Katherine is the Business Partner for Marketing and Events, responsible for offline marketing and the marketing and digital strategy across the Jonathan Lee Group.
Qualified with a BA Hons in Marketing, Katherine has ten years’ experience covering PR and communications, advertising, digital, graphic design, events, exhibitions, brand and retail marketing.
She began her career in publishing and media before spending five years in construction, working for SME and global manufacturing businesses, marketing to consumer, retailer, trade distributor and specification channels.
Katherine joined Jonathan Lee in 2014 to manage the group’s brand, design and creative, PR and communications, events, exhibitions, associations, sponsorship and advertising. In January 2018, she implemented the rebrand and led the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations during 2018.
For more information about our marketing capabilities and support including digital recruitment campaigns and PR, please contact Katherine directly.
We know there’s an engineering skills shortage and we know that more is being done to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering. We have the absolute pleasure of seeing first-hand the fascinating jobs, projects and opportunities out there. And even more satisfying is when we’re able to find our candidates their dream job. Today (Valentine’s Day), of all days, seems timely to say why our candidates love working in the engineering, technology and manufacturing sectors. Work with great people No matter what field of engineering you work in, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to success. You inevitably meet, work and learn from some extremely interesting and inspiring people Make your mark Come up with solutions no one else has thought of and make your mark on the world – now that’s job satisfaction! Never be bored The portfolio career and contracting are trends on the rise. Working in engineering can expose you to a number of interesting projects and roles - it means you are constantly learning, being challenged and most certainly never bored Be creative Engineering is a great outlet for imagination, lateral thinking and self-expression Love work, love life Engineering is an exciting profession, but one of the greatest advantages is that many employers offer flexible working and working from home to promote a healthy work-life balance Earn a big salary The earning potential in engineering, tech and manufacturing is impressive! See our future mobility guide to benchmark against our top jobs Skills transferability With digitalisation and Industry 4.0 influencing engineering, there are more opportunities than ever to transfer skills. This means a career in engineering can be varied and could allow you to move into different industries Make a difference Everywhere you look, there are examples of engineering and technology having a positive effect on everyday life. Safer cars, medical advancements, preserving the environment and communication advancements. Engineering is improving our health, happiness and safety, reducing poverty, and protecting our planet Find your dream job in engineering Sign up for job alertsKatherine Garratt
Surely there’s no better excuse to eat cake, than to raise money for a worthy cause. Our team was certainly up for the task when taking part in ‘Wear it Pink’ earlier this month. The office was awash with all shades of pink, with team members wearing pink as part of the fundraising activities, while there were cupcakes galore at our bake sale with Jess and Lisa making some delicious and pretty pink themed batches. Scones accompanied by Mark’s homemade jam were a huge hit too. It didn’t long for us to debate the pronunciation of ‘scone’ and whether you put the jam or clotted cream on first – of course it is jam! 'WEAR IT PINK' Behind all the fun, we must not forget the reason why we are raising money. Breast cancer is still here, tearing apart the lives of families and it’s taking the lives of the women we love on a heart-breaking scale. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a worldwide annual campaign that highlights the importance of breast awareness, education and research. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aims to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support our life-saving research and life-changing support. ABOUT BREAST CANCER NOW Breast Cancer Now; the largest breast cancer research charity, campaigning and raising money at an array of events across the UK as well as, of course, wearing it pink! Find out more: breastcancernow.org Check for signs and symptoms of breast cancer.Katherine Garratt
