Jobshop UK host successful Director’s Lunch with The MacGuffin Project founder

Bournemouth based recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK, welcomed The MacGuffin Project founder, Claire Timbrell, as guest speaker at its June 7 lunch held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Sandbanks.

A graduate of Bournemouth University, Claire explained to the guests how she and her business partner set up The MacGuffin Project during training for a fitness challenge which meant saying goodbye to their routine social life of weekends spent drinking and eating out with friends.  A new social activity was required and this triggered the couple into creating a new concept in leisure and entertainment with the aim to change how groups of people socialise.

Having already overcome a number of obstacles in order to get the project off the ground, misfortune struck when Claire got notification that the build cost of the project would be more than 6 times the original quote.  On the same day, a foul waste leak flooded the venue under refurbishment.

With concerned friends and family advising Claire to accept defeat and go back to her secure and successful career in marketing, the entrepreneur refused to give up and instead felt spurred on to overcome this latest challenge.

Looking to Angel Investment for finance, a successful pitch by Claire saw all five investors interested in finding the MacGuffin Project, which finally led to the launch of the business in May this year.

Jobshop UK director, Tracey Wood, said: “Feedback from the Director’s Lunch has been fantastic, with everyone genuinely fascinated and impressed with Claire’s story behind her business start-up.  Having faced so many trials and tribulations on the way, it is hugely encouraging to meet someone who strides forward in the face of adversity.  Starting up a business is never an easy thing to do, and Claire has proven that if you really believe in yourself and your business idea, then the only thing holding you back is you.

“We are delighted to welcome back Mark Constantine, CEO and co-founder of Lush as our next speaker at our Director’s lunch on 11th October 2017.”


The MacGuffin Project founder, Claire Timbrell, announced as Directors’ Lunch speaker for June

Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs has announced Claire Timbrell, founder of The MacGuffin Project, as its speaker for the Directors’ Lunch on June 7th at Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole.

Claire, a graduate of Bournemouth University’s media school, started her first business aged 17, and after spending several years running her management consultancy in London and Cardiff, has now returned to Dorset to focus on The MacGuffin Project; a new concept in leisure and entertainment that is set to change how groups of people socialize.

After a successful pre-turnover pitch by Claire and her team, The MacGuffin Project secured the investment required for its first escape room attraction, which kicks off an ambitious roll-out for the derelict carnival inspired attraction, with three venues planned over the next 18 months.

Sally Bennett, Engage executive recruitment director, said: “Claire will be joining us to talk about her entrepreneurial journey so far, and the lessons she has learnt to date.  The Harbour Heights Hotel is a fantastic venue for our highly successful directors’ lunches and we urge booking early to avoid disappointment as previous lunches have sold out quickly.”


For more information and to book your place for the Directors’ Lunch at the Harbour Heights Hotel on Wednesday June 7th contact 01202 674488 or

AFC Bournemouth kick-off a new season of Engage and Jobshop UK director’s lunches

Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK, has kicked-off the first director’s lunch of 2017 by welcoming AFC Bournemouth chairman, Jeff Mostyn, and commercial director, Rob Mitchell as its guest speakers.

The highly acclaimed lunch, attended by over 60 company directors and held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole, saw Jeff candidly discuss his journey with the Premier League team, from when he first purchased the club in 2007 during what he described as, ‘a Victor Kiam moment.’

With an undeniable passion for football, Jeff has been an integral part of the behind the scenes improvements at the Vitality Stadium over the past 10 years, as well as proving himself to be an immensely well-respected figure both locally and within the game on a national level, due to his unparalleled football knowledge and commitment to the local community.

Talking about the club’s rise to the premier division, Jeff revealed that the town has benefitted from an estimated £100 million being spent as a direct result of AFC Bournemouth’s success.

Commercial director of AFC Bournemouth, Rob Mitchell, joined Jeff to talk about the club’s charitable interests and vision for success.  The club is dedicated to investing in projects and facilities for the area, has a vision to engage 4,500 people a week in sport and educational initiatives, and is passionate about inspiring diversity in sport, and preparing young people for work.

Launched in 2016, The Cherries Community Fund supports a number of projects for young people and vulnerable groups, as well as being involved in supporting community groups and charities.  Financed from the proceeds of the popular Matchday Draw and any other donations the club receives, the fund has so far donated over £21,000 to 33 projects ranging from football kits for schools, to sensory gardens for care homes.

Sally Bennett, executive recruitment director at Engage said: “The first director’s lunch of the year was a phenomenal success.  Jeff and Rob really engaged our guests who had lots of questions for them.  It was fascinating to hear about Jeff’s personal story with the club, as well as its involvement with the community and its charitable and social causes.  I often feel when people think of football they don’t realise what a club is putting back into the community or how having a successful club really does benefit the local area.  The next Engage and Jobshop lunch will be on June 7th with further details available shortly.”


