Here in the PIE office we are having a bit of a debate. Why move from Blue-Chip to SME - How open minded are you?
The FMCG landscape is changing and although there will be always be the big blue-chip businesses who train and develop great people, there are a number of challenger brands, SMEs and Start -ups, who can offer a very different but hugely rewarding career.
As consumers, we are all very brand aware, but working in the FMCG market means we have access to some of the best newcomers to the market (think Ella's Kitchen a few years ago for example). They want to hire bright, well trained people who will challenge them , make mistakes, be entrepreneurial, take risks and therefore reap the rewards.
Now these types of companies are not for everyone granted, but I was speaking to a Head of Sales yesterday who has made the move to a SME from a bigger business (prior to the move he was a SNAM) and he has never looked back.
So to all of you brilliant FMCG/Consumer sales and marketing people out there - next time you are approached or looking proactively for something new, try to keep an open mind - you never know what might come of it!
Nearly 40,000 new food and drink manufacturing jobs could be created within the next year, as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) prepare to spend more money on staff. Almost half (46%) of SME food and drink manufacturers surveyed intended to recruit new staff over the next 12 to 18 months, according to new data from Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks. Not only were food and drink SMEs going to recruit more staff, but 38% of those asked said they were also prepared to spend over and above their existing budgets in the coming year to do so. Companies were also planning to significantly invest in staff development, with one in three of the 1,168 SMEs asked, saying they were prepared to budget for their staff’s training and development. “Food and drinks SMEs are now planning for growth and their desire to increase recruitment and invest in their staff is a clear sign that confidence is building within the sector,” said Chris Archer, head of food and drink at Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks.