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Tyneside IT recruiters mark first year with ambitious growth plans

Jesmond-based SearchBI, led by experienced consultants and directors Richard Deas and Mark Harbottle, is aiming to also double its workforce to 10 consultants by 2016.

SearchBI specialises in niche IT recruitment, supplying professionals such as developers, consultants, project managers, business analysts and sales and account management executives, to specialist markets throughout the UK. 

This includes recruiting for professionals skilled in QlikView data visualisation technologies and those experienced in Business Intelligence systems.

Success for SearchBI has been driven by strong demand from local businesses following the set-up of a division established specifically to focus on regional IT recruitment in the North East.

Headed by consultant Chris Boyle, the division has seen more than 20 people employed within the North East’s burgeoning technology sector. 

These placements include core roles within companies such as IT solutions provider and Elite Qlikview partner Perfect Image, and the expanding mobile payment encryption technology specialists Omlis.

Plans to grow this part of the operation are an integral part of the company’s overall expansion plans and recruitment drive over the next 12 months – a move that that will see an additional four consultants join the team. 

Richard and Mark, who have over a decade’s experience in IT and recruitment between them, have secured significant levels of repeat business with international and national clients over the last year as a major contributor to sales.

They now plan to build on this as they look to expand the company, targeting a turnover of &pound1m by the end of 2016.

Richard Deas said that success was built on specialising in the IT recruitment market where an in-depth understanding of the sector and the specialist technology that the firm recruits for had paid dividends.

He added: “We are a dedicated consultancy, committed to building long term relationships in the IT recruitment sector where there’s a specific lack of focus in the North East.

“Demand for our expertise is strong on the back of providing a dedicated service to a sector of the recruitment market for agile business intelligence IT technologies.

“We have the experience and expertise which Perfect Image and others need for their own growth. We are now well placed for expansion and gearing up to double the workforce to meet demand for our services underpinned by an honest, open approach. 

“The future is exciting and we have the plans to secure our targets, further establishing our reputation over the next 12 months.”

SearchBI is a dedicated recruitment agency servicing companies using business intelligence software systems and able to support candidates looking for work or employers wanting to recruit skilled talent. More at 


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