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Due to the continued success of the business even through the economic downturn, Fresh Recruits is expanding the team to meet increasing demands with the addition of Recruitment Consultant, Laura Street.
“In these challenging economic times it is refreshing to join an agency that is so busy and proactive, Fresh have such a diverse range of clients, candidates and vacancies it means we are constantly busy with not enough hours in the day” says Laura
“I have an excellent track record in the recruitment industry and look forward to providing my clients with the high standard of service they have always received from me”
2010 saw the launch of ‘Fresh Care’, Fresh Recruits Care Division. Expanding their remit and clients to include Residential & Domiciliary Care, Nursery’s and Housing Associations, Managing Director, Jo Keating says; “
We have gone to great lengths to build a reputation on the back of an exceptional quality of service and the high calibre staff that we supply, and saw a need to carry on this within the care division.
Matching the needs of our new clients to the skills of our Support Workers is of paramount importance to us.
For the consultants at Fresh Recruits to be able to go that extra mile for all those clients in times of need, Fresh have appointed Becky Hustler as a dedicated administrative support for the consultants, so they are able to focus on spending every possible minute on sourcing, selecting and providing support for every vacancy and job search.
Becky says” I’m already rolling my sleeves up to get ready for some hard graft”!!
Fresh Recruits Managing Director, Jo Keating is delighted to announce their newest member to the team, Recruitment Consultant, Karen Blackburn joins the Perms team with over 9 years of recruitment industry experience.
Karen says "I am really pleased to be joining Bournemouth's leading recruitment agency and am looking forward to an exciting future with them”
“As well as being a great local employer, Fresh have an excellent
reputation in the recruitment market for providing an exceptional service
and I’m looking forward to becoming a valued member of the team”
For Fresh Recruits is to sustain its high level of efficiency, they have appointed a new Office Manager, to continue their excellent business processes and procedures.
“I’m delighted to have joined the Fresh team” says Clare
“I’m also really excited who be working with such a dedicated and professional team, who are so highly regarded in the Dorset area”
Recruitment consultant Emma Sikora has returned to her former employer Fresh Recruits following two years working in HR for a software company in Surrey.
The 27-year-old graduate first worked for the recruitment agency in 2005-06 and says she is delighted to be back in her adopted home town.
Originally from Ashford in Middlesex, Emma studied a communications degree at Bournemouth University and went on to pass her REC Foundation during her first stint at Fresh Recruits.
“Recruitment is busy even in these difficult times,” she
said. “Highly skilled people who have been made redundant are
being hunted by those companies still recruiting.”
SHE’S the longest serving member of staff at Fresh Recruits, and now Shelley McCue has become the agency’s office manager.
Starting as an administrative temp at the recruitment firm in 2003 – a year after the independent agency was launched - Shelley has moved up through the admin ranks to her pivotal new role.
As office manager Shelley is the firm’s backbone ensuring the smooth running of the team’s workplace, as well as the support functions for the temp and permanent job seekers on Fresh Recruits’ books.
She is also about to start a management course specifically designed for her by Wessex Training.
“I’m proud that Fresh Recruits and I have grown side by side,” said Shelley.
“I’ve developed personally during the past six years, gaining valuable experience and knowledge along the way.
“I’ve also seen the agency go from strength to strength in a very competitive market.” She says Fresh Recruits is more than ready to weather the oncoming credit crunch storm.
“Luckily we have such a broad range of clients, and vacancies are still extremely busy,” she said.
“But we have seen an increase in the last few weeks in the number of candidates registering due to redundancy.
“More and more employers are looking to temporary workers as a way to meet their business demands while keeping their permanent staff head count down.
“This is creating an increase in our temp side of the business.”
RAISING standards and excellence in the region’s recruitment industry is driving a major training programme for staff at a Bournemouth agency.
The majority of the team at Fresh Recruits has prestigious REC credentials, and the few consultants without them are starting theirs this month. (SEPT)
One employee is also taking a different route - a management program specifically designed for her by Wessex Training.
