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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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Rise To The Challenge

Caption: (LR) Getting stuck in to the tasty treats – Lucy Sibbald, Louisa Harrison-Walker and Cortney Oneal from Benchmark, plus Amy Tingle from Neurocare. Benchmark bakers rose to the challenge to meet the ‘Neurocare November’ target of raising £100 for the Neurocare charity. The team created home baked goods and sold them to neighbouring businesses at the Workstation, raising £125

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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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Spooky goings on

With Halloween looming are there spooky goings on in your workplace?  It may just be the ghouls of your office getting their spook on, but if you notice two or more of our five spooky scenarios perhaps it’s time to talk to your boss, and make sure all is well in the workplace. If you think it’s more than just

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Don’t be a ‘hedgehog’

When winter comes do you feel like curling up and hibernating until spring springs?  For a lot of people the answer would be ‘yes’, and according to research by Cyclescheme hibernation hits on 23rd October.  So be armed and ready and get your plan together to avoid becoming a ‘hedgehog’, and make sure you don’t drift towards SAD syndrome. The

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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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Workplace Workouts

Do you want to know the secret to being super fit, super healthy, super productive and super reliable? Well expert Sheffield health and fitness guru Barry Wood from 7 Hills Fitness is here to fill you in…. It’s pretty simple when you break it down, the secret to creating a super productive and super reliable work force is incorporating health

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National Living Wage Alert

With the introduction of the compulsory National Living Wage in April there are changes also in place this October with new rates for under 25’s.  We thought it would be timely to issue an alert to make sure you’re aware of the changes. Keep the below rates on your radar and ensure this October employees receive the pay rise. 16-17

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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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Tattoo Talk

With 36% of Millennials and 40% of Generation X with at least one tattoo it is a hot topic when it comes to appropriateness in the workplace – and views are divided among business owners. Long gone are the days where employers didn’t want men with long hair or smokers, instead we’re now witnessing some companies actively requesting no one

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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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Social Media Health Check

How recently have you checked your online presence, and how visible are your views and opinions online?  With current political debates and opinions rife it is easy to get drawn into online discussions and it’s a timely reminder to keep a check on how you are profiled online. Whether it’s professional platforms such as Linkedin or personal accounts on twitter,

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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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Laying The Foundations For A Strong Team

When it comes to recruiting new staff for your business, finding the right person can prove very time-consuming and expensive. In fact, according to a report by Oxford Economics, it costs employers £30,614 to replace a member of staff. That figure is shocking enough, but it looks even more worrying in the light of research by credit-reporting agency Equifax, which

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Choosing A Good Egg

Fulfilling a role is one thing but finding an employee that has the skill set and the cultural fit to your business is hard to nail.  Finding a good egg isn’t as easy as it seems, but if you have a firm process in place to sift out the golden candidates you will soon have your dream team. With this

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Identifying Cracks In Your Business

Big on the agenda for our clients at Benchmark is retention – working with them to ensure longevity in employee /employer relationships.  Recognising any cracks in your business is key and being aware of issues early on will mean you don’t loose good people unnecessarily. We conducted research into employee satisfaction in their roles – our research is a real

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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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Carve Out A Strong Career Path

Do you feel like you’re watching colleagues take the next steps in their career and want to experience the same success?  If you’re looking to progress your career and have ambition to succeed you need to drive that enthusiasm in the right place, and in doing so carve out a strong career path for yourself. Broaden your horizons and make

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Love The Job You’re In

Considering we spend a large percentage of our lives in the work place it’s important to feel fulfilled and to take enjoyment in your role.  If you can learn to love your role you’ll be more productive, and bring positivity to your working environment which will also work to enhance your work/life balance. Demonstrating a love for your job isn’t

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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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