#18 – Resilience shines through – with Angela Middleton

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Angela Middleton founded Middleton Murray in 2002, after spending time in a variety of corporate management positions. The company evolved from a recruitment consultancy into a Group during 2008 to include some interesting divisions, but most importantly resulted in a training subsidiary.

Middleton Murray now provides a combination of government and commercially funding training and recruitment – working with the unemployed to place them into jobs and working with the employed to enhance their skills and careers.

Favourite success quote

  • Angela’s favourite success quote is one that she has stuck on her kitchen wall to read every day – “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen”.

Biggest failure faced in recruitment

  • Angela found success early on in her career and it came very easily, so when trying to expand the top line of her business with some large temp contracts failed and caused her to lose money hand over fist for a couple of years, it came as a shock. Watch the full interview now to find out what lessons Angela learnt from that time in her business.

Recruitment ‘eureka’ moment

  • Angela’s lightbulb moment in recruitment came 9 years after she had set her business up when she attended a conference in London where Boris Johnson was talking about launching apprenticeships in the UK on a much wider scale than had been done before. Angela immediately saw how this would crystallise all the training work with young people that Middleton Murray had been doing for the previous few years and immediately went back to her office to implement her vision.

The crystal ball

  • Over the next five years Angela feels that recruiters will need to do more than just provide talent for their clients, that they’ll also need to provide services such as training that develops and helps to retain that talent.

Best piece of business advice

  • “Don’t relax. Things are always changing so stay competitive, stay knowledgeable and adapt!”

Best business resource

Best business book

Winners and How They Succeed’ by Alastair Campbell

Angela’s final piece of advice – ‘Running a business can be tough, it doesn’t come easy, so know there will always be issues to deal with, and deal with them calmly.’

Interview Links

Find out more about Angela via her LinkedIn profile and contact her via Twitter on @MiddletonMurray

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  • Really enjoyed this Thanks Angela Middleton and Roy Ripper