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New Recruiter On The Block

We have a new recruiter on the Benchmark block as Lee O’Connor joins us as a specialist in Financial and Legal recruitment.  With extensive recruitment experience, a week in he has already hit the ground running taking on new roles and registering candidates looking for career guidance in his area. “Lee brings great energy to the team, and already we

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Lead By Example

Benchmark Team Leader Rebecca Morris is smashing up the Benchmark record books by winning consultant of the month three times already in 2017. She certainly knows how to ‘lead by example’ as  she also recently went on an all expenses paid trip courtesy of Benchmark to Vienna to mark her winning Consultant of the year in 2016 – the third

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Bonjour to Amelie

Say Bonjour to our latest recruit Amelie De Candolle who is Parisian born.  Amelie has joined Benchmark HQ as a Consultant managing creative roles specifically working with clients seeking marketing and design candidates. Amelie has hit the ground running as she joins Benchmark with three years recruiting experience, and is already assisting candidates in their job search – plus she’s

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Special Commendation for Cortney

Our Office Administrator Cortney Oneal was this week recognised for her professional and personal achievements with a Special Commendation Award at the North Midlands South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards. Cortney was shortlisted for the Sheffield Apprentice of the Year award and came second with a Special Commendation Award for her commitment and dedication to her role. “As an employer I was

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Countdown for Cortney

Our Office Administrator Cortney Oneal is on tenterhooks in anticipation of  Tuesday’s North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards, when she will find out whether she is Sheffield’s Apprentice of the Year.  Cortney has been shortlisted for the awards and will go up against other high achievers of the city. Whatever the outcome we are so proud of Cortney who

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Skills survey asks business exactly what it needs

10 minutes to tell Sheffield City Region about the gaps  As employers everywhere worry about finding skilled staff, a ground-breaking initiative by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) is being launched today (Thursday 27th April)  to find out exactly what business needs. In one of the most in-depth surveys into skills gaps and hard-to-fill vacancies, hundreds of business leaders across the

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Apprenticeship Levy – A New Future For Apprenticeships

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy on April 6th  is set to create monumental changes in the future of Apprenticeships.   From this date onwards businesses with a payroll of over £3 million will be required to invest in apprenticeships.  The Apprenticeship Levy will see a co-investment and development of vocational skills designed to significantly increase the quantity and quality of

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Striving For a Fairer City

Is your company engaged with the Sheffield Fair City Employer Charter? Is the charter on your radar, and do you know which businesses in the city are already signed up? The Fair City Employer Charter is happening, and it’s happening in your city, and now is an opportune time to get behind it.  Businesses across Sheffield are championing fairness and

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Three Times Lucky

They say good things come in threes, well March has got off to a great start with three Benchmark employees all celebrating achievements.  Here we pay tribute to the hard work of Cortney Oneal, James Holding and Lucy Sibbald – each has their own story to tell….. First up there’s Cortney our receptionist and administrator who after just 10 months

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Geared up for KICX

Benchmark is all geared up to support Kelham Island Cyclo Cross (KICX) by sponsoring the new cycling event.  Due to take place on 6th May, this inspired race is a celebration of the industrial heritage of the steel city and combined with the passion for cycling from so many of Sheffield’s inhabitants.   The cyclo cross circuit will weave its

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Creative Sheffield unites for the CDI Cafe

Caption: Jay Bhayani, Bhayani HR and Employment Law, Richard Gourlay, Cowden Consulting, and Louisa Harrison-Walker, Benchmark Recruit. The creative minds of Sheffield came together for the second CDI Café today (Thursday, 16th February) focusing on Managing, Motivating or Moving On staff. The series of quarterly business breakfasts hosted by Bhayani HR & Employment Law and Benchmark address the employee life

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Digital Talent Of 2017

Benchmark has signed up to sponsor the Code>Make>Win awards for 2017 after their heads were turned by the hot bed of young talent at last year’s Code>Make>Win awards. This year young people will be invited to showcase their innovative ideas through Sheffield’s annual digital making competition, Code>Make>Win. Run by Sheffield City Council, the competition is open for entries in four

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New Chapter For Ellis

Senior Consultant Ellis Ridge has headed off to start a new chapter after four incredible years at Benchmark.  Ellis rose through the Benchmark ranks starting out as an apprentice at the age of 18 and finished her time here as a fully fledged consultant. “ Ellis’ success at Benchmark is testament to her determination and commitment, plus a result of

