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MikeMike
16:04 13 Mar 23
Highly recommended! Josh and Sarah have been fantastic at Astute. They've found and placed me in 2 jobs now between them, both really responsive and excellent at keeping you up to speed with things. Very knowledgable about the roles and happy to talk to companies with any queries you have.
C R.C R.
10:45 27 Jan 23
Great agency one of the best ones I've worked with! Liz has been a great help and support in helping me towards a new direction in my career life. She is very attentive and keeps me in the loop at all times! She makes the extra effort to work with my preferred requirements for work and even if it isn't completely attainable she meets me in the middle and does as much as she can to help! Also Liz is very funny might I add 😂 and I'm happy that I can now put a face to the name after all these years! Thank you again Liz for all your help and support! 😊
ChristineChristine
10:32 20 Dec 22
Josh and the Astute team was very swift to help me to find roles that matched my profile. They are really reliable and will help through every step of the recruitment process going out of their way to assist and follow up when needed. Could not find a better recruitment agency!
Helen PinegarHelen Pinegar
16:19 18 Dec 22
Fantastic recruitment agency.. Josh was extremely enthusiastic, encouraging and clearly knowledgeable about what was needed from both the employee and the employers point of view. Extremely supportive especially in regards to interview preparation and endeavoured to procure feedback promptly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Astute in the future to both candidates and recruiting businesses particularly for the right fit for the role!!!
Lisa LeighLisa Leigh
11:56 30 Nov 22
I have worked as a candidate for Astute and they have been excellent. Super friendly service and professional agents keen to fit the right person to the right job. It has been a pleasure dealing with them and I would happily work for them again in the future. Highly recommend this agency.
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We all had a great time last week at our Easter Social event at Nicco Restaurant on Pride Park!

It was an incredible turn out and great chance to catch up with our friends from local businesses.

The food and drink were excellent and the fantastic service and relaxed social setting made for a wonderful evening.

This was our second social event at Nicco and it was once again the perfect setting! Thank you to Niccos, our wonderful team at Astute and of course all of our fantastic guests! ūüĎŹ

Below are some photos taken at our event. We are already looking forward to the next one!

Sarah Stevenson, (far right) Astute Recruitment’s MD with all the other winners at the Leadership Awards

All of us were thrilled to watch Sarah go up on stage with all the other winners at TheBusinessDesk.com’s East Midland’s Leadership awards!

Sarah has tirelessly led her team from start up through the most difficult of times. Through every crisis, she has managed to lead from the front through grit, determination and inspiration.

Sarah has also managed to enable her team to adapt to every problem, rise to every challenge with support, help and passion.

Its fair to say that all of us, from the bottom of our hearts, could not be happier for her or think of a more deserving winner for this category.

You can watch Sarah’s speech after collecting her award on the link below.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UTTqm3ZjKeWX9vTL9

A huge thumbs up also goes to Sam Metcalfe and everyone at The Business Desk.com for putting together a brilliant evening.

Thanks to the sponsors too for their support.

The biggest thanks goes

to all the winners and

finalists at the evening.

Everyone of them showed that

hard work,

inspiration and successful leadership

can achieve wonderful business success

for their staff, families,

and teams!

Everyone getting settled for a great evening at the BusinessDesk.com’s East Midlands Leadership Awards

Astute Recruitment Ltd's #miles4meals charity challenge goes international!Following the remarkable support from the local business communities in the East Midlands, our band of candidates, clients and colleagues have successfully completed a round trip from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again in just a few weeks!

 

We still have a month of our challenge left and are keen to raise as much money as possible for Derby City Mission to put together as many food parcels as possible. So, we have decided to be bold and stretch our original journey to travel the beautiful countryside from Nordkapp in Norway down to Scapoli in Italy! A total of some 4,960 miles to cover in 4 weeks.

 

Along the way, we will pass through some beautiful places and look forward to sharing our virtual journey with you.

 

For now, HUGE thanks to everyone who has been part of our round trip from John O’Groats to Land’s End, and back again!

 

We look forward to posting our continued progress through Europe.

 

If you or your team would like to join us on our virtual journey, all you have to do is email either Mary Maguire or Tom Norton at Astute and they will explain how you can help.

 

Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, visit our dedicated fundraising page on Derby City Mission’s website by clicking on this link¬†https://www.derbycitymission.org.uk/donate/miles4meals/10/credit-card

 

So, will you #walkwithus on our extended journey through Europe and help our #miles4meals raise even more money for a fantastic charity?¬† Help your team’s mental and physical health at the same time!

