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Creative Pool Party

17 September 2014 | News & Events

Last week we had the pleasure of attending Creative Pool’s 1st ever Pool Party and what an experience it was. After receiving a beautifully crafted flyer, Taryn, Ellie, Richard, Ben, Kimberley, Ross and I were very excited to join the end of summer celebrations. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a branded cab offering […]

Last week we had the pleasure of attending Creative Pool’s 1st ever Pool Party and what an experience it was. After receiving a beautifully crafted flyer, Taryn, Ellie, Richard, Ben, Kimberley, Ross and I were very excited to join the end of summer celebrations.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a branded cab offering to take our photo. How kind. After being Taxi-Papped, we moved on in to Corbet Place to collect our very own Gemini branded Champagne. Despite lacking a swimming pool, we did find a pool of tremendous people, music and jolly banter. With all of the Taxi generated photos popping up on a giant projector screen… Once it was taken, there was no going back.

As the Champagne was guzzled and the music stepped up a notch with Ministry of Sound’s Colin Francis flying in from Dubai, we waited excitedly for Gemini Search’s answer to MK to hit the decks… I’ll leave the story there as; what happens at the pool party, stays at the pool party.

We want to thank Creative Pool for a fantastic evening and look forward to the next event… Might we suggest a Cannes Beach party?

Gemini Welcomes Emma & Philippa to the Fashion & Retail Team

24 July 2014 | News & Events

As part of Gemini Search’s impressive growth strategy we have two more fabulous additions to one of our divisions. Fashion & Retail have welcomed Philippa Leahy and Emma Lambert into the fold and what lovely additions they make. Philippa Leahy joins us from 24 Seven Inc, where she was instrumental in bringing some very big […]

As part of Gemini Search’s impressive growth strategy we have two more fabulous additions to one of our divisions. Fashion & Retail have welcomed Philippa Leahy and Emma Lambert into the fold and what lovely additions they make.

Philippa Leahy joins us from 24 Seven Inc, where she was instrumental in bringing some very big names to the Luxury Retail Division. Her dynamic and energetic approach has seen her forge exclusive relationships with respected fashion & jewellery houses such as Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna and Theo Fennell.

Philippa was born in Benoni in South Africa where she was one of three siblings. Soon after the family left South Africa so that her Father could pursue a career in the Middle East. They spent 11 years in Kuwait before attending boarding school in East Sussex. Philippa went on to study American History, Literature and Politics before obtaining her Masters in the USA.

With over 7 years experience recruiting into luxury brands Philippa has managed to build up an unrivalled reputation with both her clients and her candidates. Her consultative approach coupled with her infectious personality make her an invaluable addition to the Gemini family.
Emma Lambert has joined us from Four Seasons Recruitment where she was responsible for all of the company’s social media, marketing campaigns, corporate image and identity as well as being a huge support to the senior management team.

Emma was born in Dublin in Ireland and grew up in picturesque village in Kildare. She was one of 6 Brothers and Sisters, most of which are now living and working in Australia. She attended University in Dublin where she studied business and law, shortly after she joined PWC in order to complete her accounting qualifications.

Obtaining a role in one of the most well respected accountancy firms show’s what an impressive profile she has, warding off any competition. She has joined the Fashion & Retail Division to support them in obtaining and nurturing the best talent that the industry has to offer.
We welcome them both and we wish them a very long, successful and fruitful career within Gemini Search.

If you would like to hear more about the way we work or simply to talk through your current situation please get in touch with us on  info@gemini-search.co.uk

Note from the Managing Director of Gemini Search

17 July 2014 | News & Events

The arrival of the good weather thankfully coincided with the third anniversary of Gemini Search. To mark this occasion we held a spectacular celebration at the Queen of Hoxton in London. Always handy when you have a whole afternoon planned on the roof garden of a venue that the weather is kind. I am sure […]

The arrival of the good weather thankfully coincided with the third anniversary of Gemini Search.

To mark this occasion we held a spectacular celebration at the Queen of Hoxton in London. Always handy when you have a whole afternoon planned on the roof garden of a venue that the weather is kind. I am sure that those fatalists amongst us believe this was inevitable but it is true that we feel the sun has shined favourably on Gemini Search this last year.

