New member, MY Network Wakefield partner and recruitment solutions company, First Choice Recruitment are celebrating their 21st year in business in 2014.
In February 1993, Anne Lockwood and Andy Turner formed First Choice Recruitment – a business dedicated to providing the highest standards of recruitment solutions for candidates and clients across the region. 21 years on, they serve some of the region’s largest employers, providing both temporary and permanent employment opportunities for 1000’s of Wakefield job seekers. The business has developed long term relationships with a significant number of clients both large and small and covering a range of industry sectors including retail, customer service, manufacturing and distribution.
Anne Lockwood, Managing Director, believes the secret of their success lies in the regions people. ‘’I am Wakefield born and bred – this is where I grew up as a child and where I always wanted to make a difference. Both Andy and I had careers with international recruitment firms before deciding that we wanted to do things differently – provide a more personalised service with an unrivalled knowledge of an area that we knew had amazing potential. ” ‘’Over the past 21 years we have found thousands of people new opportunities working for great employers and it has really made a huge difference to themselves and their families."
Wakefield’s growth as a key regional employer has increased dramatically throughout the past 21 years as its excellent transport links and innovative development schemes have encouraged more and more new businesses into the area. The last few years however, have been challenging for both employers and employees alike as the full impact of the economic crisis took hold.
Andy Turner, co-owner and Commercial Director of First Choice Recruitment, believes that Wakefield is now beginning to see real signs of recovery. ‘’The past three years have been tough for our candidates, our clients and our business. We find people great jobs with great companies but if those companies see a fall in business, a decline in demand for their products, they certainly won’t be recruiting. We have worked closely with our clients to retain as many people as possible throughout this time and thanks to the performance and flexibility of our teams, we have maintained and grown business with new and existing clients. We’re finally beginning to see not just recovery but growth across all business sectors and that’s great news for the people of Wakefield and the region as a whole.’