Archive for December, 2011

Giving something back

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Two weeks ago members of the Boyce team gave up some time to give back to a local community in London and spread some pre-Christmas cheer!

With the help of Community Service Volunteers (CSV), a charity dedicated to helping people play an active part in helping local communities that may be in need of some extra support, we took a day out of our busy recruitment office to visit an Age UK team in Eltham and put on a Christmas party for some elderly people who may not get out as much as they once used to.

Most of the day was spent decorating hamper bags, eating biscuits and chatting to some lovely people with fascinating stories to tell, as well as listening to AND  dancing to  some Christmas music, a rewarding day was had by all.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and many of us found it an incredibly moving experience.

Age UK teams of (mainly) volunteers, meet in community centres daily, providing a much needed service to residents in the South East London area and throughout the UK also, transporting people from home to the site and putting on a fun day of activities. By volunteering,  we were able to help provide a more special ‘Christmassy’ day that would not normally have happened, offering support in financila resources as well as manpower. The feedback we had was extremely positive and the event was greatly appreciated by all who took part.

It is always good to give something back to the community and we would all definitely recommend doing something like this again.

 

Future growth

Monday, December 5th, 2011

 

What 2012 will bring in terms of job confidence is uncertain but is certain is that next year ain’t going to be easy times for some industry sectors. Businesses are constantly looking to review and revalue their assets including their employees to ensure that they are getting the most value for their business.

 

There are still however some really exciting growth areas, within the London media / broadcast sector there will be an increase in VOD specialists as the DVD market gradually loses its place in the home.

 

Within market research we have seen some interesting roles arise within the FMCG retail market. There is so much pressure on consumer related industries to analyse and use market research to examine their market and understand how to make better decisions in order to beat their competitors in what has been, in many ways, a retracting market. The internet has hit retailers dramatically and larger stores have been aggressive in trying to win as much customer loyalty as possible.

 

On the corporate and support team we have seen an increase recently in sales roles, and also client services or account management positions. Roles which are revenue related , even if they are not solely focused on bringing in new business , are critical to making sure customers stay with us . It is really important to be able to justify revenues. We have met with some really talented people recently who have been great at generating new business. They are however always looking to join a business which is constantly evolving and innovating as now is the time for many to use their skills in a role they feel truly passionate about.