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is the UK’s professional body representing the interests of the recruitment industry, as well as benchmarking exacting standards and codes of practice.
“We view training as crucial to the success of our company and level of service we give our clients, as well as for the personal and professional growth of our team,” said Jo Keating, Fresh Recruits managing director.
“It is an ongoing process. There are many options out there,
and ways of financing them.
Funding for a percentage of the REC training has come from Business Link, and Train to Gain under the umbrella of the Learning & Skills Council.
Business Link has also provided 50 per cent towards the cost of the firm’s coveted Investor’s In People award, granted three years ago.
Known for their dynamic and wide ranging advertising, Fresh Recruits Managing Director, Jo Keating decided to veer away from traditional advertising themes for this latest campaign.
“We realise that to maintain our position as a leading recruiter, we need to continually be attracting the best candidates to fulfil our clients’ needs and expectations. We like to be original with our marketing and believe new strategies like this set us apart from the rest. As a local company, it is a pleasure to support local teams as well as working closely with businesses in the area.”
The new bus design accompanies traditional advertising on local radio, in local media and in trade press.
Jo Keating, seen here with the eye-catching bus and the 1st and 2nd Team Captains of East Dorset Rugby Club, Morgan Leadbitter and Lawrence Engle , believes that advertising is vital to the success of any business:
“We are aiming for a high visibility in Dorset as we want to be the recruiter that springs to mind first for both candidates and clients. It is also good if we can bring a smile to people’s faces, and the bus certainly does that!”
Please contact the Fresh Recruits Team on (01202) 292555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how they can assist you or your business.
Shelley McCue - Administration Manager of Fresh Recruits would like to welcome 2 new members of staff to the team. Shelley began her Fresh Recruits career over four years ago, progressing successfully to her current role. Liz Sellers (picture: right) joins the team as a Branch Administrator supporting the Permanent Consultants. Liz will soon be embarking on her Foundation Certificate in Recruitment Practice to develop her knowledge in recruitment law and practices. Becky Skipworth (picture; left) joined the team over 8 months ago and thrives in the demanding recruitment environment, supporting both the Permanent and Temporary side of the business.
Fresh Recruits, Bournemouth’s leading commercial recruitment specialist is celebrating as it enters its sixth year of business this month. They have grown from a start-up in a small office with just two members of staff, to a profitable, successful business with its team now in double figures. The coming financial year is on track to show an increase in turnover of 30% based on 2006 figures. Each year the company has continued to grow and builds on its reputation as one of Dorset most successful agencies.
Their strategies are paying off with them currently experiencing exceptional levels of candidate and client enquiries. To cope with the surge in business, Katie Diamond, Sales Director is delighted to announce the recent appointment of two new consultants, Vicki Wright and Gaynor Hawkett.
Vicki commented, “I am pleased to be joining Fresh Recruits at such a prominent time in their development. It’s a very exciting place to be right now and I’m looking forward to contributing to the success of the team”.
Marketing is paramount to Fresh Recruits and July also sees the launch of their next marketing campaign. From an advertising back ground herself, Jo Keating, Managing Director of Fresh Recruits is a firm believer of the power of media and feels that Fresh Recruits would not be where they are today without the continuous investment in Marketing. She comments, “Although multi-medium advertising is not a cheap method of marketing your business, I see it as a vital way of raising awareness of your products or service. Every business has their target markets and it is important to identify from the outset the best ways to reach these”.
As a commercial recruitment specialist that is still relatively young, Fresh Recruits sees a carefully planned marketing strategy as essential for building the foundations of their successful business.
Fresh Recruits also uses its enviable central location, set a distance away from other recruitment agencies in Bournemouth, with its bright shop frontage as a distinct advertising tool in itself.
For all business’s to be successful, dedication, commitment and focus are all required from those involved and it certainly is not an easy ride, with all businesses experiencing ups and downs along the way. Fresh Recruits, through its ‘impeccable service’, has carved out formidable success in an ever changing and competitive market.
If you would like to make an enquiry to any of the team at Fresh Recruits, please call them on (01202) 292555, email email@example.com, or visit their offices at 2 The Triangle, Bournemouth.
