CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCESTo celebrate Stanton House’s ten-year anniversary we have profiled the unique journeys of some of our employees. Every one of their personal successes is an accomplishment for our whole business and we want to celebrate these. The My Stanton House Story blog series looks at what they’ve learned, why they love what they do and how they have progressed their careers. Why I moved to Hong Kong with Stanton House and never looked back Prior to joining Stanton House in 2016, I worked for a Boutique Financial Services search firm in London, where my focus was on global FIG Investment Banking and Private Equity mandates. I had completed FIG Banking hires in Hong Kong which had given me an appreciation of the market.At the time, I had university friends who lived and worked in Hong Kong. They had always spoken so highly about the place and told me that if I were ever given the opportunity to work there - I should grab it! I was fortunate enough to have been introduced by my school friend Henry Yeomans (our current US Vice President) to Nick Eaves (Co-Founder) and Dave Fleming (Managing Director) to explore the potential for me to work for Stanton House in Hong Kong.I quickly knew it was what I wanted and was excited to be given the opportunity to develop our Asset Management offering across Asia Pacific. Laying the foundations for successBefore moving my life to Hong Kong, I worked in our London office for six months. This was invaluable time which I used to build internal relationships, hone my processes and map the Asset Management market in Hong Kong. By the time it came for relocation I had a good sense of who the firms were in this space and the roles I wanted to focus on. Having a clear conviction in the plan I had gave me the confidence I needed to really make the best of the opportunity ahead of me.I appreciate more than anything else the maturity within the company. I have been afforded a lot of responsibility and autonomy to follow a plan. This has been supported by the wider business (and for the most part) has brought success. Gaining new experiences & expertise There can be no doubt, that starting a new desk from scratch, moving to the other side of the world and becoming a top performer within two years is no easy feat! Along the way, I have gained so much experience and significantly increased by specialism and local market knowledge.The area I work in is highly specialised, as such, I work get to with clients and candidates across multiple countries, including Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Each market with its own cultural nuances, practices within business and market trends which I have become an expert in.Living in Hong Kong or Singapore you really do feel as if you are part of the growth engine of the global economy. In four years, I have seen a huge number of firms set up in Asia – all of them looking to capitalise on the region’s growth.I had little exposure to global Asset Management employers before joining - but now I have an incredibly strong network and client base which I intend to stay close to for the foreseeable future. On a day-today basis I have conversations with really engaging, interesting and smart people. They generally are all very passionate about their careers and development and that rubs off on me! Learning & developing new skills My personal skills are always in development, but I would hope that as a Manager, I have now learnt how to get the best out of others and am no longer purely invested in my own individual performance. Working with a group of consultants who improve month by month or year by year is incredibly rewarding. It is a great feeling to see team members engage more with their customers and ultimately become trusted partners. Learning and Development is a fundamental reason as to why this business has and will continue to succeed. Having a dedicated resource for training is one step but when the resource is invested in everyone’s growth within the business it has a massive effect on performance and the identity of the company. The amount of time and effort which goes in to help consultants hit high performance gives us a massive competitive advantage in our marketplaces. Directors, Managers and Consultants alike – we are all afforded great career development here and are provided with constant resource towards improvement, coaching and development plans. Facing new challenges The global pandemic has been the greatest challenge since moving here. Understandably hiring freezes took hold and we have had to ensure that we continue to add value to our customers during difficult times. We are doing this by helping our customers to reassess and reset their strategic goals - aligning them with the right talent and skills to help them transform and grow.We have a culture here of being obsessed with the customer experience. It is about winning but winning in the right way and building long-term relationships that can weather the storm that is Covid-19. We have all had to adapt to working from home and meeting with customers on video calls. This has not detracted from our objectives or performance and in fact, somehow, we feel more connected to colleagues in other countries. There is a real sense that we are pulling together as one during this time. Relocation on the cards once more!The opportunity to move to Hong Kong with Stanton House is one I will be forever grateful for. After four years I have progressed from a Senior Consultant through to being a Manager - where I now look after the entire Investment Management offering for Asia Pacific. The experience has helped me to develop both personally and professionally, but my story of international travel does not stop there. This month, I will be relocating from Hong Kong to Singapore to help grow our presence across the country. I am excited for my new adventure in Singapore to begin! To start your journey with us and to find out about the current opportunities we have available please contact Meg Appleby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0779 590 9781.
