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London Book Fair 2017 | Our Thoughts

London Book Fair | Our Thoughts

London Book Fair | Our Thoughts

Last week was the London Book Fair and it was an extremely successful and enjoyable week for all those that attended. A lot of deals were made, books were announced and on our stand we had a lot of conversations with job-seekers.

You can take a look at some of the stands at the fair and the events that took place in our YouTube video.

We thought we would share some of our favourite moments of the book fair this year as it was such a great week.

Our Favourite Moments

Alison thoroughly enjoyed meeting people at the Careers Clinic on Thursday.  She hopes that it was as helpful as it was fun.

Careers Clinic Book Fair

Karine was very pleased to see so many people taking part in our daily book-token competition, with many people coming up to the stand to say ‘Atwood Tate we’re hear you’re great!’ She also enjoyed the ALPSP event on Tuesday afternoon.

The stands at the fair this year were fantastic! Kellie was very impressed by the Usborne stand which was decorated like a tree-house – you can see it in our YouTube video. Ellie enjoyed wandering around the fair meeting all the different people, seeing the stands and the general going-ons of the event.

Helen enjoyed talking to people at the Faber stand. They were handing out milk bottle sweets to celebrate the announcement of a new book The Secret Life of Cows. They were ‘over the moo-oon’.

Not only were the stands well decorated but the general decoration of the fair was wonderful. There was a yellow brick road seating area to celebrate the news that Michael Morpurgo, the fair’s author of the day on Thursday, was writing a re-telling of the Wizard of Oz from Toto’s perspective. There was a also a seating area made of giant Stilettos and lips for seats, which was Christina’s favourite.

The seminars this year were fascinating. We attended numerous talks and learnt a great deal of things about the publishing industry. For more details on what we discovered at a seminar on the effects of Brexit on publishing see here.

Michael’s favourite part of the whole fair was the atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly, happy to talk and to take pictures.

Book Fair

Meeting people at the fair, both clients and job-seekers, was the definite highlight of ours at Atwood Tate.  We had fun and we hope you did too.

Let us know what your favourite part of the London Book Fair in the comments below. Or contact us on any of our social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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Our Christmas Reads 2016

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It’s Christmas Eve Eve! And today is the last day in the office for the Atwood Tate Staff. As such, we’re all looking forward to going home, being with our families and settling down with some good Christmas reads before the big day on Sunday!

We were discussing our Christmas Reads in the office and realised that we are reading across a wide range of genres this year! Some of us are reading Christmas Classics, others are settling down to read bestselling novels they’ve been meaning to read for a while and others are reading Christmas themed tales with their children!

There’s a real mix of fiction, poetry, genre and the best of famous Christmas literature!

Take a look at what we’ll be reading this Christmas!

Our Christmas Reads

Ellie will be reading:

  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C More

Michael is reading:

  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Helen and her Family will be reading:

  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • The Complete Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Christmas Reads

Karine is reading:

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Alison will be reading:

  • All the Days and Nights by William Maxwell

Olivia is reading:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

What are you reading this Christmas? A Christmas classic to get you in the Christmassy mood or a book that’s been sat on your To-Be-Read shelf for the last year?

Let us know in the comments below or via social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

 

*** Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our offices will be closed Monday 26th December – Monday 2nd January, reopening Tuesday 3rd January. You can still register with Atwood Tate online at www.atwoodtate.co.uk***

 

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Atwood Tate: 2016 Achievements

If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen that today we released an exclusive Atwood Tate Infographic charting the achievements of Atwood Tate over 2016.

It has been a great year! We’ve placed lot of candidates in wonderful jobs across all sectors in permanent, part-time, contract, freelance and temping roles! We’ve expanded into IT roles and grown our B2B desk even more from 2015, and have also developed our social media! We now have an Instagram account and a new YouTube Channel!

It’s been an exciting year for the company as well as the staff, who have not only grown in number over 2016 but also went bowling, golfing and took part in a Walking Challenge for our charity Beanstalk!

Take a look at some of the achievements we’ve had in the timeline below.

