Looking for that Executive Search Position

Looking for that Executive Search Position

Finding interesting and relevant roles within management can often prove really difficult in UK cities such as Leeds, Manchester, London and the like. However, there are so many different methods available to recruitment companies to advertise their executive vacancies and such a broad range of websites online advertising jobs that this will help your job search.

Executive Search

Spending hours searching for jobs and trawling through job advertisements can be disheartening, especially as online often many vacancies will be outdated, offer unrealistic work at home opportunities or other adverts that aren’t relevant to your search.

A lot of people have found a way round this is to sign up with a recruitment agency offering specific regional search opportunities such as Executive Search Leeds or Executive Search Positions wherever, so they get to hear about job openings they may be interested in as soon as they become available.

When you are working at middle or senior management level competition when applying for new roles is fierce and being recommended by a well-respected recruitment agency is an excellent way to make a really good first impression, especially if you have done well in previous roles you have undertaken for them.  So undertaking several short term contracts using a recruitment agency offering Executive Search Yorkshire can be a really good way to boost your CV and widen your skills set across your chosen industry and help you career really start to move in the right direction.

Working with an agency offering executive search is an excellent way to get more flexibility within your working life so if you have other commitments but still want to continue working or a looking to get more experience across your chosen field being able to take advantage of short term contracts that will often come up be the perfect solution.

If you are looking for something more permanent a reputable agency will also get plenty of permanent full and part time positions as well so you can be sure that no matter what type of employment terms you are looking for they will be able to help you find a role that is perfectly suited to your requirements.

A good agency that offers executive search will always build strong working links with all their clients and ensure that they are trusted to provide talented individuals that have the skill set required for the role sometimes at short notice so they will often be the first place a company calls when a new opportunity arises within their organisation.  If you are looking for work this can be a real advantage as you will often be among the first to apply if an interview is required, and as the agency will be able to forward all your details and required documents the application process is made simple and straight forward as well.

So no matter what type of industry you work within if you feel it’s time to take a step up the ladder to just want a change why not pas your details to an agency offering executive recruitment services and see what interim management roles they are able to offer you?

Once you have completed the initial registration process you may find you are pleasantly surprised with some of the employment offers you receive! Whether you are looking for full time, part time, temporary or permanent work they could help you find a role that is suitable for you much more quickly and easily that you may first think!

With the benefits including being among the first to hear about exciting new vacancies, a shorter application process and many roles having an immediate or short start date you could be working in a job that you really love far soon that you may first think.

World Cup Fails to Lift UK Retail Sales

World Cup Fails to Lift UK Retail Sales
The hunger for barbeques and World Cup-fever failed to lift retail sales in June as shoppers stayed away from the High Street. The Office for National Statistics said sales fell 0.5% between May and June, below expectations of a 0.2% rise.

The pound fell against the dollar in response, dipping below $1.30.

ONS senior statistician Rhian Murphy said: “Consumers stayed away from stores and instead enjoyed the World Cup and the heatwave.”

Keith Richardson, managing director retail sector at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “While the World Cup definitely got shoppers spending, these figures don’t cover the sudden rush of optimism that came with England’s progress beyond the initial group stage.”

“What they do show is how challenging the retail sector is at the moment. Even the longest heatwave that many shoppers can remember hasn’t been enough to persuade consumers to really open their wallets.”

In the year to June, retail sales rose by 2.9%, although that was a slowdown from the 4.1% annual increase recorded in May. However, in the April-to-June quarter retail sales increased by 2.1% – the biggest quarterly rise in 14 years.

Sports Direct Profits Fall

Sports Direct Profits Fall
Sports Direct has reported a sharp drop in annual profits, in part due to its exposure to struggling department store chain Debenhams. Pre-tax profits fell to £77.5m in the year to 29 April, down from £281.6m the year before. The drop was partly due to a £85.4m hit the retailer took on the value of its near-30% stake in Debenhams.

Sports Direct – which is run by founder Mike Ashley – said its UK sales were down 2% over the year to £2.2bn. However, total group revenues rose 3.5% to £3.4bn helped by an increase in sales from outside Europe.

Shares in the retailer fell by 11% at one point, before recovering slightly to stand 7% lower.

Sports Direct – which was founded by chief executive Mike Ashley – began building up its stake in Debenhams in 2017. It currently holds a 29.7% stake in the department store chain – just short of the 30% threshold that would force it to make a takeover bid.

