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Defying Economic Uncertainty

We have now celebrated our first year in business after defying the ongoing political and economic uncertainty to put down strong roots in the North East recruitment sector.

Founded by Managing Director, Chris Stappard, the consultancy focuses on mid to senior management appointments across a number of sectors, including senior finance, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing, and has rapidly grown its client base over the last 12 months.

Chris, who has 10 years’ experience in banking, set up the Newcastle-based firm after spotting a gap in the market for relationship-driven management recruitment which offers a more personalised approach working closely with clients.

Despite the economic and political travails that have been unleashed by June’s Brexit vote, Chris said that the business is going from ‘strength to strength’ and that the business is ‘expanding rapidly’.

He said: “We are seeing positives in businesses right across the region regardless of sector or size. The political and economic uncertainty isn’t necessarily stopping our clients investing within their workforce and pushing ahead with business.

“Against this backdrop, we are still seeing increased activity amongst exporters and equally within household names in the North East across sectors such as manufacturing, FMCG, pharmaceutical and professional services.”

One such client is specialist pharmaceutical firm Shield Therapeutics, which has bases in both London and Newcastle, who have turned to Edward Reed for all of their northern recruitment since January.

Angela Hildreth, Finance Director at the firm, commented that the recruitment consultancy’s relationship-driven approach means Chris takes his time to ‘understand the roles, the company and its culture’ despite the broad range of sectors that the firm deals with.

She added: “The roles recruited have varied from scientific to financial and in general have been very niche in their nature. Chris’ bespoke approach of listening, understanding and questioning have really added value and contributed to successful placements.”

Now, after manoeuvring through the economic headwinds, Edward Reed is hoping to expand its client list as it looks to further entrench itself in the region’s recruitment sector.

“We look forward to taking the business forward into its second year and working with new and existing clients as Edward Reed Recruitment continues to grow,” added Chris.

Inward Investment into Edward Reed Recruitment

A North East recruitment firm has attracted new investment from private funders to help the business reach its full potential.

Newcastle-based Edward Reed Recruitment has welcomed SquareOneLaw founding partner, Alan Fletcher and financial director and entrepreneur, Colin Wilson into the business to join Edward Reed’s managing director, Chris Stappard and director, Ian Lewis as shareholders.

Founded in 2015, Edward Reed is an independent firm which specialises in mid to senior level management recruitment across the finance, HR, operations, sales and marketing and IT sectors.

Having enjoyed early success making high-profile placements for well-established North East businesses such as Fentimans, the firm’s directors are ready to take the business to the next level.

“This is the start of an exciting new chapter for Edward Reed,” Chris said.

“From our inception back in 2015 to now, we have grown the business organically and established our position within the North East’s recruitment sector but now we are ready to really up our game.

“The investment Edward Reed has acquired from its new shareholders will enable us to build our brand further and hopefully expand into new markets.

“Both Alan and Colin are extremely well-connected within the region’s business community. With them on board, we hope to grow our networks further and firmly cement Edward Reed as the go-to management recruitment firm in the North.”

To further reinforce the business’ plan for expansion, Edward Reed has recently moved into a new office space within Newcastle’s trendy Campus North complex and is looking to grow its team imminently, creating five new roles within the business.

“We’re not holding back!” Chris added.

“Bringing new talent into Edward Reed is a key priority for us and is something which is firmly on our agenda for the foreseeable.

“Growing our headcount will enable us to better service the growth of the business and ensure its success into the future.”

New shareholder, Alan Fletcher, added:

“I’m delighted to have joined the team at Edward Reed Recruitment.

“I was hugely impressed by Chris and Ian’s vision for the business and their tenacity to see it reach its full potential.

“Through rolling investment, we hope to grow the Edward Reed brand exponentially over the next 12-18 months.  I’m excited to see what the future holds for this up and coming business.”

Edward Reed prides itself on its personal, flexible approach to recruitment, where staff take the time to understand clients’ and candidates’ needs in order to make perfect placements.

Edward Reed Recruitment’s merger with Laurus Executive Search

Edward Reed Recruitment and Laurus Executive Search have successfully merged during the summer resulting in Edward Reed now offering a full search and selection service from mid-management through to Director and Non Executive level positions.

Edward Reed, which specialises in mid- to senior-level management placements across a variety of industry sectors, will seek to solidify and expand its market position after receiving private investment earlier this year.

Ian Lewis, director at Laurus Executive Search, will bring more than three decades of recruitment experience to a new full-time role as director at Edward Reed. He has been a shareholder at Edward Reed since its inception.

Lewis said: “By merging Laurus and Edward Reed together, Edward Reed can now provide a fully inclusive management and executive board level recruitment solution for businesses.

“We have approached this merger with the philosophy that two plus two equals five, there is strength in numbers and by pooling our resources, we are in a better position to drive the business forward and expand our services into new areas.”

Chris Stappard, managing director at Edward Reed Recruitment, added: “This is a really exciting time for Edward Reed.

“As a company, Edward Reed looks completely different now to how it did six months ago. Key investment and the subsequent merger with Laurus Executive Search, has opened a wealth of opportunities for us to recruit some of the most senior positions in the North East market and even expand our reach beyond the region.”

North East recruitment firm appoints senior role at Age UK Northumberland

Edward Reed, which specialises in mid to senior management level recruitment for the finance, HR, operations, sales and marketing and IT sectors was appointed by Age UK Northumberland to support the charity through the search and selection process of finding its new chief executive officer.

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Age UK Northumberland Chief Executive with Edward Reed Recruitment

Age UK Northumberland is the regional branch of the national not-for-profit organisation, Age UK, which is well-known for its work with older people over the age of 50.

Fending off competition from a number of other well-established Newcastle-based recruitment firms to win the primary role on the account, Edward Reed was seen to be the best fit for Age UK Northumberland after they were recommended to the charity’s chair of the board of trustees, Andrew Marsh.

Andrew said:

“Edward Reed was referred to us through a member of the board who had worked with the company previously. Having worked within the not-for-profit sector before, Edward Reed had a strong pre-existing network of contacts and a sound understanding of our target audience.

“Edward Reed’s flexible approach to the recruitment process allowed them to structure themselves around Age UK Northumberland’s timelines without compromising on their quality of service, which was a huge benefit to us.”

The successful candidate appointed to the chief executive role is Helen Mills. With a long history of working in the healthcare sector in various senior management roles, Helen was identified as the ideal candidate for the job following a rigorous interview process, supported by Edward Reed.

Helen said:

“I have always loved working alongside older people. I come from a really close-knit family and spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up, who I deeply admired and respected.

“On hearing about the vacancy at Age UK Northumberland, I actually approached Edward Reed directly to enquire about the role. After speaking with the team there in more detail, I submitted my CV and was subsequently put forward for an interview.

“Throughout the recruitment process, I felt completely supported by Edward Reed. Chris kept me engaged and updated at each stage of the process and I was delighted when he called to offer me the job. I would recommend Edward Reed to anyone.”

Managing director at Edward Reed, Chris Stappard, said:

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Age UK Northumberland on the appointment of their new CEO. Helen is a great fit for the role and we wish her lots of success in the future.”

To find out more about Edward Reed, visit: www.edwardreed.co.uk.