Fastnet Race 2017

Ed who has been working for us this summer tells us about his experience in the Fastnet race 2017: “Last week I competed in The Fastnet, a 650 mile offshore yacht race, that has been described as the “Everest of sailing” which presents an enormous challenge to all...

A Level Results Day!

Results day can be a stressful time for school leavers but there is no need to worry! This year university applications are down on previous years and so it is a “buyers’ market”: if you have missed your grades then you may be able to find some good options through...

Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin The late Howard Hodgkin, ‘one of the greatest British artists of the past few decades’. Hodgkin who was knighted in 1992 for his impressive career as an artist passed away in March earlier this year. Hodgkin dedicated much of his career as an artist...

Vagabond

‘Did I just make more money on wine barrel futures than I did on the stock market?” -Suze Orman Fine wine boasts one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years – this is the perfect excuse to literally try before you buy! Here at Aldrich we appreciate...

GOOD MORNING CITY!

With time increasingly precious, there is no better way to see friends, clients, and set yourself up for a super productive day than with an early breakfast meeting.  Welcome to our Aldrich Guide to the best breakfast spots in the City: Hawksmoor...

Silicon Valley and Seneca

Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” Fortune‘s “40 under 40”, and an early-stage technology investor/advisor, who saw the success of Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba (and 50+ others) before anyone else. He’s the author of...

Keep safe in the age of cyber crime

Cybercrime has fast become the most common form of fraud and cost UK businesses over £34bn last year. Businesses and individuals have been victims of all types of crime from online scams to catastrophic viruses created by sophisticated hackers around the world....

Bank on Safety

In the same way that Freakonomics style studies have proved swimming pools more dangerous than guns, the proximity and familiarity of the junction at Bank undermines its status as one of London’s most dangerous intersections. Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City...

The Importance of Sleep

On average 36% of your life is spent sleeping. In perspective that means by the age of 90 you will have spent 32 years of your life snoozing – seems a lot doesn’t it? Sleep is undeniably important; countless reports stress the importance and necessity for sleep,...

Ride Mail Rail- The London Postal Museum

As much as we all hate the tube at this time of year, you must make your way back down to the Postal Museum rides opening this September. The museum portrays the immense role the underground Mail Rail played after it was built 90 years ago. The Mail Rail was first...

Flexible Working and ‘The Gig Economy’

In light of the discussion between Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Business Secretary and Uber, on the back of a major report on workers’ rights in the ‘Gig economy’ heard on Radio 4 our Wednesday blog this week is focussing on flexible employment.   The ‘gig...

5 Tips for impressing at interview

Turn up early. Bring all the required correct documents. Switch off your phone. Stern tone intended. Presentation: First impressions count, and the devil is in the detail. Posture: Shoulders back - imagining an invisible thread running from the crown of your head to...

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, on at the V & A until February 2018

The V & A is currently showcasing pieces from one of the biggest names in fashion, Christobal Balenciaga. The exhibition highlights some the designer’s most profound achievements and is a great opportunity to admire beautiful clothes. From ball gowns to work...

Aldrich’s top tips for writing your CV

Job hunting is a tough process and we want to help. Improve your prospects by marketing yourself and here are our top tips. Consistency, accuracy, grammar; when employers have hundreds of CVs to review so don’t let yours be put aside because of poor continuity,...

Jean – Michel Basquiat

Recent attention has been paid to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat following the record breaking sale of his work ‘Untitled’ last month. The work sold for over $110 million (£85 million) to Yusaka Maezawa, an unprecedented price tag for any American artist. Prior to...

A Level results – ‘The be-all and end-all’ ?

With the final A Level examinations finishing this week, thousands of school leavers will be thinking about what the future holds for them. Many students will have certain grades that they need to obtain to attend the University of their choice and those that have...

‘Time alone will prove an honest man’- Reputation and Sophocles

‘Time alone will prove an honest man’. Though Sophocles wrote these words two and half thousand years ago, they are still undoubtedly true today. Some may argue that the emphasis on bringing ‘honour to one’s family’ as a warrior, athlete or orator is less relevant...

The Office Group

Today Kate and I had the great pleasure of meeting clients in a really stunning office, a shared space oozing great energy. We signed in and out registering on an iPad, photo and id were taken swiftly and we moved into a very smart open area. Sat around a shared...

