Hello, welcome to June
I hope you had a great May and were able to enjoy the bank holidays. We have had some fabulous weather but in good old British style the bank holiday Monday’s themselves brought their fair share of rain and gloomy skies. At least we all know it’s coming, how many of you barbequed on regardless?
I want to start my June blog post with a Vanilla team update. I usually like to cover general interest stories and industry news first and then end with Vanilla team news. But the main topic this month is a biggie, so I’m changing things up a bit.
You’ll have read in my last few monthly posts that I’ve been doing a fair amount of recruitment for my own team recently. We had Poonam Sharma join our Office division as a consultant in February, Laura Niven-Kapp joined us to create our new Engineering division in April, and last month Ben Young became our newest consultant working with temporary assignments within our Office division.
I couldn’t be more proud of how they have settled into Vanilla life. Picking up the process of a new business when you change jobs can be tricky, as can embedding yourself in a new team, but all three of them have taken to their new jobs like ducks to water. I’m excited for their futures with Vanilla.
Getting the recruitment right for my own team is obviously important as our business grows, but it is also great for me to put myself in the shoes of our clients. Going through the recruitment journey myself is a great reminder of the time, investment, expectation and the little bit of fear associated with employing new team members. It’s not to be taken lightly, it’s a big deal.
I’m always saying that a business is only as good as its people, and it is so true. I’m very lucky that my team are such a good sounding board and so well versed in reading into CV’s and interviewing, they have been a great support to me with our expansion.
New things on the way…
We have been very busy over the past 8 weeks working on a top-secret project alongside our day jobs… Having had our existing website for the last 3 years, it was starting to look a little tired and dated, so we thought it was time for a full refresh. It’s not quite ready to show you today, but keep an eye out during June. It gives us a much better platform for showcasing jobs and simplifies our application process, so it should be a win-win for all of us. I can’t wait to unveil it!
The big topic - the general election
So, now to address the main topic of conversion across the UK; the upcoming general election.
On Thursday 8th June 2017, between 7am and 10pm, we will vote to elect a local MP for our home constituency. The results will then determine which political party will run the country and manage Brexit.
A general election is massive, but the importance of this election is bigger than ever with what we have ahead of us with our previous referendum vote to leave the European Union.
I’ll be honest, I’m finding it very hard to know which way I want to vote. Having spoken to my team, friends and family, there seems to be two very distinct camps; those who passionately know exactly who they’re voting for and why, and those who are feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.
On social media, I’m seeing a lot of people showing their passion for particular parties; sharing posts, stats and promises. But I’m finding it hard to know what I can believe, what is personal opinion and interpretation and what is fact or just propaganda, scare mongering and fake news.
With all of this in mind, I want my blog this month to provide resources and unbiased guidance for us all to have a look at, and possibly share with others, to help us all come to our own conclusion ahead of Thursday. I have been doing a lot of research to pick out some key pieces of reading.
Main party manifestos
Have any of you read through any of the party manifestos? They might be the best place to start. I have put links to the main parties plans here for you:
The BBC have put together a comparison tool for the main party promises on some of the key issues. I think this is great, and in my opinion there should be more of this type of communication being circulated leading up to an election.
Who you are actually voting for
Although we’re ultimately voting for which party we’d like to run the country, we are actually voting for our own local constituency MP. Do you know who your candidates are and how they will represent your area?
The BBC have a handy tool for finding out who is standing in your constituency by simply typing in your home postcode:
The Telegraph, also have a tool which gives a list of your constituency candidates and a snapshot of who got elected in 2015 and how ‘safe’ their position is reported as being in the polls:
What I’m going to do next
It’s hard not to get swept up in the opinions circulating on social media (if you use social media). And to align yourself with the paper you read or the news websites/apps you use. So, I am going to read as much as I can from the main party manifestos in the links above, and use the BBC’s comparison tool for the main issues I see impacting me, my family and my business. I will then look closer at my local MP’s standing for election.
After that, overlaying the information together, I will form my opinion based on what I feel will give the best outcome for myself and what I think is right for the country.
I’ll be encouraging my team to exercise their right to vote, and I’ll be trying my best to explain everything to my children to give them an interest in politics and how it shapes all our lives.
Whatever the outcome may be on Friday 9th June, it is going to signal the start of many big changes for the UK. And for you to have your say, you need to get your polling card ready, and exercise your right to vote on Thursday.
I hope some of these resources have helped you to decide who you are backing.
Thanks as always for reading my blog. I’ll be back in touch in July, have a great month.