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. FORGING A PEOPLE FOCUSSED CAREER Opportunity knocks After graduating with a Business & HR Management degree and following a gap year, where I travelled to see Europe and South East Asia, I wanted to relocate from Leeds to London to kick start my HR career. My boyfriend’s boss happened to live next door to Stanton House’s Co-Founder, Nick Eaves and opportunity quite literally came knocking! Stanton House was looking for an Administrator to help with office management, Compliance and HR admin. I had three interviews lined up, but I instantly clicked with everyone I met from Stanton House. People were so welcoming, and it really felt (and still does feel) like a family. I really bought into the company Purpose and Values and the growth plans for the business sounded super exciting! I knew it was the company for me. I took the plunge, moved to London and joined Stanton House in 2016. Taking on a specialist role After two years in the role of Administrator, I knew I wanted to pursue my “people” career and become more of a specialist. When a position came up to take on our internal recruitment, I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by. Stanton House gave me the opportunity to give it a shot and another two years and a promotion later, I am now responsible for both our internal recruitment and our HR function globally. For me, there’s nothing more rewarding than hiring someone and watching them become a Stanton House super star! My specialist HR expertise has grown beyond anything I could have imagined. Right from the start the leaders at Stanton House have supported my ambitions and have helped me reach my professional goals. I’ve been supported to study my CIPD and have been lucky enough to have benefited from the broad range of training and development courses which are available to all employees including people management, public speaking and developing emotional resilience. A challenging year I think the most challenging thing about working in HR is keeping a balance between proactive and reactive work. Unsurprisingly, over the last 12 months I have had to be incredibly reactive to market / pandemic conditions and the impacts to our working environment. That said, one of the things I love about working for a small business is that you generally have more interaction with the Senior Leadership Team. The impacts to our working lives, caused by the pandemic, have given me more opportunity than usual to become a trusted advisor to this group. I have gained confidence by being thrown in the deep end and I have felt more than ever that we are “one team”. I’ve definitely been pushed out of my comfort zone over the last 12 months, and I have learned a lot about the importance of self-belief. I’m hugely appreciative of the variety working here brings - it’s super-fast paced, there’s always something to celebrate and no two days are the same! Looking to the future As we slowly start to emerge from the third national lockdown in the UK and as the vaccine programme makes good progress there’s a sense of hope and optimism in the air. Although countries around the world still have economic challenges ahead, we remain positive about the prospects for new opportunities this year. In fact, we are busy strengthening our specialist recruitment teams across the globe and right now I’m hiring for a number of internal roles! We’re hiring right now We truly care about our employees and do everything we can to provide the tools and environment for great people to be exceptional recruiters. I would describe the culture here as “challenging”, “nurturing” and “rewarding”. If you want to discover for yourself what it means to work at Stanton House, take a look at our Glassdoor page and contact me directly to discuss any of our live vacancies: Senior Recruitment Consultant - Technology – SingaporeRecruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance – LondonRecruitment Consultant - Change & Transformation – LondonRecruitment Consultant - Cyber Security – LondonResearcher - Senior Appointments – LondonGraduate / Junior Recruitment Consultant - London or ReadingLearning and Development Partner – London 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.
18 Mar 2021
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. Joining a brand-new businessFrom the moment I got involved in the world of recruitment - I loved it. The variety, the business acumen required, the sales element and working with likeminded people are all reasons why I’ve never looked back.I celebrate ten years with Stanton House this month and am incredibly proud to have been part of building the business from its very first year.Before joining Stanton House, I worked for a multi-national recruitment business with my colleague Lee Costello, and that’s where we first met Stanton House founders, Neil Wilson and Nick Eaves.Lee and I had been talking about starting up a recruitment business of our own for several years, but when we heard about Neil and Nick’s vision for Stanton House, the stars aligned.We quickly realised that we shared the same values and goals and having previously worked with them we knew that we could help build something truly special. Growing with Stanton HouseThe first few years was all about establishing ourselves as a business. We were all hands on, recruiting and learning all the time. After that, we laid down the foundations from which we would grow.We set out our Purpose to create exceptional experiences, formed our brand values and developed an operating model which was replicable and scalable as we entered new markets and specialist recruitment disciplines. We take learning and development and the careers of our people seriously and have developedOver the years, ive predominately been focused on growing our regional accounting and finance business in the UK. As the business grew my role took on more strategic responsibility as a member of the Operating Board and as Chief Customer Officer. Most recently I’ve taken on responsibility for our HR and interim accounting & finance business across London and the South East.Although I do less actual recruitment myself now, I still love speaking to our customers and being close to the front end of what we do, so I keep close to it even now. Working through the pandemic I’ve been incredibly proud of everyone at Stanton House during these uncertain times. Obviously, we’ve had to adapt like everyone else, but we’ve really pulled together and managed to retain our unique culture and empowered our people to work remotely.Above all we have gone above and beyond to support our customers in any way that we can and have continued to take the careers of our people and their learning and development seriously.We have clear career paths shown in our Competency Framework and have gone on to launch a new consultant exceptional performance training programme which is bespoke to the individual and driven by real data insights. In so many ways there’s new hope for 2021 and I am excited by the challenges and opportunities we will face together this year and beyond. 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.
