Business Network Lunches


Edge Specialist Recruitment had the pleasure of attending the latest event hosted by the Business Network SW and Sean Humby last week. The event consisted of a morning seminar focusing on the who, what, when, why and where of networking to start with. This was promptly followed by a networking lunch at which attendees had the opportunity to mingle around the room. During an excellent lunch service provided by the staff at the Exeter Racecourse all attendees then had the chance to talk about their business during an allocated window sat around their tables. It was certainly enjoyable juggling a pitch with a knife and fork and glass of wine in hand!

The event was certainly very useful and really helped reinforce that networking does not necessarily mean you jump up in people’s faces with your business card in hand all guns blazing! Let’s be honest, nobody likes a hard sell and there is an awful lot to be said for listening rather than going into granular detail about a product or service that you can offer. It’s clearly all about finding common ground in the first instance. With the right approach the business will take care of itself!

At EdgeSR we certainly found this to be an excellent event and are looking forward to the next one already! Thank you to Sean Humby, Business Network SW and of course Exeter Racecourse who made excellent hosts.

Recruitment and Retention in a nutshell

Recruitment & Retention in a Nutshell

Have you taken on the wrong member of staff and its been more hassle than its worth?

Recruiting and selecting the right staff, at the right time, for the right roles, is fundamental to the success of your business. Therefore the quality of your staff and the range of their skills, knowledge and qualifications is key to a successful business.

It’s not just about good business sense either. It could have a dramatic impact on your overall business.

So how do you tackle Recruitment?

The best way to avoid problems whilst recruiting for new staff is to adopt an organised and practical approach to the process.

Define your requirement – what is the post?
◾Identify a Job Description
◾Design a Person Specification
◾Decide how you plan to advertise the vacancy
◾Create an advert
◾Set timescales for the recruitment process, eg. closing date for applications
◾Identify what the application process
◾Shortlist applicants
◾Obtain references/ checks
◾Agree start date

Retaining staff is a key area to ensure consistency within the business and by doing this you must manage talent.

After selecting the right candidate, the next up is developing them. Make the effort to do this and you will gain a solid workforce. Next comes monitoring their performance but don’t micro-manage them.

Energizing them is important too!

A motivated employee is a productive employee

Then look at succession planning, this is when you groom and develop staff to fill in bigger shoes and therefore reward them with promotion.

This promise really does help you with managing retention and enabling consistency in your recruitment.