Sue and Karen’s first office was based in an attic above an Indian Restaurant in Stone Town Centre. Karen looked after the entire payroll, accounts, administration, and the Industrial Division. Sue went to see local businesses promoting their new agency, and also looked after their Driving Division It did not take long before they were placing Drivers and Industrial staff. The local business’s showed their support and repeat business was now coming in every day…
Direct had the opportunity to buy out a Clerical Agency based in Stone, this led to moving to a new office, and the Clerical Division was launched. A new consultant was appointed. Due to the Industrial division expanding rapidly, they also appointed a New Industrial Consultant. Karen could now concentrate on running the back office which gave full support to the growing business.
We had out grown the office space, and were able to knock through to another office suite, on the same floor, making a large operating office, where they still remain today.
The opportunity arose to buy out an Engineering agency based in Newport, Shropshire, and Direct launched their new Engineering Division, running it from their office in Stone. They appointed a New Engineering Manager who placed permanent engineers in Shropshire, Cheshire, Wales and Staffordshire.
We launched a Catering Division which supplies bar staff, kitchen porters, cleaners, glass collectors and waiting on staff to catering assistants, chefs, supervisors, and managers.
Due to client’s requests a new Executive Division was launched, providing Senior Management & Directors.
This year also saw the launch of a New Jaupt Training Centre; initially it was for the driver CPC Qualifications that had to be completed by 9th September 2014. Clients also showed an interest in the new training facilities, and additional training can now be offered. Clients have also asked to use the Training rooms for interviewing potential candidates.
Karen and Sue cannot believe they have been established 20 years; they remain one of the oldest independent agencies within the Staffordshire region. We have developed an enviable client portfolio thanks to an outstanding track record of providing high quality people and service.
We are, however, very open and honest with our customers and candidates, have a dedicated team of professional consultants that really care about helping both candidates and clients, and will always go that Extra mile to help where they can.
This personal approach creates extremely positive word of mouth and, as a result we are constantly approached by local people who have heard that we are an excellent agency to work for. This manifests itself in to us having a very large pool of reliable, loyal and committed labour form our drivers and industrial workers through to clerical and executive personnel.
Whilst we are adaptable, Direct Recruitment (Midlands) Limited will continue to be a specialist provider to Manufacturing and Logistic Industries.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed, helped and supported us over the last 20 years, here’s to the next 20!
This year has seen the business continuing to grow, and go from strength to strength. It’s been a successful 3 years since Direct celebrated their 20th anniversary back in 2015, and before they knew it, Karen and Sue couldn’t believe they have been established for 23 years.
So far this year, the business has seen the business relaunch their Healthcare Division, following growth in the team with the appointment of a new member to head up this sector. We have engaged with a number of new clients, who Direct have been working in close partnership for the search and selection of experienced Healthcare professionals for temp to perm and permanent placements.
The team have grown, which in turn continues to build a stronger foundation for years to come for the business.
In June 2018, we got involved in a great cause that our accountants Mitten Clarke were spearheading. This was in aid of The Great Summer Clean Stoke!
David Attenborough’s Blue Planet inspired everyone to take action against the rubbish and plastic that is affecting our local environment; the problems of the ocean start in the canals.The plan for the day was a mini-adventure that took our team and all the volunteers involved up to Middleport in the morning and down to Joiners Square in the afternoon. They collected rubbish and plastic in a variety of ways. They hopped on canoes, walked along the towpaths, took a voyage on the Middleport workboat and even had a go on the floating bike. It was a bit of fun with a serious intent.