Last week we hosted our latest #JONLEELIFE event at The Fox, Stourton, bringing the work family together to enjoy some fantastic food and drink, and good laughs all-round. The evening began with Jonathan welcoming the team and expressing his thanks for their hard work to date. Next, Jonathan picked the winners for our hotly anticipated prize draw to win high street vouchers. First place went to Matthew H, who walked up to collect his prize with a skip in his step! Second place was not so clear cut; Jonathan picked the name out of the hat, read out ‘Katharine’, peering up towards me, before finishing with ‘Bignell’. The brief moment of elation followed by the realisation that I hadn’t won was clearly picked up by everyone else, as the room filled with laughter and was followed by a few ‘did you think you had won’ comments! Next Jonathan joked: “Third prize – a trip to Barbados … and Jenny Morrison is the winner”! Whilst Jenny was under no illusion that she’d actually won a holiday, Jonathan soon regretted his joke as Jenny kept asking for the holiday details throughout the evening! As always, the event was a great opportunity to socialise outside of the work environment, but also to dust off the dancing shoes and show off our *unique* moves. Live music from Richard Harris playing anthems; Sex on Fire, Don’t Stop Me Now, Valerie and Mr Brightside were the catalysts for some memorable moments from the evening - top of the scoreboard were Jonathan (as always), Paul R, Kate B, Jodie, Scott W and Mary. The whole team would like to say a big thank you to David and Jonathan for the event and we look forward to the next one! Visit our Facebook account to view photos from the evening.Katherine Garratt
I’ve always loved Lego – playing with it as a child, and in more recently, with my own children. What I love is how effortlessly it allows you to create, make challenges and get to grips with the basics of physics without any formulas (who can build the biggest tower?) Let’s remember that the Romans built magnificent buildings without a coherent theory of mechanics to understand the physics involved – there is something to be said for empirical (trial and error) testing. This is why, when I heard about Lego’s new global marketing initiative #rebuildtheworld, it felt like they had hit the nail on the head. Lego believes it has a role to play in equipping children with the skills they might need in a future job market set to be disrupted by automation. I applaud Lego for doing their bit. How to inspire the next generation into a career in engineering seems to be an ongoing rhetorical question that just won’t go away. Engineering is about solving problems and thinking creatively so this initiative just makes sense! Indeed, these skills are fundamentally needed beyond the engineering realm, in a number of industries and roles. The World Economic Forum identified creative problem solving as one of the top skills children will need in a future job market. After attending LCV last week, I was fascinated to hear Doug Wolff, Biz Dev Manager at Epic Games, during a digital engineering panel session, describe how he feels creativity and innovation in the automotive sector is being constrained. He believes automotive’s vast array of systems, complexity of manufacturing mixed in with traditional processes, legislation and compliance are constraining creativity and the time it takes to bring a new product to market. He argues that the industry needs a cultural shift, to adopt the speed and agility commonplace in gaming and give automotive engineers the tools and time to create, experiment, see what happens… and to worry about the legislation later. SO, WHAT IS BEING DONE AT SCHOOLS TO ADDRESS THIS? Some positive steps have been taken over the past couple of years – including the increase in apprenticeships, Business Enterprise Advisors and implementation of the Gatsby Benchmarks (to define the best careers provision in schools and colleges). But there is still a long way to go. I recently attended an open day at my son’s primary school. He is seven, a confident boy, head strong, and not a natural fit with the school environment – he likes to do his own thing. He quite often asks why a rule is in place, rather than just accepting and following an instruction – you get the picture. Parents sat next to their children while they glued pieces of tissue paper to pictures of ice creams and sweets. The teacher came over and asked my son what flavour his ice cream was, he responded strawberry and vanilla. Now he’d used red and blue tissue paper, so the teacher questioned if whether blue=raspberry rather than blue=vanilla. Then he was asked if he was keeping within the lines – which he wasn’t. While the teacher’s observations were obviously correct, it made me wonder if this rigidity resonated with Doug Wolff’s observation of the automotive industry. Should we keep within the lines, does blue have to mean raspberry? The bigger question being, are we encouraging children to problem-solve and be creative in their approach or keep within defined boundaries and rules? Do defined rules encourage creative problem solving? Are we going to meet Government’s industrial strategy to be innovative world leaders without some fundamental cultural shifts? Letting go of the old rule book perhaps needs to be the new norm. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Email me at Katherine.Garratt@jonlee.co.uk.Katherine Garratt
