PRESS RELEASE: Bristol Recruitment Firm Announces Second Global Expansion in Six Months

 

iO Associates launches in Europe with new offices in Brussels and Munich.

Technology, digital and engineering staffing specialist iO Associates has this week announced its first global expansion into Europe with new offices in Brussels and Munich.

 

 

Following several client wins in the European technology and engineering staffing sectors, iO Associates says that demand is now so high that it requires dedicated offices to sustain its growth.

 

The firm will be focussing its initial efforts on clients in the Benelux and DACH regions with plans to quickly broaden its scope.

 

The Bristol head-quartered firm, part of Precision Resource Group, is launching its European arm just six months after the successful launch of its first Americas office in Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

Operating for only five years in the UK, iO Associates rapid expansion is underpinned by its stronghold in major growth markets. Despite challenges this year, the technology and engineering jobs markets have remained resilient in the UK and internationally.

 

Neil Willis-Stovold, Managing Director, comments: “It’s been a really challenging year for us at iO Associates but it’s been great to see that despite difficult economic conditions, we have still been able to sustain our business growth as planned.

 

“Our new Europe offices will help us to keep increasing our client base and integrate fully within our target markets. As we have seen in Florida, there is real appetite across the international staffing industry for firms like ours which have specialist sector knowledge and a network of quality global candidates.”

 

In the last year, iO Associates has increased its head office headcount to 70 employees. It turned over nearly £20m, up 25% on the year previous.

 

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Celebrating a 6 Year Anniversary on Panoramic Care

Claire Prichard is a Principle Associate on Panoramic Care and is celebrating six years with Precision Resource Group (PRG) this month. We sat down with Claire to get a better understanding of her time with us, what she loves best about her job and most importantly, why she thinks others should work for us:

  1. What you love about your job  

Working for a company where there are so many talented people. You are continually striving to do better and it’s a privilege to be working with such excellent people. 

  1. And working for PRG/Care  

I’ve worked in a few different sectors over the years and I love the way that PRG is always evolving. Working for Panoramic Care and David Geaney is also great as he’s a very good leader who understands what needs to be done but he trusts you to make the right decisions about what needs to be done. 

  1. Any highlights

It’s incredible that over the last six years I have had the opportunity to go on numerous incentive trips to Michelin star restaurants, VIP experiences at Cheltenham, go on shopping sprees and stay in 5* hotels in, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Miami. It’s actually crazy to think back over the amazing things and places I have been to with the company.

  1. How you’re finding remote working

I love working remotely as it allows me to be really planned and focused. I know what outcomes I want to achieve each day and do my best to achieve them. I find it easier to concentrate on what I need to achieve without distraction. 

  1. Where you see yourself in the future with the company 

Continuing the success I have had over the years and to continue to be a strong member of the Panoramic Care team. 

  1. What are your reasons for staying with PRG for the long term? 

PRG have really listened to the ways I have wanted to develop or re direct my career as well as new sectors I have wanted to explore. I have also had a lot of support from the company which is much appreciated and inspires me to want to do well with the company. I also feel that PRG is fundamentally a good company, run by good people and that is important to me.

 

Want to know more about working at PRG? Call Tyler Zammit on 07969342674 for a confidential chat to find out what PRG could offer you!

PRG brand iO expands globally

iO Associates announces new office in Tampa to serve increased demand for cloud technology specialists

Tech, Digital and Engineering staffing specialists iO Associates has this week announced the launch of its first U.S. office in Tampa, Florida. The new U.S. arm will specialise in cloud technology staffing solutions.

The Bristol head-quartered firm, part of Precision Resource Group, has been supporting clients in the UK for over five years during which time it has experienced impressive growth and success. This includes boosting the Bristol office headcount to 70 employees and turning over just under £20m in the last financial year (up 25% from the previous year).

​Strong investment and demand for financial services, insurance, medical and defence sector staffing has driven this latest expansion into Florida’s Gulf Coast. iO Associates has a proven track record in staffing for these industries.

iO Associates are bringing a unique proposition to the area offering staffing solutions exclusively within the cloud tech space.

