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.
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?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HRS: Who Are We?
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.
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 email@example.com so that we can continue to deliver relevant, useful support in a sales-free environment.
Who are Hyper Recruitment Solutions?
I am happy to confirm that on behalf of Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) I will be in attendance at the 9th Annual bioProcessUK Conference. This is based around the theme “Accelerating Novel Therapies” and will be on November 28th - 29th in Bristol, UK.
As a part of our companies commitment to promoting and supporting the Science & Life Science communities we intend to regularly be present at a number of the EU's major events. In my opinion this is one which cannot be missed.
From consulting closely with some of the industries top blue chip and SMEs in the field of Bioprocessing I feel that HRS can add value during such conferences. And in return we can ensure our specific industry knowledge of the market is as up to date as possible. HRS offers subject matter experts to all who we recruit for and this is a great example of the lenghts we go to, to ensure this is the case.
This event programme is made up of keynote presentations, four technical workshops and a networking conference dinner. The key aspects are:
- Building capacity in bioprocessing in the UK
- Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (BRIC) as a successful vehicle for delivery of cutting edge research
- How companies drive innovation to improve their global competitiveness
- Technical workshops focusing on aspects of biopharmaceutical development and manufacture
- Case studies on strategic collaboration resulting in successful innovation
For those interested in finding our more about the event then I would encourage you to visit www.bioprocessuk.org
I very much look forward to meeting key parties from the Bioprocess communicty during this event.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.