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Dane Partnership cleans up on major embedded recruitment contract

Dane Partnership Ltd has been successful in their bid for a major contract as the ‘embedded recruiter’ for NJC, which became effective from 1st May 2017.  NJC, a long established, award winning and growing Facilities Management and Soft Services provider has an enviable client list stretching across London, into the Home Counties and beyond.  NJC has recently been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

A delighted Dane Partnership Managing Director, Lorna Dane said “This is a huge accolade and recognition of the hard work we’ve put into the business in the 11 years we’ve been trading, and our work specifically for NJC over the last couple of years.  We have undertaken a considerable investment in-house in order to deliver on such a vast and varied remit  for NJC – and we are delighted they have chosen to align themselves with our more client integrated, professional, honest and personal approach to recruitment.”  NJC wanted to outsource and streamline recruitment and by using increased resources through Dane Partnership, this will maximise efficiency, making the hiring process a more pleasurable and supported experience for line managers and candidates alike. 

NJC firmly believes those they work with must have the right ‘DNA’ to fit with their business, a belief Dane Partnership understands and shares with them.  Dane Partnership will recruit across all disciplines and at all levels (frontline up to senior management) for the NJC organisation, working closely and in sync with their HR team, as the key contact for all recruitment and associated hiring functions.

Lorna said “This is a fantastic privilege and undertaking for a growing ‘boutique’ agency.  We are under no illusion about the scale of the work involved and we are 100% committed.  We couldn’t be happier with the Dane/NJC partnership and look forward to contributing to further and future success for the NJC team”

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Trainee - Bazil

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Our most recent and a very welcome addition to the Dane Partnership team. Bazil is learning fast, keen to make a great first impression and despite a few early (and embarrassing moments at interview) he has settled in and now follows our Heath, Safety and Hygiene policy to the letter! Having joined us at just 7 weeks of age, this picture shows him at 12 weeks. He already expresses an interest in HR and his meeting, greeting and general people skills show exceptional promise. We hope Bazil will follow in his great uncle’s footsteps (Max), and be the loyal, entertaining and ‘calming’ influence in our busy, vibrant office.


Max - a sad farewell to our best friend

Max had 16.5 years experience in recruitment, a loyal Dane Partnership team member since the business began over 10 years ago.  With no formal qualification, Max had a tireless enthusiasm for meeting and greeting visitors and calming pre-interview nerves, which made him a unique and valued member of our team.  Max was understanding and patient, he was in the office on time every day, and never worried about staying late – he was a great companion to all his colleagues, and ‘shadow’ to our MD, Lorna - he rarely let her out of his sight.  In his 17th year, and in failing health for just a short time, sadly, on 1st February, Max moved on……he died peacefully at home, surrounded by his closest family.  Max is already greatly missed, but was always and will ever remain a much loved, individual and unforgettable part of our lives – we thank him for all the joy he brought to so many.

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Dane Partnership Supporting CRY

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Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is a charity that works on reducing the number of sudden cardiac deaths in young people. It supports those young people and their families that are diagnosed with this potentially life threatening condition.

At the Dane Partnership, this is a charity we are proud to support and if you would like any further information on CRY and they work they do, please visit their website at: http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/.


Dane Partnership at Ascot

On December 16th, Dane Partnership took a trip to Ascot races in celebration of the festive season. Dressed up to the nines, we rounded off our tenth year of trading in style! Merry Christmas to all our customers and clients and best wishes for 2017. 

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Office Refurbishment

Amongst the many other celebrations this year, we treated our characterful building to a facelift. As you can see from the photographs, we decided to add a splash of colour to our meeting rooms and client interview spaces. It's worth remembering our customers are welcome to use our office space for assessment days and interviews!

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Winter Pimms Networking 2016

On December 2nd, Dane Partnership was delighted to attend the annual Winter Pimms Networking event hosted by ProjectFive in conjunction with the Surrey Wildlife Trust. It was our chance to be a lumberjack for the day plus take home our very own Christmas tree (which is a lot harder than it sounds in a forest full of options!) Click here to find out more about the event itself but safe to say, we had a fantastic time, met many local businesses and it certainly saved us a trip to the gym! Thank you to ProjectFive and the Surrey Wildlife Trust for organising this unique event – see you next year.