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Atwood Tate’s 2016 Achievements Summary:

  • We have 4 new members of staff:

David Martin – David joined in September and handles all IT roles across Publishing, contact David: davidmartin@atwoodtate.co.uk

Lisa Smars – Lisa joined the Oxford team in June and handles Academic, Professional & STM roles outside of London, contact Lisa: lisasmars@atwoodtate.co.uk

Lucy Slater – Lucy joined in Atwood Tate as an Administrator in December 2015 but was promoted to Publishing Recruitment Consultant in July. She handles Design, Production, Operations, Print & Distribution roles in London and the South East. Contact Lucy: lucyslater@atwoodtate.co.uk

Ellie Pilcher – Ellie joined the London team as a maternity cover Administrator in July and has since been made permanent and promoted to Administrator and Social Media Coordinator. Contact Ellie: eleanorpilcher@atwoodtate.co.uk

  • Atwood Tate got a new website, an Instagram account and a YouTube Channel
  • Have completed multiple charity challenges in aid of Beanstalk! See here for more details on our last challenge
  • Karine Nicpon & Claire Louise Kemp have been promoted to Senior Publishing Recruitment Consultants! Karine handles Editorial B2B & STM roles in London whilst Claire Louise handles Trade, B2B and Educational roles in the Oxford Office
  • The Temps Team had a record-breaking month in October, having the most temps we’ve ever had out on jobs at one time!

It’s been wonderful!

And whilst it may be a bit early to say so, what with Christmas still to come and one more week left of work, we hope that 2017 is just as good, if not better than 2016!

Be sure to follow us on social media for more updates and advice about publishing: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & LinkedIn!

Merry Christmas!

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Introducing our new YouTube Channel

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We’ve started a YouTube Channel!

If you’ve been following our Instagram and Twitter feeds you would know that yesterday we released our first ever Atwood Tate YouTube video!

Atwood Tate | Who Are We

We’ve started basic but soon we hope to be adding weekly content about things that you want to know about: how a specialist Publishing Recruitment agency works, the jobs we handle, the best ways to get a job in Publishing and more!

The reason we started our YouTube channel is to grow our presence across Social Media and better explain what we do and how we can help people find a job in Publishing in an interactive way! We want to make videos that you want to watch so if you have any questions or ideas send them our way! Comment below or let us know on another of social media accounts!

This channel will also allow you to meet our Atwood Tate team! From both our London and Oxford offices! We’re all going to be getting involved!

In yesterday’s video you meet two of our staff members: Karine Nicpon and Helen Speedy.

Karine is a Senior Publishing Consultant who handles editorial jobs in the STM & B2B sectors whilst Helen is the Associate Director of Atwood Tate and handles more Senior Roles across the whole of the publishing industry; she also manages the Perm (permanent jobs) team.

In the future we hope that you’ll get to hear from all of us Atwood, and understand the roles each of us play in the office, not to mention which consultant would be best to send your CV when you start looking for a job! That video will be coming up soon so keep your eye out for that!

You can follow all that we are doing on our YouTube channel and more on all of our Social Media Links: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram.

If you haven’t entered our Giveaway yet you have only 1 week to go! You could win a Stocking full of Christmas Goodies!

Merry Christmas!

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PPA Business Class: Tech and Data One Summary

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PPA Business Class: Tech and Data One Summary

A week ago Friday, Kellie and I attended The Tech and Data One, an event put together by the PPA (Business Class). The event was held at M by Montcalm in the heart of London’s tech city.

The event was excellently executed with well thought-out content coupled with interesting debate. It was an opportunity to meet publishers and suppliers (to publishers) alike from Chief Technology Officers to Chief Data Officers, Strategists and Compliance Specialists (as well as top of their game consultants from the recruitment sector!).

