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International Women’s Day – 8th March

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Cassie Harrison, Business Development Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

Business Development Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. As Business Development Director I am responsible for creating new opportunities for the business through strategically planned sales and account development. I am responsible for achieving annual growth targets set, along with managing my team to ensure they are effective and high performing. I work closely with the service delivery team to drive a profitable and progressive branch.

Where did your career begin?

In 2004 I was appointed as Branch Manager for the Industrial sector based in Stratford East London, throughout my career at this company I worked for the managed service division as National Sales Manager until being head hunted by the social care sector in 2013 to run the Stratford branch taking up the role of registered Manager in January 2015

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

As a mother I have an embedded instinct to care for people and I really feel this comes across in the way I manage my team and when I am selling the services of Sugarman Health and Wellbeing. My passion to promote the excellent work we do is driven by thoughts of “walking in the shoes of my clients” and wanting to make a real difference to their lives.

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

I don’t feel challenged working in this industry; being a woman I feel we are more relatable which is a strength when the main driver of what we do is care. Sugarman Health and Wellbeing have always recognised the hard work of its employees and I have been able to climb the career ladder within this company on my merits which have not been stifled by being a woman.

Which women in the media inspire you?

JK Rowling is an inspirational woman and one I look up to, she came from meagre roots, lived on benefits, is a divorcee and a single mum. Her success has come from sheer hard work, using her brain and imagination, grit and determination. There are very few people who would be knocked off the Forbes billionaires list because of the amount of money she gives to charity, I love that she thinks of her responsibility to help others because she has the means to do so.

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My Mum is my true inspiration, as a single mum of two kids she strived to give me and my brother the best life possible sometimes going without herself. She was hardworking and career driven and I have memories of looking up at her all suited and booted and thinking “Wow I want to be like her when im older”, she is a rockstar role model to me


Sugarman Health & Wellbeing Celebrate Service Excellence Awards

Sugarman Health & Wellbeing were delighted to be announced as winners of the  Professional Services category at the Watford BID Service Excellence awards at Watford Colosseum on 12th February.

The annual awards recognise excellence in customer and client service in Watford town centre. Run by Watford Business Improvement District (BID), businesses across 15 categories were awarded for their exceptional service following the results of a public vote, an independent mystery shopping visit and customer exit interviews.

Andra Munteanu, Resource at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing, was also commended in the ‘Excellent Employee’ category at the awards.

Mark Woolley, Complex Care Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing said “This is a real honour for our team – a fantastic recognition for how far we have come as a business and how hard our team work every day for our service users and clients. Special mention to Andra Munteanu who was commended on the night in the excellent employee category.”

Watford Business Improvement District (BID) was set up in April 2016, after businesses voted on its creation in October 2015. The BID sees a diverse range of businesses in the town centre join forces for the greater good of the town. The BID is funded by Watford town centre businesses in the form of a levy. The BID aims to improve the town centre so that it excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit.

To find out more about the services Sugarman Health & Wellbeing provide, please click here.

For further information about the Watford BID Service Excellence Awards 2019 visit:

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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, best Professional Services winner, Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
Photo credit: Simon Jacobs

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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, best Professional Services winner, Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
Photo credit: Simon Jacobs

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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, Excellent Employee, RUNNER UP, Andra Munteanu from Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
Photo credit: Simon Jacobs

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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, Excellent Employee, RUNNER UP, Andra Munteanu from Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
Photo credit: Simon Jacobs


World Cancer Day 4th February 2019

Sugarman Group is proud to join the #IAmAndIWill campaign for World Cancer Day 2019.


Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world. It’s time to make a personal commitment.

The theme: 2019 – 2021

2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

A 3-year campaign for impact

World Cancer Day is a campaign built to resonate, inspire change and mobilise action long after the day has passed.

A multi-year campaign offers a chance to create long-lasting impact by increasing public-facing exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and impact-driven action.

