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.
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!
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.
Watton 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 with her fellow Silver Heart award finalists
The little things that make a big difference definitely rings true on Valentine’s Day when Watton Recruitment hit Bedford with their token gifts to show their appreciation and love for their clients. There is always chocolates and love hearts in the office for all of the candidates that drop by too (if our own Alex hasn’t eaten them all first!).