Why Brightsparks?

Our Service Our recruitment, assessment and training process is rigorous and second to none within the industry. As we appeal largely to the Student Population, we focus on candidates’ soft skills including Work Ethic, Communication & Team-work and Presentation rather than CVs as we understand many candidates may be coming to us for their first…

Student jobs can provide so much more than just some extra cash

Getting a Student Job – Why It Matters We posted the below some time ago but it is still as relevant as ever. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing words from Brightsparks past and present on how part-time hospitality work with us has helped them both professionally and personally. If you have stories…

Where are they now?

Episode 4 In his year with us, this Brightspark had the opportunity to work at The Rugby World Cup, Corporate Dinners, Christmas Parties and Coldplay, throughout his time at university. Andrew: October 2015-October 2016 “Brightsparks enabled me to see the value of teamwork and showed me that if everyone pulls their weight in a team,…

Meet the HQ Team

Elena – Senior Account Manager Elena is technically our longest running Brightspark, having started with us in March 2012, whilst studying Advertising, Marketing & PR at university in London! She has come up through the ranks from group waitress to supervising and is now in charge of several prestigious clients as well as supporting all HR activities.​…

Christmas Parties

Brightsparks at Christmas In late 2017, Brightsparks completed 1568 shifts at Christmas Parties ALONE – that is 14654 hours! We provided waiting and bar staff for Google, ITV, JP Morgan, Freshfields, TK Maxx, the Ministry of Sound, Wellington College and the Police Ball. “Brightsparks is one of the main staffing agencies that we use because…

Festivals

Brightsparks at Festivals Brightsparks has employed thousands of students and recent graduates, exactly those people who love festivals and know what makes them great. Our Brightsparks have the energy, time and enthusiasm to provide the best service in a busy, dynamic environment. We have experience recruiting,  training and placing Brightsparks at a plethora of festivals and concerts. Brightsparks is committed to…

Where are they now?

Episode 3 This month, we look back to a Brightspark who also joined us at 18 and, over the next 5 years, he returned to us regularly when he was back from the States; he worked at venues we still support today including: Lords, Goodwood, Wembley, Twickenham and the Paris & Farnborough Airshows. Will: August…

Where are they now?

Episode 2 The next instalment comes from a Brightspark who came to us at the tender age of 18 and remained working with us for 3.5 years whilst studying at Kings. Jack: Oct 2012-March 2016 “I work as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher at a large, high-achieving secondary school in the south of England, teaching…

Where are they now?

Episode 1 We often wonder what our Brightsparks go on to do when they move on from us. We have so many talented Brightsparks that it is not surprising that so many go on to do amazing things. We have contacted some past Brightsparks to catch up with them and see how their time at…

Royal Ascot

Brightsparks at Royal Ascot 1,128 VIP hospitality shifts in 5 days​ 9,000 online training modules completed​ 60,000 miles commuted​ Overachieved on consistency​ Brightsparks impressed with exceptional quality staff​ 30% increased booking for 2017 300,000 visitors in 5 days​ £6.58million in prize money​ 6,000 temporary staff​ 39 kitchens operational​ 400 helicopters​ 2,900 lobsters​ 50,000 macaroons​ 160,000…

Jardin Blanc at Chelsea Flower Show

Working with Raymond Blanc Objective​ To bring an element of joie de vivre to the, sometimes dry, world of corporate hospitality together with exceptional food and great conversation Planning & Insights​ Attended by over 157,000 visitors from around the Globe over 6 days​ Deliver an experience reflective of Raymond’s passion for seasonality, locality and great…

Should You Hire Grads During a Downturn?

Historically, graduate recruitment has taken a dip when economic times have been tough. On one hand, this is entirely understandable – letting loyal employees go as you hire younger (and cheaper) models doesn’t do much for morale. On the other hand, there are a whole host of arguments to say that grad hiring during the…

Loneliness Can Be an Issue for New Grads

Starting at a new company can be a lonely time, but starting for your very first employer can be even lonelier. Many fresh grads are not used to the norms of office behaviour, and while in a bigger company they might have a group of fellow grads to share their growing pains, in the mid-sized…

But Won’t Ambitious Grads Rock the Boat?