  • Chaired by Chris Fosberry, CTO of Argus Media, the event kicked off with a panel discussion involving Mark Brincat, CTO of The Economist Group, Mike Fraser, CTO of Wilmington PLC and Jonny Kaldor, Co-Founder of the Kaldor Group covering the implementation of the right technology, the best strategy, skill-set and partnerships  in order to help the business grow and flourish.
  • Sean Hayes, Group head of Data from Incisive Media was next presenting Data, Data Everywhere which was all about getting the right data strategy for the business and utilising the best data so that the correct demographic knows your product and services, increasing the revenue stream.
  • Following this, and beautifully delivered by Duncan Smith, Director iCompli with a touch of clever humour, was an interesting piece on compliance regarding the use of data, where we are with it and where we’re going. Lookout for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation!).
  • To conclude the presentations, Lee Atkinson, Enterprise Solutions Architect of AWS (Amazon Web Services) explained how new cloud architectures can benefit the publishing sector, by streamlining operations and increasing value whilst in a secure environment.

With the presentations over, we split into small groups for an informal workshop where we discussed and shared ideas of our technology experiences and best practices.

A great event and I would highly recommend the next one!

If you attended the event, or will be attending the next, let us know! Contact us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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Atwood Tate: Blogmas 2016

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We don’t know about you but Christmas is our favourite time of year! It is a time of family, friends, food as well as giving, sharing and fun! Hence this year Atwood Tate are taking part in Blogmas!

For anyone unaware of ‘Blogmas’, it is the term created by bloggers who attempt to blog daily over the month of December! Now we’re not sure how feasible blogging everyday would be for a working business such as ourselves…so we are taking part in our own form of Blogmas!

From the 1st of December until the 23rd, when our offices close shop for the holidays, we will be doing lots of Christmassy, fun things tying back to Publishing!

We will be running weekly competitions, quizzes, Q&As and more!

To see a full run-down of what we have planned see our Events Calendar! Or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily graphics and tweets about our exciting events!

Blogmas: Giveaway

But the biggest thing we’re doing – starting from today – is running a Christmas Giveaway! It is open from the 1st until the 16th of December (Christmas Jumper Day!) and involves a large prize of Stocking Goodies!

The Prize includes: a free CV/Cover letter review, bookmarks, vouchers, gift sets and more!

We’ll be revealing more about the prizes as we go along! All you have to do to enter is complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter box below! Two are compulsory and the rest are voluntary – but the more you do the more likely you are to win the prize!

We’ll be running our Blogmas across all social media platforms, and each event will be individual to that platform so make sure you follow them all so you don’t miss out!

  • Instagram: Advent Calendar – Competition every Tuesday!
  • Facebook: Specially made Infographics about Publishing on Monday and Xmas Quiz/Competition on Friday!
  • Twitter: Q&A at 12:30-1:30pm every Wednesday about any Publishing related topic! Plus daily catch-up of blogs, news and jobs!
  • Blog: 3 blogs will be going up weekly! Monday, Wednesday & Friday! And our Giveaway will be hosted here!

Make sure you don’t miss out! Join in! Say hello! Let’s have some fun and spread some Christmas cheer this year!

Merry Christmas!

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Charity Walking Challenge

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A few weeks ago the Atwood Tate team took part in a walking challenge for charity! We attempted to walk 10,000 steps, or more, a day in order to raise money for Beanstalk.

Beanstalk is a national charity that gives one-to-one literacy support for children in primary schools. The money raised helps to send volunteers out to schools to spend between 30 minutes to two hours with a child, listening to them read and helping them to grow their confidence and develop their literacy skills.

Both the Atwood Tate London and Oxford office took part in this sponsored walking challenge aiming to walk over 10,000 steps a day in aid of Beanstalk.

Results of the Walking Challenge

Unfortunately not many of us succeeded, but we did all manage to take more steps than the average person:

  • On average a person walks between 3000 and 4000 steps a day
  • The Atwood Tate team, on average, walked 7788 steps a day!

Out of 12 participant’s only two consultants, Christina and David, managed to walk more than 10,000 steps a day, with Christina winning our overall competition to see who could do the most during the week.

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Walking Challenge results table

Some of us even carried the Walking Challenge on over the weekend and Karine trumped us all by walking over 50,000 steps in two days!

It was great fun! We all enjoyed ourselves and felt much fitter by the end of the week! But most importantly we raised £171 to give to Beanstalk!