21 Oct 2020
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCESTo celebrate Stanton House’s ten-year anniversary we have profiled the unique journeys of some of our employees. Every one of their personal successes is an accomplishment for our whole business and we want to celebrate these. The My Stanton House Story blog series looks at what they’ve learned, why they love what they do and how they have progressed their careers. CHANGING GEARS ON MY RECRUITMENT CAREER Applying my change management knowledge to the world of recruitment After graduating from my Masters in Organisational Change & Consulting in 2016 I was unsure about where I wanted to start working. I knew that I wanted to continue developing my knowledge in change management and business psychology and I wanted a job that was fast-paced and had a lot of interaction with people. I applied to roles in management consulting businesses, organisational development think tanks and engaged with a recruitment to recruitment business. After being introduced to several recruitment businesses, Stanton House’s vision and culture really stood out to me. I felt so connected to the business that it was the clear choice to start my career and I joined their Change & Transformation team as an Associate Consultant! Learning the art and science of recruitment I embarked upon the six-month induction programme which offered very well-rounded training covering the entire recruitment process. Coaching, roleplays, observations, and general feedback have always been encouraged which has massively helped me with my personal and professional development. In the recruitment team there were lots of opportunities to rekindle old client relationships. This relied on being proactive to highlight these opportunities through effective use of our CRM and engaging with consultants across the business to understand the history of client relationships. There were also lots of opportunities to get involved in wider organisation design and development where I contributed to different project teams to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our operating model.I worked my way up and was promoted to Principle Consultant in 2018 - having developed business from different industries including Financial Services, Media, and Pharmaceuticals. It was shortly after this, that I decided to seize on the opportunity to change tack completely and join our HR team as Talent Development Partner, focusing solely on Learning & Development (L&D). Changing course into Learning & Development (L&D)Changing course in my career and moving from a role in recruitment into L&D has been the best decision I have made professionally. Being able to contribute to someone’s personal and professional development is incredibly rewarding. I have been able to provide employees at Stanton House with guidance, coaching, tools, and lots of feedback! Initially, I was a little nervous about making the move and how others might respond but I absolutely love how much everyone has supported me through. What’s more, to help with my transition into L&D, Stanton House sponsored my professional qualification with the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Professional Development) and later this year I will be certified with a management level qualification in HR. I am so thankful that I can apply the HR theory I have learnt and continue to develop a strategic approach to my role. My next challenge During my time at Stanton House I feel that I have gained so much knowledge across Sales, Talent Acquisition, Coaching, L&D and Organisation Design & Development. I have also gained just as much, if not more, in developing my personal skills such as listening skills, my self-awareness, and discipline.I definitely always have the ongoing question of where am I going? Is this where I should be? And these worries are ones that have led me into moments of ‘paralysis’ where I feel nervous about making any moves in my career. Learning how to manage my own worries through a lot of introspection and grasping new coping mechanisms has been the biggest enabler for me to acknowledge this challenge and not let it block me from delivering or seizing upon new opportunities. In fact, after two years in L&D I have just taken on the exciting challenge of designing and delivering a new Exceptional Performance Programme for our recruitment consultants. So far, I have loved just how much autonomy I have been given to create a coaching course that will develop the quality of their work across the sales process. I don’t have a manual of what is right and wrong, but I’ve been able to reflect on and use my past experiences as a recruitment consultant to deliver something really bespoke. To start your journey with us and to find out about the current opportunities we have available please contact Meg Appleby, email@example.com, 0779 590 9781.
