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Big boost for Hampshire charity 

A spectacular medieval ball held in the grounds of Portchester Castle raised £13,000 for the Rose Road Association that works with children who have multiple and complex health needs. 
 
The Southampton-based charity is active across Hampshire and has been doing important work for 65 years. 
 
Almost 200 guests attended the event, some of them in flamboyant medieval attire. 
 
It was also marked the retirement of the charity’s chief executive Heather Aspinall after 22 years at the helm. 
 
Sponsored by local firms Wild Recruitment and TJ Waste & Recycling, the event included a silent and a live auction of superb prizes donated for the occasion. 
Pic caption: (l-r) Michelle Stewart from Wild Recruitment, John Gosling, MD of TJ Waste and Recycling, Heather Aspinall, CEO of Rose Road, Nikki Radcliffe, Interim Head of Fundraising, and Kevin Porter the MC for the night.
These included a flight in a Jet Provost aeroplane, festival tickets, a supercar experience and even a six month membership to Fontwell Racecourse. 
 
The charity’s HR manager Kevin Porter was MC for the evening and auctioneer Les Heyhoe helped relieve guests of their money. 
 
Rose Road provides a range of services for over 350 young people from childhood up to the age of 25. 
 
It runs the Bradbury Centre in Southampton and with more young people requiring its help, fundraising becomes ever more important. 
 
Chief Executive Heather Aspinall said: “Our annual Ball with TJ Waste and Wild Recruitment was another fantastic event, and we are grateful for their continued support which allows us to support young people with disabilities in Hampshire. 
 
“This is my last event as CEO, and so it was great to be able to enjoy such a fun evening.” 
 
For more information contact Eleanor Deans at Rose Road Association on eleanordeans@roseroad.org.uk or call 023 80721 202. 
 

 
The new social faux pas 

Careless use of social media is increasingly leading to workers missing out on their dream jobs, according to a leading recruitment firm. 
 
Wild Recruitment, headquartered in Portsmouth and is part of Berry Recruitment Group (BRG), said that employers are spending more time researching candidates online. 
 
Seeing photos of would-be employees drinking and taking drugs or reading their discriminatory comments or offensive updates about previous employers can lead to job offers being withdrawn – or subsequent dismissal. 
 
The trend of bosses searching a potential worker’s social media content has risen sharply in the last couple of years. 
 
Therefore Wild Recruitment advises candidates to audit their own online presence and delete anything that might affect their job prospects. 
Celebrities and high-profile people are often caught in media storms following unwise social media posts – but now all are at risk. 
 
Michelle Stewart, co-founder of Wild Recruitment and one of the BRG board, said: “More and more employers are now checking candidates’ social media presence. 
 
“Just a cursory check online can reveal a great deal about a person that will not have come across in a CV or in interview. 
 
“Millions of us post updates and pictures on our own personal social media pages; a night out, recent holiday, family get together or perhaps a work event. But how many of us think about the consequences this may have on our career and future employment opportunities? 
 
“It’s no secret, our private lives are no longer private. Hirers have the ability to search online in order to conduct a background check on potential employees. We leave a digital footprint with every social media interaction that we make. 
 
“A US Harris Poll on behalf of Career Builder reflects what we have observed in this country through our branches. 
 
“It found that 60% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 52% last year and 11% in 2006. 
 
“Online content that put employers off included inappropriate photos, videos or information (46%), information about candidates drinking or using drugs (43%), discriminatory comments (33%), bad mouthing previous companies or fellow employees (31%) and poor communication skills (29%). 
 
“Anyone looking for a job should assume that a potential employer will look at their social media posts. And if there is anything untoward it might scupper their chance of a job. 
 
“Candidates should ask themselves the following questions; am I happy with the image my social media profile portrays? Do I have any photos that give a bad first impression? Do I have any inappropriate comments on any of my accounts? What will a potential employer find if they google my name?” 
 