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Finalist for Best Customer Service Experience 2016

We're pleased to announce that on October 26th, at the Camberley Business Awards, Dane Partnership was, by public vote, named a finalist for Best Customer Service Experience 2016! In our 10th year of trading, we’ve focused even more on delivering first class customer service to ensure we ‘stand out’. We are tireless in our efforts to ensure a much better experience is enjoyed by our customers.  We never take our role for granted, nor fail to appreciate the importance of what we do, and how it affects the lives and businesses of those we support.  We are immensely grateful to everyone who has sent us testimonials, and to those who have taken just a moment or two to vote for us in this year’s awards; thank you. 

 

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Dane Partnership Sponsors the Camberley Car Show!

Taking place on Saturday, 3rd of September on the High Street and Park Street (Camberley town centre) and the roads in between, we are delighted to have sponsored 20 of the classic cars being exhibited at the 2016 Camberley Car Show – all sponsorship and donations will be given to the South West Thames Kidney Fund.  Come along and see Bloodhound, the unique vehicle that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record, along with a Delorean, the Batmobile and lots, lots more fantastic cars and other exciting exhibits on display this year.

 

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Congratulations Natalie!

Natalie Sanders was (on 8th July) promoted to the position of Director with the Dane Partnership Ltd. Natalie is an integral part of the Dane Partnership team, and we wish her continued success in a long and happy career within the business.

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Dane Partnership featured in Surrey Life Magazine

This month we're excited to announce that Dane Partnership Ltd has been featured in 'Surrey Life' Magazine. Read our article on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/the-dane-partnership-limited) or alternatively, purchase a hard copy available from local news agents now!


Happy New Year!

What a fantastic start to 2016! Already we are working on more projects than at the same time last year - Natalie and Ellen (who came on board last year) are enjoying a busy January.

Last year was our most successful year to date, we have continued to grow organically through the successful winning of new contracts and retaining our long standing and loyal customers.

We were ‘thrilled’ to have won the ‘Best Local Independent Business’ award in November -  the trophy is proudly displayed in one of our interview rooms.

Graduate recruitment for 2016 is off to a bumper start with more vacancies than has been the case in previous years – this is surely good news and we are delighted (in some cases for the fifth consecutive year) to be running the processes from advertisements, interviews, assessment centres and more, to ensure those we work for find the best available talent and those we place are getting the best possible start to their careers. 


Dane Partnership voted Best Independent Business

Last night at the local business awards ceremony, held at Camberley Heath Golf Club, Lorna, Natalie and Ellen attended the 'black tie' dinner eagerly anticipating the results of the public vote in our category.  We are delighted to have won the award for Best Independent Business 2015. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us, and to acknowledge the many tributes, testimonials and kind messages sent to us prior to, and after the results were announced. We’ve always tried to deliver services beyond customer expectation and this whole process has been encouraging, humbling and inspiring, and the level of support overwhelming. Thank you. 

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Congratulations to our Graduate Trainee!

           

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  Congratulations to Ellen, our Graduate Trainee, who has just graduated from the                 University of Winchester with first class honours in Psychology. She is also the winner of the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award 2015 for the Highest Overall score for BSc Psychology Programme!      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   


Introducing Natalie and Ellen!

Over the summer of 2015, Dane Partnership was pleased to welcome two new members to our team!

Natalie – HR and Recruitment Manager

Natalie has re-joined the Dane Partnership as our new HR and Recruitment Manager, having previously worked with us as a graduate trainee 4 years ago. Natalie will focus on supporting our clients with their HR and Recruitment needs as she is CIPD qualified and has a vast range of HR and recruitment experience. Natalie lives locally so knows the area well. She has a degree in Applied Psychology having ventured further afield to study at Cardiff University (graduating in 2010) and also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Natalie has spent the last 4 years working in London as an HR Manager for a FSTE 100 Retailer but is now looking forward to being closer to home!

Ellen – Graduate Trainee

Ellen, who has recently graduated from the University of Winchester, has joined the Dane Partnership as our new Graduate Trainee.  Ellen also studied Psychology and having learnt about the practical applications of Psychology within the workplace, has decided to pursue a career within HR and recruitment. Ellen will be managing our office, maintaining relationships with candidates and clients and also learning on the job about how the recruitment process works and how other businesses and people benefit from our HR services.