05 Feb 2021
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES To 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. Taking the leap to join a startup I joined Stanton House in 2010, when the company was only three months old, and celebrate 10 years with the company this month. I had been in conversations with Neil (CEO) and Nick (Co-Founder) about the possibility of me joining the company a few months prior. I was inspired by their enthusiasm and energy and was sold from the moment I heard their plans. I had been working in Finance recruitment for five years and was ready for my next big challenge. Although joining a brand-new company was a daunting prospect, I was excited by the opportunity to build, grow and run my own business unit out of Reading. Leading a business unit into growth Our business across the South-East has evolved and grown organically - which I have absolutely loved. Initially, it was just me and Kevin Culverhouse (now Chief Customer Officer) building our client base and candidate network from a small serviced office in Reading. By the end of our first six months, we had hired a graduate and two experienced consultants, from our network, to strengthen our Finance practice. We grew to a team of three covering the permanent market and two covering the interim market. My abilities as a leader and recruiter grew, most notably in business development where my mindset became very focused around the customer experience and nurturing relationships for the long-term. I am proud to say, that we were profitable within six months and from that point on, we achieved year-on-year revenue and NFI growth with the exception of 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Although 2020 was incredibly challenging and a year like no other, it is probably the year I am most proud of since I joined. We really came together as a business, supporting one another and delivering some excellent results for our customers. Riding the ‘highs’ and the ‘lows’ The last ten years have been a rollercoaster - during which I have always tried to take a measured approach and maintain a level-head. So, although I do enjoy the highs, I also try to remain pragmatic and remember that something unexpectedly bad could be right around the corner. The global pandemic being one of these! But that is just the nature of the recruitment profession for you – there are often market conditions or macroeconomic impacts which you cannot control. You must learn to enjoy the ‘highs’ and ride out the ‘lows”. It has been a timely reminder in recent months to celebrating the small wins. In fact, I really enjoy the ‘up and down’ nature of recruitment and I believe it is a profession where you can genuinely create your own future. I have always felt empowered at Stanton House, the business has never held me back and has always supported my ambition. Learning resilience My learning curve has been steep. Often, I have been thrown into the deep-end and found a way to get through it, however I have hugely enjoyed doing it that way. I have learned to value feedback from others, learn from failure and adopt a growth mindset. In these difficult times, I appreciate how hard it has been for everyone and am incredibly proud of how our teams have demonstrated their togetherness and resilience. I believe we will come through this global crisis as an even better business and more resilient as individuals. As we enter the New Year, I am optimistic about the market and incredibly excited about the next phase of my journey at Stanton House. I am a few months into a new role, this time running the Accounting & Finance and HR practice across the UK business. I get to work with some really talented people and together I believe we will achieve great things over the next few years. 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.
27 Jan 2021
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 courseBefore embarking on my career in recruitment I was a qualified Early Years Teacher and co-managed a nursery where I was responsible for 80 children each day - there was lots to deal with there! I had been in the Education sector for five years and decided that it was no longer for me. So, I took a role in Sales - selling training courses such as PRINCE2 or Six Sigma. Unfortunately, my first experience of the Sales world was not a positive one. We were micromanaged and told when we could take a lunch break, when we could go home and we even had to ask to go to the toilet! My employer regularly enforced ‘power hours’ where our chairs would be taken away and we weren’t allowed to sit down until we had made a sale. I knew I had to leave and decided to try recruitment as I remembered how much I enjoyed the internal recruitment I used to be responsible for at the nursery. Taking a wrong turnI interviewed with Stanton House and another much smaller boutique recruitment consultancy. The smaller agency was very quick to make me an offer, whereas the manager I met at Stanton House wanted to go for a drink/coffee with the team before making that offer. I was flattered by the quick offer and made the hasty decision to join the boutique agency. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that there was a real lack of structure, support or training. The business had no specialism focus, so I didn’t feel like there was a clear career path or that I could become a recruiting expert within a specific profession. After a year there, I knew that I wanted to leave and join an organisation that would invest in my training and development and that’s when I found myself in conversations with Stanton House once again! Working through the pandemic I will never forget my interview with Kate Wood, my current manager at Stanton House - we instantly clicked. She was clearly an expert in her field and wanted to develop her team. I came away feeling truly inspired and I just knew that I wanted to work with her and learn from her. In 2019, I joined Kate’s Finance team in Reading and less than a year later, I was promoted to Consultant. My first six months got off to a flying start. I placed ten new candidates into roles, made it onto the high achievers’ lunch club and even won the office bake off! I now feel more ‘in charge’ of my own future as I finally have the structure, support and clear career path, I have craved for so long. I have recently taken on the challenge of extending our Finance recruitment coverage across Surrey and Sussex which is a fantastic opportunity. My skills, confidence and recruiting expertise have grown so much since joining Stanton House. I put this down to the fantastic training here but also the continuous support I have received from colleagues across the business. Thriving in a culture of support & collaborationPeople here go above and beyond to help you. It’s common to see peers giving up their own time on desk to provide training sessions for colleagues and to support the development of others. In this competitive market I think that this is probably a very rare thing and speaks volumes about the culture and people here. Just recently, I reached out to a colleague in another team to support me with an area of my role that I am struggling with. They spent some time planning what to share and discuss with me and then set an hour of their time aside to take me through it all. I have learnt that to succeed you need to be prepared to work hard, put the effort in and be a team player. Setting reasonable expectations and realising that success doesn’t come overnight is also important. Yes, there are some quick wins, but you need consistency, tenacity and resilience to really reap the rewards this profession provides. It might stroke my ego slightly, but for me there is no feeling like the thrill of placing a candidate into a role when you’ve been up against another agency. You are on a briefing call with several other agencies and it’s a race to find the best candidate! Equally it is incredibly rewarding to find someone a role which they absolutely love or finding a hiring manager a real superstar who will go on to add real value. 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.
