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Feb/19

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Best Products to Stay Warm this Winter at Work

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If, like a lot of the UK this week you’ve been plunged into snow, ice and freezing fog, getting and staying warm has been a challenge. It’s probably been harder to drag yourself out of bed and go through your normal commute, knowing you’ll walk through the door freezing. To help, we’ve been trawling the internet for some potential gadgets that could make your winter mornings a little bit easier.

Heated Mouse Mat

If you’re always waiting for your hands to defrost in the mornings, we’ve got a solution for you to get warm and be productive at the same time. These mousemats plug into the USB port on your PC, and gently heat up, allowing you to stay warm and keep working. You can get loads of different designs, from dog paws and cheeseburgers to something more functional. They’re only around £10, so might be worth the investment, even just for an excuse to put a burger on your desk!

Tech-Friendly Gloves

As we’ve been plunged to -5c this week, you’ve probably noticed that gloves make it impossible to use your phone whilst on the move. Well, now there are warm gloves that actually work with your phone’s touchscreen, making cold hands a thing of the past. They use rubber dots on the fingertips, triggering the sensor on the touchscreen, and for as little as £5, could make your life much easier.

Rechargeable foot warmers

If you literally get cold feet on your walk to work, then rechargeable insoles are perfect for winter commutes. You can adjust them to your liking and control the temperature remotely, ensuring you arrive toasty and warm. They charge on USB and come with a little remote you can keep in your pocket, making it impossible for anyone to know. At £40, it could make enough difference to take the plunge and buy.

Heated Travel Mug

You really can get a smart mug now. This is also ideal for those who are prone to leaving a cup of tea on the side to go cold. The mug will keep your beverage of choice at a constant temperature, which you can control remotely through your phone. You can even set the preferences for different drinks, giving you tea at perfect drinking temperature all the time. The cup costs £70, but is there really a price you can put on constantly perfect tea?

SmartDuvet

And one for Monday morning. The smart duvet has two temperature controlled zones, so no more fighting for the covers, being too hot or too cold. You can pre-set the temperature with your phone, giving you a warm bed when you do decide to turn in for the night. And the best bit? It makes itself! at the press of a button the whole device will roll out back into position without lifting a finger. Typically this doesn’t come cheap, at £200 you need to really hate making your bed to justify the investment.

Is there a product you simply couldn’t do without in winter? Let us know in the comments below.

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Feb/19

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Temp of the Month – January 2019

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Congratulations to Jack Hall our Temp of the Month for January. Jack has worked for 4 months and has won thanks to his exemplary attendance, willingness to cover extra shifts and his positive attitude whilst completing his drops.

As a prize, Jack was presented with a £25 Pizza Hut voucher, thanks for all your hard work!

Pictured (L-R) are Sarah Elvidge, Mark Clayton, Jack Hall and Kyle Talbot

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Jan/19

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Start of Recruitment Practice Apprenticeship

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Consultants from across the business have taken the first steps this week to achieving their Apprenticeship in Recruitment Practice and their REC Qualification. Michelle Dalby (Newark), Lynsey Shortland (Derby), Kelly Grey (Mansfield), Cheila Loucao (Grantham) and Shereen Benjamin (Nottingham) are all embarking on the course, which is being delivered by Impact Futures.

We wish them all the best of luck with completing the course, and hope the new knowledge gained leads to even more success in their roles in the future. We’ll let you know how they get on!

Pictured (L-R) Michelle Dalby, Lynsey Shortland, Kelly Grey, Cheila Loucao and training manager Rachel Graham.

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Dec/18

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Temp of the Month – December 2018

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Congratulations to Pawel Trofimows who is the winner of December’s ‘Temp of the Month’. Pawel was nominated by his colleagues for his meticulous work when completing his picks, going above and beyond when there were some issues with the equipment! Pictured is Pawel being presented with his certificate and voucher, well done!

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Dec/18

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The 10 best Christmas Desserts

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Naturally, it’s a festive theme on the blog this week, and it comes courtesy of our friends at CV-Library. They’ve surveyed professionals from across the UK, to find their favourite Christmas dessert!

What’s your favourite dessert to have on Christmas day? With so many varying traditions across the nation, we surveyed 1,000 UK professionals to finally put an end to the debate.
Curious? You should be! Below we’ll outline the findings in more detail – revealing once and for all which dessert you guys voted as your all-time Christmas favourite.

Christmas pudding for the win!

Participants of the survey were given a choice of up to 15 desserts to choose from, with Christmas pudding revealing itself to be the winner. In fact, it received the majority vote of 25.4% (that’s one in four professionals).

Interestingly, there was a very apparent age divide when it came to choosing a favourite, with those over 55 sticking with tradition. Almost two thirds (60.2%) of this age group voted for the Christmas pud! Their next favourites were a cheese board (24.8%) and trifle (23.8%).

Millennials are all about the cheesecake

As with so many things, the younger generation are stepping away from the traditional dessert, with one in four (26.5%) opting for cheesecake to wash down their Christmas dinner. That’s compared to just 11.1% of those aged over 25.

But there wasn’t just an age divide either. The results also threw out some interesting findings when it came to locations and industries across the UK. More on these findings below.

Don’t trifle with the Scots

Despite the national favourite being Christmas pudding, those of you in Scotland revealed that you prefer trifle (19.4%), with Christmas pudding coming in second place (16.7%).

That said, Geordies were the most likely to prefer trifle, with one in four (22.2%) saying they pick this over any other dessert.