March sees the launch of Fresh Recruits new website, the site is aimed at both clients and candidates providing an insight in to Fresh Recruits and the services offered.
Rachel Gulwell, Senior Consultant at Fresh Recruits feels that the
Internet is absolutely essential for today’s job seekers:
Online Recruitment is now the most favoured method for people to find and apply for new jobs. Whether via an agency, online job board or company websites, online methods are the most successful way of attracting candidates to new jobs.
The speed, efficiency and discreet nature of using the Internet to job hunt make it the option of choice. When already in full-time employment, time is precious for job seekers and using the internet ensures that time is used effectively and wisely.
Rachel continues “When looking for a new job it can be hard for people to find the time to job hunt. The Internet not only provides a speedy solution to this, but also acts as a huge information source. It enables people not just to apply for jobs, but also to conduct research into potential new employers, all at the click of a button. Without the internet job seeking would be much harder – and slower - for all those involved in the recruitment process”.
Fresh Recruits website provides job seekers with a full list of all positions that the team are currently recruiting for on behalf of their client base. Alongside this, useful information can be found on how to apply for jobs, how to write CVs and advice on how to stand out in a competitive marketplace. The team uses online job boards to ensure that their clients have access to the best candidates with the relevant skills and experience that they require.
Check out the website www.freshrecruits.co.uk for your next career
move. Browse through the jobs currently available and give the team
a call today to find out more information or for a personal career consultation.
As a Fresh Recruits candidate, you can also make use of the Internet
in their offices to help you prepare for the interview ahead of you.
Find Fresh Recruits at 2 The Triangle, Bournemouth – look out
for the big blue sign!
“Being an advocate of training myself, I understand and appreciate the importance and benefits of training and motivating your staff", says Jo Keating Managing Director of Fresh Recruits "Personal development should feature highly in a professional working environment. With the right training and development not only do I get the most out of my team it also means they get more out of their roles as well. At Fresh Recruits we recognise the importance and benefits of training and that is why I ensure all my team are given the opportunity to study for the REC Certificate in Recruitment Practice, which gives them an in-depth understanding of the recruitment marketplace. Training not only gives an individual more confidence to do their job to their highest ability but it also boosts the morale within the working group and lowers staff turnover".
Jo continues, "In order to build upon or unlock a member of your team's potential it is essential that they receive an adequate amount of quality training, allowing them to understand their job to a greater degree and further themselves within a role. In this challenging and ever progressive professional world you need staff that are knowledgeable and reliable to maintain and help develop the successful running of your establishment. This can not only alleviate pressure on individuals but also helps to create a dynamic working environment. Research by the Learning and Skills Council shows that staff training plays a key role in increased job satisfaction with 90% of employees and 92% of employers agreeing that it makes a difference. Two thirds of employees say they worked harder as a result of learning new skills. These are huge statistics with both staff and employers acknowledging the benefits as a result of the management of staff training. An increase in productivity and improved staff retention are just a few of the advantages when it comes to educating and sharpening the skills of your team," Jo summaries, "Training can be expensive but it is an investment in your business as well as your team, it's also a lot less expensive than having to manage a high staff turnover." For advice on Training and Development visit www.traintogain.gov.uk or www.lsc.gov.uk
Recruitment agencies can prove to be value for money as well as a more efficient and effective way of recruiting, especially if you are looking for minimum disruption in the workplace to your senior members of staff. Also don’t forget Fresh Recruits offer a rebate up to a 12-week period, should the candidate prove not suitable in the role, however if your direct recruitment is unsuccessful the process will be repeated in full, doubling the cost!
FRESH ADVICE FOR CLIENTS
“How do I ensure I am attracting the right candidate?”
Job Specifications are very important and can assist both client and candidate in making the right decision during the recruitment process.
• Job Description (demands of the role in terms
of its main duties and responsibilities)
If your job specification includes all of these it will ensure you are attracting the right candidate therefore reducing the time spent in sifting through applicants CV’s who do not meet your essential requirements.
