CK Science Consultant Wins Industry Awards

CK Science consultant, Victoria Walker, last night won two of the coveted REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professional’s awards which recognises excellence in recruitment. Winner of the Permanent Consultant of the Year award, Vicki’s skill as a recruiter were further cemented when judges awarded her the Recruiter of the Year.

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Newsnight presenter Jeremy Vine, took place at the London Marriott Hotel to recognise excellence in recruitment and saw nearly 500 people attend to support the Finalists.

Liam O’Connell, Operations Director and Founder of CK Science said of Vicki “Vicki is one of the hardest working members of the CK team. She is a very dedicated and popular member of the team and has excellent relationships with her clients who both like and trust her. I know everyone at CK would agree that she is a worthy winner and we are immensely proud of her win last night”.

Vicki, who has a First in Chemistry from Sheffield University as well as the Diploma in Recruitment Practice, started working for CK Science in 2010. She continues to develop and excel in her role due to her commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Vicki consistently received positive feedback from clients and candidates about her relationship management.

Vicki has spent the preceding months promoting recruitment as a career to Science graduates through her participation at the Sheffield University Science Fair and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World Jobs Live event. A committed role model, Vicki is the perfect winner for the Recruiter of the Year.

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CK raise £728 for Movember

After a whole month of fundraising and some excellent moustaches cultivated, CK has managed to raise £728 for charity.

CK would like to thank everyone that sponsored the participants and also the participants themselves since they grew some truly magnificent moustaches.

Ashley Kirk, the principle organiser of the challenge even attended an awards dinner with his comedy moustache!


If you would like to see Team Tache’s last photos after a whole month of growth click here

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“The Final Mo” for our committed Team CK!!

After four weeks of valiantly avoiding the razor, our CK MO’s have only days left of growth.  Thus far they have managed to dodge and duck the cries for a clean shaven version of themselves so its time we recognised their commitment.

Team CK was established ahead of the Movember kick off, with the target of raising as much money as possible to support research into illnesses that plague men across the globe. Now with only days to go this is their final bid to raise a few more pence, so please donate what you can and let us combat prostate and testicular cancer! Click here now to show your support

If you would like the see Team CK’s Final Mo click here.

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UK Government invest £350 million in to science post graduates

The BBC has reported that the UK government has announced that they will be investing £350 million in to training postgraduates to work in engineering and science.  The money will go to new “centres for doctoral training” at 24 universities around the UK.  The idea is that students will receive the work-based skills and knowledge needed in these key industries.

The government has given to the UK’s most important sector which  include aerospace, pharmaceuticals, medicine and “high-value manufacturing”. These sectors have been experiencing a skills gap in recent years.

EPSRC chair Paul Golby said: “Centres for Doctoral Training have already proved to be a great success and the model is popular with students, business and industry. These new centres will give the country the highly trained scientists and engineers it needs and they will be equipped with skills to move on in their careers. The standard of applications for Centres was very high and more could have been funded if we had the capacity.”


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CK Movember Team reach 3 week milestone

Our CK Movember team have now passed the half way point and are in the final week of growth.

Having spent the last 3 weeks growing a ‘tache on behalf of the nationwide Movember campaign, the team are hoping to raise a lot during this final week. The campaign, which aims to raise money for further research into men’s diseases such as testicular and prostate cancer, runs every November. For more information visit the Movember website

Individual facial hair styles are now emerging, reflecting the personalities of the CK Mo’s, so click here to make sure you check out their growth.
Our team does have a sponsor page so please dig deep as we only have one more week left. You can sponsor us here

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CK Group Director attends Derbyshire Times Business Awards

Last night CK Group’s Financial Director, Ashley Kirk, was recognised as a finalist at the Derbyshire Times Business Personality of the Year awards. The awards, which took place at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, honours local businesses and the contributions they have made to the region.

Up against some impressive figure heads from within the region, including the winner Andy Dukelow of Franke Sissons, Ashley is proud to have been recognised for his contributions. He said of being a finalist;

“I am very proud of what I have achieved building the CK Group and I am thrilled that the Derbyshire Times recognised my accomplishments by making me a finalist for the award. I would also like to congratulate Andy on his win“.

