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We have worked with Chelsea FC, The All England Club Wimbledon, Hilton Hotels, to supply and support them with HSE professionals on a permanent, contract and interim basis​


With consumerism moving towards online sales, the Sport &  Leisure industry as we have previously known it is changing. 


Between 2017 and 2018 we placed over 170 people in Sport and Leisure related HSEQ roles, the titles ranged from

  • Health and Safety Director / QHSE Director
  • Head of Health and Safety / HSE / QHSE
  • Health and Safety Manager / QHSE Manager
  • Health and Safety Advisor / HSE Advisor / QHSE Advisor


We work with the industry’s largest (and smallest!) companies and we tailor our approach depending upon individual business needs.


We recruit in to the following Sport and Leisure areas  

  • Garden Centres
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Football Stadium
  • Events companies
  • Catering companies
  • Gyms
  • Theme Parks
  • Tennis arenas


In addition to recruitment, for clients who are not quite ready to recruit yet or would like to understand the market better we also provide the following complimentary services


  • Salary benchmarking surveys
  • Market reports
  • SWOT analysis of your existing team
  • Industry statistics and hiring trends
  • Competitor analysis reports


If you are Director, Head of Department, Manager or business Owner planning to recruit in to your health, safety environment and / or quality team then please contact our Head of Corporate Services, Zac Wilson on 01252 954958 or email z.wilson@principalpeople.co.uk

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 Testimonials

  • “I have used Principal People for both permanent and temporary placements within health and safety and pure environmental roles and found both their quality of service and the people they provide to be of a high standard.”

    Director of HSEQ

  • “I have nothing but good things to say about Zac and Principal People; throughout the entire process they have been exceptional. The service that I received, and the time that they invested in me made me feel like a VIP, nothing was too much trouble for them in helping me to secure my role. I was given coaching via Skype and on the phone before the interview, and the supporting literature was invaluable in helping prepare me for the interview. I cannot recommend Principal People highly enough.”

    Health and Safety Consultant

  • “I would highly recommend Principal People within the QSHE recruitment field. They were a major help for me and supplied me with an overwhelming amount of resources to guide me during the interview process. They kept in contact throughout the process and also updated me very quickly on any changes during the stages. I am thankful for their support and guidance and believe that the consultants provided a fantastic exceptional service on behalf of Principal People and would recommend to anybody.

    Health, Safety & Environment Manager

  • "I have had many calls from recruitment agencies with jobs that I would never be interested in, this was different. Principal People found me a job that perfectly matched my past experience and career aspirations. If I could have dreamt up my next move, it would have been the one they found for me. They recognised my skills, knowledge and experience and gave me the confidence to apply for a high calibre company. It was great to have someone who was there every step of the way who was approachable, positive and motivating. It’s always best to have a second opinion from people you can trust. Thanks for everything Principal People.”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • “From the first telephone conversation to the Skype interview and beyond, Principal People have supported me through the application process for a new position. I found it very easy to discuss the job particulars with Principal People and it was obvious they had a sound knowledge of the role and the client’s expectations. Once they had reviewed my CV and were confident I would suit the role they gave me the confidence to progress through the process. Principal People kept in contact regularly with calls before the interview offering support and techniques, including for a presentation I had to give, and calls afterwards to discuss how it went. They even were kind enough to call in the evenings as it wasn’t always easy to talk during work times. I can recommend Tom and Nicola as constant professionals with amazing skills, experience and judgement which enables them to place the right people in the right jobs. I honestly could not recommend them, or their colleagues at Principal People highly enough and I’m very grateful for the support they have given me. Even after a year in the role I received a call from them for a catch up and to see how things were. Unrivalled support!”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to Principal People, and particularly my consultant Aleks Smolski, for helping me secure my new management position. Aleks kept me informed by phone and email regularly through the process. Most importantly Aleks seemed genuinely interested and there was no pressure and he encouraged honest communication.”