Our Chairman, Jonathan Lee, celebrated a milestone birthday at the weekend and marked the special occasion in true style, partying with members of the Jonathan Lee team. The surprise birthday bash, hosted at the exquisite Hogarths Stone Manor, was a fantastic event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves! After months of careful planning, covert messages to the team and Gill’s (Jonathan’s PA) credible ‘bogus’ event (to get Jonathan to the venue), the surprise was almost scuppered when event organisers were nearly spotted during operation ‘get the birthday balloons’ on the morning of the event. The birthday boy was spotted within close proximity of the card shop… Luckily, with ninja-like moves and prompt ‘ducking behind the counter’, they dodged being caught with some very conspicuous bundles of 70th birthday balloons. Phew! And sure enough, Jonathan arrived at the venue, welcomed with a slightly unrehearsed ‘surprise’ and cheering from the team! Jonathan was summoned to the dance floor by the band playing ’Happy Birthday to you’ where Jon Blaze was waiting to present him with his cake, gift and gigantic card! Our very appreciative Chairman graciously accepted the gift and card, offering some touching words to the team – thanking them for their hard work and reiterating their importance as part of the Jonathan Lee Recruitment family. Next on the agenda was consuming the delicious hot buffet – the Indian cuisine and chilli were huge hits and provided the fuel needed to dance the night away! The exceptional Richard Harris and Co provided live music for the evening – filling the dancefloor from start to finish. Anyone who knows Jonathan will not be surprised to hear that he was first and last on the dancefloor, closely followed by our regular team of dancing enthusiasts – Kieron, Jodie and Sarah R to name but a few. But there was a definite highlight to the evening… and the credit goes to Lee, who ingeniously requested the Irish Rover. Richard Harris and band were luckily well versed in Irish folk songs, and for the remainder of the evening, the dancefloor was filled with interpretations of Irish jigs and reels, barn dance moves and ‘linking of arms’ a plenty! What a fabulous evening - Happy 70th Birthday Jonathan from all the team!Katherine Garratt
Last week, the valiant team members of Jonathan Lee Recruitment took part in a charity netball match against Eyespace Eyewear. Playing at Crystal Leisure Centre, Stourbridge, both teams participated to help raise money for Comic Relief. Thank you to Helen Bowen and Dudley Council for allowing us to donate the cost of the court to charity. We last played Eyespace Eyewear four years ago in a close tie that saw Eyespace eventually win 23-20. Following our previous defeat we knew it was going to be competitive match but we were determined to win this time around! Netball = Unfathomably Complex, Complicated Rules Like with every other time we've played netball, the same old questions were heard; "Where can I go? What do I do? How do you pivot? What do you mean I can’t go in that area?!" With Eyespace winning first centre, the game began with equal amounts of confusion, competitiveness and chaos. It would be kind to describe the JL team as rusty at the start, however by mid-way through the first quarter everyone seemed to know where they could go - the passes started to flow and we took advantage, taking the opening goal. Towards the end of the first quarter, the whole of our team seemed to click into gear and we were ‘smoking’ (or gasping for air!). Nevertheless, we built on our strong start and by the end of the first quarter we led by four goals to one. And then, bam! JL’s steady first quarter performance was stumped by Eyespace’s tactical substitutions. By tactical, we mean three or four fresh-faced, pro-netballers entered the court. It left the remainder of the match pretty tough – we were closely matched and battling until the bitter end! Introducing the Dream Team Starting from defence; Kevin (GK) can only be described as the Sergio Ramos of netball. He just could NOT get his head around the one metre rule: *Fouls*. “I didn’t know I was fouling”. *Fouls*. “What? Was that a foul?!” *Fouls again*. “What distance do I need to leave?” *Fouls AGAIN*. However, you could not deny either his level of effort or his knack for putting off their shooters with his best imitation of an air traffic controller bringing planes in to land! Jenny (GD) and our captain, Jonathan (WD), were probably the most competitive (and vocal) players in the team, getting stuck in Jordan Henderson and Aaron Ramsey-style. Chloe (C and GD) – the interception queen, with height on her side and an innate ability of being in the right place at the right time – preventing Eyespace from shooting on several occasions. Me (C, WD) – Prior to the match, the team were reassured that at