Recruiting her seemed like a good idea at the time…

Recruiting her seemed like a good idea at the time…

Recruiting her seemed like a good idea at the time…

Posted on 25th August 2019

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Nikola KellyI may have written something along these lines before, but when I recruited Nikola Kelly I was aware we were getting someone who was a well-respected and thoroughly professional senior recruiter.  I wasn’t quite so aware, at least not initially, that I was also recruiting the person who would, within short order, be so obviously outstanding that she was going to be promoted to Managing Director of Be-IT within a year (despite going off on maternity leave only a few months after she joined!).   

For some time, I was quite keen not to make a song and dance about her promotion as Nik had a lot on her plate, what with (another) child and two, rapidly growing offices of recruitment consultants to manage.  However, it was pretty soon obvious that I wasn’t the only one to recognise her talents.

This year, as last, Nik’s up for an award at the Scottish Women’s Awards. These awards “aim to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many more.”  They are being held next Wednesday (28th) and Nikola is shortlisted in the “Business Woman of the Year (companies under 50 employees)” category. Ten of us will be donning our finest evening dress and heading for the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, hopefully to celebrate a well-deserved award.

If that’s not enough, she’s also shortlisted in the “Outstanding Contribution by a Young Business Leader – sponsored by Arnold Clark, in The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Inspiring City Awards.  These take place on September 5th, so once again we’re sending a posse of suitably suited and booted/nicely frocked ladies and gentlemen up to the Crowne Plaza again (or we might just stay in the bar from the 28thonwards) to see if Nik can add to her collection of gongs.

Bearing in mind that Nikola picked up the award for “Scottish Digital Business of the Year” at last year’s Scottish Women’s Awards and she has previously been shortlisted for a number of other awards, I am slowly coming to the conclusion that it was a good idea to hire her three years ago…

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT


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