I’m writing this piece on 1st August from the relative comfort of an office where the temperature has fallen to a bearable 19 degrees.

July was a little warm to say the least! Our office in Liverpool was baking hot and even the timely purchase of an industrial sized room fan failed to make a dent in the humidity.

Against the backdrop of a barmy summer, it was all systems go at TL HQ! We are pleased to report that we successfully filled the Children Panel Retained Assignment mentioned in last month’s blog. It was particularly satisfying as Children Panel candidates are as rare as hen’s teeth and can be extremely difficult to prise away from the clutches of their firms.

Other successes included the placement of a senior commercial litigator in Liverpool and a spate of placements at a Personal Injury firm opening up a new office in Manchester!

New instructions have come from several old clients and one or two have only recently been added to the TL stable.

Joe and I are also pleased to report we spent a very interesting morning at the Manchester Office of Eversheds Sutherland at a “speed networking” event with Partners from a number of different disciplines including Real Estate, Planning, Construction and Banking. We were delighted to bump into a Planning Partner with whom we placed a hard to find Associate Planning Solicitor earlier this year. It was great to learn that their new recruit was settling in well and already making a positive impact on the team.

I think I mentioned last time round that Joe and I were looking to bolster our own numbers with one or two more consultants. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who applied to our job and by the diversity of the candidates’ experiences and skills sets. We think we have managed to not only find a new trainee consultant but also a senior consultant with readymade sector experience! Watch this space for more announcements………..

All this aside, the undisputed highlight of July was the team hitting their interview target for the month. The reward, which I am still feeling the effects of, was an enormous order of Dominos Pizza for lunch today! It was great to celebrate the collective successes of the team like this. I called my wife earlier to ask what we were having for dinner. Yup, you’ve guessed it!

Until next time.


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How did you get into legal recruitment?

I’ve been a professional services recruiter since 2005, starting in accountancy and finance before moving across into legal private practice in 2013. Nick Tappin and I started Thornton Legal in January 2016 and we are now an established name in the North West, with an ever increasing presence in Yorkshire and the Midlands. Thornton Legal is named after a village on the Wirral where Nick and I are from.

Who is your closest colleague?

Nick of course! We have worked together for over 4 years, the majority of which is joint owners of Thornton Legal. To add to the mix, we have also been close friends for almost 30 years so we definitely have an emotional and professional attachment to each other!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Leaving the comfort of a regular monthly salary to start Thornton Legal with Nick in January 2016 is the best choice I’ve made in my career.  In a relatively short amount of time we’ve achieved a lot and far exceeded our expectations from when we started trading in my house. The best part is that there are loads of exciting plans for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business?

Just go for it. If you back yourself and work hard, you’ll be successful.

What would you say is your biggest failure in business?

In the past I’ve been too forthright in my views (mainly constructive, occasionally not!) with my previous employers. Usually down to me believing things could be done better and being frustrated that what I saw as obvious wasn’t always taken on board by others (usually my manager!). I wasn’t quite unmanageable, but not far off sometimes! Perhaps being my own boss is the perfect job for me. I’d like to think I’ve mellowed in recent years, certainly since we started Thornton Legal, although I’m not sure Nick would always agree!

What do you do to relax?

Run, drink wine and occasional cocktails (usually a Margarita or Bloody Mary) and hang out with my wife and little boy, Theo. I’m also a keen but very amateur gardener.

Is there a sport you wish you could play?

I’ve always been reasonably handy at sports, particularly in my younger days. My friends and family would say I’m competitive and I’d 100% agree! Rugby was my sport at school which I really enjoyed but eventually my (lack of) height became a problem – 5’9 is a little on the small side for a number 8! 

What is your favourite book?

I’m not a great reader to be honest. My wife will read four books in the time i get through one! The books I enjoy tend to be sport, travel or food related, rarely fiction. At the moment I’m reading Anthony Bourdain’s A Cooks Tour, I last read it about 10 years ago and his recently sad death prompted me to pull it off the shelf again. Both Kitchen Confidential and a Cooks Tour are excellent.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a keen runner, and have taken park in half marathons, marathons and a 37 mile ultra-marathon in the Lake District a couple of years back. My wife and I used to have quite successful food blog, through which we were often invited to restaurants to try a new menu or just when they wanted us to write a review on the blog. I’ve eaten home reared garden snails with garlic and butter, they taste just like the French ones but look far less inviting!

