Girling Jones – Supporting the Local Community

In addition to our sponsorship and support of the Children’s Hospice South West, the Exeter Chiefs, Plymouth Argyle and most of the industry regional awards , 2016 sees the launch of our local community projects initiative.

The first opportunity saw the Teignmouth Under 10s Rugby team receive new kit and clothing with sponsorship money from Girling Jones.

We’re looking forward to charting their rise to fame and are looking forward to more projects as the year progresses.

 

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Girling Jones Christmas Bash – 2015

2015 has been an very important year for everyone at Girling Jones.

Whilst the recruitment industry has seen its share of challenges, Girling Jones has risen to smash all previous records and expand the business.   We launched our very popular industrial engineering desk which has gone from strength to strength.

Our record year was heralded to a close with a trip down to Cornwall, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Fistral Beach at Newquay.   A few brave souls also braved the winter seas for a (very) brief but enjoyable surfing session.

Staying at the headland hotel, the team enjoyed (and took advantage of!) the Spa facilities, appearing hours later ready and revived for the evening festivities.

GJ Group Fot 2015 Xmas BashThe evening festivities went without a hitch, with taxis booked and stomachs filled with Kangaroo (thanks Australian themed restaurant!).

2015 has brought exciting change and rapid growth, with a;

  • 50% growth this year in turnover
  • 50% growth this year in profit
  • Team size of 20 with a plan to get to 30 in 2016

2016 is going to be an exciting year, with additional new team members joining us during Q1.

From everyone at Girling Jones, to client’s and candidates, we couldn’t do what we do without you.

Cheers!

The Girling Jones Annual Bake Off – 2015

Girling Jones Bake Off – 2015

The scene.  An office, dimly lit, the aromas of a dozen baked wonders wafting across the white stone walls and green pillars of the Girling Jones Exeter Office.

Chocolate, almonds, brownies, cake of all varieties, and baked goods to make Gordon Ramsay blush.    All of them are here today, and there is also an over-powering sensation of fierce competition, squinting eyes peering over the top of LCD monitors analyzing and breaking down the competition.

Over a 6 week period the brave combatants battled it out, and there was some amazing produce created!

Rainbow GoodnessThe Final Begins....

However, as with all competitions there can only be one winner.   The 2 finalists, Matt and Fiona tensed as the announcement was read.

But the winner was… FIONA BLACKWELL!

You can see from below she was rather pleased with the result!

Fiona slightly happyRoll on Girling Jones Bake off 2016!

Children’s Hospice South West – Girling Jones’s Charity of the Year

Girling Jones Limited have chosen CHSW as their annual charity for three years now, taking part in a number of physically challenging events to raise as much money as possible for this wonderful local cause.

Kicking off 2015 with a nice easy stroll around a few fields in the Rock Solid Race, the team have gone on to complete marathons and half marathons around the UK!

Company Director Simon Girling said : “The team here love supporting CHSW. Their regular challenges and events are part of the culture here at Girling Jones and play an important part in our team building and office morale. Also, as a South West based business, who better to support?”

If your looking to do something exciting and want to raise some money along the way, CHSW are a fantastic cause to get behind, more information can be found on their website https://www.chsw.org.uk/

Our very own Fiona Blackwell ties the knot!

GJ’s very own Fiona Blackwell (previously Strong) ties the knot!

In a beautiful ceremony in the hills of Plymouth, Dave and Fiona Blackwell became man and wife.

Attended by several members of the GJ team, the evening ran into the early hours and a fantastic time was had by all.

The bride looked stunning (she dresses the same in the office so no surprises there) and the venue was resplendent, including the glitter ball!

Fiona and Dave Wedding Picture 2015Mr and Mrs Blackwell posing for the camera!Fiona Wedding Pic Group GJLeft to Right; Tom Hayward – Jodie Tate – Matthew Steggles – Michelle Millard – Fiona Blackwell (The Blushing Bride)Ceri Needs-Gynn – Simon Girling – Victor Bekker – Emma Girling

All the best to Mr and Mrs Blackwell from everyone at Girling Jones!

Girling Jones supporting from the sidelines.

The first of our South West  sponsorships packages went live this week at Plymouth Argyle. Girling Jones company banners on the halfway line and client entertainment packages throughout the season. Watch out for our branding at three more sports arenas over the next two months. What ever your preferred shape of ball we will shortly have corporate days to suit your taste.

 

 

Girling Jones launches Industrial Engineering

Girling Jones are pleased to announced the opening of our “Industrial Engineering” division as part of our three year expansion plan. A complimentary sector to our core construction and property businesses, we will be placing skilled engineering and management staff into the manufacturing industry across the South West. Fantastic news for the GJ team, who with this additional division will expand to 25 heads by the end of 2015.

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The Office Guru does a 5K…

For many years, the GJ team have attempted to entice, beg and bribe our Office Manager, Ceri Needs, to take part in one of our Childrens Hospice Events. Sadly, the appeal of  15km muddy obstacle courses and 2 days of constant cycling wasn’t really her cup of hot lemon.

It is my absolute pleasure to announce that our Office Guru has recently completed a 5km Rainbow Run along with her daughter, Danniella.

Their biggest physical challenge to date!

 

The event was at Exeter Racecourse and the 5k itself was one and a half times around the racetrack!  On first sight it looked onerous but once they set off, it was great fun!  There were five stations around the course throwing different coloured paint on them as we went around.

 Needless to say, a history of reconstructive knee surgery lead to a constant feeling of dread and some anxiety throughout the training period.

 

But through tenacity, perseverance and sheer determination, both competitors completed the 5km fun run, with flying colours.

They set a target goal to raise £200 for Childrens Hospice South West but by the end of the run, they have amassed a whopping £705.50!!

Well done, ladies!

Here’s to next years events…

 

Girling Jones sponsor the Michelmores Property Awards, 2015.

Girling Jones were delighted to attend the Michelmores Property Awards as headline sponsors for a 4th year in a row.IMG_1266PropertyAwardss-Matt-Austin-6PropertyAwardss-Matt-Austin-20

Congratulations to Abbey Sands, winner of the Building of the Year category sponsored by Girling Jones. Sandy

Abbey Sands is a mixed-use waterfront development situated in the heart of Torquay − designed by Kay Elliott Architects for Havard Estates.

It comprises 13 five star holiday apartments, 14 open market apartments, restaurant units on the ground and first floors and extensive public realm works.

The project has transformed a former derelict hotel site on the seafront and is inspired by the art-deco tradition of the British seaside.

It is a highly successful new destination on a much-loved promenade in the English Riviera.

The GJ Half Marathon…

Barely even a month has passed since some members of the GJ team tested their wills and pushed their bodies to the limits during the infamous 15km obstacle course, Rock Solid.

A few members decided that wasn’t enough as a stand alone event.

A few members wanted more…

On a gloriously sunny, Sunday morning in March, Victor and Fiona took to the streets of Plymouth for a gruelling 13 mile run over hills, dips, bends and a path of solid concrete.

Just over two hours of sweat, joint pain, leg spasms, tears and blood blisters, both our competitors succeeded in passing the finish line in one piece… (Just about)

Congratulations to both Victor and Fiona for surviving the race and raising just over £1500 for Childrens Hospice South West!

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2 events down… Many more to go…