2017, What a Year!Posted: 20th December 2017 in Company News
2017 marked Agenda’s 20th year in business and what a year it has been...
2017 marked Agenda’s 20th year in business and what a year it has been...
Agenda were proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2017 Paget Lecture.
Don't forget to enter our Christmas Game for your chance to win some fantastic prizes - score over 500 in order to get your name on the leader board and be in with the chance of winning - there's an iPad Pro and £500 worth of holiday vouchers to be won!
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force on the 25th of May 2018...Are you ready for the changes? Do you comply?
From the 28th to the 30th November, Agenda Life Sciences are going to be at the 2017 LASA Annual Conference! Come and meet the team...
Agenda attended the Nottingham Trent University Science Careers Fair on the 14th November. The event was well attended by some leading organisations and an interesting mix of students...
October's lunch and learn at Head Office was hosted by Laura G, our Facility Manager from Hull University to demonstrate the important research conducted at Hull and the daily life of her team… The session received excellent feedback and it was nice for non – industry members of Agenda to find out more about ‘Tech Life’.
Earlier this week, we opened our office doors to two auditors who arrived to review our compliance within the following areas; ISO27001, ISO9001 and ISO14001...
Here at Agenda we have a fantastic team with knowledge that covers all aspects of the life science industry. We cover Permanent, Contract and Facility Management recruitment so can provide staffing solutions at all levels for your business.
Agenda Life Sciences are proud to be a sponsor at the joint LAVA/ESLAV/ECLAM Meeting on 25th - 26th September in Edinburgh.
If you want to enhance your recruitment skills or to enable your organisation to make better hiring decisions, Agenda have the course for you. Our award winning three-step programme has been designed for busy HR and hiring managers, and can be taken as individual modules on as a full three-step programme.
Agenda see both sides of the recruitment process; we liaise directly with our clients and keep them updated every step of the way, and we also constantly connect with the candidates that we’ve placed within roles to make sure they’re doing OK. We have a level of care that is unprecedented, with team members available 24/7 via mobile if there are to be any issues.
This month’s Lunch and Learn we all gathered together to try our hand at making some paper masterpieces and have some fun at the same time. Jason from our screening team, as a parting gift, agreed to teach us a few techniques in order to sculpt a paper bird and a paper tulip...
At Agenda, we don’t just watch you climb to the top, we help you along the way. Our team has built up a wealth of specialist expertise, networks and databases in the animal technology, biomedical and scientific sector.
We've been raising money for our Charity of the Year in the form of a BBQ and Dress Down day!
This month’s lunch and learn was entitled Memorable Moments and it was a real test of our communication, memory and teamwork skills. The overall aim was to build an exact replica of a structure made from marshmallows, spaghetti and string - sounds easy, right?
Our experienced team offer both contract and permanent staffing solutions at all levels, so don’t hire the wrong people for your business!
Agenda has always been a forward-thinking organisation that has delivered professional contract staff, recruitment and facility management services for more than 20 years. This continued growth and the development of a long term strategy has required us to expand our team, manage succession and ensure that we have the right structure and capabilities to support our long-term ambitions. To meet these exciting challenges, we are delighted to announce a number of key changes and new positions.
The fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance continues at Agenda, and today saw one of our biggest fundraising sessions yet!
It's been a busy start to the year in the permanent recruitment team. Despite an increase in workload we remain committed to upholding our company values of respect, reputation and responsibility, offering both our clients and candidates the best service possible.
At Agenda we recently provided staff with the option to complete our annual Great Place to Work survey that asks staff to answer questions based on how they think we are performing as a business. Following our 2016 survey, where 79% of staff agree that Agenda was a great place to work, we targeted 85% in 2017.
We look forward to meeting you at 47th Annual Scand-LAS 2017 meeting, which is being held in Copenhagen between 30th May – 2nd June 2017.
If you are currently looking for your first or next dream role, contact our Recruitment Team today on 08456 44 55 45, or visit our ‘jobs’ page to view all of our latest vacancies and stay up to date.
"The atmosphere was great and everyone got really stuck into the game and the yummy burgers!"
First impressions are everything and sometimes it takes only seconds for a recruiter to decide you’re not worth considering for a role whether from the style of font you’ve used, the gaps in your employment or your incorrect personal details.
