greenwell gleeson april 2016 newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter

First Quarter Review 2016

It has definitely been a quick start to the year and candidates are certainly controlling the market, at all levels. All clients are seeking the best talent but with the economy picking up, as it has done over recent years, persuading the better candidates to move from their existing roles is not an easy task. Salaries are on the rise but equally there is a desire for some semblance of “work/life balance” especially the newly-qualified/qualified candidates making their first move from practice.

The executive level remains fairly buoyant with clients seeking to change under-performing FDs or recruit an FD for the first time with growth in mind. This is echoed in the corporate world where there is a seemingly constant desire to restructure/centralise/regionalise etc.

Junior and part-qualified candidates remain able to move from business to business with ease as they seek to build strong foundations to their blossoming accountancy career.

Temporary/Contract candidates deliver on their ability to “do a job” – reporting, turn-around, cash/working capital, budgeting/forecasting or year-end assistance. We continue to be a leading Interim Supplier within the Midlands market.

The fastest moving area is the Transactional area where AP/AR, Credit Control and Payroll candidates are somewhat dispensable when the SSCs are onshoring / offshoring or when new FDs are recruited and the team changes.

greenwellgleeson recruit all of the above levels and have been working tirelessly via social media, networking and calling to bring the better candidates to market in readiness for relevant opportunities coming from our clients. We are always here to help…

Cancer Research UK and The Birmingham Half Marathon

Here at greenwellgleeson we have decided to support a different charity each year. Our chosen charity for 2016 is Cancer Research UK. The charity speaks for itself and doesn’t need much in the way of explanation. Cancer affects millions of people directly and indirectly every year so we all agreed Cancer Research is a more than worthy cause.

Throughout 2016 we are going to be fundraising in a variety of different ways, but one particular challenge is the Birmingham Half Marathon. On October 16th, Rob, Leanne, Rebecca, Steve, Duncan, Barry and Paul will all be attempting to complete the gruelling 13.2 miles. The rest of the greenwellgleeson team have chickened out but will be there on the day showing their support or at least waiting with emergency stretchers at the finish line.

For those of you know us well, you will know that we are not the fittest bunch and also like a drink or two, so this is a massive challenge for all of us.

If you would like to show your support then please visit our JustGiving Page or if any of you fancy dusting off those trainers and joining our team then please let us know, the more the merrier

GG Social

Our GG Social is still going strong with our next event planned for tomorrow evening with another night of drinks and comedy at the Birmingham Glee Club.
Other events planned for the rest of the quarter include:

14th April – The Glee Club
12th May – Poker Night @ Grosvenor Casino, Birmingham
10th June – Sporting Luncheon @ Wolverhampton Rugby Club.
15th June – Aegon Tennis @ Edgbaston Priory.

If any of the above take your fancy then please let us know via Places are limited so register your interest early!

We will be confirming our GG Social Schedule for the second half of the year in our next newsletter.

And finally…

Friday 18th March brought greenwellgleeson’s 7th Annual visit to the Cheltenham Festival’s Gold Cup day. With Storm Katie looming large, the forecast for the day was odds-on to be miserable. Fortune favoured us on the day, with fair weather given, good odds on the Totes and fantastic company to enjoy the occasion. The buzz amongst the bee’s threw out tips from “reliable sources” on the coach journey down, with the most part excited for the exceptional breakfast at The Bayshill Pub in central Cheltenham and some so excited that they calmed their nerves with their own liquid brekkie.

Once we’d settled at the end of the bar in the Best Mate’s enclosure, flowing river soon turned into overflowing Dam, Guinness and Carling were the early winners with the odd Wine in the mixer. This was then disrupted by the old favourite called the Shorts. The Shorts crept up on a lot of people from absolutely nowhere and disrupted plenty of people’s rhythm. Fortunately our day was just as good as the coach driver’s ability to read maps – he did save us a 1 mile walk with remarkably intuitive parking.

A cheeky pit-stop for a top up on the return leg was a saviour to most with withdrawal symptoms beginning to set in, the winners bragged and the loser’s drank. Actually the winners drank too. All in all feedback on the day was fantastic, the occasion was enjoyed in great spirits and the weather did us a favour. Even if the bookmakers didn’t!

Huge commendations go out to our Office Manager Nina Tank for organising the day, and to Kate Shakespeare for her unwavering commitment to keeping the drinks coming!

Feel free to take a look at some of the photos from the day here