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Thinking Outside The Box

We had the Sheffield business community quite literally thinking outside the box with our MADE Festival Fringe event at Benchmark HQ in partnership with Common Purpose.  We worked with Common Purpose, the leadership and development provider, to host a practical session focusing on the ‘Art of Collaboration’ to upskill attendees, and allow them to develop fresh techniques to broaden their

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Icing On The Cake

It’s been a memorable week for our Benchmark consultant Becca Morris – she nailed second place in the Neurocare charity Bake Off, plus the icing on the cake has been hitting her ambitions target for 2015 two months early! Becca cooked up a treat for Neurocare’s annual Bake Off going up against the city’s star bakers, showcasing her own signature

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Bonding over breakfast

Nothing like being handcuffed together for a bonding networking event!   That is what the guests to our second business breakfast were treated to courtesy of The Great Escape Game today. The Business Breakfast with a twist focused on team building through fresh and inspiring techniques, from the Great Escape Game and, business psychologist Simon Kilpatrick from Intrinsic Links.  This morning

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A New Chapter at Benchmark HQ

There’s the dawn of a new era at Benchmark HQ as Rob Shaw is promoted to Sales Director.  Rob will form a new partnership with Managing Director, Louisa Harrison-Walker to further develop the recruitment firm. Rob’s appointment comes as he returns to Benchmark following a year’s adoption leave.  Rob is set to help drive the business forward and continue to

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All work no play?!

We’re excited to announce details of our second Business Breakfast with a twist – on Wednesday, 14th October at 8am we’re partnering up with Sheffield’s Great Escape Game to deliver a networking breakfast focusing on fresh techniques to retain your best staff. The Great Escape Game, Sheffield’s escape room experience, will have practical games and an insightful tactics to encourage

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The Importance of Down Time

When embarking on a career, many of us thrive on being successful, climbing the ladder, breaking through that glass ceiling and, ultimately being well paid for our efforts. Whilst it is great to have a rewarding job and to be stimulated by the 9-5, it’s very easy for the ‘work to live’ ethic to turn in a ‘live to work’

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Making the Right Impression

If there is one place where first impressions really do count, it’s in an interview situation. In a startling number of cases, a decision is made the very second a candidate enters the room. Even if the candidate has the best credentials for the job, it can be very difficult for an employer to overcome that crucial first impression, which

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Home grown talent at Benchmark

Our apprentice Ellie was ‘hired’ this week as she secured a permanent position as an Office Administrator at Benchmark HQ following a year completing her Level 2 diploma as a Business Administrator. Ellie is a product of home grown talent, as she joined Benchmark at age 18 and has gone on to complete her Interserve apprenticeship learning on the job

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No Fear

We’re giving a big shout out to our consultant Ellis who showed no fear in her the jump for Whirlow Hall Farm and sky dived to raise a whopping £536 for the Sheffield charity. Ellis absolutely loved the experience so much so that she’s contemplating booking in for the next one.  We think her face says it all! The funds raised

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Goldmann sachs

Congratulations to Louisa our director who recently graduates from the Goldman Saccs 10,000 Small Business Course at Manchester Metropolitan University Louisa won her place on the course after a gruelling application and interview process. The course which is funded by the Goldman Saccs foundation was run over six months and involved a cohort of 30 business leaders. The modules 

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Gardening Day at Whirlow Hall Farm

As part of Benchmark Recruit’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibilty we were delighted to take lend a hand at Whirlow Hall Farm and Eductional Trust. The farm provides interactive educational programmes for children from all areas and backgrounds across Sheffield. Whirlow Hall Farm relies soley on donations and contributions from local businesses and people. We were joined by several members

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Chesterfield College

We are often surprised how many young people apply to us with poor CVs and lacking the ability to sell themselves at interview, considering how essential these life skills are we were more than happy to lend a hand and host a seminar for the pupils at Chesterfield College. The session focused on offering advice and guidance on how to

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Benchmark Recruits for Neurocare!

