Welcome to February 2017

Welcome to February 2017


Hello, and welcome to February

There's so much going on already this year, Trump in The White House, Brexit taking shape, lots of companies recruiting and I’ve expanded Team Vanilla. It’s hard to believe that we’re only 5 weeks into 2017.

I couldn’t write this month without mentioning Donald Trump. In every news bulletin, newspaper and across social media, he is the hot topic, and not one that is going to go quiet anytime soon. Love him or hate him (he is quite the Marmite character), one thing we know is that he is going to shake things up. With his cabinet choices, stance on key issues, his previous business dealings and his Twitter posts, he is certainly 'outside the norm' with regards to previous US Presidents.

The fallout from his election has been significant. Even seeing an anti-Trump rally in Leicester.

The question none of us know the answer to at this stage is how Trump will all effect the UK economy. Any ‘special relationship’ and trade deals are yet to be worked out and as it stands, Theresa May can’t strike any new independent trade deals for the UK whilst we’re part of the European Union. 

As I’m writing this post, UK MP’s have voted by a majority of 384 to allow May, to get Brexit negotiations underway. They backed the government's European Union Bill, by 498 votes to 114. The prime minister has now set a deadline of 31st March for invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and getting official talks with the EU started.

So, in the coming weeks and months we will learn more about the future of the UK, how we will exit the EU and what future trade deals might be coming our way.

The impact of all of this on the UK economy, for the time being, is negligible. The FTSE 100 closed for the final time in January 2017, higher than it has been for the past five years. So, from what we’re seeing in the markets it would suggest that overall, we’re taking a ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach.

And this approach is being echoed in the recruitment market, we are typically busy for this time of year but we are seeing a surge in leadership positions over entry level roles.

I have done some recruitment for myself this year and we have grown the Vanilla team. I would like to formally introduce Poonam Sharma to team Vanilla. Poonam joined us in January and is part of our office recruitment team. She will be working primarily on permanent office based roles. Poonam has worked in recruitment for many years and will be a great asset to the team, sharing our core values about recruiting the right people for the right roles and working in partnership with clients and candidates.

If you’d like to get in touch with Poonam, you can email her here, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

The final thing I’d like to touch on this month is Time to Talk Day 2017. Time to Talk Day is a campaign run by Time to Change and backed by Mind. It will take place today on Thursday 2nd February 2017.

The aim is to get as many people as possible talking about mental health. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading this after the 2nd. The message is to end the stigma and silence that often surrounds the topic of mental health.

It’s well worth visiting the website and reading about how to spot the early signs of mental health, how you can help and how talking about it helps. There are also lots of downloadable resources you can use in the workplace.

We will be talking about mental health as a team here at Vanilla and exploring how we can better support one another.

And that’s me done. I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s post, thank you for taking the time to read it. I wish you a very happy February.


 P.S. Happy Valentines Day