• Person Specification (defines the job in human
East Dorset RFC got off to a flying start this season wearing a distinctive and striking new kit, sponsored by Bournemouth’s well known and successful recruitment agency Fresh Recruits. EDRFC were not the only ones to benefit from their support – Fresh Recruits is also proud to be sponsoring Bournemouth Hockey Club, demonstrating strong support for sport in the local community and borough of Dorset.
Fresh Recruits were announced as the new team sponsor as East Dorset RFC was promoted into Hampshire 2 at the end of last season. With the new kit, Fresh Recruits hope their support can give the team the extra ‘push’ in their demanding games. The Fresh team is looking forward to being more actively involved with the local teams and embraces success through sport in their local area. As a recruiter of choice for local businesses, Fresh Recruits saw it as a natural step to partner local sports teams too.
Jo Keating, Managing Director of Fresh Recruits is looking forward to the winter season ahead: “As sports and outdoor enthusiasts, we are relishing the opportunity to get behind two local teams through sponsorship. As a local company, it is a pleasure to support local teams as well as working closely with businesses in the area. It also reinforces our belief of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’.
On Thursday 12th October 2006. EDRFC held a special Rugby Evening, featuring guest Danny Grewcock, the England and Bath player. Danny was present to celebrate the new floodlights at the team’s ground at Iford Sports Club, Fresh Recruits also presented the new team strip.
Two further members of the team are celebrating passing their REC exams last month. Sophie Elliott, Trainee Consultant, and Harriet Chun, Branch Administrator both scored merits as a reward for their hard work and dedication. Sophie is delighted with her result:
"I think my qualification is definitely helping me become a first class Recruitment Consultant. I feel confident that I have a strong and in-depth knowledge of the industry and am well placed to advise and support clients with their recruitment campaigns".
As a thank you for their continued support, Fresh Recruits treated 40 keys clients to a special night out (literally) rows away from one of the worlds biggest popstars, Elton John. Elton returned to Bournemouth for first time in 20 years and played to a crowd of 18,000 people packed in to the AFC Dean Park stadium.
The combination of Elton John, his band and a fully seated audience, met with tremendous acclaim. He performed for over 2 hours singing hits from an incredible back catalogue spanning over three decades, including classic hits; ‘your song’, ‘bitch is back’, ‘are you ready for love’, ‘don’t let the sun go down on me’ and ‘I want love’. Client Andrea Mitchell from Anixter Components said "Thank you for a fabulous time. I was so pleased to have been invited, the gesture was thoroughly appreciated by Ann and myself. Thank you for inviting us, what a legend Elton is!!"
Fresh Recruits’ busy year has culminated in a host of internal promotions, the first being Emma Watson who is celebrating her promotion to Branch Manager after three years with Fresh Recruits, seen here with Sales Director Katie Diamond. Emma said”
I am delighted to have this opportunity to be managing one of Dorset’s leading independent agencies”.
Fresh Recruits’ first dedicated Open Day went with a bang! Their dedicated Open Day for client RIAS was a great success for all parties involved, and record numbers of candidates came down to the offices to register their interest.
The Open Day will be first of many for the Bournemouth based recruitment agency, who are using them as an opportunity to encourage candidates to come in without an appointment. Extending opening until 8pm allows candidates to register outside of working hours, as job-hunting whilst in employment can be extremely tricky. Open Days are going to be held on the LAST THURSDAY of every month, so mark the day in your diary!
The qualified team at Fresh Recruits helped candidates to look at the range of career opportunities that RIAS has to offer, carefully going through positions and the application process with them. Along with RIAS, candidates were able to investigate a range of other job opportunities in Dorset and Hampshire.
Rachel Gulwell, Senior Consultant co-ordinated the Open Day:
Along with the traditional festivities, Bournemouth based Fresh Recruits had another reason to celebrate this Christmas - they have just been awarded the prestigious Investors in People Standard.
Six months of preparation, evaluation and assessment led to the team being awarded the gold standard representing their commitment to business improvement through their people.
