Well, 2020 has been a challenge hasn’t it? Who would have imagined we’d be living the life we’re currently living.
Despite the worry, constant changes to what we can and can’t do, the fear of loved ones becoming ill and all the economic crisis everyone’s facing, we seem to have a plethora of amazing marketing jobs flood in since the summer months and they’re still coming in, even in the week before Christmas!
We’re eternally grateful to work with such brilliant clients and candidates, your upbeat and positive attitudes have lifted us and we’re proud to partner you in your employment journey.
The Moxie and Mettle team have been outstanding in their understanding, flexibility, support and ability to adapt to new ways of remote working; we’re so lucky to have you and hope to see your lovely faces in 2021!
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and Happy New year.
Interesting article from Tech Spark with details about the tech industry and our fantastic City.
“Tech is now Bristol’s dominant industry, boasting the most jobs and higher-than-average salaries across the board according to new data by Tech Nation
Bristol’s tech scene has undergone a healthy year of growth despite the coronavirus pandemic. Startups and scale-ups in Bristol have raised a collective $1.07bn in VC investment since 2014 as it seeks to compete with other growing regional tech hubs including Oxford and Edinburgh.
The South West city, which is considered one of the best places to live and work in the UK, is growing in popularity as a tech city.”
You may have already heard about the Kickstart scheme – a reminder below.We are sharing the news with our clients and candidates, in the hope that we can help to get this hugely talented and diverse group of people get to work, and soon!
The Kickstart Scheme provides government funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
• 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
• associated employer National Insurance contributions
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
From our great colleagues over at Business West there is some Interesting information about the Kickstart Employment Scheme., and from the link, you can book onto the next online Q&A on Wednesday 21 October at 10am, hopefully see you there!
By creating a Kickstart job placement you’re helping a young person who is at risk of long-term unemployment, so thank for your interest in the scheme.
If you’d like to hear how it’s working out for us, please feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help.
We’ll advertise your voluntary roles for free, with no obligation on your part to use our paid recruitment service; we’re just offering a helping hand.
We noticed a really worthy local Bristol business advertising for some voluntary marketing and PR support to help promote their product which helps disabled children.It struck a chord with us as we wanted the business to be able to continue to spread the word about how their wheelchair could help children in need.The NHS would normally promote this product, but due to the stress they are under, this isn’t possible at the moment.
So, we offered to spread the word amongst our marketing and personal network to try and generate the invaluable support required.Liz and I have over 17,000 professional connections as well as various business Facebook groups we’re part of and we hope that a connection will be made.
As you know, Moxie and Mettle Limited specialise in marketing, PR, digital and creative recruitment, so we’re only going to advertise roles in these sectors as we have the relevant target audience.
If you’re a charity or business that’s interested, we just need your approval to advertise the opportunity in the way you’d like it to be worded, and the volunteers can then respond directly to your organisation.
Please note, Moxie and Mettle doesn’t advocate unpaid work experience, this is purely for genuine volunteer opportunities.
A catch up with Ian from Seager Publishing and his experience of working during the pandemic:
What’s the biggest change/decision for you, professionally, as a result of Covid19 and lockdown?
Honestly, it’s been about six months of daily challenge. We have pretty much re-invented everything, and anything that hasn’t changed will probably change in the near future. That old cliche about change being the only constant is spot on. The first few days gave us some IT issues, then we had to quickly invent and evolve a way of keeping good communication going (we went with Zoom and Slack), then we had to re-invent our workflow, learn to make podcasts, hoot and edit videos while going from a printed magazine to a digital magazine. In 2019 we organised nine small exhibitions throughout Europe. This year we held one in February before lockdown, so we’ve also been creating the tools and developing the skills to hold virtual events.
How have you found remote working/working from home?
Fantastic. There have been challenges for sure, but overall it’s been amazing. In fact, a couple of months in we took the decision to close our office. The enjoyment has not been universal, and making sure that everyone is OK and on board is tricker when you are not in the same room.
Lockdown in general, love it or loathe it?
Both. I can’t imagine doing the daily commute again, but the social side of life and work can be challenging.
What’s your plan for the next 3 months? 6 months? How much has that changed as a result of the pandemic?
The short answer is we plan to continue to survive. The longer answer is we will be running our first virtual event, we’ll be announcing a series of new virtual events, we’ll be creating significantly more video and audio content and we’ll be changing a couple of the publishing platforms we use for something better suited to digital. The pandemic has massively increased the rate of change. Much of our business came from physical events in the commercial airline world, that’s two sectors that have been knocked flat, so as I’ve said, everything has changed, and everything will continue to change.
Top tip for your peers/colleagues?
Be flexible, be quick, be prepared to learn new skills, be prepared to sleep less and work more, at least for a while.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of working from home, I always preferred to be in the office with my team, I like the feeling of dressing for work, leaving home life behind and stepping into a different energy that the office provides.
During lockdown I struggled to be as effective as I could have been and couldn’t wait to return to our socially distanced Clifton office, but since we’ve been asked to work from home wherever possible, I seem to have turned a corner and have embraced home working. But why? Maybe I’ve just accepted this is the way our lives have to be so I’ve adapted accordingly, maybe because of my new “desk tray” set up and and an improvement of our ‘phone software. Or maybe it’s just because I get to sit next to my gorgeous puppy all day!
What are your thoughts on working from home indefinitely? Juggling table space with a partner, missing the interaction of a team, spending too much time within your four walls, constant Zoom calls? Or maybe you’re working more effectively; cutting out the commute, the noise and interruptions from colleagues, saving money on travelling, lunches and coffees? Pros and cons for many people…
How are you making it work for you? And do you think you’ll enjoy home working indefinitely?
“More home working is likely to be a permanent fixture for a majority of businesses, according to a study.A survey of just under 1,000 firms by the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows that 74% plan on maintaining the increase in home working.More than half planned on reducing their long-term use of workplaces.A smaller survey of bosses whose firms had already cut workplace use suggested 44% of them thought working from home was proving “more effective”.”
Ps – this isn’t my home set up, nor my dog! I wish I had this much space!
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