Allison Long | From candidate to client

Allison Long first met proprietor Anne Corder when working in HR for the Environment Agency. Describing theirs as a ‘consistently high performing working relationship,’ Allison and Anne talk once a month on average to share and discuss ideas and issues facing their allied industries.

“Anne and her team take a broad view about what’s going on in our respective professions, including how the national and local economy affects HR and recruitment, and the inevitable challenges that face HR professionals as a result,” said Allison.

Allison regularly joins a handful of other local HR professionals at ACR’s Lynch Wood offices to get a snapshot of the latest employment law updates in a workshop format, giving people the chance to learn more about a particular topic in a relaxed environment.

“The Lunch & Learn workshops are primarily about knowledge sharing, but networking is definitely a beneficial bi-product, especially when there are some new faces in the room,” said Allison.

In her current position as Head of Human Resources at social housing and care provider Cross Keys Homes, which she achieved through ACR, Allison has been able to put some of the Lunch & Learn lessons into practice, as the advice and discussion on offer has been pragmatic as well as legally-compliant.

“Given our long standing relationship, there’s no need for any preamble when I pick up the phone to speak to Anne. Whether I’m looking for some temporary support staff or require some general recruitment advice, the service I receive from the team is consistently professional, trustworthy and efficient.”