Lush CEO Mark Constantine concludes Engage executive Jobs’ lunches for 2016



While the Chancellor was unveiling the impact of Brexit on the UK economy, a concerned group of local Directors met at the Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs’ Directors’ Lunch in The Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth. In their fourth and final event of 2016, it was no surprise that the biggest topic of conversation was concern for our local workforce in a post-Trump, post Brexit world.


Jobshop UK Directors, Frances Miles and Tracey Wood, kicked off the lunch with an update of the UK recruitment market which has changed rapidly in the last 2 to 3 months. Whilst starting to pick up now, it is an industry that tends to be the temperature gauge for changes in the economy and they both shared their concerns of the 31.7million in employment in Britain today, 1.6million unemployed and 750,000 vacancies.  It would appear that the 1.6million could be seen to fill the 750,000 vacancies but sadly, many of those included in these unemployment figures are unable to take up work or do not have the skills needed for the vacancies. If we lost the 3.2million non-British workers in Britain as well, the figures will not add up.


Frances and Tracey highlighted three main areas currently affecting recruitment in the local area: A Candidate shortage, highlighted even further by our reliance on the 25% of the Poole workforce that don’t hold British passports; a Skills shortage which has worryingly increased from 30 to 70 sector areas in the last 18 months; and a Talent shortage for more agile, inspirational and motivational workers that are able and willing to work in this new fast-paced and unsure environment.


Directors, who attended from a range of industries including legal, education, finance, retail and IT, agreed on one thing – a general feeling of frustration and unease for the future.

Echoing this sentiment, guest speaker Mark Constantine, Co-founder of Lush, who followed, pointed out that 75% of everything sold on the high street today is made abroad. From Dyson Cleaners to New Look shoes, the only two high street businesses that make all of their products in Britain are Greggs and Lush. Thanking the Jobshop Directors for illustrating the recruitment problems that Lush faced, as the 43rd fastest growing company in Britain, he highlighted how much they needed plenty of hands on deck.


Mark explained that the base roles of capitalism are freedom of movement of capital, goods and people and that this is not a menu where you can select one or the other. He went on to say that, in his experience, the current climate in Britain is very anti-business, predominantly caused by a crisis in our political parties, with both main parties riven by the need to cut immigration but at the same time serve capitalist businesses.


Discussion later from the floor raised concerns about the black economy, unscrupulous competitors lying to customers and the effect on the economy as currency contracts run out.

Mark closed his talk by asking members of the audience to try out Lush’s latest product, Rump.


Engage Executive Jobs’ executive recruitment director, Sally Bennett, commented: “We’ve been delighted by the huge popularity of the Engage Executive Jobs  and Jobshop UK Directors’ Lunches, and have been privileged to have some fascinating speakers who have helped make all the lunches a sell-out success.  Mark’s presentation was particularly pertinent with the current economic and political climate, and 2017 will see us welcoming more high profile and relevant speakers to the floor.”

Entrepreneur and CEO of Lush, Mark Constantine, to speak at Engage Executive Jobs Directors’ Lunch

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Francis Miles director of Jobshop UK with guest speaker Mark Constantine director of Lush and Paul Booker director of Bionanovate

Lush CEO, Mark Constantine, has been announced as the guest speaker for the next Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs’ Directors’ Lunch on Wednesday November 23rd at The Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth.


Founded in Poole in 1995, Cosmetics manufacturer and retailer, Lush, now boasts 933 shops and has again seen enormous growth in sales with their predicted global turnover for this year of £574.1 million, as well as having appeared in the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for 11 years running.


 Sally Bennett, Engage Executive Jobs, said: “We are delighted to have Mark as our guest speaker for the 11th consecutive year, Mark is known to be highly principled, honest and often controversial; he always delivers a talk that is punchy, surprising and enlightening.  The Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK directors’ lunch is always full to capacity when Mark speaks, so we advise to book early and avoid disappointment.”

For more information, please contact Jobshop UK on 01202 674488 or




That’s a rap! Jimmy’s Iced Coffee creator gets guests rocking at Directors’ Lunch

RS_Jim Cregan of Jimmy's Iced CoffeeKicking off his presentation with his rap, “Keep Your Chin Up;” penned to accompany the online ad for the coffee sensation sweeping the nation, Jim Cregan, the Dorset born brainchild behind Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, proved himself to be a quirky and entertaining speaker at the Engage Executive Jobs, Directors’ Lunch hosted alongside Jobshop UK on 15th June.

As well as talking about his company’s growing success – which now includes a range of funky products as well as his parody rap video, Jim discussed his future plans, including shooting another music video to market the 3 iced coffee drinks.  The first music video, ‘Keep Your Chin Up,’ which can be seen on the website and YouTube channel, echoes the Jimmy’s Iced Coffee ethos which is also used to brand a growing line of merchandise with the hashtag #KYCU.

