• Youth and Ambition vs Experience and Wisdom - Which is best for your team?

    Youth and Ambition vs Experience and Wisdom – Which is best for your team?

      I watched a great documentary last night that followed Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. They’ll be squaring up to face one another this Saturday night. Youth vs experience. Whist I personally don’t place boxing in my top ten of sports, watching how Anthony came from humble beginnings, pulling away from the rough side of […]

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    How to scale up your business for financial success.

    Bring your leadership team for Astute Recruitment’s powerful breakfast workshop focusing on the Four priorities that you need to master to successfully grow your business. Neale Lewis is an international coach and acknowledged expert in helping SME businesses and start-ups put in place the key strategies for growth. Join us at 7.30am Friday 21st July 2017 at the […]

    What is the most important advice you could give your younger self?

    The most important advice you could tell your younger self!

    What is the most important advice you could tell your younger self? I was asked this very question by Nottingham Trent Business School students recently whilst advising on mock assessments. At first my mind went blank. Then a string of typical “management speak” phrases leapt to mind. No Good! Then the memory hit me.  That’s it! I […]

    Warm or Cold which is best?

    WARM or COLD? How the warm approach is best for hiring talent in your SME business. 

    After speaking to a great Finance Director I’m representing and have known for a while and on talking to attendees at a CIMA event I was a speaking at on interview techniques, a common theme emerged which I think would be a great topic for discussion on LinkedIn – Warm vs Cold approaches to the […]


    How you can be lucky in life and in business.

      How you can be lucky in life and in business.   After driving home, the other night my mobile rang. “Hello – is this Mary?” I heard a familiar voice say, but I couldn’t place who it was on the other line. “Yes” I said, “Sorry who is this?” “It’s Anne-Marie.” Anne-Marie! I’d not […]


    Our MD – Sarah Stevenson featured in Derbyshire Life magazine as one of Derbyshire’s most influential women!

    Our Managing Director, Sarah Stevenson, was delighted to be asked to feature as one of the “Leading Ladies” in the latest issue of Derbyshire Life. The popular local magazine ran a feature highlighting the leading ladies in the region highlighting how Derbyshire women mean business! In the article they turned the spotlight on some of the county’s […]


    Photos from our latest business breakfast event on Emotional Intelligence For Business Success

    It was great to host our second event on ‘Emotional Intelligence For Business Success’ at Alfreton Golf Club. With over 30 local professional businessmen and women in attendance it proved to be a great morning. Here are some of the photos… Our thanks to Lisa Spencer-Arnell, and to everyone who attended on St Patricks Day!   […]

    Derbys Finest committee with Mayor of Derby Linda-Winter from left April Hayhurst Claire Twells Bev Crighton and Amanda Strong

    The City’s latest business networking group launches with a bang raising over £300 for charity

    A brand new networking group – Derby’s Finest – aiming to celebrate and support women who make a positive contribution to the city – was officially launched with a great event at Derby College’s Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse in Pride Park. This new group has been set up by Claire Twells from Smith […]