SMEs – The UK’s Lifeline

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SMEs – The UK’s Lifeline

Now more than ever the smaller sized businesses in the UK need to start expanding. Despite the global economic meltdown over the last 7 years the Dow Jones and the FTSE 100 are absolutely booming with unprecedented levels being achieved. Investors are backing companies who have solid foundations and focused growth plans. It belies the general feeling of gloom and we should be ready to follow suit.

As headhunters focused on the SME space we have noted the downturn more than most. The smaller companies have been starved of working capital and have literally battened down the hatches – but ask any commercial bank manager about the current positions of their clients’ accounts and you will be told that they have never been healthier – small businesses have tackled their debt and are running very solvent businesses. So why the gloom, why have businesses stagnated? Part of the problem, but clearly not all, is the continued negative outlook of the media – remember everything in the press is sensationalised, but people are easily impressed and if everything is as bad as the media portrays why would any company in their right mind want to expand? So we are in a stalemate which clearly cannot continue. We all need to focus on growth and ambition, we cannot just wait until it all gets better.

The businesses that we have helped to recruit key individuals to drive their businesses forward are thriving. In our experience, over the last 7 years, we have had to change our approach, becoming ever more diligent. Each hire that a client makes now takes on more significance than ever before with a failed recruit having the potential to put a business back years. With this in mind the recruitment process has to be incredibly focused – each reference is vital, each interview has to dig down deeper than ever before, each piece of research must leave no stone unturned. We have a duty and a responsibility to our clients to minimise the risk of making the wrong hire and looking at the bigger picture we have a social responsibility too. Get the right people for our clients and their businesses will grow and in turn will aid in stimulating the economy.

Here at Eagle Headhunters we take our responsibilities very seriously and remain highly focused and committed to make sure we provide our clients, especially in the SME (Small Medium Enterprise) space, the perfect recruits that will help stimulate the economy, after all we are all in this together.