 

 
Wild swimmers make a splash! 

Dorset’s most successful swimming squad has secured a sponsorship deal before this summer’s national championships. 
 
Wild Recruitment has got behind Bournemouth Collegiate School’s (BCS) swimming academy that will have 13 members at the finals. 
 
The squad is off next month to Majorca for a week’s training camp – and will also be wearing kit with the Wild Recruitment logo and carrying branded rucksacks. 
 
There are just 32 members of the school’s squad, making the number selected for the ASA National Summer Championships and British Summer Championships even more impressive. 
 
One of the school’s coaches is Zoe Baker, a four times world record holder in the 50m breast stroke, European gold medallist, three times World bronze medal winner, Commonwealth gold medal winner – and BBC’s Superstars champion. 
 
Richard Harrison-Poole, BCS’s Director of Sport, said: “We have 32 swimmers in our top squad, 22 in our performance squad and 13 going to the national championships. 
 
“It is an achievement we are incredibly proud of and it’s down to the hard work of the swimmers and our talented coaching team, including Zoe Baker, Adam Parfitt and Tony Watson. 
 
“The swimming section is a huge part of the school’s sports academy, a programme in which pupils can combine their studies with high level coaching from professionals. 
 
“We give our sportsmen and women a personal timetable so they can receive coaching and an excellent education in school hours, allowing time for a life outside of school.” 
 
Wild's Managing Director Michelle Stewart said: “The swimmers at BCS are a hugely successful group and we are proud to sponsor and be associated with them. 
 
“They have achieved a great deal already at a county and regional level and we wish them all the best at the national championships this summer. 
 
GOOD LUCK TEAM BCS! 
 
BRG‘s Second Acquisition of 2015 
 
Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) has continued its rapid expansion with the acquisition of London-based The Plus Team. It consolidates BRG’s position in the capital and brings extra turnover of £1.5m, moving the company’s annual turnover past the £50m mark. 
 
The purchase comes after last year’s acquisitions of London’s PRC Employment and Mainline Resourcing (including specialist division Express Rail Services). The Plus Team specialises in both temporary and permanent recruitment across office support, management, HR and marketing roles with a broad range of clients. Already the new owners have moved the staff into prestigious offices in Hanover Square, Mayfair. 
 
The Plus Team began life in 1975 when Lyn Cecil started Secretaries Plus; it was rebranded in 2013 to take into account its widening area of operation. Lyn is well known in the industry, having been a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) executive committee for more than 30 years and president of its training body. In 2011 she appeared as a 'secret millionaire' in Islington for the popular Channel 4 TV show The Secret Millionaire. 
 
Chris Chown, BRG’s managing director, said: “As one of the country’s fastest-growing recruitment businesses this acquisition is a perfect fit for us. We anticipate that The Plus Team will grow organically and we will be looking to expand the team as we develop the business within the capital as part of our wider strategy”. 
 
“It is a company with a superb reputation thanks to the values instilled by Lyn Cecil and we have been really impressed with the staff. Our presence in the capital is now consolidating and our plan is to continue to grow Berry Recruitment Group organically and through acquisition.” Lyn Cecil and The Plus Team’s managing director Tina Rycroft said they were "excited" by the deal as it gave their expert team new opportunities. Lyn said: “Merging with Berry has felt a very natural, easy progression from the very first meeting with Berry’s highly-regarded chairman Tony Berry to the final handover at the beginning of this year, just eight weeks later.” BRG, headquartered in St Albans, Herts, now operates from 30 branches across England and Wales, employing more than 150 people. The purchase price for The Plus Team has not been disclosed. 
 
For more information please contact: Spencer Berry, Business Development Director Tel: 01727 898650 spencer.berry@berryrecruitment.co.uk / www.berryrecruitment.co.uk 
Wild gets Gestamp of approval 
 
When major international car parts manufacturer Gestamp invested £14m in its Fareham base it needed a recruitment agency to provide nearly 70 workers. 
 
