Quick Search

Advanced Search

Congratulations Sascha and James!

Posted on: 03 Aug 2017, admin

Well done to our consultants Sascha Ross and James Cooke who jointly won the Ascendant Recruitment Customer Service Champion award for July. Here they are with their Amazon vouchers. They won their award following this fantastic candidate feedback: 'Cannot recommend this company enough, Sascha and James went above and beyond for me and ended up getting me a perfect role with more money than I'd anticipated. Unlike some of their competitors they really took the time to assess what I was looking for and what roles they had on offer to match me up with the right company. Keep up the good work.' If you'd like Sascha, James or another member of the team to help you find your perfect job in Milton Keynes, Northampton or the surrounding areas, please call us on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk .

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Five questions you should never ask at a job interview

Posted on: 19 Jul 2017, admin

We’ve previously written a blog that detailed Eight insightful questions to ask at the end of a job interview to help you make a good impression at your meeting. If you can demonstrate your enthusiasm and depth of research to the interviewer, you stand a much better chance of being offered the role. However, for every great, thoughtful question you can ask there are others that should be avoided altogether, alongside saying you have no questions of course! Whether they’re inappropriate, badly timed or show up your lack of research, here are some questions you should never ask at an interview.   How many holidays / sick days do I get? Basically, asking anything related to the salary or benefits of the role is a big no no at interview. Firstly, this could make you appear presumptuous and a touch arrogant, as it may look like you’re assuming you’ve already got the role. Secondly, asking about sick days or annual leave will set alarm bells ringing in the interviewers mind, leaving them wondering if you’re someone who can’t wait to take a break or pull a sickie! So leave benefits and salary negotiations until you’ve been offered the role, unless the interviewer brings the issue up, in which case it’s fine to give an answer.   Do you do background or reference checks? Many companies will ask for references and contact former employers as a matter of course, not only to get an insight into your character and work ethic, but also to make sure your experience matches up to what you say on your CV. So asking this question will instantly make the interviewer think you have something to hide or question the validity of the references you have provided. You should always expect a potential employer to contact your referees, so make sure your CV is truthful and matches what you actually did in your previous roles. However, if you’re concerned about the employer contacting your current boss and giving away the fact you’re seeking a new role, make sure you mention this to the interviewer.   Will you monitor my internet usage? Another question that will raise concerns about your motivation and work ethic, as it implies that you’re planning to spend at least some of your time at work surfing the internet rather than doing the job! Even if the role requires you to use the internet/social media for research or work purposes, raising this point during your meeting will only serve to raise a red flag for the interviewer, so it’s advisable to avoid it altogether.   Who is your main competition? On first appearances, this question doesn’t seem to be as obviously unsuitable as the ones above. However, the interviewer will likely mark you down as someone who has done zero research, as this is the type of question you could have answered yourself with some simple online investigation (see also, “What do you do here?”). Asking any question you could have researched the answer for yourself will only serve to make you look uninterested and indifferent, not exactly the sort of impression you want to be making at interview!   Can I start late/leave early as long as I do my hours? Even if you have a legitimate question regarding flexibility in the role, the interview is not the time to ask it as it will simply raise concerns about your motivations. A good work-life balance is important for many people, but it’s unlikely to be the main focus for the hiring manager, plus you don’t want to make it look as if your personal needs are more important than those of the company. If flexibility of hours is a deal breaker for you, it may be worth checking out the company benefits page (if they have one) beforehand or waiting until you’re offered role to broach this subject. Again, if the interviewer raises the issue, it’s best to answer it honestly.   If you’re preparing for an interview, hopefully you’re now fully aware of the type of questions you need to avoid if you want to impress your interviewer. Anything to do with the salary/benefits, references or questions that will raise concerns about your work ethic are to be avoided as they are likely to damage your chances of landing the job. Likewise, it’s important not to ask anything you couldn’t have found out yourself. The interviewer wants to see evidence of thorough research in the form of intelligent, considered questions regarding the job role or company, so steer clear of anything that doesn’t follow this formula and you’ll give yourself a better chance of being offered the job.

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Joint winners for Temp of the Month!

