11th March 2010

Article published in the MJ on 25.02.2010…it has caused quite a stir!

25.02.2010 www.LocalGov.co.uk Recruitment & Retention Getting the best value from interims As money gets tight providers of interim services need to ensure they are offering value for money say Dawar Hashmi and Grant Taylor Everybody is talking about efficiency savings. The media is consumed with talk on ‘budget cuts’ and ‘pay freezes’. Whether it’s MPs’ expenses or local authority salaries, the recession has brought into sharp focus the way that taxpayers’ money is spent. Local government is being forced to change as demand for services increases, and often services are not just being preserved, but improved. You are doing all you can, but how are your private sector suppliers helping? From inside the executive recruitment industry you would struggle to find a decent contribution. Fees may come down due to market forces, but have recruitment businesses truly assessed the value of their services and come forward with new and more flexible solutions, better pricing models and increased accountability? The recession has been a perfect opportunity to innovate and find ways to add more value at a reduced cost. Recruitment businesses should grow by increasing their market share, because they deliver great work, and are reducing costs, rather than increasing fees […]
3rd March 2010

Peridot Partners select Microdec Profile Recruitment Software

Peridot Partners are please to announce the selection of Microdec’s market leading Profile RPM recruitment software. As we continue to invest in our business systems and efficient working practices, our partnership with a market leading IT provider with 1000’s of users globally, and a track record of information and systems security over 25 years, is a solid platform for the future. We are in good company with some of the world’s largest and well known recruitment businesses including Michael Page International and Randstad as well as specialist executive search businesses such as Howgate Sable and Astbury Marsden. Profile RPM provides intuitive workflow processes which increase productivity and efficiency and the software has a superb multi-media library which stores Word documents, scanned letters, forms, photos and videos within the recruitment software, allowing us to receive CV’s or any other files in any format for electronic storage against individual records. Intelligent software, automatically ‘reads-off’ the relevant data from CV’s to create and update candidate records, with robust quality checks to ensure 100% accuracy. This has the effect of speeding up the input process, meaning our recruitment software saves time and money and therefore enables us to operate with the lowest possible costs. […]
24th February 2010

Peridot Partners – Join us

After a very successful start Peridot Partners are beginning to plan for the future. We are ambitious, but under no pressure to grow. If you feel that you may share our ethos and values and want to find out more, contact Dawar – if you are interested in working on interim placements – or Grant if your experience is in the permanent placement market. We can both be contacted on: 020 7887 6401
24th February 2010

Karen Wilkinson appointed as Treasurer to Uveitis Information Group (UIG)

Peridot Partners are pleased to confirm the appointment of Karen Wilkinson to UIG. Karen has worked in a medium sized London Accountancy practice for sixteen years having joined as a graduate trainee, qualifying as an ACA and ultimately becoming a senior manager with joint responsibility for the Audit Department and sole responsibility for the Accounting Management Services Department. During her time in accountancy practice Karen audited a range of charities from small charities to the UK section of an international charity. Karen has strong experience in reviewing business systems. After having children Karen stopped working on a full time basis and has taken on a range of roles including the Treasurer of the Barnet Branch of the National Childbirth Trust. Peridot Partners wish Karen and UIG a successful and prosperous future together.
24th February 2010

Peridot Partners launches Assistant Director Development Programme in Adult Social Care

Peridot Partners have confirmed seven local authority partners for the first year intake of our Pathway to Future Leadership Programme, which begins on 1st April 2010. Our seven partners are Birmingham City Council, West Sussex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Bracknell Forest, Slough Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council. The programme supports the growth of future leaders in adult social care by creating new experience based development opportunities, which broadens exposure, builds confidence and creates a new network for Assistant Directors to share knowledge and experience. Participants will develop a better understanding of the partner organisations, particularly in the health and third sector sectors. Bespoke diagnostic sessions, exposure to elected members and interview preparation for Director level roles are all part of the programme. Applications for this years programme are now closed. If you would like to express an interest in the 2011 programme please contact Dawar Hashmi directly on 07772 368 388 or 020 7887 6401.
24th February 2010

Peridot Partners recruiting a Head of Adult Learning Service in a London Borough

Peridot Partners are pleased to announce a new executive search assignment with a London Borough. We will be seeking to appoint a business minded adult learning professional who will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of this London Borough’s Adult Learning Service, and will significantly contribute to raising standards of educational achievement by securing appropriate learning opportunities and offering expertise to school based initiatives to foster community and neighbourhood learning. If you would like more information about this post please contact Grant Taylor on 020 7887 6401, or keep watching this site as more news will follow in the coming days and weeks…
16th February 2010

Book your place! An evening dedicated to promoting the practical involvement of young people in governance.

On 25th March from 6pm to 9pm Peridot Partners will be hosting an exclusive event at Cass Business School in London dedicated to promoting the practical involvement of young people in governance. Programme: 18:00 – Drinks, nibbles and networking 18:30 – Ruth Lesirge, an experienced voluntary sector chief executive, trustee and chair – now an independent consultant working with not-for-profit organisations and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness where she is Head of Governance Practice. 19:00 – Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of NUS who will talk about how NUS have developed Student Union Trustees and plan to continue doing so in the future. 19:30 – Michele Madden, Managing Director of Research and Strategy at nfpSynergy will present some research that has been undertaken with charities working with children and young people in the UK on how organisations currently involve young people in their governance. 20:00 -Emily Beardsmore, Chair of the British Youth Council and an advocate of young trusteeship who will talk about her experience as a young Trustee. A Student Officer from the NUS, yet to be confirmed, will also talk through their experiences. 20:30 – Netwoking, more drinks and nibbles 21:00 – Close The event […]
9th February 2010

Programme Director appointed to lead Third Sector Young People’s Workforce Capacity Building Programme

Peridot Partners have appointed a Programme Director to lead the Third Sector Young People’s Workforce Capacity Building Programme, which is being managed by a consortium of three partners; the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, YMCA George Williams College and SkillsProfile. An estimated 70 per cent of all youth support work is done by the Third Sector. Whilst courses and training are available to equip front-line workers for Every Child Matters and integrated working, the Third Sector’s capacity to deliver, fund or enable training of front-line workers is uneven. There is a need to support the management capacity of workers in small organisations who simultaneously lead and deliver youth support services. The programme has identified the top priorities to support integrated working and Every Child Matters outcomes, covering both frontline delivery and organisational capacity building. It has also recommended routes for delivering that support. The training will be accredited and can build towards qualifications at the discretion of learners. Gethyn Williams has been appointed as Programme Director to lead the delivery of the project. Gethyn joins from the London Voluntary Service Council where he was Head of Policy and Knowledge with extensive experience working with Children and Young People’s organisations.