Bon Voyage Krista!

Krista, our executive assistant, has taken a sabbatical and will be spending the next three months travelling around Europe. 


Woodenspoon charity donation

Dane Partnership is pleased to announce that we have included “Wooden Spoon” (www.woodenspoon.org.uk) as one of the charities we will sponsor this year. Pictured below is Lorna Dane, Managing Director of the Dane Partnership Ltd, presenting our cheque to Barry Monahan, Chief Operating Officer from Wooden Spoon. Also pictured here are Colin Last from Tamar IFA – Finance with 3CBC, Bob Paton who is the current Major of Surrey Heath, John Fairley from JFP Strategic Planning – Chairman of 3CBC, Barry Monahan the COO from Wooden Spoon and Lorna Dane MD at the Dane Partnership – memberships for 3CBC, who also presented a £500 cheque to Wooden Spoon, the chosen 2015 charity for the 3 Counties Business Club (3CBC).  These pictures were taken at the 3CBC January breakfast networking event held (monthly) at Pennyhill Park Hotel (see www.3countiesbusinessclub.co.uk)

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Annual Review 2014 into 2015

Happy new year everyone! 

For 2015, we will be making our two chosen charities 'Cardiac Risk in the Young', an association which for me means a great deal, please view their website at www.c-r-y.org.uk/‎ and in addition to our on-going support to C-R-Y, we will be making a further donation to the Wooden Spoon Society www.woodenspoon.org.uk, a wonderful children’s charity, for which Phil Vickery (rugby player) is the lead ambassador, this charity is based in Fleet in Hampshire.

Our thanks to our loyal customers and the outstanding candidates we have had the pleasure to work with in the last 12 months.  It’s been a highly productive period, and one in which we have seen significant change – we think we are in exciting and challenging (in a good way) times now and for the foreseeable future. Our work in terms of the provision of HR support is on the rise – likewise the support offered through JumpStart continues to thrive and those who have used it have all (without exception) made great progress and secured employment.  Once again, my thanks to private individuals and employers alike who have kindly sponsored individuals through the JumpStart process.

We promise to keep doing what we do best, working with you in the good times and indeed the leaner times and we will never lose the ‘personal touch’ that distinguishes the Dane Partnership from our competitors.  My sincere thanks to those who continue recommend us, and for all the fabulous testimonials provided.  To all who read this, I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

Lorna Dane, founder & Managing Director, the Dane Partnership Ltd

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The Tour of Britain comes to Camberley!

What better way to celebrate the fantastic summer of 2014, than seeing the cycling Tour of Britain come to Camberley on Sat 13th September. The Dane Partnership and JumpStart are proud to be sponsors of some promotional shirts, and wish everyone participating on the day the very best of luck. The race is on!

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The Riverside Show - Fund Raiser for Leukaemia Research July 2014

The Dane Partnership Ltd was again the proud sponsors for the local horse & pony classes at the Riverside Show, held in Ayrshire in Scotland earlier this month (July) and funds raised will exceed £4,500. Pictured alongside this article is Lorna Dane, our MD (who was also a judge on the day) with her sister Susan Harper, who with her daughter Tricia Fearn founded this fantastic event. Lorna was in fact a bone marrow donor for her sister about six years ago, and through continued campaigning and fund raising, the whole family raise awareness and support this amazing charity. 

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Dane Partnership chooses Cardiac Risk in the Young for 2013


JumpStart Reaches New Heights

JumpStart (visit www.jumpstart.uk.com), a programme for graduates, school and college leavers coming from full time education and taking their first steps into employment, has really taken off!  Since the summer of 2011 and throughout 2012, JumpStart saw a significant increase in those using the training and support programme, all of whom found us through personal recommendations.  The success rate has continued in 2013 for those going through JumpStart and gaining permanent employment, which leaves no reason to doubt that this service is an invaluable source of advice and practical help, and the testimonials speak for themselves:

“Simply outstanding from start to finish.  Lorna and her team are organised, attentive and very professional.  As a graduate candidate I was interviewed by Lorna, who took the time to explore all of my qualifications and experiences in depth, leaving no chapter of my past uncovered.  I was offered a wealth of meaningful and high quality feedback, that was specific and personal, far superior to any career advice that I received at university.  Throughout the phases of my successful application I learnt a lot about my personal style and interview technique, that helped me to both understand myself and how to make the most of my experiences in future interviews.  I felt that they sought to truly understand my personality characteristics and to explain the mentality and environment of the company I was applying to, such that when I progressed into later rounds I had no doubt that it was the right opportunity for me.  Excellent service, one that I would highly recommend, setting the standard for how it should be done.”  