In April Agenda successfully passed an extensive two-day external audit of its ISO27001 (Information Security), ISO9001 (Quality Management) and ISO14001 (Commitment to the Environment) certifications – a great achievement given the extra work required transitioning to the new 2015 standards for ISO9001 and ISO14001.
May welcomed another Lunch and Learn session – the third of the year - and this time we celebrated Spring through the art of cupcake decorating!
Remember to be yourself and look to convey your personality where appropriate. The person conducting the Skype interview will be looking to identify your personality traits and how you may fit into their team. Remember to relax and try to be confident in your responses.
The 31st of March saw our third charity day of the year come around all in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This one was a foodie’s dream with lots of baked goods on offer – for a donation of course!
Agenda Life Sciences Europe GmbH will be exhibiting at the 16th IGTP (Interessengemeinschaft Tierpfleger) conference in Lübeck between 29th and 31st March 2017.
Our Office Manager, Stuart, led the session in his usual stimulating and motivating style and he brought along half a dozen baby Annie dolls for us to practice CPR on.
You may remember back in December, Agenda held a Christmas Raffle - Read about an amazing gift to charity!
If you are going to be attending the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) Congress this year, we look forward to seeing you at the conference. The team have been working hard in preparation for this year’s show and we are looking forward to another great meeting held by the IAT.
What is your dream job? Is it part of a dream career? These are definitely questions you should be asking yourself when thinking about your future. Agenda can help!
As you may have already heard Agenda’s charity of the year for 2017 is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in memory of a colleague and friend Nigel Feetham who sadly passed away in 2016. This charity was picked by the staff and was a very popular choice.
Agenda announces its Technologist of the Year for 2016
At Agenda, we take our technician’s development very seriously and believe that caring for the staff who care for the animals is essential to ensure the continued success of the organisation.
This year Agenda charity of the year is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and our aim for the year is to raise more money this year than we ever have before
Norman Mortell met with all head office staff in small groups today to share the business aspirations as we move towards 2020 and beyond. Reinforcing the openness of the business, he held interactive sessions which involved all staff based at Head Office.
2016 saw some great prizes given away including an Apple iPad2, a red-letter day experience for two, an Amazon dot, Amazon vouchers and festive chocolate treats.
Throughout 2017 Agenda is celebrating it’s 20th year in business!
The latest Investor in People Audit took place in December 2016 and Agenda was highly commended for continued progress and commitment to developing the company and its people.
"Thank you Wembley" - The words finishing many an iconic artists UK tour over the years, we can now adopt the phrase as we look back at this year’s LASA Annual Conference, held at Wembley Stadium!
Christmas is a time for sharing and here at Agenda we’d love for you to get involved in our Christmas Social Media Campaign.
If you are attending the 2016 LASA Annual Conference, why not drop by the Agenda Life Sciences stand?
The University of Lincoln careers fair is a great environment and one where Agenda always find good candidates both in animal technology and scientific fields. With courses in Biomedical Science and Animal Management the students are very enthusiastic to discuss what’s next in their career.
The 3rd of November saw Agenda celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night combined in one great day of events.
Each year Agenda produces a Salary Survey which is the definitive salary and benefits reference resource. Agenda understands that having an understanding of salaries and benefits within the Life Science Sector has become ever more important as organisations compete to attract and retain the very best staff.
On September 28th Agenda welcomed two auditors to our Head Office to conduct a review of our ISO27001 (Information Security), ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO14001 (Environmental/Green) compliance and we are pleased to report that we passed the audit with flying colours!
Histologists perform a varied role which might require skills in both in-vivo and in-vitro disciplines. An experienced senior histologist is a one stop resource of surgical extraction of tissues, sample collection, preparation of samples for investigative microscopy, and preservation of valuable and often irreplaceable scientific tissue samples.
The study of microorganisms is a broad field which overlaps with molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology. A microbiologist can work alongside to support these roles and sometimes absorb these disciplines in their tasks.
Immunology is a complete and extensive discipline of medicine, the borders of this discipline overlap with many other clinical and basic sciences and the field has become so broad that it is becoming increasingly difficult to know who, or what, an immunologist is.
