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Merry Gemini Christmas

17 December 2014 | News & Events

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The festive season is upon us and we have been extremely busy this month with new starters joining the team and a multitude of new roles but in true Gemini style we have also had a lot of festive fun; the office has been pimped by our elves, the tree has been beautifully decorated, we […]

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The festive season is upon us and we have been extremely busy this month with new starters joining the team and a multitude of new roles but in true Gemini style we have also had a lot of festive fun; the office has been pimped by our elves, the tree has been beautifully decorated, we have fundraised for Text Santa 2014 and glammed up for our 80s Glam VS 80s Ski Christmas party which we held at Après London.

The whole office got into the spirit with the help of two fantastic make-up artists and an amazing hairdresser and we were incredibly impressed with the effort the team put into their costumes. On arrival we asked the team to find their seats by finding their secret Santa gifts and when the time came to open them, everyone was both pleasantly surprised (and shocked) by what they received. Once the food, Prosecco and presents were done it was time to party the night away (or spend it in the photo booth). We had a fantastic time and would like to thank Apres London, Venue Search and Story Events Ltd for arranging an amazing night for us.

2014 has seen some incredible successes for Gemini, we have had so many new starters join the team that we’ve had to extend our offices across two floors to fit them all in, we have named our charity of the year; Stroke Association and raised £2,872.13 so far, been included on the Recruiter Hot 100 list at number 74.
We are always looking for incredible talent to come and join the Gemini team so if you are interested in a new career for the New Year get in touch; info@gemini-search.co.uk.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Gemini Search supports ITV’s Text Santa 2014

5 December 2014 | News & Events

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On Monday 1st December, Gemini Search were invited to attend ITV’s Text Santa 2014 to show our support for the six amazing charities that were chosen this year. These include Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives and WellChild. We have a few talented bakers in the […]

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On Monday 1st December, Gemini Search were invited to attend ITV’s Text Santa 2014 to show our support for the six amazing charities that were chosen this year. These include Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives and WellChild.

We have a few talented bakers in the office and there’s nothing we like more than freshly baked cakes, (even when they’re not actually for us), so we sent our elves around to our clients offices and the Hamilton Bradshaw offices with cakes, collection buckets and smiles to raise as much money as possible for Text Santa 2014 and they came back with a whopping £759 between them. We also offered the top fundraising team a prize to keep them incentivised. The winners were Nicky Webb & Millie Tull who raised an incredible £303 together!

Throughout the day we held an auction where we invited clients to bid on us and in return for their amazing contribution they could rent a member of the team to come and work for them for half a day, we’re not sure how our Senior Management Team will feel about making tea and doing the filing but we are extremely glad to have raised money for such an amazing cause. We also realised that not only are our staff fantastic at recruitment but they also have a lot more to offer so we set up an auction for our clients and candidates to raise even more money for Text Santa 2014 with prizes that ranged from artwork to guitar lessons; a one hour DJ lesson to a fantastic week in France.

Hanah Caan also got involved in the day by coming over to our offices to judge our desk decorating competition and awarded the Digital Team first place for their ‘Gemini Village’ which was sponsored by VP Health Systems. Our Ops and Finance team also put together our very own Santa’s Grotto where the staff could come and visit Santa for a small donation of £2.

We raised an incredible £3,085 which James Caan, our chairman generously offered to match, so our current amount now stands at a fantastic £6,210.48! We had a fantastic day and were extremely excited for one of our Directors, Richard Bloom to hand over our cheque to Christopher Biggins for ITV’s Text Santa 2014. We are incredible proud of everyone in the team for all of the hard work they have done and would like to thank all of our candidates and clients for your support and for helping us raise an incredible amount for Text Santa 2014. If you would like to donate to this amazing cause please visit our JustGiving Page.

Gemini are in the Recruiter Hot 100!

14 November 2014 | News & Events

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This week the Recruiter Hot 100 results were announced and we are thrilled to have been listed 74th in the Recruiter Hot 100 report for 2014, which lists the UK recruitment companies with the greatest gross profit per employee. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of service to our clients and candidates and […]

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This week the Recruiter Hot 100 results were announced and we are thrilled to have been listed 74th in the Recruiter Hot 100 report for 2014, which lists the UK recruitment companies with the greatest gross profit per employee.

We pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of service to our clients and candidates and being featured in this year’s list shows how hard all of our staff have worked this year and what a fantastic year it has been for Gemini.

Michelle Watson, Managing Director commented “Well done everyone! We are ecstatic to have made it on to the Recruiter Hot 100. It’s been a fantastic year and our headcount continues to rise at an incredible rate, everyone has worked extremely hard to get to this fantastic result.”

For more information on who made the Recruiter Hot 100 list, visit www.recruiter.co.uk.

Gemini’s Perfect Match Creative Event

30 October 2014 | News & Events

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Last night Gemini hosted an event for Senior Creatives to give them the chance to network with  others in their industry and form creative teams. We found a space in a Fitzrovia pub and filled the room with 35 Senior Copywriters and Art Directors in the hope they would meet their creative match. Armed with […]

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Last night Gemini hosted an event for Senior Creatives to give them the chance to network with  others in their industry and form creative teams.