    Health & Safety Manager

  • “...I dealt with many recruitment agencies over the last few months, they either never returned calls, made me aware of roles that never materialised, offered me roles that were not suitable or made me feel like a cold caller whenever I rang them – not Principal People. I cannot praise them enough in the way they treated me and helped me secure that permanent role – I would happily recommend them to both those looking for the ideal candidate and those looking for their next new role.”

    Head of Health, Safety & Facilities

  • “Principal People are an extremely capable H&S recruitment specialist in the HSEQ field and during the recruitment process kept me well informed on developments in a very fast moving environment. George understood both his client needs and my expectations and managed them effectively so that the prospective employer and I were suitably matched. I would have no hesitation in recommending Principal People to source any HSEQ recruitment needs you may require.”

    Health & Safety Manager

  • “Max assisted in obtaining my placement. The role was a permanent position that was handled diligently and professionally by Max who ensured confidentiality which is of the utmost importance when seeking a position at another company whilst still with a current employer. Thank you Max and your team for making what can be a daunting process reassuring and straightforward.”

    HSQ Manager

  • “George was a pleasure to work with, he identified a great role for me and ensured I was kept informed and supported every step of the way. The role he identified was 100% what I was looking for and I now could not be happier with my current position. He worked hard and got the results we both wanted. Could not recommend more.”

    Health and Safety Advisor

  • "When I presented my CV to Josh he immediately spotted my potential and worked with me to make sure the CV showed my skills in the best way possible. As a result I got the interview for the exact role I have been working towards and ultimately secured the job. His support has continued through the appointment process, helping to ensure a smooth transition. I thoroughly recommend Josh to anyone searching for SHEQ roles."

    Head of Environment

  • “Aleks ensured that the recruitment process flowed swiftly, smoothly and took personal responsibility for ensuring that I was kept informed of progress at each stage. I'm grateful for the support which Aleks provided and his professional approach. I would highly recommend him.”

    Head of Health & Safety

  • “Nicky has helped me to secure a dream position. She kept me constantly informed on any updates and even wished me good luck before my interview. Once I had secured the job she still contacted me to ensure that everything was going well and that I was happy. She is very professional and dedicated. She understands the stress that may come with applying for new positions and gives help and advice to ease concerns. I will always be grateful to Nicky for the personal touch she showed and would recommend your company to other personnel I know are coming back from Afghanistan and are looking for employment.”

    QHSE Manager

  • "The recruitment process can be arduous and in the first instance of my recent recruitment was just that, until I was approached by Principal People. Thorough understanding of my needs, the role and the demands for the position made the recruitment task a lot easier"

    Head of Health and Safety

  • "I worked with Principal People on sourcing a senior H&S manager on a 3 month recruitment project, so speed was of the essence. This is a team process, and Shelby fitted seamlessly into it. Great work completed to a successful conclusion, would be delighted to work with Principal People again.”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • “...they excelled and demonstrated a track record of submitting successful choice of candidates and consistent follow up with the client to ensuring expectations were met. I have no hesitation in recommending Principal People Recruitment for their invaluable services, with a great return in investment.”

    Interim Head of Health and Safety

  • “I have always found Principal People have a very personal approach with regular contact to determine my ongoing needs. Having dealt with Naz, I have found him to be very detail orientated around the brief allowing him to provide me with exceptional candidates.”

    Head of Safety

  • “Melanie started today! I just wanted to say a massive thank you. You have been outstanding from the moment we spoke. My goodness I work at pace, but you make me look slow. I have really impressed with the service and I have not hesitation in recommending Principal People and we will definitely be working with you again.”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • “I have nothing but good things to say about Shakira and her colleagues at Principal People; they have been excellent. The customer service has been first class. I am thankful for their support, guidance. I would recommend them to anyone.”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • "Principal People have helped me place several safety and environmental professionals during the past few years. I've always found George and the Principal People team to be professional, easy to deal with and thorough"

    HSE Director

  • "Principal People have once again delivered high calibre candidates for interview ticking all of the requirements for both personality and attitude as well as technical expertise. The service received is always friendly, efficient and very organized."