Where the health care profession has long identified the need for specialists in imaging platforms, in-vivo research has often neglected this as a standalone profession. N
Pathologists specialise in diagnosis of disease and identifying abnormalities by examining whole bodies, tissues, cells and body fluids. Veterinary pathology can be split into 2 distinct disciplines 1) Anatomical Pathology and 2) Clinical Pathology
Continuing Agendas support of their annual charity the Alzheimer’s Society, a selection of the team donned 70s dress for our 70 dress down day. With fun activities throughout the day, the team raised £70 for the charity.
Isolating, identifying, measuring toxic substances, defining and reporting harmful effects, advising on safe use, dosage and side effects are all roles covered by the umbrella term toxicology. Depending on the nature of your work, in-vivo, ex-vivo, in vitro, in-silico and epidemiology techniques can be used. Toxicologists can specialise in many areas, including: clinical, forensic, industrial, agricultural, occupational, pharmaceutical and regulatory toxicology.
Every parent knows how stressful the summer holidays can be. Maybe we don’t talk about it but does anybody truly enjoy the kids being off for six (Is it really only six? Feels like at least double that) whole weeks?
Immunology is a complete and extensive discipline of medicine, the borders of this discipline overlap with many other clinical and basic sciences and the field has become so broad that it is becoming increasingly difficult to know who, or what, an immunologist is. Today, the broad and complex nature of the immune system makes it essential that immunologists adopt a multidisciplinary approach to their work and often require knowledge and experience of molecular biology, microbiology, cell chemistry and analytical techniques. Vacancies often require scientists with expertise in a clinical laboratory.
Whether investigating disease progression, treatment affects and efficacy, morphology, pathology or making diagnoses, the array of biomedical imaging techniques available to clinicians and researchers aids learning and gives results in a non-invasive, non-terminal procedure.
When constructing your CV it’s hard to know what are the right and wrong things to include. Our consultants come across it time and time again at Agenda, where candidates have photographs and personal details about their family displayed on their CV, which has no bearing on their work history. Your CV should be a reflection of your skills and experiences/qualifications but sometimes too much information can be a bad thing!
The study of microorganisms is a broad field which overlaps with molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology. A microbiologist can work alongside to support these roles and sometime absorb these disciplines in their tasks. An understanding of microbes allows developments in health care treatment, prevention and diagnosis of illness.
This is a featured blog from one of our contract technicians. Agenda are committed to providing their staff with the best place to work. In order to achieve this it is good for us to have as much input from our technicians as possible.
Histologists perform a varied role which might require skills in both in-vivo and in-vitro disciplines. An experienced senior histologist is a one stop resource of surgical extraction of tissues, sample collection, preparation of samples for investigative microscopy and preservation of valuable and often irreplaceable scientific tissue samples.
You may have seen our post recently describing the complex role of a histologist and how histology and pathology share many common themes. By focussing on pathology skills and responsibilities in this article we hope to help you determine if this is the role for you or if you require these skills in your team.
On the 5th of July, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & LASA Care and Welfare hosted an informative and interactive day of lectures.
Agenda has always provided professional recruitment services to the life science sector, but due to continued success; we are pleased to announce an expansion of our team and of the services that we now provide.
Isolating, identifying, measuring toxic substances, defining and reporting harmful effects, advising on safe use, dosage and side effect are all roles covered by the umbrella term toxicology.
If you’re attending FELASA this year, then we look forward to meeting you at the conference which is being held in Brussels 13th-16th June 2016.
May 11th was the date for the famous Cambridge IAT bowling event. This is an event that Agenda have been sponsoring for over 10 years now, and as always it’s the best attended event of the social calendar!
Agenda Life Sciences have been supporting education providers, tutors, careers advisors and students across the UK as graduation time approaches and thousands of students prepare to begin their careers. Our aim is to educate and enlighten students of life science and animal care qualifications on career opportunities available to them
Agenda recently held its first photographic competition of the year with the subject being ‘Spring’.
This year at Agenda our charity of the year is the Alzheimer’s Society. In order to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity we, as a company, put on bake sales, dress-down days, buffets and raffles throughout the year.
Six months ago Agenda’s senior managers were offered the opportunity to participate in the Managers Big Challenge as a part of the ongoing Agenda Leadership Programme by Paul Sanders (Managing Director).