As we close our books on this year of trading our results have been truly staggering. Our net revenues have increased beyond our expectations and our profit (EBIT) is up 400% on last year. The freelance division goes from strength to strength and has indeed delivered over £1 million of gross profit in just over eleven months. Amazing performance from a team that is less than two years old.

We have continued to build on our historic strengths of Digital and Advertising/Integrated whilst also further developing our proposition in the Luxury Fashion and Client Side markets. Our strategy remains committed to servicing the Creative, Digital, Fashion and Media markets but increasingly those broad definition’s lead us into exciting new areas. This year we have launched exciting new teams in PR, Digital Client Side and Freelance Client side. All of these divisions have powered into their relevant markets, won new clients, attracted great candidates and made early revenue. Impressive.

Company retention has again been excellent this year. It is something that as a business we never take for granted. Our employee engagement strategy underpins everything we do but our culture has grown through osmosis and is probably the single biggest strength of our organisation. When individuals are passionate about what they do and love where they do it the results are heady. Long may it continue.

We have recruited over twenty more heads this year. At this point in the Gemini Search journey our strong management structure has enabled us to recruit fresh talent to join our business as trainee recruiters. The initial level of inexperience was balanced in the business by the sheer vibrancy that all of those individuals brought to the office. We are committed to training and developing the next generation of talented Gemini Search recruiter’s.

We have also been fortunate to attract more new talent into our business. Three new Managers joined Gemini Search this year and they are spear heading our entry into embryonic markets. They have been joined by a new enthusiastic and talented Finance Director. Welcome all. Thank you to for your commitment and energy. Your impact on our business has been amazing.

Not forgetting our existing staff who have made this journey possible. Promotion a plenty this year. We have four Resourcers who have progressed to Consultants, four Consultants who have moved up to Seniors, 1 Senior Consultant who has been promoted to Manager, 1 Manager who has been promoted to Associate Director and 1 Associate Director who has been promoted to Director. It is great to see the excitement that these internal promotions bring to the wider business

Our unprecedented organisational growth has also meant the need to relocate to larger premises. Our new home is on Carburton St close to Great Portland St Tube. We welcome anyone who wants to pop in and take a look at our great new offices. We remain committed to being situated close to the clients and candidates we service (but do however miss the amazing social and eateries on Charlotte St which is still luckily only a short walk away). So far only one of our Director’s has managed to secure a table at the local (now famous) Chiltern Firehouse. The rest of us live in hope.

As our top performers are currently packing their bags in preparation for the annual high achievement trip. They are soon to jet out to Ibiza for an extravagant weekend of socialising, sea activities and guest entry to amazing clubs. All courtesy of Gemini Search. Enjoy.

We would also like to announce that Gemini Search will be supporting the Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk) as our charity of choice in 2014/2015. All employees had a free vote and this amazing charity came out top. Please follow our activity on Facebook and Twitter as we aim to raise as much money as possible. Please feel free to follow us and dig deep into your pockets to support our efforts.

This year we have a number of exciting new initiatives including a brand and website refresh. We will also be formalising our Vision, Mission and Values. It is important that we truly understand what our brand represents and commit to living by those values that we believe underpin everything we do.

Additionally as our success increases we also the opportunity to enhance our employee benefits package and this year our staff now have access to private healthcare, instant medical treatment, life cover, increase in holiday allowance and access to Gemini Advantage (offering retail and cinema discounts, tax free childcare vouchers and cycle to work scheme) now all form a key part of our offering. We want to ensure we couple a market leading brand with a market leading package.

So finally the market is exciting and we feel the effects of the recovery. It is a great time to be working in this sector and we hope for another bullish year for all. Happy 3rd Birthday Gemini Search and all who sail in her. Immensely proud of all you have achieved.
If you would like to hear more about our journey or are interested in opportunities please contact me on michelle@gemini-search.co.uk or call 07789 994959. It’s always good to talk.

