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5 years of Savant - The journey so far

 

We celebrate our fifth anniversary this year and are incredibly proud of seeing the business go from strength to strength over that time.  Having built a strong reputation in the market, this has created long-lasting working relationships, friendships and a strong team of experts who also strive to fulfil the same values.  

Hear below from some of our clients and team on their journey with us so far.

 
 
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The Savant journey from some of our team

Darren

I am a Business Operations Controller within Savant. I have been with the business for just shy of 4 years and I can honestly say it has been the most worthwhile and enjoyable start to a career that I could have imagined.

I started my career as a Recruitment Resourcer working directly with our CEO Mark Sheldon of whom I cannot thank enough for the mentorship and continual guidance that he has given to me throughout my time here.

But it is not just Mark, the business and everyone within it has a voice and continual change is at the forefront of our business ethics and I like to think that I have benefitted from this.

Through hardwork and dedication I have grown from a Recruitment resourcer to a Consultant and now to our sole Business Operations Controller. Focusing on and influencing our business direction, project management and working closely with our staff and customers to ensure the constant evolution of our brand.

I am proud to be a part of Savant and am very much looking forward to seeing what the next 5 years will bring for myself, the business and most importantly the incredible people within it.

Happy 5 year Anniversary Savant!

Darren

I am a Business Operations Controller within Savant. I have been with the business for just shy of 4 years and I can honestly say it has been the most worthwhile and enjoyable start to a career that I could have imagined.

I started my career as a Recruitment Resourcer working directly with our CEO Mark Sheldon of whom I cannot thank enough for the mentorship and continual guidance that he has given to me throughout my time here.

But it is not just Mark, the business and everyone within it has a voice and continual change is at the forefront of our business ethics and I like to think that I have benefitted from this.

Through hardwork and dedication I have grown from a Recruitment resourcer to a Consultant and now to our sole Business Operations Controller. Focusing on and influencing our business direction, project management and working closely with our staff and customers to ensure the constant evolution of our brand.

I am proud to be a part of Savant and am very much looking forward to seeing what the next 5 years will bring for myself, the business and most importantly the incredible people within it.

Happy 5 year Anniversary Savant!

 

 

Laura

I have been with Savant for 4.5 years and what a journey it has taken me on! I started with no knowledge of Recruitment except the many horror stories I had heard about 'wheeler dealer' type characters and overwhelming KPI's. However, I soon learned that the company I had joined was far removed from that reality. At Savant, I found a group of individuals, a team, who really cared about their customers and their candidates. People who go above and beyond what is expected of them to provide the best service.

I started as a Marketing Assistant, with the intention of getting the Savant name out there. With that in mind I project managed the re-development of the company website and managed the social media accounts. Between the Marketing piece, I also learnt the ropes as a Consultant as Savant had just created a Technology division when I joined. There was much to learn, the pace was fast and I am not shy to admit, there were many times I thought to give up. Phoning people was pretty nerve wracking! But I was given such brilliant, overwhelming support throughout that, by the end of the 1st year, we had a fantastic new website and the beginnings of a lucrative Technology business. Through the blood, sweat and (a few) tears, I looked back and realised how much I had learned and grown.

By the second year, I had started to move away from the marketing piece, seeing the potential for further growth in the Tech space and between myself and Mehran Yadegari we took the Tech business into profit. This was the year I realised that, although I had entered into Savant for a job, I had now turned it into a career. The feedback we were (and still are) receiving was gratifying and we barrelled into our third year with a real sense of excitement.

We welcomed Peter Kyriacou to our team, who tackled breaking down doors to new business and establishing partnerships. However, our sprint turned into a marathon with the arrival of Covid-19. Although, like all businesses, we were massively hit, we didn't let it defeat us. Instead we used it as a diving board to get proactive. Leveraging our already existing relationships we further developed our partnerships, hosted two successful webinars and established a better structure around our data management and reporting. With the addition of Julia Guesmia to the team and with a lot of hard work (and yes, more tears) we turned 2020 into one of our best years in terms of developing our business.

