How to shape your people strategy before you raise venture funding

Article originally featured on Capitalex We asked Alan Furley, CEO of ISL Recruitment, for his advice on shaping people strategy prior to raising investment. ISL specialises in building teams for high growth SMEs operating within the technology and engineering sectors: I’ve spent most of my career working with technology companies, helping them grow by finding

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Furloughing, wellbeing & productivity

“Putting our sales team on a furlough rota system has boosted wellbeing and productivity during lockdown” When you run a business, you get used to trusting your gut. Instinct and intuition tend to govern a lot of decision making and, like muscles, the more you use them the more effective they become. Something I hope

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Can we help you look after your talent?

For some companies hiring talent is still a current priority but they’re not sure how to adapt to doing this in a remote way. If this is you then we have guides on virtual interviewing and remote onboarding that we hope you’ll find useful. For other scaleups we’ve been working with, they know that they

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The 2020 Retention Report

The primary meaning of the word retention in the Oxford Dictionary is explained as “the act of keeping something rather than losing it or stopping it” I’d argue that when applied to talent, this misses the importance of creating the right environment to retain, which is often a more complex issue.  It has been our

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Tech Leaders, are you truly harnessing the power of agile working & inclusion?

If you’re involved in leading a tech scale up, tech SME or multinational; the odds are you’re looking to scale, and key to that is achieving sustainable growth in an ever evolving and highly competitive landscape. At our diversity & inclusion event last week, Toby Mildon, renowned diversity and inclusion architect, explained how he believes

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ISL Launches 2019 Retention Report

Author and business strategist Jim Collins once said: “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” This seems a particularly pertinent truth for startups and scaleups as these fledgling years of growth depend on human ability and endeavour. The advance of technology has never replaced the need for businesses to find and retain great people. This

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ISL Wins 4th Place at the UK Great Places to Work Awards!

We’ve done it again! Absolutely delighted! After our debut on the Best Workplace list last year we’re over the moon to achieve a Great Places To Work award once again. We are now the 4th Best Small Business in the UK. This is a massive testament to the great people that work for ISL, so

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FinTech vs. The Big Banks

Working in FinTech vs. Traditional Banking FinTech is currently one of the world’s fastest growing technological industries. The UK’s financial technology sector attracted a record £1.34bn in venture capital investment in 2017, 90% of which was invested into London-based start-ups and early stage businesses, according to Forbes. Are developers flocking from big corporate banks to

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WATCH OUT…What job advert buzzwords really mean

Hidden meanings. My goodness… they are a curse. Especially if you’re like me – someone who just wants to know what’s going on, make a useful decision then move to the next thing. Real meanings are hard enough. There are, for example, triangular warning signs beside hilly roads telling me to look out for falling

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