To discover why we are doing this and the benefits of Mental AND physical health, check out our article below: –

 

Why exercise can save more than your sanity when WFH

 

More information about our route: –

We have chosen to follow the¬†E1 European long-distance path, or just¬†E1 path. It’s¬†one of the¬†European long-distance paths¬†designated by the¬†European Ramblers’ Association. With a total length of some 4,960 miles (7,980¬†km), begining in¬†Norway¬†at¬†Nordkapp, crossing the¬†Kattegat¬†between¬†Sweden¬†and¬†Denmark¬†by ferry.

Then the path winds through Denmark,¬†Germany, and¬†Switzerland¬†to finish at¬†Scapoli,¬†Italy. (The EI path was extended southwards to¬†Sicily, in Italy in 2018, but we’ll be ecstatic to reach Scapoli – the original finish line.

Specific E1 waymarks are only seen in some locations such as at border crossings or at intersections with other paths, instead, the signs and markings of the local routes which make up the E1 are used.

Astute Recruitment Ltd & their #miles4meals charity adventure reaches Lands EndSome numbers we’re really proud of!

  • 911 Miles

  • 21 Days

  • Over 30 companies and their teams

  • Over ¬£500 raised

  • Four and a half weeks left!

 

Today, Monday 1st March, we have achieved our initial goal of walking, running, and cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End.

 

What an achievement!

 

When we launched our charity adventure for Derby City Mission to raise money for food parcels, we never in a million years thought that we would be able to get to Lands End so quickly!

 

A massive thank you to those who have joined us on our journey and welcome to those of you just joining us!

 

We look forward to finding out where we have got to next AND to discovering just how many #miles4meals we can cover from now until Easter!

 

 

 

 

Derby to Exeter in just one week. Astute Recruitment's #miles4meals adventure goes from strength to strengthOur growing band of walkers, cyclists, joggers, and runners have excelled themselves!

In week 3, we have covered over 500 miles! Taking us down past Derby, through Worcester, Bristol, and finally past Exeter!

When we started planning this event, we were unsure we would make it to Land’s End, now we are just wondering when we will get there as we haven’t got far to go.

We are wondering if we will get to Land’s End this week!

Huge thanks to all of our clients, candidates, and of course our team for helping us make this a brilliant adventure already.

 

Astute Recruitment's 2nd week of our #miles4meals and we have covered an incredible 564.5 miles! Astute Recruitment’s 2nd week of our #miles4meals and we have covered an incredible 564.5 miles!

An amazing effort from our wonderful team and fantastic clients, candidates, and their friends and colleagues who have joined in – a huge thank you and well done!

At this rate we will smash our target!

Last week saw us whizz past our first checkpoint and another 3! From the picturesque Scottish Highlands, past historic Edinburgh, down past Newcastle, and on into Leeds!

We are wondering where we will go from here and how many checkpoints will we hit by week 3!

#miles4meals update 137 miles in one week by our team at Astute Recruitment Ltd and our friends!
#miles4meals update 137 miles in one week!

We started our #miles4meals journey last Monday.

 

The figures are in and we’re delighted to announce that in just 7 days we have covered a total of 137 miles!

Our virtual journey from John O’Groats to Lands End has so far seen us travel from the beautiful peaks of Scotland, down past the historic Inverness Castle.

We’re now well past our first check-point in Inverness.

Wonder where will be next week?

 

 

 

Miles 4 Meals - Our walk from John'Groats to Lands End to raise money for Derby City Mission
Miles 4 Meals – Our walk from John’Groats to Lands End to raise money for Derby City Mission

 

All of us at Astute Recruitment Ltd are delighted to announce that today, 1st February 2021, we are launching our Miles 4 Meals charity campaign!

Our team will be ‘virtually’ walking the 911 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End, and if we can walk back again!

We find ourselves in unusual times. Many more people, families and children are struggling with financial problems. We also have a climate of increasing mental health and anxiety issues due to the latest Lockdown restrictions and hardships caused by COVID.

 

All of us at Astute, wanted to help, so we’re launching our #Miles4Meals campaign. From Monday 1st February until Good Friday on the 2nd April, our team will be using our lunchtimes or spare time to walk, run and cycle the 911 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End, and hopefully back again! If you can, please help us with our goal.

 

*The Government’s current advice is people can exercise for up to one hour a day and observe all COVID social distancing guidance. We can still all clock up a few steps in an hour though!

 

On virtual arrival to Lands End, Astute Recruitment will donate £500 to Derby City Mission & this amazing cause.

If we can get back to John O’Groats, a roundtrip of 1822 miles, Astute will double their donation to £1,000 for Derby City Mission, our chosen charity.  

 

Every mile covered will raise funds for Derby City Mission who will be using the money to make up much-needed food parcels for the vulnerable.

 

We’ll be highlighting a series of tips and advice around Mental Health, how important the link between good Mental Health and physical wellbeing is across our social media channels.

