LDN CRU

London Cru, established in 2013 as a part of Roberson Wine, is the first urban winery in London. It was set up by Cliff Roberson who has been in the wine trade for over 60 years and saw making a wine in the heart of the capital as a brilliant way to engage people...

A Riot of Colour

I met the artist Howard Hodgkin on my 50th birthday at his studio and took this snap of his floor which I love for the memory of the man and his work without exploiting copyright. Born in 1932 Howard Hodgkin died in March 2017. He was passionate about his work and...

Fresh thinking

Your job search gives you the ultimate opportunity to have a good, clean start and beginning with a clear head and a blank sheet is great, as I have mentioned before. However, your history to date does feature at the core and it is important to stick to the facts...

Off to the Races!

https://www.epsomderby.co.uk/ We are super excited to be off to the races!  One of the greatest racing events - so atmospheric, with top hats and tails we are really going to town.  I go every year with friends and family and it is the biggest day in my calendar and I...

The Handshake – a globally accepted greeting

First impressions. What does your handshake say about you?  In Japan the usually light handshake is appropriate and with little or no eye contact. Maybe with a bow – which is a highly regarded greeting showing respect. Handshaking, is a silent language, which is used...

Word Choice in Business Communication

I am currently reading Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. As the first woman to have fully translated and published Homer's masterpiece, word choice was something that was at the front of her mind throughout the process. She morphed the epic...

The Weekend – So much to look forward to!

The highlight this weekend is clearly The Royal Wedding and many of us will be celebrating with the happy couple as they exchange vows in Windsor. Bunting and Union Jacks, sunshine and champagne.  If you haven’t got an invitation there are various options – and...

Join our Team

We are expanding and looking for a dedicated, motivated and ambitious graduate-calibre individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join our team. Focused on placing high quality business support staff in the most prestigious Financial Services...

Shooting at Belvoir Castle

The heat was on at the annual Belvoir Castle Charity Shoot hosted by Their Graces the Duke & Duchess of Rutland in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust. It was boisterous and great fun - 5 drives with some very high and challenging...

Emotional Intelligence

We all plan to start the new year with great hope and optimism and this is no different from starting a new job.  With research predicting that 30% of tasks and 60% of occupations could be computerised, robotics threatens to eliminate thousands of jobs, career success...

Get a dream job

I have known Aldrich for a while, my sister had been placed (extremely well!) into her dream job by Aldrich so when the time came for me to consider my future the first call I made was to Digby for some sound advice. During my first meeting I met the entire team and...

5 Top Tips for Advanced Presenters – Juliette Ash

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars” Mark Twain Even seasoned presenters find it challenging to prepare and deliver outstanding presentations every time. As Ralph Nader, the American political activist, author, lecturer &...

What’s in a name

This morning we received the Royal announcement, the name of the new Prince, Louis Arthur Charles.  And that got us thinking… Celebrities, perhaps uninspired by their given names, adopted new ones along the road to stardom I’m thinking of Reginald Kenneth Dwight...

Board Intelligence

The bulk of businesses succeed or fail based on the effectiveness of their board; and the best boards succeed not just on the ability of their directors, but on the quality and efficiency of the information they receive. Board Intelligence power boardroom...

The Road Well-Travelled

Months ago and sparked by a conversation about mental health at work I was asked to join Malcolm Hollis on their charity day, fund raising for Heads Together, the mental health charity in memory of their colleague Dan Pryke. Setting off early as the mists rose we zig...

Reaching Heights!

The City of London is home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture. Ranging from 11th Century medieval fortresses like the Tower of London to impressive feats of modern engineering like The Shard that have been completed in the since the turn of the 21st...

It’s warming up

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get running, unless you started this a long while back and are training for the London Marathon on the 22nd April of course! In which case good luck! And the temperature is set to rise to low 20’s! I recommend having a session...

Happiness at work

Martin Seligman’s positive psychology in the work place: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-in-mind/201802/happy-work Positive psychology can be used in a variety of ways to increase happiness and satisfaction in the workplace. To put this into place,...

Skinny Bakery

This week I had the opportunity to have a week’s work experience at Aldrich and have loved my time here. I have learned so much, the team have taught me business skills which make so much sense and have given me a foundation to prepare me for my future career in Human...

Philosophy in Business?

Philosophy and Business don’t necessarily appear to be closely linked. However, they are! Our purpose in life is to flourish and seek the good for human life, bringing fulfillment as Aristotle’s phrase Eudaimonia captures.  A good business pursues the goal of...

Happy Easter

What makes us happy? I can give you a long list – but here at Aldrich we specialise in shortlists! If you have read our previous blogs, you will what is on, everything from the theatre to latest exhibitions as well as career tips like how to ace an interview. I...

