Welcome to August 2015

Welcome to August 2015

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Hello, welcome to August

I hope you’re all well and are having a good summer – both professionally and personally.

We've got lots of news this month and lots of exciting things happening during August...

The big move

This month is particularly exciting for us at Vanilla because it’s moving month! We have been renovating our new head office for 4 months and we are very lucky that everything has gone to plan and we’re bang on track for our targeted move in date of 8th August.

We are literally bursting at the seams at our current St Mary’s Road office and we are looking forward to having a beautiful new space just the other side of Market Harborough town centre.

We’ll have more meeting rooms and plenty of space for our expanding team of recruitment consultants and support people.

Pop in…

We will, of course, be having an office warming party that we’d love you to come along to. It won’t be until September/October though. So watch this space for more details. In the meantime, do pop in if you’re passing by, we’d love to see you. We’ll be all moved in from Monday 10 August, our new address is:

42 Coventry Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9BZ

front of the new office

The story so far

We’ve been a bit nostalgic recently so we put together a blog post to chart our new office progress to date. It’s all here if you want a final look before we unveil the finished article.


In other news

The recruitment market

I’ve talked in other blog posts about the current employment market being candidate driven and what this means for you. Well, we are really seeing the impact of this at the moment. We have had lots of cases recently where employers have scheduled first and second interviews for their shortlisted candidates but because there has been a time lag of a couple of weeks, the candidates are pulling out of the process because they have been offered other jobs in the meantime.

If there are people you really want to see for interview or are considering making an offer too, I can’t stress enough the importance of being able to act quickly.

The market is moving so fast and great candidates are being snapped up. You don’t want to end up having to start your recruitment process from scratch because you’ve lost out on someone you have invested time and effort interviewing.

Summer planning

Workplace experts, Acas, have launched a free online guide on holiday leave to help employers who are worried about how to deal with a flurry of summer holiday demands from working parents over the holidays you can see it here. It’s a handy and quick read to have to hand.

Remember, we can also help you out with our temps service. You can read more about it here or call Nikki, for a chat about your options; 01858 898 058.

The Hive

On Thursday 16 July we helped to host the third meeting of The Hive. The Hive is a FREE networking group for marketing professionals working for businesses rather than agencies. It’s all about knowledge sharing and peer to peer learning.

We had a bumper turnout this time with 30 attendees all learning about Communicating with Impact with our guest speaker, communications expert Kim, from May Marketing.  

The next event will be on Wednesday 28 October, and will be part of the Leicester Business Festival. Our topics will be social media and blogging. If you’re interested in attending or finding out more please register here.


We have our next meeting of the HRHuddle on 10 September. This is a popular peer to peer leaning session for HR professionals.

The topics for the next session are:

  • Employment Law – NEW shared parental leave rights - Keeley Baigent from Nelsons Solicitors
  • How to be more successful - achieving your HR/management goals - Lisa Haggar from TGW

You can find out more and register for your FREE ticket on Eventbrite.

That’s it for this month. We hope to welcome you to our new Coventry Road home very soon and we wish you a great August.