15 Oct 2020
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES OUR STANTON HOUSE STORY: WHAT'S IN A NAME?Our CEO and Founder, Neil Wilson reflects on the naming of Stanton House as we celebrate 10 successful years in business… Reflecting on 10 successful years2020 will surely be remembered as a year of extraordinary change for people and businesses around the world. It is also a huge milestone for Stanton House as we celebrate ten years in business this October. There have been so many challenges, learns and successes along the way - and almost a decade later - I can say that I am incredibly proud of the resilient business we are today.I profoundly believe that our raison d'etre (reason for being / purpose) which is to ‘create exceptional experiences’ has been the guiding principle which has enabled our diversification, international expansion and continued growth. It has been - and will continue to be - central to all that we do. Over the last few weeks, I have found myself reflecting on the early stages of our journey where - Nick Eaves (Co-founder) and I - laid the foundations for Stanton House. Everything from making the initial decision to start our own business to securing funding and creating a brand identity. However, I specifically wanted to address a question that comes up time and time again. ‘Why did you name your business Stanton House? Why, like so many other recruitment companies, didn’t you use your own name “Wilson” or a combination of yours and your founding partner’s “Eaves”?’. Naming Stanton HouseIn the summer of 2010, once we had decided to take the brave step of setting up a brand-new recruitment business, Nick and I started mapping out what would make the company different and we also started to think about what we would name our company. We were clear that we wanted to develop a scalable, customer centric operating model - but by far the most difficult part was determining the name. We also agreed that we didn’t want to use our own names. Why? Truthfully, our egos were not big enough for that. We went through three stages, taking three months, before we found and finally settled on Stanton House.Stage 1: Realisation Nick and I tried to find the perfect company name. One that would make people sit up and take notice. One that would be synonymous with the amazing company that was being formed. One that would immediately conjure up an image of a business that was fresh and which would blow the industry apart. We wanted an obvious association with concepts such as Customer Experience, Excellence, Relationships, Standing out from the Crowd. This would be straightforward – or so we thought!Days passed with a few suggestions offered up by one and immediately ruled out by the other. We considered Latin alternatives when the English words seemed too obvious. We looked at new words formed from a combination of two words we liked - ‘Relatience’ - anyone? As days turned to weeks the initial energy had disappeared and we were both hoping that the other would suddenly be struck with a moment of inspiration. It didn’t happen. We needed help.Stage 2: Professional help We enlisted the help of brand name specialists. They organised and facilitated multiple sessions. We brainstormed company names for two whole days. The shortlist comprised of: Depth, Polestar, Tomorrow, Futureproof, Acuity, Likemind, Mindshare, Clarity and Alchemy. There was a bit of enthusiasm for Alchemy but there already existed several companies with that name including another recruitment company. Two days later we realised that we couldn’t saddle our beloved, yet to exist company, with any of these names. We were back to square one.Stage 3: Defining some rules It was now late August 2010. Although we had failed in a simple but crucial aspect of starting a business we were not deterred. Better ideas had started to form by now. We had defined some clear rules to guide us:1. The company name should be two words2. Definitely not two names (as in Eaves & Wilson Associates) 3. The second word should be a place or destination. Somewhere people would be happy to go.4. The first word didn’t matter too much We began to realise that our company name didn’t have to be clever or meaningful. Looking at other world-famous brands it was very clear that it would be what we stood for that would count. The company name would become synonymous with that, not the other way round. So, the options for the second word became: Place, Garden, Road, House, Green, Castle, Park, Wood, Forest or Hill.We went through so many possibilities for the first part of the name: Types of tree, plant and flower, colours, animals. I remember that we liked a lot of the combinations with ‘Oak’ but they were already far too popular. The next possibility to review was a list of place names. We were pretty desperate by now. We took a few that we liked Boston, Stanford, Stanton. Finally, we were close. Boston Park was the favourite. Domain names taken. Boston House, already taken. Boston Green, taken. Stanford sounded good. However, just recently Allan Stanford had been imprisoned for fraud in a high-profile case so that felt wrong.What about Stanton? It resonated with me in particular as one of my favourite footballers growing up in Scotland was Pat Stanton. Stanton Green, Stanton Park, Stanton Place – all domain names taken. Stanton House was free. Done. We bought Stantonhouse.com that night. Huge relief all round. Imagine not being able to start a business because you couldn’t come up with a name!It’s now hard to imagine being called anything but Stanton House. To start your journey with us and to find out about the current opportunities we have available please contact Meg Appleby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0779 590 9781.For more on what it took to start and build Stanton House listen to Nick Eaves in the Stanton House episode of the RAG podcast.
