Earlier this month, we held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. You can read all about it here - the evening's discussion primarily focused on the quality and regulatory challenges that UK pharma/biotech companies will need to consider after Brexit.

We are proud to say that this event was extremely well received. As we mentioned previously, 97% of attendees rated the evening as either 'excellent' or 'very good', and our guest speakers all enjoyed a warm reception on the night.

John Johnson

Among those speakers was John Johnson (pictured above). John is the Vice President of Pharma Biotech at NSF, the public health and safety organisation. Here's what he had to say afterwards:

"It was fantastic to meet so many new and existing clients at Ricky Martin's HRS Networking Event. Knowing Ricky for many years, I knew that it would be a lively and informative event; and so it proved!

"We realise that many of the norms have changed and will change again. NSF are in step with these trends and are here to help organisations evolve and flourish, despite the pulling and pushing forces that lie ahead."

NSF had a stand at our event where attendees were asked for their responses to two key questions:

  • What GMP deficiencies are causing you the most anxiety?
  • What are the most likely root causes of these deficiencies?
Download this PDF to view the most popular answers to these questions, along with John Johnson's full statement on our networking event and current challenges to the UK pharmaceutical industry.

HRS will be organising more science events in the near future - If you would like to be considered as a guest speaker, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com.

HRS: Who Are We?

HRS Founder Ricky Martin

On the 11th October 2018, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. We brought together 120 of our associates from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors to discuss the changes we can expect to see in quality and regulatory systems following Brexit.

On arrival, guests were given the chance to network and get to know each other. HRS founder Ricky Martin then addressed the room, welcoming the guests and outlining the purpose of the event: to acknowledge, predict and discuss changes that professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries can expect before and after the UK's exit from the European Union next year.

Our host for the evening was media entrepreneur Mike Soutar, who interviewed Ricky when he was a contestant on The Apprentice - Mike did a great job of warming up the crowd with his recollections of this experience!

Our other speakers on the night were:

  • Toby Underwood (RSC Accreditation and Careers Manager)
  • John Johnson (VP of NSF Health Sciences)
  • Bob Clay (2017 TOPRA President & Managing Director of Highbury Regulatory Science)

The keynote speeches from John Johnston and Bob Clay were followed by a Q&A, during which John, Bob and Ricky took questions from attendees.

HRS Networking Event

Key Takeaways from the Event

  • After initial discussion about the uncertainty that Brexit has brought to the sector, the room agreed that the pharma / biotech industries make life-saving medicines, and that this must and will continue. Ensuring this will require agility in our processes and positivity in our mindset.

  • Despite changes in the EMA, the UK will remain a hub for pharma / biotech talent and this should be celebrated. We cannot be so negative as to put people off the sector.

  • To support the future of the sector, we will all need to do more within our own 'outreach' programmes to inspire the next wave of STEM talent to join the sector (via schools, colleges, universities, etc).

  • Companies that are being more proactive and open to change from a quality / regulatory perspective will be in a better position post-March 2019.

As you'd expect from such an illustrious industry event, attendees had plenty of time to network at the beginning and end of the evening, and when we took a survey of those who were there, the responses were very positive indeed:

  • 97% of attendees rated the event as either 'excellent' or 'very good' overall

  • 90% of attendees rated the speakers as either 'excellent' or 'very good'

  • 90% of attendees said they would be 'extremely likely' to attend a similar HRS networking event in the future

Ricky ended the event with a positive message about everybody taking responsibility for acting as brand ambassadors for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We must ensure that we continue to seek opportunities off the back of Brexit (as opposed to being consumed by the negatives), and remember that the sector saves lives and will continue to do so.

HRS will be running more science events in the near future to help improve knowledge and stimulate debate in areas of real interest. If you would like to be considered to speak at such an event, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com so that we can continue to deliver relevant, useful support in a sales-free environment.

Who are Hyper Recruitment Solutions?

Lord Sugar's business partner becomes first winner of The Apprentice to reach £1m profit

Ricky Martin with his business partner Lord Sugar

  • Former winner of The Apprentice and CEO of Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) Ricky Martin leads company to a pre-tax profit of over £1m

  • HRS set to turn over £10m in the 2018 calendar year

  • Projected turnover for the next HRS financial year (July 2018 - June 2019) is £14m

Crowned winner of The Apprentice in 2012, and following the investment from Lord Sugar, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) was founded focusing on mid-level and senior recruitment in STEM industries globally; and today announces huge success, reaching the ��1m profit mark.

HRS turned over a staggering £8m in the 12 months up to June 2018, achieving a 106% growth on profit and a 90% growth on turnover. Following on from the previous year’s 34% growth on profit and 59% on turnover. In the past 12 months alone, HRS has broken all company records on both sales and profit whilst managing to restructure and expand.

With two new locations in Manchester and Edinburgh alongside the founding company site based in Essex, the successful business now boasts 50 employees across the business. The company’s rapid expansion has resulted in a newly formed internal training academy together with focus on recruitment development, showcasing employee retention and return on investment in the first 12 months, snowballing from 30% to 80%. The expansion of staff by 50% has proved to be HRS’s most expensive, yet most successful year to date.

With continued success in mind, HRS have big plans for the next two years, looking to continue growth as the leading recruitment partner for science industries across the UK as well as a plan to focus on developing the businesses presence and offering across Europe.

Ricky Martin, CEO of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, says: “I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team at HRS who have got us to where we are today. To have grown from a company of just one back in 2012 to a business with 50 staff across 3 major UK cities, that makes a difference to so many people, is remarkable.”

