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JSA appoints commercial director

Blakemore was previously a director at the private equity-backed workforce management and business services group Optionis (Parasol & ClearSky Contractor Accounting), where he spent over three and half years as a member of the senior management team. 

While there, he was responsible for the development and delivery of the sales strategy for the workforce management arm of the group, working with a large mix of professional services recruitment agencies, ranging from some of the world’s largest multi-disciplinary recruitment brands, through to boutique specialist recruiters. He was also instrumental in helping with the roll out of the group’s & lsquo;Best Advice’ approach to contractor solutions. 

Prior to working in outsourced employment and contractor accounting, Blakemore set up and ran his own recruitment business in Manchester for over seven years.

At JSA he will be consulting with agencies on legislative issues and compliance and structuring mutually beneficial partnerships with those agencies. 

Blakemore said, "I am delighted to be working with JSA, it’s a great team. With three of the board (including myself) having run a number of staffing businesses in the past, I believe the benefit that this brings is invaluable. We understand what the sector really wants. One of the deciding factors for joining the business is the strength of the platform the business has: there’s a very real commitment to service delivery, which is at the heart of everything we do at JSA. Coupled with a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to compliance and the long term plans for growth, the future is very bright. 

"Being a member of the FCSA is a key indicator to the businesses approach and commitment to compliance. We've got some very interesting and exciting times ahead, and I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

Ben Dunn, MD at JSA, said, “We are delighted to welcome Jeff on board at JSA and we know that he will be a great addition to the team, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in the contracting and recruitment industry. He will be working with the team in the coming weeks, months and years, to help grow the business and take JSA to the next level.” 


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