Member Spotlight – First Choice Recruitment

This month we caught up with First Choice, one of the largest independent recruitment agencies in West Yorkshire who just happens to be celebrating 25 years!

1. Summarise your business in a couple of sentences.

First Choice Recruitment is a team of trusted experts offering a personal approach for clients and candidates throughout the Wakefield district. We are also one of the largest independent agencies in West Yorkshire.

2. Can you showcase your offering, including an example of a recent project/initiative?

As a recruiter, we work with hundreds of candidates each year and our aim in every instance is to positively change people’s lives. We work hard to get to know the businesses that we work with, matching them with the applicants that we know will fit their requirements and culture.

Most recently we have worked with a local manufacturing firm that had an immediate requirement for more than 20 shift workers. The timescale of less than ten days was a challenge, but we were able to meet with the brief and to fill the positions. As well as keeping the client happy, we were able to ensure that local people were offered temporary work, which gives them the experience they need to progress and meet with their potential.

3. How long have you worked/been based in the Wakefield District?

First Choice Recruitment was launched by Anne Lockwood and Andy Turner in 1993. The business celebrates 25 years throughout 2018, a huge achievement for an independent agency.

4. Why the Wakefield District?

In terms of the business, Wakefield has a vibrant and supportive network and First Choice Recruitment is very much a part of that. The team are involved in a number of initiatives that take place locally including Wakefield Works, WACCL, Children of Achievement Awards and the Gala Dinner and Variety Performance.

In the last 25 years we have seen how the city has evolved and how this has also impacted on the wider district. Knowing that further investment and regeneration is planned means that we can look forward to more positive changes over the coming years.

Wakefield may be considered a forgotten relative to some but when you consider the huge cultural offering that it has including the Theatre Royal Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Hepworth, Coal Mining Museum and the schedule of events that take place each year, you soon realise that it has a lot more to offer than people may initially realise.

5. Why did you become a Bondholder?

The theory behind the Bondholder scheme made sense for us. If we are to champion the Wakefield district and encourage businesses to invest and move to the area, then we have to work together to make that happen.

It is about living, working and attracting inward investment to the city and five towns. We know that we can’t do that alone. Working as a collective and meeting with new and exciting organisations that have recognised the potential in Wakefield is really encouraging.

We all need to do our bit to support the district as it starts to reach the potential that we have always known that it has.

6. What’s next for the Wakefield District?

Wakefield is changing and with that comes a more positive outlook.

Investment in the train stations and new residential developments has injected fresh energy into the city. Buildings that were once derelict have been given a new lease of life and the cultural spirit of our community is thriving thanks to the Centre for Creativity at the Theatre Royal and a more vibrant nightlife than it has enjoyed in years. We certainly have the infrastructure to really shout about the district and attract new businesses to the region.

Now is the time that we all need to think about the positives that Wakefield has to offer and what benefits different organisations could access by being based here. It really is a great place to live and to work.

7. Do you know an interesting fact about the District?

The nursery rhyme ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ was about the Battle of Wakefield at Sandal Castle in December 1460. The Duke marched his men up and down the hill. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up well for the Duke, but it’s all part of our rich history.

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