 

We’ll share photos and updates on our progress along the way. Follow our story too and add your own photos and posts if you are taking part!

 

If you and those in your team would like to join us or just sponsor us for our journey, please email Mary Maguire or Tom Norton, confirming your name, job title, and which company you are from and we will send you more information.

 

Join us on our charity walk and help raise funds at the same time too!

 

 

Over 300 finance and business professionals have booked onto Astute Recruitment Ltd's latest business webinar with John McCarthy, OBE

Last year, almost to the day, we were delighted to host another of our business breakfast’s with Mr John McCarthy as our guest speaker. We hosted the event at the fabulous grounds of Derbyshire County Cricket in Derby and welcomed over 75 people from local East Midlands businesses.

 

John spoke passionately about his experiences in the Middle East whilst held hostage. The feedback from our guests was amazing and everyone commented what an inspirational morning it was.

 

Our MD, Mary Maguire, who organised the event, went on to keep in touch with John through the initial Lockdown in March, and the months that followed. His public engagements as a speaker were postponed due to the Coronavirus restrictions and Lockdown so he was only too glad to work with us again as and when, and put the event ‘online’. He has since conducted several online events for large Government Departments and major corporates.

 

Scroll forwards, a date was set!

 

Our team have all been working tirelessly to extend personal invitations to our local business communities.

 

We want to highlight & support local businesses and retailers in these difficult times for the Highstreet.

 

So we reached out to our friends at BEAR and are delighted to announce that they will be providing all our attendees with a free cup of coffee and cake AND 20% off all their on-line products before Christmas!

 

Hopefully, we will all be able to enjoy a coffee and tasty treats at BEAR again soon!

 

BEAR in Derby offer our webinar attendees free coffee and a cake and 20 online discount off their products

Our reminder emails will have the discount codes for our attendees to use!

 

So, we are all looking forward to this Thursday afternoon.  We have several businesses that have booked their whole Finance and HR departments to enjoy our webinar as a team event, which is great!

 

If you are interested in attending this online event, please contact Mary Maguire on her email [email protected] and she will be delighted to advise of any extra ticket availability.

 

 

 

 

 

Astute Recruitment Ltd explores VE Day 2020 uncovering the historic events that led to VE Day 75 years ago

Astute Recruitment Ltd explores VE Day 2020 uncovering the historic events that led to VE Day 75 years ago

 

 

 

Today people in countries across the globe are fighting a very different war with a very different foe. Fitting then that on the 8th of May 2020, we celebrate VE Day, but not just any VE Day. Instead, it is the 75th anniversary from when the Allies secured victory in Europe. Thats what V.E. day stands for. ‘Victory in Europe’.

 

We should take hope and heart that the most vicious of foes those years ago could be and was defeated and our current foe, COVID-19, will, in time, also be defeated.

 

For now, we need to remind ourselves of the sacrifices and heartache that our ancestors undertook to secure a peace that has lasted ever since in Western Europe. Take heart from the fact that we all have it in ourselves to be inspirational & courageous. Together, we can overcome any obstacle whether human or biological if we work together and stand united. And as the country unites in some much-needed celebrations, we wanted to put together a brief history of the key events that triggered and finally resolved what was the Second World War.

 

How we got to VE Day

In the 1930s,¬†Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party took control in Germany with ambitious plans to expand beyond Germany. Early in 1939, Germany gained control of Austria, the Czech Republic, & Italy as an ally. The UK, France & others were concerned, but most countries were still wary of war after the horrors and impacts of the First World War. Following an invasion of Poland, and war was finally declared by the Allies in September 1939.

 

World War 2.

The war took many huge twists and turns, with the victorious side looking to be either Hitler or the Allies in equal turn. Germany was extremely successful using a method of quick, superior attacks – the ‘Blitzkrieg’ (lightning war in German). Eventually, the tide turned in favour of the Allies with German troops pushed back & conquered territories being liberated. By February 1945, the Allies had entered Germany and by late April 1945, Berlin was captured.

 

By the 7th May, both Italy & Germany had lost the very leaders who had taken them into war, & both had signed a total, unconditional surrender, effective from the 8th May.

 

Over 1 million people celebrated in the streets throughout Britain to mark the end of the European part of the war. In London, crowds thronged, cheered and gathered from Trafalgar Square along The Mall and all the way to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI & Queen Elizabeth, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before the cheering crowds.

 

The young Princesses Elizabeth (now our Queen) and her sister, Margaret, were given discreet permission to go incognito and celebrate with the public.

 

The End of the war.

 

VE Day only acknowledged the end of fighting in Europe, not the end of World War 2. Japan was still fighting against the Allies in May 1945. It wasn’t until August 1945 that Japan would surrender, with the official end of the 2nd World war signed and ratified in September 1945.