Natasha is a successful juggler of parenting and career, recruitment experience since 2005 and a bit of a LinkedIn celebrity.
How did you get into the events industry?
Within a couple of weeks of each other, we (Mike and Natasha) both joined a recruitment firm specialising in events. It's the classic story of falling into the industry and absolutely loving it. After a few successful years of placing candidates from Sales Executives to CEOs across the global exhibition and conference industry we went our separate ways, Mike venturing into freelance and Natasha into an RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) company to expand her skillset.
What caused you to start Expocast?
We met for a few drinks and Mike threatened to hire Natasha! We've always had a good working relationship and became great friends very quickly at our old firm so being partners made the most sense. After much planning and about three months we were ready to get going, sadly the CV19 crisis hit at the same time so our launch has been very different than we were expecting!
How long have you been in business?
Since March 2020. We've both been recruiting for the events industry since 2016.
We specialise in:
Connecting and beyond. If you're hiring, we'll connect you with a highly curated shortlist of top talent for your roles. If you're looking for a new job, we'll connect you with the most relevant companies and leaders based on your preferences and ambitions. Beyond that initial connection, whether you are a client or candidate, we'll support and guide through the recruitment process and we'll stay in touch long after a start date to make sure there's transparency between employer and employee, and make that relationship as strong as possible.
We're consultants at heart, so in the current climate we're still advising candidates on how to get noticed in what will be a very competitive job market, and we're advising clients on how to streamline their recruitment process so they don't miss out on the talent that has recently become available. We've also been doing our research on digital event platforms so we can truly understand the necessary changes our clients need to make to survive and thrive.
What are your key offerings?
Recruitment Process Outsourcing
Research & Insight
Access to top vacancies
Our top priority is making sure the right person gets the right job. We'll always be honest with you. As a client, this means you'll have transparency over our process, our progress, and we won't push the wrong candidates at you. As a candidate, this means we'll tell you what your best route to a job is, even if it's not through us.
We also have a variety of fee structures which give you, the client, more control and less risk. Everything from contingency and retainers, to our unique RPP model and discounted rates while CV19 restrictions are in place. Ask us for the full details.
Some of the companies we have worked with are:
Clarion Events, dmg::events, Tarsus Group, Comexposium, ADNEC, ExCel London, Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Centre, SMG, Reed Exhibitions USA, Easyfairs, Riyadh Exhibitions Company, Upper Street Events, Brand Events, GES, Nineteen Group, Smarter Shows, Centaur Media, Full Circle, LiveBuzz, GovNet, Explori, Hyve, Ocean Media, Informa Markets, Telegraph Media Group
Our favourite thing about the industry is
The people. Hands down the craziest bunch and always ready to socialise.
Our biggest frustration about the industry is
Although it's always a hot topic, the industry would benefit from being less rigid when it comes to considering talent from outside of events; fresh ideas, skills and perspective will help us evolve. However, during the CV19 crisis it's become very apparent, particularly in the UK, how undervalued the event industry is by the government.
Post lockdown the thing we want the industry to do differently is
Adapt and publicise. We need to learn from this experience and two key lessons are 1) we weren't ready to incorporate virtual/digital offerings into events and the industry has slowed more than it needed to; and 2) our contribution to the economy has been wildly underestimated - we will be key to kickstarting trade and we must push media and government to acknowledge this and work with us to get people meeting again.
We are surviving lockdown by
Staying connected with each other, with family and with friends by any means possible. Also exercise - Mike is doing daily HIIT workouts with mates over HouseParty and Natasha is going for runs and bike rides round a beautiful nearby lake.
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