2017, What a Year!Posted: 20th December 2017 in Company News
2017 marked Agenda’s 20th year in business and what a year it has been...
2017 marked Agenda’s 20th year in business and what a year it has been...
Don't forget to enter our Christmas Game for your chance to win some fantastic prizes - score over 500 in order to get your name on the leader board and be in with the chance of winning - there's an iPad Pro and £500 worth of holiday vouchers to be won!
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force on the 25th of May 2018...Are you ready for the changes? Do you comply?
On the 10th November, our Managing Director Norman Mortell, headed up to Glasgow Caledonian University to attend the Insider Threat Research Workshop.
On the 8th and 9th of November, Agenda packed our stand, our promotional materials and our giveaway prizes into a van, and made the two-hour journey to Manchester...
Earlier this week, we opened our office doors to two auditors who arrived to review our compliance within the following areas; ISO27001, ISO9001 and ISO14001...
Agenda Screening Services have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Hull Daily Mail 2017 Business Awards 2017. On Wednesday the 4th October, we were featured alongside the other finalists in the Hull Daily Mail, which gave a great overview of why we're a finalist - our family values really are at the route of everything we do!
Agenda Screening Services are looking forward to attending the forthcoming CIPD Annual Conference which will focus on the major shifts that are affecting organisations, the HR profession, and the world of work at large.
Agenda Screening Services are pleased to announce that we have won the regional Chamber of Commerce award for Commitment to People. As Regional Winners, we now join 8 other companies for the national award.
Agenda Screening Services are delighted to announce that, following our nomination for an award in the 2017 Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards, we were announced as winners!
At Agenda, our three core values are at the heart of everything we do – Respect, Reputation and Responsibility – these run alongside our great employee benefits package...
Agenda Screening Services is delighted to announce that Brandon Davis has joined as our new Head of Business Development
Agenda Screening Services are pleased to announce that we are a finalist in the Medium/Large Business of 2017 Category for the Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards.
Hull has a rich heritage with regards to the abolishment of slavery and the great work of William Wilberforce, On the 28th September Norman and Carl attended The Wilberforce World Freedom Dinner which was a part of the Wilberforce World Freedom Summit on Eradicating Contemporary Slavery.
The EEF Yorkshire & Humberside Annual Dinner was a very well attended event at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield, with over 200 people representing over 140 companies.
If you want to enhance your recruitment skills or to enable your organisation to make better hiring decisions, Agenda have the course for you. Our award winning three-step programme has been designed for busy HR and hiring managers, and can be taken as individual modules on as a full three-step programme.
You can hear all about the benefits of pre-employment screening from others, but how do you know it will really benefit your business and recruitment process if you never take the steps to try it out?
This month’s Lunch and Learn we all gathered together to try our hand at making some paper masterpieces and have some fun at the same time. Jason from our screening team, as a parting gift, agreed to teach us a few techniques in order to sculpt a paper bird and a paper tulip.
We've been raising money for our Charity of the Year in the form of a BBQ and Dress Down day!
This month’s lunch and learn was entitled Memorable Moments and it was a real test of our communication, memory and teamwork skills. The overall aim was to build an exact replica of a structure made from marshmallows, spaghetti and string - sounds easy, right?
Agenda Screening Services are featured in the July edition of 'The European Background Screening Newsletter'!
Agenda has always been a forward-looking organisation that has delivered professional pre-employment screening, recruitment and marketing services for more than 20 years. This continued growth and the development of longer term 2020 strategies has required us to expand our team, manage succession and ensure that we have the right structure and capabilities to support our long-term ambitions.
The fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance continues at Agenda, and today saw one of our biggest fundraising sessions yet!
GDPR will affect every business of every size in less than 12 months’ time - are you ready?
Last week saw a hive of activity enter Hull and the surrounding area as it played host to Humber Business Week, an event that draws in people and local businesses from all around to provide talks, seminars and lectures on important information.
At Agenda we recently provided staff with the option to complete our annual Great Place to Work survey that asks staff to answer questions based on how they think we are performing as a business. Following our 2016 survey, where 79% of staff agree that Agenda was a great place to work, we targeted 85% in 2017.
Norman and Matt attended the traditional opening of the Humber Business Week with over 400 other delegates at the Bondholders event held at the excellent Middleton Hall Theatre at the University of Hull.
Congratulations to Chris Withers, Agenda Screening Services Head of IT and Compliance, he now a certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner (GDPR) after successfully attending his five-day programme and passing the stringent examinations.
Agenda Screening Services are proud to be supporting the 2017 Humber Business Week and are offering visitors to the event a chance to win a “Hire Me” training course for their business.
Your business reputation and your employees are in your hands. Do you know who you are inviting onto site, what their intentions are or that they are in fact who they say they are?
We are delighted with the calibre of the people we have been able to attract to Agenda, this shows that the ambitious growth strategy and focus on being a Great Place to Work really resonates with people.
In April Agenda successfully passed an extensive two-day external audit of its ISO27001 (Information Security), ISO9001 (Quality Management) and ISO14001 (Commitment to the Environment) certifications – a great achievement given the extra work required transitioning to the new 2015 standards for ISO9001 and ISO14001.
