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Research Manager, London, Real Estate

The client The client is a privately owned real estate fund specialising in UK property investment, development and asset management. The role Reporting to two senior partners, the role relies on strong up to date knowledge of UK economic issues and the UK real estate...

Insight Manager

The company are undergoing profound structural change. Today's challenges and tomorrow's opportunities require inspirational solutions, grounded in data and experience. The Researchand Analytics team produce proprietary research, putting data at the heart of our...

I’ve got so much to do and not enough time, so much to lose, I’m losing my mind.

The last few years has made me question my mortality on an increasingly regular basis. My morbid thoughts are caused by a combination of factors. It’s something to do with my feet being firmly planted in middle age (with the big 5-0 just around the corner). It’s to do...

Too close to the coalface to see the bigger picture

I write this blog off the back of a recent team call we had at Red Tiger Coaching.  We were discussing potential transition coaching clients and I reflected back to the days when I was a Business Director at BT, went to a new role and immediately felt...

The future looks bright for our seaside town

Being a geographer, location planner and living back in my hometown of Southport, I thought I would share some of the great developments that are happening to revive our seaside town. Recruiting into areas of Location Planning, Consumer Insight, Property Research and...

Working 9-5, what a way to make a living

A few months back Boris announced that we should return to our workplaces and that people have had enough ‘days off’ at home during the pandemic.  This was met with cries of ‘irresponsible’ from the opposition party and some scientists, never mind those of...

Revisiting our 2021 Objectives

We thought we'd take a look at the objectives and goals we set at the beginning of this year to see how we've been getting on. So here goes, highlighted in Green are the objectives we've smashed! In Amber, the ones we're working on and in Red the ones that we've...

It’s a data driven world!

Throughout my career I have worked in roles where I've helped companies make business decisions based on data and information and I now place people in such roles.  As we face the most challenging era of our generation, I have been really interested to see how data is...

Dementia Action Week: A Cause Very Close to my Heart

This week is Dementia Action week. Did you know that there are over 850,000 people currently living with Dementia in the UK?   Are you aware that Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer?  Do you know that Dementia is not just a disease of the elderly? ...

What I learnt on the Excel for Analytics training course…

Other than for extremely basic calculations at school, I’d never really been taught how to use Excel, so when Steve and Paul suggested I attend the course as part of my induction I was interested in learning more and gaining a valuable skill. I believe it’s very...

‘Gizza job’ and fresh hope on the horizon

Recent news does not make great reading as the ONS reports that there have been 819,000 job losses in the UK since the start of the pandemic. You can read the article, 'Hospitality worst affected as unemployment rises again' here. It is now a case of when, not if,...

Having a portfolio career

 “You’re doing so well now with such a diverse portfolio career…” What is a portfolio career? I had to think hard when someone said this to me recently. I was thinking… do I? Well if I do it’s not that successful because I’m skint! Joking aside, I may be earning...

Lockdown 2.0 feels worse than Lockdown 1.0 but what can you do about it (Top 5 Tips)?

Eight months ago (at the time of writing this) we were at the very beginning of the pandemic and the widespread disruption that COVID-19 brought with it.  This blog looks at the differences between Lockdown 1.0 and Lockdown 2.0 and what you can do to build...

We have a number of new roles: November 2020

We are really excited to have a number of new job vacancies available. It's a good sign that things are looking up. Head of Logistics Consulting, London Based Consultancy Key senior role responsible for driving forward the logistics consulting practiceLogistics and...

Why you should add Alteryx to your bag of tricks…

I wrote this blog just as we launched our Alteryx for Beginners training course; aimed at explaining what Alteryx is and why you should look to add it to your skill set.  In the past I have used a mixture of applications and languages to manipulate data including...

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go!

Which dwarf has to stay at home with the rule of six? Happily since Snow White and her seven dwarves are in the same family bubble, they should be OK.  The summer holidays are now a distant memory, the kids have gone back to school...

My first week as an apprentice

Throughout my time at college, despite enjoying studying and being relatively academic, university was never at the top of my list of paths to take after my A-levels. I took Business Studies, Geography and English Language, and after an unusual end to my college years...