Services introduced in Tampa will include recruiting the highest calibre of permanent and contract talent across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

The office launch has been led by Mark Lloyd, Managing Director, who says: “We are thrilled to be expanding into the US cloud technology space and to be introducing something new and unique to the Tampa staffing market. Our success in the UK has cemented our position within the marketplace and we look forward to welcoming our new U.S. client base.”

iO Associates has become well known in the staffing space for its expertise in narrow technical disciplines but also for its technical meet-ups in the community. These have flourished under quarantine with online regional meet-ups for .Net, Java, Software Development, DevSecOps and Tableau continuing to receive over 300 attendees per event.

As part of their launch iO Associates have announced their partnership with Jeff Fudge, owner of meet-up groups Tampa Bay Azure and Tampa Bay AWS to support the skills growth of its cloud technology community.

PRG’s Tips for Working From Home

With the quick spread of COVID-19 around the globe, many businesses are having to rapidly shift to working from home. Working remotely can be difficult as you are more exposed to distractions which the office may block. So here are a few tips to ensure you are being as productive as you can whilst working from home!


Act like you are going into the office.
Set an alarm, make a coffee and dress as if you are going to work. The mental association you make between work and an office can make you more productive and professional.

Structure your day like you would in the office.
To stay on schedule, break up your tasks and allocate them to different times for the course of the day. Use an online calendar to create personal events and reminders so you know when to start on new tasks.

Have a dedicated work space.
Even though you aren’t working in an office, doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself an office environment. Avoid cosying up in your room or on the sofa, and dedicate a specific space to do your work.

Make it harder for yourself to mess around on social media.
Turn off or log out of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp etc so you’re not distracted and don’t end up taking too many social breaks!

Commit to doing more.
Set small targets and goals throughout the day so you can keep track of your progress and feel productive.

Plan out what you’ll be working on ahead of time.
Spending time figuring out what you’ll do today can take away from actually doing those things. Do your daily plan the day before to avoid procrastination.

Take clear breaks.
It can be so easy to get distracted when you WFH that you avoid breaks altogether. However five minute breaks are really important so use your breaks to get away from your desk instead of browsing YouTube etc.

Have a positive mindset.
All of the above will help build a positive mindset. Remember to stay in touch with your team and your manager, and to WASH YOUR HANDS.

Get in touch for any other tips!

PRG Announce New Charity Partner

Today is World Mental Health Day providing opportunity to show support for better mental health.

With this in mind, we thought it the perfect timing to announce our new chosen charity, Changes Bristol who will be added to our current charity partners CLIC Sargeant and Jessie May.

Changes Bristol support people with their mental health recovery.

Approximately one in four people in the UK experience a mental health issue each year. Figures show that Bristol sees higher rates of mental illness than the national average, with disadvantaged areas the worst affected. Mental health is just as vital as physical health and mental health issues can affect everything from quality of life to life expectancy.

Changes Bristol is a grassroots mental health charity that has been providing peer support groups since 2004. Changes offers a support network which anyone can access. You don’t need a GP referral, there are no waiting lists, and you can access the support for as long as you need it.

With the help of trained mental health facilitators, these safe, confidential groups enable people work together to improve their mental health. These sessions let people learn from others with lived experience, work to reduce social isolation, support improving self-esteem, and empower people to make the most of their lives.

At PRG we are committed to supporting mental health and back in July, 8 employees spent two days learning about mental health, how to support their peers and how to provide the next steps of getting them the practical help they need.

After the training was completed we set up a MHFA email that allows any employee to contact a MHFA on a strictly confidential manner 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Alongside this our health plan also offer a full employee assistance programme (EAP). In times of need EAP have experienced counsellors on hand to support you and guide you through your situation. They provide emotional support, telephone counselling, practical information, face-to-face counselling and CBT.

If you’d like to find out more about the work that Changes Bristol do, take a look at their website http://changesbristol.org.uk/

Monaco Incentive

 

 

Last Friday 36 of our employees were whisked away for a weekend of 5* luxury fun for a trip of a life time. We asked  iO Associates Delivery Consultant Nona Hencken-Spurling  about her first Precision Resource Group (PRG) incentive in Monaco…

 

PRG were on top form in Monaco for the classiest incentive yet. 

Standing on the runway in Nice I could barely believe that we were about to be flown by helicopter to Monaco. It was an amazing way to start the weekend looking out onto the French riviera as we were flown along the coastline to our destination.

