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27hrs to Kuala Lumpur. Just another crazy trip in the life of m2r…

June 28, 2014

The calm before the storm…

It is rare that a blog starts with an apology, unless you are a member of the current England football team. I am not and never will be. Thankfully. Anyway, apologies. This blog post is 2 weeks overdue but read all the following posts and you will understand why.

On the 11th June I embarked on our most ambitious business trip yet. A mere 6000 mile ‘hop’ to Kuala Lumpur, crossing the Equator via Jakarta on the way. The journey would last 27 hours. The same time it will take to read these series of posts (joke). To be fair, this didn’t phase me, mainly because I had not done such a journey for over 10 years and that was to Oz for a holiday. So, I had no recollection of what to expect and although I was warned about the humidity, again, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to face.

This trip was another trade mission, organised by the marvelous Training Gateway and UKTI. If you recall, I was part of a delegation to Oman, Qatar and Abu Dhabi in December of last year. If you have no idea what on earth I am going on about, search the blog. If you are already bored, then go make a sandwich.

This trade mission would last for 10 days, span the hemispheres, be mentally and physically taxing but ultimately spawn new clients and a new network of friends.

Day 1

After 25 hours via Dubai, I landed in Jakarta, along with the trade mission leader. Within a millisecond of clearing immigration I looked as if I had my own comedy rain cloud following me. It was not pleasant or easy on the nose. My traveling companion on the other hand, looked no different, as if she was walking around in permanent air con. It cost $25USD to sweat profusely in Jakarta for all of 2 hours. Well worth it. Following an uneventful if slightly niffy Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur and therefore crossing the Equator for the second time in 4 hours, the epic journey was over. Just the matter of a 90min drive to the hotel. In air con thankfully.

We stayed at the Grand Millennium Hotel in KL, lovely spot for 6 days. Slap bang in the middle of everything which is great, unless you want to sleep. Luckily I was jet lagged to high heaven and therefore sleep, unfortunately, was not on the agenda.

Day 2

After all of 3 hours, I awoke to a brand new view in my quest to develop overseas education for m2r Education.

The view of Kuala Lumpur from my hotel room

The view of Kuala Lumpur from my hotel room

As we are in the business of expatriation, it is very important that I get a good vibe as we, as a business, need to be confident that our teachers will enjoy their new surroundings. So far, so good. I arrived in KL 1 day before I had to do any actual work and 3 days before the actual mission was due to start. I used the time to get a good feel for the city, basically a fact finding mission. It also gave me some time to acclimatise, essential when about to embark on a packed programme which lasts from morning til night, every day. As you know from my posts, no names mentioned, but I suspect certain people will follow my lead next time and not arrive the evening before the mission begins, especially when the journey and time difference can be your enemy. You know who you are!!!

KL is a very interesting city and I was very impressed with how they look after the walking community. There are air conditioned, covered walkways which make crossing some parts of the city an absolute doddle. Generally when I travel overseas for work, I cannot walk anywhere for too long due to the heat, but here, there were no issues. Which was good because I had visions of resembling the witch from Wizard of Oz. You know, the ‘I’m melting scene…..’ I was advised to go to the Petronas Towers. When I arrived, I understood why. Simply stunning.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers

To take this photo, go the Traders Hotel at night, obviously. Watch out for the pool when you get out of the lift…..

I had the pleasure of using KL’s very good monorail system, it is pretty straightforward to use but for some reason, a 15 min trip to Little India for lunch turned into scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Still, not complaining as I got to see more of the city which all helps in my line of work.

KL certainly is a melting pot and I never felt uneasy at any point. Everyone was very friendly, the city is clean and food, well, stunning and incredible value for money. I was certainly confident of being able to promote the city to would be Teachers and Trainers looking for jobs in Malaysia.

anana Leaf Curry in Little India. £2 and stunning.

Banana Leaf Curry in Little India. £2 and stunning.

At this point the rest of the 28 person delegation had yet to arrive but that would change pretty soon…….


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We are finally in!!! Welcome to our new office in Wakefield city centre. Still a work in progress but we are getting there…

July 16, 2012

m2r sponsors employee of the year award

June 28, 2012

We were delighted to sponsor this award at the Wakefield District Business Awards held on Tuesday. Take a look:

We win our fourth award!

June 28, 2012

We did it! On the evening of Tuesday 26th June, m2r beat some extremely tough competition to be crowned ‘International Business of the Year, 2012’.

A big thank you goes to all staff at m2r and alll our partners and clients for supporting us over the past year.

Take a look at the moment the winner is announced:

A week in Bahrain – 18th October to 26th October 2010

November 20, 2010

Well, it’s that time again. As you know, I visit Bahrain three times every year to meet new and current clients and gather information on their current jobs in Bahrain and forthcoming vacancies. With our new and innovative low cost recruitment service, this trip was always going to be a bit special. I was not mistaken.

