One of the great things about working at Kind is that we never really have a huge amount of downtime. It’s never quiet, and never boring. The downside of keeping up that year-round momentum is that it can be tricky to remember to take a step back and look at what we’ve achieved – and we achieved a lot this year.
Kind Consultancy has steadily grown every year since I created the company alongside Lynsey Moore, but this year was particularly explosive – we took on 2 new members of staff, bolstering our capacity to keep up with client demand. This has also allowed us to add a new specialist Change & Transformation team, led by Rebecca Williams who is a veteran of Change recruitment. We’ve worked on Change roles for many years now, but being able to direct our clients to a true specialist has allowed us to expand that offering. Rebecca’s C&T focus also gives all involved peace of mind that they’ll get the same level of outstanding service and top-tier candidates that they trust Kind to deliver elsewhere.
We’ve also expanded our pre-existing ways of working – Interim recruitment is a huge part of what we do now, and we’ve continued to grow the Kind Agile Solutions bench, adding more and more specialist contractors who we know have the skills and experience our client-base needs and deserves. This year saw us reaching a new record for the most contractors we’ve had out on placement at the same time, and I wanted to thank Selena Tye for the work she does overseeing Agile Solutions this year, alongside Laura Kind who has continued to ensure all our KAS contractors have their documentation up to date and can be deployed as soon as a relevant need comes in.
This has been our most successful year on record, and that’s thanks to the hard work of the entire Consultancy team. But I didn’t want to just celebrate the big revenue and placement numbers we’ve achieved – though I am very proud of them. I’m also proud that Kind is an organisation that gives back. We think a lot here about our impact on the local community and the wider world – with that in mind I wanted to highlight our work with Future Forest and our annual winter charity drive.
This year we chose to support our local foodbank here in Lichfield, and I was very pleased that we were able to deliver several large boxes containing a wide variety of food, other essentials, and plenty of Christmas treats. Our partnership with Future Forest is an ongoing programme where a tree is planted for every placement we make. Future Forest specifically works in locations in the UK where trees are needed to foster a liveable environment for local wildlife, as well as helping to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. So far, we’re on track to have planted 132 trees by the end of 2023, and it always feels good at the end of a month to look at the placements we’ve made and know that each of those people is also playing a part in helping to care for the environment.
With all this growth and the variety of projects we’re engaging in, we felt this year was the time to refresh the Kind Consultancy branding and build an all-new website. Launched at the beginning of this month, we’re very pleased that Kind has a professional, easy to use and eye-catching web presence that we feel now matches the level of work that we deliver. If you’ve not already taken a look around the rest of the site, have a click around – make sure you check out the video on the Kind Agile Solutions page breaking down why it’s not your average interim recruitment service, and catch up on all of this year’s articles and columns produced by the Kind team elsewhere in the News section. If you missed the announcement that we’re finalists for Lichfield Small Business of the Year award, you can find out about that too.
2023 has also seen us recognised by Hyer’s “The People’s Platform” award highlighting firms with exceptional company culture, and Kind made the cut of just 100 recruitment companies selected from over 1000 entrants. We’ve continued to drive that culture by achieving the Bronze level from Thrive, a WMCA programme that certifies companies that go above and beyond for their employee’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The timing has lined up nicely to launch a new site , be awarded as an outstanding employer and shout about how great this year has been at Kind, because we’re not going to slow down any time soon. The number and range of client organisations we’re working with is greater than ever, and we’re currently on the look out for more experienced recruitment consultants to join us in 2024.
It wouldn’t really be accurate to say that we’re “winding down” for the year – everyone on the team is busy and I know we’ll all keep the pace up right until we finish for the Christmas break on the 22nd. I want to once again thank everyone at Kind for their contributions to a truly spectacular year, alongside all of our clients and candidates that make this possible. We’ll be back in the office on January 2nd, and I look forward to seeing where we can go next. It feels like we only ever get better at Kind, and from here anything is possible.