Corporate Excellence 2019

96 CORPORATE VISION / Global Excellence 2019 , 18 I I / Issue 9 2019 Feb19513 Astute Recruitment Ltd is an independently owned recruitment consultancy specialising in accountancy and financial recruitment. Recently, the firm’s MaryMaguire found success in CV’s 2019 Corporate Excellence Awards where she was recognised as theMost Influential Woman in Financial Recruitment 2019 - United Kingdom. On the back of this win, we profile bothMary and the firm to discover more about the impeccable service they offer to their clients. Guaranteeing The Perfect Fit Astute Recruitment Ltd is a multi-award winning owner-man- aged Accountancy Recruitment special- ist covering the East Midlands. Following redundancy, Mary and Sarah Stevenson, Co-owner and founder of Astute, decided to pool their 40 years of recruitment expertise to create a new, fresh and different recruitment service operating from their Head Office in Derby’s St Michael’s Church in the Cathedral Quarter. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to create their own business, forge a new landscape and set new standards in recruit- ment best practice. One of their unique innovations is their Triple-Point Guarantee – a first in the recruitment sector. This works to give SME clients the confidence to know that if Astute fail to deliver the right candidate, subject to agreeing exclusivity and timelines, Astute will pay them £500. No other recruitment business has the confidence to offer this unique guarantee. Astute are also the only specialist accountancy recruitment business in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire to have received over 80 ‘five- star’ google reviews from their satisfied clients and candidates! Providing temporary, permanent and temp to permanent staff across all areas of accountancy, finance and recently back office support functions, Astute have be- come the ‘go to’ agency for busi- nesses across the region. Astute are also the only East Midlands recruitment business to have received over 15 business awards from recognised peers in industry, including the IoD, ICAEW, Derby Telegraph and more. In the last financial year, the com- pany’s hard work was rewarded with a 40% increase in sales in just 12 months from the previous year. Mary had this to say on receiv- ing this award and the reason’s behind her company’s success: - “Its overwhelming to realise that in the space of just a few years Sarah and I have created a gen- uinely fresh, honest and effective recruitment solution for business owners, Financial Directors, Financial Controllers and their teams. My remit within Astute has been to create a brand, through digital marketing, website and social media, that resonates with our target audience. The content I’ve tried to create is educational, informative with a smattering of humour and commentary on the latest business practices. There is so much more to building a suc- cessful brand than just marketing. You also need to be able to genu- inely influence, guide and support your customers, whether you are speaking to a trainee starting out or an experienced CFO who has been driving companies forward. I genuinely believe that our brilliant team have a unique, distinctive and dare I say it ‘astute’ way of working consultatively and col- laboratively with our clients and candidates. That’s the key really, to build great, honest relation- ships with candidates and clients. We are definitely a business with a true heartbeat that cares and treats everyone with fairness. We have won pitches to work as preferred suppliers to amazing new companies across the East Midlands on the strength of our proven track record of success and hard-won reputation. I also host our successful series of business breakfast events. These are free to attend with great guest speakers from the worlds of sport, business and elsewhere. Guests in the past have included Neil Back, MBE, and Derbyshire’s very own Guinness World Record hold- er, Leigh Timmis. We have had experts including Lisa Spencer-Ar- nell talk about mental health and emotional intelligence – hugely important topics which give our audience a chance to take away useful tips and incorporate these in their day to day. I’m currently organising a brilliant speaker and former BBC Journalist to offer amazing insights to his ability to overcome adversity overseas. More details will come out soon – but we are very excited! This will be in November and should be another brilliant morning. October 2019 is a very special month for my team and I as we will have been in business for ten years. To celebrate we are inviting guests to come and join us for a fun evening in Derby in October and more details will come out soon. To receive this award recognising the influence that I’ve been able to achieve is phenomenal and gives me increased confidence that I can continue to work to build on the wonderful achievements we have made as a team and con- tinue to inspire business owners, people looking for work, senior finance professionals and the busi- ness community at large. Here’s to another successful 10 years!” Web Address: