How global leaders are preparing for digitisation

March 14, 2018

by Michael Thomas, Partner of Manufacturing Practice On 28 February, the annual Industry 4.0 Summit returned to Manchester, in spite of the Beast from the East! For me, this is a key event in the calendar. Over two days, the Summit attracted a range of hardy representatives braving the weather, all interested in one broad subject: the future of manufacturing. The impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing and the wider economy was central to discussions around Brexit, skills shortages, and new technologies. It was the latter subject – from cyber security and the Internet of Things to mass customisation and … Read More

What the Latest PwC CEO Survey Tells Us

March 6, 2018

by Paul Fleming, Partner, TS Grale Executive I’ve just finished digesting the latest PwC annual survey of CEOs and, as always, it makes for an interesting read. Now in its 21st year, the survey has become a well-respected barometer of mood at an executive level. This year, feelings seem to be in a state of flux. The outcomes were released ahead of the official opening of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Apparently, the global consulting firm PwC surveyed almost 1,300 CEOs located in 85 counties. Undertaken between August and November 2017, the survey aims to inform and stimulate “the … Read More

TS Grale Moves Offices

February 16, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have moved into our new office today! Our new address is 14 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL We launched TS Grale in 2016 and through hard work and our continued drive to provide best-in-class service to our customers we have grown dramatically. It has been a wonderful 2 years and we are delighted that this move is the start of a new chapter in our history. This year through investment in our Executive, Commercial, Manufacturing and Supply Chain focused business units, we are looking to grow significantly. To achieve our ambitions, we are … Read More

Is now a good time for Strategic Workforce Planning?

February 16, 2018

by Jason Saunders, Partner, TS Grale Executive With more than 20 years managing and directing divisional businesses, I have lots of first-hand experience advising on executive assessment and attraction strategies for Board and Senior Management recruitment. So, it won’t be a surprise that in my opinion a company’s executive leaders should be regarded as some of its most valuable assets.  With years of industry insight, it’s this top tier of management that can aspire and inspire, even when sailing organisations through the choppiest of waters. | In spite of this fact, we are regularly being told by the media and … Read More

What will a world class leader of the future be?

January 23, 2018

What will our leaders need to look like in ten years’ time? This is an important issue because when we recruit executives and managers, we are thinking about their potential for the future. We are carrying out research with our clients to gather their views for a paper on this – with a particular focus on manufacturing and industrial sectors – and would welcome wider views if you want to contact us. As I write, we are this week surrounded by the spectacular failure of one of the UK’s largest businesses, Carillion, and it got me thinking – what type … Read More

Why 2018 Looks Bright for Manufacturing

January 17, 2018

by Michael Thomas, Partner of Manufacturing Practice As we start the year in earnest, I feel optimistic. That’s such a great thing to be able to say in January! Things aren’t just looking good for manufacturing. They’re looking really good. The industry ended 2017 in a buoyant position. It had been a steady year of technological advances and organic expansion, and yet 2018 has already given me and others connected to the sector, even more to smile about. Figures just published by the Office for National Statistics shows UK manufacturing output is growing at its fastest rate in nearly a … Read More

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