least one of us (me) knew the rules of the game; keeping close control of the game as referee for the first quarter, before being subbed on to play. My happy memories of playing netball at school and college were soon forgotten and that rose-tinted nostalgia was quickly replaced with a rose-tinted (bright pink!) face whilst I ran around like a headless chicken, trying to keep up with the fast paced game. On the attack we had the trick trio; Mark (GS, GA), Nick (GS, GA) and Kieron (WA). Picture if you will the world’s best attacking sporting teams, just like Liverpool FC’s Salah, Mané and Firmino (*disclaimer, this blog may contain some slight exaggerations). Between the three of them, they soon found their rhythm, showing off a remarkable array of trick shots and lightning-quick movement which had them running circles around Eyespace Eyewear's defence. And it’s just as well because Eyespace were hot on our heels, with the goal difference depleting as we approached a tense final quarter. Can We Hold on for a Win? Going into the fourth and final quarter, we were still ahead, 17 goals to 15, however, Eyespace were quickly closing the gap. They took the lead 22-21 going into the last few minutes, but a brilliant interception from Chloe followed by a display of some silky skills from the trick-trio, Nick scored a last minute blinder to make the final score an honourable draw; 22-22. Whilst is was not quite the triumphant end we were hoping for, it really was a lot of fun and a good effort all round. What a great way to raise money for a very worthy cause! Thank you Jenny for organising the match, Andrea for letting us borrow the bibs and ball, and of course thank you to Eyespace and everyone that participated/donated. A special mention also goes to Mary for supporting the team and taking photos and Matt for the superb umpiring. To find out more about Comic Relief, visit their website click here.Katherine Garratt
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new podcast channel; The Skills Connection. Our podcasts will explore some of the major issues around staffing, hiring and future skills within the engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors. To kick off the launch we have three episodes available: Episode 1: future of british manufacturing initiative (fobmi) and digital catalyst What does Industry 4.0 actually mean? How can businesses get involved with the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI)? How can FoBMI Digital Catalyst programme can make a significant difference to the long-term success of a business? Episode 2: future skills and millennials: accessing future generations of talent It is suggested that by next year more than 50% of the workforce will be Millennials (people born between 1980 and 2000). So, what do employers need to do to not only attract but also retain the very best young talent? Episode 3: SMEs diversifying and future-proofing skill-sets Are you Industry 4.0 skills ready? How can SMEs diversify skill-sets to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 in their business and stay ahead of the game? All three episodes of our podcast are available to listen to by clicking here.Katherine Garratt
Beyoncé may think that girls can run the world - her message of empowerment, that with work hard you can achieve your goals, is most relevant today as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (8 March); a day that applauds the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - also marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter, which asks; how can you help to forge a more gender-balanced world? We live in an era of skills shortages, but also widespread technological disruption and opportunity to gain global competitive advantage through Industry 4.0 adoption. At a time where innovation means survival, it is more important than ever to ensure that all members of the workforce are given a fair opportunity to excel and achieve their potential. Equal opportunity = business sense Collectively, we can all play our part - this is not a women’s issue, it is a business issue and it makes business sense to enable innovation. With this in mind, Getting to Equal 2019, research published by Accenture, reports that the mindset for innovation is nearly five times higher for employees working in a business with a robust culture of equality - where everyone can advance and thrive. In a culture of equality, the strongest factors underpinning innovation relate to empowering employees; this can be done through means of providing relevant skills training, flexible working arrangements, and respecting work-life balance, according to Accenture. returnships Alongside having the right culture to flourish, businesses should also consider returnships. The Government launched career break return programmes in March 2019, pledging £5million to support businesses. Returnships help experienced professionals who have taken a long career break to get back up to speed and find