The Grovelands Business Review team sets off to Canary Wharf for the first ever Grovelands Contractor Registration Day.
There’s no substitute for face-to-face contact when it comes to attracting quality people to the Grovelands brand – so getting out of the office and into the real world is an absolute must.
With that in mind the Business Review team set off to Canary Wharf last week for the first ever Grovelands contractor Registration Day.
The idea was to show quality contractors working at the Financial Ombudsman Service – many who had not even heard of Grovelands – that a new agency armed with exciting opportunities was literally on their doorstep. We wanted everyone who walked away from their meeting to leave with the feeling that we are a credible, dynamic organisation with the potential to partner them in their future career.
However, the problem with planning these kinds of events is that you never quite know how many people are going to turn up (if any!). Visions of anxious door-watching or unmanageable lunchtime stampedes floated before us on the early morning London train.
But perhaps by luck rather than judgement the days went really well – even better than expected.
We had four interviewers on duty – Shonagh, Sam and Ashleigh and myself – as well as the invaluable Lucy from the Associate Care team. The general skills and experience of the steady stream of contractors we met was impressive, although due to the level of interest we weren’t able to chat to anyone for quite as long as we would have liked. The important thing was that those who came learned our names, saw our faces and heard about the type of opportunities we have to offer, both now and in the future.
The only sour note during the day was the almost complete lack of interest in our complimentary Grovelands mints! We took over 1,000 but perhaps slightly overestimated the number of sweet-toothed contractors as we only managed to shift a frankly embarrassing 15. Sam won the competition to give away the most sweets with the paltry score of 4. Perhaps we should take chocolates next time… any suggestions welcome!