We found a space in a Fitzrovia pub and filled the room with 35 Senior Copywriters and Art Directors in the hope they would meet their creative match. Armed with drinks, name tags and smiles we set about making introductions in the hopes that two people would talk a little, get to know each other and maybe find their perfect match.

Carrie Powell, Manager at Gemini who helped organise the event said ‘Last night was a huge success; it was great to see everyone throwing themselves into it, expanding their networks and sharing industry knowledge.’

We hope we have been a part of creating some of the best senior pairings going into 2015, and would like to thank all those who attended.If you want to hear more about our future events follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ or contact info@gemini-search.co.uk.

Moving from Corporate to Not for Profit, is it possible?

24 October 2014 | News & Events

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When should you make your next career move? It’s always a difficult question and sadly there is no simple answer but if it’s Sunday night and you’re dreading that commute in on Monday then maybe it’s time to start thinking about it. Making the move from one industry to the next may seem daunting but in […]

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When should you make your next career move? It’s always a difficult question and sadly there is no simple answer but if it’s Sunday night and you’re dreading that commute in on Monday then maybe it’s time to start thinking about it.

Making the move from one industry to the next may seem daunting but in fact it is easier than you think. Several of our candidates with corporate backgrounds find the move into the charity sector extremely easy and we are seeing more and more people making the move into marketing, communications and fundraising roles. If you’re still unsure ask yourself these 3 simple questions,

1. Why do you want to move?  

Is it because of that dreaded Sunday night feeling or maybe because you simply want a change of scenery?  You have nothing to lose in taking some time to look at what’s out there and moving into a different market is only going to help you build on your professional experience. Working in the charity sector is also incredibly rewarding, it definitely feels good to do good and gives you the opportunity to join and drive a cause where you can make a real difference.

2. How do you know what’s right for you?

Here at Gemini we can help you work out what your easiest route into the charity sector will be but ultimately it’s all about which organisation drives you, what causes you’re interested in, whether you want to stay within your area of expertise or if you want a complete career change. Moving over is easier if you stay within your area of expertise but if you want a complete change then all is not lost! There are plenty of skills you already have that would transfer over into a different market e.g. Organisation, teamwork, communication – these are all key skills and extremely important in the charity sector so make sure you work on them to give you the best chance of getting that new role.

3. Are you willing to wait?

It can be really easy to take the first role available when you’re determined to leave your current position but it’s not always the best decision, take the time to really consider which job is right for you and do your research. Make sure you know all about the organisation you’re applying for, joining a cause that you’re not passionate about is not only wasting your time but your employers as well. To work in the charity sector you need to be passionate about what you are doing! That being said don’t waste any time in looking for your new role, charities are extremely busy throughout the year and even more so in September/October and January through to March.

David Field who manages our Not for Profit team here at Gemini, has recently added two new additions to the team in the form of Richard Nolan, who specialises in recruiting for Junior and Mid-Level roles in Digital, Marketing, Communications and Fundraising and Seb Twigden, who specialises in recruiting for Junior to Senior roles in Creative Design across Digital and Offline. So if you’re ready to take that next step or want some more information about what roles the team have on at the moment, get in contact with David for an informal chat, david@gemini-search.co.uk.

Fundraising for Stroke Association

16 October 2014 | News & Events

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We are supporting the Stroke Association as our charity of the year in 2014/2015 after the team had a vote and this fantastic charity came out on top. We are amazed at the work they do and want to raise as much money as possible, so for the last few weeks we have been extremely […]

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We are supporting the Stroke Association as our charity of the year in 2014/2015 after the team had a vote and this fantastic charity came out on top. We are amazed at the work they do and want to raise as much money as possible, so for the last few weeks we have been extremely busy outside of the office and have taken part in three amazing events to raise money for Stroke Association.

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Organised by one of our Consultants Mo Khan, we raised money by either dying our hair/facial hair (not permanently) or shaving our heads/beards and the total raised was an amazing £118! The team all had great fun spraying rainbow colours through their hair whilst others were a little chilly leaving the office post shave.

Gemini Quiz

Two of our Managers Andy Stone & Carrie Powell put together a Gemini Pub Quiz and provided the team with rounds of questions on Geography, Movies & TV, Tattoo based pictures and the Stroke Association. The questions were either general knowledge or based on the teams themselves, so it was an excellent way for us all to get to know each other and our newest additions a little better. The team had a great night and decided collectively that instead of prizes for the winners, all the money would go to the Stroke Association which got us to an incredible total of £320!

Stroke Association Marathon

Despite some sore muscles and tired faces in the office Monday morning, we all celebrated a fantastic achievement at Gemini Search. Some of the team ran the Royal Parks half marathon on Sunday and raised a phenomenal £2414.13 for the Stroke Association. They came away with some amazing times under their belts;

  • Carrie: 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Charlie: 1 hr 58 mins
  • Chloe: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Emma: 2 hrs 11 mins
  • Graham: 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Ross: 1 hr 45 mins

We are extremely proud to have been able to take part in such an inspiring event and have raised an incredible £2852.13 overall so far this year!
If you would like to help us in supporting this amazing charity then please visit our JustGiving page to make a donation – Just Giving

Creative Pool Party

17 September 2014 | News & Events

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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

 

 

 

 

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