Posted on: 17 Jul 2017, admin

In June we had double winners for our Temp of the Month competition. Laura Stevens and Emma Wilson have been working for different departments of the same company and both impressed their managers Diane and Stephanie with their strong work ethic and willingness to get stuck into a variety of different tasks. They each win an Amazon voucher. We caught up with both of them to find out more about this and their experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment. How do you feel about winning Temp of the Month? Laura: ‘I feel absolutely honoured to win Temp of the Month’ Emma: ‘Surprised – I’m only doing my job!’   What do you like about the company you’re working for? Laura: ‘I like it, mostly for the freedom to expand, develop and grow in a business environment. The company has given me so many opportunities that could not be found in such a short time through any other company.’ Emma: ‘The people, the work and the perks.’   What do you enjoy about your current role? Laura: ‘I love working with people, internally and externally. Training, educating and giving advice is what I love doing!’ Emma: ‘It’s giving me experience of an office environment, showing me how a legal team works and it plays to my strengths.’   How would you describe your experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment? Laura: ‘Perfect! Never had any issues whether this be support, financial or communication. Genuinely the best recruiters I have come across.’ Emma: ‘Better than I had imagined, the people have been so welcoming and appreciative.’   How will you spend your Amazon voucher? Laura: 'I’m going to save it for a rainy day or until I decide on an impulse purchase!' Emma: ‘I’m going to buy a candle.’ Congratulations to Laura and Emma. If you’re immediately available and want to find out more about our current temporary opportunities, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk Photo: L-R, back row: Diane Kent, James Cooke and Stephanie Lawson Front row L-R: Laura Stevens, Emma Wilson

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Are you making this fatal CV mistake?

Posted on: 07 Jul 2017, admin

As recruiters, we see all kinds of CVs. As you’d expect, some job seekers will tend to embellish (or in extreme cases outright lie) about their skills and achievements in a bid to impress (although they will always get found out in the end). However, there are probably just as many candidates making another fatal mistake on their CV’s: they massively undersell themselves! If you’re applying to jobs without much success, this could be the reason…read on to find out if this could be you and what you can do to address it. How people undersell themselves on their CV: There are many reasons why people might undersell themselves on their CV and unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases they aren’t even aware that they’re doing this. These are some of the most common ways people do this and how you can rectify them: You take your experience for granted: This is probably the most common reason candidates undersell themselves. When you’ve been in a role for some time, it’s easy to take for granted some of the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired along the way because it’s become the norm for you. However, what’s become second nature to you might be a skill that’s highly sought after by another employer. How you can address this: If you’re concerned you might be doing this, it’s worth revisiting your CV and making sure you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions: Have you listed all the systems and software packages that you have experience using? Where applicable, have you included the level you can use them to (e.g. Advanced MS Excel)? Have you mentioned your professional qualifications and any training courses you have attended or qualifications you are currently working towards? Have you clearly emphasised your key achievements in your career to date (more about this later)? Have you highlighted any promotions you’ve received? Have you won any company or industry awards? If you’re applying to a specific job, have you cross-referenced the job description with your CV? Does your CV demonstrate you can do the job?   You focus on what you do, not what you’ve achieved: It’s great to use bullet points on a CV as it makes the information easier to digest for the reader. However, it’s not uncommon for a CV to read like a laundry list of duties rather than focusing on the value the person has added. How you can address this: If this sounds similar to your CV, here are some tips to help you make it more meaningful: Show don’t tell: rather than making vague statements, be specific where possible. For example, rather than just saying you ran a successful email campaign, explain why it was successful e.g. won 10 new customers, generating £120k in revenue. As another example, if you work in customer service, rather than just saying you ‘resolve customer queries’, you could say you ‘maintained a X% customer satisfaction rate by resolving queries quickly and efficiently’. If you’ve been promoted within a role, it’s worth mentioning this rather than assuming someone will see you’ve worked in two roles in the same company and know it was a promotion.   Use buzz words: When using your examples, make sure you use buzz words to bring your CV to life. Here are some examples: responsible (shows that you take ownership), enthusiastic (shows that you have an upbeat, positive attitude), negotiation (if you have examples of this – negotiation is a useful skill in many roles). Other examples of good words to use include: instigated, established, enhanced, increased, transformed, developed, motivated, achieved, delivered, initiated…the list goes on!   You make key information difficult to find: When you apply for a job, the reality is that there are likely to be many other people applying for the same role. The recruiter will scan your CV and decide whether they want to read on and take your application any further within a matter of seconds. If they can’t find the information they’re looking for, your application could be discounted. How you can address this: Put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter. What will they be most interested to know? Given the short amount of time it’s always a good idea to put the most important information first. As a guide, the order should be as follows: Name Contact details Personal profile Key skills and achievements Employment history (most recent first) Education and qualifications Interests For more CV advice you can download our comprehensive CV guide here. A final check… Once you’ve done the above and you’re satisfied you’re selling yourself to the best of your ability, it’s worth showing your CV to someone objective and getting their feedback, just to be sure your CV is doing you justice. In many cases it’s only once we meet our candidates and unpick their CV with them in their registration interview that we’re in a position to get a true picture of their achievements and skills, which sometimes were never included in their original CV.  As recruiters, we make sure we thoroughly interview each candidate to get to know the person behind the CV so that we can fill in any gaps that may be missing for our clients. Because we’re able to do this, it means we sometimes uncover brilliant candidates who would be perfect for a client but might not have done themselves justice on their CV. However, to give yourself the best possible chance of being discovered and landing that perfect opportunity, it’s well worth making sure you’re putting all of the above advice into practice. Good luck!

