6 inspirational men and women in Essex

PUBLISHED: 11:42 31 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:42 31 January 2019

Inspirational men and women in Essex

Inspirational men and women in Essex

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We’ve spoken to 6 of Essex’s most inspirational businesspeople to find out their secrets to success, how they achieve a work-life balance and who they are inspired by

Catriona Smith | Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers

Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8GE | 01279 817778

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What trends do you expect to see in your industry in 2019?

Stacking rings will continue to be popular, both in plain polished or textured precious metals, or diamond and gem set examples.

I expect there to be a surge in popularity for statement jewellery. This look is achievable with both contemporary and antique/period pieces, which can be surprisingly bold or sculptural.

We will see a trend for asymmetrical earrings. But don’t rule out period jewellery to achieve this look. Buy a pair of bold earrings from the 1950’s, 60’s or 70’s and share them with a friend. Wear one each with a smaller but complimentary earring from your existing collection.

What can we expect from your department (original question ‘business’) in 2019?

I hope to expand our Fine Jewellery and Watch auctions with an emphasis on antique pieces and sports watches. Both categories are currently riding the crest of the wave in the market.

What are your New Year resolutions for 2019?

Buy more jewellery whilst upgrading my collection at the same time. In theory, sell two items to buy one better piece. Turn your unworn or unappreciated jewellery into an item you love, and will wear.

Catriona SmithCatriona Smith

Vicki Edwards | Success Recruit

2nd Floor, 59 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1NE | 01245 409839

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What trends do you expect to see in your industry in 2019?

I think it will continue to be a candidate driven market, meaning job seekers will continue to have more choice on quality positions and employers need to act quickly if they see the perfect person for the job! Employers need to ensure they market their business to demonstrate their culture, values and benefits as well as employee engagement as much as possible, job seekers are no longer just about a salary!

What can we expect from your business in 2019?

Whilst technology is always developing, I am a traditional at heart and think face to face meetings with our customers is crucial to build on what we pride ourselves being outstanding on “developing relationships”.

We are proud to support some rapidly growing businesses in Essex for senior management positions and will continue to do so whilst improving recruitment standards and processes for everyone involved. We have some exciting new concepts & partnerships forming so I think 2019 will be a time of growth.

What are your New Year resolutions for 2019?

My team inspire me every day to be the best I can be, I always want to lead by example, not only to them but to everyone in my profession and that I support in business!

I am surrounding myself with people that will inspire me to be even better every day so I can continue to develop personally and professionally.

I am also a bit of an adrenaline junky, in 2018 I did a sky dive & loved it! So I want to continue to challenge myself. I have wing walking booked in and want to try snowboarding too!

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Sian Williams | NFU Mutual Essex South

25, Chelmsford Business Park, Springfield Lyons Approach, Chelmsford, CM2 5LB | 01245 807459

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What trends do you expect to see in your industry in 2019?

The modernisation of the Insurance Industry, with the objective of embracing technology / Artificial Intelligence will continue into 2019 and beyond.

However, more locally at NFU Mutual Essex South, we are meeting more and more businesses and individuals who want real engagement and advice on their insurance and are increasingly dissatisfied with call centres and buying insurance from online portals.

We see this trend continuing in 2019.

What can we expect from your business in 2019?

If you’re a Food, Drink, Hospitality or Engineering business based in South Essex, then we hope to be speaking to about your business insurance in 2019.

When we contact you, please give us your time. You won’t find us on price comparison sites and when we meet with you, you’ll be surprised at what we can offer.

What are your New Year resolutions?

Weaning myself off the alarm snooze button.

Sian WilliamsSian Williams

Fiona McAnaw | BTMK Solicitors

Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AB | 01702 238541

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What trends do you expect to see in your industry in 2019?

Trends in the legal sector in 2019 are likely to be dictated broadly by the final shape of Brexit, but generally I predict that the demand for legal services will remain strong, particularly in the regions and for firms that offer a commercial focus in their advice. Businesses are going to need really pro-active advice to guide them through what is expected to be an unsettling period ahead.

With the advent of price transparency the legal sector is under increasingpressure to be open about costs from the outset; a mind-set that BTMK has always embraced.

There is certainly a growing trend for law firm mergers and the legal market generally has recognised the benefit of consolidation and reducing overheads.

What can we expect from your business in 2019?

BTMK is a positive and dynamic firm and we have always been proactive in adapting our business and working practices to meet the challenges of the ever changing legal sector. The firm will continue to identify possibilities for growth, to include acquisitions and we will be investing heavily in technology and online marketing in 2019.

We will continue to offer advice, and support our clients through the anticipated legal and regulatory framework changes that will follow Brexit to ensure that they remain prosperous in the New Year.

What are your New Year resolutions the 2019?

My top four goals for 2019 are:

- Spend more time with my daughter

- Drink more water

- Exercise

- Stop eating mince pies for breakfast

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Robyn Holmes | Prime Appointments

Prime Appointments Austin House, Newland St, Witham CM8 2BA | 01376 502999

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What trends do you expect to see in the recruitment industry in 2019?

Candidate and skills-shortages exacerbated by Brexit uncertainty should decrease as the path becomes clearer. Candidate attraction and retention will continue to be key, due to demand outstripping supply.

Businesses will need to recognise the value of their current team members and offer attractive salaries – we expect to see average salary increases across all sectors – particularly IT & Digital and skilled Technical sector. A high percentage of our clients will be unaffected by the changes and are positive about the future.

What can we expect from Prime in 2019?

We will continue to invest in building our consultant team to meet the demand of our customers.

We will continue campaigning with Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) and Priti Patel (our local MP) to lobby Government to allow recruitment agencies to spend Apprenticeship Levy Credits on our temporary workforce who generate most of the Levy – thereby increasing candidate skills and the ability to earn more.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2019?

Be the voice of reason where Brexit is concerned and focus on the positives; consult with our clients to encourage them to challenge their human resource conventions in terms of how they structure, to enable them to grow.

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Alex Rayner | Braxted Park Estate

Braxted Park Estate, Witham, CM8 3EN | 01621 892 305.

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What trends do you expect to see in your industry in 2019?

In the hospitality industry, the only thing that’s constant is change. As a historical venue, we need to constantly keep our pulse on emerging trends to avoid disappointing guests and falling behind competitors.

The priority no longer lies in only increasing the number of guests we attract but also improving their experience to keep them coming back.

What can we expect from your business in 2019?

2018 has been a year of dynamic change, we are constantly pushing new boundaries here at Braxted Park, for example with our Christmas Market where we entertained 5000 people over a weekend.

In 2019 we are looking to launch some new event projects that we own as an Estate, perhaps Jazz in the Park, or similar and we will wait and see if the Christmas Market will make a second appearance.

I know it’s post-Christmas but our Christmas Parties are a huge crowd pleaser, with live music, glitter girls, top DJ’s and loads more. We sell out really early (really early) so get in their fast if your company is interested.

What are your New Year resolutions for 2019?

Braxted Park is a big business, we always aim never to forget our family owned ethos. We have a strong human touch. Personally I look forward to launching new and innovative concepts across Braxted Park and other event portfolios I lead.

Alex RaynerAlex Rayner


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