Happy Birthday to us – 18 today
On June 17th, 2001, after much debate and despite a recent house move, we took the plunge and Callidus Consulting Ltd was incorporated.
Finally running our own business became a reality and not simply an idea.
We moved into small office in central Alton directly above our accountants – Wettone Matthews. They supported us through those early years and still do – although the building we shared has now become flats and we have both moved to Market Street. Thanks Phil – mainly for putting up with all our questions!
We also had a wonderful local Business Manager at the bank – who was based in the branch next to our office. He believed in us right from the start. Sadly, the locally based staff are long gone but we remember him with great affection. He was always happy for us to pop in for a chat or advice and we missed him greatly when he was made redundant.
Running the business has certainly had its interesting moments.
Shortly after we opened, we had the tragedy of 9/11 and the economic fallout that followed it. The 2008 financial crisis paralysed the automotive sector and for a period we refocused in other industries out of necessity. 2016 brought the Brexit vote and we are still juggling (like the rest of the UK) with the implications and uncertainties brought about by that decision.
We’ve also had some real highs including some recent exciting developments. In the last five years our consultancy business has gone from strength to strength both in the UK and Europe and last year we established our Irish business.
We have recently become members of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and are delighted to be extending our business in this dynamic market.
On a personal level we’ve had the challenges of our growing family with the children diving noisily into the office after school and college – often with a gang of friends after our stack of biscuits.
We’ve had a number of wonderful office dogs come and go – a post currently filled admirably by Bella the Greyhound. If you look at the shredded paper in her basket you can see that she is fully GDPR compliant.
We’ve had some fantastic people working with us over the years – many of our students having gone on to great things.
Hannah Baker who worked for us before, during and after university is now Business Editor of the Bristol Post. She was recently the winner of UK regional business journalist of the year at the Headline Money awards. Well done Hannah – we are all very proud of you.
Tom Davies (a summer student) is now a Senior Associate at Korn Ferry, Abi Bye (who worked for us after graduation) is now a Commercial Executive at SWRnewstar and Meghan Alexander (who worked for us before university and then in her holidays) is now a Research Associate within the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University.
We are delighted to have had the pleasure to work with these talented young people and have taken some small part in starting their careers.
I also want to say a big thank you to our current team.
In the office – Amanda who keeps our finances in order and us generally on the straight and narrow. Amanda has been with us for almost 8 years now – time that has flown. Ellie joined us in 2014 in an administration role and is now a key part of our recruitment team (and getting married in 10 days’ time!). Not forgetting of course, George and Millie – our administrators who turn their hands to almost anything and are a great support to us all.
Out in the field – Our team of dedicated consultants working on projects in the UK and Europe. Recently Dublin and Brussels have been key locations. Thank you to you all.
We’ve also worked with a wonderful cast of candidates and clients – many of whom have been with us since the beginning. None of it would have been possible without them.
So, thank you to everyone who has supported us through the rollercoaster that has been Callidus’ childhood and teenage years. We’ve learnt a great deal but continue to do so every day. So Happy Birthday to us and a big thank you to everyone who has played a part in our journey so far.
Caroline and Iain Cooper