UK Manufacturing trends in 2016-17

May 4, 2017

As June 8 looms, we find ourselves at one of the most pivotal points of the 21st century. Throughout the UK and Europe, political, economic and technological developments spell change of epic proportions for the Manufacturing industry that are occurring at a rate far faster than previously predicted. As TS Grale celebrates its first year in operation, we look back at 2016’s predictions, and 2017’s realities, in the Manufacturing industry. Innovation from uncertainty Undeniably, last year’s Brexit vote sent shockwaves across all industries. With growth predicted to fall from 1.3% in 2017 to 1.1% in 2018, there looked to be … Read More

Interview with Steve Shoulder

April 24, 2017

My colleague Jason Saunders recently posted an article, “What UK Manufacturing needs to consider when securing the best senior talent”. Part of the article was focused on the fact that all too often when hiring talent organisations want to have people with a specific product knowledge or manufacturing sector experience, much to their detriment. We commonly find that executives who want to move across manufacturing sectors struggle to achieve this when they reach a senior level. With this in mind, we spoke to Steve Shoulder, a highly-experienced manufacturing professional who has bucked this trend. Steve has forged a successful career … Read More

TS Grale Expansion : Richard St George-Yorke interview

February 9, 2017

Tell us a little about yourself and your background in recruitment? I started my recruitment career in 2009 working for an international manufacturing & operational excellence headhunter. From here I developed into a principal consultant/team manager, placing manager & director level hires across the UK & Europe. After 5 years, I had the opportunity to co-found a UK based Manufacturing & Engineering business, before being headhunted to join the TS Grale team. Most of my experience has been within the manufacturing & industrial world, placing management level & skilled professionals in manufacturing, engineering, quality, R&D and opex for UK & … Read More

A festive diary of TS Grale’s first year in business

December 20, 2016

In the spirit of sharing festive stories here is the “slalom” journey that I hope will resonate with other individuals and provide some fun, and practical, insights into starting a new business: APRIL 26th 2016 – Opened for business with the realisation that our new office was an “internal office” and had no windows. In pursuit of natural light, moved into another new office, so not just perspiration but inspiration too! MAY – Website launched, first pieces of work acquired. Just about managed to stop answering the phone using my previous company’s name (20 years of habit is hard to … Read More

What UK Manufacturing needs to consider when securing the best senior talent

September 29, 2016

Recent reports from industry bodies and global consulting firms have shown the deepening gulf between demand and supply in manufacturing for talented professionals. Whilst we are all engaged with the long term consideration of fulfilling two million+ vacancies in the industry by 2022, very few people are addressing the UK’s need to raise the profile of UK manufacturing on a global level. The UK is renowned on a global stage for engineering capability, and quality, yet somehow the talk of manufacturing inevitably steers towards BRIC economies and emerging markets rather than focusing on both the importance, evolution and digitisation of … Read More

Interim Management – the competitive advantage?

May 19, 2016

Partners at TS Grale have over 50 years of combined experience providing executive and interim management recruitment services. We believe that true Interim Managers are talented, results-driven people who have a dedication to assessing efficiency, leading change and creating profit/value for UK businesses of all sizes. They are highly experienced in line management and operations, leading and teaching companies how to create surety in often un-navigated or choppy waters. Why then do so many companies vehemently oppose their utilisation when, in a short space of time, they can make the difference between success and failure? We don’t know either, so … Read More

Executive Recruitment in Manufacturing – Choosing the right partner

May 3, 2016

In recruitment the debate of whether to use an established global firm or specialist boutique recruiter is a common talking point. The executive search industry, in the opinion of TS Grale, is split into three camps rather than two. Firstly, we have Global search firms providing Board recruitment across FTSE 250 and multinational companies; Secondly, the international recruitment firms undertaking executive recruitment as a branch alongside their core business; Finally, we have the boutique firms specialising by industry and/or function. Looking at the current business climate with varying macro-economic factors challenging UK Manufacturing, we all know the need to drive … Read More

TS Grale runs for Teenage Cancer Trust

April 25, 2016

Founding Partner, Michael Thomas has signed up to the Great North Run 2016 in active support of Teenage Cancer Trust. His partner’s cousin Carly has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer at the age of 16. Carly’s attitude to her condition is awe-inspiring and she’s fighting incredibly hard, so this is our way of supporting her fight! If you have found your way to this article, please go one step further to https://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Thomas27 and give what you can to help support this worthwhile cause (while also being rewarded with some pictures circa 1994 – probably the last photographic … Read More