    Divisional Head of HSEQ

  • “I have used Principle People for both permanent and temporary placements and found both their quality of service and the people they provide to be of a high standard"

    Regional Head of HSEQ

  • "A professional yet friendly service provided, with a good level of support and reliability."

    Head of Health, Safety and Environment

  • "I think the service offered was first class and I felt that Principal People managed to take the administration burden out of the process and trying to ascertain just what I wanted was very good and helpful.”

    Head of HSEQ

  • “Happy with service so far, easy & professional to work with and Line Managers are really happy with the candidates.”

    Recruitment Manager

  • “We engaged Principal People to source Health & Safety Consultants for our business and I can confirm they have provided a great service.”

    Director

  • "Reece was instrumental in getting me the position, he was very thorough in ensuring that not only was I right for the company but that the job was the right fit for me. His attention to detail was valuable throughout the process and very helpful. Reece’s professionalism and courteous manner even after I got the position was exemplary as he followed up with further communication to ensure I had settled in well. I have no hesitation in recommending or endorsing Reece as his meticulous attention to detail and his high level of professionalism is an asset to any individual or employer and will surely see him succeed in all his endeavours."

    Fire Risk Assessor

  • "Excellent recruiting agency, extremely knowledgeable in their field and couldn't have asked for more from Reece. Would highly recommend them for fire safety recruitment to anyone who is looking for a job or looking to recruit the correct person."

    Regional Fire Safety Surveyor

  • Principal People are dedicated Recruitment Consultants who take time to communicate in a warm and friendly manner to help ensuring open and clear lines of communications, particularly between myself and my new employer. They were extremely professional and always contactable, even late into the evening, which facilitated the process.

    Risk and Compliance Quality Manager

  • “I recently appointed Principle People to help recruit for numerous positions covering Health and Safety, an Environmental and Sustainability Advisor and most importantly an Associate Director - Environment position. I found the staff to be very professional, spending time to understand our business needs and the type of individuals who would integrate well within our team. Their professionalism and drive to find the right candidate for each role enabled our recruitment strategy to be delivered on time. I would recommend and use Principle People in the future".

    Group SHEQ Director

  • Excellent recruiting agent, extremely knowledgeable in his field and I couldn't have asked for more from Reece. Would highly recommend for fire safety recruitment for anyone who is looking for a job or looking to recruit the correct person.

    Regional Fire Safety Surveyor

  • Reece has good knowledge of the requirements of various roles within the fire sector and understands the required technical ability needed for such opportunities in the market.

    Fire Safety Manager

  • I found myself by chance a client of Reece’s and to be honest I'm delighted I stumbled across the job he was advertising and even happier I got the role! He was ridiculously efficient & not in a pushy way, with amazing advice & feedback. I would seriously use Reece again if I was considering moving into another role & would definitely put my trust in him in helping you get to where you want to.

    Fire Risk Manager

  • Reece was an excellent communicator and ensured that the right people were put up for the right jobs without just sending through bunches of candidates without thought about their suitability. This attention to detail ensured my time wasn't wasted, and more importantly, the candidates' time which resulted in 3 excellent placements.

    Head of Compliance

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    Principal People and IOSH - COVID-19 WEBINAR!

    Our Director Josh Huggins is joining IOSH on their next Covid-19 webinar on Thursday 16th as they investigate the importance of community, volunteering and building your profile within the OSH profession as we all continue to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar is on Thursday 16 July at 12:30 and is FREE. Register today: http://orlo.uk/T6xxS

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    Mental Health Awareness Week - Day 3

    Mental Health Awareness Week - Day 3 ​ Today a few of the Principal People team shared the acts of #kindness that they have been sharing with friends, families and charities so far this week. One I would like to share shows how much a call can improve someone's happiness. "I heard an old college friend who I haven’t spoken to in ages had been furloughed, she lives alone after just breaking up from a long term relationship. I was on a group text when I learned this and that she had been having some real down days. I reached out and called her last night, and we spent a good couple of hours having a chat and catching up. I’ve promised to stay in regular contact and plan to call her again next week."

