Meet the MD: Angela Middleton
PUBLISHED: 09:31 21 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:31 21 November 2015
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The founder of recruitment agency MiddletonMurray on helping young people find their first job, bootcamp and why social media is so important.
Tell us a bit about you
I started my career with BP Oil before being fast tracked into senior management. I then moved to The Woolwich Building Society (later Barclays).
In 2002 I set up MiddletonMurray, which has grown into a group of companies with branches at Sidcup, Romford, Canterbury, Sandwich and London. The desire to be my own boss and to help those at the start of their career led me to the recruitment industry.
I’m also the author of How To Get Your First Job…And Build The Career You Want, a guide for 16 to 24 year olds on how to choose the right career, get their first job, excel within that job and quickly progress.
I live in Chislehurst with my husband Steve and we have two children. I’m well positioned to oversee all the MiddletonMurray branches in London and Kent.
Tell us about the company
MiddletonMurray acts as a ‘dating agency’ for candidates and clients, helping them find the perfect match. Providing training and career guidance for young people has proved a highly successful market for us, but we also pride ourselves on the ability to help companies find the perfect employee or apprentice, and those already in work to move up the career ladder.
We provide a combination of government and commercially funded training and recruitment – working with people to place them into jobs and enhance their skills and careers.
Unlike a lot of businesses we have three very distinct client bases: employers, candidates (the individuals who are looking for a job or some sort of training or employability skills), and the government departments and schools.
Any plans to expand?
We are establishing a central London office and the next step will be more coverage in Kent and greater coverage in London. There is also a big opportunity for us to open up a sixth form business school. Young people would come and choose a sector and we would do the training with them, so we’re going to go through the process of being approved to become a free school.
What skills are needed?
To have a framework for assessing opportunities before plunging in. It doesn’t have to be complicated and can be done quickly but it’s important that things are thought through before you act. My main questions are: what is the potential for growth? how innovative is it? what marketing is needed? how will I sell it and who to? what are the financial forecasts? how can I optimise delivery to be super-efficient? How can I delight the customer? Do I trust that this will succeed? This is then condensed into Growth, Innovation, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Optimisation, Raving Fans and Trust, which forms the acronym GIMSFORT, which is actually a term I have copywritten!
What makes a good boss?
If you’ve got a very clear vision and mission, everybody who works for you knows what your values are and will hopefully make the same sort of decisions you would in your absence. As a boss, you’re responsible for creating a culture at the company you establish.
most prized possession?
My three dogs – a Cairn terrier called Brock, who is almost 14, a Pug called Princess and a French bulldog called Coco, who is our newest addition.
Do you use social media?
Social media is critical to my business and it’s a great way to build prestige, attract new clients and staff and communicate internally. I devote a big section of my book to social media protocol, as it’s easy for young people to fall down in this area; a social media profile that causes concern can be a red flag to employers.
your work/life balance?
I go to the theatre a lot, I like spending time with my daughter doing girlie things, and I’m very family oriented. I also like to keep fit, so I was at boot camp this morning. It’s so important to me that I spend a lot of time on non-work related activities.
Get in touch
124 Station Rd, Sidcup DA15 7AB
020 8300 6109