‘High Flying’ Mandy Hickson to present at Business Breakfast

Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners are delighted to announce that former RAF pilot, Mandy Hickson, will be giving a presentation titled ‘Realising Goals in High-Pressure Situations’ on Thursday 21st May at their next Business Breakfast.

Mandy was one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron, taking an active role in the Iraq conflict. From a very young age, she was obsessed with flying and applied to join the RAF while at university. Despite failing the computerised tests twice, which Mandy described as ‘devastating’, her commanding officer believed she had what it took to make it so he asked for two impartial instructors to come and fly with Mandy and they graded her as above average. She stated that “I had a computer saying I couldn’t fly and instructors saying I could, so theydecided to take me on as a test case. Women had only just been allowed to become pilots and they couldn’t understand why they were disproportionately failing the aptitude tests, so they tried to see if I could prove the system wrong, and I did.”

Instructors passed her application and she was soon on the path to joining an elite group of fast jet pilots and, after twenty years’ service, she now talks about the personal and strategic lessons learned with frankness and appropriately wry humour. From motivation to decision-making, Mandy gives a vivid insight into the leadership, teamwork and communication required to define and then realise specific goals in high-pressure situations. She also highlights the value of honest and open debriefing after any project or phase; something the Royal Air Force always do, but which businesses often overlook.

The Business Breakfast, which is taking place at the Chilworth Manor, is scheduled to begin with a Full English Breakfast being served from 7.45am, with Mandy starting at approximately 8.15am. The presentation will then be concluded by a Q&A session. An invitation for this event is due to be circulated very soon, with demand for places expecting to be high. Therefore, we stress that invitations are responded to as promptly as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

Chilworth Partnership Passes 500 LinkedIn Followers

As the UK economy continues to go from strength to strength, Chilworth Partnership’s LinkedIn page appears to be following a similar trend. Chilworth’s latest LinkedIn growth is the quickest the company has experienced thus far, as the increase from 451 to 500 followers occurred at a rate which was 113% quicker than the previous increase of 50. The business emphasises that the majority of this success is down to the fact that many employees are looking to start 2015 afresh, with a new job at the forefront of their minds. However, Chilworth Partnership has also made a conscious effort to increase its LinkedIn following, predominantly through posting current job vacancies and sharing accountancy related news.

The recent LinkedIn growth spurt highlights the fact that Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners will continue to focus on ways in which they can devise dynamic online strategies. This will allow for a further increase in the companies’ networks.

If you are on LinkedIn, following Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners will allow you to view regular updates about the Finance sector, recruitment trends, advice on job hunting and information about all the roles we are handling. To make sure that you don’t miss out, get following today!

Chilworth Partnership reaches over 400 followers on LinkedIn

Following a year of increased activity, with the recruitment market beginning to return to pre-recession levels of activity, Chilworth Partnership are delighted to announce that we’ve now got over 400 followers on our LinkedIn page.

If you’re on LinkedIn you can find regular updates about the Finance sector, recruitment trends, advice on job hunting and information about all the roles we’re handling if you follow Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners on LinkedIn.

We’ve gone Mobile

In response to recent market trends, showing an increase in people searching for their next job using a mobile device, Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners have decided to stay ahead of the game.  We’ve recently rolled out two brand new responsive mobile websites that are designed to optimise visually across all smartphones and small tablet devices.

On the same note, avid viewers of our desktop websites may also have noticed we’ve recently made a few stylistic tweaks to improve overall user experience and help you find jobs most relevant to you.

The mobile sites, available to view by going to  www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk on any mobile or tablet, have been built with a refreshed visual design.  This means that if you’re on the move, you should now have a much easier reading experience, with faster download speeds, enabling you to view and apply for jobs or contact us for consultation whenever it is convenient for you.

The Chilworth Partnership’s Fourth Birthday!

On 20th September it will be exactly four years since Chilworth Partnership first opened our doors for business. Our business has gone from strength to strength over the past four years, forming two unique brands of which we are incredibly proud.

The Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners provide modern financial recruitment services founded upon traditional ideologies. Our consultants invest time meeting with all the candidates we represent and this alone sets us apart from our competitors. This new digital recruitment age presents us with immense scope to reach and engage with our target audience and we are determined this will compliment and not replace the human touch on which we have built our businesses. We portray candidates in an honest and rounded fashion that enables all parties to be fully aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

Rod Hutchings and Richard Carter, the two founding partners of the Chilworth Partnership are proud of the success of their businesses to date and are excited for what the future has in store.  They acknowledge we’ve come a long way but both still feel there is considerable opportunity to further develop the Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners brands, “We truly value the trust put into us over the past 4 years by our candidates, clients, family and friends.  Together we have created and grown a successful business which has changed many lives for the better, ours included”.

Here’s looking forward to the next 12 months and celebrating our fifth anniversary with you in September 2015!

The Chilworth Partnership voted one of the Top Interim Service Providers

Here at the Chilworth Partnership, we are delighted to announce that we have been featured in the Institute of Interim Managers’ list of Interim Service Provider Survey 2014.

The guide lists the findings of the UK’s most authoritative annual survey of leading interim service providers. The Institute of Interim Management (IIM) has compiled over 15,000 unique votes from around 2,500 interim managers and executives in this year’s interim management survey, ranking interim service providers chosen from several hundred providers  ranked into four divisions, ‘Platinum’, ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’.

The IIM were keen to identify those businesses that really understand interim management.  The success of the relationship between interim provider and manager relies on professional and effective practices from both.  Providers who treat their interim managers as ‘inventory’, to be used or discarded at whim, do little to enhance their reputation. Providers who courteously nurture and support the competent Interim professionals most aligned to their clients’ requirements can build the success of their interim provider businesses for the long term.

The top reasons given by interim managers for why they consider particular service providers to be outstanding (and which are reflected in the list of ‘leading providers’) are:

1.    Honesty & integrity

2.    Understanding the clients’ requirements

3.    Strong interim to provider to client relationships

4.    Understanding the interims’ proposition

5.    Straight talking

Commenting on the survey, Rod Hutchings, Co-Director and Head of Interim Management at Chilworth Partnership, said;

Featuring for the first time – appearing at number 70 – we are delighted to be the only, niche provider in our disciplineto appear on the list based in the whole of the central southern-counties region.  We pride ourselves on being well regarded for our honesty and integrity, and receiving recognition on a national level really validates our tailored, boutique approach.  This approach enables us to reliably deliver innovative resource solutions as a committed and trusted partner.”

If you are considering becoming an Interim Manager, send us your CV, or contact us to discuss how one of our expert interim managers could help deliver the change your business needs.

Click here to see the full list of the IIM’s “Top 80 Leading Interim Service