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Recruitment agency raises more than £40,000 for charity in one year

EllisKnight Recruitment, which raised more than £40,000 for local good causes in its first year of trading, has been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award.


The company was put forward for the award by business consultant, Samantha Julier, who started working for the company in February.


She said, “They helped me to create the perfect job where I feel proud to work in the industry.


“Recruitment consultants often have a bad reputation. I wanted to work for a company that really sticks to its values and also gives something back to the local community.


“I have known each of them for many years and couldn't have been happier when made me their first employee. They really care about what they do; setting up the charity arm of the business speaks volumes for the type of people they are.”


Soon to celebrate its first anniversary in June, EllisKnight Recruitment was set up by its four directors Neil Hardy, David Holby-Wolinksi, Patrick Graham, and Paul Smith.


They launched the charity wing Knights4Charity at virtually the same time to create “fantastic charitable events to support wonderful local and national causes”.


Smith added, “As a business, we are firmly committed to giving something back and every day we try to demonstrate our long held belief that charitable support is at the very heart of EllisKnight.”


When asked why they decided to put so much effort into the charity side of the business, he commented, “Simply because we thoroughly enjoy raising money for some brilliant causes – we see it as a privilege to work so closely with the likes of Naomi House Children’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Now and Dingley Promise.


“We also get to see, first hand, the amazing job each and every charity do for the individuals and families they support.


“All we are giving up is our time and, if the events we organise put a smile on one person’s face, then it is worthwhile us making the effort.


“We are all sporty, we enjoy setting ourselves fun challenges, and it’s also a great way to include our clients in something that’s non-work related.


“The charity events we organise and host will normally include static rowing machines - we are all World Record holders - or running.”


Speaking on EllisKnight’s Pride of Reading nomination, Smith said, “We are extremely proud to be nominated for a Pride of Reading Award, especially as we are not even a year old yet.


“Whether we win the award or not, it’s another acknowledgement that we continue to conduct ourselves as individuals and collectively as a business in the right way.


“Our philosophy is simple; treat people the right way, with good old-fashioned values and honesty, and more often than not long term relationships will blossom.


“We believe in our service, we are all extremely passionate about what we do and are also very charitable. We are also competitive, so would love to win the award to add to our charity trophies that we have been awarded within the last year [from Naomi House Children’s Hospice].


Next month sees the EllisKnight 5km & 10km Fun Run in support of Naomi House take place on Father’s Day (19th June) at Wasing Park,Aldermaston.


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