In the Land of Plenty

In the Land of Plenty Andreas Gursky is one of the most famous photographers of our time. His works have been described as a magnificent depictions of our modern world, gloriously orchestrated compositions with over-saturated colour spectrums that transcend detail....

The Wonder Drug or Bug!

Fitness trends come and go, and the nation is embracing the benefits of keeping fit if the inclusion of gym wear in the latest RPI/CPI basket of goods says anything.  Possibly the fact that, recently, scientific research has determined that being super fit is likely...

Floralegium

How often do we hear how a career falls into your life quite by accident? Victoria Neave’s career blossomed quite by chance; a  friend wanted some flowers from New Covent Garden Market and she said she’d collect them, immediately smitten with the market and of course...

Enquire to Acquire

It is important to make sure you have questions to ask in your interview as this will allow your interviewer to feel that you are really engaged with the role and are enthusiastic to learn more. Although every interview is different, there is no doubt that an open...

News and Views

Our business is built from a passion to help others achieve their career goals. We have an extremely happy supportive culture where success is celebrated and shared.  We’re all unique and our transformational coaching supports people throughout their careers.  We...

Do Your Research

If you want to ace an interview, make sure you do plenty of research in advance. Stating the obvious, it is so important that you are well informed; interviewers will judge your knowledge about the firm as an indicator of your interest. A quick scoot through Google on...

Rhyme and Reason

The pleasure and personal benefit derived from reading, reciting and writing poetry is sometimes overlooked.  An ancient art and important method of communicating from declarations of love to political message.  Looking back through history much of early literature...

Mistakes

Anyone can make a mistake, it is entirely normal.  What you learn from your mistakes is the critical element of learning. It is inevitable – because if you fear failure you won’t progress. Our most effective lessons are from great mentors or experience and yes it’s...

Salome at The ROH

A thrilling, but unrelentingly distressing story fortified with desire, socio-political and religious tension and sexual violence. A German modernist masterpiece first produced by Richard Strauss in 1908 and based on Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play, originally written in...

Change

Before you start interviewing for new roles it is most important to prepare yourself. Arriving at the decision to change jobs brings a sense of excitement, some trepidation and opportunity. Our advice is to really think through this big step to enable you to make the...

ABBA: Super Troupers

A must for any ABBA fan, this exhibition celebrates the Swedish pop sensation as they take over 1970s Britain. An immersive, ambitious exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker (a long term fan), it was developed alongside the Abba Museum in Stockholm, and brings fans...

The Landscape of Recruitment

The landscape of Recruitment is going to be vastly different in 20 years’ time. According to PwC up to 30% of existing UK jobs could be impacted by automation by the early 2030s. In a rapidly changing world, embracing the human element and putting it at the core of...

‘Silicon Valley is coming…’

‘Silicon valley is coming’ said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in his April 2015 annual letter to shareholders. Nearly three years on, most would suggest that he was right ‘on the money’. The context of this statement is that he was suggesting there will be a huge...

What not to say in a job interview

When preparing some of our excellent candidates to go out for interviews with our clients we may give advice on how to ace the interview. This could be extra insight into the firm or the interviewer, particular strengths that the candidate has or clear constructive...

Work to your strengths

‘Each man delights in the work that suits him best.’ – Homer, Iliad, Book XIV Developing one’s skills is central to workplace success. Although it is of course necessary to try to turn one’s weaknesses into strengths, it is hugely important to recognise that, to a...

Memory

‘Memory is the mother of all wisdom’ - Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound With the rise of the internet, professionals in huge numbers have moved away from maintaining excellent factual knowledge of their area of expertise because the information is all available online, a...

Charles I: King and Collector

Treasures reunited at the Royal Academy During his reign, Charles I acquired and commissioned a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures, including pieces by Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck, rendering him one of the most significant art collectors (and...

Staying focused

It is all too easy to let time fly.  January is coming to a close, it’s important to continually take stock and have a conversation with yourself. Set your sights high – be ambitious in your goals, but don’t ignore what it will take to get there.   You will need to be...

Modigliani at the Tate

During his short and tumultuous life, Modigliani produced some of the most extraordinary paintings of the 20th century. This exhibition at the Tate contains the largest selection of his nudes ever reunited in the UK, as well as his lesser known sculptures and...

Leadership

Following on from last week and our discussion of the importance of team work, this week we are turning our attention to what makes an exceptional team leader? Perhaps one of the most notable examples is Winston Churchill. Churchill, a wartime hero, had nothing to...

Impressionists in London

This exhibition presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots. In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and...

