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Specialist recruitment consultancy wins clutch of awards

Specialist recruitment consultancy wins clutch of awards
A recruitment agency that specialises in providing flexible workers to a range of sectors, including Waste & Recycling, Manufacturing, Food Processing & Packaging and Commercial businesses, has scooped two major awards.
Smart Recruitment Solutions, which operates across the UK and is headquartered in Wales, has been officially named as the fastest growing company in Wales at this years Fast Growth 50 awards.
Smart topped the Fast Growth 50 charts, which ranks companies on revenue growth, after its revenue increased 3,426.7% from 2007 2009. Smart turned over just shy of 15 million for the last financial year and continues to flourish projecting another significant increase on this revenue in the current financial year.
Meanwhile, founder Nathan Bowles, beat off stiff competition to be crowned Entrepreneur of the Year by the South Wales Chamber of Commerce.
Nathan Bowles, chief executive of Smart, said: I am absolutely delighted with the recent accolades. We have worked hard to establish the business over the past three years, and we are proud of what we have achieved.
Its all down to the hard work and commitment of the team who support me and share my vision to do things differently in the world of recruitment.
Nathan Bowles set up Smart Solutions Recruitment to address the frustrations he faced when trying to recruit staff for the industry.
Nathan Bowles explains: I used to be the client side of the fence, and used to get increasingly frustrated by recruitment firms who sent agency staff who were simply unsuitable for the role. They had little knowledge of what I was looking for and made no effort to tailor their services to me.
Workers would turn up completely unprepared for the work they had to do, which led to a significant turnover of staff and a complete dissatisfaction with the service as far as I was concerned.
When I raised this with my recruitment agency at the time, I was told that if I thought I could do any better then to have a go myself. Always one to rise to the challenge thats exactly what I did!
Nathan Bowles set up Smart Solutions Recruitment in 2007 to address this issue. He employs managers who have worked in operational positions in the sectors they serve, so they know precisely the pressures and demands that their clients are under. 
Smarts model proves popular with clients, who like its refreshing approach to recruitment, which is evident by its meteoric rise.  It now employs 65 people, working from 14 offices across the UK, processing about 1,500 timesheets a week.
Nathan Bowles continued: We have achieved a lot in a very short space of time but there is still so much more to do! We are looking to add to our current network of 14 offices and expand into other sectors over the next year.
Professor Dylan Jones Evans, who organises the Fast Growth 50 awards in Wales, said: Congratulations to Nathan and the team at Smart Solutions Recruitment. In an industry that is known for its high turnover of companies, Smart Solutions seems to have hit on a winning formula by doing this very differently from its rivals.


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