It was during a chance meeting at Nabarro’s Annual Summer Ball held at Sheffield Cathedral that Lesley Eland from Neurocare mentioned that she was desperate for an extra pair of hands in the fundraising office, but was just too snowed under to get it sorted! Knowing the hard work and dedication that the Neurocare team put in to their charitable

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Yorkshire Day

Ey up! Staff at Benchmark Recruit recently joined forces with JCI Sheffield on a campaign to celebrate everything Yorkshire-like and raise money for local charities, in association with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation. On Friday 31st July all staff were encouraged to come to work dressed as one of the county’s stereotypes and donate a minimum of £2 for the

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Whirlow Hall Farm Charity Raffle

Benchmark Recruit, sponsors of the JCI Ball held in Sheffield last month,raised over £1000 for Whirlow Hall Farm with a charity raffle. The prizes were donated by a range of Sheffield companies and organisation including Cubana’s bar and restaurant, The Mediterranean, Sheffield International Venues, Exposed Magazine, Seams Ltd and so on. Bridget Evans, Chief Executive of Whirlow Hall Farm Educational

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Charity Race Night!

Benchmark Recruit were one of the main sponsors of Irwin Mitchell’s ‘Charity Race Night’ – an event held at the Irwin Mitchell offices in Sheffield city centre. Ladies were invited to place bets on the races and the evening included some highlights of horse-racing and spectating from the 80s as well as many interesting hats and head-attire! A huge success,

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Benchmark’s Amy Tingle now a Neurocare Trustee!

We are delighted to announce that Benchmark Director Amy Tingle has been chosen and appointed as a trustee of Neurocare the charity that provides Funding to purchase world-beating technology for the Neurosciences Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. Lesley – Chief Executive of Neurocare said “it became apparent during our talking head focus group that Amy was capable

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Sponsored walk for Water Aid

Benchmark Directors Amy Tingle and Louisa Harrison joined other JCI Sheffield members for a sponsored walk to raise funds for WaterAid, a charity that helps provide clean drinking water for underprivilaged children across the world. The theme of the day was to walk a mile in someone elses shoes which involved walking across Sheffield carrying a water bucket and between

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Benchmark Charity Business Club

Our first charity networking event went with a bang! Over 50 attendees came to network and support a charity close to our hearts. The breakfast event raised just under £500 Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, which is the unique environmental and educational trust that works with inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities. Since its launch in

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Three Peaks Challenge!

Benchmark and the extended team proved they had the heart and the head for heights after tackling one of the country’s toughest outdoor challenges in aid of the British Heart Foundation! The group had less than 24 hours to complete the notorious Three Peaks Challenge and raise £1,000 for the charity! The challenge saw the team climbing Ben Nevis in

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Charity football tournament

Benchmark Recruit joined forces with JCI Sheffield to host a football fundraising tournament in aid of the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (JCI’s nominated charity of the year) and the Boots For Africa campaign. The tournament was a culmination of months of hard work by Louisa (who is also Community Director for JCI) and Andrew Whitham of SUFC and simply wouldn’t

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Charity on the farm

We may be sharp-suited city slickers…but there’s nothing the team at Benchmark Recruit like more than an escape to the country. And that’s why we have become members of the 480 Club, the business organisation that supports the city’s Whirlow Hall Farm. Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is the unique environmental and educational trust that works with inner city children and

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Selling Scarves for Neurocare…

“We were absolutely thrilled to have employees from Benchmark Recruit helping out with Neurocare November scarf sales. Their competition amongst themselves meant they often had the heaviest collection tins of the day and really helped to boost our totals. We are so grateful for their constant enthusiasm and support.” Emma Douglas, Fundraiser

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What would you do with an extra day off?