Monday 18th October

Following a BA flight from Manchester via Heathrow, I landed in Bahrain and into heat, humidity and solace. For the first time in my life, my case was the first onto the carousel and therefore I was the first out into Bahrain. After purchasing 8BHD worth of Zain credit I was hoping Martin, my driver, was waiting to meet me. Unfortunately he got his times wrong so I had a wait. Firstly outside but after the humidity began to hit (after 5 minutes) I belonged to the God of aircon. It was great to see Martin, not only because I was tired but because he is a great guy and really looks after me.

I arrived at my hotel, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain and after a speedy check in, I was in my apartment. My home for the week. It may cost a bit more but for ease, hospitality and comfort, I would not stay anywhere else. Oh yes, they are also a client and reciprocal business is never a bad thing.

A pint in Sherlocks and then bed.

Tuesday 19th October

2 meetings today followed by the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) networking lunch. I attend every time I am in Bahrain, it is nice to walk into a venue and be recognised and welcomed. As well as meeting regular faces, I always come away with new contacts which (I hope) will turn into clients. It was mentioned again about honorary membership, I hope this becomes a reality.

The previous meetings were in Manama with one of the major hotel groups and then down to the circuit where I have just placed their new Commercial Director. The hotel is undergoing a major refurb and it was fascinating to see the work and I look forward to see the end result. Bahrain International Circuit, the home of the Bahrain F1 grand prix, is always a pleasure to visit. Being a fan, meetings in Sakhir tower always fill me with pride and I can’t wait for the race in March as I have been given tickets to attend. I feel very proud to receive these and a testament to my hard work. The meeting went well, agreed a new contract and presented a gift to the HR Director as a token of my esteem. I was then provided with transport back into town which I was extremely grateful for.

After the BBBF lunch, I has sufficient time to catch up with events in the UK office before attending ‘Gulf Night Out’ at the Gulf Hotel. I was the guest of the GM and also GM of Gulf Brands International, I was not prepared for the sight in the hotel garden, over 400 people enjoying the fantastic food serves by each of the hotel’s many restaurants and some light hearted entertainment. To round off my first full day, eating excellent food in excellent company, outside in a t-shirt (bear in mind October in the UK is not particularly warm!!) was a delight. After stuffing my face I retired, well aware that I had 7 meetings the following day.

Wednesday 20th October

Yes, you heard right. 7 meetings. Well, the trip is not a holiday. I plan on developing clients in Tahiti by the way…..

First meeting was with an existing client, pitched our online recruitment advertising service (did I mention it is unique to the Middle East?) and it went down very well. I was given some senior vacancies, discussed family and left invigorated and it set the scene for the day. Coming from a cold, rainy climate, it helps when I get the opportunity to work in sunshine and warmth.

Second meeting was new business, a referral which ended with a gift by the CEO and a lift back to my hotel by him also. So, it went pretty well.

After this was lunch at the rather excellent Thai restaurant at the Gulf Hotel, with a client who had organised most of my extracurricular activities in Bahrain. (Cheers Ron.) This was followed by a meeting with the HR Director of the hotel, again, good to put a face to the name, after all, I have placed candidates with him and then some brief chill out time before a do at the British Embassy.

This was the SIG event organised by the BBBF and it was a great event for networking in great surroundings, although it was incredibly humid! Again, the more times I can show my face, the more credible I become. Hence the interview in October’s GFI and agreement of a 12 month contract with Arabian Magazines, courtesy of my good friend, Nick Cooksey.

To round the day off, drinks with the new Commercial Director of Bahrain International Circuit and the new F&B Manager at the Capital Club (both recruited by me). If anyone wants cheetahs at their wedding, ask me. Jamal, sorry!

Thursday 21st October

Final day before the weekend. (For those not in the know, weekends in Bahrain are Friday & Saturday). 5 meetings followed by dinner with a very important client. Already looking forward to my first ever weekend in Bahrain but I have work to do first!

Our unique low cost recruitment service really came into its fore today. ‘Entrepreneurial’, ‘innovative’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’ are just some of the comments made today. I even got a call from the GM of a hotel in Bahrain who had seen my video about the trip, so all in all, a good day.

My first meeting was a referral and I had to sell and maintain credibility in the face of adversity. I came out with an order (not the first of the trip by the way!) and new found respect for recruiters. Why oh why are there companies in my industry that ruin it for the rest of us????

The second, third and fourth were with existing clients, both very very important to me and both general trading families. They appreciated the portfolio that I can put together, all the press cuttings, awards and recognition received for our Middle East work went down really well. If I am not going to shout about our success, who else is? To be fair, I did show our portfolio / brag file in every meeting and it always received the response I was hoping for. It is always nice when clients ask how they can help me in a meeting, it really shows that we have mutual respect.

