King Recruit’s MD Helen Plumridge discusses growing into leadership

Here’s an overview of our brilliant intimate lunch with Helen Plumridge of King Recruit – thanks for the write-up Kirsten Clarke from Kirsten Clarke Marketing.

Helen Plumridge was invited to an intimate lunch hosted by women’s only networking group Six Degrees, to share her knowledge on the often unspoken about journey into leadership.

Six Degrees is a network for likeminded business women in Devon to connect, encouraging members to form a community that offers one another support, helping each other to achieve more together through mutually beneficial business relationships. Tired of old style stuffy networking events, Six Degrees founders Sarah Jepson, Linda Horner and Louise Glanville wanted to build a stimulating and confidential space which could help to cultivate meaningful collaborations and inspire new friendships.

Launched in 2019, Six Degrees has been extremely well received by the business community. The group has flourished and they now have a database of 250 entrepreneurial women across Devon.

Over the past few years Six Degrees have held fun and stylish events at the stunning Pig at Combe, Pink Moon, Artigiano, Exeter Cookery School and Burrington Estates.

Helen was delighted to be asked to talk about her journey into leadership at the intimate lunch, held at one of Exeter’s most beautiful venues, No. 5, overlooking Exeter Cathedral. Helen joined 14 women to speak about her journey into recruitment, how she fell into the industry, her first attempt at running her own business, how she has managed to keep her passion for her trade over the years, facing various challenges along the way, juggling the launch of King Recruit whilst building her family and the exciting partnership formation with recruitment giant Recruitment Entrepreneur and ex Dragon’s Den James Caan CBE in summer last year.

It was a very insightful and honest talk in which Helen revealed her strengths and what she is learning on her journey into leadership and running a business. She talked candidly about what it is like leading a team of women in a very progressive market; she shared her recommendations for the most influential books she has read on leadership, the number one being Tools of Titan by Tim Ferriss. Helen also talked about one of her favourite leadership quotes by Jim Rohn, ‘Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune’.  

Helen described her enthusiasm for expanding her team further as the search for high performing top talent across the South West grows. She is poised for another incredible year, assisting dynamic and fast moving companies to expand. Helen will be employing the leadership talents she has learnt over the years but is also eager to develop her repertoire of skills and continue on her voyage of operating a thriving business.  

Helen’s talk was followed by a delectable lunch and a buzz amongst the group talking and sharing stories on their own leadership journeys.

To have a chat with Helen about leadership or growing a business, you can contact her on 07808 537696.

Growth in leadership is mandatory not optional: Heres what Helen’s learning    

  • You’ve got to work at it, every single day
  • You’ve got to keep giving….it’s almost like parenthood, except sometimes you get thanked. Love your team!
  • You can get it wrong
  • Let the dust settle – Time is a friend
  • I’m working on my weaknesses: Public Speaking, Being a raging bull, avoiding confrontation, being too nice sometimes!
  • I’m always learning from other people. My partners. My husband. My team. My kids.
  • Mentoring and accountability is really important for progress
  • You’ve got to love what you do
  • You’ve got to be disciplined, focused, determined – most of the time
  • It’s good to be honest
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. And don’t over analyse