What is your favourite quote?

“You win some, you lose some, but you live to fight another day!” Craig’s Dad, Friday

 

June has been a scorcher…

It’s too hot isn’t it? There, I have said it. I’m happy to take the flack.

Our office is in a very old, historic building on Old Hall Street. The lack of air conditioning has proven tricky with temperatures reaching in excess of 25 degrees centigrade most days in June.

The Summer months are seen by many in the recruitment industry as a time to kick back, take your holidays and plan for a time when candidates and clients are looking for your help.

The reality of running a small business is that this isn’t possible and in spite of the Summer delirium, compounded by a small dose of World Cup fever, the team at Thornton legal has been putting the hard yards into filling jobs and developing business.

Some of June’s highlights included placing a Real Estate Associate at a firm looking to establish a new footprint in the Liverpool market, a hard to find Private Client Solicitor at Chester’s highest profile firms and a Residential Property Solicitor with one of our favourite clients.

One thing that we are increasingly proud of is the number of retained assignments that we are being asked to do. For those who don’t know, a retained assignment is a piece of recruitment where the firm pays a proportion of our fees up front and the remainder on the successful conclusion of the search. Many agencies don’t offer or aren’t confident enough to sell this service and such assignments speak volumes as to where we are as a business right now. We are grateful to have such good clients who are happy to put their faith in us exclusively to fill their vacancies.

We are working on two such assignments at the moment, one to fill a Children’s Panel role in Lancashire and another to recruit a Planning Associate for a commercial firm in Cheshire.

With the prospect of a long, hot summer in the offing and no sign of the temperatures falling, we are trying to put our spare time to good use and have had some really productive meetings with client firms across the North West including Blackpool, Preston, Chester, Macclesfield and Manchester. We are keen to emphasise that whilst based in Liverpool, we recruit across the North West with relationships being built into West Yorkshire. This has been a key part of the 2018 Thornton Legal business plan.

As an aside. we can’t grow as a business without investing in new staff and are on the hunt for trainee recruitment consultants who can follow in the footsteps of our newest recruit, Alex Daniel. He has just passed his training and has become a fully-fledged Recruitment Consultant. Well done Alex!

If you are anybody you know are interested in a career with Thornton Legal, please don’t hesitate to drop either Joe or myself a line. We would be delighted to hear from you. We offer a dedicated, tailor made training programme, a great commission scheme and the chance to work for a couple of great bosses……

Link to job: http://www.thorntonlegal.co.uk//vacancy?_id=155


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Well then, May was a busy month! On a personal note, my wife gave birth to a baby girl and I managed to take a couple of weeks off work to be the doting father.

Looking after a new born baby is considerably more stressful than running Thornton Legal. Hats off to my wife and other Mums who take out of their careers to devote themselves to raising children.

I left my co-Director, Joe, and our new recruiter, Alex with all my work at short notice. Rather inconveniently, my daughter arrived a few weeks earlier than planned!

Luckily for me Joe, who went through the same scenario 18 months previously, took this in his stride and somewhat worrying Alex tells me that I wasn’t missed!

On the recruitment front, it has been satisfying to make placements at firms with whom we have never worked before and a couple of firms where for one reason or another, relationships have lapsed.

In terms of new business, the highlights have been placing a great conveyancer with DC Law in Southport and finally landing our first senior level appointment at Weightmans in Liverpool.

It’s often overlooked that good quality legal secretaries/PA’s and experienced paralegal support are in intrinsic part of keeping firm ticking. Without them, fee earners stop fee earning and the pressure mounts.

Alex, who came on board to deal with paralegal and back office support vacancies, has been warmly received by several our clients, pleased with the fact that we now have a dedicated recruiter for what can be hard to fill roles. He hasn’t just relied on existing relationships fed to him by Joe and I and is now breaking down doors at firms where the bulk of their recruitment is in paralegal and support level roles.

Thornton Legal were the proud headline sponsor of Merseyside Junior Lawyer’s Division Annual Charity Ball at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool on 19th May. Joe attended on our behalf and presented prizes to the winners of the MJLD awards. He tells me that a great time was had by all.

We are committed to supporting young lawyers’ groups across the region and hope to be able to sponsor similar events over the coming months. Get in touch if you want a chat about how Thornton Legal can help.

