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Positioning for Success: The first Newman Stewart Away Day

After a record breaking year in which we continued to see significant double digit growth despite investments in people and technology, we decided to celebrate with our rapidly expanding team at our first ever away day held at Ripley Castle.

As well as a chance for some fun and frolicks with the Live for Today team in the Ripley Castle grounds, this was also a great opportunity to look back on the past year’s achievements, celebrate team successes, and start to put plans in place for the year ahead.

The art of conversation

We opened the day with an inspiring TED talk by the American radio host Celeste Headlee on ‘The art of conversation’. Headlee gave the team some great insights into the importance of listening and being present when speaking with people, and in using open ended questions to elicit engagement.

Leading by example

John Tilbrook, Managing Director of Newman Stewart, then kicked off proceedings by talking about 2017 successes and how we are going to consolidate on this to achieve our growth plans and priorities going forward. he also talked about some exciting and considerable investments which we hope to come to fruition in the next few months.

“After an exceptional year of growth where we have seen the team increase by almost 50%, I am very excited that we now have the structure in place to continue to build a go-to brand, and a company culture that encourages innovation and excellence” concluded John.

Building a stand out brand

Next to the floor, was Jo Birtle, Head of Marketing, who shared plans for the next 90 days which include a new website launch and content marketing initiatives to drive awareness of the Newman Stewart brand and to position the business as an expert in the sectors in which they operate.

“Newman Stewart has worked globally, as the executive search partner of choice with hundreds of clients, many of whom use us again and again, and who know the exceptional service that Newman Stewart offers, and the principles which we live by. As we grow, it’s important that our brand is shown to be maturing and that everything we do is representative of that high quality service. It’s exciting times!”

A great place to work

A key part of attracting and retaining employees at Newman Stewart will be our human resources policies and company culture. Georgina Sanderson, who recently started as Head of HR and Finance, discussed some of the initiatives put in place to make Newman Stewart a great place to work. These include new bonus structures and benefits, flexible working hours, dress down days and a culture of listening and feedback. As well as this we recently launched a new Associate Programme to attract graduates into the business, with a focus on mentoring and development.

Very much a part of the Newman Stewart culture is our focus on helping others. We recently announced that this year we will be supporting local charity, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. Branded NS GivingBack, so far we have participated in national wear red day, holding a red picnic, with lots more great events planned.

Recognising and rewarding success

The morning session was rounded off nicely by presentation of awards to the top fee earners in the last financial year, and the team player award, voted for by all Newman Stewart employees.

After some lunch, the team braved the cold to take part in some team building activities hosted by Live for Today events. Activities included making a sustainable fire, getting team members across a rope bridge, and across stepping stones without touching the ground, and even building russian dolls blindfolded!

Newman Stewart 2.0

Now, humour me if you will. Imagine it is the year 2094 and the moon is open for business. (Maybe not as far fetched as it might have been a month ago thanks to Elon Musk and SpaceX). You are tasked with setting up and staffing a shop. This was the final task we were faced with, and had to find QR codes dotted around the village of Ripley, and scan them to give us clues that would help us work out the soonest date we would be able to open for business. Of course, being recruiters, there was some strong team rivalry, but a fantastic day was had by all, and a great camaraderie reinforcing our commitment to driving the business forward. It really did feel like the beginnings of a new era, Newman Stewart 2.0.

If Newman Stewart can help your business growth plans, contact our team now on 01937 541395.

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