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    Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next week and this year’s theme is ‘kindness’. One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, especially with the pandemic surrounding 2020. The Mental Health Foundation are the home of Mental Health Awareness Week and are an organisation with a vision for good mental health for all. Their mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. What is Mental Health Awareness Week? Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. Each May, The Mental Health Foundation build a campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. Since their first campaign in 2001, they have raised awareness of topics such as body image, stress and relationships. Hundreds of schools, businesses and communities have started to open conversations around mental health and that change can save lives. The campaign reaches millions of people every year. With the current situation of COVID-19, now is a better time than ever to get involved and raise awareness of mental health and this year's theme, kindness. Getting involved is extremely easy. You can either share the campaign to make other people aware or you can participate, ideally both! You can do as little or as much as you want in participating - for example, you could send a text to a friend which motivates them. Alternatively, you could host an online fundraiser with your team at work. The PDF below gives many examples of what you can do - it doesn't have to cost you anything. View the Mental Health Awareness Week Supporter Pack by clicking here!

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    posted 5 months ago

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    Tough Mudder - 1 year ago today!

    Mid week throwback! Yesterday it marked 1 year since the team completed the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge. The team who took part in the knackering assault course, including the inspirational Safety Leader Steve Pettitt, did a fantastic job and raised a lot of money for Great Ormand Street Charity through Safety4Good. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as us.

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    Zoom Workout Session

    Zoom Fitness Yesterday the team took part in an online workout held by Ella's partner Roberto who manages a local gym. It was a challenging and fun session which we now aim to complete every Tuesday to manage the fitness of our furloughed team and our working team. Staying fit and exercising every day is something we are trying really hard to encourage within our team during this time. If you would like some tips as to what you can do during the quarantine period, check out this useful web page http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine. ​​

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    Finance, housing and unemployment worries during the coronavirus outbreak