Algorithms Evolve – How human error, not Artificial Intelligence failed our A Level students

In a previous blog I waxed lyrical about how one benefit of COVID-19 has been the very clear use of data (not always the right data) and analytics/modelling to help drive decision making (not always the right decision!). Then the dominating UK news...

Getting out of your comfort zone

I started this blog pre-lockdown and since then both Steve’s Kilimanjaro and my Mallorca triathlon have been cancelled due to COVID-19. I thought it was still worth publishing anyway (As both Steve and I hope to do these events in 2021). Recruiters are bound to say...

What did I achieve in lockdown?

I write this blog exactly 20 weeks into ‘lockdown’ and the headlines are still dominated by the continued impact of the virus. Whilst restrictions are being slowly lifted (and in some cases reinstated) it is clear that a return to our once ‘free’ lives is still a...

A workplace paradigm shift?

Many companies are now planning to bring staff back off furlough (at its peak there were 9.3 million people furloughed) and start to open up their offices, albeit with a reduced capacity. The question still remains about where staff will be expected to conduct their...

Cash is King

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like we're in limbo at the moment? We are slowly adjusting to a post (high levels of..) COVID world where the shackles of lockdown are gradually being released (unless you live in Leicestershire). It’s an ever changing situation;...

It’s time to excel (at Excel)

I am delighted to announce that I have now got over a quarter of a century’s experience in the use of Excel. It is the first analytical package I used during my university studies and I have used it ever since.   I had a brief...

Post Lockdown – What are our predictions for the future?

It’s the end of the (old) world as we know it (and I feel fine)  Now I have finished with my review of how businesses and individuals have been coping, (Click to read Part One and Part Two of the New Normal) I thought I would conclude the final part with some...

Data Analyst – Real Estate Investor

We don't normally share job adverts on our website because we don't need to. We have a great network of candidates and prefer to just pick up the phone and contact the people we think will be a great fit. However, we thought we'd buck that trend and share this Data...

Business Survival (and Triumph) in the face of Adversity

This second part to the ‘New Normal’ blog summarises my reflections from hundreds of conversations had in lockdown with friends, family, clients, candidates, strangers, basically anyone who will speak to me. It has been really interesting to hear how businesses, and...

The new normal (part one)

Coronavirus has impacted everyone’s lives over the last few months and I would imagine most people are well and truly bored of the subject. With lockdown slowly being lifted and we tentatively ease back into more flexible routines, I thought it would be an appropriate...

The bald truth

Male pattern baldness came knocking early for me. I can most likely thank my Dad’s genes for that.  When I was 19 years old my boss at the restaurant where I worked was walking down some stairs, with me walking in...

Class of 2020

Final year GCSE and ‘A’ Level students across the UK will have a range of emotions on the back of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. These groups are to be known in this blog as the ‘Class of 2020’. Our household is no exception, with my stepson in year...

Hey, how ya doin’? I’m sorry you couldn’t get through…

It has been an interesting month as a Recruitment Consultant, working without any live assignments. I did have one existing role until a couple of weeks ago, but I advised my client to pause it for now as it is unlikely that candidates will agree to a move during such...

My home is where the heart is

Mark Thurstain-Goodwin of Geofutures Ltd published some insight on LinkedIn last week on the location of second homes and voiced his concerns about people leaving our cities to socially isolate in these second homes. Check out These are the areas at risk of...

Coping with redundancy – Last person standing!

(please switch the lights off on the way out!) This is the final instalment in a series of three blogs tackling the subject of redundancy. Our first blog offered practical advice from an experience coach, Linda Steel. Read: Coping with redundancy: advice from an...

How to cope with working from home

The demands on our homes as an office space have never been higher. The team at Red Tiger Talent are used to working from our home offices and have an appropriate setup to ensure that we can conduct our work in comfort and with minimal distraction. Critical to our...

Covid-19 and its impact on business

There is little doubt that we are living in unprecedented times – the months ahead are going to be challenging for everyone as we significantly change the way we live, and work, in order to cope with the Covid-19 crisis. In Part 1 of this blog about Coronavirus we...

