Berry appoints three new operations managers
Berry Recruitment has appointed three new operations managers to three of its branches.
The company has appointed Karen Neale in Loughborough, Mark Reynolds in Birmingham, and Jennifer Harvey in Croydon.
Neale has ten years’ experience in recruitment with Staff Force, and prior to that Transline Group and Flex Recruitment Plus Ltd. Before moving into the recruitment industry, she spent 25 years as a regional manager for Thomson, the travel firm.
Neale said, “I am loving it at Berry Recruitment.
“The directors have an ethos which promotes initiative and it is an enjoyable company to work for.
“I am building up the branch and am always looking for good consultants. There is a huge emphasis on training at Berry and this investment in the staff really makes a difference.
“The region is buoyant at the moment and we anticipate growth through next year.”
Before joining Berry, Reynolds ran his own business specialising in recruiting in health care and sees it as a growing part of the recruitment industry.
The company says he anticipates an improving economy across all sectors in the Midlands during 2016 and will be seeking to add to his own staff in due course.
Reynolds said, “I have worked in this area for a number of years and I’m very familiar with the region.
“After selling my share of the firm I ran I was offered the role at Berry and jumped at the chance.
“Berry really is a great company to work for and although it is large and ambitious, it has a family feel about it. It’s lovely to come in each day and have a bit of office banter.
“Having experience in the health care sector it made sense to add that to the specialities of the branch and from the new year we’ll be recruiting health care assistants at first.
“I have a great team here and there is certainly work out there and increasingly companies are using agencies to recruit the necessary staff.”
Harvey has 12 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and formerly worked for an agency in Sutton.
She said, “The branch already had some great national clients and we have put together a dynamic team.
“We have relatively new offices at ground floor level in the High Street and this has added to the numbers of candidates we are seeing.
“In terms of employment, I think we are back to where we were before the recession and salaries are increasing now, which is fantastic.
“There are more vacancies than candidates so if you have a good CV you have increased power.
“Berry is lovely to work for. Despite the number of branches it still has a family feel and I am always able to pick up the phone and speak to the directors.
“They really do invest in the staff and I know that if my team ever require anything I know I can call the training department and get things done. There is a great emphasis on training which is great when attracting new consultants.”