    Hello everyone. I hope that all readers are safe and well today. Another extremely useful read is this article written by www.mentalhealth.org.uk in relation to finance, housing and employment worries that the majority of the world will be facing right now. It's okay to be uncertain and to worry about these things, in fact it's totally normal during the epidemic, however, becoming overly anxious and stressed out will negatively affect your mental health. For excellent advice on finance, housing and employment worries and how to keep these at bay, read the article below. Finance, housing and unemployment worries during the coronavirus outbreak These are unprecedented times. Many of us are facing daily challenges relating to the coronavirus epidemic – both in terms of health but also in terms of finance, job security, housing and caring responsibilities. Our sense of time is out of shape – events in the news seem to move so fast – and everyday sees another problem or a possible solution. At the same time the days at home, or the nights can seem to drag. Whatever is happening to you, or to us, there is an impact on our mental health. For now, the best thing to do is to focus on the here and now, this minute. We are in the first phase of an emergency – lots of people are coming to terms with a rapidly changing situation. It may seem today that the problem you are facing with your bills, your landlord, your childcare or your job is unsolvable. Everyday there are new solutions – from government, from our communities, and from the businesses in our lives. Sometimes we must find a way to take a breath, look at the issue from a different angle, and reach out. There isn’t always an answer today - but the only way is through. It is OK to feel afraid, scared or desperate. This isn’t your fault. If you need someone to talk to, reach out to Samaritans on 116 123, to CALM on 0800 585858. For a range of advice, you can contact Citizens Advice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scotland. Adviceline is a national phone service operated by Citizens Advice. You can contact an Adviceline adviser on 03444 111 444 (Text relay: 03444 111 445) Financial worries Use time you are at home to work through your finances Using a budget tool to redo your household budget for being at home could be useful. Remember that you may be saving money by not spending on things like transport and socialising. Factor that in when looking at your budget. Find out what help you might be entitled to The government is offering a range of measures to support people financially. There is a complete list here: under the heading “Employment and financial support”, this includes support for individuals, employers and people who are self-employed. Reach out for help and advice from services like The Money Advice Service (England and Wales), Stepchange or National Debtline – but remember that services may be busy as organisations of all sorts try to manage staff availability. Remember debt and money advice varies across the UK so make sure you find the appropriate service for your nation. For Scotland try Money Advice Scotland and in Northern Ireland Advice NI. Speak to your bank if you are worried about paying your mortgage as many are arranging mortgage breaks. Keep connected and look after yourself Don't keep it in – talk to family or friends if you can. Look after your sleep, your diet, and other basics – try to avoid drinking excessively and if you are a smoker try to give up or cut down – it may help both financially and in terms of making COVID-19 less serious if you develop the illness. Look at what is available in your community Sadly, many food banks have had to close but rapidly services like this will generally find ways of providing services around the restrictions. If you have children, and they are entitled to free school meals, take them – your school will be in touch about how to access this service. Check any insurance policies you have Life cover, critical illness cover, mortgage insurance and even home insurance sometimes offers legal advice or cover that could help. If you have a mortgage or other major commitment, try and speak to your lenders soon, they may help. Think about groups you might be a member of Do you have a trade union or does your sector have a benevolent charity for example – things like Hospitality Action and The Charity for Civil Servants, or the Lighthouse Club for construction. Beware of scams Use a reputable source such as the gov.uk website or organisations linked above. Never respond to unsolicited messages (texts, calls or emails) that ask for your personal or financial information. Unemployment or furlough It can be very hard to lose access to your work – whether you are let go, furloughed (sent home temporarily) or your work drops if you are self-employed. For more information about your rights at work visit Acas. If you aren’t at work try and keep in touch with colleagues – demand will increase again, and you will have a future. If you are isolated and live at home keeping those connections can be so important. If you are used to a very physical job, try and keep up the exercise – because a sudden change can hit your moods quickly. If you run a business, or employ staff, try to hold off making decisions about jobs and pay until schemes being developed to support staff are up and running. If you are self-employed, try and reach out to your normal networks – or see if there's an opportunity locally to connect with others through business forums. It’s an uncertain time but your skills will be needed again soon. As we adjust to a period of living and working differently employers will be looking for staff – think about how your skills transfer – and if you want to help and are able, consider doing something else for a while. Housing In these uncertain times, when we are asked to stay in our own homes, poor housing or difficulties paying for mortgages or rent can be doubly hard. If you have a mortgage and your income is reduced, speaker to your lender about a payment holiday. If you are a tenant in a similar situation, find out your rights by visiting Shelter or Citizens Advice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scotland and then approach your landlord or agent. It is likely that support for tenants will come on stream in the next few weeks. Remember, these are times that we have not seen before in peacetime. A lot of us will be affected in lots of ways. But keeping calm, checking your options, seeking advice and working through your possibilities will help you come up with a plan. There are helplines available and people willing to support you. We will get through this together.

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    Joanne's story - Helping the NHS & Key Workers - Safety4Good