Ashley, who co-Founded CK Group in 1991, plays an influential part in the development of the CK Group which specialises in Scientific, Clinical and IT recruitment. Based at the companies head office in Chesterfield, Ashley takes strategic responsibility for the direction of the business, as well as the support functions.

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EnQuest approved to develop £4bn Kraken oil in the North Sea

The UK government has approved a £4bn investment in the Kraken heavy oil field in the North Sea. The Kraken field, which is estimated to contain nearly 140m barrels of oil, is majority-owned by Aberdeen-based EnQuest.

The field is estimated to contain nearly 140m barrels of oil and En Quest have estimated that it will create 20,000 jobs during construction and an average of 1,000 operational jobs per year over the course of its 25-year life.

The Kraken field is located about 125km (77 miles) east of the Shetland Islands and  Enquest have a 60% interest in Kraken.


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CK sponsored the YCF Annual Dinner 2013

CK Science were pleased to  sponsor the Yorkshire Chemical Focus’s Inaugural Dinner which took place on the 23rd of October. The charity dinner was held held during the YCFs annual conference which was a two day event held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The dinner had a Welcome to Las Vegas theme which entailed entertainment by Oliver Parker a Leeds Specialist Close-up Magician and a fun casino.

As the main sponsor of the dinner, CK Science’s Managing Director Jonathan Hart-Smith gave a short speech about the future of the chemical industry and how everyone can help to raise the profile of the industry ensuring the success of the chemical sector  in the future.


Watch and listen to Jonathan’s speech here:


The dinner and speech’s were excellent which contributed to a very successful evening.


If you would like a new job in the chemical industry, please search our latest jobs here

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CK Movembers for charity!

CKA Group are passionate for a cause, and this November they are Movembering.

CKA co-founder, Ashley Kirk, has established a team of motivated members of staff and they will spend the next month cultivating a moustache for Movember 2013.

Progress will be tracked here and on our social media sites so make sure you come back next week.

In the mean time, click here to meet the CK Team

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CK exhibit at Sheffield University Science Fair

CK Science are exhibiting at Sheffield University Science Fair on the 21st of  November 2013 at the Octagon centre in Sheffield.

This event is dedicated to students who wish to pursue a career in science.  So if you are currently studying a science degree or would like a career in science then this event will help you explore your options, talk to recruiters, consider research, seek advice and generally give your career planning a boost.

CK Science will be exhibiting so please come and visit us! We will be able to offer careers advice, show you our latest graduate jobs and offer CV writing advice.


Find out more about the event here


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CK to attend Chemistry World Jobs Live

CK Science are pleased to announce that they will be attending the first ever Chemistry World Jobs Live event on the 25th of November 2013.

Chemistry World Jobs is the official job board of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing chemical sciences.

CK Science will be exhibiting at the event, and senior Recruiter Victoria Walker who is also a finalist at the IRP awards will holding a round table discussion.

The event will be held at a Royal Society of Chemistry building in London, at the Chemistry Centre, Burlington House.

The event will be free to attend and and delegates will be able to discover a huge range of career opportunities, meet potential employers and participate in round table discussions and workshops.  RSC Members will also have the opportunity to have a 1-2-1 CV Clinic with one of our careers specialists (subject to availability).

If you are attending this event, please come and say hello to us at our exhibition stand.


Find out more about the event here


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UK research team – close to a treatment for baldness

The BBC have reported that a UK and US research study have released results stating they have moved a step closer to reversing receding hairlines after human hair was grown in the laboratory.

The scientists at the University of Durham, in the UK, and Columbia University Medical Centre, in the US have undertook a study where they are trying to reduce hair loss.

They were focussing on trying to actually grow new hairs. After six weeks of the study, new hair follicles formed in five out of the seven cases and some new tiny hairs began to form.
Prof Colin Jahoda, from Durham University, told the BBC a cure for baldness was possible but it was too soon for men to be hanging up the toupee.


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CK are recruiting!

CK Group are currently recruiting for Resourcers / Trainee Recruiters to join their growing recruitment team. As specialists in recruiting for the Scientific, IT, Clinical an Engineering industries CK source permanent and contract staff for clients across the UK and Europe.

