Swanstaff Launch EMI Share Scheme Under an EMI scheme, employees are offered the opportunity to purchase shares at a set price at a future time when certain conditions, set out in the option agreement, are met. This is known as the grant of share options. The exit plan on these options will be the floatation of Swanstaff on the stock market in 2023 when employees can choose to purchase their shares at the price specified, when the shares are sold employees will benefit from any growth in value. Stephen Rogers, CEO discussed his reasons behind the decision to gift shares “I feel it is a really important decision, recognising the people that have been part of the Swanstaff journey. The concept behind this scheme is that our employees get rewarded for their service to Swanstaff and in return I will see an increase in loyalty and productivity. Employees will be “bought in” and will want to see the value of the company increase over the years as much as possible, so we can all work together towards this goal” Grace Copley, who has been employed by Swanstaff for 4 years said “I think this is a fantastic incentive for employees like myself, I have seen the company grow so much already and to know that I will benefit directly from future growth is great, it will mean I will invest more into my role to ensure the business keeps developing”. Dan Crocombe, Branch Manager said “We already have some great incentives and commission structures in place here at Swanstaff but this is a long term benefit that we can all directly influence via our performance – it means we’ll strive even harder to exceed our targets. I think this will also attract a high calibre of staff to the business which can only be a good thing for all of us”. 46 employees have opted in and been gifted options this year and will be entitled to further increments if they remain employed by Swanstaff over the next 5 years. EMI share option schemes provide significant tax advantages to employee option holders and substantially boosts the incentive value. Put simply, an ‘EMI’ scheme is by far the most tax beneficial structure for staff. The EMI was introduced in 2000 to assist growing companies in attracting and retaining key employees and to reward those employees for taking the risk to work for such companies. Find out more about work for Swantaff here
Stephen Rogers awarded Highly Commended in the South East’s Director of the Year Awards This year CEO Stephen Rogers of Swanstaff Recruitment was named as one of the finalists for the medium sized company Director of the Year award. The competition was fierce and the category winner was Paul Lindley from Ella’s Kitchen; however the judges also decided to award Stephen Rogers with a Highly Commended certificate revealing just how close the competition was. Stephen Rogers said, “To become a finalist for this category was an honour in itself but to be awarded highly commended is just fantastic. To be recognised in this way gives me a great sense of achievement, particularly as the award is judged by previous winners who know how tough running a successful business is. I pride myself in the way that I lead and motivate my team and what we achieve together, so to be recognised for these efforts is a great privilege. The standard of nominees for the IoD Director of the Year awards is very high and therefore to be Highly Commended is a great accolade.” To see all of the 2017 finalists, click here https://www.iod.com/events-community/regions/south/news/details/Nominees-Announced-for-the-IoD-Director-of-the-Year-Awards-London-and-South-East
Swanstaff are one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the 2nd Year Running To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. As part of this achievement Directors Stephen Rogers and Zoe Bristow were invited to open the London Stock Exchange and to visit 10 Downing Street. Stephen Rogers, CEO of Swanstaff Recruitment said, “This is a fantastic achievement for the company and truly reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone here at Swanstaff to consistently accomplish great things.” Xavier Rolet KBE, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, said “These companies are our greatest prospect for building a resilient and productive economy that works for everyone” A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com
Swanstaff Spread Joy This Easter At a time of year dedicated to new beginnings there is nothing better than being able to put a smile on the faces of children so Swanstaff set out to do exactly this. Swanstaff Recruitment Head Office team also collected Easter eggs to donate to the charity Stacey’s Smiles. Stacey’s Smiles is a Kent based charity that has been set-up to promote awareness of Childhood cancer “Neuroblastoma” by creating fantastic special memories for Neuroblastoma Families. They donated over 1000 Eggs to The Royal Marsden. On Thursday the 13th of April some of our Swan’s paid a visit to the childrens wards of Darent Valley Hospital with the help of Willow Wards Children Play Team. The Easter bunny delivered little bundles of chocolate eggs, cuddly toys and colouring materials for the children. Stephen Rogers, CEO of Swanstaff said “It is such a delight to see our staff continuously putting our company values into practice. We always try to go the extra mile and make people feel valued so it is wonderful that everyone embodies these values and puts effort into making young children feel happy at this joyful time of year.” To find out more about Stacey's Smiles click here.
