Recruiters Adept Professional Services secure £100,000 investment and plan 19 new jobs

The Teesside recruiters have successfully grown their highly consultative offering in response to "bums-on-seats" operators

Keith Taylor Left to right: Kelly Adamson of Adept with Brian Beaumont and Paul Harrison of Waltons Clark Whitehill and Craig Malarkey (TBI Law)
Left to right: Kelly Adamson of Adept with Brian Beaumont and Paul Harrison of Waltons Clark Whitehill and Craig Malarkey (TBI Law)

Specialist recruiters Adept Professional Services has secured £100,000 investment from Northstar Ventures’ Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund.

The Hartlepool-based firm enlisted Tees Valley chartered accountants and business advisers Waltons Clark Whitehall, and solicitors from Tilly Bailey and Irvine to negotiate the deal, which will now lead to 19 jobs over the next 10 months.

Working alongside Tilly Bailey and Irvine, Paul Harrison, a director at Waltons Clark Whitehill and associate Brian Beaumont helped the Hartlepool-based recruitment agency to negotiate the deal.

Kelly Adamson, managing director of Adept Professional Services, founded the firm in 2006 following redundancy from her previous role.

She spotted an opportunity to provide highly consultative and detailed recruitment services that bigger-name operators were not offering. The approach led to success in the energy, oil and gas and engineering sectors and propelled the firm to the point where investment was needed to accommodate growing demand for its services.

Mrs Adamson said: “Adept was created, as a result of my experiences within so-called high street ‘bottoms-on-seats’ recruitment agencies.

“Over the last eight years my focus has been on adding value to companies via their people. Recruits should enhance a team, department or company - not just fill a vacancy.”

She added: “Adept’s highly consultative, risk management, partnership approach differs from other recruiters’.

“In one instance, we interviewed an existing department, to understand what skills were already present and, more importantly, lacking.

“That level of detail and understanding can really enhance an appointment.”

Paul Harrison said: “Adept Professional Services has proved a real business success story in and around Hartlepool and its future growth is a step closer with this funding.

“Helping our clients raise funding so that they can achieve their goals is what we love to do.

“Working with Craig Malarkey at Tilly Bailey and Irvine and my colleague Brian Beaumont, we have been able to secure the funding they need to create more jobs, which is great news for the firm and fantastic news for the area.”

Craig Malarkey, associate solicitor at Tilly Bailey and Irvine said: “The business that Kelly has grown at Adept is testament to her hard work and her business model, but with this investment she will be able to take the company to the next level of its growth, and, importantly, create jobs in Hartlepool.

“I am sure that with Kelly’s determination and drive, coupled with the advice and assistance from Waltons Clark Whitehill and TBI, this is just the first stage in a great local success story.”

Kelly Adamson, managing director at Adept Professional Services, said: “While the demand for Adept’s unique, highly consultative and risk-managed recruitment solutions had been proven over a period of eight years, I was reluctant to consider an external investment. In hindsight, I was so busy ‘doing’ that I hadn’t realised how well Adept’s business model was being received. I had no external benchmark. That was until I moved Adept to Waltons Clark Whitehill.

“Thanks to the persistence, commitment and combined expertise of the team, I was able to realise Adept’s potential on a much larger scale and accept an investment as being fundamental to Adept’s continued success and accelerated growth.”

Of the 19 roles the firm has created, Mrs Adamson explained that Adept is looking to recruit people with expertise in specific sectors, not just experienced recruiters.

The firm is willing to train-up the candidates with valuable professional knowledge.

She explained: “One of my aims is to encourage professional and committed recruitment careers, whilst raising standards and adding value.”

Adept is currently recruiting for a number of positions, including specialists in accounting and finance, engineering and IT, among other disciplines.

Those interested should visit the firm’s careers page at


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