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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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Big Kid In You

Remember when you spent hours deliberating what to put on your Christmas list and holding out for Father Christmas to bring you the goods?!  Well, with Christmas round the corner we’re feeling nostalgic – this week we asked each of the Benchmark team what was on their Father Christmas list when they were a kid. Louisa Harrison-Walker – Director “I

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Benchmark Secures A Class Act For School Trends

Benchmark Recruit recently helped School Trends secure their newest recruit Kimberly Ward as Marketing Officer at the Sheffield based company. Kimberly was successfully appointed, and now works alongside the existing in-house marketing team to further promote the supplier of personalised school uniform. “With extensive internal and external marketing experience Kimberly stood out at the candidate searching stage, and we were

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Sharing Knowledge – Master Cutlers Ambassador Programme

Two of our Benchmark team, Ellis Ridge and Connor Welch, were on hand to support The Cutlers Made in Sheffield Ambassador Programme this week, when they joined a session to help deliver interview advice to pupils on the programme. The Cutlers Made in Sheffield Ambassador Programme is run by work-wise and delivers a high quality ambassador programme to students looking

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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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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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