Category: Day’s Out


MLA EXPO 19 – A team day away!

Beth Wilshaw-Rhead, Media Executive of SFR Recruitment Solutions.

Yawning, in the dire need for a morning coffee our team embarked on the journey to the international centre in Telford to attend the Master Locksmiths Association 2019. After a few hours in the car and a slightly disappointing pastry from the services we made it! Slightly confused about the whereabouts of the car park we decided to follow a van with the word ‘locksmith’ on it and surprisingly enough we found our way to the right car park.

MLA EXPO 2019, Telford International Centre

The exhibition was well laid out, professional stands and unique products filled the space, meaning that it took many laps around the event to see everything and engage with people. It was enjoyable to see the passion that many had for their company, brand or product. From antique locks, bespoke safes and underwater security systems there was so many interesting products which demanded our attention. Overall the day was interesting, hectic, yet enjoyable. Anyway, enough talking, here is 5 points from each of our team members describing their own personal experience from the day- so enjoy

“Give me 5 points of what you enjoyed at the MLA Expo 19!”

Matt’s Points:

Matthew Robinson- Director
  • Perfect setting for the SFR Recruitment Solutions team to meet up with clients.
  • Several candidates that have found new career challenges through the help of our team welcomed us on the stands to view the product range.
  • Great to see the new innovations in the industry + a brilliant atmosphere in the arena
  • The show successfully showcased the wider industry and the solutions for all security needs. 
  • Attending the show helped us learn a lot which will only help us recruit talent in the sector.

Jamie’s Points:

Jamie Smith- Director
  • I personally had an amazing experience at the MLA 2019 EXPO, a chance to meet and greet face to face with clients new and old.
  • Always good to break away from the office and have a team bonding day to an event within our industry.
  • A great range of products that I am particularly interested in i.e. Architectural Hardware, Door hardware, Locks. Locking systems and safes.
  • Always interesting to see the existing locking systems and what the future holds with finger recognition and smart locks/security products.
  • A very friendly and well organised environment, with a good selection of refreshments.

Also, a big thank you to Access2, Dormakaba, Henry Squire & Sons, Abus and Securikey, for engaging us with there product demonstrations and Free gifts, it was much appreciated indeed!

Connor’s Points:

Connor Delbridge-Card
Recruitment Consultant
  • Great environment to get hands on with the latest products
  • Fantastic to meet with new people throughout the sector
  • A great setting, representing the size of the industry
  • The chance to finally experience the ABUS Touch Padlock
  • Great hospitality by all businesses in attendance – importantly the free beer from Access2

Beth’s Points:

Beth Wilshaw-Rhead
Media Executive
  • The exhibition was very well laid out and was a pleasure to attend
  • There was so many interesting products to see – particularly some of the antique lock hardware.
  • Brilliant hospitality!
  • Great opportunity to meet different people and see the shared enthusiasm and passion for the industry that we work within
  • Loved the eco friendly stand presented by Securikey Ltd and the free eco-friendly travel mug! Thank you guys!

Overall our team at SFR Recruitment Solutions had a brilliant time at the MLA Expo 2019- See you all in 2020!

The 100% design experience

100% design-An office day away!

Beth Wilshaw-Rhead, Media Executive of SFR Recruitment Solutions.

Armed with four coffee’s and sandwiches, our team was ready for a long but exciting day ahead attending the 100% design show, in London Olympia. Intriguing right? For those that are unsure the 100% design event is ‘the largest and longest-running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK (100% design, 2019).’ Every set owned by a diverse range of brands and companies, were carefully designed to present themselves in the most eye-catching way possible, to assist successful networking and show off some of their products.

100% design show, London Olympia, 18/09/2019

Enchanted by many of the design sets at the 100% design, as a team, overall we found the event to be compelling and thought-provoking! For us as a specialist company it is important to meet our clients face to face which, was greatly achieved at the event. The day entailed engaging with clients and looking at some very interesting products. This was an enjoyable process for the team of SFR Recruitment Solutions! Ending the day with a trip to M&M World in Leicester square and a stroll to our train ready for the long journey back, we each reflected on our experience at the event..

100% design show, London Olympia, 18/09/2019

What was my experience at the 100% design show?Beth Wilshaw-Rhead, Media Executive.

“It was my first time attending the 100% design show so I had very little knowledge or expectations of the event. I was happily surprised with the vibrant rainbow carpet and enchanting designs, from power showers to professional hardware and even a DJ! Documenting the event and our team’s experience throughout the day on all our different social media platforms was fun and gave our followers an insight of our day out of the office. Being from a art and design background I found the event to be incredibly captivating and vibrant and my overall experience at the 100% design show was enjoyable, motivating and inspirational.”

Beth’s 100% design show mirror selfie + DJ design

What was my experience at the 100% design show?Matthew Robinson, Director.

“100% design was a fantastic day for the SFR Recruitment Solutions team. The true benefit to visiting expo’s is for our ourselves and clients to meet face to face. Its also clear to see the importance businesses place on recruiting the right people and also the clear passion for the business and products.”

Matt examining the event guide + an intricately textured handle

What was my experience at the 100% design show?Jamie Smith, Director.

“Had an amazing day at the 100% Design expedition! From all aspects ranging from high end bathroom suites, quality retro and designed furniture and associated architectural ironmongery. A great change to meet face to face with existing client’s and meet and greet with new potential clients. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience! See you hopefully next year 2020 Keep up the good work guys….”

Polished mirrored handles + Jamie, Matt and Beth

What was my experience at the 100% design show?Connor Delbridge- Card, Recruitment Consultant.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event, it was a great opportunity to meet with people, get hands on with products and check out the wider market of interior design. Overall it was a brilliant day and there are some exciting new products coming to the market!”

100% Design food and drink bar + Connor conversing

Our team at SFR Recruitment Solutions had a brilliant day at the 100% design show! Can’t wait to come back next year in 2020!

M&M World, Connor and his new client!
SFR Recruitment Solutions