The impact of Covid-19 on the Working Population

We are now into the 3rd week of coronavirus (Covid-19) headlines here in the UK and it has been dominating everyone’s lives for the last few weeks. Over the weekend the dinner table conversation was never far from coronavirus - the impact of the disease, from news of...

Redundancy – A First-hand Account

This second blog on redundancy is documentary evidence from a candidate that we have supported through their redundancy process. They have asked to remain anonymous and we really do appreciate their honesty in sharing their thoughts for the benefit of others in a...

Coping with Redundancy: Advice from an experienced redundancy and life coach

This is the first blog in a series of three on Coping with Redundancy. Redundancy is, unfortunately, an all too regular experience in today's commercial world and a significant cause of stress and anxiety for anyone who has been affected. This series draws on the...

Salary Survey: why is it important to our industry?

This blog has been written as a reflection on the recent 2020 Salary Survey that Red Tiger Talent have been working on throughout December 2019 and January 2020 (with support from The Society for Location Analysis - www.thesla.org). It outlines the journey we have...

The Mental Health of Leaders

A few months ago, at his pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp was asked a question about his (and other managers’) mental health. From his reaction, he was quite surprised about the question topic (I suppose it makes a refreshing change to typical questions about...

Graduate focus – stand out from the crowd

This blog is aimed at providing students and recent graduates advice on their career. Looking back from what has been a rapid 22 years since I graduated, I was very fortunate to do a degree course that provided modules that really interested me, but also gave me...

Happy National Sickie Day

I’m sure we’ve all been there, when we wake up one morning and have a slight tickle or sickly feeling but not really enough to warrant the day off work but we do anyway. We wrestle with the idea that we are definitely going down with something and the reasons why we...

Managing your manager

When I was at BT one of the best things I did was to look for a business mentor. I had to find someone who was not in the same line of business as me, who was ideally local, who was a couple of grades above me, and who was keen to mentor someone in the business. I had...

The true costs of Pay & Display parking

During a recent Red Tiger team day in sunny Southport the team started discussing (slightly ranting) the costs and inconvenience of town centre parking charges. There are many well publicised factors driving the decline in our town centre retail and increased...

Blue Monday in the New World Order

Today, is Blue Monday, which apparently is the most depressing day of the year. The causes are numerous, bad weather (well those of us who are UK based can all vouch for that), lack of money after the excesses of Xmas, or precisely the time when our self-improvement...

How to win at Interviews

It is that time of year where some 2nd year undergraduates are going through the process of finding industrial placements for their 3rd year.  This could be the first time you have had to do a formal interview and the stakes are high as...

The Working Dread

Holiday season is fast approaching and I expect that I am feeling like a lot of people in the week before Xmas – frantically wanting to clear my desk/inbox, get the Xmas parties out of the way and enjoy an extended period of rest in order to recharge the batteries. It...

Keeping your profile up to date

As we talk to candidates about new roles or approach candidates we believe are suitable for opportunities one of the most common themes we come across is that the candidate doesn't have an up to date CV or in some cases no CV at all. In addition you mustn't think...

Dispelling Sales Roles Myths

Sales teams provide a vital role in the success of any business, they feed the top line. They effectively bridge the link between understanding the customer needs and the products and services a business offers to fulfil these needs. Their core role consists of...

Is Your Business Data Driven?

I have been working in Data and Analytics for 17 years and have seen many different ways to manage data and analytics across a business. Working in mature data driven businesses you realise that the legacy of having a lot of data in a business can be as much of a...

Sweetest Perception

Have you ever been approached about a role at a company and been put off by your perception of that business?  I certainly think that as you progress through any career you do tend to get bogged down with mis-informed or outdated perceptions of potential...

Mindfulness really does work!

It’s #MentalHealthAwareness week and following on from Steve’s recent blog “The crying game” this is a personal blog about my mental health and how I cope with anxiety.   My sole reason for writing this blog is in the hope that just one person who has maybe...

The Crying Game

This week (13-19th May 2019) is Mental Health Awareness Week (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week) and it seems like a day doesn’t go by without something in the news or our social media timelines about mental health.  We are...

