How can it help you?


Mindfulness is proven to reduces stress levels

Less sick days due to underline stress issues

Improves employee retention

Improves employee engagement

Improves conflicts as people learn to control emotions better

Increases positive outlook

Enhances ability to think clearly and focus on tasks

Increases mental and physical well being

More creativity and helps with problem solving

What is mindfulness?

So you've heard something about it, it's in the media, people are talking about the benefits, you may have heard of all sorts of companies (small and large) who are benefiting from it in the workplace.  Companies such as Google, Nike and Apple have used it for a while now. It is widely recognised as beneficial for mental health by the NHS.

Mindfulness is all about being ‘in the moment’, it can help you focus, keep calm, in control and feel positive.  It gives us ways to cope better in stressful situations both externally and internally (sometimes our own inner voices can be our worst critic). 

It's can be done in many different ways, deep breathing, appreciating what is around us, focusing on a task we find relaxing, walking and eating to name a few. It can be done on your own, however having a professional guide you through a mindfulness session is instant, it means participants feel a whole new level of relaxation, mind calming and focus. Learning and giving them coping mechanisms for the future.

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NLP Focusing and Visualisation techniques are used to help people find new ways to find confidence, perform at their best, succeed, communicate with each other and your customers, be positive, become winners.

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Why Ann?

With a long career in recruitment, I've heard it from all sides:  

Companies; under pressure to perform, wanting a happy work place for employees, worried about recruiting, looking to motivate and retaining people. Fed up with stress being the main cause of sick leave.

Employees; Feeling stressed, pressured, unhappy and under valued.  Leading some people to leaving their current role without a job to go to.

My recruitment experience along with Hypnotherapy and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) qualifications (2012) puts me in a unique position of understanding the pressures that both Employer and Employee are under and the tools to help in the form of mindfulness, focusing and visualisation.

My Story - how stress crept up on me

My Story - how stress crept up on me


Ann Downs FREC, DMH, D.Hyp, CPNLP

My motivation has always been to help people. As a trained hypnotherapist, using mindfulness, NLP,focusing and visualisation  techniques I can help your staff, relax, focus and reach their potential. 

Working with all sorts of different organisation, with individual needs, let's have a chat about what you are hoping to achieve for your staff and we can work together on a customised programme to meet the specific needs of your team or project.  Delivered on-site at your offices or at a location provided by you.  Also can be booked as a business speaker on the benefits of mindfulness for events and conferences.

Some tips to help you retain or recruit the very best employees

Best Employer

Are you competitive in areas such as, salary, benefits, holidays, hours of work and their working environment? If not, could this be improved? Bear in mind this could mean you lose the perfect person for the role. Consider what you may need to do to change this.

Staff Turnover

What does your staff turnover look like? A settled team or a revolving door? High staff turnover can seriously damage your reputation as a business. Try to determine the causes of turnover and aim to put employee retention strategies in place.

Company Culture

The best candidates want to work in an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and most importantly fun. We have noticed that candidates are increasingly interested in the culture and working environment.

Are you attractive?

Most people looking for a career move are looking for a happy long term solution.

We want to help you find the very best employees. Sometimes the highest quality candidates will not wish to progress with a role we present to them due to a number of reasons. They are looking for the right career move for themselves. All of our interviewed and registered candidates have the opportunity to decide if a role is right for them or not before we forward CV's to the employer. We find this helps prevent any time wasting. As we recruit for the best employers most candidates are happy to progress. Some give us valid reasons as to why the opportunity is not right for them. Occasionally the very best candidate, rejects a role due to something out of our control, meaning the employer misses the ideal person. Here are a few comments from people who did not wish to have their CV sent to a vacant job.


"Website is a holding page only or out of date"

"Cannot get a feeling for the company"

"Creative Agency showing old work"


"Social Media"

"No LinkedIn Profile"

"Cannot get a feel if the company is the right fit"

"Negative comments on line"


Your Online Presence

A potential candidate will want to check you out. Is your website up to date? Are your LinkedIn profiles up to date and engaging? What do you and your staff portray on social platforms?


Your Team

Are they unmotivated or negative?

(If so, ask yourself how you may be perceived as someone to work for)

The Competition

Just as a potential recruit will aim to sell themselves over the competition, they will want to know what you have to offer that another potential employer can not. Determine your company’s USP’s (unique selling points) and communicate them.


The top talent will be ambitious and want to know, your plans for future growth and how the company and their role will progress.


Interactions with your staff.  Don’t under estimate the fact that the person coming for interview will be checking out your staff too.

Be Positve

This may seem simple, however we have had people turn down job offers because the interviewer was negative.


Training and Development

Potential employees will be motivated by the structured programmes a company has to offer to develop their status and managerial ability. Training and development helps to keep up with changes in the market, and offering training and development shows the company wants to help the employee grow and stay with the company. A candidate wants assurance that they can grow with the company and share its success. 


People want to be excited by their work, don’t wait till someone has left to find out why they were bored. If they are really talented, then challenge them with important initiatives and watch them rise to the occasion. The top candidates want to be stretched and pushed but more importantly want their work to make a difference.

Trust and Respect

This must start at the first interview. Candidates need to trust that the hiring manager is accurately portraying the culture of the company and the job opportunity. Trusting and respecting your employees also means tolerating their mistakes and recognising them as part of the learning process – just as it was part of yours.

Recruiting Success

By considering your business’s strengths and opportunities, you will gain a fuller understanding of how attractive it will be to a potential employee. By following these tips you will increase your potential for attracting, recruiting, and retaining the best talent in the industry, and in turn making your business even more successful.