roles at mid to senior level. The ONS report that of the adults that are economically inactive because they are looking after children, elderly or sick relatives, 88.7% are women – that’s 1.9million women. Returner programmes create access to an extra pool of people who either have the right skills or could easily be re-trained. Returnships have been available in the US for over a decade and have been found to be particularly valuable within the fast-moving tech sector. Popularity is slowly increasing in the UK with 37 returnship programmes being available in the UK according to data from Women Returners. future skills campaign We have a team at Jonathan Lee Recruitment advocating women in engineering and indeed the workplace; attending events and working in conjunction with our #FutureSkills programme to support women throughout our recruitment process. The team consists of (see photo, left to right): Kate Barnard, Lisa Osborne, Jessica Williams, Katharine Bignell, Ruth Lampitt, Georgia Silk, Sarah Davies, Lois Weston, Katherine Garratt and Mary O’Brien, alongside Jenny Morrison, Teresa Anderson, Jayne Wogan and Claire Male. We pledge to support and inspire women to achieve their potential; both within our own business, and also in supporting our candidates. At Jonathan Lee Recruitment we are committed to supporting equality and diversity throughout the recruitment process; from start to finish. So today, let’s celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. For more information about International Women’s Day 2019 visit internationalwomensday.com.Katherine Garratt
As the New Year dawns, we've been reflecting on our landmark 40th year in business and thinking about how much has changed since we opened the doors to the business back in 1978. 1978 was a memorable year in science, technology and innovation for many reasons... It saw the first online forum, the Computerised Bulletin Board System or CBBS, go online in Chicago. David Arthurs unveiled the first regenerative braking system in this year, now a core design concept of most production hybrid electric vehicles. Sony built and showcased the prototype of the Walkman, the first ever truly portable stereo and to top it off, the world welcomed the first IVF baby, Louise Brown in 1978. It was also the year GPS was launched, and New Scientist reported the discovery of a moon orbiting Pluto – suggesting that it be reclassified as a minor planet – which is what it became nearly 30 years later, in 2006. And amongst all these exciting firsts, Jonathan Lee Recruitment was founded with the idea of supporting the engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors both in the UK and overseas with the best permanent, contract, interim and executive candidates. We have remained a constant presence and partner to our clients and candidates over the past four decades, but have never stopped evolving, to match the ever-changing sectors in which we operate and the latest in technical innovation. In 1978, who could have realistically predicted the advent of the worldwide web, mobile phones with the processing capability of former super-computers, driverless cars, commercially available drones, mass customisation, digital photography, additive manufacturing or artificial intelligence? The rate of advancement in technology and the pace of life show no signs of slowing. This is nowhere more noticeable than in the workplace, where many organisations are looking to address the challenge of ‘future skills’ – identifying what skills will be needed by the workforce of tomorrow so we hope you will continue to follow our blog in 2019. But for now, we want to share with you some of the fascinating predictions from the past that were once in the realms of science fiction but are now part of our everyday lives.... who'd have believed it in 1978? Mobile Phones, 1979 How to send an 'E mail' – Database, 1984 The Race to Mars, 1987 Touchscreen invention, 1991 The Information Superhighway (internet), 1994 What are your predictions for the next 40 years?Katherine Garratt
We are proud to be a long-standing sponsor of Stourbridge Rugby FC and recently, we were match sponsor for the National 2 North fixture against Sedgley Park Tigers.Katherine Garratt
As recently published in Recruitment International, Jonathan Lee, founder of Jonathan Lee Recruitment, spoke to Becky Wilson as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary, sharing his thoughts on everything from technology to plans for the future. Jonathan began his recruitment career in 1976; after applying for a role through a recruitment company, he was so impressed with the interview process, he asked to join them instead. He worked for the company for two years and set up its Birmingham office, before deciding to start up on his own in 1978 launching Jonathan Lee Recruitment in the West Midlands, focusing on the engineering and manufacturing sectors.Katherine Garratt
