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    Vohs&Co turns 2 – Welcome to the Party!

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    February 2015

    Vohs&Co’s co-founders Matthew and Nicole Vohs discuss what makes Vohs&Co Fashion Retail Recruitment unique for clients, candidates, the team and potential employees.

    Interviewer: 
    'There are lots of fashion and retail recruitment consultancies out there. Why were you confident clients and candidates would work with the Vohs&Co Fashion Retail Recruitment group?'

    Nicole: 
    'Vohs&Co was born from over 20 years of fashion experience in the supply and retail sector. We wanted to establish a reputable agency, drawing on our skills and past experience. We believe by recruiting for roles and positions we know inside out we can be among the best in the sector.I heralded from the supply side, working with SR Gent, one of the largest manufacturers to M&S, before moving to the textiles sector and working with Matthew at Harry Vohs &Son - reputable suppliers of fabrics to the high street stores. Matthew transformed the business into a garment agency supplying high street brands before joining Autonomy Stores, a womenswear retailer that he took from 20 stores to over 65 stores and concessions.'

    Matthew:
    'It’s a simple philosophy. We and our team have done the jobs. We know our sectors. It saves our clients time. It means we are good judges of whether candidates are theright fit for a job and will enjoy the role.'

    Interviewer:
    'Given your extensive experience of the fashion and retail sector, why did you decide to go into recruitment?'

    Matthew: 
    'The ability to make it happen for two parties. Getting the right match is a very satisfying experience. My past experience within the industry enables me to fully understand what a client is looking for and what will make an individual successful in a role. All our consultants have that experience and it allows good communication between ourselves, the candidate and the client.'

    Nicole:
     'I have lived and breathed fashion for the last 20 years and worked closely with manufacturers, buyers and designers as well as visiting factories. I wanted to put my knowledge to good use by helping and advising others.'

    Interviewer:
    'How has the company developed in its first 2 years of trading?'

    Matthew: 
    'The two of us started two years ago from our garden shed. It’s very exciting to have already grown to five of us based in offices in central London and Hertfordshire.'

    Nicole:
    'We have specialised in three sectors of the industry. We work with wholesalers - garment manufacturers to the high street; with retailers and brands; and with shop fitting organisations.We focus on fabric and garment technical positions, B&M roles, project managers and estimators for the shop fitting department. Latterly with the introduction of Carole Robb, who previously held senior roles with Monsoon, Boden and Kew Design, we have developed fantastic expertise and contacts in design enabling us to grow that area of the business rapidly.'

    Interviewer:
    'You’ve grown from two people to a team of five. Are you looking for more Talent Specialists? And why should they join you?'

    Matthew: 
    'Our Talent Specialists are the life and blood of our business. They are the most importantasset to Vohs&Co. They represent the business with both clients and candidates. Businesses need to find the right people to grow while for candidates the difference between finding the right job and a job is huge.'

    Nicole: 
    'Because our talent specialists are so important we are always looking for great people. Great consultants combine an in depth knowledge of their sector with a real understanding of the needs of each business and every candidate. It’s a rare blend. Vohs&Co pride ourselves on giving our candidates and clients an excellent service and we can only do this if our team have the right blend of skills!'

    Matthew: 
    'We attract great Talent Specialists because we recognise we need to reward performance. Everything is to play for as a Talent Specialist with Vohs&Co. You have complete autonomy in your specific area and as we say ‘you can either walk or run’! The harder you work, the more opportunities present themselves and we offer uncapped earnings potential!'

    Nicole:
    'That’s what makes this industry, and Vohs&Co in particular, so exciting – it’s up to the consultant to make of it what they want. We’ve a great foundation, an experienced team and a client list we are very proud of. We offer a fantastic platform for the best consultants to build their careers and are always happy to speak with potential employees.'

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    February 2018

    Vohs&Co Celebrate 6 Years and New Website!