However, Debenhams is struggling, and has issued three profit warnings so far this year. The chain is undergoing a turnaround plan designed to cut costs and boost sales, but its chief executive Sergio Bucher has said the UK retail sector is facing “exceptionally difficult times”.

In addition to its stake in Debenhams, Sports Direct also owns an 11% stake in House of Fraser, which recently announced a major restructuring.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today programme, Sports Direct’s head of strategic investments, Liam Rowley, said “We hope House of Fraser will come out stronger from the restructure.” Mr Rowley also told the programme that “retailers need to work together”, otherwise “Amazon’s going to eat your lunch”.

As well as the impact of the Debenhams stake, the sharp fall in Sports Direct’s profits was also partly due to the previous year’s figure being boosted by income from the sale of the Dunlop brand.

Stripping out these factors, underlying pre-tax profits rose to £152.9m from £113.7m the year before.

 

Ads Banned Under New Junk Food Rules

Ads Banned Under New Junk Food Rules
Cadbury, Chewits and Squashies sweets have become the first companies to have online adverts banned under new rules targeting junk food ads for children. The Advertising Standards Authority said the companies did not do enough to prevent under-16s seeing the content.

New rules governing children’s advertising online came into force last July, adding to rules already in place for TV ads.

The adverts featured on the companies’ websites, apps or social media. In its ruling, ASA banned Cadbury’s use of a storybook titled The Tale Of The Great Easter Bunny on its website, which featured children hunting for eggs.

Chewits had four Facebook posts banned which featured Chewie the Chewitsaurus in a number of campaigns.

And a so-called advergame app called Squashies World, where players match pairs of Squashies by flicking them towards each other, was also banned.

Caroline Cerny of the Obesity Health Alliance said: “Whilst today’s rulings should be celebrated, the complaints demonstrate the blatant ways in which the food and drink industry attempts to exploit loopholes in the rules.”

ASA chief executive Guy Parker said: “The ban on HFSS [high in fat, salt or sugar] ads in children’s online media is working, but it’s important that we enforce it rigorously. These rulings show that we’re doing that and will help advertisers understand where we’re drawing the line.”

Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, said it would now “build upon our longstanding commitment to not market directly to children under the age of 16”.

Swizzels, which makes Squashies, said the advergame it created was not designed to appeal to children and did not “in any way” encourage children to eat sweets.

Chewits producer Cloetta said its Chewitsaurus was not “developed to target under-16s” and was instead targeted at “parents and young adults”.

Separately, YouTube star Zoella and Pointless Blog, run by her partner Alfie Dayes, were not found to have broken the ASA rules, after advertising the confectionary brand Ferrero.

The body found reasonable steps had been taken to target ads appropriately, and only a small portion of the the channel’s viewers were under-16.

 

Google Web Spam Report

Google Web Spam Report
Google released its 2017 webspam report this morning. The metrics show improvements from last year’s report in several areas. For example, Google said that less than 1 percent of searchers ended up visiting a spammy website from the Google search results. And it reduced that figure by half in just a couple of years. Google doubled down on removing unnatural links, reduced link spam by almost half.

Google Web Spam Report

Google cut the number of hacked websites from showing in the search results by 80 percent, and cut link spam in search by almost half. As we covered recently, the number of Search Console notifications dropped to 6 million from 9 million the year before.

Google says its spam teams “doubled down” on removing unnatural links using algorithms and “scalable” manual actions.

Here are some of the highlights from the Google Web Spam Report:

• Less than 1 percent of sites visited from search results are spammy — and that’s been the case “for many years”.
• There was an 80 percent reduction of hacked sites in search results.
• Google doubled down on removing unnatural links via algorithms and manual actions.
• Link spam reduction year over year dropped by almost half.
• 90,000 user reports of search spam were acted on.
• 45 million messages were sent to registered website owners via Search Console.
• Six million of these messages are related to manual actions.

For more details on the Google Web Spam Report, check out the Google blog post.

Businesses & Unions Call for Urgency over Brexit

Businesses & Unions Call for Urgency over Brexit
Business and union leaders from across the UK and Europe have joined together to plead for “pace and urgency” in Brexit negotiations. The CBI and the TUC along with their European counterparts are calling on the UK government and the European Union to make “measureable progress”.

UK and EU leaders will attend a European Council meeting this week.

The groups say the UK and the EU must “put economic interests and people’s jobs, rights and livelihoods first”.

The CBI, BusinessEurope, the TUC and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) collectively represent 45 million workers and 20 million employers across the EU.

