My North East: Sophie Milliken

Following 13 years in senior HR roles at the John Lewis Partnership, Sophie co-founded Smart Resourcing Solutions in 2013, becoming Managing Director in 2017. Smart Resourcing Solutions work nationally to support employers, with the design and delivery of everything to do with graduates and apprentices. We support universities and schools, to ensure their students effectively showcase their talents to employers, and also work with students on an individual basis

I was born in Newcastle and lived in Jesmond and Heaton, before going to university in Leeds. I returned to Jesmond, when I joined the graduate scheme, at John Lewis Newcastle. I went on a six month secondment to head office in London, which turned into eight years! I returned to the North East six years ago, and commuted to London for work, before having my daughter, and setting up Smart Resourcing Solutions in Newcastle in 2013.

Although much of my work is national, I love being involved in the North East business scene, and am a particular supporter of women in business in the area. The support people have for each other in the North East is unrivalled.

My favourite area of the North East is Jesmond because it is close enough to walk into the city centre, yet has a village feel, with brilliant shops, bars and restaurants, and is only a short drive away from the coast.

My favourite place to spend some quality leisure time in the North East is Happy Yoga Newcastle. An hour of yoga with the fantastic Jo Openshaw-Hutton gives me a renewed energy for the rest of the day. If I have more than an hour, then a full day at Ramside Spa is one of my favourite things to do!

I love Riley’s Fish Shack on King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth. It’s so quirky and unique, and the fish they serve is excellent.

The Discovery Museum always has varied and interesting things to see and do. I held my daughter’s fourth birthday party there, and it was a big hit with kids and parents alike.

My favourite place to conduct business away from the office is Hotel du Vin Newcastle. It’s easy for people to find, has great outdoor space, and cosy indoor space so works in all weather. The food and drinks are always great too.

The best view in the North East, is from the park bench just past Paddy Freeman’s Park, which overlooks the old mill and waterfall in Jesmond Dene. It holds lovely memories, and is always beautiful in every season.

I love walking from Whitley Bay to Tynemouth. There’s the wonderful views of the sea, and the Priory, with the added bonus of being far enough to clock up a good number of steps on my Fitbit.

Smart Resourcing Solutions
www.smart-resourcing-solutions.com
sophiemilliken@smart-resourcing-solutions.co.uk
@SRS_Sophie

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