Month: March 2018

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.



National Apprenticeship Week – Meet Nathaniel

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 Nathaniel in Manchester…

“I started my apprenticeship in 2014, this was a Business Administration Apprenticeship which then changed to Apprentice Resourcer.

My job at Sugarman is currently Payroll Officer and Resourcer, but I have recently been promoted to Senior Resourcer to look after the team of resources here in the Manchester branch.

I have progressed whilst being with Sugarman by starting of as an Apprentice, then becoming a Resourcer, then I also took on branch payroll as well as me doing resourcing and I have just recently been promoted.

I love my job as I love talking to candidates and finding out what they want/need for them to be able to work the hours they want; it makes me happy when the candidate is placed in the role they wanted.

The best thing about my Apprenticeship was I had the support from my colleagues as well as my tutor who I could contact 7 days a week if i needed any help with my coursework, also I was earning whilst learning.

An Apprenticeship worked well for me as I was earning money as well as gaining the relevant experience and knowledge needed for the job role I am in today.

I hope in the near future I can further my experience and knowledge within this sector and maybe take the consultant route or become a manager.”

View Nathaniel’s Case Study here.



National Apprenticeship Week – Meet Claire

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 Claire in Watford…

“I’m Claire Patch, Office Manager at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.

I first started out doing an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration with Sugarman. Once I completed my Apprenticeship I was offered a permanent position as a Resourcer and I was doing this for 6 months. Then a job opening for a Recruitment Consultant came up so I put myself forward for it and got the job! I ran my own desk of 2000 hours and was one of the top billing consultants. I was noticed for my organisational skills and was asked to lead on payroll and recruitment and I now manage a team of 3.

I love making a difference to people’s lives and seeing progress from our staff and clients. I also get to meet a diverse group of people on a weekly basis. You are constantly learning, whether that be from others past experiences or being put on internal training courses.

The best thing about my Apprenticeship was being able to learn new things whilst working.

The Apprenticeship worked well for me because I was learning while working and having that hands on experience which I think is better than sitting in a classroom.

In the future I would like to progress my career within Sugarman Health & Wellbeing and be able to pass on all my knowledge and experience to others. I would also like to be an inspiration to others who are looking to take on an Apprenticeship. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

View Claire’s case study here



National Apprenticeship Week – Meet Tegan

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 Tegan from Stratford…

“I’m Tegan Cosgrave. I’m 20 years old and I’m doing my Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing in London.

I am just over half way through my apprenticeship with Sugarman and aiming to finish on June 1st 2018.

My job at Sugarman is mainly Quality and Compliance for the business. I now also support with Payroll. My role involves a lot of admin work.

I love my job because I thoroughly enjoy admin work. I also love seeing progression and positive improvement within the business due to Compliance being kept on track and ensuring all desired goals are met.

The best thing so far about my apprenticeship is that I have been able to learn multiple skills and job roles such as payroll, which is something I never imagined I would be capable of learning within a short space of time. I have been able to develop my skills and apply that to all of my work.

I think an apprenticeship works well for me because it gives me the chance to train in various different job roles and develop my skills whilst learning.

For my future ambitions I hope to achieve a permanent place with Sugarman and to develop my skills further. I feel like I am capable of bringing a lot to the business and can use all skills I have learnt to move forward into a higher position.”

View Tegan’s case study here.


It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2018!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week from 5th – 9th March 2018 and here at Sugarman we are taking the opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of our rising star Apprentices in Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.

It’s an exciting opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy. Now in its 11th year, this national moment brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to encourage more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career and business growth.

At Sugarman, we have Apprentices working right across the business – some who are still part way through their qualification and some who finished several years ago, have progressed through the ranks and are now working in their dream jobs.

We will be sharing their stories over the coming days so please tune in to read all about our fantastic Apprentices and why the Apprenticeship scheme works for them.