A rural recruitment agency has hooked a major client on its doorstep.
Sara Eke Recruitment is now working with iconic fishing gear manufacturer Hardy and Greys of Alnwick in the midst of what is turning out to be the agency’s second best year in its decade-long history and the best since the start of the economic downturn.
Hardy and Greys, which is known worldwide and has a history of supplying its products to a number of royals, was recently acquired by global fishing tackle provider Pure Fishing Inc.
Its operations and HR director Dave Douglas said: “You find out about people when your back is against the wall and you need help quickly – and that’s how I came across Sara.
“Her response was immediate, structured, organised and successful.
“When faced with something new, she gets up the learning curve very quickly, and above all, the contact she maintains with her clients is excellent.”
Eke, who set up her business in Tynemouth in 2004, moved to Rock, near Alnwick, four years ago, and has found a strong market in the area – although she still works with clients on Tyneside and throughout the UK.
When recession hit in 2008, she was only recruiting for permanent roles, but observing how the job market was changing, also began supplying temporary staff and making the service more flexible.
Throughout the business’s history, she has placed almost 400 people in permanent posts with total salaries in excess of ï¿½6m.
Among her new recruits for Hardy and Greys is former office administration assistant Lucy Gourley, who has been taken on as a marketing coordinator.
Lucy, 23, from Shilbottle, said: “This is the biggest opportunity I’ve had in my career so far. It was a great process to go through with Sara’s company and I feel it’s the biggest catch of my life.”
To mark the business entering its tenth year, Eke has also given her website a makeover with a new mobile-friendly site.
She likewise offers a CV service, which can be used both by people looking for jobs and by companies for tendering and profile purposes.
“Some of my first candidates are still in the jobs I placed them in,” she said.
“Others are now hiring staff themselves and have come back to me to help them find the right people.
“Finding the right job can totally change someone’s life and an important part of my role is to act as an advisor to both my candidates and my clients.”