 "The first time I went to the Dane Partnership I knew immediately that Lorna and her team were different from all the other agencies I had been to. The Dane Partnership helped me every step of the way from application to my offer of employment, providing extraordinary services to get me ready for work, which included interview preparation, professional advice, guidance and regular communications to keep me motivated and inspired. Therefore it gives me great pleasure to recommend the Dane Partnership to everyone. Thank you."

"When I first got a phone call from Lorna at the Dane Partnership in response to my job application, little did I know this was going to be the start of a complete change for the better. Lorna and Reanne's advice and guidance was fantastic throughout the application and placement process. I was a recent graduate looking for an entry level job in Engineering, which is a specialised and highly competitive industry. The support from the Dane Partnership was second to none - everything from interview skills and practice, improving my CV, sound professional advice, even organising a paid work placement to further expand my skills and experience; the Dane Partnership were working above and beyond what any other recruitment agency would do by a country mile."

It was due to the Dane Partnership that I now have my first successful full-time, permanent appointment.  Without them, I honestly believe I would still be applying for jobs.  I want to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to the Dane Partnership for jump-starting my career and I am very grateful for all their efforts.  I will definitely recommend the Dane Partnership to everyone, and do so with a smile on my face :)" 

JumpStart part sponsors for the Camberley Rugby FC Under 18s shirts.  Look out for the logo!

HOW IT ALL BEGAN: The founder of JumpStart, Lorna Dane, started by giving support and advice to teenagers and graduates - mainly as a 'favour' to friends.  It became apparent that there was a great deal of sense in putting together a more structured training programme to help guide and inspire students who were being faced with writing a personal statement or a CV, and with the prospect of university or job interviews looming, they were really grateful for the opporutnity to practice with someone other than tutors, friends or family members.  From this small beginning, JumpStart emerged into what it is today!


WHY I STARTED A FINISHING SCHOOL FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS AND GRADUATES

An article written by Lorna Dane, MD of the Dane Partnership  - ALSO VISIT www.jumpstart.uk.com

 

Most school leavers and graduates are either blissfully unaware or already resigned to the fact of how hard it's going to be when they look for their first job.  At the beginning of May the government published  figures showing 8% of the UK population are currently out of work, this is up 2% on the quarter and likely to rise. Graduate unemployment has soared by 44% in a year and at it's highest for more than a decade. It's hard enough for those out of work with good qualifications, a proven employment history, training and references to get back into a job, let alone  those with little or nothing by way of work experience to get their first placement.

 

"There's a huge difference between taking exams and being ready for work."

 

The ironic  thing is, about a quarter of businesses are still hiring in spite of the economic downturn, but when it comes to employing school leavers and graduates, many say "There's a huge difference between taking exams and being ready for work."  Speaking from experience as an employer, HR consultant and a recruiter, it's clearly a big jump leaving full time education and too few youngsters have the basic skills in order to get a job, let alone hold one down for the longer term.

 

"More than half the applications were littered with spelling mistakes."

 

I have been asked to recruit school leavers and graduates on behalf of local employers for apprenticeships, placements and trainee positions.  There has never been a shortage of applicants, but the standard is generally poor.  Last month, in a timeframe of only 6 days, I received in excess of 100 responses to one single advertisement, and from those applications I can provide some startling statistics.  9 respondents forgot to attach a CV; only 8 individuals addressed me correctly i.e. 'Dear' rather than 'Hi', 'Hiya' or nothing at all; several wrote in reference to the wrong job title/company name and more than half the CVs were littered with spelling mistakes not to mention poor grammar and layout!

