A veritable Hive of activity as Tame add Renuka to its team

A Sutton Coldfield initiative designed to help youngsters with special needs find work experience, has been given another big boost with the news that another student has been offered permanent employment by a local company.

The Hive, at Wilson Stuart School in Erdington, was launched three years ago, and now has 30 eager students aged between 19 and 25, with an expanding waiting list for the new school year in September.

And the latest boost to The Hive’s reputation came with the news that 23 year old student Renuka Bhardwaj has been offered a permanent job with Tame Maintenance & Cleaning.

Renuka has been working as an office assistant at Tame Cleaning in Sutton Coldfield since last October, and has made such a huge impression with her boss, that he has found her a permanent role in the company as an office administrator.

“She’s been brilliant since she came on board,” said Richard Evans, Managing Director of Tame Cleaning, based at Warwick House, Forge Lane, Sutton Coldfield. “Renuka works hard, she’s extremely reliable, she quickly blended in as one of the team, she’s popular, and I’m proud to be in a position to take her on permanently as a part-time member of staff – which best suits her – as our company continues to expand.

“I think what The Hive is doing for its students is fantastic, and when – as a local employer – I was asked if I would be interested in supporting the scheme, I had no hesitation,” said Mr Evans. “Everybody deserves a chance, and we were happy to give Renuka some work experience initially, but she’s done so well it has now turned into a full time position.”

Julie Pallister, at The Hive, sources work placements in a range of sectors to suit the students and employers’ needs.  She said: “The students have a wide range of capabilities and there are jobs out there, suitable for all, it is all about finding out their strengths and then sourcing work in those areas.

“It’s great news that Tame are making Renuka’s part-time role a permanent position, and I’m thrilled to bits, obviously. It’s yet more proof that what we are aspiring to achieve is working for both employers and students.

“The Hive evolved from the Government declaring its intention to increase the numbers of young disabled people going into employment – what we do is help students who might, in all honesty, struggle in the normal application process for any job.

“So what we do is find them work placements, usually one to two days a week for about six weeks with a local company, with us providing initial support, but ultimately leaving the student to have the confidence to continue on their own.

“The Sutton Coldfield business community have been extremely supportive, and none more so than Richard Evans and Tame Cleaning, which makes it even more special for us, as well as Renuka, that she now has a full time job. We are very proud of her!”

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Former Dragon Theo shines with enthusiasm for Tame

Sutton Coldfield based commercial and industrial cleaning specialists Tame Cleaning and Maintenance have celebrated their tenth anniversary with an endorsement from Theo Paphitis, once of BBC TV’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, and one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs.

The company, based at Warwick House, Forge Lane, Sutton Coldfield, was recently selected by Mr Paphitis to join his exclusive #SBS group – Small Business Sunday – on the social media site Twitter, which promotes and supports small to medium sized businesses. And among the perks of being invited to participate is a day out with fellow members at Birmingham’s ICC Centre, hosted personally by Theo himself.

Explained Peter Jones, of Tame Cleaning and Maintenance’s marketing department: “Twitter is a great platform we use to promote our business and our services, and we were delighted to be selected by Theo to join his prestigious group, which he set up as a way of supporting the small business sector.

“You get access to a special #SBS website he set up, which introduces you to other members, offers great advice and generally makes you feel privileged to be a part of, knowing how many people try without success to get selected.

“Every year, usually in February, as this year’s was, Theo hosts an event in Birmingham, and as a newly selected member of the group, we were welcomed on board by Theo, and presented with our certificate, and he took time to find out more about what we did.

“He was genuinely impressed – and as someone who started at the bottom and climbed his way to the top, he appreciates the hard work and dedication that goes into building up a business as we have. Tame started with just three of us, and 10 years later we now employ well over a hundred people, but at the same time, never forgetting we’re a family run business, that treats our staff as family.

“Theo was was really supportive, gave out some great advice, and when you chat to someone who’s achieved in business what he has, it gives you a great buzz to know he’s so interested and helpful.

“But the whole day was fantastic; we met some awesome and inspirational people, and just learnt so much from being around business people whose passion for what they do matches ours.”

To become a member of Theo’s #SBS group, you send a message to him, via Twitter, between 5.30pm and 7pm on a Sunday evening, explaining in 140 characters why he should select you. He looks at all the Tweets, selects five that stand out to him, checks them out, and then on a Monday evening reveals his winners of the week.

Tame Cleaning and Maintenance – specialising in daily office cleans, new build cleans, industrial and commercial cleaning, and ground maintenance – is prominent in and around Sutton Coldfield, but has clients all over the UK.