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Our Father’s Day Competition Winners…

Posted on: 03 Jul 2017, admin

Back in June we ran a competition for Father's Day, where we invited people to nominate a deserving Dad to win a £40 voucher for Middletons Steakhouse and Grill in Milton Keynes - we received lots of entries for this and we would have loved to be able to give all the nominees a prize! Congratulations to Lucy from Countrywide who won the vouchers on behalf of her Dad. Here she is with Ascendant Recruitment Divisional Manager David Forbes. Well done also to Pauline from Ingram Micro (below) who was our runner up - she won a £20 Amazon voucher to give to her father.  

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Sheila Willis retires after 14 years of devoted service

Posted on: 29 Jun 2017, admin

It’s the end of an era! After 14 years of devoted service, our Senior Consultant (and Ascendant Recruitment legend!) Sheila Willis is retiring. She’s enjoyed a stellar career, during which she’s helped thousands of people find a new job and supplied hundreds of businesses with outstanding candidates. After she announced her retirement, she was inundated with messages from clients and candidates alike, thanking her for her dedication, commitment and help over the years. Here’s just one example: “You helped me get a job quite a few years ago. From there I moved many times and I’m now a Managing Director. I would like you to know that you changed my life and you changed me as a person and as a professional. You made sense of interviewing and meeting people for me and injected in me the confidence and belief that anything is possible. Thank you, I will never forget you.” In addition, Sheila has supported, guided and generously shared her professional knowledge with everyone who has worked at Ascendant Recruitment, helping them improve their skills with her expert advice. So now we wish her a very happy, healthy and well-earned retirement. We salute you Sheila! You will be missed greatly.

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Eight insightful questions to ask at the end of a job interview