We had an incredible day around the pool at Nikki Beach with free-flowing champagne, soaking up the last of the summer rays and enjoying incredible views of Monte Carlo!

There was so much to celebrate: the first night’s dinner in the seductive SASS Café saw four people getting promoted. If you’ve not eaten delicious food on a velvet chair whilst being given espresso martinis on the house, don’t worry, just get on a PRG incentive.

It was a great celebration of all our hard work over the past 3 months, the late nights, the early starts, all totally worth it for the best weekend of my life.  

The trip was filled with so much laughter and fun, that I wish I could do it all again next weekend…seriously, though, can we go again?

 

 

 

 

Written by Nona Hencken-Spurling
Delivery Consultant – iO Associates

 

If you’re interested in finding out about working for a company that goes above and beyond to reward it’s employees, find out more on our careers page.

Summer BBQ

Last Friday saw the return of the annual Summer BBQ, this year being a special year with Precision Resource Group (PRG) hitting it’s 10 year anniversary!

Hosted at Bristol Cricket Club our employees arrived early afternoon and were greeted with a glass of Pimms to kick start the day.

The main event of the day was, of course, the annual rounders tournament which saw the teams battle it out for the glory of the champion title. Team Ops took home the crown this year after a dramatic finish from the final batsman. Will they be able to keep the crown next year?

With families invited to join in the fun, there were plenty of other activities to keep everyone entertained including face painting, bouncy castles, a tug of war, unlimited ice-cream and a mega BBQ.  Everyone enjoyed a live acoustic performance from our multi-talented consultant Sam Brockington followed by a DJ (which encouraged some great dance moves).

Managing Director Neil Willis‑Stovold said of the day;​

“For me, the summer BBQ is one of the highlights of the year. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate all or our employees, spend some time with everyone outside the office and show a huge thanks to everyone for their hard work and successes over the last year. What better way of doing this than with a day of games, food and music in great company.”

The Summer BBQ is just one of the ways we thank and incentivise our employees. If you’re interested in finding out more about our current opportunities and what it’s like to work at PRG have a look at our career page.

Precision Resource Group Partner with Ashton Gate

We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City F.C and the Bristol Bears. Located just one mile out of Bristol’s City Centre the sports stadium also hosts some of the world’s greatest musical artists with the Spice Girls, Muse, Take That and Rod Stewart playing most recently.

As the largest conference and events venue in the South West our premiere executive box is the ideal space for hosting meetings and entertaining clients, boasting floor-to-ceiling pitch views and a private balcony.

This morning Director Neil Willis-Stovold joined fellow Ashton Gate partners for the announcement of the 2019/20 fixtures and said:

It was fantastic to be able to join Bristol City’s fellow partners this morning to mark the launch of the 2019/20 fixtures, thank you to Lee Johnson for sharing his thoughts, there are so many correlations in managing high-performance sporting teams and high-performance business’.  With the fixtures now announced we will be speaking to both existing, and potential clients about what games they would be interested in attending!

Get in touch if you’re interested in any upcoming events!

Why our employees love working at PRG

At PRG, we have multiple brands covering different sectors in the market. We asked consultants working underneath the iO Associates brand what they thought about working for PRG…

Jordan Ahmed – Recruitment Associate

“I joined iO over 17 months ago and haven’t looked back since. I have been a world wind of a journey since I started and by that, I mean I have really had my fair share of ups and downs but even through these times I can honestly say this is one of the best companies I have worked for. One of the main things I rate about working here is the people. Everyone here is always so friendly and it is a very positive place to work. To anyone thinking of joining iO, I would highly recommend.”

Lucy Standish – Delivery Specialist

“I joined the PRG group at the beginning of 2018 having never worked in recruitment before. Since day one of working with this brilliant team of people I’ve felt welcomed and supported by everyone and learnt so much because of that. I’ve never worked somewhere so collaborative where every person’s success is constantly recognised and celebrated, as an individual and as part of your team.