You can get involved in World Cancer Day in many ways:

  • Get personal – Create your own custom social media post with your own personal message of the commitment and share it with the world.
  • Light up the world – Make a statement by lighting up a significant landmark, monument or building to be illuminated on World Cancer Day in the colours of orange and blue in your city.
  • Translate materials –  Volunteer translators help to make World Cancer Day campaign materials, including posters, infographics and factsheets, as accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Spread the word – Write an op-ed, blog story, record a video message, feature World Cancer Day on your website, an article in your newsletter, or reach out to a local journalist.
  • Join the action – Show your support by showing up. Find an event near you on the Map of Impact, sign up to attend, participate or volunteer.
  • Create an event – Inspire others by hosting your own World Cancer Day event. From flash mobs, free screenings, record breaking attempts, conferences, fundraisers to fun runs, add it to the Map of Impact to spotlight the awesome work that you are planning.

To get involved, click here to find out more.

Take a look at the World Cancer Day 19_Infographic_FA



What are your plans for 2019? New Year, New You?

New year, new you with Sugarman

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? Is it time for a new year, new you? We are hearing so much about not making resolutions but instead changing your way of thinking. At Sugarman, we are always looking at ways to change and improve so we thought you may like to see our top tips on being the best you in 2019.

Set goals – Whether this may be losing weight, getting a new job, quitting smoking or meeting new people, you can set one or many goals to kick off your new year. We would advise to set only one or two goals at a time, so to make them realistic and achievable.

Share them – Write them down, tell a friend, share on social media, however you want to do it, sharing your goals can be really beneficial to tap into support to help you achieve them. If it’s a goal that’s personal and you don’t want to share, write it down and keep coming back to it. It will be a good prompt for you to keep striving for it.

Keep progress – Keeping a note of progress is so important when working towards goals – it shows you how far you have come and spurs you on to carry on. If you are losing weight you could make a note of the scales figures, or take progress photos. If you are introducing exercise, make a note of distance or duration to keep tracking your progress. It will give you a great boost.

Reward yourself – Who doesn’t love a pat on the back for a good job. Rewarding yourself for making leaps and strides towards your ambitions is a great motivator.

We hope you achieve everything you wish to in 2019 and hope these tips help you along the way in your new year, new you ambitions.

If the challenge of a new job is your driver, why not get in touch with Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. We have vacancies available across the UK for Nurses, Support Workers, Health Care Assistants and Complex Care professionals. Contact your local branch HERE to find out more. Or follow Sugarman Health & Wellbeing on Facebook for the latest news and jobs.


Do something amazing for the homeless this Christmas

Do something amazing this Christmas. Donate £5 and help make sure that homeless people have a hot meal and a present to unwrap.

At this time of year charities raise funds to buy a Christmas meal and perhaps a small gift for those families that are homeless – Social Bite work with the homeless in Scotland and have teamed up with ‘Itison’ to expand their reach. Sugarman Group are proud to be supporting this mission and we want to spread the word.

As a social business, we are always looking for ways to support local communities. This is a fantastic way to help people who need support this Christmas.

To donate £5 for a hot meal and a gift, follow the link here.


Winter Homeless Walk

It is estimated that 4,751 people sleep rough on any one night across the UK and with this number growing year on year we wanted to help the homeless.

On the 21st November, all of our Sugarman branches will be heading out into Central London to provide the homeless with Christmas Care Packages for the winter season. Packages will include: Socks, Hats, Gloves, Scarfs, Toothpaste & Brush, Sanitary Products, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Vouchers, Tissues, Wet Wipes, Plasters, Anti-Bac Gel, Bottled Water and Non-Perishable Snacks.

If you would like to donate any of the items mentioned to our Christmas Care Packages please email #goodcause #support #makeadifference

Sugarman Group is one of  the leading recruitment and service providers in the UK and Australia. We have branches across the country and three offices in Australia.

As part of the Cordant Group, we are the UK’s largest Social Enterprise. We have an overarching social mission to make a positive impact on society and the lives of others.

Find out more about Sugarman Health & Wellbeing, you can speak to your local branch HERE.


Top Jobs 27/09

If you want to register with Sugarman Health & Wellbeing or find out more about one of these excellent roles, please call your local branch number or send us your details here


Mental Health Awareness Week


Last month Sugarman Group supported Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May). This years theme was focussed on Stress after the Mental Health Foundation commissioned a survey that found 74% of people in the UK have felt overwhelmed and unable to cope with stress within the last year.