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CDI Cafe 2

The CDI Café team are all geared up for the second event on Thursday, 16th February at the Showroom Bar.  After the success of the first event in November 2016 Benchmark and Bhayani Law will  cover the second stage of the employee life cycle – Managing, Motivating or Moving On. The workshop based event is designed for Decision Makers of

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Benchmark Partners Up With Connect Yorkshire

Benchmark has taken the privileged position as one of Connect Yorkshire’s partners for 2017-18. This unique business group acts to support and develop talent across the region to help companies grow. Connect Yorkshire taps into a wealth of expertise from the most successful entrepreneurs in Yorkshire to deliver a programme of monthly sessions focused on key business areas of development.

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Christmas Party Exposé

Benchmark polled candidates and clients of South Yorkshire to uncover what really happens at the Christmas works party.   Business leaders will be relieved to discover 73% of respondents enjoy the Christmas do and only 27% would rather be at home. Of largest concern is that half of people questioned admitted to revealing company secrets, and half regretted it.  It transpires

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Sheffield Job Growth

According the research from leading job board, CV Library Sheffield is the place to be as in November it had the largest job growth in the UK. The steel city led the way with a 28.5% growth in vacancies, closely followed by Southampton (23.1%). Louisa Harrison-Walker, Managing Director at Benchmark commented: “These latest statistics further cement our city’s status as

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Leading The Way With Common Purpose

As a member of the Common Purpose advisory board Louisa Harrison-Walker, Managing Director at Benchmark, was proud to take part in the Frontrunner leadership development programme.  Louisa’s involvement enabled her to give university students first hand experience of leadership within business, and provide an open forum to discuss best practice. The Frontrunner Leadership Programme is designed to develop students leadership

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CDI Cafe launch

The CDI Café last week launched to key creative and digital businesses in Sheffield to address fundamental issues in attracting candidates to the city region. Benchmark and Bhayani HR and Employment Law joined forces to champion best practice and encourage people to take roles in Sheffield to address the skills shortage. The first of the quarterly events was held at

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CDI Cafe

New for November Benchmark has partnered with Bhayani Law to host a series of quarterly business breakfasts, specifically tailored for the CDI sector and focused on the Employee Life Cycle. The first event is set for Thursday, 10th November at The Sentinel with Guest Speaker, James Fox from 3 Squared. The programme of events is outlined below so put the

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We Hit The Perfect 10!

Caption: Karen McKay, Mistress Cutler, Craig McKay, Master Cutler and Louisa Harrison-Walker, Managing Director and Founder of Benchmark. (Left to Right) Benchmark marked a decade of recruiting in Sheffield in style by raising £1081 with a Sheffield themed quiz, in aid of the Master Cutler’s Challenge, fundraising for St Luke’s and Rotherham Hospice. The Benchmark team were joined by the

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Peak Performers

How To Get A Job In need of help getting a job? We’re thrilled to present our ultimate job guide, full of tips and advice from some of Sheffield’s most experienced and expert recruitment consultants. We’ve personally tackled the four most important things everyone can improve about their job search and the ways in which they can do it. Click

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Faces of Benchmark

Here we introduce you to the class of twenty sixteen at Benchmark Recruitment and the team we’re heading into our 10th year with. As the phrase goes ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ and our new team shot does just that – anyone who knows us knows there are real characters at Benchmark and that’s what makes the business what

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Made in Sheffield

It’s no secret that we are proud of our Sheffield heritage, so when the opportunity came about to sponsor Museum Sheffield’s new Made in Sheffield exhibition we jumped at the chance.  The exhibition will run until 8th January and reflects the diversity of the design and production that takes place in Sheffield. The talent and business excellence embedded in our city

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Benchmark Salutes Technical Whizz

Benchmark Senior Consultant Ellis Ridge had the privilege of presenting the Best Innovation Award at Sheffield City Council’s Code Make Win awards at the Workstation on Thursday, 7th July. The Code Make Win initiative was designed to showcase the best of students coding and digital making projects, supporting young talent by encouraging them to enter their creations. The winning Best

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We like to move it!