Posted on: 21 Jun 2017, admin

If you read our previous blog (Pre-interview mistakes you need to avoid) hopefully you’ll be going into your interview feeling well prepared, confident and ready to impress. Once you’ve answered all the questions, expanded on your experience and skills and demonstrated why you’re a perfect fit for the role, the interviewer will usually ask if you have any questions for them. It’s all very well making a good impression during the course of the meeting, but it’s equally important that you plan for the end of the interview and don’t neglect this vital stage of the process. An interview is a two-way process so this is a fantastic opportunity to not only find out more about the role and company, but also demonstrate your enthusiasm and depth of research. It’s worth having a few questions prepared in case any of the things you plan to ask at the end are raised during the course of the interview. So read on to discover eight great questions to ask the hiring manager.   I see you have recently moved into a new market/expanded the company/brought out a new product. How will this affect the business in the future? This question is powerful because it works on two fronts. Firstly, it demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to research the employer thoroughly and find out some interesting information about the business. Secondly, it shows that you’re interested in both the role and industry as a whole. By mentioning the future of the business, you’re also aligning yourself with its progression, indicating that you can see yourself working there in the long term.   Could you tell me more about the company work culture? Hopefully your research will have given you some insight into how the company operates, but it’s always useful to ask the interviewer to expand on this. No matter how great the opportunity, it’s essential that you’re comfortable with the business ethos and a good fit for the organisation, so this is a question well worth asking.   How will my work performance be evaluated and reviewed? By posing this query to your interviewer, you’re positioning yourself as the type of employee who understands how vital it is to deliver tangible results. Not only will this portray you as committed and target-focused, the answer given will also provide you with an insight into the company values and if they’re compatible with your own.   How has this position become available? This may seem like a deceptively simple question, but the answer can tell you a lot about the company, its culture and the future prospects for the role. If the opening is a brand new position, that could indicate the company is growing and needs to take on new staff to cope with the expansion. Has the previous post holder been promoted? That could suggest there are opportunities to advance within the company. Conversely, an evasive answer might indicate a lack of progression or a high turnover of staff, so be on your guard.   What training or career advancement opportunities are there? A really good question that highlights your focus on hard work and self-improvement, not just for personal gain but also for the benefit of the company. Employers value people who are keen to improve their skills and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology or industry trends, so raising this at the end of your meeting will frame you as a person who’s eager to add value to the business.   What’s the best thing about working here? As well as giving you the opportunity to find out more about the company culture, this question helps to build that all-important rapport, as people enjoy talking about themselves and their areas of expertise. It’s a great way to get the inside track on how the business treats its employees, as you’ll be able to read much into the interviewer’s response. For example, do they respond quickly and positively or are they more thoughtful and guarded when answering? The latter could indicate that they’re struggling to think of anything positive to say about the company, so beware.   How does this job fit into the overall structure of the business? Teamwork is a crucial aspect of many jobs so the ability to work well with others is essential. Raising this question shows you not only value cooperation in the workplace, you’re also keen to know how your input would benefit the company. This will position you as someone who’s keen to make a positive, lasting impression and add value in the long-term.   Why did you invite me for an interview? We covered this question in our Five psychological tips to help you impress at interview blog and it’s certainly worth repeating here. This is a powerful question to finish on because it makes the interviewer consider all your strengths, experience and the things they like about you, which means the meeting ends on a positive note.   Hopefully these examples have given you a taste of the sort of questions you need to be asking at the end of a job interview. They give you the chance to dig a little deeper and evaluate the employer, much as the employer is evaluating you throughout the meeting. As we’ve previously said, it’s a good idea to have a few questions prepared in case any of them are answered during the course of the meeting. Not surprisingly, it won’t work in your favour if you ask a question that’s already been answered previously! It’s extremely important to carefully consider what you want to ask; asking something for the sake of it is pointless, so jot down question ideas as they come up during your research and make sure they portray you positively as a candidate who’s enthusiastic about the role and the company. Good luck!