The Value of Team Work

With the New Year upon us we wanted to kick start our Career Blog with a focus on what matters most: teamwork. We spend on average 47 hours per week at work, your team are who you share, breakfast and lunch with and will support you through both success and times of...

Meeting the team at Aldrich & Co.

After completing a full-time masters in October 2017, I started my job search. Recent reports of rising inflation, declining value of the sterling, slowing economic growth and a stagnant job market were enough to put even to most optimistic job searcher on alert. I...

A Hotel Stay to Remember

The Ned has made a huge impact on the City from dawn ‘till dusk. The hub of the City now has a great hotel which is part of Soho House group. They have outstanding restaurants – and every whim is catered for,  it’s a vibrant and happening place with the chicest rooms...

New Year Around The World

New Year around The World   Much like Christmas, the New Year is celebrated differently around the world.   As 2018 sweeps across different time zones, (starting with Samoa and Christmas Island) we can witness the global phenomenon of the Times Square ‘ball drop’, the...

The Art of Oratory

Kennedy to Churchill, Castro to Cicero: The exceptional ability to command, persuade and inspire using the power of the spoken word is the common thread that unites these leaders.   Public speaking is still as relevant today, and using this specific kind of...

Merry Christmas

We have just come back from India and our visit prompted me to think of how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Well in India, it’s relatively quite a small festival – due to the number of people who are Christians (about 2.3%) compared to people of other...

A Family Recipe

Mince pies   My dear Granny Grange would arrive for Christmas with the very best present possible, trays of her special mince pies.  Going through her ancient and lovingly written receipts we have been practicing this time honoured tradition and now wish to share it...

Leadership Vs Management

Is it more important to be a good leader or a good manager? It’s important to specify that while they’re certainly not mutually exclusive, the relationship between the two isn’t quite as symbiotic as it might appear. Management and leadership require entirely...

Locanda Locatelli

Locanda Locatelli at the Hyatt Regency in Marylebone, Digby had chicken parcels made from the finest pasta in a consommé, then a risotto with black truffle followed by cinnamon ice-cream. Another late night but so much fun, somebody's got to do it. You need a white...

General Data Protection Regulation

All businesses handling personal data are assessing their procedures and the financial services sector is certainly no exception as the new data protection law comes into force in May 2018.  The penalties are considerable – potentially 4% of annual turnover for...

G&T at The Ned

The new Ned has made a huge impact offering outstanding restaurants, a lively vibe and the chicest rooms in the Square Mile. Their rooms are so fabulous, based on the 1920 designs, staying on a Sunday night last week was a great luxury, having had lunch on the roof...

Homer: An Ancient Innovator?

Homer is widely considered the father of all Western literature. He is famed for his two epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, describing in beautiful dactylic hexameter the rage of swift footed Achilles and the siege and destruction of Ilium at Troy as well as the...

Christmas Preparations

We’ve been dazzled by some of the stunning Christmas decorations that are popping up all over London. Here at Aldrich & Co , we are also getting into the festive spirit. Tinsel is being hung across desks, catchy jingles are being played and the office Christmas tree...

The Ferryman

I thoroughly recommend you to go and see the play. Headlined as EPIC – now that’s quite something to live up to.  The play was set on one long day in a farm kitchen, there were children – the youngest was just 9 months, animals; rabbits and geese, being geese. The...

Work Experience at Aldrich & Co.

This year we have hosted fortnight long (or too short in most cases!) work experience programmes for candidates of all levels, from school and university graduates, gappies, inbetweeners and returners. The experience scheme aims to provide a broader understanding of...

India: A History in Nine Stories

I’m just back from Mumbai having seen an extraordinary exhibition, a collaboration of between the British Museum, The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum (CSMVS) and the National Museum of Delhi. Five years in the making, the exhibition opened with fanfare on the lawns...

An insight into Asset Management

I had the absolute pleasure of spending two weeks temping on the reception desk for a Global Asset Management Firm in the City. The notion of working for such a well renowned firm filled me with such exhilaration and enthusiasm, which only doubled in size when I...

Remembering Rae

It has been 96 years since we initiated the poppy to remember fallen military personnel, with Saturday 11th round the corner, we are looking back on the extraordinary war tale of Major Keith Rae – a gunner officer with the 97th (Kent Yeomanry). June 12 1940, on the...

Women in World War 1

With Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th, we wanted to take an opportunity to think about the impact of the service given by women across the UK during the First World War, and the role it played in reshaping the employment market. Between 4-5.5 million soldiers were...