Michelle

Gemini Welcomes Jack to the PR Team

17 July 2014 | News & Events

The award-winning integrated recruitment agency Gemini Search this week welcomes a new member, in the form of PR & Communications recruitment consultant Jack Field. Coming on board as the second member of the new PR Division, Jack’s experience from leading London agencies sits perfectly within their highly successful integrated team. He comments on the industry […]

The award-winning integrated recruitment agency Gemini Search this week welcomes a new member, in the form of PR & Communications recruitment consultant Jack Field. Coming on board as the second member of the new PR Division, Jack’s experience from leading London agencies sits perfectly within their highly successful integrated team. He comments on the industry he specialises in below:

“Having worked with leading PR agencies for four years, I have an excellent insight into the day-to-day life of a PR and I relish working with innovative agencies to secure long-term solutions that fit their culture and ambitions. I love nothing more than making connections between excellent candidates and companies, adding value to clients and giving top candidates the opportunity to expand their knowledge and work on stand-out campaigns.

PR is an extremely vibrant and varied industry and finding candidates with the right personality and experience is vital for any role; companies are looking for a range of skills-sets and understanding their needs along with the capabilities of candidates is key to making successful placements. Having previously recruited for a host of leading agencies across a range of disciplines, allied with my PR experience, I find I am well positioned to understand and communicate opportunities to candidates and effectively analyse the experience and aspirations of potential applicants.

As the newest member in the PR team at Gemini Search, I’ll be looking to contribute significantly to their impressive expansion and further grow their PR offering (including PR, social media and corporate communications). Working with a host of top integrated agencies and renowned brands/companies, I’ll be bringing a strong understanding of the PR industry along with a network of talented PRs to this proactive and ambitious agency.”

If you would like to hear more about the way we work or simply to talk through your current situation please get in touch with us on info@gemini-search.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Gemini’s June Round Up

30 June 2014 | News & Events

Inside Gemini We are nearly at the end of June which means 1 thing at Gemini our 3rd Birthday is just around the corner, with celebration excitement in the air the growing team have been working harder than ever. In true Gemini style we never sit still. This month has been no expectation with a […]

Inside Gemini

We are nearly at the end of June which means 1 thing at Gemini our 3rd Birthday is just around the corner, with celebration excitement in the air the growing team have been working harder than ever. In true Gemini style we never sit still. This month has been no expectation with a charity event which saw baking rivalry, we have had 2 new starters and we are now proud members of APSCO.

We Like

While England might be out of the world cup we still have Wimbledon, we asked Jess Gosling on our Advertising and Integrated team to have a look at the latest adverts from Robinsons and Stella.

Perfectionists: Rufus – The Real Hawk-Eye | Stella Artois UK by Mother

Robinsons ‘Wimbledon, Imagine’ by Bartle Bogle Hegarty

“I love the Stella advert. It’s funny and more surprising. The Robinsons ad is very typical for this time of year – although it is quite emotive and familiar, it doesn’t stand out like the Stella one. It’s a good idea to pick an element of Wimbledon that the audience are not usually aware of and educate them, as it means viewers will now always associate their product with Rufus the bird of prey.”

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For more information or to apply for any of these roles email info@gemini-search.co.uk

Gemini’s Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie

24 June 2014 | News & Events

The team love being able to raise money for charity and this year alone we have supported ‘Going Commando’ campaign for male cancer awareness and Marie Curie’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’ Last week saw Gemini’s avid bakers emerge as the office hosted a Blooming Great Tea Party to raise money for Marie Curie. The team raised […]

The team love being able to raise money for charity and this year alone we have supported ‘Going Commando’ campaign for male cancer awareness and Marie Curie’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’

Last week saw Gemini’s avid bakers emerge as the office hosted a Blooming Great Tea Party to raise money for Marie Curie.

The team raised – £251.20

Gemini Search Become Members of APSCo

20 June 2014 | News & Events

Gemini are proud to announce that we are now members of APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies) APSCo was founded in 1999 and is the only trade body dedicated to representing the interest of UK professional staffing industry. In order for Gemini to become a member we had to undergo rigorous reference checks. APSCo […]

Gemini are proud to announce that we are now members of APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies) APSCo was founded in 1999 and is the only trade body dedicated to representing the interest of UK professional staffing industry.

In order for Gemini to become a member we had to undergo rigorous reference checks. APSCo contact our candidates and clients and run strict checks that adhere to a code of conduct.

As members we have access to a wide range of tailored workshops that cover all aspects of recruitment. This week our Operations Manager, Jo Jewitt attended a workshop on the latest recruitment laws and compliance regulations. With the team regularly going to relevant events, it ensure that we provide the most up to date advice enabling us to deliver the best candidate and client experience.