Leaving on a High

Congratulations, you have been successful and have accepted an offer for a new job!  However after the initial buzz you realise that you have to have a potentially uncomfortable conversation with your soon to be former employer, and more importantly your...

The Top Six Benefits of Using a Recruiter

This follows on from my previous blog last year where I looked to dispel some myths surrounding recruiters and to demonstrate how a good recruiter can help candidates.  This blog looks at the role of a recruiter from a client’s perspective. What does a...

The Vinyl Countdown

Vinyl nearly died in the mid 2000s, but today it accounts for nearly one in 10 of all physical purchases in the UK.  The ubiquitous music streaming services are now responsible for the majority of music consumption and CD sales are on the decline, but Vinyl...

The Office Home Balance

It’s well documented how important it is to have a work life balance, and that people should work to live rather than the other way around. However, in this new world of greater flexibility and transient working, I have found it increasingly important to get the...

The Morning Routine

Building on my pre-Christmas blog entitled Switching Off from Work, and achieving that objective in 2018, for 2019 I set myself a new year's resolution to really plan my days better and more importantly develop a morning routine. We all know new year's resolutions...

Vietnam: A nation of Shopkeepers Going Digital

It is fast approaching 10 years when I was heading to China as part of a market exploratory team for Sainsbury's to see if the supermarket chain could create a sustainable & profitable proposition in the worlds second largest economy. Tesco, with an extensive...

The American Dream?

It is well publicised about the special relationship us Brits have with the United States but how easy does this translate when it comes to retail? Why do some retailers flourish both sides of the pond while others faulter? Do some retailers fall foul of poor economic...

Is Sustainability the Next Big Retail Trend?

Recently at Red Tiger Consulting we have been looking into retail trends for the year ahead, as many businesses in the retail sector have. Whilst a lot has been said about embracing the emergence of new technologies, engaging and experiential shopping and...

What Does a Recruiter Look For in a CV?

When it comes to advancing your career or looking for a new role your CV should work as a personal marketing leaflet for you. It is a way to connect with a potential employer before you meet them and, as they say, first impressions last. If your CV is not up to...

New Year New Career?

The extended break over Christmas and New Year usually provides some personal time out for reflection, which may include thinking about making changes to your lifestyle or career. Red Tiger Talent sees a significant uplift in activity in the new year as people follow...

Driving Efficiencies into the New Year

We have all been there, the depressing return to work after the Christmas break, everyone showing off their new attire (or tech!), and the general ‘did you have a good break?’ catch-ups over the desk divide or at the coffee machine.  These catch ups usually involve...

Christmas is a Wrap(per)

So Christmas is done for another year, and we hope you had an excellent one. All that is left now is extensive amounts of cardboard packaging and wrapping paper! Those of you with large families, particularly those of you with kids, will not appreciate the amount of...

Its Xmas, Xmas, Children Singing, Singing, Church Bells Ringing, Ringing…

I dream of a January 2019 where the news feeds are dominated by positive stories of retailers posting strong Xmas trading figures and looking forward to continued growth in the year ahead.  2018 has largely been dominated by negative stories of closures and the...

Seven Tips for Successful Festive Networking

As the Christmas carol classic Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly goes “’tis the season to be jolly”, so what better time of year to do some networking? Embrace the rounds of Christmas after work drinks, work parties and even festive networking events, and expand...

5 Reasons to Stay Career Focussed Over Christmas

Are you thinking about the next move in your career, or currently looking for a job, but wondering whether it is worth keeping up the effort to job hunt over Christmas? It is a popular belief that companies will not be hiring over the festive period, due to candidates...

Living in a World of Digital Insanity

How many of you reach for the phone last thing at night and first thing in the morning? Don’t use the excuse of setting your alarm and switching it off! And how many of you think that a few minutes browsing news/twitter/Instagram/facebook is the best solution to curb...

Switching off from work

The last three months have been a revelation for me as I took the decision six months ago to consciously leave the big corporate world, at least for a while, and make some important lifestyle changes. Despite a love and passion for my job and company it dawned on me...