09 Dec 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. 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. What does it take to progress quickly at Stanton House?I joined Stanton House in May 2017 after working with a competing recruitment agency for five years. I had been in touch with Lee Costello (Current Managing Director) on and off over the years. Funnily enough, I was considering leaving agency to go inhouse when I planned to meet Lee for the last time - only to tap into his inhouse contacts - which I was honest with him about! However, after a three-hour meeting, he simply asked me whether I had fallen out of love with recruitment or with my current employer - the rest is history! I joined as a Principal Consultant reporting into Lee, having voiced my interest in management during the recruitment process.Proving myself and expanding my responsibilities After gaining a good understanding of the business, I was given clear goals to progress to Manager level. Within six months I was promoted and then managed the permanent Finance team in Reading for two years. My role then expanded further, and I was given the responsibility of building a team to extend our coverage across Surrey and Sussex. In 2019, I achieved a personal best in terms of billings and my team overachieved their billing target for a second year running. This meant we secured a spot on the high achievers’ trip once again, which was a great accomplishment for us all and made me very proud.I feel that i have been given the opportunity to really develop into a management role here at Stanton House and I have the autonomy and space to not only to develop myself, but also my team. I love working for Stanton House because I constantly feel challenged, in a positive way. Seizing the opportunity to learn from a ‘feedback’ cultureI have always been proactive about my own development and I love working for a growing business that does not limit development because of a rigid structure.In my opinion, the training at Stanton House is second to none. Not only is there a full 26-week training programme for Associate Consultants, who have no or little recruitment experience, but for experienced Consultants and Managers there is also a plethora of training and self-development opportunities available. I personally feel that I have become a better recruiter, negotiator and leader and I put this down to the ingrained feedback culture here. It is never easy receiving constructive feedback but taking that on and then making changes in my process or approach is a skill that I have learned at Stanton House. I have certainly become more empathetic, self-aware and resilient both in my professional and personal life. What you put in is what you get outIt’s said a lot about working in recruitment, but in my experience, it is absolutely true - the more you put in - the more you will be rewarded. One of the things I find most rewarding is training consultants with no experience to become 360 recruiters and celebrating in their many break throughs and successes.I also love being able to have an impact on our ways of working. The senior management team here are always open to new ideas and suggestions. Recently, I have been involved in training teams on best practice across a multitude of processes which is something I have really enjoyed. I am also proud to have hosted events for our clients including our Women in Business series which brought together groups of senior women to discuss how they can develop confidence to ensure they have a voice at the table. There’s also a lot of recognition and praise for outstanding performance at Stanton House. We have quarterly lunch clubs that you can win a seat on (if you hit certain criteria) as well as an annual high achievers’ trip. More importantly however, I would say that the leadership team are all very good at calling out individual performance in the moment and sharing feedback with the rest of the company. My team and I have been on the receiving end of all these initiatives and it makes the hard work all the more worth it. Sometimes praise can mean so much more than a commission cheque at the end of a quarter - although those are good too!Adapting to the new era of remote workingPersonally, I have loved working from home. Although I am very self-motivated and focused when in the office, I have found that having less distraction around me has allowed me to be even more productive. It has also made me realise how much time we waste travelling to meet people when we can be just as productive meeting customers via video.Also, being pregnant during the global pandemic and not having to commute up to an hour into the office each day has been a great relief!A final thought on how to accelerate a career in recruitment You must take responsibility and be accountable for your own development and learning, do not rely on others to do this for you. The three key things you need to be successful in recruitment are self-motivation, organisation and grit. Always strive to be better, do not think you know it all, no matter how much experience you have. Adopt a growth mindset and challenge yourself every day to become a better recruiter! 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.
22 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, email@example.com, 0779 590 9781.
15 Sep 2020