2019 HRS Networking Event Q&A

Last night - the 23rd of October, 2019 - we held our annual HRS Networking Event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House, London. As in previous years, the event was a great success, with many industry scientists in attendance and some fantastic speeches from a variety of influential figures.

The date for this event wasn't chosen idly: 23rd October 2019 was also Hyper Recruitment Solutions' 7th anniversary, and it was wonderful to spend the evening in the same room where Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar officially launched the company 7 years ago to the day.

Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS in 2012

Pictured above: Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS on 23rd October 2012.

 

Who spoke at last night's networking event?

HRS Networking Event - Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers were:

 

Ian Birch, Quality Director and Consultant QP

  • Focus: Quality Assurance

 

Dr Sharon Brownlow, Head of Collaborations at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

  • Focus: Cell and Gene Therapy

 

Elizabeth Madichie, TOPRA Board Director and Global Regulatory Affairs Consultant

  • Focus: Regulatory Affairs

 

Dr Tony Jones, CEO of One Nucleus

  • Focus: Life Sciences

 

All speeches were very well received, and the ensuing Q&A segment bore some interesting questions and sparked lively debate. The topic for this event was 2020 Considerations for Pharma / Biotech - here are some of the key takeaways from the evening's discussion:

  • A common thread concerned how technology is evolving at a rate we've never seen before. All of the functions within a successful pharma / biotech organisation need to adapt their approaches to data, automation and machine learning.

  • Overlaying the message about the future of tech in pharma / biotech, another clear theme was how to attract and retain talent in this sector.

  • HRS founder Ricky Martin closed the above conversation with a clear message to the room: that every person within a business should be clear on their 'why'. Why do they work there? If this question can be answered, it well help organisations to support existing talent and identify why new talent should want to be there too.

HRS donated £10 to the Alzheimer's Society on behalf of each and every delegate in attendance - the Alzheimer's Society is one of our dedicated charities, and it's especially close to the heart of our Managing Director Ricky Martin.

As ever, we went all out with the decor and refreshments at this event - we even had a whole periodic table of colourful chemistry-themed cupcakes!

Periodic table cupcakes and HRS balloon

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Team HRS with their football shirts

Last Saturday (13 July 2019), the inaugural Apprentice Cup took place at Epping St John's School in Epping, Essex. This special charity football match saw Ricky Martin and the HRS five-a-side squad take on 2014 Apprentice winner Mark Wright and his Climb Online team.

Ricky Martin and HRS vs Mark Wright and Climb Online

The stakes were high: in addition to the shame of coming in second, the losing side's manager would have to donate £1,000 of his own money to Alzheimer's Society, a UK charity that funds research, campaigns for change, and supports people affected by dementia all over the country.

How did the match go? Well, watch the video and see for yourself...

By the final whistle, the score was Hyper Recruitment Solutions 8, Climb Online 1 - which meant that it was Mark who ended up giving a grand of his own cash to the Alzheimer's charity, although both companies donated an additional £500 each!

Everyone here at HRS is very proud, both of our resounding victory on the football pitch and of the money we've helped to raise for this very worthy cause. If you're able to spare anything, please consider clicking the link below and donating to support Alzheimer's Society and the amazing work they do.

Alzheimer's Society - Donate Now >>

Edinburgh Science Festival

Founded in 1989, Edinburgh Science is an educational charity that strives to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to take an interest in science and discover the world around them. The one thing that Edinburgh Science is best known for is organising the Edinburgh Science Festival, the world's first public celebration of science and technology, which occurs on an annual basis and is currently running until Sunday 21st April.

The two-week festival offers attendees all sorts of incredible experiences via a diverse programme of innovative events all centred around a specific theme. This year, the theme of the festival is Frontiers, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings as well as the spirit of adventure and enquiry that continues to push science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

There will be a focus on several specific areas over the course of the festival, including:

  • Healthcare Frontiers
  • Engineering Frontiers
  • Planetary Frontiers
  • Digital Frontiers
  • Environmental Frontiers

These focus areas provide a platform for the brightest minds in science, engineering and technology to share new and exciting ideas based on cutting-edge research.

A number of new venues and partners have been included in this year's edition of the science festival, with the aim of exploring the forefront of science and celebrating the inspiring people who are dedicated to furthering the frontiers of the world's collective knowledge!

Visit the Edinburgh Science Website >

To stay up to date with all the latest science and technology stories, be sure to following Hyper Recruitment Solutions on Twitter and Facebook!