06 Oct 2020
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES OUR STANTON HOUSE STORY: NICK EAVES, CO-FOUNDEROur Co-Founder, Nick Eaves reflects on Stanton House’s very early days as we celebrate 10 successful years in business… Taking the leap I remember very well what a leap of faith it was to start Stanton House ten years ago. Neil Wilson (my Co-Founder) and I both left our previous employer in March 2010, just after it had been acquired by a massive global recruitment business. After more than 15 years of good times working together, we took this as a sign…it was time to move on. We had plenty of time to plan to start a Company that Summer as we had contractual covenants that prevented us working until 1st October - which is the day we incorporated Stanton House. My wife had recently had our third son and her support did not waver on a path with very uncertain earning potential. It was a very similar situation for Neil, and we have often spoken of how important it has been to have the support of our families in building the business.That summer, we would meet at a pal’s office in Golden Square to work out what sort of new recruitment business would carve out a share of this competitive marketplace. Right from the start we knew it was all about Customers, a term little-used in our sector. There was much we were proud of from our shared experiences at our previous employer, but much we felt could be better. We were adamant that we only wanted to work with people who believed in what we believe – Integrity, Energy, Ambition, and a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences. Andrew Brown joined the team at the start as Non-Exec Chairman which was a big boost. We wrote a lot of lists! The most important one being of people we knew and trusted to whom we might want to sell the dream! Names like Denise Abrahams, Lee Costello, Kevin Culverhouse and David Fleming. Relearning recruitmentBut the first few days of October it just was Neil and I with two phones in a tiny serviced office on High Holborn, overlooking Sports Direct. The two of us had not hands-on recruited for over a decade so we were well out of our comfort zone in those early months. We didn’t have much of a network to speak of, having been entirely preoccupied with leading people in recent years, rather than doing deals!With all of that in mind, a lot of people thought we were nuts to start a business, and some of them even told us so! 2010 was a very difficult time for the UK economy and plenty of established recruitment businesses were failing. But we knew this was our moment - it was now or never. I believe that often the hardest decisions in life turn out to be the best ones and this was no different. Our plan was for Neil to build our Accountancy & Finance specialism while I concentrated on Change Management. A few firsts Our skinny network did come through with an early £1,000 a day Finance Transformation Role which enabled us to generate some great candidates, some of which we are still in contact with today. I also picked up an opportunity with a pal who had just landed as a Project Director (thank-you Stan!) at a FTSE 250 business delivering a new ERP. That got us off the mark and here are the very first fees paid to Stanton House! The big step forward was when Denise Abrahams joined us! She sorted everything out so Neil and I could just focus on customers and building the team. Then a key moment came for Stanton House, at the Runnymede Hotel on a chilly February evening in 2011. Two of the best recruiters we had ever worked with (Lee Costello and Kevin Culverhouse) decided to join forces with us, it was from that point on that we really started to build momentum.We got used to having the fear day-to-day as we tried to get the business to the point of generating sustainable profit, and that took a couple of years really. But that fear makes you feel very alive. There is lots of adrenaline and the wins are really special. We will be forever grateful for the people who backed us in those early days. Investors, clients, candidates and the colleagues who trusted their career with a business that was not much more than a dream and a set of values. To start your journey with us and to find out about the current opportunities we have available please contact Meg Appleby, email@example.com, 0779 590 9781. For more on what it took to start and build Stanton House listen to Nick in the Stanton House episode of the RAG podcast.