This is a great opportunity to join an expanding, exciting and dyanmic company who are looking for career minded individuals. 

So if you are interested in sales orientated roles and have lots of personality click here to apply!

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CK Founder Finalist for Business Personality of the Year Award

CK Group founder, Ashley Kirk has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Derbyshire Times Business Personality of the Year award.

Ashley set up CK Group with business partner, Liam O’Connell over 20 years ago. Based at its head office in Chesterfield, the company focuses on the recruitment of Scientific, Clinical and IT recruitment. The group has flourished over the years to become one of the largest specialist recruitment companies in the UK. It now has a turnover of over £20 million, employs 51 staff and is expanding into Europe.

Ashley is responsible for the strategic direction of the CK Group and has direct responsibility for the group’s support function and for high value accounts. His forward thinking and visionary approach has seen the completely reorganisation of  core teams from finance, marketing, HR and screening; as well as the implementation of new service offerings resulting in an increase in turnover of over 100% in the last 3 years.

Ashley’s approach to business has ensured that the CK Group is an enjoyable and supportive place to work, offering excellent training and prospects for its staff whilst providing a trusted and respected service to clients and candidates

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 21st November at Chesterfield football club. So, like us, keep your fingers crossed for Ashley.

For more information on the Derbyshire Times Business Awards click here

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CK Science consultant finalist at IRP Awards 2013

CK Science’s Victoria Walker has been selected as a Finalist for the IRP’s Permanent Consultant of the Year award for 2013! The award, which recognises professional excellence, best practice and inspirational work ethics, is the ultimate accolade for professionals in the recruitment industry.

We nominated Vicki as one of our rising stars due to her commitment to excellent customer relationships, her business development techniques as well as her ability to continuously bring ambitious and practical solutions to her working environment. We feel this award would be very fitting for one of our top Senior Recruitment Consultants.

The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on Tuesday 3rd December – keep your fingers crossed for Vicki!

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GSK opens a new €30m facility in Cork

The GSK media site has reported that GlaxoSmithKline has opened a new €30m manufacturing facility at an existing site in Curabinny, Co Cork.

This facility is a state-of-the-art plant, which will manufacture Gantrez, the adhesive used in the company’s Poligrip denture product.

Opening this new site will create 20 new jobs for the Cork area. Finbar Whyte, the GSK Cork site director, said the new facility new facility is an indication of the “key positions” both Cork and Dungarvan play in GSK’s global manufacturing network………and will greatly help secure existing employment at GSK in Ireland.


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AstraZeneca’s BioHub receives new arrivals

As reported by The BioHub which is situated at AstraZeneca old site at Alderley Park now has a total of nine firms that have taken space since its launch earlier this year. Set up to nurture new biopharma start-ups, the 36,000sq. ft site, run by BioCity, provides facilities such as laboratory and office space, restaurant and conference rooms, as well as contract services.

Six new companies – Gentronix, Cyprotex Discovery, Bionow, OncoTherics, Integral Finance and The Research Network – have now taken space at the BioHub, joining three others (RedX Anti-Infectives, Blueberry Therapeutics and Imagen Biotech) who have located there since the project was started in May.

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CK Science attending Sheffield Science Careers Fair

CK Science is once again exhibiting at the Sheffield Science Careers Fair which is being held on Thursday 21st November at The Octagon Centre which is part of the University Sheffield. The event, which is arranged between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, aims to promote the range of options available for science students and graduates within the science industry.

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CK Science sponsor YCF Inaugural Dinner

CK Science is thrilled to be sponsoring the Yorkshire Chemical Focus’s Inaugural Dinner on 23rd October. The charity dinner is being held during the YCFs annual conference which is a two day event being held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

This year it focusses on “Your Journey to Reliability Excellence” where it will guide attendees though the process of achieving a sustainable, reliable and cost effective plant. Through a series of seminars and interactive workshops they will learn about the techniques needed, hear from top multinational companies and network with fellow industry professionals.

All attendees to the conference are able to attend the Inaugural Dinner, which is being held in aid of The James Milner Foundation, a charity that promotes healthy recreation and educational advancement of young people in need in the UK.

Click here for more information on this event

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