Jim Cregan is the second speaker of four lined up to present at the Engage Executive Jobs Directors’ Lunches for 2016.  The year kicked off with The Twins FX who brought along a dalek to the venue at The Bournemouth Hilton Hotel.  On 7th October, Kevin Green, CEO of the REC, a regular contributor to TV and radio, and the man credited with turning Royal Mail around from losing £1 million a day in 2003, to making over £600 million profit in 2007, will take to the stand.  On 23rd November, Lush founder and entrepreneur, Mark Constantine will wrap up the 2016 Directors’ Lunches, with what never fails to be a candid and insightful presentation.

The Directors’ Lunches are exclusive, invite only events which include lunch and wine.  For more information contact Engage on 01202 674488 or

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Jim Cregan, creator of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, announced as guest speaker at Engage Directors’ Lunch

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Jim Cregan, the Dorset born brainchild behind Jimmy’s Iced Coffee; the chilled caffeine kick pick-me-up sweeping supermarket shelves across the country, has been announced as guest speaker at the Engage Executive Jobs Directors’ Lunch on June 15th.

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Having grown tired of the cold English winters, Jim and his partner, Sophie, upped sticks to travel around Australia for a year, and it was here they developed their penchant for the Australian craze of iced coffee. The iced coffee is now sold in supermarkets and convenience stores across the country, and Jim continues to grow and develop the brand with clever marketing and innovative products based around the eye-catching branding.

Engage Executive Jobs recruitment director, Sally Bennett, said: “We are thrilled to have Jim Cregan speaking about his experience of growing a brand like Jimmy’s Iced Coffee and all that has involved – from initial idea to the product we now see on supermarket shelves.  The Jimmy’s Iced Coffee brand is particularly pertinent to us as a business community as Jim is a local chap who has created and marketed a national brand with great success.”

The Engage Executive Jobs Directors’ Lunch will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth on 15th June.  For more information on this exclusive invite only event, contact 01202 674488 or


The Twins FX bring a touch of magic to the first Engage Director’s Lunch of 2016

Jobshop UK host a Directors luncheon at the Hilton Hotel. Guest Speakers are the Twins FX Gary and Paul Hardy-Brown. Photo Nick Free. 24-2-16. Sharon Cummings, Dan Wale, Sally Bennett, Sophie Ingram Johnson, Nat Scott, Frances Miles and Tracey Wood all of Jobshop UK


Magic was in the air when Paul and Gary Hardy-Brown from The Twins FX kicked off the first Director’s Lunch of 2016 at the Bournemouth Hilton Hotel, where a full sized dalek greeted the guests upon arrival.

Not content with wooing the assembled guests – made up of client’s and business associates of Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK –  with a fascinating and insightful talk about their careers as illusionists before moving into creating the props and special effects for theatre, TV and Hollywood films, Paul caused the audience to gasp when he performed a highly entertaining ‘Russian roulette’ trick involving a very sharp spike!







The Twins FX bring a Hollywood magic touch to the Engage Executive Jobs exclusive director’s lunch

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Magic will be in the air when Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK kicks off its hugely successful director’s business lunches for 2016, with company director and creative director from The Twin FX, Paul and Gary Hardy-Brown.

Having started their careers as illusionists over twenty years ago, the Dorset born identical twins toured the world with their breath-taking magic show.  After being asked to fly a dragon over the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton audience, they discovered their talents as illusionists were being matched with their talent for creating stunning props, as more and more people approached the twins requesting visual special effects, illusions and animatronics.

Amongst the numerous TV shows benefitting from The Twin FX innovative expertise are Doctor Who, Silent Witness, Keep It in The Family, and the forth-coming ITV drama HIM.

Most recently, the company has worked on the Hollywood movie, ‘Now You See Me: The Second Act,’ starring Woody Harrelson, which is released in June.

With a motto for ‘making the impossible, possible,’ The Twin FX presentation at the Engage Executive Jobs & Jobshop UK director’s lunch, held at The Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth, on the 24th February, promises to be  entertaining, visually arresting, and a fascinating insight into the creative world of magic, illusion, and the special effects industry.

For more information on attending this exclusive invite only event, please contact Engage on 01202 674488.

Chief Executive of Recruitment & Employment Confederation announced as exclusive guest speaker for Jobshop UK & Engage Executive director’s lunch

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After last year’s extremely well received and popular presentation, I am delighted to announce that Kevin Green, the Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, and the man largely credited with helping transform Royal Mail from losing £1 million a day in 2003, to making over £600 million profit in 2007, will be the guest speaker at the Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs annual seminar on 11th November at The Italian Villa, Compton Acres.

A regular contributor to TV and radio, Kevin will use his wealth of professional knowledge and personal insight during his presentation at the exclusive invite only event.

If you have not already taken up this exclusive offer, please reply to your invite soon as spaces are limited.