In a joint statement, they said: “We are calling on the UK government and the EU to inject pace and urgency in the negotiations, bringing about measurable progress, in particular a backstop arrangement to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

“Decisions will be needed in June and October to finalise the withdrawal agreement and the transitional arrangement, and put economic interests and people’s jobs, rights and livelihoods first.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will attend the European Council meeting on 28-29 June. However, she will be excluded from a gathering of the other 27 EU nations where chief negotiator Michel Barnier will provide on update on Brexit talks.

Carolyn Fairbairn and Markus Beyrer, the director-generals of the CBI and BusinessEurope respectively, as well as Luca Visentini and Frances O’Grady, the general secretaries of the ETUC and the TUC, met earlier this month in London to discuss Brexit.

Ahead of the European Council meeting they said: “The UK government and the EU will need to agree on all aspects of regulatory alignment, which is of the utmost importance, without jeopardising the integrity of the single market.”

A spokesman for the UK government said: “We absolutely agree. That’s why we have put forward workable proposals to the EU on a range of areas from the backstop to security, and the White Paper – which will be published after June Council – will continue to drive this process forward.

“We are confident that we can make progress if both the EU and UK engage constructively.”

 

Simplify Branded Risk Assessments for Your Business

Simplify Branded Risk Assessments for Your Business
Many people like the thought of being able to produce high quality branded risk assessments and other paperwork for their business to help them portray a professional and successful image to clients and other associates, but think that the effort and hard work required will be too time consuming when they have plenty of other tasks to get done.  But by simply using the correct software it is possible to produce branded and well laid out risk assessments and other documentation in no time at all and at RAMs App they are able to provide everything you need to get started right away.

Whether you are looking to produce one document or a number of documents regularly throughout the course of a year at RAMs App they will be able to provide a service that is well suited to the needs of your business.  With a flexible options available no matter the size of your business they will be able to offer you a package that is both financially viable and also able to cope with the demands of any business no matter how busy they may be.

Using RAMs App risk assessment software to create branded risk assessments not only helps give your documents a more professional finish it also helps you to complete them more efficiently and thoroughly as you simply fill in the pre created template with all the necessary information and then you can either print it out or send it directly to the recipient. As RAMs App software is compatible with all devices you can take advantage of its flexibility and complete your risk assessments on site no matter it might be ,which can help you save administration time.

So if you would like to be able to produce professional risk assessment software and other health and safety documentation complete with your own company logo why not take a look at the excellent packages on offer at RAMs App?  You might be surprised how simple the process is and how affordable it can be.

With reasonable rates and an excellent service offering you all the help and information you need it could be the perfect way to help improve your businesses working practises. For further information visit the RAMs App Risk Assessment website or give them a call today on 0800 066 2957.

Markets Fall as Trade War Fears Mount

Markets Fall as Trade War Fears Mount
Stock markets have fallen around the world in the wake of President Trump’s latest tariffs threat to China. The Dow Jones closed down almost 1.2% or 287 points after Asian and European markets fell sharply earlier.

Mr Trump has threatened to put tariffs on an extra $200bn (£141bn) of Chinese goods, sparking fears of a trade war. The US president said the tariffs would be imposed if China “refuses to change its practices”.

He condemned China’s “unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology” and added: “Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong.”

The markets reacted badly with China’s Shanghai Composite faring the worst in Asia, ending the day down 3.8%.

In Europe, Germany’s Dax index was down 1.2% by the close and France’s Cac 40 had lost 1.1%. London’s FTSE 100 ended the day at 7,603.85, a fall of 27 points or 0.36%.

In the US, the losses on the Dow thrust the index into negative territory for the year, with firms with business in China, such as Boeing, driving the index’s sixth day of declines.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also fell, closing down 0.4% and 0.3% respectively.

“The fear from here is a continued back and forth, escalating trade penalties on both sides with a further negative impact on growth,” Stifel Chief Economist, Lindsey Piegza said.

Away from Mr Trump’s dispute with China, Russia said it would impose tariffs on certain American goods in response to the recent tariffs placed on steel and aluminium imports by the US.

Russia’s Economy Minister, Maxim Oreshkin, said the tariffs would target goods of which the Russians already had domestic equivalents.

Microsoft Staff Demand End of Border Patrol Contract

Microsoft Staff Demand Firm Ends Border Patrol Contract
The BBC News website are reporting that An open letter signed by more than 100 Microsoft employees has called on the tech giant to stop its work with US Border Patrol.

The call comes as the Trump administration faces intense criticism over the separation of children from their families at the Mexican border. The letter, posted on an internal message board and published by the New York Times, said the employees “refuse to be complicit”.