Do you need a fresh take on the office around you? Now it's spring why not have a team-bulding office clear out?
Anybody can say that they are secure, have great quality, are compliant and have great systems to support the services that they provide.
Agenda’s life science recruitment services are based upon delivering a consistently high quality and cost effective service with an unrivalled knowledge of the life science sector.
It's the biggest industry event in the UK, IAT Congress 2016 and it was held in the spa town of Harrogate, consistently voted the happiest place to live in Great Britain.
Agenda Life Sciences have recently invested in upgrading their recruitment software with the purchase of the Infinity system from Voyager.
Agenda are always looking for a new challenge and new opportunities to develop the business so we have been working hard to expand our services and provide staffing support to facilities in Europe as well as the UK.
Agenda Life Sciences have taken part in the 5th Annual IAT West Middlesex trade day and Young Technician symposium, held centrally in London.
Thank you all round from Managing Director, Paul Sanders.
Preparing for a career after years of study and hard work can start long before graduation. We at Agenda understand this and so do our friends at Writtle College
This year, Agenda introduced a new training system and is encouraging staff to participate in ‘lunch and learn’ fortnightly sessions.
As Today was Shrove Tuesday, staff at head office got to dig into some delicious pancakes for a small donation to this year’s charity, Alzheimer’s Society.
Agenda is delighted to announce that Chris Zanetti has joined the Board as a non-executive director, Chris joins Gordon Meldrum (Ex-Director of the National Crime Agency and security expert) and Nick Hildyard (Ex-Managing Director of ARCO and financial strategist) as the Executive Director’s advisors.
On Friday 29th January Agenda had its first charity event of the year to raise money for our chosen charity of 2016, Alzheimer’s Society.
Agenda received the winning prize for its Welfare First programme which supports contract animal technicians at work, providing a much-needed community, as well as routes for trouble-shooting and whistle-blowing.
From April 2016, the government will introduce a new mandatory National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and above of £7.20 per hour.
Congratulations to Chris New Head of Screening and I.T, and Anna New Head of Marketing and Office Administration.
Charity of the Year 2015/2016
We just wanted to let everyone know that our offices will operate a restricted service over the Christmas period as follows
Agenda are proud to announce that they have won the Internal or Sector Engagement Activity prize category at the Understanding Animal Research Concordat Openness Award Ceremony, held on 7th December 2015 in central London.
Telephone interviews are becoming more and more common to weed out unsuitable applicants at the first hurdle.
Did you know only 5% of the total workforce in the UK life science sector are recent school leavers and graduates?
Well done Stuart for an amazing feat and for raising much needed funds for charity
Agenda and the team are attending the Find your Feet Careers Fair on the 28th of October.
Agenda are pleased to announce that on 23rd September, we passed our latest triple certification audits with no non-conformances raised.
On Friday 18th September, Agenda held a charity fundraising day to raise money for British Heart Foundation.
On Saturday 5th of September the Agenda team attended the 5th Anniversary celebrations for Animals in Science – Education Trust (AS-ET) Charity.
The Agenda team attend The Great British Beer Festival!
Keeping the motivation and enthusiasm going for your staff is one of the key elements to a happy workforce and showing them your appreciation is an integral part of making your business successful.
Since Agenda began in 1996 it has remained a family business with the core values of Respect, Reputation and Responsibility that focus on the delivery of excellent customer service
Agenda are highly specialised in recruitment and security vetting and our main aim is to make the sourcing and selecting of candidates as easy for you as 1, 2, 3
Thursday 23rd of July AKA national hot dog day was another well received charity day here at Agenda.
We're supporting AS-ET's Charity Ball by donating 2 tickets to the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup!
Friday 10th July was bad shirt day at Agenda, another charity event and boy the team didn’t let us down!
Agenda’s values of Respect, Reputation and Responsibility are the heart of everything it does. The team at Agenda are synonymous with its values and live and work by them, respecting their colleagues and their workplace, maintaining their own and Agenda’s Reputation and being Responsible for their actions.
Being submerged in a helicopter chassis and spun upside down might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but 17 staff from Agenda experienced it and have raised more than £400 for charity. The money will be split between the Yorkshire Air ambulance and the Medical Detection Dog’s.
Have you ever Googled your name to see what comes up? A lot of perspective employers do! What will they see?