As part of the assessment process, the whole team was interviewed for their thoughts and perceptions on business operations, on their contribution to the company and their understanding of the business.
Jo Keating, Managing Director commented, “We are very proud to have attained this special status as a result of our combined efforts and hard work. It represents the focus we put into developing our team, making sure they are rewarded and we like to think that this is reflected in the service that we give our clients”.
Committing to the standard has allowed Fresh Recruits to look ahead to the future, and a prosperous 2006.
Fresh Recruits continues to lead the way in its position as one of Bournemouth’s most successful commercial recruiters with its innovative and exciting new advertising campaign. Eager to discover a new way of advertising their services, Managing Director, Jo Keating struck upon the idea of advertising with Yellow Buses.
“We realise that to maintain our position as a leading recruiter, we need to continually be attracting the best candidates to fulfil our clients’ needs and expectations. We like to be original with our marketing and believe new strategies like this set us apart from the rest.”
Katie Diamond, Sales Director, seen here alongside the eye-catching buses, believes that advertising is vital to the success of a young business:
“We are aiming for a high visibility in Dorset as we want to be the recruiter that springs to mind first for both candidates and clients. It is also good if we can bring a smile to people’s faces, and the buses certainly do that!”
Fresh Recruits is toasting the news that three more members of their team have just passed their Foundation awards in Recruitment (RPf), and are fully REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) qualified.
Recruitment Consultants Dan Stagg and Michelle Sikora have passed with Distinctions, and Senior Administrator Shelley McCue passed her exam with flying colours too, after three months of intensive study.
The REC is the body that represents the recruitment industry, providing a code of good practice, as well as support and advice for all members. Clients can now benefit from the knowledge that the team of consultants at Fresh Recruits have all passed this qualification, and are consequently in a position to advise on all aspects of recruitment with their specialist knowledge on best practice with clients and candidates, as well as employment laws and legislation.
To find out about how Fresh Recruits’ REC status can benefit you as a client or candidate, please contact the team on (01202) 292555, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresh Recruits is celebrating after the appointment of Katie Diamond to Sales Director, after the triumph and success since the joining company in September 2003.
Katie says “I am delighted with my appointment as Director after an exciting period of growth. We have shown that it is a possible to attend to both our clients and candidates needs with a tailor made service which ensures that everyone is given the highest level of care possible”. Exciting times are ahead for the Bournemouth based Recruitment Consultancy.
23 year old Emma Sikora has joined the dynamic team of consultants at Bournemouth's Fresh Recruits, bringing the rapidly expanding agency's staffing numbers into double figures.
With eighteen months of commercial recruitment experience, Emma was considered hot property by a number of local agencies, but was finally snapped up by Fresh Recruits Branch Manager Katie Diamond. Emma commented:" I was approached by various different agencies, but Fresh Recruits exceptional offer was head and shoulders above the rest. I'm thrilled to be part of one of Dorset and Hampshire's leading recruitment agencies, and certain that this will help me to build a very successful career in the recruitment industry."
Bournemouth based Fresh Recruits will be co-sponsoring the Mitsubishi EVO Gp N Rally Car to be driven in the 2005 Rallye Sunseeker by John hardy and co-driver Richie Firth of 2CRFM.
The spectacular event will be held on Friday 25th February when cars will start in the Bournemouth lower gardens and it continues on Saturday 26th February when the competitors head off to the gravel stages of Ringwood and Wareham forests and the private roads of Somerley Park.
Katie Diamond, Fresh Recruits Branch Manager said, “we are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with this exciting event, for the 2nd year running!”
Fresh Recruits specialise in the permanent and contract recruitment of office, customer service, banking, insurance, finance, marketing, and sales personnel in the Dorset and Hampshire area.
As they enter the second quarter of their third year in business, Bournemouth based recruitment agency Fresh Recruits has their most thrilling development; their latest acquisition - brand new commercial premises of 1250sq foot in one of the hottest areas of town.
