November Newsletter

As I'm coming towards the end of my first year since setting up Magpie People as a specialist Engineering and Manufacturing recruiter working across the Yorkshire region, I have decided to set up a quick news letter to send out on a regular basis.

The plan is to let you know what I have been up to with any events and trade shows I have attended, such as the upcoming Smart Factory Expo in November, along with a few selected news stories from the industry that I've enjoyed reading.

I have set the business up to provide you with a first class recruitment service and to allow me the freedom to get out and about and strike the right work life balance. Enjoying what you do, and doing it well, is at the heart of what Magpie People aims to achieve for our clients and candidates.

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss any recruitment requirements or there is anything I may be able to help with
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Turning 40 !!!

I went a bit early but approaching my 40th birthday I made the decision to set up my own business, to go for the classic mid life crisis. I can’t believe it’s been 9 months since launching Magpie People, it's absolutely flown by and what an adventure so far !!

Firstly a massive thank you for everyone who has supported me and worked with me since setting up my own business, without your help I wouldn’t have been able to start or get this far.

I’ve learnt so much about business, recruitment and myself since deciding to set this up, I have regularly reminding myself the reasons I created Magpie People and ensure I am working to them

There were two main reasons for launching on my own:

  • To offer a professional recruitment service that understands the local markets and works with both the candidates and the companies to ensure I am matching the personalities as well as the base skills and experience. I would take time to get to know the companies and work with them rather than be an external recruiter, not working to a set of outdated KPI’s
  • After almost 15 years working in the sector I wanted to work my own way and get a good balance between work and life. As recruitment doesn't work 9-5 and you need to be adaptable




After just getting back to work after having a week away in Scotland to celebrate my big birthday and run another marathon (Loch Ness) and after a brilliant break (with some work) with time to switch off and reflect on the last 9 months



The biggest issue over the last 9 months has been managing time and as expected I have probably been working more hours than ever before, with the nature of the industry I can be working at 6.30am through till 10pm at night but this is my choice and how I schedule my time is up to me, whilst also getting more time for myself

To ensure I am keeping a good balance I have been trying to ensure I get out and enjoy the outdoors - running, walking, cycling or swimming for at least half a day each week. And despite some questions of when do I ever do any work from the wife and friends as I may end up at the coast or out in the peak district on a Wednesday afternoon this time is great for thinking, working out problems and coming up with new ideas

I have really enjoyed having the freedom to manage my own time to be able to relax and unwind whilst still ensuring my clients requirements are being met in a timely manner to meet their expectations

9 Months in and as well as the day to day work, I’m already planning for year 2 and how to improve as i continue to develop and learn.

Thanks for reading


6 Months in

I can’t believe that it’s already been 6 months since I set up Magpie People and started the adventure of working for myself back at the start of the year. The time has flown by and I am still learning all the time. It’s been a strange combination of working harder than ever before, but also being able to make time to do things and enjoy and having the freedom of being able to work on my terms.

The support I have received from the companies I work with and my network has been brilliant and I wouldn't have been able to get this venture off the ground without your help, so a massive thank you!!!

Over the last decade (and more) working in technical recruitment, I’ve learnt a lot about the industry and been able to take ideas and knowledge from everyone I have worked with - with a mixture of things to try and things to avoid along the way.


After being tempted by the idea of setting up my own business for a few years, I am still not sure what gave me the push to go ahead and jump into it... I’m sure it must be the combination of a milestone birthday coming up this year and the challenge I took on last summer to run at least 2km every day.

On top of these two big factors, I think it was a mixture of frustrations with some aspects of the recruitment industry and the way some companies work and the opportunity to offer something different. Providing a fully personalised service, working in partnership with companies and individuals who are looking for new opportunities, gives me the freedom to work in the way I believe is right.

As any recruiter knows, work doesn’t start and stop with official office times and there’s the KPI’s and financial targets frequently resetting to contend with too.The added bonus for me has been in improving my quality of life and allowing me to make time for the things I enjoy without having to spend time commuting, working to a set of KPI’s and managing a team.



Over the last six months I have found myself starting earlier each morning and probably working later, but being able to break the days down into manageable sections to allow me to complete what needs doing to keep me and business moving forward has been refreshing. The running everyday has given me some quiet time to think, and switch off on solo runs and running with friends has given me the social aspect that the cats can’t provide in my home office.


Despite having no regular salary to rely on to pay the bills, I have relished the challenge of being my own boss and owning the pressure of needing to deliver successful recruitment to be able to stay in business. Although this sounds very stressful and high risk, I’m enjoying the situation and feel much calmer and have been more relaxed about how the business is progressing.
Although it is still very early days, I am ahead of my original plan and love working with a mixture of long standing, loyal clients and some new businesses that have either given me the opportunity to work with them or have come to me through recommendations.