Shrouds of the Somme

Many people are aware of the extraordinary loss of life during World War I in the Somme campaign; over 1 million men died and a further 300,000 were wounded.   Few know that the bodies of 72,396 of the British servicemen who died there were never recovered or marked...

Productivity: Work smarter, not harder

Countless studies have shown us that productivity is key to overall performance at work. We know that working hard and for long hours doesn’t always make you better at your job, what you should really be doing is working ‘smarter’. Here at Aldrich, we like to work...

Giacometti At The Tate Modern

It’s impossible not to be captivated by Giacometti. One of the great painter-sculptors of the 20th Century, he was a restless innovator who experimented with a range of styles, historical sources and materials, whilst honing his unique artistic vision. This Tate...

Today’s EA / PA

Broadly, the EA / PA of today needs to develop their skills and strategic focus to best support their Executive.  Self-develop, stay motivated, stay informed and whether the core is the diary and complex travel, most PAs cry out for more involvement. There’s no point...

AMFAM

The 25th of May 2017 was not your average Thursday. We were all excited about participating in AMFAM DAY   but there’s a huge difference between reading the mission statement A MEAL FOR YOU = A WHOLE YEAR OF SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR ONE CHILD and actually believing it’s...

Communication Skills

Great communication skills are expected in almost all jobs today. Being able to quickly get information to your team, clients and customers is incredibly important.  Speaking multiple languages to a fluent standard is back in vogue and our clients are hoovering up the...

Oil Painting to Kitesurfing: Notes from the Bottom of Your CV

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ― Richard Feynman All Aldrich candidates have a desire to excel professionally, however, strewn across the bottom of most CVs are Interests, hobbies, moonlit...

University – Getting Started in the City

Goodbye…? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again? - A. A. Milne Time is invaluable – particularly when starting a career in the City. Starting a career within the City can be daunting, is there a right a way to commence our journey...

AMFAM – A Meal for a Meal Day

On the 25th of May, Aldrich & Co will be participating in AMFAM - A Meal for a Meal Day. This extraordinary initiative harnesses the simple demand for lunch in the in the City and makes it the driving force behind tackling malnutrition in India.  We contacted the...

Apprenticeships – Getting Started in the City

Getting one’s first serious job before or without going to university can be rather difficult. Employers generally look for candidates with relevant experience but you can’t get experience without being hired for jobs. This is where apprenticeships can provide a great...

Operation Smile

Having spent nearly two years with Operation Smile, most recently on a medical project in Morocco, arriving at Aldrich’s office near Moorgate was quite a change. The buzz of industry in the City is palpable and could not have been more different from the dusty streets...

Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers

Livery Companies trace their origins from their craft: making fans for instance in the 15thC was a prolific industry (for cooling the brows of elegant ladies in their tightly girdled gowns), the Fan Makers now support the aerospace industry. Emily and I are members of...

Vida Consultancy

The way we work One of the legacies of the 2008 financial crisis was the downsizing of staffing that naturally occurs for an interim period leaving office space empty. The way forward is to create co-working spaces, sharing is a positive and inspiring thing to do,...

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

The Queen was born in Bruton Street Mayfair on the 21 April 1926, she is 91 today and has been on the throne since 6th February 1952.  Her birthday will be marked publicly by gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and the Tower of London at midday.  Here at...

Lunch with Kate…

Say the word diet and I can't help thinking die with a t. If it involves eating like a rabbit for weeks on end, I struggle at the thought. That is of course until I discovered Rabbit on Kings Road in Chelsea where vegetables are now a complete revelation alongside...

Career Moves

My story started with redundancy in February 2016. Two months down the road my circumstances hadn’t changed. I was chasing a rainbow apparently - trying very hard to find a "non-classical" EA role. One sunny day in April 2016 I received a call from Aldrich about a...

Augustus Harris

What a find. The Aldrich team were introduced to Augustus Harris this week.  We skipped over to Covent Garden for drinks after work and were so impressed we thought it worth writing home about.   A table for 12, superb service, excellent wine and absolutely delicious...

Appraisal Planning Tool Kit For Managers

The appraisals can be successful in motivating employees and enhancing their performance. An effective appraisal will require planning. Keep your facts straight, record keeping is essential, no people manager has a perfect memory, so instances where an employee has...

