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Tour of Britain 2018

Kelly Hughes, Vicky May, Sarah Elvidge and Lauren Shepherd from Ambitions Personnel with their entry in to the Tour of Britain Best Dressed Window competition which they put together with help from manager Lynsey Butler.

The Tour of Britain 2018 is in full swing, with 5 stages completed at the time of writing Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic has the race leaders Green Jersey. With Quickstep’s Julian Alaphilippe and Bob Jungels poised to take the lead, it’s going to make for an exciting last three stages.

Our team in Mansfield are fully in the spirit, with the branch decked out to celebrate the penultimate stage finishing in the town on Saturday. It all gets underway in West Bridgford, with the peloton expected in Mansfield at around 3pm.

If you see the team out and about come and say hi! You can find the branch at 30 Leeming Street, Mansfield, NG18 1NE.


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World Cup Competition Update

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Following on from the amazing summer of football, we have an update regarding our World Cup competition. Martyn Patterson guessed correctly that the winners (France) would score 14 goals during the tournament. The prize he won was a £250 donation to a youth football team of his choice, as Martyn also coaches the U12’s at Boston United, it made his choice quite easy!

We hope the new equipment is a big help during training and on matchdays, we’ll be in touch to find out how you’re getting on, good luck for the season!

Martyn and the team are pictured on the pitch during halftime at the Jakemans Stadium, with Lee Sargent from our Boston office helping to make the presentation.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So then why do so many of us resort to grabbing a coffee and pastry on the go, or skipping it altogether! Our recipe ideas are so quick and easy, you’ll have no excuses. Your body and your wallet (those daily café treats soon add up!), will thank you for it.


Quick to prepare and they can be stored in the fridge for an easy grab and go option all week. Plus they’re super versatile, if you don’t like these fillings, you can throw in whatever you’ve got in the fridge.

Whisk 6 eggs, stir in bacon/cheese/cooked spinach, spoon the mixture into a muffin tin and bake for around 15 minutes (until the eggs are set).

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As the name suggests, make these the night before. Cover porridge oats with your choice of milk (you can mix a little yoghurt in too for extra creaminess), in a bowl or mason jar. Add in fresh or frozen fruit – berries work well and stir. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can use maple syrup or honey to taste. Refrigerate overnight and it’s as simple as that. The flavour possibilities are endless; we like adding peanut butter, chia seeds and cinnamon to ours!

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Prepare your ingredients in advance and freeze them in portion sized freezer bags, so they’re ready to be whizzed up in a blender when you want them.  This is also a great way to get an extra serving of veg into your day!

Again, the possibilities are vast but this recipe makes a great tasting breakfast drink; 1 cup of spinach, ½ a banana, ¼ cup of Greek yoghurt, 1 cup of frozen fruit of your choice. Blend with around 1 & ¼ cups of liquid.

Click here for some more great green smoothie ideas:


Banana bread seems to be everywhere these days, and there’s a recipe out there to suit everyone; whether it’s gluten free, sugar-free, with nuts or even chocolate chips.

What we can all agree on, is that it makes for a super tasty, easy breakfast. It’s also a great way to use up those overripe bananas floating around the office fruit bowl. Prepare on a Sunday for the week ahead, and keep in the fridge.

Click here for one of our favourite tried and tested recipes:


This one’s for those who can’t be without their traditional bowl of cereal in the morning! Unfortunately, many of the shop bought varieties can be laden with sugar; which could cause your energy levels to crash mid-morning and have you reaching for the biscuit jar.

So why not try making your own granola? The great thing is that you can prep it in bulk and store it in an airtight container for up to one month.

Mix together honey, maple syrup and vanilla extract, then tip in your combination of oats, nuts and seeds. Spread onto a baking tray and bake. Once baked you can add in dried fruit, cacao nibs or coconut flakes. Delicious!

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Temp of the Month – August 2018

Temp of the Month - August 2018

August’s ‘Temp of the Month’ is Penny Carlin. Penny has worked for us for over 10 months at NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group. She has been a valued addition to their team, the client told us that they couldn’t think of anyone more deserving! We appreciate Penny’s hard work and dedication and are proud to be able to name her Temp or the Month for August! She is pictured here receiving her gift & certificate with our Commercial Consultant Kelly Hughes.

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Southwell Races Ladies Day 2018

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Sunday marked our now annual trip to Southwell Racecourse’s Ladies Day. Our private marquee hosted colleagues and clients on what was once again a great day enjoyed by everyone.

It was another packed day of racing and off-course entertainment, attended by thousands of people, thanks once again go to the superb staff at Southwell Racecourse, who helped to make it a memorable day for everyone.

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11 Types of Co-workers You’ll Want to Avoid

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Have you ever experienced a nightmare colleague? Take a look at this week’s light-hearted blog and see if you recognise any of these (or yourself!). Have we missed anyone or do you have a funny story to share? Let us know in the comments below.


The one who has mastered the skill of looking busy without actually doing much at all. Not a team player, they’re happy for everyone else to make up for their lack of productivity.


You’ll hear them before you see them. Easily identified as they’re usually talking about anything and everything to anyone who’ll listen.


This person lives for office scandal, they know who’s dating who and who’s getting fired next. Don’t tell them anything in confidence or risk the whole company knowing within 5 minutes.


The wannabe popstar; singing along to the radio or just humming to themselves. Either way, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to concentrate whilst someone sounds like they’re auditioning for the ‘X-factor’ across the office.


Nothing kills a good vibe like a negative person constantly complaining about their workload, management, colleagues, the weather, or anything they can use to spread misery round the office.


That colleague who has no filter and will happily share their embarrassing health issues, intimate relationship details through to family dramas (whether you asked for it or not!)


