We have recently launched Summit Creative Ltd – a print, design and web business which officially launched in February 2022.
Before that, I was the Head of People at CCM Group Ltd. CCM was originally founded as a family-owned print business which had to expand and diversify during the pandemic into new areas which included PPE (personal protective equipment), electric scooters, and smart desks.
Print and design have been my background for so long that I wanted to get back to this once the world started settling down again. We therefore had a restructure of the entire business operations and Summit Creative Ltd was born. This has helped give more focus to all business areas and our brands.
I have been involved with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) for a number of years – I even studied for an Institute of Leadership and Management qualification a number of years back.
In more recent times I have developed a positive working relationship with NTU to advertise our jobs, and we've subsequently taken on a number of candidates put forward by the University in marketing, finance and data analyst roles.
Our finance placement was particularly successful as we were able to extend his initial 6-week placement and he has now progressed onto a management accountancy apprenticeship. He's always willing to get stuck in and learn about different parts of the business, and following the recent departure of our Head of Finance, is stepping up to learn about the more senior aspects of the area.
Earlier in my own career, I worked at a large energy supplier and had experience of recruiting graduates and appreciate the impact they can have on a business – this was something I have ensured is part of our recruitment strategy.
For any other business considering taking on placements or degree apprentices, I would say that NTU provides a high level of graduate in terms of their skill set, maturity and work readiness. This has always really suited our business needs.
We're still early in our journey with Summit Creative Ltd, but can certainly see our relationship continuing - we've even taken part in a photoshoot with NTU of our new offices which we all really enjoyed!