However, Conington believes that the lessons he learnt as a farmer still hold good in the business that he has built up and still runs today.?A common misconception about farming is that it?s all about driving a tractor. In reality it?s a very commercial world,? he said. ?You need to plan, budget and be flexible to deal with uncontrollable variables ? for example, the weather. After all, even the forecasters don?t always get that right. So, as with any other business, being flexible and agile enough to respond quickly to such challenges is a key driver for success.? Congington developed an understanding of the business world at an early age. He got his first job at just ten years-old. When he left school his passion for agriculture took him to his local farm where he was quickly promoted to underfarm manager. But, like other businesses, farming too had its work politics and Conington?s frustration at the lack of investment in the business set him on a mission to join the City of London and raise ?1m of his own to buy a farm. As part of that mission he did a stint in recruitment and was a member of the leadership team that took the company he was involved in from zero to a turnover of ?120m in just seven years.? Conington found himself hooked on the sector and knew that it was where his future lay. However, again it was existence of hierarchies and politics that he found frustrating so he decided to launch his own company. ?I wanted to set up an organisation in my own vision,? he explained. ?Another lesson from my farming days was an appreciation for growth. Farming is all about nurturing crops. How can you develop and cultivate for maximum returns? In my recruitment organisation I am fascinated by growth and passionate about investing in the next generation by bringing in raw talent and nurturing them into senior professionals. I was determined that once I was in charge, that was what I would do.?
BPS World was initially financed from loans. A key milestone was securing their first recruitment process outsourcing contract in 2003 to deliver 200 workers to a multi?discipline engineering firm. Conington said: ?We certainly celebrated that night. However, the next day we faced the harsh realisation of making sure we delivered.? In fact, all 200 positions were secured on time and ahead of the client?s budget ? an experience that BPS continues to achieve replicate with other clients.??? As an SME, BPS World has experienced its fair share of ups and downs. Conington said: ?My advice to other SMEs would be, during those inevitable times of troubles, stick to your principles and plans. When we faced particular difficulties, the easiest solution was to write every issue down and tackle them one at a time. By prioritising you can create solutions and start to make a real difference.? Today, BPS World is an industry leader as has been nominated three times in a row as the REC Best Company to Work For, with client relationships that have existed since its beginnings and strong growth forecasted.? Having a look at some of our recent profile pieces:
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