Did you know? HRS have an office on George Street in Edinburgh! If you're based in Scotland and you're looking for a new job in STEM, we may be able to help you - click here to browse science jobs in Scotland.

 

Rewarding and recognising excellence in recruitment

The REC's Institute of Recruitment Professionals Awards (IRPs) celebrate professional excellence and the inspirational work carried out by the recruitment industry’s brightest and best stars. An IRP Award is the most prestigious recognition an individual or company can receive in the recruitment industry. This year, I am pleased to announce I have been shortlisted for the category of ‘Business Leader of the Year’.

IRP Awards

The IRPs recognise and honour the achievements and best practice of both individual recruiters and recruitment businesses as a whole. The IRPs are unique in raising awareness for the industry's positive role models whose exceptional works and candidate and client care sets the bar for all recruitment professional and business to aspire to. The IRP Awards are the only recruitment sector awards hosted and awarded by REC to recognise the very best individuals and companies within recruitment. Recognising achievement across all levels and different disciplines, the awards are a true reflection of the UK’s recruitment talent (REC Awards 2013).

 

 

 

What does HRS do?

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is committed to providing highly compliant and specialist recruitment solutions in the areas of Science, Technology and Engineering. We aim to build long term partnerships with our clients and candidates whilst promoting the image of professional recruitment. Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. Moreover, we are not just passionate about being known as a recruitment consultancy, but being actively involved the science industry.

How are we different to other recruitment companies?

We recognise that each of the specialists skill sets that we support can be very intricate and can differ from one to another. This is why our highly professional and knowledgeable team of consultants have either come from industry or academia thus making us a collaboration of scientists supporting science!

What our candidates mean to us

Here at HRS, we treat all our candidates as individuals. We always do our best to get to know each candidate throughout the recruitment process. No matter how many times a candidate has previously engaged with HRS, it is important to us that they feel like we have their best intentions at heart. There are many recruitment agencies out there but HRS makes every effort to ensure all candidates are represented as accurately and professionally as possible, presenting roles above expectations and offering advice on both CV presentation and interview preparations.

What does it mean to be shortlisted for an REC/IRP award?

Being shortlisted and winning an award can have a significant impact on your career and company. It can enhance your profile by positioning you ahead of your competitors and benchmarking your techniques as an industry leader. I am honoured to be short listed for this award and being recognised for my commitment and dedication towards my company is certainly a great motivator. This will continue to encourage my determination to further exceed expectations.

 

 

The 2013 IRP Awards is taking place 3rd December at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square and will be hosted by the Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Vine.

Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for an IRP Award. I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with you at the awards ceremony next month!

Judging alongside Subash Thakrar (Chairman of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry Partner, for the National Student Apprentice Grand Final 2013.

The National Student Apprentice is a national competition that brings together students from over 20 universities for a practical opportunity to showcase their professional skills and entrepreneurial ability in a real business environment in front of a wide range of professionals, academics and top entrepreneurs.

Over the last three months, six Regional Apprentice Competitions were executed around the UK with over 500 university students competing to win their region in a bid to make it through to the Grand Final. The hopeful candidates participated in a fantastic programme of events including exciting Apprentice-Style Challenges and practical tasks.

In the Grand Final event last week, six teams battled it out in a Lord Sugar boardroom style pitch, using their personality, wit and charm in an attempt to win over the judges. I can honestly say, I know what that feels like! The event was a huge success and provided students with an incredible unique opportunity to present their ideas and network with top students around the UK, renowned entrepreneurial figures, key corporates, university professors, industry professionals and national media. I was very impressed with the level of candidates in this competition. All the contestants showcased their creativity, entrepreneurial skills, and determination very professionally making it very difficult for the judges to select the winning team.

The National Student Apprentice is a great chance for students to get out of their comfort zone, be inspired and learn new skills. I would certainly recommend students take full advantages of opportunities like these the experience alone can be invaluable. This competition indeed reminded me of my own experience on the apprentice!

Taking part in The Apprentice in 2012, was a life changing opportunity for me and I can hardly believe it’s almost been a year since I won the competition and gained an investment from Lord Sugar to set up my consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS). Find out how we are celebrating our one year anniversary here...

It has taken a great deal of hard work, dedication and commitment to establish the company. We are currently expanding our company to suit the areas of science, technology and engineering and continue to place a significant number of professionals into new career roles.

I offer my congratulations to the winners once again, and wish all those that took part in the competition, all the best for the future.


To find out more about The National Student Apprentice please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/NationalStudentApprentice