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31 Jul 2020

Video Meeting Tools - Recommendations

In this challenging time, we are all having to adapt, mainly to working from home and remotely. Keeping in touch and keeping our businesses running is vital ...

09 Jun 2020

Introducing our new Head of Digital Tech and Creative

We would like to introduce Kraig, our new Head of Digital Tech & Creative recruitment.  You wouldn't think it looking at his fresh face, ...

01 Jun 2020

Tips for recruiting and on-boarding remotely

The last couple of months have been very strange, many of us in the recruitment, marketing and creative industries have had to deal with colleagues being f...

22 May 2020

The Science of Wellbeing - Mental Health Awareness Week

Just like so many businesses, we had to furlough some of our team at the beginning of April and our Talent Manager Claudine took the opportunity to exp...

21 May 2020

Is the Digital Marketing and Agency world ready to return to the office?

With the lockdown beginning to ease over the next couple of months, industries are making plans to return to work and to the office. Despite the ease ...

14 May 2020

Remote Working - A Success Story

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented health crisis in Covid-19. The situation is changing by the day, but the majority of us, particularly in the m...

14 May 2020

Tips for recruiting and on-boarding remotely

These are unprecedented and unusual times, many of us in the recruitment, marketing and creative industries are having to deal with colleagues being furlough...

14 May 2020

Navigating Stopgap through Covid-19

We are experiencing an unprecedented situation in the Covid-19 crisis. One that is affecting every one of us both personally and professionally.   ...

14 May 2020

Marketing Strategy: Plan Now - Profit Later. Rest Now - Regret it later...

Craig Kent is a CRM marketing consultant with over 20 years’ experience who has worked with us as a candidate in that time. In this guest blog he discu...

14 May 2020

(Re-watch) Webinar - Job Hunting Tips For Content Marketers During COVID-19

After the success of our meet up event back in January with ContentUK, we linked up again with Christina at ContentUK again to host a webinar for market...

14 May 2020

Marketing & Recruitment – Reasons to be positive

Our Marketing Manager Tom has been looking at forecasts and predictions within marketing and recruitment, and from what he has seen, he believes there are re...

01 Apr 2020

IDEAS - Keeping busy when furloughed

Like many of you out there, a portion of our team at Stopgap have been temporarily "furloughed" - a term I'm sure none of us were aw...

26 Mar 2020

Useful Information - Freelancers and Contractors

We understand that things are extremely difficult for everyone at the moment, not least key workers and NHS staff, but also the self-employed and thos...

18 Mar 2020

You can still recruit through Covid-19 & here's how

These are undoubtedly unprecedented and testing times; but the current situation doesn’t mean your marketing needs to stand still. Now more than ever y...

18 Mar 2020

The outlook for agencies amid Coronavirus

Every business knows it should have a plan for what to do in a crisis. But when an actual emergency strikes, many seem to be caught off guard. Today, we...

17 Mar 2020

A message from Claire - Our Owner & Founder

Not knowing what the future holds is a very scary prospect and right now we are all trying to second guess what's around the corner. I know there must ...

06 Mar 2020

How will new IR35 rules affect your marketing freelancers?

Everything to do with marketing is continually changing and evolving; adapting to new processes is par for the course. But what happens when that change ha...

05 Mar 2020

Books That Inspired Us

It's World Book Day, so with that in mind, some of us thought we would share books that have inspired us in our careers or helped develop our skills in s...

03 Mar 2020

How important is flexible working to you and your staff?

Our lead consultant Christine Ebeling - Long discusses how important flexible working has become and why as an employer you need to consider your offe...

27 Feb 2020

Modernising charity fundraising with social media

Fundraising is at the heart of what charities do. Over the years, traditional methods of fundraising have included calendars, cake sales, coffee mornings and...

19 Feb 2020

Over 55s looking to move job to progress their career

More people than ever before are choosing to work longer, with a growing number of the UK’s workforce keen to take the next step in their career, b...