To help promote this awareness week Sugarman Group took part in a number of activities aimed at promoting positive mental health, self-esteem and well-being in and outside of the workplace. These activities included; free fruit across our branches, On the hour office exercises, daily well-being tips and a compliment box in each branch where staff wrote anonymous compliments about their colleagues as well as office exercise at the start of each hour.

The activities ran across both the UK and Australian branches in which we raised £400 for mental health charity, Mind and $600 for the Lifeline charity in Australia. We would like to thank everyone who donated and all the staff that took part in this great cause.


6 Month Social Enterprise Update

In a video released this week Chris Kenneally, CEO of Cordant Group, Sugarman’s umbrella brand, has praised employee’s attitude and commitment to delivering “projects that will help to change lives”.

In the statement Chris explains how proud he is of the entire company’s progress since announcing it was becoming the largest corporation in the UK to adopt Social Enterprise.

In the video Chris discusses Cordant Group’s up to date Social progress, saying; “We set ourselves an ambitious target to make a meaningful difference across three distinct areas of life: education, the workplace and healthcare. We want to deliver genuine, measurable social impact and we want to deliver it over the long-term, that is why our strategy is based on a five-year programme.”

In just six months Cordant Group have;

  • Been subject to an audit with a leading advisory legal firm, to understand where the organisation currently positions itself, and to build a guideline for the future
  • Devised its ‘Good Job Strategy’ in line with the Taylor Review
  • Collaborated with Richard Gerver, an educational expert, to focus on bridging the gap between school and the workplace
  • Increased opportunities for the personal development, training and upskilling of employees across its entire workforce
  • Began to establish IT platforms at zero cost for the healthcare sector

Chris also expressed deep admiration for the hard work of his team over the past 6 months, and was keen to celebrate them as being at the core of the initiative.

“It has been challenging six months as we have 11 different businesses and we are building a programme that will allow each employee, whether they are full-time or otherwise, to make a personal as well as company-wide contribution. I recognise just how hard everyone works throughout the Group and I am proud of our progress to date.”

Already we have seen some great work across the Sugarman group:

Sugarman Academy in Australia

We were proud to launch the Sugarman Academy in Australia this month, a brand new scheme working with both Graduates and non grads to commence their career in recruitment.

At the end of the 9 month programme, we aim to have supported 6 individuals to become Consultants, ready and raring to help us grow our business in Australia. This is a great development for the business.

Growth of Complex Care

A key focus for our business this year is the growth of Complex Care; an arena where we show great promise in Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. We are proud to have recently been awarded a new contract in Dorset. This contract gives us the opportunity to offer permanent contracts to nursing and care professionals working alongside an inspirational client – a great development for our care division.

Charity Events and collaborations

We are working closely with clients, enterprises and organisations this year that need our help, support and time. Already we have seen our teams across the UK and in Australia come together to host sponsored events, run marathons and volunteer their time and will continue this throughout the year.

This year Sugarman are working hard to make a difference.

Going forward Cordant Group must weave Social Enterprise into its fabric and deliver on its mission, Chris states; “Our foundation as a Social Enterprise must be structurally sound and embedded with care and consideration.

“Our vision and mission must stand up to intense scrutiny – we must be conscientious and make a lasting and meaningful difference in all our endeavors.”


National Apprenticeship Week – Meet Molly

As an organisation, Sugarman is proud to support the Apprenticeship scheme. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we want to introduce you to some of our shining star Apprentices. Meet Molly in Watford…

“I’m Molly, I’m 18 and I work as a Payroll and Resourcing Officer in the Sugarman Health & Wellbeing Watford branch.

I’m working through a Recruitment/Resourcer Apprenticeship and I started in April 2017.

I have progressed in many different ways since starting my Apprenticeship. I have become more confident in myself and also speaking to people.

I love my job because I learn something different everyday.

The best thing about my Apprenticeship is just learning different things and gaining more skills.

The Apprenticeship works so well for me because I had just left school so going straight into an Apprenticeship allowed me to gain experience in working life while still learning.

In my future I just want to keep learning and going from strength to strength.”

View Molly’s Case Study here.