Why not take part in a charity challenge yourself? For Beanstalk or for another charity of your choice.

Let us know what charity you would support, what you would do and what you think of our Walking Challenge on any of our social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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Welcome to the team David!

There are more then just Editorial, Marketing and Publicity jobs in Publishing and for that reason we’re are thrilled to welcome David – the newest member of the Atwood Tate team who shall be handling all our  IT & Data roles!

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David is a Senior Consultant at Atwood Tate and has extensive experience in both the publishing and recruitment industry with a key focus on business areas such as: Digital, Technology, Change & Transformation, Information Security and Data & Analytics.

He started his publishing career as a Corporate Project Leader for Swets Information Services who were a subscription and information agency that worked on behalf of a multitude of publishers. He then went on to work for NLA media access as a Senior Account Manager where he provided collective licensing solutions in order to protect publishing industry’s copyright. In June 2014 he left the NLA to pursue a career in recruitment and worked as a consultant for a Digital, Technology and Change & Transformation agency before joining Atwood Tate.


You can contact him here:

Telephone: 020 7034 7850
Email: davidmartin@atwoodtate.co.uk
Or on LinkedIn

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Brexit & Recruitment

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It’s been 3 months since Brexit and as a recruitment company we’ve yet to see any apparent changes within our business, or indeed the recruiting business as a whole.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) have been a steadying hand in this time of insecurity and have recently released a Brexit Bulletin informing recruitment businesses about the steps they are taking to ensure a continued stability within Britain’s job market.

The most recent bulletin was positive!

  • Hiring for Permanent Positions is on the rise

After a slight decline pre-Brexit, the evidence of post-Brexit suggests that the rumour of businesses planning to keep jobs on hold following the vote has fallen through! Many businesses have moved ahead with making permanent positions and continue to do so 3 months on!

  • Demand for Temporary staff is especially high

Demand for temporary staff has risen every month within 2016 and continues to rise after Brexit, particularly within the private sector.  This is true for us as we’ve got our highest ever number of temps out (well done Kellie, Alison and Michael)!

  • The National Living Wage & National Minimum wage still apply

There has been no change to either wage since Brexit. From October 2016 there will be new National Minimum Wage rate for those under 25, increasing to £6.95 an hour, with the National Living Wage possibly increasing in April 2017.

  • All regulations regarding EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU have not changed!

There has been no change in status for either UK or EU citizens and, according to the REC, it is unlikely to change during the two year period in which negotiations for the terms of withdrawal from the EU are made. This period of discussion may also be elongated depending on the outcomes of the talks.

  • The number of people currently in employment is at a record-high!

Currently 74.4% people in the UK are in employment, with the unemployment rate being the lowest it has been in 10 years! And still more jobs are coming in.

Atwood Tate, as a specialist publishing recruitment company, want to reassure our candidates and possible future candidates that we have roles coming in from every sector throughout the publishing industry, in every mode of employment. From permanent, contract, freelance and temporary roles we are at a steady rate of vacancies and are continuing to help people find the job that’s right for them.

Whilst the lack of surety with Brexit is scary we are reassured that there has been no detrimental effect to the publishing recruitment market over the last 3 months. It is business as usual.

Here are a couple of infographics from the REC:

EU – What Happens Now – Candidates

EU – What Happens Now – Clients

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Our Autumn Reads (part 2)

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Our Autumn Reads continue with three more groups of suggestions and current reads.

Helen

I am planning to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman over the next few weeks as I’ve heard a TV series is coming out and I can’t remember what happens!

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Ellie

This Autumn I plan to read Where am I now? the newly published memoir of Mara Wilson (aka Matilda!)  I also plan to read something horror-filled or thriller-ish – not The Woman in Black! – but perhaps Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I am currently trying to finish The White Princess by Philippa Gregory which is a monster of a book but one that I’ve been meaning to read since last year!

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Lucy

I am currently reading Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn. It is set in London and revolves around the theatre and Soho, so it’s fun to read about places I know. It also has prostitutes and attempted murder so it’s pretty fun stuff!

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