With the start of 2021 we had successfully brought ourselves back to where we were pre-Covid without incurring any losses! We also welcomed Mark Bradshaw and have ambitions to add another two members too this year. It has been a wonderful journey and I am excited to see where this year takes us. From the woman who was scared to pick up the phone, I have developed into a confident business woman who relishes any new challenges with her head held high. If that is not a success story I don't know what is, Happy 5th Birthday Savant!

Laura

I have been with Savant for 4.5 years and what a journey it has taken me on! I started with no knowledge of Recruitment except the many horror stories I had heard about 'wheeler dealer' type characters and overwhelming KPI's. However, I soon learned that the company I had joined was far removed from that reality. At Savant, I found a group of individuals, a team, who really cared about their customers and their candidates. People who go above and beyond what is expected of them to provide the best service.

I started as a Marketing Assistant, with the intention of getting the Savant name out there. With that in mind I project managed the re-development of the company website and managed the social media accounts. Between the Marketing piece, I also learnt the ropes as a Consultant as Savant had just created a Technology division when I joined. There was much to learn, the pace was fast and I am not shy to admit, there were many times I thought to give up. Phoning people was pretty nerve wracking! But I was given such brilliant, overwhelming support throughout that, by the end of the 1st year, we had a fantastic new website and the beginnings of a lucrative Technology business. Through the blood, sweat and (a few) tears, I looked back and realised how much I had learned and grown.

By the second year, I had started to move away from the marketing piece, seeing the potential for further growth in the Tech space and between myself and Mehran Yadegari we took the Tech business into profit. This was the year I realised that, although I had entered into Savant for a job, I had now turned it into a career. The feedback we were (and still are) receiving was gratifying and we barrelled into our third year with a real sense of excitement.

We welcomed Peter Kyriacou to our team, who tackled breaking down doors to new business and establishing partnerships. However, our sprint turned into a marathon with the arrival of Covid-19. Although, like all businesses, we were massively hit, we didn't let it defeat us. Instead we used it as a diving board to get proactive. Leveraging our already existing relationships we further developed our partnerships, hosted two successful webinars and established a better structure around our data management and reporting. With the addition of Julia Guesmia to the team and with a lot of hard work (and yes, more tears) we turned 2020 into one of our best years in terms of developing our business.

With the start of 2021 we had successfully brought ourselves back to where we were pre-Covid without incurring any losses! We also welcomed Mark Bradshaw and have ambitions to add another two members too this year. It has been a wonderful journey and I am excited to see where this year takes us. From the woman who was scared to pick up the phone, I have developed into a confident business woman who relishes any new challenges with her head held high. If that is not a success story I don't know what is, Happy 5th Birthday Savant!

 

 

Mehran

It was over 4 years ago when I joined forces with Mark Sheldon to create a Technology business for Savant and the journey I am about to describe got on the way. I joined the business as a seasoned operator with over 15 years experience covering all recruitment model's from contingency to campaign to fixed price to consultancy and a track record of success with clients and candidates.

Just like any startup the first couple of years were about creating a customer base with loyalty to us and the brand,  proving to ourselves that we can create a business with longevity. So what have I learned in this journey and what I am most proud of as an accomplishment?

I have learned more in the last 4 years than the previous 15 combined, engaging with clients, understanding the technology market, working with individuals and teams, driving change and getting results. We are a team of 5 and although they are all in different phases of their journey with Savant Technology, I am proud of each for their drive, tenacity, ambition, care and attention they bring to their job, clients, candidates and colleagues. We are truly a team. I love how they have grown from consultants to business people with a clear sense of direction and what they stand for as individuals.

We have a business that stands for quality and we look to demonstrate this quality through our work with customers and their feedback, through our partnerships across the Digital technology landscape and through our strategic and innovative approach when solving problems whether that is through seminars/webinars, blogs, IR35 or Leadership content.

Although the foundations are in place for this business to grow, our most important accomplishment so far has been the growth of our people. No one demonstrates that growth more than Laura Bradsell, my colleague and friend who was there on the first day helping me put in place the foundation for this business, to see her grow to a business woman has been a privilege. Just like Laura's journey, this is just the beginning, Happy 5th anniversary Savant, the next 5 years are in good hands!

