. And operations centre guidance would complement the existing teams the NHS used to defend itself against cyber-threats.

NHS Digital, the IT arm of the health service, has issued an invitation to tender to find a partner to help run the project and advise it about the mix of expertise it required.

Kevin Beaumont, a security vulnerability manager, welcomed the plan to set up the centre. “This is a really positive move,” he told the BBC.

Many private sector organisations already have similar central teams that use threat intelligence and analysis to keep networks secure.

“Having a function like this is essential in modern-day organisations,” Mr Beaumont said. “In an event like WannaCry, the centre could help hospitals know where they are getting infected from in real time, which was a big issue at the time, organisations were unsure how they were being infected”.

In October, the UK’s National Audit Office said NHS trusts had been caught out by the WannaCry worm because they had failed to follow recommended cyber-security policies. The NAO report said NHS trusts had not acted on critical alerts from NHS Digital or on warnings from 2014 that had urged users to patch or migrate away from vulnerable older software.

Imgur Confirms 1.7 Million Users Hit by Data Breach

Imgur Confirms 1.7 Million Users Hit by Data Breach
Image-sharing website Imgur has confirmed that the emails and passwords of 1.7 million users were compromised in 2014. The data breach has only recently come to light after being discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt. Mr Hunt said he was impressed with the company’s swift response.

Imgur said in a statement that no other personal data had been taken as it did not collect information such as real names and phone numbers. “We apologise that this breach occurred and the inconvenience it has caused you,” wrote Roy Sehgal, Imgur’s chief operating officer, in a blog post.

Mr Sehgal said Imgur was “still investigating” but its former encryption method – a hashing algorithm – may have been “cracked with brute force”. That algorithm had been replaced in 2016, he added.

“We recommend that you use a different combination of email and password for every site and application,” he wrote. “Please always use strong passwords and update them frequently.”

Troy Hunt tweeted that Imgur had released a statement 25 hours after he had contacted the company. “This is really where we’re at now: people recognise that data breaches are the new normal and they’re judging organisations not on the fact that they’ve had one but on how they’ve handled it when it’s happened,” he wrote.

This month it was revealed that ride-hailing app Uber had concealed a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and drivers. It also admitted to paying the hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the stolen data. “None of this should have happened,” said chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi.