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Recruitment Industry Mourns The Sad Loss of Bernard Marks

Recruitment Industry Mourns The Sad Loss of Bernard Marks

One of the UK’s most charismatic and pioneering recruiters, Bernard Marks, sadly passed away in Sydney, Australia on Monday 4th February. Bernard was 89 and he ran his family’s highly successful recruitment business, the Alfred Marks Bureau, in the UK for 35 years from 1948 to 1983.

He will be remembered for many things not least his outstanding contribution to an industry that he loved dearly. 

His legacy will remain through the milestones that he created during a long and distinguished career – a few of which include:

&middot         father’s founding of Alfred Marks Bureau in 1919

&middot         army service in West Africa

&middot         re-establishment of Bureau after war

&middot         employment agencies into retail shops

&middot         political activity in defence of employment agencies

&middot         publication of quarterly Surveys of Secretarial and Office Staff Salaries

&middot         successful flotation of Alfred Marks Bureau Ltd as a public company

&middot         publication of Once Upon a Typewriter in 1974

&middot         sale of Alfred Marks to Adecco and his continued involvement

&middot         references to Mr Marks in Paul McCartney’s song Temporary Secretary in 1980

&middot         retirement and appointment to the Equal Opportunities Commission

&middot         grant of OBE and Companionship of British Institute of Management


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