A source of contention in most workplaces, there’s always someone too hot or too cold. Like a ninja, no one is ever sure exactly who whacked the heating up or down, but all you know is that there doesn’t ever seem to be a happy medium.


With a lack of self-awareness, a noisy colleague will happily chew, chomp, sniff and slurp their way through the day. Once you’ve heard it, there’s no going back.


Can be useful, but mostly annoying. The know-it-all seems to have experienced every situation going, and their favourite phrase is ‘I told you so’.


Got a joke for every occasion. Can be funny, but usually isn’t.


Whether it’s that person following a faddy diet and only eating fish for a week, someone who leaves their dried on food stuck to the microwave or someone who forgets they’ve left their food going mouldy in the fridge for weeks, creating a pungent smell in the office kitchen is unforgivable.


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Temp of the Month – July 2018

Temp of the Month - July 2018

Piotr Fryzowski has worked for us for the past 3 years, he has always been a hard-working, reliable and loyal candidate who has fitted into many different roles through our agency. We always receive excellent feedback from our clients regarding his work. He is currently a very valued member of the team we have at Eaton Production in Worksop and has just been offered a direct contract through his hard work and dedication to the job.

As a prize, Piotr was presented with a £25 one for all voucher, good luck with your career at Eaton Piotr!

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Ambitions Personnel in Cluj-Napoca

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Something new for Ambitions this week, as four members of the team are visiting Cluj-Napoca this week. They will be based in the city centre, evaluating exciting potential opportunities for the business. Have a good trip, we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back!


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World Cup Star’s Unbelievable Previous Jobs

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The World Cup is in full swing and naturally, it’s the talk of the office. This got us thinking about how we can tie the blog into this month-long Fiesta of Football. So we’ve been trawling the internet for stories of some of the stars at this summers’ tournament who’ve had some unexpected career paths.

Jamie Vardy

The most famous example of this is England striker Jamie Vardy, who had a variety of jobs in his early 20’s as he plied his trade in the Non-League, as low as Division 8. Most notably whilst at Halifax, he would work night shifts in a local factory producing medical splints. Handing his notice in to concentrate on Football he was offered a professional contract at Fleetwood Town a week later.

Nick Pope

Sticking with England, uncapped Burnley ‘keeper Nick Pope worked 4am shifts as a milkman as a 17-year-old after being released by Ipswich Town. He used the extra money to commute to training with Bury Town, now 26 he could be set for an appearance at the World Cup, after starting the season without a Premier League appearance.

Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus is likely to be one of the standout players of the tournament, and whilst only 21, he has also experienced a career away from Football. Whilst a youth player at Palmeiras he worked painting the streets of his local neighbourhood in 2014, in preparation for the last World Cup. He now has a mural on the walls of a housing block in the same district, which you can see here.

Carlos Bacca

The Colombia and AC Milan striker is now one of the most reliable goal scorers in Europe. Having signed his first contact with local side Atletico Junior he needed extra work to help support his family. He worked as a fisherman in Puerto Colombia and as a Bus Driver’s assistant, before a move to Belgium in 2011 allowed him to focus solely on Football.

Hannes Thor Halldorsson

Iceland’s number 1 goalkeeper nearly gave up Football at the age of 20 to focus entirely on being a Film Director. He has worked on TV and Cinema and even won awards for his productions, which he is still involved with to this day, despite being professional since 2014.

Iceland are undoubtedly the kings in this department. For instance, manager Heimir Hallgrimsson, not content with overseeing the fortunes of his nation in their first World Cup; is still a practising Dentist in his local village. Right Back Birkir Saevarsson has been working as a Salt Packer in the off-season, to stop himself ‘getting lazy’ just before the World Cup!

We hope you enjoyed some of the unusual careers that some of the players have had, let us know if you’ve heard any others during the tournament.

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World Cup 2018 – Getting The Office Involved

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It’s a football fan’s dream month and every employer’s worst nightmare. 64 games in 30 days may prove to be a little distracting for even the most dedicated worker. So there are many businesses quite rightly worried about a slump in performance, and potentially attendance, during this feast of football.

However, the best advice is to embrace the month (if England sticks to recent tournament form you will only need to cater for 3 or 4 games anyway). So things are already looking up, or down, depending on your perspective. The reality is that most of the country will be hooked if England do make it to the Knockout stages, so here are some ideas to ensure your office is fully in the spirit from Day 1.

Office Sweepstake

The easiest way to promote the football fever is through a sweepstake. There are loads of templates online to help with the time-consuming aspect. The sweepstake can promote friendly competition throughout the office and provide those with little interest an incentive to keep abreast of the scores, (and not be completely bored when the talk of the office is last nights’ riveting 1-1 draw between Sweden and South Korea, for example).

It may also provide some humour, the unfortunate soul who bags 1000-1 outsiders Panama will certainly be under no illusions of their chances. They’ll have the last laugh if Roman Torres scores another last minute winner, we’ve all been warned.

Here at Ambitions loads of us are taking part in an in-house prediction league throughout the tournament. There is a prize for the eventual winner, and the potential of 2 years’ worth of bragging rights, so plenty to play for.


Any excuse for bunting generally goes down quite well. In 2014 some offices around the world went all out for the event. Perhaps people can bake cakes and decorate in a football theme, or dress down Fridays can be based around football. There are plenty of ways to make the office environment befitting of the occasion.

If you can’t beat them…

Join them! If your workplace is full of England fans then the opening game against Tunisia on Monday 18th June at 7pm is perfectly scheduled. You and your colleagues can go and cheer on the Three Lions and hopefully work better afterwards. If you’re an employer it may provide a very affordable and effective team building exercise. If your workplace is backing someone else during the tournament then all the fixtures are available here.

Good luck to whoever you’re backing, let us know how your office is getting involved!


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