The final meeting was back at the hotel, relaxed, informal but still productive. I really seem to come into my own when I work in this region, I am not being boastful but my passion is obvious.

Dinner was at Al Arisha, a Lebanese restaurant in Umm Al-Hassan. I have had Lebanese food before but not like this. The atmosphere was relaxed, the food and service was excellent and the company equally as good. I will certainly go there again. If I can find it.

Weekend – hurrah!!!

Friday 22nd October

Now this is a novelty. Being away on business and getting a lie in. After the five hour meal the night before and a rather hectic couple of days, it was needed.

A client and fast becoming a good friend, had arranged for us to go to brunch at the Movenpick, near the airport. To say that I was most looking forward to it was an understatement. Having never been to a brunch before, I was not sure what to expect. I have heard the stories and did not want to become one of them. I was very pleasantly surprised and more to the point were my hosts. If you have never been, then go. They even have Babybel in the cheese room!!!

After bumping into some friends back at the hotel and wondering why there was no football on – it was a bit weird having a weekend on a Friday, it was off to get ready for another do, this time, Wine & Dine at the Gulf Hotel, again as a guest. The star of the evening was Franco Tommasi, Italian vineyard owner and producer of some exquisite wines, located near Verona. Along with him was the Italian Ambassador and his wife and I was privileged to be seated on their table. Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed great wine and great food, the only worry was that bestowed by my belt. A nice end to my first full weekend day in Bahrain.

Saturday 23rd October

Nothing to do today! Now that is a bizarre feeling. So I went to the souk and behaved like a tourist. For the first time since I have been working in Bahrain I have actually been able to properly chill out. It was a great feeling and I was going to take full advantage. The souk is excellent, I really like experiencing the original culture of a place, I cannot get over the fact the people in my industry recruit into a region / country / kingdom and base their knowledge on Google. Well, I suppose this is why we have the clients we have and have won the awards that we have.

A nice day, then a meeting with a client over some drinks, pitched our recruitment advertising service and again, went down well. Back to work tomorrow. On a Sunday. Still feels weird.

Sunday 24th October

Only four meetings today and then dinner with client / friends. However, all the meetings today are new business so I had to make sure that I was firing on all cylinders.

I was thankful for (kind of) having two days off, at least I could recharge. The meetings ranged from full on grillings to a chat, it is the chatty meetings that worry me as you can never gauge how well they have gone. But after three years of recruiting in Bahrain, I would like to think that I am beginning to get a handle on things.

Even when I sat at the wrong table believing the guy was my contact, it was laughed off when in other cultures this would have been a massive faux pas and would have ruined the day.

The meetings went well, generated business through our low cost recruitment service as well as receiving traditional assignments. It seems as if the last three years are beginning to pay off.

Oh and dinner was great. Copper Chimney in Bahrain is great for curry, huge portions and great value for money, I wish I was on commission!!

Monday 25th October

Last day. Boo. Has it been productive? Yes. Final 5 meetings, lunch at the Capital Club and dinner at Sato.

First was with a current client, again I pitched our new service, went down well and our innovation was appreciated. The second meeting was back at the hotel and then the third was across the road from where I had just been. I suspect that my journey planning was not as good as I thought. However, the third meeting was in the most exclusive private club in Bahrain, who are a client. The views are spectacular and I love the whole atmosphere. The new F&B Manager was recruited by me and he treated me to lunch, beautiful venison burgers coupled with that view, an excellent combination. It was a shame that I had to cancel my next meeting due to time, Shariq, my apologies once more.

The last two meetings were with the same client, quite fitting as they had really looked after me during my visit. I was presented with a gift and the opportunity to see how much I knew about their team, talk about being on the spot! Thankfully I guessed right, much to my delight / amazement / relief!

So, all that was left now was to check out. Not quite.

I had recently placed the new Assistant Bar Manager at the Margarita Mexicana and I had to go and say hello before I left. He treated me to some potent but tasty cocktails before I headed to Sato for a farewell dinner. Now I have had Teppanyaki in the UK but this was something else. A fitting send off.

After my final sumptuous meal of a busy week, it was to the airport where I discovered that copies of the October issue of GFI were in the Dilmun Lounge. So, I proceeded to open some of the copies to the page which had my full page article, including photo, just to see if I got any acknowledgement from my fellow would be passengers. I didn’t by the way.


Well, that’s it.

The guys in Sherlocks think I am a regular. There are now 2 books on Wakefield sitting on coffee tables in Bahrain and our profile continues to grow.

Another week done, next trip Jan, then March, then October etc etc etc. Long may the adventure continue.

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November 9, 2010

Online Recruitment Advertising Solutions – Driving down your recruitment costs

October 8, 2010