Author Archives: Philomena Watton

Making Christmas Epic 2018

2018 saw Watton Recruitment finish their year in true community spirit, continuing their support to the women and children currently within safe houses in Bedford after fleeing domestic violence. Watton Recruitment pledge every year to make sure every child in these safe houses receive a main present from Father Christmas and that all Mums receive a hamper for themselves. With the support of other local businesses, we were able to fulfil this commitment yet again.

A massive thank you to…

  • Prices Candles
  • Pacific Direct
  • Window ware
  • RSP
  • Navigator

We will be continuing this every year, as giving back is so important to Philomena and her team, so if you want to help with #makingchristmasepic2019 then do not hesitate to contact any member of the team.

World Record Attempt with in2beats

The week of 1st to 5th October was so busy! Not only did we organise our own challenge, #challengebedford, and were in our peak of Christmas staffing, we had the added responsibility of running and maintaining the rota for the world record attempt for the longest running live radio show!

Both DJ Stevo and DJ Dannii from in2beats 106.5fm went live on air at 8am on Monday 1st and didn’t end their show until 8pm on Friday 5th October. The work behind the scenes from all parties was immense! The shifts for witnesses were in 4-hour blocks over 24 hour shift patterns, with no staff from in2beats being allowed to witness and no witness being allowed to do more than 4 hours in each 24 hour period. And there had to be 2 witnesses present at all times! It was a very complex and challenging rota but with the dedication of the internal staff at Watton Recruitment, including our very own MD Philomena Watton even doing the midnight to 4am shift before heading to work, the rota ran smoothly, and the Bedford community was amazing.

Thank you so much to everyone involved and fingers crossed the word record team sign it off after reviewing the hours of footage that have been submitted.

Watton Recruitment on BBC Look East

With the announcement of two large warehouses coming to Bedford, Philomena made an appearance on the local BBC news to share her experienced and trusted opinion on the employment growth, and the highs and low of recruitment in the local area. Her fear of public speaking is well and truly conquered!

Philomena preparing to appear on BBC Look EastPhilomena speaking to BBC Look East from Watton Recruitment's offices in Bedford

Easter Eggs-travaganza!

Watton Recruitment's Easter egg collection!Every year the team at Watton Recruitment have pledged Easter eggs to a chosen charity. This year they were able to support three charities!!

  • FACES, a local children’s charity who have always had our support, received 60 eggs;
  • The YMCA who run women’s refuges received 30 eggs and Easter egg hunt packs for the children to have fun with on Easter morning; and
  • The Kings Arms Project passed over 40 eggs on to the homeless of Bedford who stay at the night shelter within Bedford Day Centre.

Members of the Watton team pass Easter eggs on to FACESEaster egg hunt packs passed on to families at the YMCA Women's refugee in Bedford

Bedfordshire BusinessWomen Awards 2018

Philomena with the winner of the Female Employee of the Year awardWatton Recruitment was not responsible for the organising and hosting of this year’s Bedfordshire BusinessWomen Awards (phew!), however still played a huge part in the evening. For the 3rd consecutive year they were a headline sponsor for Female Employee of the Year award. Philomena Watton was also a finalist in the Silver Heart category for her work within the local community and was delighted to present a cheque for over £5,000 to Marjbritt from The Kings Arms Project for the money raised during her year as president in 2017. What a great evening!!

Video of Philomena presenting the Female Employee of the Year awards

Philomena presenting a cheque for over £5,000 to The Kings Arms Project

Philomena presenting a cheque for over £5,000 to The Kings Arms Project

Philomena with her fellow Silver Heart award finalists

Philomena with her fellow Silver Heart award finalists