Mehran

It was over 4 years ago when I joined forces with Mark Sheldon to create a Technology business for Savant and the journey I am about to describe got on the way. I joined the business as a seasoned operator with over 15 years experience covering all recruitment model's from contingency to campaign to fixed price to consultancy and a track record of success with clients and candidates.

Just like any startup the first couple of years were about creating a customer base with loyalty to us and the brand,  proving to ourselves that we can create a business with longevity. So what have I learned in this journey and what I am most proud of as an accomplishment?

I have learned more in the last 4 years than the previous 15 combined, engaging with clients, understanding the technology market, working with individuals and teams, driving change and getting results. We are a team of 5 and although they are all in different phases of their journey with Savant Technology, I am proud of each for their drive, tenacity, ambition, care and attention they bring to their job, clients, candidates and colleagues. We are truly a team. I love how they have grown from consultants to business people with a clear sense of direction and what they stand for as individuals.

We have a business that stands for quality and we look to demonstrate this quality through our work with customers and their feedback, through our partnerships across the Digital technology landscape and through our strategic and innovative approach when solving problems whether that is through seminars/webinars, blogs, IR35 or Leadership content.

Although the foundations are in place for this business to grow, our most important accomplishment so far has been the growth of our people. No one demonstrates that growth more than Laura Bradsell, my colleague and friend who was there on the first day helping me put in place the foundation for this business, to see her grow to a business woman has been a privilege. Just like Laura's journey, this is just the beginning, Happy 5th anniversary Savant, the next 5 years are in good hands!

 

 

Peter

I joined Savant in May 2019 with no prior Recruitment experience. After a stint in the city/financial world I met with Mark Sheldon (MD of Savant) and Mehran Yadegari (Director of Savant Technology) and knew instantly that this was the place for me. More so than the skill set I could bring from my time in the city, it was the ambition and plans for the company which was one of the main drivers for me wanting to be involved in the project.

The way I perceived Recruitment companies day to day was totally thrown out of the window after this first meeting. It was the attention to detail, quality of service and business acumen which has continued right the way through to this very day which was a main driver for me.

I have always been interested in technology and business, so for me it is extremely enjoyable working with our customers on a day to day basis, learning about their pains and struggles and helping out in the transformation and upgrades and efficiencies they are looking to bring into their company. I guess you can say the same applies internally at Savant Recruitment. A Lot has evolved since the 1st day I walked through the door nearly 2 years ago. Our group have nearly doubled in the number of personnel, our initiatives to improve on customer service and relationship with our candidates and customers alike has been revolutionized from hosting seminars in person (now all being conducted virtually of course), charity events, combining forces with external partners to home in on specific areas and expertise in our field I would describe the experience and growth of Savant Recruitment as a start up business an exciting one with huge amounts of ambition to be the best in what we do in every field.

In addition to your everyday activities and recruitment, I have been given the platform to think "outside the box" and working closely with our strategic partners within the Salesforce domain, Data, Architecture, CRM/ERP implementation and App development to name a few, this has been instrumental in really boltering my knowledge in an ever changing technological world, really allowing me to provide specific expertise to clients and candidates alike through constant training, communication, blogs and webinars.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a first for everybody and I can say I am extremely proud in the way we have handled the situation as a team. The fact that we were able to pick up remotely through the cloud was a massive plus point, but it is the team's determination and fight which has been so nice to see. We have had to adapt ourselves in the way we communicate internally and externally through video calls and also the way we liaise with our colleagues on a day to day basis. Everybody has pulled through without too much of a fuss and the feeling of togetherness and the Savant family has remained through regular catchup calls and of course our weekly team quiz! (which has not gone so well for myself personally).

Happy 5 years Savant and hopefully we can do this all again in 5 more years to come!

Peter

I joined Savant in May 2019 with no prior Recruitment experience. After a stint in the city/financial world I met with Mark Sheldon (MD of Savant) and Mehran Yadegari (Director of Savant Technology) and knew instantly that this was the place for me. More so than the skill set I could bring from my time in the city, it was the ambition and plans for the company which was one of the main drivers for me wanting to be involved in the project.

The way I perceived Recruitment companies day to day was totally thrown out of the window after this first meeting. It was the attention to detail, quality of service and business acumen which has continued right the way through to this very day which was a main driver for me.