New Appointment: Lucy Glass becomes Director of Contact Services at Swanstaff Recruitment Since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001 Lucy has worked with a number of local authorities as an education welfare officer and outreach support worker. Following on from this, 17 years ago she started within contact work. Lucy began her journey with Swanstaff 7 years ago within our High Wycombe office to expand Swanstaff’s Contact Services Division, she has grown this division from the supply of Temporary Social workers to 6 fully Managed Contact services. Lucy’s new role will see her continuing to monitor growth and management of all Swan Family Contact Centres as part of our strategic growth plan building upon recent successes. Stephen Rogers, CEO said “I am delighted to share the great news of Lucy’s new appointment as a Swanstaff Director. Lucy Glass has worked for us for a number of years within our Supervised Contact Service arm of the business and has been key in the development of this part of our organisation from our first centre in Lambeth, to the most recent service in Bedford which goes live on 1st April. Lucy has shown great dedication to our service, going above and beyond on countless occasions and is a true Swan.” Click here for more information on Swan Family Services.
Swan Family Awarded Bedford Borough Council Contract Swanstaff Recruitment – who already run five contact services in partnership with local councils in Bedfordshire, Lambeth, Coventry, Greenwich and Cardiff, focus on a child-led service which includes a number of innovative practices. These include Life Story booklets which support a child’s journey through contact and feedback forum events where children and families are invited to participate in various activities and give feedback on their contact experiences. Lucy Glass, Divisional Manager for family services at Swanstaff says “Swanstaff are delighted to be awarded this contract, we already have two centres in the Bedfordshire area and this new contract will enable us to provide for more local families. Our mission is to ensure that the child is at the heart of all of our supervised contact services. We ensure that our centres are family friendly, incorporating themed rooms and providing a comfortable, relaxed and safe environment. We will ensure we provide Bedford Borough Council with an outstanding service whilst supporting them to achieve efficiencies.” The Swan Family services are available to both local authority and private referrals and services include Supervised and Supported Contact, Asylum Support, Community Contact, Handover and Transport. There are currently 434 children in the borough who are either Looked After Children or have a Child Protection Plan in place that can benefit from the service. For more information about Swanstaff and their Swan Family services, or to make a referral please visit www.swanfamily.org.uk
Swanstaff - Sunday Times Best Companies 2017 20 of the Swanstaff team attended last nights Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for Awards in Battersea and we placed 69th! 857 companies entered the 2017 surveys - list categories include Small, Medium, Large and Not for Profit organisations. Swanstaff also achieved a 3 Star accreditation - only 153 organisations met the requirements for this accolade, the highest grade available, which represents extra-ordinary levels of employee engagement. Steve Rogers, Chief Executive Officer is delighted with the result “It is a real honour to have achieved such a prestigious award for the second time–the people that work for Swanstaff are passionate and driven and we like to reward their achievements and ensure they are happy at work – I also believe that this has direct results on their performance and the ability to push our company forward”. To find out more and see the full list please visit - http://www.b.co.uk/the-lists/small-companies/
Swanstaff place in the Top 10 of the Recruiter Fast-50 List The Recruiter FAST 50 ranks the fastest growing privately owned UK recruitment businesses dependent on annual sales growth throughout the past financial year. Produced in association with international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) specialist Clearwater International, the FAST 50 is published in January each year. Swanstaff are proud to make the announcement that we ranked 9th on the FAST 50 list. This is the second year running that Swanstaff have been included in the listing. Swanstaff have big plans for the upcoming future and hope to appear again on the list next year as Swanstaff continues to develop and grow. The Recruiter FAST 50 is announced in latest edition of the Recruiter Magazine which can be found here. Stephen Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Swanstaff said “This is a testament to all of the hard work and dedication put in by all who work at Swanstaff. We believe it’s the team you have alongside you that make all the difference in creating a positive successful business and Swanstaff have a fantastic one here that make the journey enjoyable. Our plans for growth include 100 branches by 2023 and if we continue to at the rates planned this target is easily achievable."
Swanstaff deliver Christmas Crates to those in need Boxes of food, clothing and hygiene items have been delivered to homeless shelters and charities in Kent, Birmingham, Nottingham and Basingstoke, whilst members of our branch team in Peterborough handed out goody bags to those in need, sleeping rough on the streets. Homeless charities supported by the donations include: St Basil's Birmingham The Sanctuary Shelter Gravesend Mayplace Basingstoke Emmanuel House Nottingham Children of Adam Peterborough Porchlight, Kent Other Swanstaff teams chose to support children's wards at hospitals, women's refuge charities, and animal shelters such as Battersea Brands Hatch, Second Chance Animal Rescue in Crockenhill and RSPCA Leybourne. They collected toys & books, towels and blankets, pet food and treats! Head of Marketing, Ellie Lewis said "Each year we do a winter charity appeal, we heard about the reverse advent challenge and felt it was a great way to get all of our teams involved across the business - everyone has taken part from our Board of Directors to our local branches, this means we have donated well in excess of 2500 items in total. We also invited other local businesses to get involved and have had some great results for this too". CEO, Stephen Rogers praised his employees "It's heart-warming to know we have such generous people at Swanstaff who really care about others, to go out of their way to buy and donate items to such worthy causes is a great example of how our Core Values are echoed throughout the company"