    V&C New Website Vohs&Co are pleased to announce the launch of our new website which is now live! Thank you to FX Recruiter who worked tirelessly with the business to provide a simple yet effective platform. We hope you enjoy using the site.   V&C Events Vohs&Co events team have been focused on providing ‘Thought Provoking Content’ for the Fashion Retail Industry. In April 2019 we look to host Vohs&Co’s next event with a discussion on “How best can we embrace innovation and modern technology within the garment Manufacturing process to create 100% sustainable and ethically produced garments”. As we explore this interesting subject further we will be hosting a breakfast Q&A with Jeanologia from Valencia, Spain and Sartex from Monastir, Tunisia. Jeanologia ( https://www.jeanologia.com) Are the pioneers of innovative washing techniques and processes and have transformed the textile industry with its disruptive technologies (laser and eco systems) that enhance productivity, reduce water and energy consumption and eliminate damaging emissions and waste, guaranteeing ZERO contamination. Sartex – One North Africa’s Largest Denim producers and Tunisia largest export of bottom weight washed garments, Sartex (http://www.sartexgroup.com/about) founded in 1984 produce 4 million garments a year (Supplying Brands such as Timberland, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Fat Face, Guess, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen plus many more) Sartex have implemented Jeanologia washing process and intelligence and have successfully applied them to their manufacturing facilities. We look to forward to our forth coming event again around the important subject of Sustainability,   Vohs&Co Celebrates 6 Years! ‘’Matthew I’m telling you we have 20 years of experience & knowledge with a great network, we are introducing people all the time, it would be madness not to put all of this energy and passion into a Recruitment company’’ I said 6 and a half years ago. Matthew and I have never looked back. Today we celebrate 6 years of Vohs&Co and WOW what an amazing journey we are on. We are learning, growing and evolving every day. Our team are superb and share our passion and enthusiasm. Thank you to all our clients and candidates old and new who support us by coming back, or approach us to help them grow their business. I can honestly say every day is different, we consult, offer advice and host events related to the industry, whether it’s about sustainability or digital, and most of all we place great people in great jobs! #vohsandcoturns6

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    January 2018

    4 Reasons to Consider Wholesale

    Sadly many candidates fail to consider fully the benefits of a stint or a career in wholesale. I started my career working for a wholesaler and if I weren’t running my own fashion retail recruitment consultancy I would head back into the supply chain like a shot. Wholesale has two shortcomings relative to a career in retail. It lacks the perceived glamour of retail and it doesn’t offer the wider benefits package or bonus that are common in retail. However, there are numerous reasons why a couple of years experience or a career in wholesale is something you should consider. Here are my top four: 1. From concept to the high street – working for a wholesaler means you get to be a part of the whole product lifecycle from conception through production and seeing it onto the high street. Being involved in a product at every step of the way is one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever discovered. 2. Exposure to multiple customers – working for a wholesaler you get exposure to multiple retailers giving you a good overview of the very different cultures and benefits of different companies as well as a black book of contacts that can make you the envy of the industry. Many candidates develop a much clearer idea of who they do and don’t want to work for after a stint in the supply chain – and often it is not who they originally thought. 3. Exposure within the business – wholesale roles tend not to be siloed and companies generally aren’t hierarchical giving you both exposure to the whole of the business and the ability to shape and really make an impact on the company. 4. Opportunity and variety – because everyone works so closely together as part of a team within wholesale you are able to see what people do on a daily basis in a wide variety of roles. This could open your eyes to different roles that you may not have known about before. Working so closely with the factories can be an important for your career. Having a good understanding of what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and gaining off-shore experience is invaluable while getting the opportunity to visit the factories makes your CV even more attractive! Wholesale is fast paced. Companies tend to be smaller and successful ones grow rapidly providing fantastic opportunities for those who want to seize them. But, for me, the thing that makes wholesale so rewarding is the ability to make fashion happen. I love the journey from creating concepts, to turning them into samples, then securing orders, before putting them into production and ultimately seeing them fly off the shelves. In the unlikely event I ever stop enjoying recruiting for supply chain roles then my final task will be to place myself at an up and coming wholesaler. Depending on your aspirations, some stages of your career may be better than others to work in the supply chain.

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