We were absolutely delighted to welcome Asif Moghal, Senior Industry Manager from Autodesk, to our offices recently to speak to our team about the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and how the 4th industrial revolution (4IR) is affecting manufacturers. We were introduced to “Dave”, the typical owner/manager of an average SME manufacturing business based in the UK. In what was a very engaging presentation, Asif discussed how “Dave” can gain an advantage in the new digitalised world. View the video below: As Asif explains: “Many organisations have initiatives in place to reduce costs, improve productivity, optimise processes, or simply innovate. But even with these in train, the speed at which new technologies enter the market is increasingly alarming for many. “The future belongs to companies that quickly figure out how to collaborate and personalise their products and services, flexibly design and manufacture them and ultimately step into the world of connected services. We want to enable British designers and manufacturers by enabling truly agile capabilities that helps them do this continuously and profitably.” Asif Moghal is one of three guest speakers at the Future of British Manufacturing presentation taking place on the Jonathan Lee Recruitment stand (M48) at Advanced Engineering exhibition 2018. Visitors are invited to stand M48 at 11.00 am on the opening day of the exhibition (Wednesday 31st October), where Asif Moghal, Senior Industry Manager from Autodesk, Chris Greenough, Commercial Director from Salop Design & Engineering and Dr Megan Rohayne, Memberships Development Manager at EEF will discuss the FoBM initiative, progression of 4IR and the changes required for future skills. For more information speak to David Woakes 01384 446149 or email him or visit Eventbrite. Jonathan Lee Recruitment is a lead partner of the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI). To learn more about FoBMI see jonlee.co.uk/FoBMI.Katherine Garratt
Recently, Jonathan Lee’s Tracy’s Trekkers returned with a vengeance, participating in Mary Stevens Hospice’s Neon Night 5k Run through the grounds of Himley Hall, in memory of work colleague and friend Tracy Page. Think The Godfather Part II, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom or Addams Family Values; it had all the elements that make a great sequel: Do NOT simply remake the original This year’s event had a different theme, celebrating all things 80s; leg warmers, crimped hair, an 80s rock band to entertain, what more could you want! With this in mind, Tracy’s Trekkers aptly adopted aliases for the run: Jo 'just wants to have fun' Smithson, Jess 'wham' Williams and Katherine 'material girl' Garratt. Embrace the mythos created by the original Glitter, tutus and glow sticks, we’ll say no more. A sequel is only as good as its villain The 40-50 course instructions dropped on the runners as they approached the start line was the villain that night, closely followed by running at night; the cold and hidden potholes took their toll on the team. Well done to Tracy’s Trekkers who completed the 5k in good time and thank you to Jonathan Lee Recruitment for sponsoring the team and race entry costs and to everyone that sponsored the team. It’s not too late to donate - CLICK HERE to support this very worth cause. MARY STEVEN'S HOSPICE All monies raised from the evening will go directly to Mary Stevens Hospice. Mary Stevens Hospice provides specialist holistic care free of charge for adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families in the Dudley Borough. More than 80% of the £2.5m annual costs are paid for by donations and funds raised by supporters from the local community.Katherine Garratt
Last week we supported Macmillan Cancer Support’s Biggest Coffee Morning with various fund-raising activities. The day has become a regular slot in our charity calendar and over the years the bake sale’s crowning ‘Star Baker’ prize has become a prestigious, highly sought-after accolade.Katherine Garratt
We were fur-tunate to recently welcome the Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust to our offices, and even more paw-some was the recovering greyhound that visited.Katherine Garratt
Today is West Midlands Air Ambulance’s MAAC'N'CHEESE day and Jonathan Lee’s contracts team have embraced the opportunity to get together and brie happy!Katherine Garratt
Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been marking its 40th anniversary year with several events throughout 2018. As part of the celebrations, last week, JL team members were invited to the Fox Inn, Stourton, for some delicious BBQ food and live music courtesy of The Wedding Crashers.Katherine Garratt
