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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 email@jobshopuk.com

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Lush CEO, Mark Constantine, lists ‘perseverance’ as one of the keys to success in business at exclusive Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK Director’s lunch

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

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Jobshop UK directors Tracey Wood and Francis Miles with guest speaker Mark Constantine director of Lush

Lush CEO, Mark Constantine, revealed one of the secrets of his success as ‘perseverance’ at an exclusive Director’s lunch held by Bournemouth based recruitment consultants, Jobshop UK.

Quoting the poem, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, stanza by stanza, Mr Constantine revealed how relevant the lines in the poem were to his own life; both personal and professional.  Reflecting back to his business association with Body Shop founder, Anita Roddick, which started when his first company, Cosmetics To Go, supplied products to the Body Shop in the early 1980s, Mr Constantine acknowledged that although it had been a stressful relationship, much had been learned and added that Ms Roddick, who sadly passed away in 2007, remains the biggest influence in his professional life.

As well as touching on the ethics involved in producing its products, and the animal rights organisations which benefit from support and donations from Lush profits, Mr Constantine explained the ethos behind the company’s ‘naked packaging’ policy which aims to use as little packaging as possible.  The innovative use of shampoo bars alone saves an astounding six million plastic bottles a year, globally.

With over 820 Lush stores spread across 50 countries, Mr Constantine also revealed that Lush was the third most successful UK retailer in the U.S.A, coming after another British favourite, Clarks Shoes, and designer label, Burberry who hold first place.

The exclusive, invite only event, held at The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, was attended by over sixty executive clients and associates of Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs.

Jobshop UK director, Frances Miles, said: “Mark’s annual talk is always interesting, stimulating and thought provoking.  We are always struck by how open and honest Mark is, with a willingness to share his vulnerabilities, in spite of the global success of Lush.”

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Nicky Clarke-Bradford from Seaberry PR with Maria Seabright from Greendale Construction.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.  Nicky Clarke-Bradford from Seaberry PR with Maria Seabright from Greendale Construction.

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

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Francis Miles director of Jobshop UK with guest speaker Mark Constantine director of Lush and Paul Booker director of Bionanovate

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. David Kelly from Poole Audi with Nicki Cluley from Global Media

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. David Kelly from Poole Audi with Nicki Cluley from Global Media

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Sharon Cummings from Jobshop UK with Jane Townsend from Prospects and Allan Tofield from Richmond. Maria Tidy and Rachel Lapworth from Lewis Manning

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.  Sharon Cummings from Jobshop UK with Jane Townsend from Prospects and Allan Tofield from Richmond. Maria Tidy and Rachel Lapworth from Lewis Manning

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Diane Avery and Sally Laker from Mortgage Intelligence with Steph Horan from Blue Walnut Design

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Diane Avery and Sally Laker from Mortgage Intelligence with Steph Horan from Blue Walnut Design

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Richard Mussell from Rund Partnership with Dan Wale and Emily Dance from Jobshop UK

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Richard Mussell from Rund Partnership with Dan Wale and Emily Dance from Jobshop UK

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Dan Wale, Sophie Ingram-Johnson and Emily Dance from Jobshop UK with Chris Kane from Greendale Construction.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa.  Dan Wale, Sophie Ingram-Johnson and Emily Dance from Jobshop UK with Chris Kane from Greendale Construction.

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Photo Nick Free. 14-10-15. Gemma Levell, Wendy Osborne, James Lam and Georgina Thomas from Celebration Crackers

Jobshop Directors Lunch at the Italian Villa. Gemma Levell, Wendy Osborne, James Lam and Georgina Thomas from Celebration Crackers

 

Mark Constantine is the guest speaker at our 14th Oct Director’s Lunch – last chance to book your place

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Our next Director’s lunch is on Wednesday October 14th 2015 and we are delighted to have guest speaker Mark Constantine, CEO of Lush.  Lush has it’s cosmetics Retail Headquarters in Poole where it was originally founded in 1995.

With an impressive turnover of £454m and pre-tax profits of £23.3m last year Lush is leading the way in retail success at home and internationally, as well as appearing in the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for, for the past 11 years.  Mark provides interesting, stimulating and thought provoking talks – we are expecting a large take up for this lunch so please do book as early as possible.

Cost:  £36.00 per person

12.00pm – arrival and networking (please purchase a drink from the Medici bar)

12.20pm – sit down and introduction from Frances and Tracey

12.30pm – Mark Constantine, CEO of Lush

1.15pm –    Delicious lunch of hot and cold platters to share, brought to the table along with a glass of wine, Desserts, tea and coffee

2.30/3.00pm – finish

Venue: The gorgeous Italian Villa, Compton Acres

We have already had bookings ahead of this invitation going out so please make sure you respond as soon as possible if you are interested in booking on to this lunch. Please contact email@jobshopuk.com for payment details to reserve your place.

Also, don’t forget to save the date for our next Director’s Lunch:  11th November 2015 with Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

We look forward to seeing you at our next lunch.

Mark Constantine emphasises the importance of having a “great recruiter” within your business.

Tracey Wood and Frances Miles with Mark Constantine

Lush founder and entrepreneur, Mark Constantine, visited the Poole Business Women’s Lunch Club to present his annual talk to the gathered members, and this year he decided to talk about lessons in business and the books that have inspired him.

Speaking of how and why Lush is so successful, Mark emphasised one of the most important aspects of a successful business is to have a great recruiter as part of your company.  The best recruiters will have all the skills to hire the best staff for your business, bringing with them the necessary skills and knowledge to help your business grow. If you have the best recruiter you can get working with you, you know that in turn, you will have the best employees possible working for you – and that’s something Engage Executive Jobs wholeheartedly agrees with!

Mark’s favourite inspirational quote is from a book called “The Art of Swimming,” by Steven Shaw and Armand D’Amour.

“Water cannot be tamed, It doesn’t care how fast we swim, how hard we try, or how badly we want to succeed, It ebbs, flows, and swells regardless. What it seems to do to us is a reflection of what we do to ourselves.

It will support us if we let it, resist us if we fight it, and frighten us if we approach it with fear. It is unconquerable because it does nothing seeks nothing needs nothing it just is.”

Mark ended his presentation by re-iterating a very valid and pertinent point: “Great business lessons don’t always come in business books; they come in a lot of other ways. So while you are catching up on your reading, remember that the most valuable lessons in business are often those yet to be learnt yourself!”

If you are a woman in business who would like to learn more about the Poole Business Women’s Lunch Club check out www.businesswomenslunchclub.co.uk