Until next time….


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Nick and I have done a few events with the Merseyside Junior Lawyers over the years and we really enjoy seeing old and new faces. We were pleased to be asked to put on an NQ talk in April, in advance of us headline sponsoring the MJLD ball this month.

Thornton Legal is a young and growing business and we’re keen to support lawyers through their careers, from trainee through to Partnership. Using our legal recruitment experience to give advice to paralegals, legal assistants and trainees is something we are more than happy to do. To stick or twist can be confusing to many trainees and is often fraught with an element of anxiety, particularly given that information isn’t easily accessible outside of the firm they trained with.

Our view is that the outlook is looking bright for September NQs with firms completing their internal processes as quickly as possible to secure who they want, and demand for good quality NQs is greater than ever, particularly in commercial practice areas, with real estate and corporate standing out. NQ salaries in the North West range from £42,000 at national firms down to £23,000 to those on the high street.

We covered the benefits of using a recruiter as an NQ and there a few, from insider knowledge of where the external opportunities are likely to be through to assistance with CV preparation, interview advice and general moral support through what can be a challenging time.

Alongside the talk, we gave out some take away bits and pieces including a few snippets of advice from solicitors who were asked:

“With the benefit of hindsight, what piece of advice would you give a trainee solicitor in April seeking an NQ position on qualification in September?”

The response was excellent, and we are thankful to the 30 or so solicitors who took the time to respond.

Next up….the MJLD ball!

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April was a busy month for Thornton Legal!

Joe and I feel as though we have spent as much time out of the office as in it.

Developing new business is as important as anything else in recruitment and a significant chunk of the last month was spent meeting new clients and forging relationships which we hope will propel the company forward over the rest of 2018 and beyond.

We were also delighted to be asked by the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division to give a talk to trainee solicitors on the Newly Qualified Jobs Market at Hus in Liverpool.

The event itself was well attended and hopefully well received. We are genuinely optimistic about the NQ market for September 2018 with multiple opportunities available in a number of different sectors from Real Estate to Employment to Family. It’s a good time to be a newly qualified solicitor.

If you would like us to email the take away PDF to you that accompanied the talk then please just ask.

Our trainee recruitment consultant, Alex, who started with us 6 weeks ago made his first placement. He didn’t stop there and has now made 4! Alex covers the non-qualified, paralegal market across the North West. He has even made a placement with a firm who Joe and I had never managed to do any work with before. Its been a stellar start and he is making great strides!

In terms of other notable placements, Joe managed to recruit a senior associate level corporate solicitor for a top tier Manchester firm. Another bit of business with a firm with whom we had no relationship previously.         

It’s also been a month where we have seen a spate of new instructions from some of our existing client firms. We have seen an increased number of family law and commercial litigation vacancies and a steady stream of NQ vacancies which has tied in nicely with our NQ talk.

On a personal note I am trying to get as much done as I possibly can ahead of my wife giving birth over the next couple of weeks. I suspect I may have my hands full in next to no time and will hand over the May review to Joe.

Just the small matter of GDPR Compliance and the Merseyside Junior Lawyer Division Annual Ball to contend with first!

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Spring has sprung, well sort of. March was a dreary month full of sleet, snow and sludge and it’s been good to see the back of it.

On the recruitment front, the good ship Thornton Legal soldiers on. Its been a really good first quarter in terms of placements. Recent highlights include a Corporate Partner placement at a boutique commercial firm in Chester and securing a new role for a top-quality Planning Associate in one of Manchester’s largest firms.

Placements aside, Alex Daniel, a trainee recruitment consultant has joined us in what we expect to be the first of several internal appointments over the coming months.

Alex is going to be the guinea pig for our newly created training programme for consultants. He is 2 weeks into the 8-week programme and is already coming on leaps and bounds.

With GDPR coming into effect in May this year, Joe and I have been spending some of our time reviewing and tinkering with our Data Protection policies. Assistance has been provided in the form of the knowledgeable and friendly Graham Hansen at HRC Law http://www.hrclaw.co.uk/about-us/the-team/graham-hansen/

Its been a time consuming and labour-intensive process, especially for a small business like ours. Let’s hope it’s all worthwhile and we get the sign off from Graham to go live with our proposed changes.

