The Monday Meeting: Henchman

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Let’s be honest; the market is crowded with companies who promise to make our lives easier. As a professional Assistant, are any of them actually worth your time?

Let’s be honest; the market is crowded with companies who promise to make our lives easier. As a professional Assistant, are any of them actually worth your time?

In a bid to find out, each Monday we’ll be interviewing a different supplier from our Little Black Book on the Sidekicks website. We’ve called this series The Monday Meeting, and it’s the supplier’s chance to pitch to you – as London’s leading Assistants – ways in which they can make your life easier and help you work more effectively. Every Supplier we choose to interview will be someone we have used in the past and have rated ourselves.

For the first of our Monday Meetings, we’ve decided to have a chat with Craig Stockwell of Henchman, who are one of our favorite suppliers. Henchman are a brilliant company with a nifty little App, allowing you to request anything you like from any restaurant or store in London and have it delivered directly to your door – within an hour. Henchman will deliver anything from food to groceries to flowers to shoes to dry cleaning, and are billed as ‘The PA’s PA’. Can this be true? We decided to give Craig a grilling.

Henchman is described as ‘the PA’s PA’. That’s a big call! Can you explain the ways in which you can assist our Assistants?

The best thing about Henchman is that it’s on demand. No longer do PA’s or Office Managers have to disappear out the office for hours at a time in the hunt for a bouquet of flowers, grabbing the boss’s favourite lunch or panic about moving documents from one place to another. All of this can be done within an hour, we make ‘last minute’ totally painless.

That’s impressive; ok, we’ll award you the title of Assistant to our Assistants! However, our Assistants are often on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Can Henchman match that?

So far, we’re still testing the water for 24/7 service, we can do a 365 service though, we’re open on Christmas Day and we even trialled a 24 hour service on New Year’s Eve.

“London – like so many cities around the world, are getting busier and busier and so are the people that make them tick.”
How did you identify the need for a Henchman in London?

London – like so many cities around the world, are getting busier and busier and so are the people that make them tick.

People lose hours or days of their lives at a time running errands that they really would rather not be doing, as well as having tasks thrown at them last minute that they can’t plan for.

So the need we’ve identified is, “I don’t have time.” and “I can’t be in two places at once” – Henchman is like having a PA in your pocket.

Our favourite Sidekick of all time is probably Miss Moneypenny – we adore her, James Bond would be SO rubbish without her. So, who’s your favourite Henchman of all time?

For us, it’s got to be Batman’s Alfred – while he might not be your traditional Henchman, we think he’s the best. He’s always looking out for Bruce Wayne, solving the problems before they happen and bringing him some delicious smoothies in the process.

Him or Oddjob – Oddjob is pretty cool too.

And finally (we’re dying to know) – what’s the most unusual thing Henchman has ever had to pick up?

We like the person who ordered sunglasses to make their afternoon at the pub that much more enjoyable! That being said, we don’t discuss orders outside of Henchman HQ – so our most unusual order will always remain confidential.

What’s the Verdict?

What can we say; Craig’s very persuasive. We decided to put Henchman to the test last week – we needed an extra iPad for our awesome new candidate registration process, and we were snowed under. We called Henchman and we had a brand new iPad Air in SKHQ, complete with original receipt from the Covent Garden Apple Store, within 40 minutes. Not bad at all….

If Craig’s convinced you, why not download Henchman here (it’s absolutely free).

Have a great week!

The Sidekicks Team

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