Here’s the latest news from our Milton Keynes office and what we’ve been talking about this month.
For the last month, Olympic fever has taken over the media (and our office). With the spectacle that was the opening ceremony, we were absorbed by the Olympics from the very start and it certainly gave everyone something to talk about. The country got behind all of the amazing athletes from the cyclists to Mo Farah and my Yorkshire heart swelled with pride from many a gold medal coming from the Yorkshire lads and lasses. And the conversations are far from over as excitement now builds for the Paralympics.
But it wasn’t only on the track that Olympic praise was given. From investments in the rail infrastructure to the sustainability of the venues, engineering was at the heart of the 2012 London Olympics. With the UK only producing 25 to 50% of engineering graduates the economy needs, companies involved in the Olympics are working to ensure that the Games really do inspire a new generation in more ways than one.
With the summer holidays and Olympic fever taking over, the recruitment industry has been rather quiet. The market has stayed steady but not spectacular, in fact growth in demand for staff slipped to a six-month low in July, with the Report on Jobs Index dropping to 52.8 from 53.1 in June (but we do have lots of openings at TXM!)
In the office, we welcomed Jonathan Manning to work in our Rail team, Rob Reynolds in Pharma and Cory Lee in Motorsport.
Our TXM bake off created a lot of activity in the office (and helped pile a few pounds on.) Again, big congratulations to Tiff and Chris who won and now have the task of baking for the team on a regular basis!
With the bake off finished, we return our attention to football and the start of the Premier League. Once again we’re running our Fantasy Football competition, which is open to everyone so why not enter your team. We wonder who can topple Mr Poulton this year.
Four members of our team also took part in the Alpine Challenge and completed 3 out of the 4 challenges. Well done to Mr Jarman, Charley Thompson, Hannah Edmonds and Ian Tompsett.