The family-run recruiter has helped thousands of people find work across West Yorkshire. Founded in 2000 by Brian Stahelin, Stafflex set out with just two staff members and a clear vision to be the first choice employment agency within Kirklees and Calderdale.
The successful firm now employs a team of 24, supplying staff to the industrial, engineering, education and office sectors across West Yorkshire. With an initial focus on the industrial and engineering sectors, Stafflex enjoyed whirlwind growth, with turnover rising by an impressive 151% in the first year as the company moved into cumulative profitability.
This enabled Stafflex to launch its education division and move into larger premises to accommodate its growing team by 2002.
By 2010, Stafflex was large enough to move into an even bigger 2,500 sq ft office space to house its new office division.
Nine years later, to facilitate the continued rapid growth of the business, the company underwent an impressive £140,000 office refurbishment in 2019, with staff wellbeing at the heart of the new look.
Stafflex consultants were given a spacious new open plan office space, private meeting booths to carry out registrations, and a breakaway area to relax in to ensure a healthy working environment.
Secrets of success
“Treating people as we would want to be treated is key to Stafflex’s growth", according to founder and managing director Brian Stahelin.
“Each colleague has personal development time and a personal budget of £500 per year for training and development.
“We always make sure that the people we employ fit the Stafflex culture. We’re not a high street recruiter, but instead a family business that is here to help people and this is reflected in our staff.
“In terms of corporate social responsibility, we also give each staff an afternoon every quarter to volunteer at a local charity of their choice, therefore supporting our community.”
Staff loyalty and satisfaction was highlighted during the global financial crash of 2008.
“Our sales forecast showed that the business would lose substantial amounts of money if no action was taken,” explained Stahelin.
“Staff decided to take a pay cut and reduced hours, which meant we didn’t have to lose a single member of staff during these difficult trading conditions.”
Thanks to this united front, after a tough six-months, the business was back on its feet and growth resumed in 2009.
In 2017/18, Stafflex re-invested 1.5% of turnover in supporting the local community, prioritising projects that shared the company’s own philosophy of connecting people in Yorkshire.
Among others, Stafflex sponsors The Leslie Foundation and the Stafflex Arena where more than 32 amateur football teams, plus Huddersfield town ladies, play weekly.
It is also a founding partner of Huddersfield Live, a not-for-profit group which works with local organisations to sustain and develop Huddersfield’s tradition of community-focused sporting, cultural and festival events including the Food and Drink Festival.
“A successful business always leaves behind a legacy of supporting its community,” said Stahelin.
Marking 20 years in business
Among other celebrations to mark the momentous 20-year anniversary, Stafflex is introducing a new, gold-coloured logo.
The celebratory logo will be used throughout 2020 on all marketing material including, leaflets, email signatures and social media.
“Twenty years seems to have passed in a flash. The greatest reward has been to provide employment for so many people over the years,” said Stahelin.