Everything exciting that I was told about where the company is heading, the promotions available to everyone, the great culture and work ethic of the day-to-day life here at PRG is true. After previously working for companies in the past where I felt stuck, or under-valued, coming here and joining such a successful and genuine company has been eye-opening to how good a career can be.

iO give you every single tool to help you become the best recruiter you can be, and then it’s up to you how far you take that which can be challenging, but enjoyable when it’s such a hilarious, ambitious, energised office!”

Josh Gardiner – Senior Recruitment Associate

“I joined iO associates almost a 3 years’ ago and it is safe to say that it was the best decision I have ever made with regards to my working career. I went from a global recruitment company where you are simply a number to an exciting, driven company where you find yourself at the heart of everything.

One of my favourite things about working for iO associates is that the opportunities are genuinely endless here. There is no limit to what you can achieve and that becomes obvious as soon as you step through the door. Everyone is hungry to succeed & to take the group to the next level. There’s a real buzz about the place! That, along with the energy, culture and the expertise you’re surrounded by makes it hands-down the best place I could possibly be working.

My future prospects at iO are incredibly exciting. I know that with hard work, determination and commitment this company can take me to places that I have never dreamed of. The ambition of the directors and the direction of the company means that I am very much looking forward to successfully growing with the organisation and can’t wait for the many more years ahead here.”

Want to know more about what a career in recruitment could do for you? Call Becky Lewis on 0117 456 6807 for a confidential chat about what PRG could offer you!

 

Interview Tips – Because first impressions count!

Going for an interview can be nerve-racking for the best of us whether you’ve got years of experience or this is your very first one.

Here are some of PRG’s top tips when going for an interview:

  • Do your research

No matter whether this is your first interview or your 100th research is key! You can almost guarantee that you’ll be asked ‘What do you know about our company?’. By showing you’ve done your research, this gives off a strong impression that you are genuinely interested in the company. Employers want people that want to be part of their company and show enthusiasm for what they do.

What are the best sources to research? Start with a standard google search, look through their website and any information there might be in the news about them. Social medial channels such as twitter, LinkedIn or even Facebook business pages can give you an excellent insight into the company culture, awards they have, their goals and values and can provide a bit more personality to the company. Social media will help you go below the surface of what the company does and will show them you’ve gone the extra mile to understand more about who they are. Doing your research properly will also be really helpful for coming up with interesting and genuine questions.

  • Arrive early

When we say early, 10-15 minutes we’d advise is the optimum time. This not only gives a good impression that you’re organised but it also gives you time to take in your surroundings, breath and compose yourself. There’s nothing worse than turning up in a fluster, hot and bothered so give yourself the best chance!

  • Test drive the journey

If you don’t know the area of the company or the location is new to you, drive/walk/get the bus up there a couple of days before hand. Test the route out and see if the commute is doable for you and it’s a good way to make sure you don’t get lost on the day!

  • Attire

Find out what the dress code is, or if you’re working with an agency they should know whether its casual, smart or suited and booted. Whatever the dress sense is, its always best to go one up. For example, if the dress code is casual come to the interview smart-casual. It is always better to be over-dressed than under and will show that you’ve put time and effort in.

  • If they offer you a glass of water, take one!

Why is this helpful? Not only to keep hydrated and save you in times of a dry mouth, it can be used strategically. If you find yourself talking too fast, getting your words mixed up or even if you need a moment to think about how you are going to answer the question; having a glass of water can provide the perfect moment to take a sip which buys you a couple of seconds to compose and start again.

  • Don’t be afraid to show some personality

Your potential employer will want to see who you really are and what qualities you could bring to the table not only skill wise, but how you will fit in with the team and interact on a day to day basis. Be yourself and don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t as at the end of the day, you want to be a good fit for each other.

  • Sell yourself!

See yourself as a SOLUTION to their PROBLEM. They need your skills to help their business so how can you best showcase this? Go through the job specification and the skills they require and make sure you have great examples of how you can demonstrate these skills confidently. If there any skills you are missing or less experienced in – don’t lie and say you can do them but show you are passionate to undertake any training and that you are keen to learn more!

  • Last impressions are as important as first impressions

Don’t rush out in a hurry. Make sure to thank them for their time and that you look forward to hearing from them, smile and end with a handshake if you can! When you’ve left the interview, follow up with an email thanking for their time and add in a couple of sentences on why you think you would be a good fit.

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