Focus on: Recruitment

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In the run up to the EU referendum, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Jobs Outlook survey reported two thirds of employers were planning to postpone recruitment decisions until after the vote. Whilst there is still uncertainty about the terms and timing of Brexit, it appears those employers have now waited long enough!

Recent research has revealed that the number of people placed in jobs by recruitment agencies has increased for the first time in months. Here we speak to two recruitment specialists about their past 12 months.

 Adam Butler, Adam Butler Recruitment Ltd.

“We’ve really focussed on building our profile as a business in 2 ways, firstly as an executive recruiter within motor and asset finance as that is the background and expertise of many of our team, and secondly providing white collar talent to the businesses in and around the Chester / North Wales area as it’s an area we really know and love.

“This focus has enabled us to grow quickly and build a great pool of talent and also build recognition with the appropriate client bases, we now have more vacancies than at any point in the last 2 years.

“The biggest challenge remains battling the image of a stereotypical recruiter, and the industry as a whole is perceived simply as chasing fees. We proudly buck this trend and our vision is centred on always caring more about our client and talent base, and their unique culture, values and personalities, than we ever will be about a fee we may generate”

Steve Thomson, Forward Role

It’s been another extremely busy 12 months in Forward Role’s growth story.

The Marketing and Digital recruitment specialist was one of the first challenger brands in its space in 2008 when it set out post credit crunch, to take market share from the big corporates in the marketing recruitment sector.

8 years on and the business now has the largest North West Marketing recruitment team, with a focus across traditional marketing, Digital, Creative, Agency and Analytics and 18 staff based in offices in Bolton and Manchester. Brands such as,, and N Brown Group use the business to fuel their growth.

Managing Director Steve Thomson comments:

“It’s been an exciting and challenging 12 months. Organic growth is hard, but to double our team in size this year, open a larger Manchester office and launch an Agency and Interim division is extremely satisfying and sets us up for a huge year in 2017.

“It’s a tough market that we operate in. This year we’ve seen two heavily backed competitor businesses who set up in the last two years, close down their Manchester operations. For us to achieve so much growth in that context is extremely satisfying. Despite the continued evolution of internal recruitment teams in big corporates, we find the demand for our services higher than ever, fuelled by huge skills shortages in some of our key markets. We’re finding that taking the time to build a strong brand based on service and delivery, is making us the first call for businesses looking for talent to fuel their growth.”