Meet the MD: Steve Guest of Techconsult UK

Meet the MD: Steve Guest of Techconsult UK

As managing director of Techconsult’s UK office, it’s Steve's job to ensure that the business runs smoothly and continues to grow. BQ caught up with him to hear about his expansion plans for the future and how he looks to make it happen.

Describe your role in brief...

As managing director of Techconsult’s UK recruitment office, it’s my job to ensure that the business is efficient, profitable and targeted to achieve the set business objectives. I’m also responsible for business development through direct and indirect sales methods.

As part of a small team, I’m also hands on with client management and I act as recruiter for senior appointments within the technology and science sectors.


What is it the company does?

Techconsult UK is a specialist resourcing and recruitment consultancy operating in the technical and industrial marketplace across mid to senior level appointments.  Based at the Wilton Centre in Teesside’s industrial heartland, we have a proven track-record of success founded upon 10 years of experience in providing the best recruitment solutions for our clients.   


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I’ve always had an interest in science and industry, my dad was a chemist and my mum was a design technology teacher, so I guess it was inevitable I’d follow this path.

After University I began my career with a national recruitment company ESCA Services Ltd in the early-1990s as a junior consultant, placing technical and engineering candidates in the industrial and petrochemical sectors. 

Over a period of nearly ten years with ESCA I progressed to become branch manager of the hugely successful North East and Scottish division.

In 2003, I joined a boutique recruitment business in Newcastle, Solutions Recruitment, and assisted in the setting up of their technical and engineering operation, supplying engineers and managers to industry throughout the UK.

In 2006 I was approached by the directors of Techconsult Norway to assist in the formation and management of Techconsult UK, and the rest as they say is history.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

Confidence, honesty, decisiveness and a positive attitude. I also believe you should lead from the front, showing staff what needs to be done, rather than just telling people what to do.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

I have always worked for organisations with large back office departments to manage all of the day to day duties of running a recruitment company. 

As managing director of Techconsult UK all of these tasks landed immediately on my shoulders, so I have quickly had to become proficient in HR, accounts, marketing, payroll and an IT guru.  

However, as we have developed over the years we have outsourced many of these tasks to specialist organisations, allowing me to focus on growing the business.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my beautiful wife and two daughters. Being a husband and dad keeps me grounded and helps ease the stresses of work.

I am also a keen long distance and fell runner and can be found most weekends out in the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Hills. 

Over the years my colleague Sarah and I have completed a number of runs on behalf of Butterwick Hospice as part of Techconsult’s CSR commitment.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I can’t remember exactly what I wanted to be when I was little; I suppose the usual professions sprang to mind policeman, astronaut, teacher, scientist, etc.

But I do remember I had a real desire to want to do something ‘different’ and make a ‘difference’.

Is it too late to become an astronaut?!


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

Indecisiveness and uncertainty, which inevitably leads to frustrating delays and increased costs. I try to avoid this by implementing clear objectives and milestones with clients, ensuring that there are clear goals to work towards.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

We will continue to offer our services in a niche resourcing sector, focusing on science and technical businesses in mid to senior level appointments.  I would like to have additional regional offices in key growth areas for the sectors we operate in, employing additional recruitment and industry experts in line with this growth.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

  1. Prioritise your tasks ensuring you do the import ones that grow the business as soon as possible.
  2. Don’t try and do everything yourself and always look to delegate tasks that can be undertaken by others.
  3. Ensure that you find time for yourself, your family, friends and most importantly your health.
    1. Running and leading a business has many challenges and frustrations, but the satisfaction of building and developing something from scratch is hugely rewarding.