“Earlier this year, I stumbled across an advert requesting volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia. As somebody who had witnessed how Dementia could change people’s lives for the worse as my nan passed away after suffering from this illness, I felt it would be something I’d be keen to assist with. My life was in a pretty stable, happy

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Fighting for access to libraries for the children of the future…

Sheffield City Council has announced that our under threat local libraries will move into community control. This includes Totley library that our Director Louisa has been campaigning to save. Since October 2013 Louisa and a team of volunteers have been campaigning hard to keep their local library open. This has involved many public meetings, hundreds of consultation response forms being completed, countless petitions being

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Leap of faith

Our fearless consultant Ellis is all set to take a leap of faith and jump out of a plane on Saturday 11th July in aid of Whirlow Hall Farm. Ellis is no stranger to flying and has taken many foreign holidays, but this will be the first time she has actively exited a plane mid flight!  There’ll be no time

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Wellness Breakfast – Feel Good Factor

The Wellness Breakfast team: Hanna Leahy, Business Development Manager at SHU Centre for Sport, Exercise and Science, Louisa Harrison Walker, Director at Benchmark, James Wilson, the Sleep Expert, Lucy SIbbald, Benchmark Marketing Manager, Rob Shaw , Sales & Operations Manager and Anouska Carter from SHU Centre for Sport, Exercise and Science (left to right) Employee wellness was hot on the agenda for the

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Businesses Switch on to Working Fathers

At Benchmark Recruit we polled working fathers to reveal Yorkshire businesses are switched on to the pressures of family life, with 83% of respondents admitting their employers are flexible when it comes to their working hours. The survey questioned Yorkshire Dads on their working habits now they are fathers, and showed 20% have reduced their hours since having kids. Working

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Father’s in Business

With Father’s Day on the horizon, we’ve decided it’s time to uncover the truth behind father’s working routine, and how adaptable employers are around their family commitments.  Are businesses more open to male part-time workers?  Has becoming a father hampered your chances of promotion?  We want to hear from you. We’re asking you to help us by  taking part in our

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Embracing The Digital Demand

At Benchmark we’re spearheading the search for digital candidates in Sheffield to meet the digital job growth across the region. More than 5%* of job roles in Yorkshire are a result of the digital revolution and weren’t in existence pre 1990 – since 2004 IT and digital jobs have had a real impact in the national and regional employment figures,

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Heads Up For Neurocare

As a trustee of Neurocare, our very own Amy Tingle last weekend had the honour of handing out finishers medals for the Neurocare Head Start event at Rother Valley Country Park. In it’s sixth year, this event attracted over 600 runners and walkers and is set to make over £20,000 to fund life saving equipment for use in the Neuro

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Home grown strategy

Is it really so important to have a defined vision in order to take your business forward? Or should you just go with the flow? Nick Green looks at the vital role of strategy in uncertain times. To quote John Lennon, ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’ To anyone doing business throughout the past

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Role play can help your interview style

Communication coaches video their clients’ presentations to highlight distracting mannerisms or awkward body language. Role playing your interview from beginning to end (with a friend “acting” the interviewer) can do more than just reveal a limp handshake. A consistent message Your entire “performance” should allay an interviewer’s greatest fear – that of choosing the wrong person. Does your appearance, attitude,

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The five biggest hiring mistakes

Hiring the right people is critical for any business but especially for a small company with relatively few employees.  Hiring mistakes not only waste time and money, they create a ripple effect that impacts other employees and your business. Here are five hiring mistakes you absolutely must avoid: 1.  Thinking you can change a leopard’s spots.** All employees typically must follow

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Childcare costs hit women hardest

Women are being priced out of the job market because of deep government cuts in state funding for childcare, according to research published on Sunday. The study by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinktank challenges the claims made by ministers that their flagship welfare reforms will “make work pay” and encourage people off benefits and into work. Instead, the IPPR analysis highlights figures

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Agency workers regulations – new rights, new rules – what could it mean for my business?

Q: Agency workers regulations – new rights, new rules – what could it mean for my business? The Agency Workers Regulations (“AWR”) improve the position of temps (as agency workers are usually known) and may make them less attractive overall to businesses. The most important new right is the right to the same pay and conditions when a temp has

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Improve Your Applications

Improve your applications If you apply for a job, the least you hope for is to get an interview. Yet as many as 9 out of 10 applicants for a job fail at the application stage, and often because of basic mistakes. Faced with a mountain of applications, employers look for simple way to sift out large numbers of applicants

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