Established in 1996, we specialise in life science recruitment with permanent, temporary and contract positions available. Our team deliver a consistently outstanding service to clients and candidates.
The latest Investor in People Audit took place in June 2015 and Agenda was highly commended for continued progress and commitment to developing the company and its people.
To enable us to hire the very best people we have a comprehensive 10 step hiring and screening process.
We provide a wide variety of career options for students looking to enter this industry and develop their career in animal care and welfare.
At Agenda we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and have achieved our ISO 14001 accreditation.
We understand that taking your first step onto the career ladder can be a daunting experience.
Mathew, one of the Agenda facility managers, has just delivered another presentation on why we use animals in research to all of our Head Office new starters.
Today Agenda held another of its charity fundraising days in aid of Medical Detection Dogs, its 2015 Charity of the Year.
We provide a wide variety of career options for students looking to develop their career in animal care and welfare.
Agenda Resource Management supported the IAT Ireland Branch meeting when the team attended the Branch Symposium at Trinity Biomedical Science Institute in Dublin.
With goings on and shenanigans each month, our fundraising activities keep us busy and entertained. During the last six months, we’ve held two dress-down days along the themes of; wear a hat day and cops and robbers! We’ve also been busy making and eating lots of food from pancakes to buns, cakes and quiches.
Agenda is now a Gold Standard Cogent assured provider specialising in the delivery of Workforce Development (Skills for Growth), an employer-devised training programme designed to enable science-based small businesses to develop their existing workforce.
Our permanent and contract recruitment services are supported by the UK’s longest established and British owned screening provider, Agenda Security Services.
At Agenda, animal welfare is a priority but so is the welfare of the dedicated people that we employ that care for the research animals who work within the life science industry.
Agenda are proud to announce the launch of their new training programme; Hire Me – What could possibly go wrong?
An animal technician is responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in both scientific and medical research.
Today Agenda will be supporting the students at the Life Science Undergraduate Poster Competition at the University of Lincoln.
We are pleased to announce that on 30th and 31st March 2015 Agenda passed their latest certification audits with flying colours with no non-conformances raised.
Agenda are pleased to announce that they are supporting the Humber Skills Pledge. As an Investor in People, Agenda are passionate about training and supporting continual professional development.
Animal technology is a specialist profession responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals. It develops treatments for diseases like diabetes, new methods of diagnosis, carries out scientific research.
The welfare of the people who care for animals is at the centre of Agenda Resource Management’s Welfare First program as we believe that great animal welfare depends upon well trained and dedicated individuals who care passionately about animals and welfare.
If you are going to the Institute of Animal Technology Congress this year we look forward to seeing you.
Agenda is delighted to announce that it has managed to break its fundraising record by raising a superb total of £1500 for Marie Curie during 2014.
Agenda is delighted to announce that its chosen charity for 2015 will be Medical Detection Dogs
Easter is a popular time for staff to take a hard earned rest which is why Agenda is here to help!
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gordon Meldrum as a Non-Executive Director at Agenda. Read more...
Agenda Resource Management attended the Institute of Animal Technology North East England Branch on Wednesday 11th February.
Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) are a charity that works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities. Their aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease.
What a year! 2014 was a record year for fundraising at Agenda. Marie Curie was our chosen charity of the year, and I’m delighted to announce that we raised a fantastic £1500.
Agenda is proud to be able to celebrate its 18th year in business, not as glamorous as the 10th and the upcoming 20th anniversaries but like in life, still significant.
At the end of 2013, Agenda developed a new programme for its 100 animal technicians. A year on and we are pleased to report that it has gone from strength to strength.
The marketing and recruitment teams at Head office have been working hard over the last few months on the new Resource Management website and we are pleased to announce that the site is now live.
We recently enjoyed a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween at Agenda, giving us (yet again) the opportunity to dress down or dress up in our best Halloween getups.
The ONLY recruitment agency that provides full security screening included in the cost.
What dawned as a cool, overcast, windy morning turned into a beautiful, warm evening perfect for some workplace rivalry. There were some cleverly disguised secret weapons in both teams which turned out to be very evenly matched.
Agenda has always provided professional recruitment services to the life science sector, but due to continued success; we are pleased to announce an expansion of our team and of the services that we can deliver.