Gemini Sponsor Skinny Cubs at The Cannt Festival

16 June 2014 | News & Events

If you work in creative the chances are you would have heard about the Cannes Lions Festival. The festival showcases the work of established creatives with in the industry, while the younger Creatives don’t always get the opportunity to go. The Cannt festival started a few years ago to complement its bigger brother with a series of fantastic events in […]

If you work in creative the chances are you would have heard about the Cannes Lions Festival. The festival showcases the work of established creatives with in the industry, while the younger Creatives don’t always get the opportunity to go.

The Cannt festival started a few years ago to complement its bigger brother with a series of fantastic events in London starting on Monday 16th of June. Gemini are passionate about supporting young talented creatives. We are teaming up with HavasEHS for this year’s Cannt Festival, where we are proud sponsors of the Skinny Cubs event which will be held at the HavasEHS office on Wednesday 18th June 2014.

If you’re a young creative team why not get involved?

Skinny Cubs will be realising a brief on Monday 16th of June to get those creative juices flowing. You will have 48 hours to put your ideas together before they get submitted to the judging panel. The panel is made up of industry experts as well as two of our specialist creative consultants so bring your portfolios.

The winning team will be announced on Wednesday 18th at the Havas EHS party.

Tickets for the event are free, but there are only 100 spaces so grab them while there are some left. We look forward to seeing your ideas.

UX; Freelance or Permanent?

10 June 2014 | News & Events

As the UX specialist in Gemini, I see emerging trends within the fluid UX market. Recently there has been a shift from what was primarily a freelance market to include more permanent functions within agency teams. Technology is becoming more advanced and the world is busier than ever. Mobile is the technology used most for […]

As the UX specialist in Gemini, I see emerging trends within the fluid UX market. Recently there has been a shift from what was primarily a freelance market to include more permanent functions within agency teams.

Technology is becoming more advanced and the world is busier than ever. Mobile is the technology used most for all online activities. The pressure for companies to ensure their websites run seamlessly across multiple platforms is therefore more critical now than ever before.

Clients are applying more pressure on agencies to deliver the best “User Experience” from app and websites through to maps (imagine if your google maps didn’t work, who would be lost?). Due to this shift in focus it’s important for agencies to have permanent expertise as well as freelance to deliver the best work for their clients.

Increasing client expectations and growing focus on usability and design means a permanent point of contact for clients UX enquires is critical. Freelance remains important, to bridge the gap in capacity and knowledge. To maintain a relevant and competitive edge it would be in a candidate’s interest to consider both permanent and freelance.

We are currently working with some amazing clients on both Perm and Freelance opportunities, for more information on these get in touch with me Katie@Gemini-Search.co.uk

Gemini’s May Round Up

6 June 2014 | News & Events

Inside Gemini With May over in a flurry of bank holidays and new starters it’s been a busy time in the Gemini offices. For those of you who read our blog regularly you’ll know we pride ourselves on our talent and are always looking for passionate and driven individuals to come and join the team. […]

Inside Gemini

With May over in a flurry of bank holidays and new starters it’s been a busy time in the Gemini offices. For those of you who read our blog regularly you’ll know we pride ourselves on our talent and are always looking for passionate and driven individuals to come and join the team.

Currently all of our divisions are growing with opportunities at all levels. Gemini have a lot to offer a candidate looking to progress within the recruitment industry with an exceptionally friendly, fun, hardworking team. We also have an amazing management team who offer a broad and extensive range of experience. They are always willing to offer support and advice to anyone in the office. We’d love to talk to anyone who is looking for opportunities within recruitment. Get in touch by emailing info@gemini-search.co.uk

We Like

With the FIFA world cup only weeks away we’ve noticed an impressive array of Digital, Experiential and Social campaigns grabbing everyone’s attention. However nothing has been getting the office more excited than the current increase in TV adverts. We’ve watched all the adverts around the world cup and have settled on the following 2 being our favourites.

First up is ‘All Time Greats’ from Emirates airlines. The advert which primarily focuses on Ronaldo has a fantastic twist in the form of Pele making it appealing to all ages.

Second choice was Saatchi & Saatchi’s work for Visa. This advert defiantly taps into the buzz of the world cup, plus the idea of Usain Bolt being a possible footballer makes it a win.

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