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Dan Langford chats to Making Business Happen

Dan Langford, Group Marketing & Communications Director of Wales’ largest recruitment and training agency, said: "As those running our Acorn branches up and down the country are seeing every day, it is encouraging that the employment figures are continuing to rise, with more and more people finding work. This remains good news for the economy and we would expect to see more of the same through 2015.

In his monthly Western Mail business column, Acorn's Managing Director Matt Southall discusses the importance of the employer brand for organisations looking to retain and recruit the best staff possible. Recent statistics show that only 37 percent of employees intend to stay in their current jobs, which it is problematic for organisations of all types, and in all sectors.

With all eyes on the Autumn Statement last week - it was always set be a crucial one, coming as it does just six months ahead of the next General Election – I was particularly interested in the announcements that will generate growth and have the biggest impact on the jobs market. Certainly pleasing to see announced was the promise of help for businesses that are creating skilled jobs through apprenticeships, especially young apprentices under the age of 25.

Leading recruitment company Acorn has secured an exclusive contract for 44 highly sought after IT jobs, after a thriving UK technology business, announced that it will shortly be opening a new office in Cwmbran. Smartpipe Solutions, which offers ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) solutions for network operator data monetisation across multiple advertising and content platforms, has enlisted the exclusive help of Acorn’s dedicated IT division to help fill these specialist posts.

Leading UK-wide recruitment and training specialist Acorn has made a series of appointments to further strengthen its well-established training division. Ian Brealey, Louise Mumford, Sally Knock and Jonathan Hubbarde all join Acorn as training advisors and will be based at the company’s head office in Newport.

I was delighted to see two major jobs boosts announced in Wales in recent days. Canadian firm CGI UK is adding a further 620 IT jobs to the 900 currently working at its Bridgend base. Meanwhile, US cyber security firm Alert Logic has opened its European HQ and Security Operations Centre in the Welsh Government’s Capital Quarter offices in the new Cardiff Enterprise Zone.

One the UK’s leading training and recruitment companies is participating in Wales Action Week to help tackle some of the fundamental issues faced by people in Wales today. Employees from Acorn’s training division will be volunteering at the Merthyr & Cynon Foodbank on Wednesday, November the 12th and will also be collecting donations for the Foodbank at Asda Merthyr Tydfil.

Dan Langford, Group Marketing Director of Wales’ largest recruitment and training agency said: “We can continue to be encouraged by these figures, albeit with improvements in Wales appearing slower currently that in other parts of the UK, they still demonstrate that growth in the economy is continuing and opportunities for people to get back into the workplace are there."

Entrepreneurialism – that age-old question of whether individuals are born with it or whether it’s something that can be taught or even gained through experience. Nature versus nurture. While I’d probably agree that a person can be born with more – or less – of the ‘right stuff’ that constitutes entrepreneurialism, some will inevitably need more of a push than others; the opportunity if you like, to expose it.