13 Feb 2020

New KPMG survey shows growth of permanent positions in January 2020

Market confidence is on the up and this has led to the first back-to-back rise in permanent positions for more than 12 months. According to the latest K...

05 Feb 2020

Responsible marketing is a key focus for 2020

When it comes to earning the trust of consumers, marketers have their work cut out. According to the Advertising Association’s Advertising Pays 8 ...

28 Jan 2020

FMCG named as the best sector for marketing salaries

If you’re a marketer looking to boost your salary this year, you might want to consider a move into FMCG. According to the latest Marketing Week C...

25 Jan 2020

How to help your staff overcome the January blues

Widely regarded as the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday happens on the third Monday of January each year. How did you fare? Just to be clear, ...

16 Jan 2020

Changes to the IR35 legislation for Ltd company contractors

If you are a contractor working through your own Limited company you may already be aware of the change to the law which takes effect from 6th April 2020...

07 Jan 2020

3 consumer trends to watch in 2020

Today’s consumers expect a lot from brands. They want convenience, quality and a personalised experience. The more brands understand and embrace cons...

17 Dec 2019

Marketing Trends for 2020

Tomorrow’s marketing trends will be as challenging as they are exciting, shaped by everything from the ghost of Brexit future to the quest for brand ...

10 Dec 2019

Stopgap's fabulously festive marketing round-up

It’s that time of year when brands gift consumers their biggest marketing campaigns in an effort to get us jingling all the way to checkout. This ...

05 Dec 2019

Retailers - Are you selling on social? Here are 3 reasons why you should

There was a time when businesses just need a well-designed website, a seamless checkout experience and a solid grasp of SEO. It matched the way people shop...

29 Nov 2019

Supporting our Stopgappers - Financial Planning

Yesterday we had a first for us at Stopgap; financial education talks. I know it may sound dull and it may feel like something that is out of an emplo...

28 Nov 2019

Where have all the junior PR people gone darling?

Our Clients are telling us it is getting more difficult to recruit good junior PR People. Is this because less people are entering the industry or is it...

26 Nov 2019

Are your employees sick – or just sick of you?

According to a survey for the BBC, 40% of us are prepared to take a sick day because we want a break from work, even if we’re not actually ill. &nbs...

21 Nov 2019

The inclusive packaging debate

You may have heard the news recently that P&G brand Always has removed the Venus symbol from the packaging of its sanitary products to be more inclusive ...

14 Nov 2019

Best of the rest - who’s won in the Christmas advert stakes?

We’re only just into November, but already brands are launching their 2019 Christmas ad campaigns. Whether you’re a yuleaholic or a grinchy Scroo...

10 Nov 2019

The Robot Revolution - Is your job safe?

In the latest of her series of blogs, our Lead Consultant, Christine takes look at AI in the marketing sector and how much it might affect the job market.&...

07 Nov 2019

7 potential reasons why your job application was a 'no'

At Stopgap, we believe it’s really important to send everyone a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ when they apply to a role through us. We unders...

05 Nov 2019

Top tips for optimising your charity marketing emails for 2020

Given the chance, all businesses want to boost email marketing click-through and click-to-open rates. And charities are no different.   Accordin...

01 Nov 2019

Salaries expected to slow in 2020 – and it's not all about money

New research has revealed that wage growth is expected to slow in the coming year.   According to data from XpertHR, pay awards have generally b...

24 Oct 2019

UK SMEs wasting over £125k on failed recruitment

It will come as no surprise that “people problems” are causing sleepless nights for business leaders across the UK. Attracting and retaining...

16 Oct 2019

2019’s best start-up marketing campaigns by agencies

A quick trawl through the internet will soon reveal a host of cat videos and memes, but it may also uncover a host of marketing campaigns from start-ups ho...

14 Oct 2019

Making the move from a permanent role to freelance

After a certain point in your career, it can be tempting to make a move from permanent work to freelance or contract work.   You may be unsatisfie...

10 Oct 2019

How to spot and support mental health in your team

Today is World Mental Health Day and one in four of us will experience a work-related mental health issue in our lifetime. It can affect how we think,...