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

How to choose the right recruitment agency

Posted on: 16 Jun 2017, admin

If you’re thinking of working with a recruitment agency for the first time or your current agency isn’t performing as you’d like and you’re planning to try an alternative, you could find yourself daunted by the amount of choice available. In fact, over the years, we've spoken to many clients who have confessed that they were initially a little nervous about using a recruitment agency for the first time. Unfortunately, the recruitment industry doesn’t always have the best reputation and if you haven’t had a bad experience with an agency yourself, you probably know someone who has. Thankfully, not all agencies are the same and by spending a bit of time doing your research, you’ll massively increase your chances of working with a good one who will be a real asset to you and your company! Here are some tips to help you identify a winning recruitment partner: Get recommendations: Ask the people in your network about their own experiences with recruitment agencies, both as an employer or as a candidate. Find out who they recommend, who they wouldn’t and why! Check out their website: A search for local employment agencies is likely to bring up a whole list. Have a look at their websites. These are just a few of the questions you should be able to answer yes to: Are they well-established? Do they list any of their current clients? Do they feature many testimonials? Is the site easy to navigate? Does the website advertise many job opportunities? Do they have a specialist division for your chosen sector? Are there resources (tools and blogs) for employers and candidates? An attractively laid out website that’s easy to navigate with useful content is going to attract more prospective candidates than one that doesn’t – it will also rank more highly in relevant Google searches, making it easier for people to find. Read their reviews on social media: You would expect any recruitment agency to have a LinkedIn page and it’s worth checking out what they are posting and how active they are. Although you can no longer leave company reviews on LinkedIn, many recruitment agencies have GooglePlus and Facebook pages where people can leave reviews. It’s well worth checking these out because they can give real insight into how your prospective agency treats its customers. Once you’ve narrowed it down to two or three agencies you like the look of, these are some questions you should be asking to help you decide which agency to choose: Where do you find your candidates? What you should be looking for: Your agency should have a variety of ways of sourcing candidates and not be relying too heavily on job boards. You would expect this to include candidates sourced from personal recommendations, social media campaigns (which is likely to include multiple social media channels and not just LinkedIn) and online marketing. This means your agency will be able to potentially find suitable candidates who are not actively looking in the job market but are open to change. Do you have recruitment experts for different specialisms? What you should be looking for: One of the main benefits of using a recruitment agency is the time it can save you by taking much of the work off your hands. However, if your consultant doesn’t have a good understanding of your role, the industry you’re recruiting for and the local marketplace, there is a risk they could misunderstand the type of person you’re looking for and waste your time by sending you irrelevant CVs. On the other hand, a recruiter who specialises in a particular sector will be able to quickly get to grips with understanding your role, know where to find the type of person you are looking for and be able to offer you guidance on what’s currently happening in the marketplace. Do you meet all your candidates in person? What you should be looking for: Finding the right person for a job isn’t just about skills and experience – it’s often just as much about team fit. If an agency is doing their job thoroughly, they will have taken the time to interview a candidate in person first (giving them the opportunity to get to know them better) before deciding whether to put them forward for your job. This way, you should find that your agency only puts high quality, suitable candidates forward for your roles. The extra time you’ve taken to select the right recruitment company should prove to be a valuable investment of your time. By asking for recommendations, reading independent reviews and understanding their recruitment process, you’ll be in a position to choose a partner you can trust to act on behalf of your company and help find your talent of the future. If you'd like some help finding new talent for your team or you're a candidate looking for your next opportunity, please contact your nearest office on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton). We recruit across Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Finance & Accountancy, Human Resources, Bid Management and Warehousing & Logistics.

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Temp of the Month Winner Announced!

Posted on: 14 Jun 2017, admin

Congratulations to Rachel Millard who won our Temp of the Month award for May. Here she is with our Divisional Manager David Forbes (left) and Senior Consultant James Cooke (right). Rachel's line manager Tess gave the following glowing feedback about Rachel: ‘Rachel joined our busy recruitment team at a time of significant change and stress, to take on one specific aspect of the work. She is incredibly quick on the uptake, we only have to tell her something once and she picks it up and runs with it. In addition to her main duty, she has taken on additional tasks on both an ad hoc and regular basis. Rachel is full of initiative. Several times she has heard me on the phone and before I’ve even finished the call she has emailed me the information I will need to take the next step, or offered to take on the task I’ve been talking about. She has a lovely manner and everyone who meets her warms to her, which reflects very well on the team and on us as an employer. Just yesterday, we had an unsolicited email from one of our most senior managers, commending Rachel for going the extra mile to be helpful to the team concerned. We couldn’t be more pleased and think that Rachel really deserves your Temporary of the Month award.’ Well done to Rachel. She wins a well-deserved Amazon voucher to treat herself. We caught up with her to ask her how she felt about winning Temp of the Month: How do you feel about winning temp of the month? Initially, lied to and violated after being lured into a meeting room under false pretences!!! All jokes aside, I’m so happy to have been nominated and chosen for Temp of the Month. I can’t stop smiling!  Why do you think you were nominated for Temp of the Month? I brought some background knowledge with me and so have been able to apply this to the role. I’ve felt so comfortable here that I’ve had no issues with pushing myself out of my comfort zone to help where I can.  What do you like about the company you’re working for? At no point during my time working here have I felt like just a temp. The people are welcoming and friendly and really have a different approach to most organisations. There’s a different feeling working here. I feel very comfortable and valued.  How will you spend your £20 Amazon voucher? I’m not sure…I’m a bit of a craft geek so maybe something for scrapbooking (I have a scrapbook for photos from my travels).  Tell us one thing about yourself your colleagues don’t know I hate these questions! Ummm…my little toe faces the wrong way! Apparently I talk in my sleep too – that one is news to me, not just my colleagues! If you’re looking for a brilliant temporary worker like Rachel who can come in and hit the ground running or you’re immediately available for a temporary or temp-to-perm opportunity, please call our office on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or send your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk .

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook

Six inspirational dads who made it big in business

Posted on: 12 Jun 2017, admin

It’s Father’s Day this weekend, which gives us the chance to say thanks to our dads for all their support, encouragement and love over the years. Most people can say they’ve learnt valuable life lessons from their father, so we thought we’d take a look at some dads who have inspired not only their own children, but entrepreneurs and people across the world. So read on to find out how these six dads used their determination and commercial acumen to become titans of business and extremely successful in their chosen fields.   Richard Branson Despite being dyslexic and achieving poor grades at school, Richard Branson has gone on to become one of the most prominent and recognisable entrepreneurs in the world. Starting from humble beginnings with a single record shop in the late 1960s, he’s since amassed a global empire that’s estimated to be worth £4.5 billion. With interests in retail, music and banking amongst others, he’s also forward-thinking, investing in space tourism and green fuels. On top of his work commitments, he’s also a dad to daughter Holly and son Sam. Quote: “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This was a lesson he learnt from his father. You can read more about how his dad inspired him by clicking here.   Jamie Oliver Another inspirational dad who did poorly at school (he left with two GCSEs and suffers with dyslexia), Jamie Oliver worked hard to become an internationally-renowned chef, restaurant owner and campaigner. Initially famous for his cookbooks and TV shows, he has since diversified and fronted worldwide campaigns to improve nutrition in schools and given disadvantaged young people a start in life by training them to work in hospitality through his ‘Fifteen’ charity restaurants. He’s estimated to be worth £240 million and is also a dad to five kids. Quote: “40% of what I've done was a mistake. I now call it research and development.”   Levi Roots Before finding fame on ‘Dragons’ Den’ with his range of Caribbean-inspired cooking sauces, Levi Roots produced his wares from his kitchen in Brixton, with the help of his seven children. After sixteen years of rejection from banks, Roots finally secured £50,000 of funding from Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh. His sauce was picked up by Sainsbury’s and since then he’s diversified into TV shows, cookbooks and restaurants. Roots is also an accomplished musician who’s performed in front of 50,000 people with James Brown and sung for Nelson Mandela. Quote: “I want to spread the word that if a black Brixtonian Rastafarian can make it with just a sauce, then you can make it too.”   Martin Lewis As owner of one of the biggest consumer websites in the UK with around 15 million monthly users, a best-selling author and host of TV and radio shows, Martin Lewis has helped thousands of people gain control of their finances. Since launching his ‘Money Saving Expert’ website in 2003, he’s also spearheaded several financial initiatives, including campaigns around student finance, energy bills and bank charges. After selling his website to Moneysupermarket.com for up to £87m in 2012, he donated millions of pounds to Citizens Advice and financial education groups. He has a daughter called Sapphire. Quote: “I didn't start the website to make money, I started it up because I believe in it.”   James Dyson With a net worth of £7.8 billion, inventor and designer James Dyson is founder of the Dyson empire. He’s perhaps most famous for inventing the cyclonic vacuum cleaner but has also created an energy-efficient hand dryer called the ‘Airblade’ and a cooling fan without blades. As well as investing £1.5 billion into new technology research, he also set up the ‘James Dyson Foundation’ in 2002 with the aim of inspiring and supporting the next generation of engineers. He’s been married for nearly 50 years and has two sons and a daughter. Quote: “I was quite good at running, not because I was physically good, but because I had more determination. I learnt determination from it.”   Rami Ranger Born in Pakistan in 1947, Ranger moved to the UK in 1971 and started his first freight shipping business in 1987 with just £2 and a typewriter. The enterprise was initially based in his garden shed but by 2016 it had expanded to reach a turnover of £200m, exporting to 130 countries worldwide and employing 150 staff. He’s won an incredible five consecutive Queen's Awards for Enterprise for International Trade, joined the Princes Trust Enterprise Fellowship in 2012 to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and was awarded a CBE in 2016. He has three daughters. Quote: “My work ethics are simple. I only succeed when my customers succeed.”   Hopefully these inspirational entrepreneurs have shown you that passion and good old-fashioned hard work can bring success. Whether it’s overcoming learning difficulties or years of rejection, these six businessmen have demonstrated that determination and the will to succeed can herald impressive results.

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on Facebook