Lord Sugar commented: “Investing in Ricky was a no-brainer, his understanding of the recruitment industry combined with his passion for business has resulted in the success Hyper Recruitment Solutions sees today. Being the first Apprentice winner to hit the £1m pre-tax profit mark is just the start, I know the future is bright for HRS going forward.”

HRS further plan to reinvest the business profit into talent at the business, growing their specialist workforce and continuing to provide the training and development needed to maintain their standards of employing the most professional and ethical recruiters in the industry.

Mr Martin added: “Money has always been secondary to changing lives in my eyes, however to do so and become the first winner of The Apprentice to break the £1m profit milestone in a single company year, is a huge success and I couldn’t be more thrilled!”

Making strides in the recruitment world, HRS ensures they give back to communities proving they’re not solely in it for profit. The business currently partners with charities Jeans for Genes, Alzheimer’s Society and Apps 4 Good which all make a difference to the sectors they recruit for, namely science, technology and engineering.

Mr Martin continued: “The reason Lord Sugar invested in to my business idea is because I was not just a recruiter. I was somebody who wanted to support talent in a specialist sector, which makes a real difference. It’s this passion for doing the right thing that has seen HRS go from strength to strength; and is why our financials have followed suit!”

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The REC’s new Compliance Test was launched in July 2012. All new members to the REC must now pass the test to become a full member and the test will be launched for the REC’s existing members in early 2013. Ricky Martin’s company Hyper Recruitment Solutions was the first to pass the test with an impressive score of 96%. The highest score so far from any recruitment consultancy.

The Compliance Test is an online test with multiple choice questions that assesses a recruiter’s knowledge of the REC’s Code of Professional Practice and key legislation. The test must be completed within a twenty four hour period and you can stop and save your work as you go along so, that you can also attend to any other urgent business whilst you are doing the test. The test is also customised so, that you only answer questions that relate to the type of recruitment business you run eg. if you only act as a temporary recruiter you will only have to answer questions that relate to temporary recruitment. There is a range of support mechanisms in place to help members pass the test and these include workshops, a webinar and access to a “training” test before you do the actual test, which gives you both a feel for the format of the test and types of questions.

The Compliance Test is not there to catch members out but is there to assess your knowledge, help you improve your knowledge and then for the REC to provide support and guidance where it is needed. The test also shows that you are not just buying the badge by becoming an REC member but demonstrating to your clients and candidates a commitment to compliance and professional standards.

We are proud to have Ricky Martin and Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) on board with the REC not only as a new exciting company, but also as they aim to promote our goal of raising standards in professional recruitment throughout their network. We are confident in HRS’ ability to not just provide highly compliant processes but in delivering recruitment excellence. Hopefully by being the first company to pass our compliance test, this should speak volumes to all of the science and technology companies in HRS’ commitment to professional services.

Kevin Green (CEO of the REC)

REC

Since being announced as the winner of The Apprentice I have been busy building my new specialised recruitment consultancy Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS).This is exactly the same idea as what I pitched to Lord Sugar and his business advises, be it with a few slight tweaks to tailor to my new business partner’s area of expertise also.

Most people approach me with the assumption that I already have a successful business and am a major player in the recruitment industry. The reality is that although I have great plans and ambition for the company, we are a start up organisation in a recovering market place. I am working long days and putting in the hours so that my business can stand out as the most professional and compliant recruitment service for the science and technology industry. However this does not happen over night! Our first few months have seen the business go from strength to strength – but there are many more long days of hard work to put in before we make the company the successful business I have always dreamed of.

Being in the recruitment industry one key area of the field is networking. I need to make sure that I know the right people, they know my companies capabilities and we can all add real value to one another! This takes up a significant amount of my time and it is fundamental to the success of HRS.

Networking can come about in so many different shapes and forms and the easiest way to look at networking is the coming together of two parties. In terms of how one may network this can be in so many ways including online, arranged events, a chance meeting etc.

As a recruitment company online networking is something we need to do often and well. A recent study conducted on behalf of LinkedIn has shown that four out of five professionals in the UK are on their site networking. So is it no surprise we are avid users of this online platform and for a business who invests a lot of time networking we need the technology to reach out to people and remain in contact.

Although having a platform to reach out to so many people is very useful to our role, the research also went on to show that a staggering 66% of people are unconfident in their abilities in networking. So for that reason, and the fact we feel we know a few things about networking, we are happy to share with you a few of our top tips to try and restore this confidence in those 66%.

My top tips on networking:

  • Ensure you have a strong social media presence. Staggering the study conducted by LinkedIn show that 69% of companies and people look at their social media pages prior to meeting them. So do make sure whatever you put out there on your pages – you would be happy to stand by it if you are sat in front of a potential client or employer!
  • Don’t over complicate networking. It is nothing new and nothing to worry about. You are there for a reason and provided it is the right one then don’t panic. Show the person(s) you are meeting, why you are there and what the benefit to them is. Add value to the other party!
  • Relax. Whoever you are meeting no matter what their history or job title – they are just another human being like you. There is no need to be shy and in fact by knowing less then the person(s) you are meeting is sometimes a great thing. You may be able to work away with a job / some business and also some new knowledge!

Moving on…..

I am very excited about the future of Hyper Recruitment Solutions Lord Sugar and I will be making some announcements soon with regards the company. We really want to provide a first class service and use our network and abilities to further promote the industries which we are supporting.

You can find more information about what we are up to by following our company twitter page @hyperec_HRS, reading our website http://www.hyperec.com/ or just getting in touch via info@hyperec.com

I am looking forward to speak to technical professionals from the science and technology arena and would welcome the chance to help you find your next ideal role. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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