Gender Equality at Work and Women in Data

I am excited to be speaking at the HER Plus Data (@herplusdatamcr) meet up, in Manchester, on Thursday. Having been asked to talk about some of the issues faced by women working in data I have been reflecting on my career, and various gender equality issues, in...

Don’t let life get in the way of living

I talked in an earlier blog about my sedentary lifestyle and how this has prompted me to instigate a fundamental shift in behaviour.  If I don’t do something soon I will be firmly cementing myself into the cohort of middle aged men with growing beer guts and rushing...

Everyone’s going Dark….

A few years ago, everyone was talking about “Dark Stores” and the Brits were the pioneers, before the concept spread to France, central Europe and more recently North America. The term was so widely coined that it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary and joined...

Finding a job – how a good recruiter can help

As I write this blog I am over 2 years into my career in recruitment, and I have learnt so much about the industry during this time.  Before I became a recruiter, I had been an analyst for over 15 years from conducting analysis on location planning for retailers and...

The rush to roll out new grocery formats

There has been phenomenal media coverage in the past couple of weeks, as Tesco launch their new Jacks discount grocery format. The new look value stores are aimed at competing head to head with Aldi and Lidl. Much was the case in the United States in early 2016 when...

The move to Bricks and Mortar

Last week, Amazon announced their ambitious plans to expand the “Go” convenience format, with its infamous “just walk out” technology, to 3,000 stores across the US by 2021. This is in addition to the numerous book stores, Amazon Fresh pick up locations, and this week...

Can a new restaurant be the catalyst for town centre regeneration?

Those of you who follow food and beverage (F&B) news in the North West may well have heard about Elite Bistro Group (EBG).  Headed up by refreshingly no-nonsense Gary Usher (folk who are not offended by flavoursome language check out @stickywalnut) they have four...

The Death of Bricks and Mortar Retail

Coming from an analyst background, and now being a recruiter, I have worked a lot on location planning projects through the years. It is with a sense of sadness that I write this piece about possibly another nail in the coffin for high street retail, based on a recent...

Back to School – it is never too soon to think about a career!

I am sure you have all been subjected to the numerous photos of cute kids looking very smart, and excited, to be going to their first day back at school (never to be repeated for the rest of the year!) in your Facebook, twitter and Instagram feeds. This time of year...

Walk on, Walk on, With Hope in Your Heart

Do you have colleagues that religiously take up to an hour out of their day to have a brisk stroll at lunch time?  Are these colleagues incessant on telling you their step goals and provide a daily update on how they well they are doing against their...

Walk the Walk ….. and Talk More

This blog entry was inspired by a walk to a client in the glorious sunshine, one morning in London. My mind wandered to how the scene before me would have differed from Victorian London.  I imagined a scene from Oliver Twist, where there was clear...

A changing tide – Big Data versus Location Analytics

What are the implications for Location Planning when Big Data and advancements in data visualisation have potentially surpassed the ‘wow’ factor of maps and location analytics? When I first started in Location Planning over 20 years ago as the only GIS...

2018 Survey of Salary & Benefits for Location Planning Practitioners

Happy New Year to all fellow location planners - we wish you all a successful and healthy 2018.  Red Tiger Consulting are delighted to announce that, in association with the Society for Location Analysis (SLA), the 2018 Survey of Salary & Benefits for...

How 2017 has been a Gin-spirational year

The Red Tiger team feel that we have played a small contribution to the recent news that Gin has overtaken Whiskey and Vodka as the UK's preferred drink, as we have had a gin-spirational year.  Apparently Britons bought a record 47 million bottles of gin this year, up...

Equal Pay Day – Friday 10th November

As of Friday 10th November women effectively work for free for the rest of the year. This is due to the current gender pay gap between women and men. This pay gap averages out to 18.4 % and has been the same since 2015, despite an Equal pay act being passed in 1970....

Flexible Working – Trust is all you need

If, like me, you are parents of young children, I am sure you face the daily challenges of balancing parenthood/home life with work pressures. Businesses constantly want more, for less, and are fighting for precious time with our personal commitments. I am not wanting...

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