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'Selling' roles: there is a place for creativity in hiring Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

Working in sales recruitment, I face the challenge of selling a sales career to less-than-willing graduates…

David Sables

Don't skirt around the point - there is no harm in asking! Subscription

09 Aug 2014 | By David Sables

We are constantly fed a myth soup about selling and negotiation…

Jobs for young people

Taking a summer break? It's time to SWOT up on your career Subscription

02 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

It’s that time of year again, with many people heading off to a well-earned summer break…

Jonathan Fitchew

Recruiters should check facts about candidates

26 Jul 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

As a bit of a holiday traditionalist, I walked into a travel agent and explained what I wanted…


Ten years after Gü... launching a product is harder than ever Subscription

22 Jul 2014 | By James Averdieck

I set up Gü Puds in 2003. We had to go through all the palaver any new food business goes though…

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Why not just outlaw the obviously unfair trading practices? Subscription

10 Jul 2014 | By David Sables

I’m often accused of emotive language when discussing the Groceries Code Adjudicator…

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Peak performance: some sporting advice to take into work

05 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

With World Cup fever about to reach its climax, I truly enjoy learning from diverse and successful athletes…

Jonathan Fitchew

How to assemble a World Cup-winning formation at work Subscription

28 Jun 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The England boys may be out of the running, but I’m staying glued to the world stage with just one question…

James Averdieck

Entrepreurial start-ups are now the cool places to work Subscription

21 Jun 2014 | By James Averdieck

When I was leaving university, there was a very conventional career path for ambitious top-flight graduates…

Jennifer Baker

The career advice I'd give now to my 22 year old self Subscription

08 Jun 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

The other day I read an article with the headline: ‘If I were 22 again what advice would I give myself?’…


Recruitment is changing - but job boards aren't dead yet Subscription

31 May 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The speculated end of the job board used to be just a whisper – these days it’s an open debate…


School kids urged to pursue fmcg careers in IGD training scheme Subscription

14 May 2014 | By James Halliwell

Leading fmcg companies are to offer in-school training to encourage youngsters to consider a career in food and drink.

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Could a professional selfie be the key to attracting talent? Subscription

03 May 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The ‘digital footprint’ is a fast-growing recruitment catchphrase…

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Superstars: there's a spare desk in my London office Subscription

30 Apr 2014 | By James Averdieck

Through my coaching practice I meet a lot of start-up entrepreneurs and most have come into fmcg with little experience…


Are major retailers easier to deal with as wounded animals? Subscription

23 Apr 2014 | By David Sables

We are witnessing a major shift in buying habits away from the big supers and into convenience formats…

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Why are imports of food & drink so much higher than exports? Subscription

30 Mar 2014 | By James Averdieck

We’ve just had a very upbeat chancellor telling us that the UK has the fastest recovery of any G8 nation…

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Make it pay while the sun shines: strategic and sensible selling Subscription

25 Mar 2014 | By David Sables

How’s the weather been for your business recently?…


What to do about the problem of underemployment? Subscription

13 Mar 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

Underemployment is a dark truth in the world of recruitment…

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What does the future hold for fmcg? Subscription

04 Mar 2014 | By James Averdieck

I am now what has become an increasingly rare breed in this industry – someone over the age of 45…


As unemployment falls, it's a good time to get more for less Subscription

03 Feb 2014 | By James Averdieck

Here’s a controversial idea: run your company with fewer people…

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Beware the fallout from the big four's Christmas disaster Subscription

27 Jan 2014 | By David Sables

So how was Christmas for you? You were hoping for an iPad and got a cookbook…

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Recruitment is about more than just the person you're hiring Subscription

21 Jan 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

One of the most important decisions facing any organisation is recruiting the right people…

Jennifer Baker

Be bold! A new year's exercise to inspire a successful 2014 Subscription

09 Dec 2013 | By Jennifer Baker

It’s well known new year’s resolutions don’t have a high success rate…

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Hiring 'keepers' is not as simple as it seems Subscription

30 Nov 2013 | By Jonathan Fitchew

If there’s one thing we can take from the revelations about Paul Flowers, it’s the sheer impact a hiring howler can have…

David Sables

Ever been caught new-skilling a buyer? You sounded insincere Subscription

18 Nov 2013 | By David Sables

Communication skills are trainable, yes, but with any new skill it takes practice until you get proficient

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Meat workers walk out in FSA pay dispute

28 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

Meat workers employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) completed a second day of industrial action yesterday

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Scottish independence: Food and drink leaders oppose yes vote

27 Aug 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Prominent figures in the food industry have spoken out against Scottish independence by signing a letter to The Scotsman newspaper.

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Stuart Lorimer leaves Diageo to become AG Barr FD

24 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Irn-Bru maker AG Barr has snapped up Stuart Lorimer from Diageo to become its new finance director…

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Roger Grosvenor given police award for work on high-abv drinks

24 Aug 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A supermarket boss has won a police award for his work in targeting the sale of high-strength alcohol…

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Arla dairy apprentices meet Vince Cable

21 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable visited Arla’s dairy in Leeds on Wednesday (20 August) to learn about its dairy production apprenticeships.

Fish caught in net

Suppliers join forces to fight ‘slave labour’ in global seafood industry

20 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

UK retailers and major fish suppliers have formed a new group to lobby governments to improve worker welfare in the global seafood industry.

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NFU Cymru seeks to inspire new generation of farmers

19 Aug 2014 | By Gillian Rowe

The next generation of farmers is being sought by NFU Cymru in a bid to get more people into the industry.


Harrods to boost staff knowledge with 'Gourmet Food Academy'

17 Aug 2014 | By James Halliwell

Harrods has launched a nationally recognised qualification in food for its staff…

Mark Muncey

Proper Cornish adds marketing, sales and NPD roles

17 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Proper Cornish Group has recruited a new group marketing director, sales director and NPD manager…


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