Why Nottingham? Jane Biggs gives her honest assessment

Our May edition of the hugely popular Why Nottingham series, features legal recruitment specialist, Jane Biggs, Founder and Managing Director of Bygott Biggs Legal Recruitment.

1. When did you first start to work in Nottingham?

Fresh from a Masters in International Law at University of Nottingham and uncertain that a career in the law was for me, I joined a national recruitment company on the basis it might help me to identify what it was I wanted to do. Little did I know, I would end up a recruiter for the rest of my career…

2. What first attracted you to the city?

A boy…… My first degree was in languages (German and Russian) and I was certain I would spend my life travelling as an interpreter, until I fell in love and decided I wanted to put down some roots.

3. How has it changed during your time here?

The landscape of Nottingham has changed immeasurably with lots of development taking place all over the city. I’m excited to finally see the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh take place and hope that its transformation helps the city to attract and retain more talent. As the first sight upon disembarking from the train, the Broadmarsh was never the most inspiring view the city had to offer.

More specifically, looking at the market within which I work – the legal profession has also undergone huge change with the arrival of new, national and even, international law firms together with the consolidation of other formerly, well-known local firms. The dissipation of legal aid has also meant the disappearance of many practices from the high street. However, the legal profession has managed to adapt well to the changes and the local professional community is vibrant and thriving.

4. What is / are the biggest challenges we face as a city compared with our regional ‘rivals’ and nationally?

The loss of talent is the major challenge I believe we face as a city and certainly within the legal community. Whilst both of the universities work closely with local employers to try to encourage the retention of talented students upon graduation I think more can still be done to demonstrate the bright and varied careers the city has to offer for those choosing to make their future here.

What Nottingham does have to offer is a local professional and business community which is extremely close knit and supportive and for anyone looking to start their work life here they will find plenty of opportunity to grow a network of business contacts and intermediaries to help progress their career.

5. How long is your daily commute and how do you get into the city?

I live in a village 15 miles outside of the city and unfortunately there is no public transport available that would get me to work, so I drive in and my commute takes between 30-45 minutes.

I enjoy the fast pace of work life in the city but relish getting home to a slower life in the country where dog walks meld into trips to the pub.

6. What are your favourite places to eat and drink for business and pleasure?

Bar Iberico and their menu rapido is perfect for a quick business lunch. When it comes to a treat, Langar Hall and the Martins Arms at Colston Bassett are old favourites.

7. Finally, if you had a blank canvas, what would you like to see happen in the next 12 months?

Probably the same that everyone wishes for, irrespective of personal viewpoint, to secure some kind of resolution to the disaster that has become Brexit. In order for businesses to continue to invest and grow we need a clearer vision of what the future might look like.

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