Possibly different to many other recruiters, I always tell the candidates that I am working with not just to think of salary and job titles, but to look at the quality of life they will have in their current role or company, alongside the opportunities that I am working on and try to ensure a good cultural fit for any role I put them forward for.


Throughout this period, my mindset has also changed to make more of an effort to support new, young and local businesses wherever possible; I know first hand that people are throwing everything into their dream to make it successful and want to them enjoy the success and benefits that come with their hard work and sacrifices.


Again thank you for your support and taking time to read this article.


Getting a balance -- 3 (and a bit) Months in

Well, it’s been an interesting and very busy first three months since launching Magpie People. It’s been a massive learning curve with lots of up and downs.

After well over a decade working in Engineering and Manufacturing Recruitment I naively thought setting up my own business would be relatively straight forward but there were lots of things I hadn’t thought of, thankfully I have had a great network and group of friends to offer support and guidance.

Along with the benefits of being my own boss, one of the major factors behind setting up was to restore the work life balance and ensure I have time to do the things I enjoy. One of those things is running and even through the coldest, wettest winter weather there has been nothing better than putting on the shoes and heading out either on the road or the trails at lunch or before work. This has allowed me to clear my head, think through the challenges and find solutions to what I have been working on.

I have seen various articles about taking coffee breaks and similar but I find there is nothing better than getting out into the fresh air for half an hour, an hour or longer. I come back to the office with new ideas and drive to ensure I am providing the best service for my clients that I can

The support I have had from my great clients and my network (including past colleagues) have been brilliant and I have really appreciated the opportunity to work with these leading manufacturing companies and help them grow and develop by finding the talented individuals to add to their teams. I feel working in partnership with these companies has allowed me to get a better understanding of the companies and deliver a better quality of candidate along with speeding the recruitment process up

Naturally with recruitment there have been struggles as well, but this is part of the industry and the skills shortage across the market which make some roles very difficult to recruit for. Three months down the line and I am ahead of where I had hoped to be. I even decided to spend the first of the marketing budget on a suitable beer at the Magna Real Ale festival

I spent a day at the MACH show at the NEC last week, I think it’s always important to stay up to date with what is happening in the industry so I understand the issues my clients and candidates are experiencing so I can offer the best possible service

It’s very early days and I’m still finding my way, but I feel I have built a strong foundation, to start from and will continue to put in the hard work but ensure I keep the balance right and continue to offer high levels of service and delivery to my existing clients and a few new ones as well.

If you are wanting any assistance with any recruitment across the Yorkshire region please don’t hesitate to get in touch on or 07847 895269



I've always found it important to keep up to date with what is happening across the Manufacturing and Engineering sector, across the UK to help me assist the companies I am working with, so yesterday I headed down to the NEC to see the best of what is happening across the sector.

As always the show had a mix of some global manufacturing companies through to smaller SME's. There was a strong Yorkshire presence across the show and from the time I was there it appeared very well attended, hopefully this has continue throughout the week

Some of the innovations in Machining, Composite manufacturing and Industry 4.0 were inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing how the industry continues to develop and grow

As well as the industry aspect there was an Educational section at the show which I haven't noticed before with some interesting and fun demonstrations to help get the next generation of engineers coming through

Next up is the Get up to Speed show in Rotherham next week, which is again aimed at bringing the next generation of engineers through to help tackle the skills shortage


Going it alone..

Jan 2018

“New year, New Challenge!” I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media on this theme followed by comments on how these changes rarely come to fruition, however I have decided to make a big change…

After spending a few months away from the sector, I quickly realised how much I enjoy working with the innovative Engineering and Manufacturing companies. So following over a decade specialising in recruiting professionals across the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors in the Yorkshire region, I have made the decision to set up on my own and offer a fully independent recruitment business, called Magpie People.

I want to work with companies I have enjoyed working with in the past, along with new companies I haven’t had the opportunity to work with as yet and be able to offer a fully tailored service to match recruitment requirements to ensure we are recruiting the best individuals to join your teams. This is something I have aspired to and now the time is right to take this step.

Despite being an independent start up, I have access to the recruitment tools required and I’m freed from the distraction of following a wider company strategy; I am working towards the sole goal of delivering the best levels of service and finding the best candidates for roles. This means I can be selective in the work I undertake and take the time to get to know the candidates and be able to meet the expectations of the companies I am working with.

I would welcome the chance to speak to you or come and meet with you and discuss how I may be able to assist with your recruitment requirements and plans for the coming year. If there is anything you would like to discuss please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Get in Touch

If you would like to discuss your next career move or you are looking to add to your team please feel free to get in touch on 07847 895269