The Coronavirus pandemic has sadly had a very negative effect on our closest communities. With an estimated one in eleven people claiming unemployment benefit in the Birmingham and Wolverhampton areas and unemployment increasing to 6.7% in Manchester (above the national average), we feel it is our duty as a responsible business to offer as much support as possible right now to our local regions.
A snapshot of what we have been doing to help
Keeping you up to date with key industry figures
Even though many of you have been coming to us asking for advice, we will be the first ones to admit we do not know everything. Which is why we have partnered with a range of industry experts and figures to provide you with the most up to date industry information.
From podcasts discussing how you should adapt your marketing strategy and business strategy to the in’s and outs of furlough, we aim to keep pushing the boundaries of our knowledge, whilst also promoting local activities and businesses to our social media community. You can keep up to date on all of our information by following our Linkedin page.
Free CV guidance and workshops
With unemployment going up and a new generation of graduates entering the workforce, competition for jobs is likely to be higher than ever. And rightly so, you will want to know how you can adapt your CV to stand out in this market and cut through the noise.
As specialist recruiters in the Marketing, Digital, Creative and FMCG space, we have spent the past 13 years seeing the industry evolve and adapt to changing market dynamics, meaning we are well versed to help you find the next stage of your career.
To help you, we have partnered with The Marketing Meetup and Brand Recruitment to deliver free 30 minute CV workshops across the United Kingdom. You can book your slot here, where we will also be hosting a webinar on the current employment market, what you can do to stand out and answering your questions.
Our services for free
We know not everyone is hiring right now, but for those businesses (especially SME’s) who are struggling to make ends meet but could use an extra pair of hands, we are offering our recruitment services for free to help talented candidates who are out of work. No catch, nothing. Perhaps you need help taking your business into a digital space or launching a new product offering, either way we are here to help. If you want a more in-depth discussion about this, feel free to get in touch with us.
Whilst it may feel like there is a heavy emphasis on the financial impacts of Covid-19, we also recognise the societal effects. Since entering lockdown, domestic abuse cases have increased substantially, with charities like Refuge seeing as much as a 700% increase in calls to its helpline.
With no London & Manchester marathon, and so many other fundraising events, charities like Refuge are missing out on vital donations which help to keep services running.
To help make an impact our fantastic team and extended families have taken part in the 2.6 challenge. We have seen everything from 6 half marathons in a row to 260km on a bike and 26 shoulder touches in a handstand and are proud to say we have so far raised over £3,400.
If you have not seen our challenge, you are more than welcome to visit our just giving page, we will be keeping donations open for a while longer so if you can spare a couple of pounds it will go a long way to helping those in need.