Agenda Screening Services were proud to be nominated as a finalist in the Best Business (over 51 employees) category of the East Riding of Yorkshire Chairman’s Awards. The prestigious awards event was held at the Bridlington Spa on the evening of 2nd May.
May welcomed another Lunch and Learn session – the third of the year - and this time we celebrated Spring through the art of cupcake decorating!
Think about this… how many times have you visited a company review page online, and seen glowing reviews? Now, how many times have you visited a company review page and seen bad reviews? Which do you take more interest in?
Linda (Agenda's HR support) delivered an interesting and thought provoking Equality and Diversity refresher training session on 30th March.
The Chairman’s Awards are presented annually by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to small, large, old and new companies within the East Riding of Yorkshire in recognition of their achievements in enhancing the economy of the area.
Our Office Manager, Stuart, led the session in his usual stimulating and motivating style and he brought along half a dozen baby Annie dolls for us to practice CPR on.
The winner for the Best Business Award 2017 is soon to be announced, and Agenda are in the top 3!
On February 28th, Agenda Screening Services attended the recent Inaugural Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Business Conference in Leeds. Organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit, this event was well attended.
As you may have already heard Agenda’s charity of the year for 2017 is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in memory of a colleague and friend Nigel Feetham who sadly passed away in 2016. This charity was picked by the staff and was a very popular choice.
This year Agenda charity of the year is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and our aim for the year is to raise more money this year than we ever have before!
Norman Mortell met with all head office staff in small groups today to share the business aspirations as we move towards 2020 and beyond. Reinforcing the openness of the business, he held interactive sessions which involved all staff based at Head Office. The sessions opened with a historic overview and recapped on the investment undertaken in the last financial year (2016).
Every year Agenda celebrates Christmas with festive fun where businesses and candidates are invited to participate for their chance to win. Over the years, we have had fun with interactive games and advent calendars with prize winning opportunities but in 2016 we had competitions that ran through social media channels.
Throughout 2017 Agenda is celebrating it’s 20th year in business!
The latest Investor in People Audit took place in December 2016 and Agenda was highly commended for continued progress and commitment to developing the company and its people.
Christmas is a time for sharing and here at Agenda we’d love for you to get involved in our Christmas Social Media Campaign.
This simple animation explains why organisations should chose Agenda as their screening partner.
On November 22nd Agenda Screening Services were pleased to present at Humber Business Resilience Forum ‘Human Firewall’ event, hosted by the Hull University Business School.
Last week, Agenda attended the annual CIPD conference in Manchester to promote our background checking, vetting and screening services.
The 3rd of November saw Agenda celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night combined in one great day of events. All the celebrations were in aid of our company 2016 charity of the year – the Alzheimer’s Society.
On 9-10 November, Agenda Screening Services will be exhibiting at the CIPD Meeting in Manchester. This annual conference brings together influential thinkers and practitioners in HR and Business and includes 32 conference sessions, 55 speakers and more than 15 hours of networking opportunity.
Agenda Screening Services are committed to keeping their staff up to date with the latest changes in UK working laws. Find out more about our recent training from the Home Office.
Agenda Screening Services are pleased to be able to support this important Department for International Trade initiative on E-Commerce on 2nd November Presenting on cyber security threats and the “human Firewall”
Presenting on the Human Firewall and countering cyber risks that businesses are subject to, Norman delivered a thought provoking presentation on the business impact of cyber-attacks, common cyber-attacks including local examples and the legal implications
On September 28th Agenda welcomed two auditors to our Head Office to conduct a review of our ISO27001 (Information Security), ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO14001 (Environmental/Green) compliance and we are pleased to report that we passed the audit with flying colours!
Agenda Screening Services achieves Cyber Essentials certification for second consecutive year with IT Governance’s DIY solution. IT Governance is the leading provider of cyber security expertise and CREST-accredited certification body, congratulated Agenda on achieving certification to the Cyber Essentials scheme for the second year running.
Agenda Screening Services were proud to be the guest presenter at a special Cyber event hosted by Barclays Bank. With over 110 individuals in attendance the event highlighted the growth in cybercrime, provided local case studies and gave some practical tips for the businesses present to take away with them.
As a supporting partner of the Humber Business Resilience Forum, Agenda are pleased to share details of the next event which the Forum will be running on 28th September.
Agenda are pleased to be featured in a recent Bondholder case study which showcases the business, its people and its substantial growth since the company formed in 1996.
Our fantastic Hog Roast event for Hull Children’s Uni reached local press recently when it was mentioned by the Hull Bondholders on their website. Agenda Screening Services are members of the Hull Bondholders and are keen to support the growth of local business within the Humber region.
Continuing Agendas support of their annual charity the Alzheimer’s Society, a selection of the team donned 70s dress for our 70 dress down day. With fun activities throughout the day, the team raised £70 for the charity.
‘The Evening of the 21st July saw Agenda Screening Services proudly host Hull Children’s Universities awareness event for their ‘BBQ for HCU’ campaign, reaching out to all people to ask while barbecuing this Summer to ask each guest to donate a few pounds (the cost of a burger) towards this fantastic local charity, a great idea which can transpire across private parties and official events.
The Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) was awarded the Chairman’s award for ‘Most Memorable Moment’ at the closing award ceremony of Humber Business Week 2016.
The Humber Business Resilience Forum launched this week which is something that Agenda Screening Services have played a big part in. The event focused on cyber security which is something that Agenda Screening Services are very passionate about.
The 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey found that 90% of large companies and 74% of small businesses had reported some form of security breach, costing each an average of £1.46m to £3.14m to a large and £75k to £311k to a small business.
It is great to see our open day being mentioned in local press such as the Hull Daily Mail and The Holderness Gazette.
Agenda Screening Services celebrates the opening of their newly refurbished offices, the creation of 10 new jobs and investment in new recruitment and screening software systems.
Agenda Screening Services has teamed up with the police, leading firms from across the area and the Hull University Business School to form the Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) which aims to make the cyber security issue top of the agenda.
Agenda recently held its first photographic competition of the year with the subject being ‘Spring’
This year at Agenda our charity of the year is the Alzheimer’s Society. In order to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity we, as a company, put on bake sales, dress-down days, buffets and raffles throughout the year.
Agenda Screening Services are pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Harvey.
Chris Withers Head of Agenda Screening Services and Matt Harvey Business Development Executive for Agenda Screening Services, attended the KCOM Cyber Streetwise Event on the 26th of April.
Six months ago Agenda’s senior managers were offered the opportunity to participate in the Managers Big Challenge as a part of the ongoing Agenda Leadership Programme by Paul Sanders (Managing Director).
Agenda Screening Services were pleased to attend the Bondholder Culture Breakfast meeting on Friday 15th April 2016 was a packed event held at the newly refurbished Pier in Cleethorpes (incidentally voted pier of the year, 2016) and focused on how the Humber and the wider region can engage in the 2017 UK City of Culture events and hear about the legacy expectations and the business opportunities for Hull and the wider region.
Anybody can say that they are secure, have great quality, are compliant and have great systems to support the services that they provide.
The image of someone stealing your data is often thought of as being a faceless intruder from external threats such as malware or a phishing attack.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Miller as Business Development Executive for Agenda Screening Services in London and the South.
On 4th March 2016, the Chamber of Commerce held a busy event cyber-crime discussion event that was preceded by speed networking for local businesses and the annual general meeting where Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove spoke about Cyber Crime and other Policing matters setting up the meeting nicely for the panel discussion.
EAST Yorkshire businesses are being urged to raise their defences as new figures reveal a double-digit rise in economic crime against corporates.
Agenda Screening Services will be part of the panel discussion regarding Cyber Crime, as part of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce’s AGM on Friday 4 March.
This year, Agenda introduced a new training system and is encouraging staff to participate in ‘lunch and learn’ fortnightly sessions. The sessions aim to enhance creativity, team spirit with the opportunity to learn new skills whilst having fun at the same time.
Excellent opportunity to join our growing Business Development and Sales team.
As Today is Shrove Tuesday, staff at head office got to dig into some delicious pancakes for a small donation to this year’s charity, Alzheimer’s Society.
Agenda is delighted to announce that Chris Zanetti has joined the Board as a non-executive director.
Norman Mortell, Operations Director for Agenda Screening Services attended the City of Culture 2017 Business Club meeting at the Brynmor Jones Library hosted by the University of Hull this week.
On Friday 29th January Agenda had its first charity event of the year to raise money for our chosen charity of 2016, Alzheimer’s Society.
December 2015 saw the completion of the second round of customer satisfaction for Agenda in 2015.
From April 2016, the government will introduce a new mandatory National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and above of £7.20 per hour.
Are you a bright, enthusiastic IT Support Technician who is looking for a new challenge? An excellent opportunity has arisen to join our existing IT team at our Head Offices.
Applications are being considered for a Background Screening Administrator to assist in the processing of background checks of prospective employees for a variety of clients throughout the UK.
We are seeking to recruit a Business Development Executive who will be responsible for achieving quarterly and annual sales targets for an assigned region for Agenda Screening Services (pre-employment vetting and background checking) within a geographical region, reporting to the Business Development Director.
Congratulations to Chris New Head of Screening and I.T and Anna New Head of Marketing and Office Administration.
Charity of the Year 2015/2016
We just wanted to let everyone know that our offices will operate a restricted service over the Christmas period as follows
Agenda Screening Services gave Rob a great send off as he retires from work and looks forward to more time with his family and at his property in Spain!
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Social media is a constantly evolving area of employment law, which is increasingly difficult for HR professionals to navigate safely.
Agenda, pre-employment screening providers, will be exhibiting at the annual 2015 CIPD conference in Manchester this week and you can find us on Stand F54.
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services, criticised the poor broadband coverage experienced by many rural businesses in a debate in Parliament this week.
A new forum focusing on business security resilience is set to launch in the Humber region. The forum will bring together the public and private sector to provide commercial experience and academic knowledge to offer a one-stop-shop for all organisations seeking advice and guidance on business resilience and organisational security issues.