 

"Just the way he walked into the room set him apart from the others."

 

Things didn't get much better at the interview stages.  Many candidates saunter in awkwardly and seat themselves waiting lethargically for something to happen.  A few of the applicants got it right and at least seemed eager (if nervous) to start the discussions.  In particular, one candidate came in, looked me straight in the eye, extended his hand to shake with an appropriate "Good afternoon" by way of greeting and just the way he walked into the room set him apart from the others. 

 

" JumpStart - the finishing school for career seekers."

 

Having had similar experiences in the past, I developed a training course designed to give practical help to those making the transition between education and employment.  It's been described as "a finishing school" but I see it as an intense one-on-one training programme which ensures the kind of mistakes I have written about in this article are not repeated by those who attend.  The results have been excellent, and the testimonials speak for themselves. This is the type of hands-on support desperately needed to boost self-confidence, presentation and employability.

 

I recruited a trainee in January.  By giving someone their first taste of permanent employment made a massive difference to them and is hugely rewarding for me in terms of watching their confidence and self-esteem grow.  I'd encourage employers everywhere to do likewise so if you want to know more about employing a trainee, or indeed about JumpStart, get in touch.

 

 


Graeme Hutchison and the Three Peaks Challenge for Help for Heroes.

 In August, Graeme will be raising money for Help for Heroes by taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. The challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in the UK, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon.

 Help of Heroes is a very topical charity making the lives of our wounded heroes better. It’s about the blokes, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek,  a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes.


To find out more and to donate please visit Graeme support website http://www.justgiving.com/GraemeBrendanKevin or visit the Help for Heroes website http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/

 

  

 

 

 


Lorna Dane and The Riverside Show

The Riverside Show was the brain child of Tricia Harper.  The reason? Tricia’s mother Susan Harper, one of Britain’s top breeders of children’s Show & Hunter Ponies & of Great Danes, was diagnosed with Leukaemia in January 2008. Susan was hospitalised for a year to undergo a Bone Marrow transplant and copious amounts of Chemo Therapy.

Susan spent a year in the Ayr Hospital and the Beatson Hospital in Glasgow where the fabulous staff gave a huge amount of support and information to Susan and her family. The Bone Marrow Transplant was performed in Glasgow. Fortunately Susans sister Lorna Dane was a 100% match and was able to donate the Marrow (twice) for the implants.  Although Susan is still undergoing some treatment she is feeling much better and is trying to move on with her life!

With this in mind Tricia and her family decided that the proceeds for the Charity show should go to Station 15 at Ayr Hospital and to Leukaemia Research since without them the treatment may never have been discovered.  To donate please go to www.riversideshow.info


Jobsearch Support for Unemployed Professionals

We have for some years been able to offer 1:1, one day jobsearch (outplacement) assistance programmes to individuals and businesses who approached Dane Partnership direct, and now this extensive course will also benefit those who are referred to Dane Partnership via their local (Surrey/Hampshire/Berkshire) JobCentre Plus office.  The programmes are run by the Dane Partnership, whose HR, Commercial and Recruitment backgrounds are best placed to offer a full and comprehensive workshop to those who come along. 

Dane Partnership recently won a contract to supply the DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) with Jobsearch Support for those who are finding it more difficult to get back into employment, and for those who simply want our help, support and guidance throughout the job search and recruitment process.

The aim of what we do is to focus the time and efforts of those who seek new employment opportunities in the right direction, whilst offering practical support and advice during the search for a new job.  Most people can turn a redundancy/unemployment situation into a more positive experience if they receive the correct professional advice and support.  We always act in the attendee's best interests; flexibility with regards to the format and timing is key for us and for those who attend.  In most cases, those who work with us find a new role quicker and more effectively than those who work without this level of assistance.

We don't simply run the courses and leave those who attend to fend for themselves either!  Although the majority of the programme will be covered in the timeframe and within the specified subject headings, we know that 'one size does not fit all' and individual requirements may vary, so we try to be flexible enough to cover other subjects outside from the basic format too.  We pride ourselves in being able (within reason) to offer sufficient flexibility and on going support in order to give those who use our services the best possible chance of achieving their end goal.

For more information, call Lorna on 01276 20444