08 Oct 2019

Unilever reduces plastic to increase appeal to millennial consumers

How can brands better appeal to millennials and Gen Zers? Unilever, owner of several FMCG brands, believes the answer lies in cutting the amount of plast...

03 Oct 2019

Current Trends In Marketing Recruitment - Autumn / Winter 2019

Our Lead Consultant and Partnership Manager, Christine Ebeling Long gives an overview of the current state of play in Marketing Recruitment... ...

02 Oct 2019

Would you pay £14 for a KitKat? The trend for premiumisation hots up

What do we need in times of political uncertainty? According to consumer brands, the answer lies in premiumisation, as Marketing Week discusses.   ...

10 Sep 2019

Digital banks dominate LinkedIn’s top 25 start-ups to work for

Where do the UK’s professionals want to work? According to the 2019 LinkedIn Top Startups list, many have set their sights on the fintech space. &nb...

21 Aug 2019

5 signs that it’s time to expand your team

Most businesses wait to get bigger. From local to regional to national to global – the world is your oyster, however humble your business’ begi...

14 Aug 2019

Facebook still influences buying decisions like no other

Facebook has had a tough couple of years with the platform’s dwindling usage suggesting it is starting to decline in popularity, with privacy scand...

12 Aug 2019

Get to know our consultant Kim

How long have you been working at Stopgap?    A year!    And what was your career path to becoming a recruiter - do you hav...

07 Aug 2019

Employees want recognition ‘in the moment’, survey shows

Companies are investing huge amounts of money into employee reward and recognition initiatives but continue to fall short of expectations, new research rev...

03 Aug 2019

From Marketing to Recruitment - Meet Danika

One of our newest consultants, Danika Lillelund is an ex marketer who decided to make the move into recruitment with us at Stopgap. It's a path that many...

29 Jul 2019

Seven places to find your next job

Our Lead Consultant and Partnership Manager, Christine Ebeling Long gives an overview of seven places you can find your next job... These days it’s ...

04 Jul 2019

Why Flexible Working Is Good For Everyone

Picture this: Your office chair is your sofa. Your commute is down the hall. And you only ever need to make one brew at a time. That’s the stuff of dre...

27 Jun 2019

Get to know our Senior Consultant Caroline

How long have you been working at Stopgap?   Just over 3 years!   And what was your career path to becoming a recruiter?   ...

26 Jun 2019

How not to lose out on the best talent – Be flexible and fast!

Losing out on the best talent can be hugely frustrating. But it can be even more damaging than that.   It is a candidate’s market and if y...

20 Jun 2019

3 in 10 millennials have already had 5 jobs or more

There was a time when everyone thought a job was for life. New research confirms what an outdated concept that has become. A survey by Tempo has revealed ...

17 Jun 2019

Boosting sustainability creds could be the key to success for fashion marketers

The pressure to produce huge amounts of cheap, fast fashion is having a shocking impact on people and the planet. Every minute in the UK we buy almost t...

12 Jun 2019

Why your perception of recruitment is wrong - My first 3 months at Stopgap.

Our marketing manager Tom, talks about his first 3 months at Stopgap and how it's changed his perception of the recruitment industry.   I think ...

07 Jun 2019

B2B professionals reveal their most-wanted content

How do B2B professionals like to engage with corporate content?   According to a study by content and demand marketing platform BrightTALK, 91% ...

30 May 2019

Startups versus big business – where would you rather work?

Our Lead Consultant within consumer brands, Christine has noticed a trend in the number of roles she is working on with start-ups. She discusses the pros and...

14 May 2019

UK Affiliate Marketing Spend Up 15%

A study by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC has revealed that affiliate marketing spend in the UK grew 15.1% from £482 in 2016 to £5...

08 May 2019

National Receptionist Day

It’s national receptionist day and here at Stopgap, we are lucky to have two of the best receptionists in the business looking after us and everyone wh...