All the news from the economy points to growth and we are no different!! Having reviewed our mission, values and pillars for success for the next 10 years it became clear that we needed to evolve as a business to ensure continual growth in all of our markets. We have recently taken on new people for key positions in Security, IT, Resource Management, Business Development and Administration.
Vacancy update from Agenda Resource Management.
Agenda was proud to present at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) conference at Olympia in London last week.
Two Days of Audits and Three Externally Certified Successes…
We are the only agency that fully employs its technologists and has staff on standby to meet your short notice requirements. With our flexible and competitive terms for both short and long term contracts, we have the solution for you.
REC Compliance Test passed with flying colours! Agenda Resource Management is a corporate member of the REC, demonstrating our commitment to maintaining the highest standards when providing recruitment services to our clients and jobseekers.
Providing you with staffing solutions on a contract basis and permanent recruitment, Agenda-BioXpert Europe has the knowledge, skills and expertise to assist you in your resource planning initiatives.
Agenda is proud to have Marie Curie as its chosen charity and will be holding many fundraising events during 2014 to raise as much money as possible to support their excellent work.
Recruiting animal technologists? It pays to avoid the common pitfalls!
Agenda’s latest two day audit was the 10th anniversary since first attaining the Investor in People award in 2003.
Tuesday 29th October was a ‘frightful’ day and night at the Agenda offices this year. Always eager for an opportunity to come to work in fancy dress, being two days early did not deter the Agenda workers when offered the opportunity to dress up for a good cause.
We are pleased to announce that we passed the audits with flying colours with no non-conformances raised. Great credit has to go to the team who manage the standards on a day-to-day basis.
WELFARE FIRST is a programme developed by Agenda to recognise the importance of welfare within the life sciences sector and to meet the aims of its position statement below. Animal welfare is a priority, but so is the welfare of the dedicated people working with the animals and also the welfare of the life science sector itself.
The Animal Technicians employed by Agenda make their own valuable contribution to medical research by providing the highest standards of animal care and welfare for animals housed in laboratory settings.
Zero hours contracts have been in the news a lot in recent months, following a commitment by the coalition government to review the arrangements and whether they exploit workers in the UK. The term ‘zero-hours contract’ refers to an arrangement where UK workers are effectively ‘on-call’, with no agreement upfront provided by the employer about how many hours they can expect to work in a given week, or if they will be required at all. Similarly, there is no enforceable commitment from the worker that they have to work hours when offered them by the employer.
A trip down to ‘the Big Smoke’ to Olympia was arranged for several lucky Agenda employees recently, with the opportunity to meet and greet friends from within the industry and treat them to a ‘few’ beverages at the Great British Beer Festival.
At Agenda Resource Management, we are always keen to reward hard work and achievement, especially for work that epitomizes Agenda’s values.
After many years of hassling Stuart to send in a nomination for this award, I was delighted this year that he filled in the necessary forms and asked Agenda to sponsor his application. This was an easy task, as Stuart has been an exemplary manager and advocate not only for the industry, but also the staff and the people with whom he interacts.
Now everything you need to know about EU Directive 2010/63/EU on animal welfare is available in just a couple of taps on your iPhone or iPad.
With the new financial year upon us, the 6th April brought significant changes to the PAYE system with the introduction of ‘Real Time Information’ reporting. The new process involves organisations reporting any changes to employee pay or other details at the time of the change, rather than at the end of the financial year. This information is sent electronically to HM Revenue and Customs, possibly meaning a new administrative burden if firms do not have the latest software in place.
We are proud to announce that following a full day audit by two ISOQAR auditors on the 8th of January 2013, Agenda successfully achieved the requirements of the ISO14001: 2004 Environmental Management Standard.
It is with sadness, but our best wishes, that we say goodbye to Theresa as she is retiring. One of Agenda’s original and best technologists, Theresa started with Agenda in 1997 (only a year after Agenda was formed) and was also a previous Agenda Technologist of the Year winner.
In 2012, Agenda Resource Management raised in excess of £350 for their chosen charity; Dove House Hospice. Fundraising continued throughout the year including dress down days for the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and Halloween plus office collections.