On a separate note, we have been getting an increasing number of enquiries from trainee solicitors who are looking to qualify in September this year. Interest from would be NQ’s seem to start earlier an earlier each year as the route to qualification can often appear opaque and confusing.

As a result, we have decided to hold an NQ talk in conjunction with the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division on 18th April. Details of the event can be found here.

If you are a trainee looking for some sensible advice on the NQ market and the likely timescales for applications, get in touch. Joe and I would be happy to talk to you as we know from experience that this can be a stressful time.

Finally, my good friend and business colleague, Joe Rees, is running the London Marathon on 27th April for Ovarian Cancer Action. Shameless plug I know but if anybody wants to sponsor him for a worthwhile course, here is the link. Good luck, Joe!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joerees1950?

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I’m writing this blog from the Viking, a pub close to my house as I’m not in the office today. To be honest, I just fancied a change of scenery.

In the early days of Thornton Legal, before we had a permanent office, staff etc, a good amount of my time was spent here, and it’s got me reminiscing about the old days! Well, not quite the old days, but how far we have come in a relatively short amount of time and how things have changed. The more successful Thornton Legal, the more responsibility we have then the more we have on our plates – this is one of the biggest challenges for us, but we wouldn’t have it any other way, I’m sure most SME business owners would say something similar.  

Nick and I started trading in January 2016 using our own savings hoping that we could make a success of things, and so far, so good. In fact, it’s fair to say that neither of us are very good at acknowledging or celebrating our success – we definitely don’t blow our own trumpets enough. We joke to each other that we have been lucky, and we sometimes don’t know what we are doing (more so from a business owner perspective than recruitment) but, in actual fact, we have done really well with effort, determination and application. There is no doubt that recruitment is a tough job. But we have a great little business with loads of potential! Here are a few positive things that have popped into my head:

Nick and I make a very good team, we think differently but we know where we, were we want to be and how we are going to get there. Being joint owners and spending 99% of working days together has added another dimension to our friendship of over 30 years!

Our office space is getting bigger and better each year, an obvious sign of progression. In March 2016 we were in my house (Nick had the most ridiculous small desk - ha) and in March 2018 we will be moving to a really lovely room with space for 12. Our IT infrastructure is spot on too.

From a recruitment perspective Jade came on board in January as our marketing assistant and this month Alex will be joining us as our first trainee recruitment consultant. We have plans for further additions over the coming months and into 2019. They are both excellent hires for the business, let’s hope the next ones match up!

Nick and I have invested money where we have needed it. We spent a good few months with a business coach called Alison Humphries who helped us with a 3-year business plan and our 12 week trainee recruitment plan. We believe the training we offer is better than other recruiters, but the proof will be how good our staff retention rate I suppose.

Have you had a look at our website, it’s really good. I know I would say that, but it is! It’s brilliant that we have so many client and candidate testimonials and that we have law firms happy to give us their logos and associate with Thornton Legal. We are working hard to improve it all the time, and we have plans to link up with other related businesses (coaching, training, legal marketing etc), giving us a more rounded offering to our clients and candidates.

We won’t always get it right but, as Coach Luke said to me recently, if you’re not failings then you’re not growing…deep stuff!

P.S. I forgot to add that we won an award last year, Best Start Up in Merseyside – how cool is that!

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The shortest month of the year has come and gone. Pity we can’t say the same about this abominable weather!

I am writing this blog from the comfort of my office at home. The snow having put paid to any chance of getting out of my driveway!

In contrast to the challenges posed by snow and ice, February has been a hot month for the team at Thornton Legal.

Joe and I were delighted to be invited to meet a couple of firms with whom we haven’t previously done any work with.

New clients are as important as anything else when you are growing your business, so we were only too happy to meet up with Gunnercooke in Manchester to see what this exciting and untraditional law firm had to say for themselves.

We had heard some good reports about the names they were hiring and the reputation they were developing as an alternative to some of the larger, regional and national commercial firms in the market. The meeting itself was really useful and we went away from it with an enhanced understanding of the hiring strategy, culture and the areas of the firm that they were looking to grow. We really got why lawyers with good clients would want to work within the Gunnercooke business model and take advantage of the flat structure and commercially agile environment.