29 Sep 2020
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCESTo celebrate Stanton House’s ten-year anniversary we have profiled the unique journeys of some of our employees. Every one of their personal successes is an accomplishment for our whole business and we want to celebrate these. The My Stanton House Story blog series looks at what they’ve learned, why they love what they do and how they have progressed their careers. FROM GRADUATE TO PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT WITHIN TWO YEARS Choosing the world of recruitment & Stanton HouseI joined Stanton House in 2018 as an Associate Consultant, straight after graduating from the University of Sheffield, with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in recruitment as I was keen to have the scope for personal development and opportunity to progress quickly. I interviewed with six recruitment companies over a three-day period and was lucky enough to have three offers. Stanton House was the clear choice for me. It may seem trivial, but as part of the interview process, they took me out socially to meet with some of the team, which made me feel incredibly welcomed and they were the only recruitment company to do this. Learning my craft I started with a focus on recruitment within Private Equity and this is where I learned recruitment best practice and the application of all my initial training. The training, learning and development at Stanton House is the main reason, I believe, I have been able to succeed and progress so quickly. There is a very clear induction program in place which quickly taught me all I needed to know to succeed initially as a trainee Associate Consultant. After eight months, I transitioned across to permanent Finance recruitment where I learnt about the challenges faced by leaders in Accounting and Finance and the intricacies of a whole new profession. After a while, I felt able to provide informed consultancy and expert guidance to customers and was given the opportunity to step up into the more senior role of Consultant. This period was a steep learning curve for me, but also hugely enjoyable as I got to (and still do) speak to so many interesting people. It cemented why I love working in recruitment - supporting professionals to achieve their career aspirations and helping employers to find team members, that can truly add value, is hugely rewarding. Progression to Principal Consultant I was recently promoted to Principal Consultant and am one of the top billers in permanent recruitment across the business. It has not been without challenges or lessons learned along the way. The recruitment profession has many highs and lows and you can’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone or make mistakes. The key is to learn from those mistakes and to use the people around you for continuous feedback and self-development. Permanent recruitment requires a huge amount of detail in order to match professionals to their ideal employer and role. Ensuring a perfect skills match and cultural fit - on both sides - takes understanding, patience and perseverance. You must leave no stone unturned!I feel that the leadership team at Stanton House run the business in a democratic way and are always open to new ideas. I have always been given the opportunity to help shape new ways of working, share best practice and refine processes but above all else the training and development is second to none – it doesn’t stop when you become a top biller it just gets more focused and bespoke. Learning & development never stops at Stanton House I feel my ability to manage a process from start to finish has increased dramatically over the last six months due to the ongoing training, feedback and development I have received. This has covered everything from improving my negotiations skills, managing customer expectations and genuinely finding ways to help professionals and employers through these difficult times. For example, I have contributed to some of our recent insight papers and career/hiring advice guides which (I hope) provide the guidance our customers need in this new era of work.I have also been lucky enough to have a mentor in Henry Yeomans, our Vice President of our US Cyber Security business, to help guide and push me in the right direction. Our monthly discussions have been invaluable.I feel that the increased responsibility the business has offered me, at each stage of progression, has enabled me to overcome any self-doubts and to become more confident in my own abilities.The Learning & Development team constantly come up with new training sessions and ideas to help everyone in the business develop and progress – whatever level they are. In fact, i have just embarked upon a whole new Exceptional Performance Programme which is designed to fine tune my recruitment skills and capabilities even further. This is exciting, as even after two years with the business, I feel that I am only at the tip of the iceberg of developing my knowledge, skills and expertise and very much look forward to more personal growth! To start your journey with us and to find out about the current opportunities we have available please contact Meg Appleby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0779 590 9781.
15 Sep 2020