Ambition isn’t the only quality that a new grad brings with them on their first day, but that desire is often what will get them through those initial few testing months. They are starting out on a successful career, with no intention of failing. Such an attitude can be a little intense for those around…

Not All Grads Know What They Want to Do

Too many grads worry about their lack of direction when they are starting out on their careers. They work with us in hospitality roles during their studies, but when the moment comes to make that “big” decision, many adopt the look of a rabbit in the headlights. After an academic career of certainty and achievement,…

Hospitality is a Breeding Ground for Great Grads

Many students find that their introduction to working life is way before their graduation day. For many of the students who work for Brightsparks, the pay they receive for work in our event and hospitality side is a vital source of the funds they require to be able to get through university; to pay to…

One Question to Ask Every Grad at Interview

Whenever someone comes into an interview, it is vital to gain an understanding of their personal values. When someone has a track record of previous employment, it is not so hard to perceive their values from their past behaviour. However, when a grad comes in who knows little else but work placements and holiday jobs,…

3 Tips for any Graduate’s First Interview

The nerves are jangling, but the door to their future is now slightly ajar. They have the first interview at the company of their dreams, but will the door swing invitingly open or slam in their faces? A lot will depend on how the grad handles themselves during the interview. When you have a stellar…

Not All Grads Want to Be Entrepreneurs

There is so much hype about the explosion of entrepreneurial success and the expansion of the “gig economy” that you might be fooled into thinking that the modern-day grad has one eye on a solo career from the day that they graduate. They crave the freedom that they had at university, they want to be…

Writing Is a Unique Weapon in Every Grad’s Arsenal

The art of written persuasion is sadly lacking in the modern business world. Written communication is as succinct as possible. One-word emails are not unusual, and the abbreviations of text messaging and Twitter are acceptable for many millennial-oriented companies. You’ve got to be down with the kids, right?!? It is true that the Millennial generation…

Don’t Save on Pay for Graduate Talent

“Stack them high and pay them peanuts” is not an attitude to take when you are looking to hire graduate talent. A key part of any HR department’s work is to deliver value to the business by organically developing every employee. As they deliver more value, their remuneration and benefits equally start to ramp up….

Sociable grads are good for business

They are used to getting on well with hundreds of near strangers. They are practiced in the art of empathy and are surprisingly good listeners. Humour is never far from their lips, and with their infectious enthusiasm, they are often a pleasure to be around. When a new wave of graduates joins a business, it…

Is Mental Health a Risk for Recent Grads?

This subject is not one that is touched on very often, but it is something that sometimes crosses my mind. Graduates are often seen as indestructible machines, with their energies simply redirected from party hard to work hard. Many of them will have completed some work experience while at university, so how hard can their…

Do Grads Care About Perks, Pay or Promotion?

In the soul searching for the perfect culture, some companies seem to have lost sight of what really matters to graduates and young professional starting out on their career: they need to pay the rent, put food on the table and go out on the weekend. They also must have some sort of hope for…

The 2016 fashion must have: a DHL logo t-shirt.

Really? Yes, a plain yellow DHL top produced by fledgling Parisian label Vetements, retailing for £185, no less! The frenzy was such that it sold out in days despite the original one selling for £6.50 on the DHL official website. Corporate logos being referenced in apparel is nothing new. Go to Camden Market in London and…

How to Get on with People You Have Never Met

When you walk in the door, a shiver of fear runs down your spine. You don’t know anyone. We’ve all been there. Whether it is your first day in a new job, a sales meeting at a new client or a dinner party with a load of strangers, we are all familiar with that brief…

Millennials are not a panacea for all agencies’ problems

Amid all the Christmas ad hoo-ha one story really stood out for me. And it didn’t have anything to do with a bouncing dog. It was around the John Lewis spoof and W Communications’ decision to hire the clever lad behind it. Hiring an 18-year old with no agency experience is a bold move. And I look…

Why tea and cakes can out-market tech

The future of experiential marketing in Brexit Britain lies in tea and cakes! Wendy Hooper, Brightsparks’ Commercial Directoir, explains what we can learn from The Great British Bake Off. Tech is all the rage in experiential marketing at the moment. Every event right now seems to involve virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), NFC chips,…

Great staff will make your event for your guests

The word ‘Event’ invites excitement and high expectation. However, there are many variables that cannot be predicted or completely controlled, which makes the planning process more difficult. There are five main elements that contribute to the success of many an event: Guests & attendees Catering Entertainment Venue Customer service (last, but certainly not least!) If…

Treat Grads Mean & Keep Them Keen

I am not suggesting that you chain your Grads to the coffee machine, but taking on relatively inexperienced new starters does require certain boundaries to be set. It is great to welcome them with open arms and an effusive smile on their first day, but unless you set them to work in a rigid and…

Are Mentors Cheerleaders or Taskmasters?