The other meeting was a recruitment event at the Manchester office of national heavyweight, Gateley.  Thornton Legal were asked to attend together with a small handful of other recruiters to hear some short presentations from Partners in Corporate, Real Estate and Employment. Gateley by their own admission have in the past been reluctant to sing about their successes and wanted the likes of ourselves to hear first hand from people who worked there as to what the firm was like, the types of clients they dealt with and the kind of opportunities within the firm.

We were really impressed by the likeability of the Partners that we met. They were great ambassadors for what Gateley stood for and it was interesting hear what working for the first listed law firm in the UK was like in practice.

In terms of recruitment activity, we have seen a marked increase in the number of retained assignments agreed with law firms. The firms in question were existing clients who asked us to deal exclusively with particular vacancies, one being a hard to find Corporate Partner role. Good progress is being made and we hope to successfully conclude this and another Senior Private Client assignment over the coming weeks.

The move towards retained assignments can probably be construed as a both a sign of Thornton Legal’s progress in becoming the go to recruiter for a number of our existing clients and also the reality of a tough market for candidates especially in areas such as Real Estate, Corporate and increasingly Private Client.

In other news, we have just recruited a Trainee Recruitment Consultant to help us with the demand for Paralegals. They join us next month and will coincide with our move to larger business premises! Watch this space….

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It has been a busy start to 2018 for Thornton Legal. The team has grown with the recruitment of Jade our marketing administrator, but the other big news is the launch of our brand-new website!

We are delighted with it and we hope you like it too, it’s certainty a big improvement on the previous incarnation which did a good job for us as a start-up recruitment business, but it was lacking in some areas. The new website reflects Thornton Legal in 2018, an award-winning business that is now firmly established a leading legal recruiter in the region.

The website has been a few months in the making and I know we have been a nightmare client for our developers Farm Factory! Thanks to them for sticking with us, we had some very set ideas on what we wanted (and what we didn’t!) and we feel we have achieved our aims from a visual and functionality perspective.

We are really pleased with all aspects of the website, but it’s worth highlighting some pages.

Firstly, the client and candidate testimonial pages. We have over 40 now and this number is growing all the time. It’s all well and good us saying how great we are, but when it comes from others it means so much more. In addition, the ‘firms we work with’ page looks great too which we will also be adding to over the course of 2018.

We also put a lot of time into the ‘candidate tips’ which we hope will be useful to job seekers as they go through the interview process. Lastly, a mention to the ‘Take-Home Calculator’. Why not put in your current earnings? If you feel you are unpaid then you know who to call!

The one page which is still in development is the vacancies page which will be in situ over the next few weeks.

We really hope that the website is well received and visible to candidates looking to enlist the help of experienced legal recruiters and clients looking for assistance with recruitment.

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Now that our clients are fully back in to the swing of things after the Christmas/New Year lull, Thornton Legal are pleased to see that normal recruitment activity is beginning to pick up with an increased number of new instructions in January.

Real Estate related roles are once again the focus of attention for many of the larger firms which will come as no great shock to those that keep on eye on the market. We have seen a recent influx of Corporate/Commercial roles of varying degrees of seniority. The junior roles often a result of increased volumes of work and the more senior a due to departing partners looking to be replaced, especially in the smaller commercial outfits.

Residential Property remains flat and in line with what we were seeing towards the latter half of 2017. This probably reflects the general slowdown in the property market over the past 12 months and high street firms competing with others for new instructions. Firms only really appear to be recruiting to replace leavers and not as a result of growth or expansion.

Family and private client instructions were steady in 2017 and nothing we have seen so far has given us any reason to think that 2018 will not prove similar.

From a placement point of view lot of the hard work we saw put into recruitment in the final quarter of last year has borne fruit in early January. Of particular satisfaction was the placement of 2 high quality commercial litigators into large national firms and 1 into a boutique regional commercial practice. We were proud of these placements as they were hard to fill roles in what continues to be a tight market for both roles and candidates.

What is clear is that the fight for talent for both firms and recruiters alike continues unabated in 2018. Fears over economic certainty mid Brexit have not stopped commercial firms hiring and the recent optimistic growth forecasts for this year will come as a welcome relief to many in the industry.

One a more sobering note, the PI market which has been comprehensively strangled of late shows little sign of recovery, especially with planned changes to the small claims limit still on the government agenda. Firms whose business models in recent years has been built on high quality paralegal recruitment are finding it more difficult to find the same calibre of candidate with many fee earners and paralegals looking to retrain or exit the profession completely.

