Business name / website address?
VN Recruitment – https://www.vnrecruitment.co.uk/
To provide an approachable, personable and professional service to both candidates and clients alike.
Where are you based?
Where are your clients based?
Nationwide- everywhere from Northern Scotland to Cornwall!
Where are you now in the lifecycle of your business?
Growth – 3 years.
Where do you plan to be in five years time?
Hopefully in a very similar situation to how we are now! Still providing the same quality of service; whilst being recognised as the Veterinary Nurse Specialist in the market by a large margin.
What motivated you to start your business?
I founded VN Recruitment as I wanted to provide a personal, caring and unique service that was not present at that moment in time; I felt there was sadly a very negative image of Recruitment Consultants within the industry. Consequently I wanted to be recognised for working in a very different style and thus make a really positive difference to those looking for their next step forward.
What have been your most difficult challenges so far?
There have been many! However for me work/life balance has always been the hardest! I have such a passion for what I do; and when I know I have promised to help someone I find it difficult to ‘go home’ and stop looking- from both a candidate and client perspective. I regularly catch myself feeling guilty for not still working even though it may be a ridiculous time of day or night!
What have been your biggest wins and most satisfying highs?
For me there have been once more many; however my most recent was VN Recruitment’s 3rd Birthday! Recently we recognised we wanted to show our clients and candidates what we do socially and as a result founded our Facebook and Instagram pages. From these we gained fantastic feedback- in the form of follows and also reviews. These made me realise how lucky I have been to work with such incredible individuals!
How do you let off steam/relax?
I love walking my Cocker Spaniel (Archie.) I socialise with friends and I also love all forms of sport and currently row regularly!
What are the most valuable tools you use to communicate with your clients?
To me my main tool is my integrity- I always work honestly and at the best level I can.
What’s your personal motto?
Work Smarter Not Harder!
Pick one person (male or female) who has inspired you most on your journey?
My father (Mike) he has always been fully supportive of who I am and what I do and consequently helped me a huge amount through the start up of VN Recruitment.
Pick one person who would be your dream business or life mentor?
I wouldn’t want just one person! I feel there are a huge amount of individuals I can learn from and no matter how much you know; no matter who you are you can always learn more!
Why is being part of a membership organisation like The Goddess Formula (ie. creating a likeminded business support community) important to you?
Particularly as a self employed individual it is lovely to feel you are still part of a ‘bigger’ work family. The Goddess Formula is a brilliant community that I know will always go above and beyond in terms of both advice and support.