What we can learn from the New Year’s resolutions of global leaders

January 9, 2018

by Paul Fleming, Partner, TS Grale Executive It’s the start of 2018, the beginning of a new chapter, and this year you’re going to do things differently. At least, that’s what you say. It’s certainly what I say. For many people, January is a time to reflect on the past and think about how things could improve in the year ahead. Unsurprisingly, according to a YouGov poll, the top resolutions of 2018 are to be healthier, wealthier, and happier. This improvement often incorporates career appraisal, and the reason executive search and recruitment companies like ours are so busy at this time … Read More

TS Grale Expands Supply Chain Division

January 3, 2018

An interview with our new Business Manager – Matt Lewis Tell us about the man outside of the office A keen football player and supporter Matt takes pride in being the Goalkeeper for his local club and a supporter of Manchester Utd FC. Before those that know Matt challenge this strange loyalty, given his heritage in the North East, Matt explains “I was bought the kit by my neighbours when I was 4 years old and the support started then, I did not jump on the success bandwagon!” Matt also is a learned advisor on pubs, restaurants and bars in … Read More

What is a world class leader?

December 15, 2017

World class leaders. It’s what everyone wants for their business – whether developing internal talent or doing a search to recruit the best. But what is a ‘world class leader’?  If you search on Google, you will see it is a well worn phrase and everyone has a view, from business schools telling students how to become a world class leader to Deloitte, who modestly claims to have the world’s best leaders. While this phrase is over-used, you can’t ignore it.  It often crops up in our executive search briefs and while we always explore what the client means by … Read More

Manufacturing recruitment – considering the options

September 5, 2017

As the UK Manufacturing sector continues to prosper in an otherwise unstable economic climate, challenges for employers and recruiters are changing all the time. For example, advancements in technology are seeing productivity outputs increase while employment opportunities stay stagnant, while skills shortages pose a threat to the future of many modern day British Manufacturing firms. To overcome these challenges, many British manufacturers employ the help of recruitment firms, whose years of industry expertise can help them to recruit talent at all levels from entry level to executive management. At TS Grale a specialist SME recruitment firm, whose partners have all … Read More

TS Grale Partner runs Great North Run for Cancer Research UK

August 8, 2017

Mike Thomas, Partner at TS Grale is running the Great North Run 2017 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  Having successfully completed the run last year, this time round its about setting a target and Mike has vowed to complete the run in under 1 hour 40 minutes (not quite Mo Farah but a respectable time nonetheless!) Here at TS Grale we feel this is a very worthy cause and striking the balance between building and running a successful business in conjunction with supporting those in less fortunate situations is something we all take very seriously. To that end, TS Grale has vowed to mirror … Read More

TS Grale comments on the Manufacturing Outlook Q2 2017

August 8, 2017

Once again, the experts from The Manufacturers’ Organisation, joined by the team at BDO Manufacturing, have come together to produce their quarterly survey on the UK Manufacturing industry. The report has revealed some key insights into the UK’s varied Manufacturing sectors, with an enduring optimism in spite of economic uncertainty. With key considerations into output, exports, investment and employment, TS Grale took a look at the figures from a national and regional perspective. The overview With 2.7 million UK employees, and £240 billion of exports, the overall outlook for UK Manufacturing in Q2 2017 was generally positive – however, this … Read More

High hopes for the UK Aerospace industry

June 29, 2017

It’s difficult to believe a year has passed since the controversial Brexit vote. In a short space of time, we have already seen a decade’s worth of political and economic changes taking place across UK industries, and with Brexit negotiations still to take shape, there could be a lot more to come. Despite the uncertainty surrounding these changes, reflected in the rise and fall of the pound of late, UK Manufacturing appears to be riding the wave of the Brexit vote. For example, at the turn of the summer solstice, it was reported that total UK Manufacturing orders had reached … Read More

General Election impact on UK Manufacturing

June 21, 2017

On Reflection: The UK General Election 2017 In the lead-up to June 8 this year, there is perhaps only one phrase that could have prepared the nation for what was to come next: expect the unexpected. After failing to win a majority, Theresa May has sparked controversy amongst both individual voters and across industries as a whole. Now, following her decision to make a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, TS Grale has taken a look into the effects this could have on the UK Manufacturing industry. Confidence within the industry When we look at the GDP in the … Read More

TS Grale Expands Commercial Division – Interview with Craig Carnochan

June 7, 2017

Introducing our new Head of Practice: Craig Carnochan Few are more world-wise than TS Grale’s newest recruit, Head of Practice Craig Carnochan. Born to Glaswegian parents in Hong Kong before moving to boarding school in Scotland, he attained a degree from the University of Edinburgh and after representing Scotland at age group levels, dreamt of playing rugby for the national team. Today, he finds himself in Leeds, and is faced with a new and exciting challenge – building TS Grale’s commercial division. From rugby to recruitment “I sort of fell into recruitment by mistake – it’s certainly not what I … Read More

Overcoming the challenges of digitisation in Manufacturing

May 26, 2017

In a continually unpredictable climate, it is refreshing to see recent statistics which seem to demonstrate growth of the UK Manufacturing sector. At the end of April 2017, for example, the UK’s Manufacturing PMI rose to a three year high. Without a doubt, this can be attributed to what some are calling the “fourth Industrial Revolution” – digitisation in Manufacturing. While digitisation takes many forms, in the Manufacturing arena, this primarily concerns Big Data, cyber physical systems and the Internet of Things – all of which can be used to extract large amounts of data in real time, enabling manufacturers … Read More