Boat Race

I’m a regular on the tow path running throughout the year between Barnes and Putney Bridges generally early in the morning.  So I’ve got to know the tides, being out in all weathers and experiencing the changing seasons, the ebb and flow, river life, the wildlife –...

The Power of Advertising

When a business draws up its advertising campaign the first rule of thumb is to know your audience, perhaps this is why we can see a continued growth in online and social media advertising.  In today’s market we are increasingly inundated with fresh fashion and new...

Milk and Two Sugars?

My first job in the City, 30 years ago, was in Plantation House. How things have changed!  I look about the City today and wow, what a transformation.  Cranes everywhere, glass and steel decked buildings replacing natural stone. Lunch options were limited to...

Appraisals – get it out in the air

Appraisals are a vital career management tool which can be handled in a multitude of ways. Whether it be your first “appraisal meeting” since you joined your company and you are drawing towards the end of your probation period, or if you have your feet well under the...

Friday at the Fox

When Aldrich first moved in to Finsbury Circus, our local umbrella shop was the world renowned Fox Umbrellas. Their reputation for creating the finest of umbrellas was second to none: handmade, customised and maintained ideal for swashbuckling across London Bridge –...

Emma Bowman – A Profile

This week, Emma Bowman, who works in the COO  team in Global Corporate at Lloyds Commercial Bank kindly sat down with me to discuss the merits of the Returnship. Emma  spent 15 years in investment banking as an Asian Equity sales person broking to UK and European...

Richard Mosse at the Curve, Barbican

The Barbican has a new exhibition on in The Curve by documentary photographer and film maker Richard Mosse. Mosse has created a series of images and films documenting the refugee crisis in Europe and Northern Africa using a military grade camera, which allows him to...

Moving to London

Nine months ago I graduated from Reading University and I’m not embarrassed to say that the idea of life and a career post university unnerved me. I am a typical child of the millennium generation: I expected London and a job opportunity to happen immediately. My time...

KÊU

In the City there are lots of options to choose for lunch, too many, in fact. From numerous chains and coffee houses to unique, edgy delis to City institutions like Birleys, the options are endless.  I was always intrigued by KÊU, a Vietnamese deli which offers Saigon...

The Current Job Market

What is going on in the job market? Recent reports suggest that the number of permanent admin and secretarial positions is decreasing in London. At the same time, indicators show that there is an increase in service roles including hospitality, food, accommodation and...

BeyondMe – A Profile

Over coffee at South Place’s Chop House I caught up with Kawika Solidum to talk about his work as Chief Executive of BeyondMe.  BeyondMe is a social enterprise that brings together professionals, businesses and charities to make a meaningful impact on the world beyond...

My Career

Eighteen months ago I reached a crossroads in my career and decided to look for a change. A friend from university who worked for Aldrich recommended I meet with Eva and the team to talk through my options and ask their advice on next steps. A week later, I had handed...

Change is in the Air

We are seeing a lot of change in the City at the moment and it’s an exciting time to be here. From the development of Crossrail to the growing pressure to deal with air pollution, the City of London is at the cutting edge. Some of the changes going on around us at the...

Developing your career

Education is the key to developing your career and a great way to broaden your outlook. A really good resource for online learning with affordable courses in a really wide range of sectors is www.coursera.org. Investing in your self-development is so important and...

You Say You Want a Revolution? Exhibition at V&A

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be treated by friends to a surprise visit to the V&A’s Records and Rebels 1966 - 1970 exhibition. The exhibition is fantastic; its focus is the counter-culture that brought the changes that took place during the sixties. The...

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have been a traditional route into the workforce since the Middle Ages and they are back in favour supported by government initiatives.  An Apprenticeship must offer a combination of work and training and has been a fashionable way to recruit school...

Shabu Shabu

Cold, dark winter nights require a little bit of shaping up. We would recommend Shabu Shabu – it is a Japanese one pot dinner cooked at the dinner table using a portable gas stove (or revive the fondue burner!) with a pot called a Donabe (a wok would also work...

Supporting Wounded Veterans

I spent last weekend with the Business Challenge, Supporting Wounded Veterans.  With the slopes deserted after Davos’ World Economic Forum and our skis sharpened, we had the playground to ourselves.  The event was Skiing with Heroes.  Some of London’s leading asset...

