The Launch of Aspiria Recruit
We recently spent some time with James Kapadia of Aspiria Recruit, an exciting new venture in Exeter, Devon which has launched with the help of SSG.
Here's what he had to say about the experience:
Tell me about your recruitment background? 9 years with a large independent recruitment firm focusing on recruiting for office support staff, which has given me some great experience.
What was your motivation for starting your own recruitment business? I worked my way up from Consultant through to Regional Director within 8 years, but ultimately, I enjoy the recruiting side of the business more than putting in processes for other people to follow. I am passionate about working with my clients and supporting my candidates through the exciting journey of securing their next career move!
What sectors do you cover? What roles do you specialise in? At Aspiria, we’ll cover all commercial office support roles, from Administrators, Secretaries and PA’s to Customer Service staff, HR, Marketing, Accounts and Legal.
What can customers expect when they work with you? Honesty and transparency are my two main values. I had previously wanted to call the business “Honest Recruitment”, but it would have been way too cheesy!! I also pride myself on getting things done efficiently while adding as much value as I can, in terms of advice, support and guidance to both clients and candidates.
What are your long-term plans for the company? In all honesty, I don’t want to take over the world. My ambition is to build a small team of passionate, hard-working and engaged consultants, who can build a reputation in the local Exeter market for giving great service and expert advice.
Did the launch process meet or exceed your expectations? All the team at SSG have been really supportive with both their time and resources. I’m really pleased to be working with you all. I’m extremely happy with the branding and the website, while the support in getting all the processes, accounts, legalities and everything that I don’t enjoy doing has been second to none!
Which part of the process if any do you feel we could have done differently or better? I genuinely don’t think there was anything. There are always some small human errors along the way, including some from myself, but that’s what helps us all get to our common goal.
Were you made to feel welcome at our offices? Very! I met most of the team when I came to Berkhamsted and everyone seemed genuinely keen to support and give me the best possible platform from which to launch the business.
Which element of the launch most worried you initially? Things like insurances, accounts, legal covers etc. I just don’t enjoy doing these things, which is why I’d recommend SSG, as they have not only supported me with the set-up of these areas, but reminded me what I need to do.
Which element of the launch did you enjoy most? I’m sure everyone says this, but the branding and the website – I’ve loved seeing this evolve over the last few weeks. Having said that, there are probably some real unsung heroes in the office and it’s things like the IT, systems, accounts etc. who I can imagine don’t always get a mention – everyone’s been fantastic.
Which element of the launch did you enjoy least? Getting in place insurances, the bank account and the legal cover.
How did you feel about the level of communication between yourself and the members of the SSG Team? Great, I probably demand a lot, but everyone exceeded expectation and were only too happy to help!
What were your thoughts on the launch day itself? I wasn’t planning on launching the social media “launch blog” as early as the first day in the office, so I was very pleased to get that done, so that I can now focus on recruiting!
Did you feel well informed about the launch process and what was expected of you? Yes, very. Krissy’s emails were great, as we were able to keep a log of what needed doing and what had already been done.