Record year for recruitment firm

Steve Preston, Heat Recruitment

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 head office, Heat Recruitment is on course to become one of the biggest independent recruitment businesses in Bristol and the surrounding region.

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.”

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.

Steve comments: “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.”