A national recruitment firm has doubled in size within two months of setting up a base in the North East.
Blackrock Executive Limited, which specialises in search and selection services for middle to senior management positions, took up office space at Wilton Centre in Redcar, primarily intending it to be a base for the firm’s regional divisional manager.
However, since moving into the centre – the business and science park adjacent to the Wilton International site – the company has already doubled its office space and appointed two new members of staff, with more appointments expected to follow.
Shaun Muir, Blackrock’s North East manager, is joined by Dominic Nelson, who has a background in insurance sales, and Rhiannon Furniss, who comes from the telesales industry, in a move to strengthen and grow the firm’s North East presence. Muir said the company was looking to establish a regional location to add to its Leeds head office and central London operations.
He said: “We specialise in placing people in permanent positions at middle to senior management level in markets ranging from facilities management, construction and logistics to engineering, renewable energy and utilities, manufacturing and IT and telecoms.
“There are a number of established agencies in the area that offer temporary and off-shore positions but we believe there is a real gap in the market in this area for our services.
“The new staff both have a fantastic opportunity by being with Blackrock at the beginning in the North East and the view is to build people around them in the coming months. The company has a policy for promoting from within, so ideally they will be the future managers of Blackrock.
“The ability to easily take on more space as and when we need it is one of the reasons I opted to be based at Wilton Centre.
“Its location next to the Wilton International site and the volume of business there and in the building are also a huge benefit.”
Site director Steve Duffield said the newest addition to the list of Wilton Centre tenants further develops the Centre’s reputation as a prime location for businesses.
He said: “It is very encouraging that not only has Blackrock opted to be based here, but that it also has its eye on developing and expanding the business and the knock-on effect that will have for the region.”