Midlands-based engineering and manufacturing recruitment specialist, Jonathan Lee Recruitment, celebrated its 40th anniversary with clients, suppliers and friends at a special lunch event on Friday, 29th June, at Hogarths Hotel in Solihull. Business leaders from over 150 companies in the engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors came together to celebrate Jonathan Lee’s 40 years of investment in the industry, with guests including representatives from Toyota, Williams F1, Jaguar Land Rover, Vodafone Limited and Tata Steel. Guests enjoyed speeches from Marvin Cooke, managing director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and international rugby referee Nigel Owens. A prize draw raised over £4,000 for Kidderminster-based charity, the Emily Jordan Foundation, which supports people with learning disabilities in finding employment. Jonathan Lee Recruitment was established in 1978 by chairman, Jonathan Lee, with the vision to establish long-term partnerships with clients in order to fully understand their business and its needs. Marvin Cooke, a Jonathan Lee engineering recruit in 1991 and now managing director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, said: “Jonathan Lee was the main technical recruitment agency for Toyota when they moved to the UK in the early 1990s and I don’t think we would have got to where we are today without their support.” Jonathan Lee commented: “I’m so proud of my team and the supporting, caring ‘can-do’ culture we have created. A lot of recruitment agencies recruit people straight from university; but the key to our success is that many of our consultants have worked in the industry they recruit into and therefore have technical capabilities and a thorough understanding of the clients’ requirements.” Founders of the The Emily Jordan Foundation, Chris and Sarah Jordan said: “We’ve known Jonathan for many years; he has been involved since we set the charity up in 2008 and has always supported us so it’s great being here to support him today. We are very thankful for the generous donations made by lunch guests, which the Foundation will use to support the development of skills that people with learning disabilities need to gain employment.” Headquartered in Stourbridge with offices in Basildon and design offices in Hatton, Jonathan Lee Recruitment has experienced steady growth over the last 40 years. Now with a total of 100 staff, the company has one of the lowest staff turnovers in the recruitment industry with nearly 40% of employees having been with Jonathan Lee Recruitment for five years or more, and 5% having served more than 20 years. For more information on the Emily Jordan Foundation visit theemilyjordanfoundation.org.uk. An album of photos taken at the event can be viewed here.Katherine Garratt
They say the sun shines on the righteous, which must make the Jonathan Lee team a pretty honourable bunch!Katherine Garratt
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, engineering and manufacturing recruitment specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment has seen a boost in engagement to its newly launched, interactive website, designed to improve the user journey for candidates, clients and contractors.Katherine Garratt
Engineering and manufacturing recruitment specialist, Jonathan Lee Recruitment, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and will be marking the occasion with a number of events throughout 2018 including the launch of a new website, a rebrand and a gala luncheon later in the year. Established in 1978 by the current chairman, Jonathan Lee, the vision for the company was to establish long-term partnerships with clients in order to fully understand their business and its needs.Katherine Garratt
It’s a good time to talk about cake. There aren’t many things better in life than cake, except for cake that is for a great cause. Did you know, that for all cake consumed on a charitable basis, the fewer calories it contains? That’s a completely true alternative recruitment fact. You’re welcome!Katherine Garratt
Today marks the Women’s Engineering Society’s (WES) fourth International Women in Engineering Day, a day of events and online activities planned by schools, colleges, universities, industry bodies, businesses, and individual engineers. Their 2016 research shows that only 9% of the engineering workforce is female which means that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. By comparison Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead the stats with more than 30%.Katherine Garratt
Made in the Midlands Exhibition Stand No. F42 25th May 2017 Ricoh Arena, Coventry We are busy with our final preparations for tomorrow's Made in the Midlands Exhibition at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. We are committed to supporting the successful future of UK manufacturing and are looking forward to talking to companies about the impact of and preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).Katherine Garratt
Made in the Midlands Exhibition Stand No. F42 25th May 2017, Ricoh Arena Midlands’ manufacturers encouraged to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and workforce development to strike success in the next generation of manufacturing.Katherine Garratt
