Charity Challenge 2017

Charity Challenge 2017

The Guernsey Coastline

Catch 22’s 11th Charity Challenge is set to take on the magnificent Guernsey coastline in 2017. Twenty years after conquering the 3 Peaks, our intrepid band of walkers will be gathering on the island in late April to circumnavigate the cliffs and shores of Guernsey to raise money for their charities. Previous Challenges have included the Welsh 3000s, the Pembrokeshire and Cornish Coastlines, Hadrian’s Wall and the Glencoe Round. Since it’s inception, the Challenge, held every other year, and the Quiz Night have raised over £300,000 for a number of charities, principally The Lord’s Taverners. In 2017, the Challenge will take place over the weekend commencing 29th April. We’ll be walking on the Saturday and Sunday, leaving the Bank Holiday Monday to relax and recuperate. Some might want to take a boat over to Herm or Sark if they have the energy left! If you’d like to join us on what will be an exhilarating trip to a gem of an
island, please drop a line to for full details or call 020 7220 8900.

Our base for the Challenge will be the Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port – the island’s capital. Other accommodation options are available. The itinerary is as follows:

Friday 28th April – Arrive, check in, relax and meet up with the walkers
Saturday 29th April – Walking Day, approx 19 miles
Sunday 30th April – Walking Day, approx 19 miles
Monday 1st May – Day at leisure on the island or travel home

Transport will be provided to/from starting/finishing point

You may nominate your chosen charity in advance of the Challenge; we suggest setting up a Just Giving or similar donation account and point your donors there via a link in an email. Flights to Guernsey from airports around the UK are readily available. We reccommend Aurigny, the Guernsey airline – htttps://
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Lord's Taverners 17th Annual Charity Quiz

Lord’s Taverners 17th Annual Charity Quiz

Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant’s Round! (Past President of the Lord’s Taverners} will be providing the questions for one of the rounds!

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Catch 22 - Facilities Management Recruitment Agency

Tuesday 28 February 2017
The Bottlescrue, Foster Lane, EC2V 6HD

Get your diaries out and make a note of the best event before Easter! Yes, it’s The Lord’s Taverners 17th Annual Charity Quiz Night. Show your people you care. Why not get a team together for a great night out. You will be helping a great cause too – The Lord’s Taverners do phenomenal work creating sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people across the UK.

Join our regular Quizmaster Dominic and guests including Nicholas Parsons CBE with your team of up to 8 people and pit your wits against some of London’s finest minds .. .if previous years are anything to go by!

Cost per team of 8 is £360 (individual places £45 each) which includes the Quiz, Buffet food served at your table, prizes and a generous Bar Allowance as well as a contribution to The Lord’s Taverners.
Doors open 6.30pm – Quiz starts 7.00pm prompt
Don’t miss out on the fun – enter your team now by emailing or simply call Don Searle on 07850 098912
PS Raffle Prizes and Auction Items are welcome too!

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2016 - A Year of Surprises

As the year draws to a close, it’s usual to take a look back at the previous 12 months to see whether they matched expectations from the onset. To say 2016 has been tumultuous would be, well, the understatement of the year! Forget the US and the EU, FM has had its fair share of upheaval, particularly among the guiding bodies. The jostling for position alongside BIFM as the industry’s premier professional body has thrown into perspective the breadth and international nature of the FM sphere and the ambition of some to wrest the mantle of leaders of sector education away from Bishop’s Stortford.

There are some cogent arguments on both sides and competition is healthy, provided the upshot is a consistent standard across all educational offerings. The industry is global and needs the right values to give the right message.

In the world of recruitment, it’s been the year of the candidate. With low unemployment rates and a marked skills shortage in a variety of sectors serving the FM world, the task of finding the standard of candidate has proved to be more challenging and this trend shows no sign of diminishing. Recruiters are having to find innovative ways of reaching those hard to reach candidates that may not be active in a job search. Consequently, salary levels in some sectors are showing signs of larger than normal inflation. For Catch 22, that challenge will be assisted by some great news you can find on the back page of this newsCatcher in the MD’s message.

We as a company will be able to strengthen our brand in order to connect more readily with a wider pool of FM and Property management talent. If, as predicted, the support sector suffers at the expense of core business recruitment, we will have the options to offer candidates an alternative.  Communicating with candidates, particularly through social media will be a vital part of engagement and we plan to broaden and refresh our channels early in 2017.

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Are older workers the most talented employees?

Are older workers the most talented employees?

We all had one in our class at school, didn’t we? The person who was born with a natural talent for sport; any game they played, they made it look easy. And usually, they were the most popular person as well, much to the chagrin of the also-rans. The accolade of ‘talented’ was gently draped across their shoulders as they wended what was a sure and certain path to future fame and fortune. It was easy for us to pick them out then.

Fast forward to the workplace years and the constant use of the new mantra of ‘talent management’, chanted by HR consultants as the must-have process in your hiring portfolio, hides a very patchy approach to what actually constitutes ‘talent’. According to a recent CIPD report, Attitudes to Employability and Talent, only 8% of SMEs actually have a definition of ‘talent’ and only a third of larger organisations have bothered to define what they mean by the term. Even then, the criteria used are subjective both to the assessor and their organisation.

Top four attributes were a positive attitude to work, good work ethic, bringing innovation and reliability. It would, therefore, appear pretty difficult to measure these attributes except subjectively, so the report explores attempts to classify demographic groups, using criteria similar to the attributes mentioned, into a scale of ‘talentedness’. Surprisingly for some, the Over 55s scored highest for their employability, comfortably beating ‘young people’ into fifth place. Individuals with disabilities came a close second, followed by migrant workers and parents. Worryingly, the long-term unemployed, ex-servicemen & women and ex-offenders fared very unfavourably.

It would appear then that managing an organisation’s talent, as opposed to that of individual workers, would be made easier by ensuring a good mix of all these categories in the workforce. People are rarely as productive working in their peer groups as they are when diversity is represented in the work team. Few large employers have yet to achieve this ideal mix, although some are heading in the right direction. Given that pension reform will inevitably keep workers longer in the job market, it makes perfect sense.