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News: Heat Recruitment pins record year on Bristol growth

by Heat Recruitment

Bristol is becoming a leading recruitment hub with Heat Recruitment being one of its major players

One of Bristol’s fastest growing recruitment firms has seen a 165.3% increase in turnover from 2016 and a doubling of its workforce to over 50 people in just 12 months.

With further expansion planned in 2018, including the creation of a further 36 new jobs at its city head office, Heat Recruitment is on course to become one of the biggest independent recruitment businesses in Bristol and the surrounding region. It’s Managing Director Steve Preston pins this growth not only on the efforts of the business and those within it, but a “local economy perfectly designed for booming businesses.”

Steve Preston, Managing Director at Heat Recruitment, said: “Demand across each of the sectors we operate in has seen unprecedented growth over the last 12 months, and we expect this to continue throughout 2018.

“This has created the need to promote some of our most experienced people to senior level, which in turn is creating new opportunities for those looking to further their careers with us.”

New additions to Heat Recruitment’s senior team includes James Ackland, now promoted to the role of Operations Director, Chris Birtle as Learning and Development Director and Ross Bennett, who has been promoted from Sales Manager to Sales Director.

Steve Preston continues: “James, Chris and Ross collectively have over 30 years’ experience working with Heat Recruitment and they will now take a leading role in further developing the company over the next 12 months and beyond.

“2018 is a critical year for the business and one that presents a wealth of opportunity. Contrary to some reports, employer confidence remains optimistic with estimates suggesting that as many as 1 in 5 employers are planning to increase their staffing levels over the course of this year.

“However, while record low unemployment is good news for the economy, it presents a significant challenge for businesses looking to hire new staff – fewer people looking for jobs makes it harder to fill the vacancies they have.

“This has resulted in an increase in the use of recruitment agencies like us, who can tap into a pool of talent that isn’t readily accessible to others.”

Recent figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the membership organisation for the UK recruitment industry, has predicted that recruitment agencies will be used for 56% of all vacancies this year – a rise from 46% in 2016. This is set to have a significant impact on the Bristol economy in particular, as Steve Preston commented.

“The recruitment industry is going from strength-to-strength, having increased in size by more than a third over the last five years to become worth over £35 billion a year today.

“In Bristol alone, the recruitment market has increased in size by 28%, with around 535 recruitment agencies now operating in the city – up from 385 a year ago. This makes the city not just a leading recruitment industry hub for the South West region but for the UK as a whole.”

Against this backdrop, it is easy to see why the recruitment profession is fast-becoming a career of choice for many graduates and young professionals.

“Investing in talent is critical to the success of any business, but especially one like ours,” added Steve Preston.

“Competition between agencies is intense and to realise our ambitious growth plans we need to both retain and develop the people we already have, while ensure that we are able to attract those we need to help drive the business forward.”

Central to this is the Heat Training Academy, which is headed up by the newly appointed Learning and Developer Director, Chris Birtle. It gives all employees at Heat a greater chance of progression and to learn valuable work-place skills.

In addition, employee wellbeing has risen to the top of the company’s people agenda over the last 12 months, as evidenced by Heat Recruitment becoming recognised as the first recruitment agency in Bristol to achieve the Workplace Well-being Charter as part of Public Health England.

The company, founded in 2006 by former Royal Marine Steve Preston, specialises in providing staffing solutions for the IT, Legal, Financial Services, Engineering and Insurance markets both locally and nationally.

This has been boosted by the immediate success of the company’s newly launched Engineering division, which has seen Heat Recruitment gain and expand its foothold in this buoyant market.

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