Power pair be­hind Juice Re­cruit­ment

Bath Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

The Bath Busi­ness Awards, our an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the city’s on­go­ing com­mer­cial suc­cesses, are fast ap­proach­ing. In ad­vance of the event on Novem­ber 27, Elise Brit­ten meets Emma and An­drew Summers, the pair be­hind one of these out­stand­ing ven­tures, Juice Re­cruit­ment. Emma Summers darted straight off the street into our meet­ing and im­me­di­ately filled the room with her huge pres­ence. I thought I would just be speak­ing with Emma, but was pleas­antly sur­prised to be joined by her hus­band An­drew. To­gether they are cer­tainly an en­ter­tain­ing duo – play­ing off each other and fin­ish­ing each other’s sen­tences. When­ever they speak at events around the city they un­wit­tingly have their au­di­ences in stitches. “That’s the prob­lem with be­ing a hus­band and wife team, we’re like a dou­ble act,” An­drew laughed. But aside from am­a­teur dra­mat­ics, the pair make even bet­ter busi­ness part­ners. Twenty years af­ter they launched their com­pany in a small of­fice in Bath, they now have a hugely suc­cess­ful busi­ness from five branches across the South West and have no in­ten­tion of slow­ing down. Yet Bath still sits at the heart of their busi­ness. “Bath is al­ways our home,” An­drew af­firmed. “It all evolved from be­ing in Bath.” So what bet­ter way is there to mark Juice Re­cruit­ment’s 20th an­niver­sary than spon­sor­ing our Bath Busi­ness Awards. (Ok, per­haps the glam­orous par­ties they’ve been hold­ing at each of their cen­tres isn’t a bad way ei­ther!) It is par­tic­u­larly fit­ting for Juice to spon­sor our Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Bath cat­e­gory. Emma ex­plained: “We’ve been in Bath 20 years and we have a lot to thank the city for. “Bath is a won­der­ful place to set up a busi­ness as it has an el­e­ment of se­cu­rity with great sup­port net­works – ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one. It’s a very so­cia­ble city. And be­ing able to cel­e­brate that once a year is even bet­ter. “It’s a big year for us cel­e­brat­ing our 20th an­niver­sary, and be­ing part of recog­nis­ing oth­ers’ longterm con­tri­bu­tions to Bath goes hand-in-hand with that.” When­ever we see peo­ple pow­er­ing ahead, we al­ways want to know the key to their suc­cess. Emma and An­drew see it as a sim­ple equa­tion. “Good old fash­ioned val­ues are key – hon­esty, in­tegrity, pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm – cou­pled with ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice and hav­ing those open con­ver­sa­tions,” Emma said. “We are the eyes and ears of the com­pany and know straight away when we meet a can­di­date ex­actly where they would be per­fect for.” An­drew added: “You can’t go too wrong if you’re want­ing to please all the time!” In­deed they must be do­ing some­thing right – some of their clients have hired ev­ery sin­gle one of their em­ploy­ees through Juice. A vast col­lec­tion are ready to sing their praises. “Ev­ery­one I have dealt with at Juice has a proac­tive ap­proach to re­solv­ing our re­cruit­ment needs and save us valu­able time in pre­sent­ing well-matched can­di­dates. Juice have been a part­ner to us to sup­port the growth and changes in our busi­ness,” one HR direc­tor said. But just as im­por­tant to the Juice team is the can­di­date ex­pe­ri­ence. And they ap­pear to be get­ting that just right too. “Work­ing with Juice Re­cruit­ment has been bril­liant. From the out­set they were ab­so­lutely on it, af­ter look­ing for a new role on and off for the last 12 months, within two weeks of reg­is­ter­ing with them I had an in­ter­view and two other po­ten­tial roles to look at. And then in less than a month af­ter I regis­tered I was of­fered a new job!” one can­di­date en­thused. An­other said: “Be­ing made re­dun­dant in my pre­vi­ous role was quite a daunt­ing prospect how­ever get­ting in touch with Ali­son was great, she found me a new role in Bath within weeks which matches up per­fectly with the line of work that I was look­ing for. The po­si­tion wasn’t even ad­ver­tised.” De­spite the Emma and An­drew be­ing a pow­er­house team in them­selves – they know they can’t do it alone. “The team at Juice are amaz­ing and so im­por­tant to us,” Emma said. “We have a re­ally strong cul­ture where the team is made up of vi­brant, happy peo­ple with a huge amount of en­ergy.” An­drew con­tin­ued: “We’ve al­ways val­ued our team. We want peo­ple to en­joy com­ing to work. “There’s noth­ing bet­ter than see­ing peo­ple buy houses and have chil­dren and be­ing part of it all.” Juice Re­cruit­ment is still fly­ing full steam ahead, con­stantly com­ing up with new ideas and in­no­va­tions in a bid to be a leader in their field. Their cal­en­dar for next year is al­ready packed with events such as host­ing a re­cruit­ment ques­tion and an­swer panel, pop-up of­fices and free work­shops for job seek­ers. “We’re re­ally proud of what we’ve achieved, but there’s still so much we want to do,” Emma said. Here at the Bath Chron­i­cle, we’ve al­ways been proud to cham­pion Bath born-and-bred busi­nesses and Juice Re­cruit­ment is no ex­cep­tion. “The Chron­i­cle has al­ways been be­hind us,” An­drew said. “And they still are,” Emma added.

An­drew and Emma Summers founded Juice Re­cruit­ment 20 years ago

Guests cel­e­brated at Juice Re­cruit­ment’s party

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