Welcome to the new look Ariadne Associates website. If this is your first visit, please have a look round to find out what we offer. This is the first blog post on the new site – other posts are archived from our old site, and include a range of HR tips for SME such as this one, ones that caused some discussion among the HR community like this and a few miscellaneous work-related musings like this
As June 2014 sees the 15th Anniversary of Ariadne Associates (yes, we were founded in the last century) this post is more reflective and self referential than usual. But looking back over the last 15 years it’s worth recording that we’ve
- Worked with over 100 companies and charities (more if you include work done as an associate)
- Kept a core base of clients for over 10 years (in fact, we still work with our first ever client)
- Issued over 1000 invoices (and got paid for virtually all of them!)
- Worked in highly regulated environments – an airline, childcare, and social care
- Worked in arts and media – 2 TV production companies, a theatre, and a video editing company
- Worked in manufacturing – industrial glass production, metal fabrication and vehicle production, for example
- Worked with professional services – marketing, venture capital, surveyors and accountants
- Supported companies at the cutting edge of technology and those who work in a more traditional way
- Worked with charities, family run firms, joint ventures between pubic and private sectors, partnerships, social enterprises and private limited companies.
- Helped organisations of widely differing size – our biggest client employed 375 staff while the smallest is just recruiting their first employee.
And what do they all have in common? – people. It doesn’t matter what the organisation actually does, or its environment – their success is determined by having the right people (whether your business defines that as productive, efficient, entrepreneurial or technically competent) and failure by not having the right people (again, whether your business defines that as obstructive, incapable, or simply too many of them). Whatever the sector, people adapt to the culture and rules and the advice we give is tailored to that.