03 May 2019

Marketing trends for professional services in 2019

Google ‘marketing trends for 2019’ and you’ll be inundated with results. But while social media stories, micro-influencer marketing and AI ...

25 Apr 2019

Stress-busting tips to keep you at the top of your game

This time of year’s great, isn’t it? The long (and this year, extremely sunny) Easter weekend, school holidays and May bank holidays make for p...

05 Apr 2019

Stopgap delighted to be sponsoring the Marketer of the Year Award at the CIM Awards 2019

The annual Chartered Institute of Marketing, Marketing Excellence Awards will be taking place again this Thursday at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and ...

04 Apr 2019

Tech startups still booming in London despite Brexit

Even though uncertainty surrounding Brexit is still swirling, it’s comforting to know that it’s not all doom and gloom.   The Office f...

01 Apr 2019

Stopgap at the B2B Marketing Expo 2019

Philosophers, behaviour analysts and now technology experts, as well as marketers!   Known for having ex-marketing professionals as consultants,...

19 Mar 2019

Major rebrand for Mars as it focuses on purpose marketing

Mars has placed its mission statement centre stage in a major new rebrand. Focusing on purpose marketing, its 'Tomorrow Starts Today' campaign emb...

28 Feb 2019

Building relationships with specialist agencies is the best way to find your perfect role

A new survey has revealed that more than half of candidates (64%) used a recruitment agency to find a job last year. That probably explains why 42% said they...

21 Jan 2019

8 out of 10 employees value personal development over salary increase

There has long been an emphasis on creating a learning culture in business. And this hard work is paying off. According to new research from personal deve...

17 Jan 2019

Celebrity endorsements do they work?

Do celebrities add dazzle to marketing, or is the whole thing a bit of a turn-off? Stars are now recruited by marketers to feature in endorsements, peer reco...

11 Jan 2019

The best sectors for marketing salaries revealed

What makes us feel fulfilled at work? A good working environment is important, along with career progression opportunities and job security. However, salar...

08 Jan 2019

Half of UK staff think employers don't realise their potential

New research has revealed that half of the UK's workforce feel their employer does not understand them. The study by Automatic Data Processing (ADP) q...

03 Jan 2019

Top digital marketing trends for 2019

Reaching audiences online has never been more important, as there is barely a demographic left which does not have an online community. However, the more th...

20 Nov 2018

Top workplace demotivators revealed

The majority of employees want their bosses to do more to motivate them. According to new research by global engagement company Reward Gateway, 73% of e...

31 Oct 2018

THE SCARY TRUTH - How halloween is affecting FMCG recruitment

According to the experts, it’s the fourth most significant sales opportunity after Christmas, Easter and Ramadan. As someone who has had direct experie...

04 Sep 2018

PwC launches flexible working recruitment scheme

Consulting firm PwC has launched a recruitment programme that lets employees choose the hours they want to work. The scheme gives candidates the opportunity ...

16 Aug 2018

Instagram beats TripAdvisor for reviews as people trust pictures more than words

Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has enjoyed meteoric success. Statista reports that, as of June this year, the photo sharing site hit one billion monthly...

03 Apr 2018

UK Bosses Risking Staff Burnout

UK bosses are risking staff burnout due to a lack of help alleviating and preventing stress in the workplace, according to new research. The 2018 UK W...

11 Jan 2018

Marketing salary survey – how did your sector fare?

What do you look for in a role? Do you prioritise health-conscious perks like gym memberships and free fruit, or are factors such as flexible working and c...

02 Jan 2018

Nearly half of UK workers looking to change jobs

The start of a new year naturally inspires people to make plans and set goals for the coming 12 months. For nearly half (47%) of UK workers recently polled...

12 Sep 2017

How to identify training and developing needs

With competition for talent mounting in today’s global marketplace, providing meaningful training and development opportunities is crucial for both sta...

01 Sep 2017

Is the workend the new weekend?

Have your team been working lots of overtime lately? Are their weekends turning into 'workends' on a regular basis? If so, they're not alone. New...