What Are You Doing to Combat Proximity Bias in Your Startup?

Studies show there has been a 97% increase in companies offering remote or flexible roles, yet almost half of employees express some level of fear that they will be negatively affected if they continue to work remotely. Proximity bias is by no means a new phenomenon, but the widespread introduction of hybrid and remote working

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Celebrating Success

A huge congratulations to Teagan, who has just been promoted to Principal Consultant! After only being promoted to Senior Consultant just 5 months ago, Teagan is absolutely smashing it! How does it feel to be made Principal Consultant? It feels great, I am happy to be moving forward in my career. It gives me a

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A Simple Guide to Startup Funding: What Stage Should I Join?

The startup world can be a confusing place.  Working for a tech startup allows you to very quicky expand your skillset. Many are drawn in by the promise of innovation and the excitement that comes with bringing ideas to life.   But if you are someone who is worried about the risks involved in joining a company early on in their journey,

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Celebrating Success

Yesterday marks five years since Jack joined ISL… and what a five years it has been! What drew you to recruitment? I finished my degree in Business Management back in 2014, and like many students, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I was initially interested in recruitment because I heard it was

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Celebrating Success

With October’s Employee of the month, Alice! How does it feel to win employee of the month? I have been nominated a few times, but it feels great to finally win after two years! I think that over the last few months my mindset has really changed, and I have been really focused on doing

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Pay or Purpose: How Important is Money in a New Job?

Changing jobs is never easy. Whether you’re actively looking for a new role or if you’re just considering your options, it’s good to outline what you want from a job. In today’s competitive tech market, companies are throwing out higher and higher salaries to secure talent. To avoid getting blindsided by money and finding yourself

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Showcasing Our Team

A huge welcome to Jake, who is joining our team as our newest Consultant! It was great to catch up with Jake after his first week and ask a few questions: What made you choose ISL? I knew I wanted to work in a commission-based role because I have worked in similar roles in the

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Transforming Remote Working: 3 Innovative Tech Startup Solutions

Post-covid a shocking 97% of employees don’t want to return to the office full time. Although it may seem like a new phenomenon, the tech world has seen the benefits of remote working long before covid, continually challenging the boundaries of what we believe a workspace can be. Growing your startup can feel disjointed when

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Showcasing Our Team

A huge welcome to, Lochlan, who is joining our team as our newest Consultant! It was great to catch up with Lochlan after his first week and ask a few questions. What drew you to recruitment? You get out what you put in. I like the idea of actually helping someone out and finding them

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The Impossible Challenge: Finding, Growing and Retaining Tech Talent

Last week we celebrated Bristol Tech Fest. An amazing display of the tech community coming together to share knowledge and showcase Bristol’s buzzing tech scene. Our Director, Alan Furley, spoke on a panel alongside Glyn Blaize from Amdaris and Clare Elford from Clue Computing at the Amdaris event. It was a valuable afternoon with great

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Is Your Interview Process Losing You Valuable Talent?

If you’re a hiring manager, then knowing how to get the most out of the interviewing process is key. Our consultants speak to tech leaders daily and have seen some great examples of how to conduct an interview (and some not-so-great examples too…) Here’s what they had to say: Be approachable It is likely that

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Return of the Meetup: How to Get the Most Out of Networking Events

At the end of last month we were able to host our first in-person networking event in almost 2 years! Focusing on Data Science and Machine Learning, it was a valuable evening filled with topical conversations and was full of people passionate about using data to combat the challenges of climate change. In the past

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Do You Have a Healthy Work/Life Balance?

National Work Life Week is Working Families’ annual campaign to get people talking about the importance of establishing a healthy work/life balance.   For many, the pandemic meant that work life and home life seemingly merged overnight. Although there are many benefits to this way of life, it is important to set clear boundaries so that we can maintain a healthy relationship with

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3 Bristol-Based Women Working to Change the Face of STEM

Today marks Ada Lovelace day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths). It is in recognition of the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace. Never fully recognised in her lifetime, Lovelace’s work was revolutionary. Almost a century after it was first published, her work was finally understood

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How to Prioritise Mental Wellbeing in Your Tech Startup

Mental Health in an Unequal World For too long the stigma surrounding mental health has prevented people from getting the help that they need. For many, the widespread introduction of remote and hybrid working was reported to boost mental health, but for others it has led to rising levels of anxiety and depression. More than

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Our Consultants’ Top Tips for Interview Success

So, you made it to the interview. It may be too early to celebrate the job just yet, but you are already in the 2% that made it past the application stage- that’s something to be proud of! Whether it’s your 1st interview or your 50th interview, it is never easy. Our consultants guide hundreds

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Celebrating Success

With September’s Employee of the month, Jon! How does it feel to win Employee of the month? Having won in June and July, I feel really proud to win again this month, it is always nice to be recognised for hard work. Everyone is working so hard at the moment and is at the top

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Is it Time to Make the Move to a Permanent Tech Role?

