Southend Peers – 17th August 2017

Another Thursday morning, and another brilliant Southend Peers meeting – expertly chaired by our vice-chair Diana Collins today! We also welcomed Daisy from the Arlington Ballroom who is extending her networking experience (we’re a friendly bunch to practice on!) and welcomed back marketing consultant Tom Rae on his second visit to Peers.

With breakfasts polished off and coffee sunk, we then went into groups for a breakout session, where our conversations focused on ways to make our next ‘Later with Peers’ event even better than the last, and how to raise more money for the Southend Hospital Charity. We heard a great selection of ideas from all members, and if they’re anything to go by, October 12th is going to be a brilliant night, so put the date in your diaries now!

10 minutes from Lesley Finch, Bryman Recruitment

This followed with a great 10 minutes from Lesley Finch of Bryman Recruitment. We began by hearing some insights into Lesley’s varied career, which has spanned from working in HR for Nat West to doing voiceovers! This remarkable woman has worked with stars ranging from Chris Evans to Paul McKenna, has written a number of nationally published articles, and also works alongside James Caan on his enterprise scheme. She even coaches applicants for The Apprentice, helping knock them into shape before they get to Lord Sugar himself! However, this morning, we had the pleasure of her company and some great information on recruitment.

Lesley runs Bryman Recruitment alongside her business partner, Wayne, and together they head up a team which has developed a strong reputation for sourcing high-quality candidates for a range of industries. She gave some great tips on recruiting for our businesses and also detailed the pros and cons of DIY hiring vs using an agency such as Bryman.

So how could your business benefit from using Bryman Recruitment to find your next employees? Well, as Lesley explained, it will save you time and money, taking away the arduous task of sifting through CVs yourself, so you can actually focus on your main responsibilities. Bryman can also source better quality candidates, as they have more contacts and know where to go to find the candidates you’re looking for.

What’s more, if you don’t hire one of Bryman’s candidates, you’re not bound by any fees – so why not try them out?

You can also take advantage of a range of other services from Lesley, including one-to-one and group coaching, and HR advice. Or you can even take the Bryman Challenge, where Lesley will interview Bryman’s candidates against your own, for no additional fee! So to get the best candidates for your next job opening, head to Bryman Recruitment, and our Lesley will be very happy to help:

As ever, we ended with a referral and testimonials round, demonstrating Peers in action as we work to put business each other’s way. If your business could do with a boost, why not see what Peers can do for you? Join us next week, from 6:45am, at The Arlington Ballroom, and we’ll be very happy to show you!

Written by Peers member Sarah Kelleway of Juniper Copy (

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