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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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    December 2019

    We've got the 2020 vision!

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