It was July 2004 when we first opened the doors to Bond Williams. 17 years ago, this month! It is hard to believe it was that long ago.
Over the years it has been a roller coaster of a journey, many highs both business wise and in the lives of our fabulous team – we have had record years of growth and success, toasted many births and marriages; but there have also been real lows including the losses of loved ones, a recession and of course Covid-19. We have supported one another through thick and thin, laughter and tears, both as a team and individually.
We have learnt a lot along the way as well, would we have done some things differently? Most definitely Yes! Hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing… My biggest takeaway over the past 17 years is that, when you have the right team they are often stronger, adaptable and more resilient than you think, I have been amazed at how supportive of both the business and each other everyone has and continues to be and we have grown stronger through the challenges.
Covid has really highlighted for us that being transparent and having ‘cards on the table’ conversations which we have been forced in to over the last 15 months or so is the way forward, gathering input and suggestions, including and empowering the team in helping make those decisions rather than hiding it and trying to protect them, we learnt that from the last recession. Great people are recruited for a reason yet are they always empowered to be the best they can be? Are they given a voice or a seat at the table to help make those key decisions? We have tried to be as inclusive and open over this difficult period as we can be.
More recently, Covid has given us time to reflect on what is important in our lives, for our teams and how we make our businesses stronger and more durable moving forward with the ability to weather more storms when and if they arise.
Our Amazing Team really are our biggest strength, we are extremely thankful after 17 years to be in the strongest position we have ever been in, the team have been extremely busy taking and filling roles for many months now which is a really great sign for the economy as well.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our amazing team (many of whom have been with us for many, many years).
A massive thank you to our clients, many of you have been with us for the duration and the many candidates that we supported over their careers.
As a team we will continue to go the extra mile, every day, for all of you. Thank you!