Puddings by sector

The survey also revealed that automotive professionals were most likely to prefer Christmas pudding (57.1%), while people working in catering were most likely to favour cheesecake (28.6%).

These are some of the key findings to emerge from the survey. For the full list of the nation’s favourite desserts, check out the infographic below.

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When we found out that we had six Amazon Fire tablets within the business which were surplus to our requirements, but were brand new and sealed, we made it our mission to find a local organisation who might be able to put them to good use!

We contacted local news outlet, The Lincolnite, who referred us to an article which they’d run earlier in the month. Lincolnshire Action Trust were urging businesses to donate gifts to help children have a happy Christmas.  https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2018/12/charity-appeal-to-help-children-have-a-happy-christmas/ 

Lincolnshire Action Trust’s Young Oasis project provides support, guidance and encouragement to Lincolnshire children and young people affected by the substance misuse of a parent or family member.

A phone call later, and we’d arranged for Lauren Mumby, Performance and Development Manager at LAT, to come and collect the spare tablets, along with some cases and screen protectors the very next day! We were delighted to hear that they’ll be put to good use and will even be able to help with homework.

Pictured is Lauren collecting the tablets from our Lincoln team.

We love a happy ending at Christmas time!

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Dec/18

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Christmas Jumper Day 2018

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Today marked our now annual participation in Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. We’ve been sharing our best efforts all day on Instagram, and if you’re reading this on Friday 14th, there’s still time to check out our story on Instagram with some extra festive fun.

Have a scroll through to see a selection of the branches enjoying the day. We managed to raise an incredible £280.24, thanks to everyone for their generosity!

 

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Dec/18

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Circus Starr Peterborough

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We’re delighted to be sponsoring Circus Starr’s Winter Variety Show in Peterborough, and be able to help two children attend and see the performance!

Circus Starr provides accessible shows to thousands of disabled children every year. Their donated ticket programme gives families the opportunity to see the show who otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Further details of the fantastic work that they do are available here.

The show takes place on Sunday 13th January and we hope that all those who are able to attend have a special and memorable day!

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Dec/18

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A Guide to Living and Working in Boston

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Boston is a town in South-East Lincolnshire with a population of around 60,000. A famous market town, which still holds markets on a Wednesday and Saturday every week. The town itself is full of history both local and international. Boston is notably the origin of the Pilgrim Fathers who departed from a nearby village called Fishtoft. They set off in 1607 and eventually landed in America, via the Netherlands, 13 years later. The city of Boston, Massachusetts takes its name due to these explorers, after their voyage on the Mayflower from Plymouth in 1620.

In the present day there are landmarks celebrating this connection. A monument still stands in Fishtoft; and the Guildhall museum includes interactive displays in the building where the Pilgrim Fathers were imprisoned, after their first failed attempt to escape to America.

The town’s most famous attraction is St Botolph’s Church or The Stump. It is one of the highest medieval towers in the country, standing at 83m (272 feet) tall! The Stump is still open to the public and provides fantastic views. Be prepared for a climb though! The tower has 209 steps, over 12 floors.

In terms of entertainment, the town has the Savoy Cinema with the same area featuring some excellent restaurants with a diverse array of cuisine. On the edge of town you can find the Boston Bowl offering entertainment to suit all ages. The updated facility now offers Bowling, a Nerf Centre, a large play centre and an American Diner. On a Saturday evening they offer live music from the best local bands.

Boston has a proud sporting status, with a variety of teams and associations in the area encompassing a range of sports. The town’s principal sports team, Boston United, play in the centre of town, competing in the National League North, and were recently a football league club. Their nickname ‘The Pilgrims’ is again a reference to the explorers whose legacy can be found throughout the town to this day (the Pilgrim Hospital and Mayflower Road are notable examples).

Our Address

Ambitions Personnel
South Quay House
18 South Street
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE21 6HE

Tel: 01205 366888

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Boston

Boston is home to the largest port in the East Midlands, and much of the local economy reflects the trade that it brings. Imports include cereal and wood for the local agriculture and steel for the automotive trade. Food processing, service industry and engineering companies are all found in the area, contributing to the diverse range of opportunities. Entry level roles in the industrial and customer service sectors are often paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, and can attract a premium for overtime shifts.
For admin office based roles the average salary bracket is commonly £16-18k, and can be more dependent on experience.

Getting Around

Boston has a conveniently located Train Station, which is within walking distance of our office. The rail network offers good links to Nottingham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.

The bus station is also close to our office and the train station, it offers services to other villages in the area, between Boston and Lincoln.

House Prices / Rent

A two bedroom property in the area falls well below the national average and can be available from £110,000. Rent for a two bedroom flat is around £510 per month, again well below the national average.

 

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Dec/18

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Mansfield & Worksop Christmas Quiz 2018

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Yesterday marked the annual Christmas quiz at the John Fretwell centre near Mansfield. Many of our clients joined the teams from each branch to test their knowledge of the holiday season.

It was a very close fought contest, with only 0.5 points separating the winners and second place.

Congratulations to the winning team ‘quiz team Aguilera’ (pictured above) from Go Green Batteries with 72.5 points. Who took home a Christmas and Prosecco hamper. Commiserations to the runners-up, ‘Radius’ from… Radius with 72 points who took home a bottle of prosecco each.

Unfortunately, someone has to finish last, and with 54 points the honour went to ‘let’s get Quizzical’ from Effective Energy. They won a QI facts book and a bottle of prosecco, so hopefully we see an improvement next year!

Thanks to everyone who came along and helped to get into the festive spirit!

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