Belfast Telegraph

Don't have a fear of failure in business: Recruitment expert

By Staff Reporter

Backing yourself and believing in your own idea is key to a business surviving and expanding, one top recruitment expert has said.

Anne Heraty, founder of Cpl Resources, was speaking during a leadership talk at Ulster University in Belfast.

Ms Heraty is chief executive of the firm, which now operates across the UK and Ireland.

"Back yourself, believe in yourself, believe in your idea," she said.

Ms Heraty, who is originally from Co Longford, started her career in Xerox where she was one of Ireland's first telesales workers.

She then moved into recruitment, working for Grafton, and started off a 30-year career in the sector.

She was the keynote speaker at the PKF-FPM Annual Leadership Talk, which is part of the 2017 MLM Management Month initiative, in association with the Ulster University Business School.

During the conversation with broadcaster Gerry Kelly, Ms Heraty spoke about her passion for business, and her move from telesales to become the first female chief executive of an Irish company to float on the stock exchange.

"Have no fear of failure. Success and failure are two sides of the same coin," she said.

"Both are just experiences and each set different challenges for you."

Speaking at the event, managing director of PKF-FPM Accountants, Feargal McCormack, said: "Anne Heraty is a role model in so many ways and a person who has quietly and very effectively made a significant mark on Ireland's economic landscape."

Professor Mark Durkin, executive dean of the Ulster University Business School, said: "We were delighted to work with Professor Feargal McCormack and his team at PKF-FPM in organising the now very well established Annual Leadership Talk.

"As a business school that is committed to nurturing both knowledge and skills in business, management and leadership, the key dimension that enables that foundation to really add value in business is entrepreneurial thinking and action.

"Anne demonstrated that entrepreneurial flair hugely in her talk and it was an honour to welcome such a ground-breaking figure as Anne Heraty, to share with us her thoughts on leadership."

Ms Heraty founded Computer Placement Ltd in 1989, with the aim of placing people in IT companies starting up businesses in Ireland.

Then, three years later, she became the owner of Cpl Resources and by 1999, the company began trading on both the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.

Cpl now operates 32 offices across nine countries. Over the years Ms Heraty has won numerous awards for her business acumen.

That includes being named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.

Just last month, Cpl announced it was creating 15 new jobs at its Northern Ireland business.

Cpl will add 10 associate consultants and five senior roles across its Belfast and Londonderry offices.

Aine Brolly, chief executive of Cpl in Northern Ireland, said the expansion is the direct result of the business's growth across the island.

"Our team has doubled in the past 12 months and as our client list continues to expand, we have restructured and reshaped our Northern Ireland business to support our development," she said.

Belfast Telegraph