Goodbye Neil McArthur
So, many of you will be reading this thinking… Who is this Neil guy F10 are writing about? Well read on and you will find out.
7 and a half years ago a guy walked into this office for the first time and tomorrow at 4pm he will walk out for what will (hopefully) be the last time. (only joking Neil, you are welcome back anytime before 08:30am and after 6pm)
In that 7 and a half years Neil has proved to be an invaluable member of the team at F10 and has helped the business (and his colleagues) go from strength to strength. Neil is very much an F10’er and forever will be… He actually has a tattoo of Mark Flawn on his back. When it comes to recruitment there isn’t much that Neil hasn’t experienced, he has recruited in the UK, Europe and even filled a role in Wales once. He has recruited for Satellite businesses, defence, IT and many others. I am sure anybody that has ever worked with Neil would join us in saying, “Neil, you are a true professional and an all round top guy”.
However, that was before you dropped a bombshell on us.. You are leaving? How dare you? After making us all like you, you then have the audacity to say “I’m off to travel America on my moped”. Dave and Steve haven’t been the same since…. “The two musketeers” doesn’t have the same ring to it….. This is the biggest boy band break up since Robbie left Take That. (For those of you that don’t know who Take That are, they were like One Direction, but talented.)
So, Neil, this is it… This is goodbye for now, Thank you for everything, the laughs, the tears, the experiences and most of all, thank you for being you. Good luck and we all hope you have a wonderful time.
P.S Sue, please look after him!
And finally.... Neil "This was your F10 life" and this is what your colleagues think of you.
We will miss you!
“I have only worked with Neil for 2 years, however what an influence this man possesses. When Neil speaks you listen, you take on board the information his many years in recruitment and life has taught him and then you thank him for his wisdom. You then become a better person and recruiter because of it!! You meet many people in your recruitment life however I can safely say you don’t meet many like Neil, he is ONE IN A MILLION!! All the best and have a great trip. True Legend”
“Neil thank you for being such a fantastic colleague, you have taught me so much in such a short space of time and I am very happy to now call you a friend. I am going to miss our chats and will certainly miss those strange moments like when you were randomly doing a headstand in the office. You are weird but I love you. Bye Mate”
“Enjoy your travels Neil. Luton will be a worse place without me & you. Remember: Few people outside of the UK will understand your humour – try not to say anything too inappropriate or articulate, it will only confuse them.”
“Neil, thank you for all of the advice, laughs and compliments on fashion over the years! I’m sorry to see you go and I will miss having you in the office, as I’m sure everyone else will too. Have a fantastic time on your travels!”
“Where do I start?? Neil, I remember the first day you walked in, baby faced, full of beans and enthusiasm and with a spring in your step!! 7 and a half years later I still see that youthful exuberance, fantastic smile and great sense of humour. We have worked together on many projects and campaigns over the years and I can genuinely say you have been the biggest influence I have had throughout my career. Your way of explaining things, delivering solutions and handling situations has been eye opening at times but has enabled me to work in a successful and positive manner which has shaped not only who I have become professionally but also as a person. When work hasn’t got in the way, we were regular runners and swimmers and it is the random conversations we had during these times that I will miss the most!! Good luck on your adventure Neil, I will miss you as a colleague but more so as a friend and someone who I can always rely on to provide guidance and support whatever the subject may be.”
“Having worked with Neil for many many years, I can say that he is a true gentleman who is always forthcoming with compliments and positive observations that make you feel good.
There have been some ups and downs along the way for Neil, both in and out of work, but we have maintained our friendship and mutual respect for one another throughout.
He will be greatly missed, especially as no one else here has that ladies eye for my sharp dress sense like he has.”
"Neil, can I stay at yours?"
"Neil is a great guy who has fantastic knowledge and has the ability to give great advice which I have used in life..
I am going to miss him allot, Especially now I will have to run on my own….
Absolute legend who I wish all the best and I hope you enjoy your trip Neil."
“I am not sure how I can top what has already been said by everyone else? How about; I see you as an Inspiration, that’s probably the best way I can sum you up? Right from the very first day we met back seven and half years ago, you have been a constant source of information, guidance and wisdom. When we were advised that you were taking time out to go and complete a Road trip around the Americas, I was at first extremely saddened, because from a selfish point of view I was losing a brilliant colleague, mentor and very good friend. However, I know that this is an ambition that goes a long way back, and above anything else I can see what a great opportunity it is to do something that very few others will have the chance to do. You might not be a colleague anymore, but you will always be a friend, and so I wish you all the best for a safe, prosperous and enjoyable journey, and I hope we can meet up upon your return to share in your new experience.”
"Thanks for all those times when you helped me in the tasks. In the journey of life you meet several people who are hard to forget. I am glad to meet a person like you. Hope the path ahead is smooth for you and you reach your goal without a fuss.
I am really going to miss you. Best of luck and See you soon!"
"Neil, for the short 6 months that I have been with F10 I can honestly say it has been an absolute pleasure working with you! I’m calling first dibs on your monitor.."
"I was a young man when Neil joined my organisation but ‘Oh, how the years have aged me’. Now here’s a funny thing: I thought he’d left two years ago. Ha, I must be losing it…
On a serious note Neil has been a pleasure to work with and I shall miss all of the Uncle Albert stories he often recited. His sartorial elegance much admired, his fitness staggering considering his age and his lucid candour quite outstanding.
You have been an inspiration to many and we will be keen to see all those photo’s."
Another one off the Bucket List eh Neil..- Crate up those motor bikes, ship them out and enjoy the travelling…!