At Agenda, we can’t help noticing how security screening processes have been hitting the headlines lately. Approximately 2700 students studying at a London University found themselves at risk of deportation when the institution lost its right to authorise VISA’s. This was due to “serious systemic failings” at the University, meaning that more than a quarter of students enrolled there did not have the correct permissions to stay in the country.
Social media has changed all of our lives in the last decade, whether you’re someone who has embraced it or not. With all of us working longer and more unsociable hours such as weekends and bank holidays, work and our personal lives have become more and more interlinked.
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. That was the philosophy of the film ‘Dodgeball: A true underdog story’ but hopefully the sport wouldn’t be as intense at Hull’s first ever dodgeball tournament, would it?
From October 2012, if you are aged between 22 and state retirement age, work in the UK and earn more than £8105 per annum, your employer must automatically enroll you into a workplace pension scheme.
We have always taken our environmental responsibility seriously. We have had a pro-active environmental forum of staff and managers who have met regularly since it was formed in 2007.
Commenting on his appointment, Tim says: “I am thrilled to accept the offer to join the Agenda Board. We are a customer focused, ‘can do’ operation, a people company with a work and life ethic that is closely aligned to my own.”
Agenda are delighted to announce that four of its supervisory staff have successfully completed their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) training courses. Three of them with the highest possible marks! Gordon Saint who provided the training over the last year said "It has been a real privilege seeing these young supervisors grow in knowledge, confidence and aptitude."
If you have a vacancy you need to fill, there is one crucial appointment, you'll need to make first - your recruitment agency. Choose Agenda and you will be sure you'll have access to the best candidates available.
At Agenda, we have always been proud of our pre-employment screening services. All Agenda employees, including Technicians we send to work at our client's premises undergo a comprehensive screening process prior to starting their employment.
In tough economic times, it is tempting for organisations to find ways to cut back and try to avoid spending money. Agenda Resource Management however, is a big believer in investment - both in our staff and systems - if we are going to remain competitive and provide the best possible service to our clients.
Here at Agenda headquarters, we have fully embraced the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and to celebrate this historic event we decided to plan our most recent fundraising day to coincide with the Olympics opening ceremony!
Since starting in 1996 we have delivered professional and friendly services. This would not be possible without recruiting the very best people.
Last year Agenda Resource Management raised in excess of £300 for their chosen charity Dove House Hospice. Fundraising continued throughout the year including the raffle of a giant chocolate Easter egg, dress down days and office collections.
Did you know you can now find Agenda Resource Management on your favourite social media sites? To enable our team to enhance communication with our clients and our candidates we have embraced social media technology during 2011.
Agenda recognises the importance of providing professional occupational health care for its staff and several years ago appointed a dedicated occupational health therapist to work with our technologists.
As a provider of professional services Agenda recognises the importance of well trained, dedicated and motivated staff. We enrolled in the Investors in People programme in 2003 because is suited our ethos of continuous development and focus on our people.
June saw the second round of customer satisfaction survey for Resource Management which was conducted again by our business development team using randomly generated clients, all of which have used our services within the last six months.
A think-tank called the New Economics Foundation came up with an interesting plan recently – cut the working week in the UK down to 3 days, in a bid to cut costs and eventually stimulate the economy.
Agenda was one of the first 50 organisations in the UK to attain the ISO27001 Information Management Security Standard certification and is the only one to include the BS7858 security screening and BS8470 destruction of confidential materials codes of practice into its audited processes.
Agenda prides itself on its friendly and professional approach and its focus customer care. In 2009 a new Agenda Values Recognition Programme was developed for all staff. Nominations could be made by colleagues or customers based on the individual showing a great example of “living” the Agenda Values below:
Agenda are unique in including the requirements of BS7858 security screening and BS8470 disposal of confidential waste standard in its IS027001 certification and these elements were also successfully reassessed.
Hot on the heels of our successful publication ‘Security Now’ comes our new quarterly publication ‘The Resource Manager’.
Since development of the Agenda Customer Values in December 2008 we have been hard at work developing new and innovative ways to add value to the services that we provide to our customers.
In line with Agenda’s customer and quality focused values Agenda is pleased to announce that on 16th December 2008, Agenda was reaccredited to the ISO9001 standard having continuously held previous versions of the standard since 1999 – almost 10 years of quality certification and improvement.