Returning to Work

I’m not alone in recognising the importance of team diversity in a business. At Aldrich we spend much of our time attracting the bright new stars to the City and placing them in great jobs where they have no experience but so much potential. Their skills are yet to be...

Eiichi Kono – A Profile

In 1916 Edward Johnston revealed the type he had been commissioned to create by Frank Pick three years earlier to be used by London Transport on the public transport system. The iconic lettering and bullseye logo he created, which we see every day, has become...

Work Experience

Eight days into my work experience at Aldrich & Company I thought I’d take the opportunity to report on how it’s been going.   Firstly some background:  Aldrich & Co supported Team Archie’s charity www.teamarchie.org and my Dad bid for the work experience lot...

Nice Fish

Nice Fish. Even the title draws you in. It’s now into its final month of the run at the Harold Pinter theatre after transferring from a sold out season in New York and stars the man of the moment Mark Rylance. The story follows two men fishing on the ice pack on a...

Cracking the Interview

Life is an interview! Everyone you come across will be left an impression of you and your best self is the one you want to leave them with. None of us are perfect but there are moments in life when you realise that to achieve your goal you really will need to be...

Art

Over the past couple of weeks at least half of our office have been to see Art, the play currently running at The Old Vic. Starring Rufus Sewell (Serge), Tim Key (Yvan) and Paul Ritter (Marc) and directed by Matthew Warchus – this is the 20th anniversary of Yazmina...

New Year’s Resolutions

With two weeks off over the Christmas period, it is inevitable that people do some soul searching and question what they’re doing regarding their career. January is the opportunity for a fresh start, whether that means looking for a new job or exploring development...

Wreath Making at Christmas

Everyone seems to be doing it this Christmas, Instagram feeds are jam-packed with homemade wreaths and last week, Kim got stuck in. She spent an evening at a friend’s home doing a wreath making class run by Louise at Garland Flowers – a florist based in Muswell Hill....

The Aldrich Cocktail

Everybody has a favourite cocktail and I think they say quite a bit about the person, though it’s not one of our usual interview questions! Cocktails have been around since 1688 when for ‘the health of the nation’ King William of Orange reduced taxation on...

Writing your Cover Letter

We see around 300 applications every day. Put simply, the most effective covering emails are well constructed and succinctly detail the applicant’s objective.  A concise and well-formed cover email is absolutely critical. A few things to bear in mind are: You are...

William Kentridge at Whitechapel Gallery

Thick Time is the brilliant exhibition on at The Whitechapel Gallery at the moment, running until 15th January 2017. William Kentridge is a South African artist who is well known for his animated sketches and collages which explore the troubled history of South...

Writing your CV

Your CV is your marketing document, the first impression a recruiter or future employer will have of you. It must perfectly display your experience and what you will bring to the table. The tone needs to beautifully sum up your experience, skills and education. We...

Catherine Awards for Inspirational Women in Business

Yesterday, I mentioned that Kim and I were invited to the Grosvenor House Variety Club’s Catherine Awards for Inspirational Women in Business. Their inaugural event was sponsored by the Evening Standard. The winners were so inspirational. Charlotte Pearce was first up...

Variety Catherine Awards

Emily and Kim have been shortlisted for the Professional Service Award at the Variety Catherine Awards and so tonight they are off to the Grosvenor House where, along with 8 other categories which aim to highlight professional achievements across a range of sectors,...

Rickshaw India

“A 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower” “Why not?”, I asked myself. This crazy idea does actually exist, and it’s called The Rickshaw Run. Loosely organised by The Adventurists, this trip sees dozens of teams navigate themselves from...

Client Career Focus

We have had a huge amount of interest and comment from our readers on the subject of finding out what makes you tick and what you want from your career. It’s obviously a topic we’re all thinking about on some level. One of our readers who had been working for a large...

Book of the Week

A quick weekend read to get totally lost in. A friend recommended this book to me this summer and it sat on my shelf for a few weeks after buying it, the cover is not that appealing and I was mid-way through last year’s Man Booker winner, the epic Brief History of...

The Power Hours

The first two hours of your day are likely to be when you are most effective. Are you working efficiently or do you feel swamped? To start with: Plan your day the night before Recognise that the greatest distraction is your inbox; draining time and efficiency You have...