Microsoft has said its technology was not being used for “projects related to separating children from their families at the border”.

In a statement published before the employee letter surfaced, the company said: “Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border. Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy and law since the end of World War II.”

However, the firm does have a $19.4m (£14.7m) contract with the US Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agency, known as ICE. In January, it posted information about how its cloud computing platform, Azure, was being used to facilitate data “security and compliance”.

The post read: “We’re proud to support this work with our mission-critical cloud.”

 

New Technology & Traditional Values

New Technology & Traditional Values
The Winning Combination for Building Society Sector 

Combining new technology with traditional values is the winning formula for the building society sector, which is enjoying a healthy growth in market share this year.

That was the upbeat message from the Building Societies Association’s annual conference in Manchester, a two day gathering which more than 500 executives from the UK’s 44 building societies attended.

The latest lending and savings figures from the BSA for Q1 2018 show that the societies, which last year had a 22 per cent share of the £1.4tr UK mortgage market, were accountable for 43 per cent of its growth – and took 40 per cent of cash savings deposits – between January and March.

Industry leaders believe the increased trust consumers have in building societies over the larger banks is one of the key factors in this growth in market share, a trend which the recent TSB online banking debacle will surely have only aided.

But there is also a recognition that the sector needs to move ever quickly on the adoption of digital technology to meet the demands of the tech-savvy digital consumer preferring a responsive banking app to a passbook at the counter.

One of the keynote speakers, Nationwide Chief Executive Joe Garner, wrote in his conference blog: “We must be able to adapt to members’ changing needs, whilst retaining the essence of our heritage and our humanity…Our goal is digital convenience with a human touch, a service enabled by technology, and made meaningful by people.”

In 2015, the Nationwide committed to invest £500m into its branch network, introducing new technology such as Nationwide Now which combines market leading technology and human service.

But what about the other mutuals? How are they embracing FinTech? By being, well, innovative. They are courting the technology incubators and collaborating with the digital disruptors. Combining new technology with the popularity of local branches offering face-to-face customer service is the key.

In April the Coventry Building Society launched a recruitment drive for more than 80 head office IT roles, increasing personnel at its UK-based IT department to nearly 450 – double its size just three years ago. The positions include system delivery engineers, analysts, cloud specialists, IT security specialists and IT architects.

Meanwhile last month the Cambridge Building Society returned to its roots by launching a new city centre branch close to its original offices which opened in 1884. But following a model that worked for a relaunch of its St Ives store in 2017, the new branch offers customers digital and assisted-service technology as well as face-to-face expertise.

Andy Jukes, Head of Direct Distribution, said it “combines technology with expertise from our team members – something we know is valued by customers”.

Bank of mum and dad ninth biggest mortgage lender

And what about the financial needs of borrowers? People struggling to afford a mortgage or deposit was the subject of a recently released report by Legal & General which revealed that the ninth highest mortgage lender this year will be neither a bank nor a building society.

With £5.7bn of lending for £81bn of property purchases and an average ‘loan’ of £18,000, the bank of mum and dad is in the top ten mortgage lenders list.

The report found more than a quarter of housing transactions are dependent on financial help, with 43% of buyers aged 35 to 44 and 26% of those aged 45 to 54 relying on support from their family.

With the average age of a first time buyer having risen from 30 to 33 between 2006 and 2017 and a forecast that borrowing by people in their 20s will halve by 2030, the BSA has commissioned a study on intergenerational mortgages describing inequality between the generations as ‘a growing challenge in our society’.

Financial Services dinner

HW Global Talent Partner will be hosting an industry dinner in London in September. The informal networking event offers an excellent opportunity to make new executive and non-executive industry contacts.

Guest speaker is David Stewart, Chairman of Enra Group and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of M&S Bank, HSBC Private Bank (UK), and LSL Property Services plc., and former Chief Executive of Coventry Building Society. He will talk on how he managed to create a non-conflicting NED portfolio in financial services.

The event, which is aimed at helping FS executives to launch and develop their NED careers, is being held in Mayfair on Wednesday September 12th with drinks and canapes from 6.30pm. If you would like to attend please contact darceyl@hwglobalpartner.com as there are only a few remaining places.

To find out how we can help your business, or if you want to discuss executive search, interim or NED opportunities, contact MD of HW Interim and Head of the Financial Services practice John Wakeford via his LinkedIn page, email johnw@hwglobalpartner.com or call +44 (0) 113 243 2004 for an informal discussion.