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The Dower House

108 High Street

Berkhamsted

HP4 2BL

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Who, Where, When, Why and How?

Discreet Meeting

Get together with one of the guys at SSG (typically David Jones, Max Jones or Ash Bennett) and have a detailed chat – no more than that. No presentations, no creative business plans, no unnecessary formality & no commitments – just an open, honest & enjoyable conversation about what you might like to do & what SSG could do to help. Feel free to bring your partner or a friend along, who might help you with the post-match analysis! Usually lasting about 90 minutes, your only homework prior to the meeting is to wade through our website! Good luck with that!

We can meet almost wherever you like? You are of course very welcome to visit SSG in our Hertfordshire office, but we appreciate that sometimes either geography or timing can make that tricky, so if you prefer, we will suggest getting together in one of the posh hotels for a fancy coffee – at a location convenient to all. This typically means an out of hours meeting which is fine for us. To be frank, we don’t get too hung up about where we meet – if we can make things a little easier for you, we will. The majority of our meetings tend to be off site, out of hours and last around 90 minutes. All good fun!

Anytime is good for SSG. Weekends can be a little challenging but anytime during the week is fine – especially popular are the out of hours meetings, which typically kick off from around 6.30pm up until (say) 9pm. We appreciate that there is a need to be flexible and discreet – it is not always a good idea to meet at a prominent hotel near to your workplace at lunchtime for example, but we will make suggestions and typically have no problems accommodating most of our budding entrepreneurs!

SSG would never seek to support a business for a Recruiter with whom we had not spent proper time – it is just too personal a thing to do without making sure that we will all get on. The time that we spend together is always useful and it is as much about you getting to understand what we can offer as it is SSG ‘checking you out’. We are not interested in CVs or posh business plans. We want to meet, have a chat and back our instincts. We have been right an awful lot more than we have been wrong since 2003! You might be surprised how easy the meetings are – useful too.

Usually, we will arrange to meet with an interested Recruiter following a really good chat on the telephone and the exchange of an email or two. Most of the time, it is more about making sure that meeting is convenient, discreet and easy more than anything else. There is no commitment, no need for business plans or fancy attire – just turn up, chat, listen and make a judgement. Believe me, after a couple of hours with David, Laura or Clare you will know if SSG are the right guys for you!

Tricky FAQs

Meeting Dress Code

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Meeting Dress Code

Honestly, we really don't mind! Please dress for comfort. This is not an interview, it is a conversation and as it can sometimes last a few hours, you might be glad of the comfortable clothes! Depending upon who you meet at SSG, we will either be beautifully turned out (Laura/Clare) or "not-so-smart casual" (David)

Is it confidential?

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Is it confidential?

Absolutely. 100%. For sure. No question.

SSG would never, ever, ever disclose to anyone at anytime details of who we meet, where we meet or what we discuss. It is so important to SSG that we earn your trust. This is a non-negotiable part of the way in which we operate.

Meeting Preparation

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Meeting Preparation

Honestly, we would rather that you just come along with an open and inquisitive mind. It really is best as a discussion, rather than a presentation (from either of us). We will explain what SSG is all about and ask what you are hoping to do.

Alone or Together?

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Alone or Together?

You are very welcome to bring a friend or partner along with you to the meeting - sometimes it can be very helpful to have someone on hand to support you, remember a few facts and to remain slightly cynical.

More than one of you?

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More than one of you?

We love partnerships, so if you have a colleague (or two) who might be interested in working with you, then please ask them along to the meeting.

Again, please let us reiterate our commitment to confidentiality.

Business Plan

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Business Plan

We do not need you to bring along a business plan - we will be chatting about your hopes to launch a business and in truth, we don't really believe in long-winded projections.

They rarely equate with reality!

SSG Testimonials

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SSG Testimonials

We are very happy to provide names of existing (and ex) SSG Clients for you to talk to. In truth, we don't worry at all about what these guys will say about SSG, but we are very keen for you to hear about their experiences of starting a business.

References on you?

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References on you?

We really hope that this does not sound arrogant or careless, but we do not ask for references from anyone.

We are very happy to meet a motivated recruiter and back our own instincts. For SSG, that's all we want to do.

Timescales?

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Timescales?

From the moment that we meet to the point at which you could be "up-and-running" can be as little as 10 days, although we hate that! Much better to all take our time. The average is 6-8 weeks, but we don't mind.

You determine the pace

What's the criteria?

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What's the critera?

From our viewpoint, we are looking for a budding entrepreneur who meets our three-core criteria:

  1. Can they do it?
  2. Do they want to do it?
  3. Will we all get on?

Simple, but very effective since 2003!

Your criteria?

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Your criteria?

You need to feel that we can support you, that we want to support you and that we will all get on. You need to have an inner sense of confidence. Trust your instinct, if it doesn't feel right, it isn't.

How many meetings?

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How many meetings?

We meet "face-to-face" at least once before we would progress to an offer of our services, but we are very happy to meet as many times as any potential partner might like.

Very often we meet at least twice.

2 Hour Decisions

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2 Hour Decisions

If you spend around two hours with SSG, you will almost certainly know if we are the right guys for you. It is amazing how much we will chat about in that time.

You will make your decision on SSG within our 120 minutes - honestly!

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