    Joanne has worked alongside Safety4Good on many occasions now, having helped out with their events and marketing. We recently saw that she posted an article on LinkedIn detailing how she has been supporting the NHS and Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Joanne is a selfless giver and has been offering her skills and hours to help the people who really need it right now. A real hero! Read below her story: Got up early this morning to speak with Chris Goreham at BBC Radio Norfolk about my experience using my volunteering hours I get whilst working at Aviva to help the hashtag#nhs and hashtag#keyworkers. I explained that I wanted to get involved and help as I know that local hospitals and care homes are crying out for PPE. I had seen that people were starting to make crocheted ear protectors and thought I could use the volunteer hours to make them. Now, I don’t crochet but I’ve had a sewing machine which has been collecting dust for years as I’ve never used it. So, I thought I would dig it out, learn how to use it and have a go at making some ear protectors. I started off by making a couple for my next door neighbour who is a senior nurse in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital ICU to see if they would be of any use. She asked if I could make a lot more as she could take them in to the wards that need them. So I set to work and have been making them ever since. I’ve had so many people reaching out to me from hospitals and care homes – I’ve made around 100 over the last few days and will continue to make them until they’re not needed. Joanne Frost, Aviva - 29.04.2020 Thank you for sharing this story, Joanne. It is an incredible act of kindness which is helping to SAVE LIVES. If you would like to volunteer to help the NHS or your community, please follow this link: https://do-it.org/

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    Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

    Hello everyone, I hope that you are well today! Today I wan't to reiterate the importance of looking after your mental health and I have found a great set of tips provided by www.mentalhealth.org.uk. Take 5 minutes to read the below notes, it might just really help you or a family member, friend or colleague during these difficult time. Stay safe and well. Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak ​ Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. Here are some tips we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health. The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands as soon as we get home. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us. It will help to try and see it as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it. It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you. Create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You could try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Try and rest and view this as a new if unusual experience, that might have its benefits. Make sure your wider health needs are being looked after such as having enough prescription medicines available to you. Read our full list of tips on staying at home. Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control. You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus here: Gov.uk Health Protection Scotland Public Health Wales Follow hygiene advice such as washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water (sing ‘happy birthday’ to yourself twice to make sure you do this for 20 seconds). You should do this whenever you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. If you can’t wash your hands straightaway, use hand sanitiser and then wash them at the next opportunity. You should also use tissues if you sneeze and make sure you dispose of them quickly; and stay at home if you are feeling unwell. Try to stay connected At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family, by telephone, email or social media, or contact a helpline for emotional support. You may like to focus on the things you can do if you feel able to: stress management keep active eat a balanced diet Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to sensationalise things. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too. Also remember to regularly assess your social media activity. Tune in with yourself and ask if they need to be adjusted. Are there particular accounts or people that are increasing your worry or anxiety? Consider muting or unfollowing accounts or hashtags that cause you to feel anxious. Talk to your children Involving our family and children in our plans for good health is essential. We need be alert to and ask children what they have heard about the outbreak and support them, without causing them alarm. We need to minimise the negative impact it has on our children and explain the facts to them. Discuss the news with them but try and avoid over-exposure to coverage of the virus. Be as truthful as possible. Let’s not avoid the ‘scary topic’ but engage in a way that is appropriate for them. We have more advice on talking with your children about the coronavirus outbreak. Try to anticipate distress It is OK to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about the outbreak, especially if you have experienced trauma or a mental health problem in the past, or if you have a long-term physical health condition that makes you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. We should also be aware of and avoid increasing habits that may not be helpful in the long term, like smoking and drinking. Try and reassure people you know who may be worried and check in with people who you know are living alone. Try not to make assumptions Don’t judge people and avoid jumping to conclusions about who is responsible for the spread of the disease. The coronavirus can affect anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sex. Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media There is extensive news coverage about the outbreak. If you find that the news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance. It’s best that you don’t avoid all news and that you keep informing and educating yourself, but limit your news intake if it is bothering you. https://mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