We do wonder whether we shall see an increase this year in the number of Employment Law roles available as a natural consequence of employment tribunal fees being comprehensively slashed 6 months ago.

Whatever the challenges faced in legal recruitment in 2018, we at Thornton Legal feel as though we are well equipped to tackle them head on.

We believe that 2018 will be a fantastic year for a whole host of reasons. In addition to the launch of our bright, shiny new website and a new recruit into our marketing team, we are looking to add at least two consultants to help us recruit back office support and paralegal roles as well as increasing our footprint in Yorkshire and the Midlands. Exciting times lie ahead!

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The below is taken from Launch 22, our home from early 2016 to Spring 2017.

Joe Rees and Nick Tappin founded their recruitment company in 2016 and have now been with us at Launch22 for just over a year. Their business has been successfully accelerated towards the next level and as a result of this, they are now moving onwards and upwards to fulfil the next step of their business venture.

We had a chat with Nick, the co-founder of Thornton Legal, and asked him about their experience at Launch22 and how we helped them and their business grow.

What do you guys do here at Launch22?

We own a boutique recruitment business focusing on the legal market in the North West. We recruit for law firms and recruit & bring paralegals and solicitors primarily out of Liverpool, Chester, Manchester and everywhere else in between.

How has your experience been?

Really positive! We’ve been here for 12 months, started the business in 2016 working out of Joe’s front room for the first couple of months.

Like any other successful rock band then!

Absouletly! We started off very small. We did reasonably well and we made a couple of decent placements which allowed us to move to Launch22.

Joe and I love the work space — we find that it’s a really creative and positive environment. It’s full of nice people who are always happy to help with any queries regarding the practicalities of running a business.

How did you find the facilities at Launch22?

We started working on the hot-desks which are fantastic, really good. My only problem was that my bottom got really numb after sitting on them for a while! Definitely need some cushions — it suits some people/doesn’t suit some people ha-ha.

More cushions… Noted!

But we wanted something a little bit more permanent hence why we opted for the personal desks in the corner of the room. We made that space our own, we didn’t get bothered by anybody, it’s reasonably quiet but if it does get a bit buzzy in the office you have that option to tap in to that vibe too. The people are friendly so we can’t fault it as a place to be for a period of time.

So, would you say we have matched your needs for your start-up company?

Completely. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other options in the market. Hypothetically, if you’re a start-up with two people in a closed office environment, growing your business can get quite isolating. So, to be in a fun working environment like this makes it conducive.

Matt was great, Nat was great and all the new people have been really great too. Location-wise is absolutely ideal — all or most of our clients are based within the city. We also get parking out back and took advantage of the rooftop terrace last year doing yoga and pilates in the sun with YinYan which was fantastic. So, we relished the opportunity to take advantage of all the perks that you offer!

What’s in store for the future?

We are moving to a self-contained office in Cotton Exchange with scope to bring two or three people over the next six to twelve months to grow further. There was three of us in January but we parted ways with that individual in beginning of March, but the plan is very much to push on and bring in junior recruits. It’s just a case of finding the right individuals and people we can buy into in terms of personality. It’s been a fantastic a year being here but as we grow experience is telling us that we need a self-contained office space as we reach the next level of our business so we can deal with confidential meetings, HR and so on.

Would you class Launch22 as the perfect stepping stone?

Yeah definitely. Anybody we speak to who was in the same boat as us from 12 months ago, we are happy to recommend Launch22 as a platform for them to grow their business because it’s been a positive, engaging environment for us to find ourselves in. We have grown the business as a direct result of that and so, we have Launch22 to thank. Not to mention the value for money — you’re not going to find anything else better in Liverpool.

Is there anything that you are going to miss?

Yes! The people, the environment and the ping pong table, for sure. We’ll be sad to leave that behind. Joe and I have probably spent too long on the table the past 12 months. Not that that is the reason we are leaving! It’s a welcoming distraction.

We couldn’t agree more! We recently did a blog on the benefits of having a ping pong table in the office.

Yeah it’s great. It refreshes the mind and wakes you up after a long session at the desk, so we’re going to miss that while we’re gone and may have to invest in one when we move into our new space ourselves.

Thank you for choosing Launch22 as your start up incubator and we wish you all the success with the future of your business!

It’s been a pleasure!

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