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Stark Brooks adds 4 staff as revenues surge

Chief executive Gron Ffoulkes-Davies today said revenues in the first quarter surged 34 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Stark Brooks has added three employees to its team at its Manchester headquarters and one at its office in Leeds.

The arrival of business manager Lauren Falcus, consultant Hugo Franklin and researcher Luke Williams in Manchester, and consultant Sonny Miller in Leeds, coincides with Stark Brooks’ strongest first quarter since 2011.

Gron said the firm, which specialises in recruiting for management and executive roles, sees no signs of a slowdown in its growth moving into the second quarter.

He said, “We saw a strong close to 2013 and this momentum has continued into 2014.

“Clients across the board are being more active in the recruitment market and, at this stage, we see the jobs market continuing to be buoyant, with high-calibre candidates now showing more willingness to move posts that at any time since 2008.

“However, we are seeing pockets of wage inflation pressures, as prospective employers are sometimes having to offer enhanced salary packages to secure staff with the required skills and experience.”

Along with new staff, Stark Brooks has responded to the increased demand for its services by investing more than &pound20,000 in an upgrade to its IT systems to enhance its database functionality and to improve internal reporting and mapping of the firm’s markets.

Among the roles filled by Stark Brooks in the first three months of this year was that of finance director at insurance broker The Bollington Group, based in Cheshire, where Patrick McDonnell succeeded David Simpson.

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