The job of a mentor is to enable change in their charges by getting them to think and act in a more effective way. They help them to see the light and give them the tools and the belief to move towards it. Due to the very fact that graduates have little experience in their…

A bespoke campaign with the pace of le Tour

“We, as a team, have been bowled over today by the professionalism, the experience and the talent Brightsparks have found for us. Brightsparks attracted several hundred CV’s and expressions of interest, telephone interviewed almost 100 of them and invited 36 to attend the day. 27 showed up and we have invited 11 of those 27 for…

Grads need to be solid, not spectacular

The undergraduate existence is an interesting one – they spend their days striving for academic excellence (as well as enjoying the social side of university life!), while their weekends and holidays are often spent in a somewhat mundane introduction to working life, in jobs such as shelf-stacking and data-entry. Yes, they can be more interesting…

Student jobs can provide so much more than just some extra cash

Getting a Student Job – Why It Matters (Guest blog by Emma Mahdavi, staff member at Brightsparks) Paying your way through university and building your CV at the same time, without it encroaching on your studies, can be challenging. Here’s why bagging yourself a student job is can help you. The cost of University and all…

What are graduates looking for in a role?

Graduate Roles – Will They Stay On-board? Graduate recruitment is one of the most important parts of any business. From foodie start-ups to major financial institutions, everyone needs a pipeline of fresh talent. It is easier, cheaper, and much more rewarding to promote from inside than out, and having an established team that you know and…

Happy Accident!

Graduate Recruitment Jobs – Don’t Listen to the Bad Reviews Are you considering applying for graduate recruitment jobs? Here’s my story – and here’s why you should go for it. As a young guy, I graduated from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in French and Politics having always wanted to be a professional sportsman; I had…

Rugby World Cup 2015

Providing Events and Hospitality Work Rugby World Cup 2015 The largest sporting event of 2015, staged at 13 stadiums across the United Kingdom. As quality providers of events and hospitality work, Brightsparks were asked to lend their expertise. The Tournament was seen live by 2.4m people attending matches, with a further 1.5m fans entering zones across…

Standing out from a distance – how to nail a phone interview

Graduate Work Tips – Phone Interviews Done Right The graduate work environment and the world of job applications is an ever-changing landscape. Whereas 10 or 20 years ago face-to-face interviews were the norm, in today’s increasingly digitised and connected world it is increasingly common to companies to use webcam or telephone-based interviews, saving them time…

Volvic – Have you #GotTheBottle ?

Brightsparks – Providers of sport event jobs Here at Brightsparks, we help to successfully provide people with sport event jobs and more. Here’s how we were asked to help Volvic and Tough Mudder: Objective As part of a three year brand activation activity plan between Volvic & Tough Mudder. Brightsparks were asked to bring the…

Velocity – Helping people access the world’s best restaurants

Brightsparks & Velocity Brightsparks, providers of jobs in hospitality and more, teamed up with Velocity to address their staffing problems. Here are the details: The Brand Velocity provides insider access to the best dining & hospitality experiences globally, including over 1000 restaurants in New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto & more. Having…

Do the KIND thing

Brightsparks & KIND Brightsparks, providers of promo staffing jobs and more, teamed up with KIND to amplify their snack bars in the UK. Here are the details: Objective Raise awareness of KIND snack bars in the UK Enable as many people to try the bars as possible Educate consumers about the KIND brand & bars…

Evian – #BeatTheHeat Campaign

Brightsparks – Evian & TFL Brightsparks were asked to amplify the brand awareness of the Evian & TFL partnership over the summer… Objective Raise brand awareness of the Evian & TFL partnership Keeping passengers hydrated on their journeys with Evian   Planning & insights Logistically difficult due to the nature of both Underground sites & time…

Think live events are dead? Think again.

Good News for Graduate Event Jobs Ten years ago, some people were forecasting the end of face-to-face events. In response to this prediction, all sorts of online platforms sprung up with the purpose of recreating physical events using digital means. Guess what? Many of those platforms are gone. The naysayers were wrong. Face-to-face events are…

How to reach consumers at the right time, in our cluttered world?

Experiential Jobs – The Thought Process It’s important to fit into your audience’s daily routine… It’s 7am on a Friday morning. David, a twenty-something Londoner hears his alarm go off. The first thing he does is reach for his phone to check all of his notifications: another DJ Khaled Story on Snapchat -#KeysToSuccess; 26 new followers…