Jonathan Lee Recruitment has always had close connections with Stourbridge Rugby Football Club, currently sponsoring the 1st XV team. With the season coming to an end, last weekend Stourbridge RFC held their annual corporate lunch, with Eddie Jones, England head coach, being guest speaker at the event.Katherine Garratt
Congratulations to our Christmas Contractor competition winner Georgios Papagiannopoulos, who attended our South East event to enter the prize draw raffle sponsored by Danbro. Georgios is the winner of a Triple Supercar Blast Virgin Experience Day and will have his pick from the world’s top supercars; Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Porsches and many more for an ultimate driving experience as well as a high speed passenger ride.Katherine Garratt
As sponsor of the IMechE Coventry Automotive lecture programme, team members from Jonathan Lee Recruitment recently attended the event; Aerodynamics of a 2017 Formula One Car, held at Coventry University and presented by Ivor Annetts, Project Team Leader at TotalSim Ltd. The very popular lecture saw over 300 students and industry professionals attend the event from a variety of sectors to learn more about the F1 car. Ivor Annetts used CFD analysis of the PERRINN 2017 car to detail the key aerodynamic features of this new generation of F1 cars.Katherine Garratt
Jonathan Lee Recruitment would like to wish the winners and runners up of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards a huge congratulations. Team members from Jonathan Lee Recruitment had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony last week to witness the best the manufacturing sector has to offer. As sponsors of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards’ Developing People Category, Jon Blaze, Head of Recruitment Operations at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, addressed the audience before presenting the runners up and overall winner with the prestigious accolade.Katherine Garratt
Jonathan Lee Recruitment is building on its long heritage of providing high calibre staff to the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, rail, commercial vehicle and off-highway sectors with the launch of a dedicated transport division of 30 specialist consultants led by Managing Consultant, Mark Bignell. The Midlands-based recruitment consultancy has worked with companies and candidates in the transport sector for almost 40 years, developing a deep understanding of the skills needed to drive growth for the UK transport sector. Mark Bignell explains: “Transport is rarely out of the news these days as investment in new infrastructure, vehicles and smarter, cleaner technologies continues apace.Katherine Garratt
Our latest newsletter is available to download! Download your copy here.. JL Newsletter Q1 2017.pdf Size: 1.04 MBKatherine Garratt
Jonathan Lee Recruitment is delighted to be sponsoring the Developing People Category for the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. During Q4 2016, the regional awards were judged by independent industry experts and peers and awarded across the country. On January 31st 2017, the overall national winners will be announced. David Woakes, Group Business Development Manager at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, explains: “Having the right people is a defining factor in the success of any business. This award offers recognition for the fantastic work that organisations are doing to nurture their employees’ skills. We wish all the regional winners the best of luck for the national finals”.Katherine Garratt
Congratulations to the winners of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards. The awards dinner took place last week immediately following the first trade day of the Autosport International Show. The awards are the only honours of their kind within the industry and so consequently, are highly coveted. As sponsorship partners to the awards, members of the Jonathan Lee Motorsport Division attended the prestigious event to celebrate the industry’s achievements.Katherine Garratt
We are delighted to be supporting the IMechE Coventry AD Lecture programme once again this year. The first lecture, which takes place from 7pm tonight at Coventry University, will take a look at Panasonic Jaguar Racing team’s new electric motorsport future. Jaguar has a rich history in motorsport, and in 2016, Jaguar returned to top-tier motorsport - entering the highly competitive and growing Formula E Series. The team is competing in its third season of the FIA Formula E Championship with the first all-electric Jaguar racing car in history: the I-TYPE 1.Katherine Garratt
This week sees the return of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards Dinner at the NEC. The awards are the largest and most prestigious gathering of the year for all involved in the business of UK Motorsport. Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been a proud partner to the MIA for over 10 years and is delighted to be sponsoring the awards dinner once again.Katherine Garratt