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North West based head hunter reports 50pc turnover spike (attached picture Paul Mawdsley)

North West based head hunter reports 50pc turnover spike (attached picture Paul Mawdsley)

One of the North West’s most established independent executive search firms, the Mawdsley Consultancy, is reporting a 50pc rise in turnover following “one of the hardest periods of trading in two decades.”

Company Chief Executive Paul Mawdsley, who founded the Chorley firm in 1987, said the prime driver for growth was its executive search service.

“There is no doubt our sector is having to think harder and smarter about how to grow following the recession,” he said. “We, like the whole industry, had a tough year in 2009/10 reflecting the nature of the economy. And in my experience this has been one of the hardest trading periods I have witnessed in 25 years in business. However, the last 12 months has seen the Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester business scenes kick back strongly and we have benefitted as a result. We have also been helped enormously by having an established client base across the North West region. Generally, we are seeing growth in professional services, engineering, manufacturing, private medical care and transport sectors in the region. More widely the medium sized SME sector is performing robustly.”

Mr Mawdsley said his company is proactively challenging the market and this month will launch an industry first by offering clients a 12 month guarantee on new appointments.

“We understand businesses need greater value in this climate,” he said. “So we are now offering all executive search clients a deal whereby if a candidate leaves within 12 months we will perform the executive search function again at no charge. This is, we believe, an industry first for all candidates earning above &pound40,000. This kind of guarantee we believe will help thrust us ahead of our competitors. It further reflects the confidence we have in finding the right calibre of candidate for our clients.”

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