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    by Jess Bullock

    Helping during the pandemic - Social Housing Recruitment

    In a world currently brimming with uncertainty, we have seen so many Health and Safety professionals go above and beyond to help. The charity, Safety4Good, has previously described the Health and Safety profession to be a 'community of selfless givers' and now more than ever we have seen this put into place. We have seen so many stories across our professional network as well as social media platforms describing both the working and furloughed H&S practitioners who are actively looking to help, offering consultative professional advice and getting stuck in with local community based work whenever they can. Again and unsurprisingly, reinforcing our statement solidly. Like the Health and Safety community, the furloughed staff from Social Housing Recruitment have also been keeping busy giving back. Read below about what Becky has been up to so far during her time on furlough BECKY ​ As her colleagues in Social Housing Recruitment are well aware, Becky's brain is automatically wired to help, provide for and encourage people. She is a brilliant recruiter who is praised mostly for taking the time to understand her candidates needs and requirements and showing faith in absolution in the people that she represents. Currently Becky, like many others, is on furlough. Becky has once again illustrated to us how remarkable she is in the efforts she is going to in order to help those around her. Becky has signed up to be an NHS volunteer, meaning that whenever the NHS require someone desperately, she could provide assistance. Making the NHS staff's jobs less pressurised and helping to save time and lives. As well as that, Becky has started a sign language course, has been shopping for her parents and elderly grandparents and she has also kindly been knitting hearts for patients who cannot see their families during the pandemic (as part of this appeal). What an incredible person. There are thousands of ways to help your community and the NHS during this pandemic, whether it be donating to a cause, learning a course, shopping for the elderly or even just spreading positivity to your friends and family on social media - what you can do will make a difference so get involved! Becky Joiner, Social Housing Recruitment

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    COVID-19 - Think SMART

    How are you coping with COVID-19? It is a worrying and difficult time for everyone, especially for key workers and those on the front line in our amazing NHS. It's really important for everyone, whether working or not, to take great care of their mental health during this time. Most people will be watching the news a lot more frequently than they previously had which is fine, but if it is making you upset or overly scared, reduce it to only a few times a day. A big cause for conern is false news. Normally spread across social media, untrue information can affect a huge amount of people very quickly, causing them to worry and further pass this misinformation on. Try and keep up to date only with reliable sources, such as from the World Health Organisation.

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    Principal People Furlough Information - COVID-19 Pandemic

    During these difficult and uncertain times, Principal People are hoping that you are all keeping safe and well. Due to the COVID-19 situation, many of our staff are in a period of Furlough leave. This means that they will not have acces to their work emails, phone or any business accounts. However, we do still have a number of people working who are able to help you with any questions or queries. This means that if you are a candidate seeking a new job or career advice or a client seeking help with a vacancy or more information as to how we can help your organisation, we are still able to assist you. You can contact the Principal People team via the main office line 01252 759 162 or by emailing info@principalpeople.co.uk. Or alternatively, you can choose the most suitable contact from the list below to contact. Directors Simon Bliss – Managing Director – simon@principalpeople.co.uk – 07793 802 894 Josh Huggins – Director and Executive Search and Selection Team Leader – j.huggins@principalpeople.co.uk - 01252 954 951 – 07959 289 937 Tara Waterman – Operations Director – t.waterman@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 952 – 07702 010 333 Team Leaders Naz Bhad - Contract and Interim Team Leader – n.bhad@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 964 – 07940 250 006 George Wilson – Infrastructure, Construction and Utilities Team Leader – g.wilson@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 970 – 07899 963 318 Thomas Minshell – Manufacturing and Logistics Team Leader – t.minshell@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 960 – 07527 625 318 Zac Wilson – Corporate Services and Quality Team Leader – z.wilson@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 958 – 07725 711 501 Aleks Smolski – Social Housing Recruitment – a.smolski@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 953 – 07463 682 276 Reece Rowden –Social Housing Recruitment – r.rowden@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 954 – 07557 099 071 Accounts & Finance Team and Sales Support Charlotte Hall – Management Accountant – c.hall@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 913 508 – 07792 650 721 Rosie Perfect – Credit Controller – r.perfect@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 977 – 07427 694 178 Jessica Bullock - Marketing and Support Coordinator - 01252 759 162 - 07505 354 507 Best wishes to all of our candidates and clients and stay safe!