Author: Jack McConnell

Graham Oates Takes Over As CEO & Norrie Johnston Becomes Chairman

Graham Oates has doubled his investment in Norrie Johnston Recruitment. Graham now has a 20% share of the company and has taken over as CEO. NJR’s founder, Norrie Johnston, has become Chairman. He explains why this is such a great development: “Graham is used to building multi-million pound businesses so it’s brilliant to have him even…
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Interim Managers – Why Are They In Demand?

As the economy has picked up, so the UK’s business community has increasingly turned to interim managers to help drive growth and accelerate plans. Indeed according to the Interim Management Association, the use of interims has grown by 93 percent since the pre-recession levels of 2006. We’re not surprised by the growing demand for senior…
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The Do’s and Don’ts of a LinkedIn Profile

Ever wondered what prospective employers value when looking at a LinkedIn profile? According to our new research it’s not a person’s number of connections, recommendations or their clever contributions to groups, but the description which really matters. The independent study was conducted among 100 HR heads of some of the UK’s leading employers. Our report…
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Executive Recruitment and LinkedIn

Only 8% of HR heads fully believe the LinkedIn profiles they see, and 29% feel they are likely to be less honest than a CV.  37% say that LinkedIn recommendations aren’t of much value as they are often simply swapped and 47% see endorsements on the channel as unreliable. These are some of the shortcomings…
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Executive Search – One Agency or Two?

When putting together a search party there’s a definite benefit from numbers. Having more people looking for someone means more ground can be covered and more quickly. Yet when it comes to executive search this just isn’t the case… Indeed there’s strong evidence that when a company appoints multiple agencies to fill a senior role…
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Business Transformation Expert Jackie Edwards Joins NJR

IT and Business transformation heavy-weight, Jackie Edwards, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Norrie Johnston Recruitment. Jackie Edwards has led major change programmes within blue-chip financial services brands and high profile regulatory bodies including Barclays Group companies, Cap Gemini Ernst Young and the Financial Services Authority (now the FCA). She outlines how her…
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Building an International Business

Visit the local supermarket to get a quick insight into a country’s culture, avoid the USA unless you have substantial legal support, and let sales growth drive the cost base and not the other way round. These are just three of the pieces of advice shared in our new Guide, ‘The Art of International Business.’…
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The Art of International Business

Continuing our export theme, we have asked some experienced senior executives for their top tips on how to set up or expand an international business.  Here is a very small selection of their advice. Philip Rawlings, a commercial HR Director with a mix of corporate, interim and consultancy experience, kicks things off with a really…
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Exporting & Recruitment

Last week UK Trade & Investment held its 6th Export Week.  This was met by a raft of research further putting international trade on the agenda.  A study by KPMG among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) found over a third have no plans to export. Many argued that regulation and a lack of understanding of…
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International Recruitment? Talk to the Global Search Specialists

Many companies have overseas interests, operations or ambitions. So when they find a recruitment partner they can trust, they want that partner to support them on a global basis. That’s why Norrie Johnston Recruitment has developed a capability to support its clients anywhere in the world. We provide inbound recruitment services; helping overseas companies that…
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