Wild won the contract and has already started filling permanent and temporary positions. Its Engineering and Technical division that was launched six months ago and has come into its own. 
 
This contract also involves Wild’s Industrial division and together these divisions are providing workers who will help make parts for the Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic vans. The Industrial division is also supplying workers for another contract Wild won with a major defence manufacturing company. 
 
Wild’s MD Michelle Stewart said: “The Industrial division is finding work for many who lost their jobs when BAE Systems made nearly 1,000 workers redundant. 
 
“We have also noticed a sharp rise in the demand for engineering roles and we are busy recruiting able candidates. 
“The Office for National Statistics that show the number of engineering vacancies across the country has risen by 22% in the last year.” 
Looking after our temps 
 
Wild is now contributing to the pensions of the temporary workers it places, matching the percentage they put in. 
 
This is a commitment to the staff and a small way of helping them in the future. 
 
It is also worth noting that the minimum wage went up in October – to £6.50. 
More jobs for Skandia 
 
Skandia, the investment giant based in Southampton, awarded a contract to Wild to provide 290 workers a year. 
 
Wild’s Commercial division has been trusted to recruit staff for specialist financial 
Jobs up, staff down 
 
A team of ten intrepid Wild staff abseiled down the 560ft (170m) Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth – to raise money for the Stroke Association. 
 
The less adventurous members of Wild dressed up for a ‘Purple Day’, with some going as Berries – a nod to Berry Recruitment, the parent company. 
 
Wild raised a remarkable £3,016. 
Wild drivers given a hand 
 
Every commercial driver of a lorry, coach or bus now needs a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). 
Wild’s Driving division has been helping drivers acquire this necessary qualification by offering training courses at its Arundel Street premises. 
 
Michelle added: “Our driving division goes from strength to strength and we are busy putting drivers through courses so they can get their CPCs. 
 
“Obviously we need fully qualified drivers so it makes sense for us to help fund these courses.” 
 
Wild is also providing “temp-to-perm” solutions for employers who want permanent drivers. 
 
Michelle explained: “We recruit temporary drivers and pay them until such as time as the company they are working for wants to take them on permanently. 
 
“This simple technique suits all concerned.” 
 
 
 
 
Group Training Manager 
 
From starting a career in recruitment at Wild there is a three year development process that is now overseen by Becky Booker, the new training manager. 
 
She works across Berry Recruitment, Wild’s parent company, and runs training courses to ensure staff are equipped with all the up-to-date knowledge and skills required in the industry. 
 
Michelle commented: “It’s very exciting and it’s like having our own training academy. It very good for retention and that is extremely important to us and our clients.” 
Senior Service 
 
With Portsmouth being home of the Senior Service – the Royal Navy - it is fitting that its premier recruitment consultancy has its own Senior Service division. 
 
Philip Brindley has joined the team recently and is busy filling roles in numerous areas including sales and marketing, customer service and procurement. 
 
Wild’s awards 
 
Wild picked up a host of awards at its parent company’s annual presentation evening. 
 
The glittering event held on the banks of the Thames in London attracted 130 consultants from Berry Recruitment’s 27 branches across the country. 
 
Wild won two of the most prestigious awards, the ‘Most Profitable Branch’ and the ‘Top Biller’ award which went to Justine Duffin for the second year in a row. 
 
Other notable achievers were Kate Weeks who won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award, Jennie Hallsworth who picked up the ‘Manager of the Year’ award and Sian Cox who was named ‘Permanent Consultant of the Year’. 
 
Kerry Carter won the ‘Temps Consultant of the Year’ award and ‘Rookie of the Year’ went to Natalie Tooley from Wild’s Poole branch. 
 
Michelle said: “There is huge competition between all the branches and to win so many awards made it a fantastic evening. 
 
“We have a dedicated and hard-working staff and they really deserved the accolades.” 
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