I have always been interested in technology and business, so for me it is extremely enjoyable working with our customers on a day to day basis, learning about their pains and struggles and helping out in the transformation and upgrades and efficiencies they are looking to bring into their company. I guess you can say the same applies internally at Savant Recruitment. A Lot has evolved since the 1st day I walked through the door nearly 2 years ago. Our group have nearly doubled in the number of personnel, our initiatives to improve on customer service and relationship with our candidates and customers alike has been revolutionized from hosting seminars in person (now all being conducted virtually of course), charity events, combining forces with external partners to home in on specific areas and expertise in our field I would describe the experience and growth of Savant Recruitment as a start up business an exciting one with huge amounts of ambition to be the best in what we do in every field.

In addition to your everyday activities and recruitment, I have been given the platform to think "outside the box" and working closely with our strategic partners within the Salesforce domain, Data, Architecture, CRM/ERP implementation and App development to name a few, this has been instrumental in really boltering my knowledge in an ever changing technological world, really allowing me to provide specific expertise to clients and candidates alike through constant training, communication, blogs and webinars.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a first for everybody and I can say I am extremely proud in the way we have handled the situation as a team. The fact that we were able to pick up remotely through the cloud was a massive plus point, but it is the team's determination and fight which has been so nice to see. We have had to adapt ourselves in the way we communicate internally and externally through video calls and also the way we liaise with our colleagues on a day to day basis. Everybody has pulled through without too much of a fuss and the feeling of togetherness and the Savant family has remained through regular catchup calls and of course our weekly team quiz! (which has not gone so well for myself personally).

Happy 5 years Savant and hopefully we can do this all again in 5 more years to come!

 

 

Paul

I joined Savant as one of the founding members of the business 5 years ago and haven’t looked back! Having gained over 13 years’ experience in finance and audit recruitment across a broad range of industries and clients prior to joining, I was able to bring a wealth of knowledge to the business.

The first 18 months were focused on building our reputation in the market as a specialist finance recruitment agency; something that relied heavily on us being able to provide high-quality candidates for positions and to draw upon our ability to offer sound advice to C-suite contacts around market conditions.

This was a very exciting yet challenging time, seeing us grow our client base from zero to a broad range of US-listed, FTSE listed, PE backed and privately owned companies across the South.

One thing that surprised me is how much I have learned since joining Savant. Working in a small but dynamic growing business had given me exposure to all elements of strategic planning, website design, technology selection and marketing - things that were often managed centrally in my previous company.

The Thames Valley team has now grown to three consultants, each of whom has a strong history of recruiting within qualified accountancy and finance within the Home Counties.

Through my and the teams’ hard work, we are now trusted recruitment partners to an enviable number of clients; something that we’re all very proud of. This has only been achievable through us using our well-established networks and in-depth knowledge of the accountancy and finance market.

I am very proud of our journey to date and look forward to seeing the business thrive over the next 5 year and beyond!

Paul

I joined Savant as one of the founding members of the business 5 years ago and haven’t looked back! Having gained over 13 years’ experience in finance and audit recruitment across a broad range of industries and clients prior to joining, I was able to bring a wealth of knowledge to the business.

The first 18 months were focused on building our reputation in the market as a specialist finance recruitment agency; something that relied heavily on us being able to provide high-quality candidates for positions and to draw upon our ability to offer sound advice to C-suite contacts around market conditions.

This was a very exciting yet challenging time, seeing us grow our client base from zero to a broad range of US-listed, FTSE listed, PE backed and privately owned companies across the South.

One thing that surprised me is how much I have learned since joining Savant. Working in a small but dynamic growing business had given me exposure to all elements of strategic planning, website design, technology selection and marketing - things that were often managed centrally in my previous company.

The Thames Valley team has now grown to three consultants, each of whom has a strong history of recruiting within qualified accountancy and finance within the Home Counties.

Through my and the teams’ hard work, we are now trusted recruitment partners to an enviable number of clients; something that we’re all very proud of. This has only been achievable through us using our well-established networks and in-depth knowledge of the accountancy and finance market.

I am very proud of our journey to date and look forward to seeing the business thrive over the next 5 year and beyond!