The Libertine reviewed by Natasha Hotung

Dominic Cooper takes on the role of the libidinous and John Wilmot, playwright and poet, the Second Earl of Rochester in The Libertine, currently showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. This enticing narrative of a hedonist, living life recklessly to the full in the...

Mentors

You are growing your career and you need support and guidance from an experienced business professional.  At any stage in your career it’s important to seek a mentor who you can learn from. Someone who you can bounce ideas off, discuss your strategy with and explore...

Aldrich & Company 22nd Anniversary

Today we celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the incorporation of Aldrich & Company. With 56 days to go until we opened the office in Salisbury House we were busy designing stationery, signing leases, hiring staff and working out what the internet was and whether it...

Map your job search

If you were building a house, you would start with a professional: an architect, then a structural engineer, historic building consultants before moving the specialist crafts, interiors, lighting, etc. Prior to embarking on a project of this scale you would have given...

Gin Lab Experience

Tucked away off Fleet Street is the City of London Distillery, enter through a side street and go down into the atmospheric bar. The walls are lined with the gins they produce, two of which have just won extremely prestigious awards at the San Francisco World Spirits...

Top Tip for lunch in the City

For those of you not yet in the know, tucked away on Artillery Passage, Ottolenghi has opened a café and they deliver delicious working lunches. When the Aldrich & Company team get together to celebrate or strategize, it's always a great excuse to eat something...

So you are an undergrad and considering your options…

It’s mid-October.  First Years — have you got a spring week sorted out? If not, how on earth are you going to get an internship after your second year? Second Years — have you got an internship lined up? If not, what are you doing with your lives? Grad scheme offers...

Top tip for lunch in the City

I joined Aldrich & Co earlier this year, my first job in the City. It took a while before I had the time to venture out for lunch to explore as the pace in the office is fast, with the constant flow of candidate enquiries especially during their lunchbreaks! After...

Columbia Road

Sundays in London are made for Columbia Road Flower Market especially when the sun is out. It’s a cacophony of noise, chaos and colour with great independent shops shadowed for the day as the entire street is transformed with stalls selling whichever flowers are in...

Meeting Mother Teresa

A month ago Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a Saint. The news took me straight back to one of my visits to Kolkata, India. At the time I was working for ORBIS, an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to saving sight worldwide....

Akshaya Patra Foundation

One in three of the world's malnourished children and over 30% of the world's illiterate population lives in India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes that no child should be deprived of education because of hunger.  They recently served their two billionth meal,...

Five Senses

A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, sugar, almonds and natural flavours. Having just returned from a most delicious Autumn launch by Pierre Hermé, I can safely say that no other patisserie can compete with their macarons.  Their shop on...

Work Experience

In July this year I finished my last year of school and I came to the daunting realisation that one day, one day very soon, I was going to have to get a job! To get my foot in the door, I went to Aldrich & Company for 2 weeks to gain some work experience. The fact...

The Return To Hampstead

Having lived in Hertfordshire for over ten years, I recently moved back to my spiritual home - Hampstead!  A wonderful haven, so close to the centre of London but worlds apart from the bustle of the City. I have been drawn back time and time again to this area where...

My Australian Adventure

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to travel to Australia. We travelled across the country starting in Perth and ending up in Sydney, via Adelaide, Melbourne and Port Douglas. One of our stops was the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland where we booked into an Eco Lodge...

Transition Abroad

A Kiwi in London - a rite of passage switching hemispheres, widening perspectives. I took a well-trodden path from a small and close knit country to the fast paced hustle and bustle of one of the largest cities in the world - definitely a culture shock. Brisk walking...

Top 5 Summer Reads

No holiday is complete without a good book to while away hours in the sun and totally escape with. My holidays tend to revolve around how to pack my clothes in around all the books I'm desperate to cram in!  Here are my 5 books to take away with you this summer: The...

Wine Musings, Feature 1

Last weekend I went in search of something a little more special to serve at a small gathering that I was hosting. The forecast was fine and a formal sit down had been benched for a more relaxed affair in the garden, thinking twinkly lights... A visit to our wine...

Cycling Coast to Coast 2016

This year I took up the challenge to cycle across the Southern Pyrenees from Bilbao to Barcelona, I accepted my two friends suggestion of the proposed 600 km cycle over 5 days. They are sensible chaps – CEO of a global investment bank and client of ours  and a leading...