Pre-pandemic, it was easy to see the attraction to contract work: flexible hours, often the chance of remote working and of course, the money. But in a post-pandemic world where you can now expect flexible hours and remote working in a permanent role, the lines between contract and perm have become blurred. Then came the

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Scaleup Diaries: Nathalie Alpi

Nathalie Alpi and her husband Nicolas co-founded CookiesHQ in 2011. They are a growing software development consultancy based in Bristol who help build software for scaleups and startups around the globe, supporting them in their growth. In the 10 years since then, they have watched their business grow to a team of 16 and help

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Is Unconscious Bias Stunting Your Tech Startup Growth?

72% of founders agree building a diverse team is extremely important, not only in terms of boosting company culture but it also has a positive impact on revenue. However, only 12% of tech startups have five or more team members from under-represented communities.   Currently, 32% of tech startups are in the diversity planning stage, understanding why diversity is important but with no diverse members forming part of their team.  So, if there is such a clear benefit to hiring a

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The Talent Guide for Founders

Growing your Startup?  Our Talent Guide for Founders covers the biggest hiring mistakes and how to avoid them.   If you are a founder looking to grow your startup, then you probably know your people are going to be key to your success.  80% of employee turnover is down to bad hiring decisions, and in times of uncertainty, people are your

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Showcasing Our Team

A huge welcome to Beth, who is joining our team as our newest Delivery Consultant! It was great to catch up with Beth after her first week and ask a few questions: How did you come to apply for ISL? I was moving to Bristol and was looking for jobs, so I went on Google,

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Stand Out to a Start Up: 4 Qualities Tech Startups Want in a New Hire

Being at the core of a growing tech company can be exhilarating, surrounded by the buzz of innovation, and celebrating each milestone. It’s not all ping pong and staff drinks; there are obvious risks that come with joining a company in its early days. If you are passionate about the industry and want to stand

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Celebrating Success

With August’s Employee of the month- Jack! How does it feel to win employee of the month? It feels really good to be recognised, especially after having a good month. I feel proud of my performance and feel motivated to do it all again. How has the pandemic affected your work? It took a big

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How to Grow Your Tech Startup With Effective Employer Branding

Effective employer branding boasts the ability to halve your average cost per hire and reduce employee turnover by almost 30%. At the startup stage you may feel stretched thin and dismiss employer branding as something you can put your time into later down the line. Don’t make that mistake. In today’s competitive talent market, it

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3 Ways to De-risk Recruitment to Grow your Tech Startup

Post covid, the market is hot and competition for talent is fierce. 87% of companies are anticipating hiring in quarter 3. As a startup, hiring the right people will be daunting, but with the right plan and best practice delivery, your new hires will soon be joining your growing team. It’s time to cast your line and secure the right talent

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Selling the Story of You: Transform Your Graduate Tech CV

Last year was one of the hardest years to be a tech graduate searching for work. The uncertainty of covid coupled with the financial crash left very little in terms of job opportunities. As life slowly settles into a new normal and job opportunities open, it’s time to go out and get that job. The

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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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Would you recommend us? That’s great!

NPS – our number for 2021 2020, what a year! We know we’re not alone in feeling like that. But where we think we are a little different, particularly compared to some in the recruitment industry, is how we’re going to measure success in 2021. Throughout 2020 we learned an awful lot. We saw the

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Celebrating Success

With November’s Employee of the month – Freya! How does it feel to win employee of the month? It feels really good! After months and months of hard work and build up, November turned out to be absolutely insane, my best month in recruitment yet! It’s amazing to be seen and appreciated when this year

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Scaleup Diaries: Learning from Scaleups

Scaleups reacting to the pandemic For our latest Scaleup Diaries podcast, we sat down with Alex Packham, CEO and Founder at ContentCal, to chat about the effects COVID-19 has had on scaleups. How is ContentCal adapting their hiring strategy? “I think the most important thing to remember is that it’s okay not to have all

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The Kickstart Scheme

Back in July the Government announced their plan for helping young people aged 16-24 overcome significant unemployment challenges by subsiding employers who want to hire new roles to grow their firms. They’ve called it the Kickstart Scheme and September saw the details announced, letting employers know how they can benefit from the subsidies while giving

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Alan Furley Talks Recruitment In Tech

An interview with Lola Sherwin for High Profile Magazine What was it that drove you to pursue a career in recruitment within the tech industry? I was drawn to recruitment because I felt that it offered me the opportunity to progress based on my achievements. I did a placement year when I was at university,

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Hiring and retaining tech talent remotely

Why culture is key We’ve all had to change our tactics when it comes to our hiring strategy, and although some of our priorities may have changed, culture remains king. Good company culture is at the heart of both a good hiring strategy and retaining that talent once you’ve successfully onboarded them. But how can

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Learning & Development resources for tech talent during COVID-19

*If you’re interested in any of the topics we cover below and would like more information, download the report at the bottom of this page (it’s free and there’s no sign up required.) It’s a very uncertain time. No one knows what the future will look like and many of us find ourselves with more

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How do you retain your employees during a pandemic?

The world right now is one many of us never thought we would see. It’s starting to look like one of those end-of-the-world movies, where life is completely flipped upside down. We are all trying to continue business as usual, but it’s tough. It’s not just about focusing on the here and now, but we

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Video Interviewing: hiring remotely

The future is here The world is a strange and unfamiliar place right now. More than ever, we are having to rely on technology to keep us connected and keep our businesses running. Video communication is proving to be invaluable in this current climate. No doubt you’re using it to communicate internally, but for businesses

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