Rex Whistler

I recently had the pleasure of having lunch at the Rex Whistler Restaurant at the Tate. Named after the famous artist of the 20th century, Whistler was commissioned to paint the mural called ‘The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats’ and the stunning restaurant has...

Garden Party in the City

Located in the heart of one of the City’s rare garden squares, next to the famous St. Botolph church, The Ivy City garden transports you to a different era. A classic style bar envokes sentiments of the 1930’s Art Deco movements, and the feeling is compounded by the...

Recruiting with a passion!

Over the years I have come across many recruiters and hear some outrageous stories but more often some exceedingly humbling and heart-warming stories on the subject.  Good recruiters have the skills and the abilities to maintain balanced relationships with both...

For Soldiers. On Horses. In armour

Home to the glorious Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Queens Life Guards, the ‘dramatically modern and uncompromising’ Barracks are quite a sight! The historic landmark was constructed in 1785 – four years before the French Revolution! The stables though,...

The Power of the MBA

Is an MBA the key to success in the business world? Most people would probably answer that question in the affirmative, and with good reason. The top MBA programs in the UK; London Business School, LSE, Oxford, Wawrick etc. all have extensive alumni networks that...

Bake and sell from home!

Passionate about baking? Have a consistent need to churn out those yummy carrot cupcakes? Start a baking business from home! It’s not as daunting as it sounds – so long as your goods taste absolutely scrumptious, the rest is attention to detail! So how do you go about...

Decision making under pressure

We have all been there, the clock is ticking and you are being pressed to make a decision, do you “just trust your gut”, what exactly is this instinct? Decisions made unconsciously before our rational mind interferes are often better – but returning briefly to the gut...

The Western Canon

‘Avid reader’ you write on your CV. This opens up the opportunity for all interviewers you meet to ask you what you are currently reading. You would be shocked at the number of candidates who are apparently ‘avid readers’ but haven’t read a full length book since...

Finishing Education?

Finishing education is one of the most celebrated events of one’s younger years; this allows for a great sense of achievement and self-pride.   However, following this is the much-anticipated job search which may seem daunting when one hasn’t experienced looking for a...

Trafalgar Square – 5 Facts

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was born 259 years ago today!   We wanted to celebrate Nelson by sharing 5 little known facts about Trafalgar Square with you.   Nelson’s column Built in 1843, Nelson’s column was built to honour Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and his naval...

Alternative Studying

Most people working within Financial Services in the UK follow a very streamlined educational path. GCSEs, A-Levels and then a Bachelor’s degree, occasionally with a gap year in between A Levels and university. Although this is the traditional educational route, some...

The Meisner Technique

“The Sanford Meisner Technique is defined as the simple act of doing – of action borne on emotion, which takes place one honest moment at a time.”  – Sanford Meisner This is the beautiful, frustrating, gloriously simple principle of the Meisner Technique, an approach...

Recruitment: Caesar to the City

Recruitment  -  an industry with a long and rich history that dates back to at least 55BCE. The first recorded consultancy arrangement was during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar. In 55BCE Julius Caesar signed a decree stating that any soldier in...

Cocoa May

About half an hour ago, we received a box of handmade brownies. At the time of writing, there is not a single one left. The author looks not unlike Bruce Bogtrotter. This blog is a homage to the chef, entrepreneur and caramel alchemist Rosie Yates, the founder of new...

Dressed to Impress

What exactly should you wear to work? In a simpler time, employers would issue strict dress codes, banning certain colours, garments and even some hairstyles. However, in today’s ever-changing world, the official dress code has taken a back seat and left people...

Build your website in 10 days

One of the biggest issues facing entrepreneurs and business owners is time scarcity. Often, we're the head of finance, the marketing master, the chief decision maker, the key account manager and the sole implementer. So when we decide to tackle something new on our...

DON’T PANIC

As you head into your final year at University, big decisions need to be made. It has finally dawned on you that it is time to address the career issue :-/ Fortunately, all the key indicators of what you enjoy and will be good at are probably there already – it’s just...

Kim St John

Kim has been at the forefront of the Temp Business since the founding of Aldrich & Company in 1995 and has worked tirelessly to build Aldrich & Co into one of the premier recruitment firms in the City of London today.  However, after 37 years in the recruitment...

“What is your definition of success?”

What a tricky question to be asked in an interview! This is more than merely a test to see if you think on your feet. Your definition of success reveals a multitude of unspoken values, and if you hadn’t previously taken the time to really consider your answer, you...

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...

Want an investment role?

Rathbones is one of the leading investment management firms in the UK. With an established reputation for integrity and excellence, it holds some of the most sought after jobs in the City. To illuminate the path of aspiring asset managers, support staff and graduates...

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 economy’ is...

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 attire...

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...