Brightwork Group sees revenues rise through investment in people
On the back of substantial investment in new talent, an on-going apprenticeship programme and a range of CSR activities, the firm also reported a pre-tax profit of £864,000.
Over the course of 2014 Brightwork Group increased its headcount, taking on four new recruitment consultants and two new trainee consultants across its offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The firm also continued with its commitment to apprenticeships, recruiting three modern apprentices who joined as support staff.
Currently 15 per cent of the company’s workforce are either current modern apprentices or have completed their apprenticeship training.
The firm is about to pilot a scheme with Barnardo’s which will enable all Brightwork colleagues to spend a day each year working on project-based community activities on behalf of the charity.
Over the last year Brightwork also supported a team from Woodfarm High School in East Renfrewshire who were finalists in the UK-wide 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge, an initiative aimed at promoting careers within the UK engineering sector to young people.
The company also continued its ongoing support of long-term unemployed youngsters, where it takes on 4-6 individuals each year, engaging them in a programme to gain confidence and learn core skills in the work place before helping them to find permanent jobs.
Brightwork was founded in 2007 after an MBO of a division of recruitment giant Hudson. Since its inception the firm has experienced fast track growth with revenues going from £6.5m in its first year of trading to over £30m today. The firm is focused on recruitment in a number of core sector areas including manufacturing, drinks and property.
Brightwork CEO Derek May said: “We’re delighted that in competitive market and a year where we’ve put significant investment into new people and wider community support activities that we’ve kept our financial results on track, growing revenues and sustaining profits by continuing to add value for clients in our core sector areas.
“We have chosen to include a CSR policy within our strategic report this year as we are proud of the work we are doing and keen to promote the ethos of Brightwork to a wider audience. Our approach of engaging and supporting young people within the wider community is not only the right thing to do as a responsible business but it is also important in helping promote Scotland’s wider economic interests.”
Ricky Murray, Partner at Johnston Carmichael which advises Brightwork, said: “While the recruitment market in Scotland is very competitive, Brightwork continues to thrive on the back of its understanding and expertise within a number of important Scottish economic sectors. The company also takes a long term strategic view, engaging with young people to promote sectors, including engineering, where there a fantastic career opportunities.”