We love a bit of healthy competition at Benchmark, and when we heard about the Move More Workplace Challenge we couldn’t not get involved. The Move More initiative is designed to encourage the people of Sheffield to become the most active city in the UK by 2020 – ultimately improving health an quality of life.  Move More was established as

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Switch On To Young Talent

Benchmark switches on to fresh young talent by sponsoring the Best Innovation category in Sheffield City Council’s Code>Make>Win competition, also supported by Barclays.  The initiative is designed to showcase the best of students coding and digital making projects, supporting young talent by encouraging them to enter their creations. The Best Innovation award will run across all three competition age groups:

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Swing Into Action

Benchmark will be swinging into action this Friday in support of the Neurocare Golf Day at the Hallamshire Golf Club.  Now in its 11th year the Golf Day is a favourite in the Benchmark calendar as the business has supported the charity for many of these years. With 48 teams battling it out to take the winning spot on the

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All Set For Summer

We’re ramping up to a big summer at Benchmark with new faces joining the team and celebrations on the cards.  Check out the latest news from our HQ…. Make History With Us – Benchmark 10th Anniversary 2016 is set to go down in the Benchmark history books as we’re already planning our 10th anniversary celebrations in September – and we want you to be a

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Say It With Flowers

When a candidate hand delivers flowers and chocolates to thank you for helping to place them in a new role, it’s a great feeling and drives us on to keep delivering a first class service that genuinely makes a difference to people’s lives. Here we let the words speak for themselves – this was the message our consultant Becca received

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Creative Creatures

When you think of famous artists you don’t generally think of animals – well, thanks to Whirlow Hall Farm this is all about to change.   The charity is set to host a unique exhibition featuring artwork by their own creative creatures from the farm itself. The original artwork will be showcased at this exclusive event on Thursday, 28th April at

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What’s in a name?

From our experience a name says a lot, and a strong name will make someone stand out from the crowd.  We want our chicks to enter the world confidently and are taking the naming of them seriously. So far we have Whirlow, Beaksy, Penelope and Yeezy.  With 12 chicks we need a couple more inventive hen inspired names before our

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#Eggwatch LIVE

You heard it right #eggwatch is now live and broadcasting – simply click here to view the action from the hatchery. There are cracks appearing in egg 20, 7, 17 and 3 – we have our eagle eyes on the eggs to see which cracks fully open first.  The race is on, and whoever is closest to the arrival date and

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#EggWatch

We’re heading into week two of #eggwatch and the egg-citement (sorry couldn’t resist!) is building. Thanks to our ovascope we’ve been able to keep a beady eye on the chicks growth – this is where they’re up to at the development stage of Day 7/8. In total we have 20 eggs and potentially a third to a

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EGG-traordinary news

We’re going retro this Easter and are recreating the classic Easter classroom experience with an egg incubator! This is a real throwback to our youth and we’re super egg-cited to bring new life into the Benchmark world.  We’re all set to nurture the eggs, and watch them hatch before they are rehomed at Whirlow Hall Farm. This will probably be

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Vote For Values

Every month at Benchmark we have an internal vote called ‘Vote For Values’ where we decide which one of our fellow Benchmarkers has demonstrated best practice in the work place.  Each employee votes for the colleague they feel has demonstrated most of our company values, picking out positive moments from the month just gone – this can be anything from

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Sheffield Roots

At Benchmark we’re proud of our Sheffield roots, and when it came to supporting the Master Cutler’s Challenge this year there was no question of doubt that we wanted to be involved.  Having the opportunity to support St Luke’s Hospice and Rotherham Hospice through this unique charity event is one we couldn’t resist, as they both provide invaluable services to

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True Colours

This week we played host to business leaders of Sheffield and South Yorkshire with our Perfect Pairings Business Breakfast. Our early morning starters entered into the spirit of the event taking on famous character names and finding their perfect pair.  So, we had Brad Pitt searching for Angelina and Homer looking for Marge all at the Workstation! Once connected we

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Perfect Pairings

With Valentines round the corner we couldn’t resist this opportunity to spread the love across the Sheffield business community with our quarterly business breakfast with a twist – Perfect Pairings. Following the great success of our two Business Breakfasts in 2015, by popular demand we’re back with this new twist.  With a strong business network we’re keen to share our

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Step Up For Benchmark Consultant Rebecca Morris

Benchmark’s Commercial Consultant Rebecca Morris has stepped up to Senior Consultant after a phenomenal 2015 where she exceeded all  expectations with the number of candidates she helped place in their dream role. In her new position Rebecca will head up a team of five consultants at the Sheffield recruitment agency, whilst also handling roles across the commercial sector, primarily focusing

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