The pace of change is unrelenting. The space we created for ourselves during the pandemic seems a distant dream. Employment markets are booming, and recruitment companies are working harder than ever to find staff for us and our clients. What has changed most is that potential employees are more discerning about choosing who to work for.

And rightly so.

Organisations are having to demonstrate clearly why people should join them.

  • Can they offer the flexibility employees want to live their best lives whilst advancing their careers?
  • Can they demonstrate that they have a positive impact on the environment and are focused on contributing to positive cultural and social progress?
  • Do they offer an opportunity for employees to add meaning to their lives and contribute to a greater good?

At the moment, I feel that good leaders are trying to release the pressure on others. They are helping to create time and space for people to be well and do well. Being patient, focused and more intentional rather than swept up in the madness helps to centre ourselves and others around what is really important.

I’m particularly proud that six months ago, Peridot Partners produced our first social impact report. We can measure our impact on society and our success beyond the obvious numerical metrics most businesses use.

Looking back on the report today, I can’t believe how much has changed already. We’ve grown from 34 to 48 employees in the last 5 months and have broken through some substantial financial milestones. However, it’s other things that make us proud to be Peridot.

We’ve formalised a programme for sponsoring grassroots and community sport. In the last few months, we’ve given away more money this year than last, and plan to give away even more in 2023 to support communities to gain through the benefits of sport.

In the last few months, we’ve broadened our diversity further and undertaken an extensive DEI audit. This is leading to a 3-year plan of action that is being launched in September 2022.

Our new staff wellbeing initiatives include looking at ADHD and how we can both support employees with ADHD and make the most of the benefits they bring. Did you know that people with ADHD often find solutions where others can’t, are great in a crisis and can use their hyper-focus to get amazing things done quickly?

Our projects are increasingly broad, supporting our clients to find better leadership in more sectors including the NHS and healthcare and recently securing a significant new Department of Education contract to run a Governor Recruitment Service for FE Colleges. The 137 appointments will have a huge impact of the board leadership of the College sector over the next 3 years and far beyond.

I’m particularly proud that six months ago, Peridot Partners produced our first social impact report. We can measure our impact on society and our success beyond the obvious numerical metrics most businesses use.

We are also in the midst of a significant project to build Active4Blood’s new Board of Trustees. The charity is committed to increasing much needed blood donations across the UK, so we have offered to help for free until such a time that they may be able to pay for our support.

You can read about all of this and much more when we publish our second report around June 2023. In the meantime, we will be working harder than ever for our clients, candidates and a better society at large.


Grant Taylor is both our Managing Director and Peridot Partners’ sensei. He is passionate about governance, boards and better leadership, and has worked tirelessly over the years to support improvements in these areas. Not only does he oversee the development of our growing workforce, Grant lives and breathes our core values and inspires each and every one of us to do the same. He also finds time to be a Board Member and Trustee on the organisation, Getting on Board. You can connect with Grant on Linkedin or send him an email.