With state of the art technology and enough space for 10 consultants and 3 support staff (including 26 available phone lines) this large and stylish office space also boasts an impressive shop frontage, Fresh Recruits will have a high street presence for the first time in their history, allowing them to make even more of an impact with candidates and clients in one of the most rapidly developing parts of Bournemouth.
They are also continuing to grow at an astonishing rate, with the number of vacancies and candidates increasing week on week. More staff will be employed before the new year, and internal staff promotions and training schedules will create internals vacancies as the team grows.
After the period of economic uncertainty, which swept the UK 2003, recruitment in 2004 has seen a upsurge in private sector activity and strengthening work output has lead to employers taking on more staff to cope with an increased workload in a number of industries, and thanks to the invigorated financial markets, recruitment figures in the south of England look set to expand across major sectors in the coming months.
Figures from the latest REC/Deloitte Report on Jobs support the area's growing confidence, and the rates of both permanent staff placements and temporary staff billings continues to accelerate. This overall current feel good factor is great news for the recruitment industry - but one Bournemouth based recruitment agency are quite used to such rosy prospects, and have been basking in the sunshine of success since they opened their doors back in June 2002.
Currently enjoying their most profitable period to date, Fresh Recruits are breaking records and has grown beyond all expectations in the last two years. Turnover is increasing year on year, with a substantial rise planned for 2005. The company has placed an incredibly impressive 400 candidates within the Dorset and Hampshire area to date, with vacancies ranging from juniors positions through to senior personnel.
Now an independent market leader in Dorset and Hampshire, Fresh Recruits have made it their aim to be the best agency in the recruitment business and outshine their competitors on every level, constantly honing and improving the variety of services on offer to clients and striving to attract the very best candidates in the area.
As they enter their third year in business, Fresh Recruits are continuing to grow at an astonishing rate. Initially employing just 2 members of staff, those early days of hard graft and successful contract negotiation by the company’s founders have increased employee numbers by a massive 900 per cent, while client figures have grown to exceed all expectations.
Starting your own business can be as risky as walking a tightrope, especially if you are a woman. Statistics show that Women these days have to fight harder for success in business and only 14% of all full time businesses in the UK are majority female owned. But the number of self employed women in the UK is growing and now stands at 30% which is up from 19% in 1979, so things are changing.
It is far more difficult to set up your own recruitment business now than it was just a decade ago, due to the increased competition in the marketplace from established agencies and the relatively new online recruiters. Jo Keating, Managing Director of Bournemouth’s Fresh Recruits, knows exactly what it’s like to be a woman in business and take the plunge and start up on your own, like other entrepreneurial individuals keen to go out on their own because of the freedom and rewards it brings, although she would say; it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Recognising the difficulties and risks associated with setting up a new business from scratch, Fresh Recruits and their founding all girl team have taken local recruitment by storm.
After a whirlwind eight months with Bournemouth recruitment consultancy Fresh Recruits, Senior Consultant Katie Diamond is celebrating her new job as Branch Manager at their town centre offices.
With a wealth of experience in the recruitment industry and a dynamic and motivating business attitude, Katie's new appointment looks set to take the successful independent recruitment agency on to even greater things.
Fresh Recruits Director Jo Keating is certain that this new appointment is a key factor in the company's continued expansion. "Katie has made an indelible impression upon our business, and her go getting attitude has helped Fresh Recruits to win new clients week after week. Whilst managing our existing client base of major blue chip companies and successful independent clients, Katie has been consistently focused upon driving her team forward to an incredibly high professional standard, to such an extent that we are now competing with national rather than local recruitment agencies.
Already a market leader in Dorset and Hampshire, Katie believes Fresh Recruits success in the marketplace is down to her team of consultants, who share the same vision in making Fresh Recruits one of the south's largest independent agencies.
"I am passionate about the business, and have endeavoured to make our name synonymous with excellence,' said Katie. 'The service offered to our clients is second to none, and we pride ourselves on being the best in the business. Our strong and dedicated team of consultants provides each and every client with an efficient, effective and independently flexible service and many of our new clients approach us after a first class recommendation from one of our existing satisfied clients. "
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