Tell me about your recruitment background.
Jodie went to school in Burford and has lived and worked in West Oxfordshire all of her life. With a strong sales background, Jodie has spent the last 13 years working in recruitment in Witney and the wider Oxfordshire area. During this time, Jodie has come to know the local market inside out and has built and managed successful recruitment teams covering Office and Professional, Industrial and IT sectors.
Chris who is originally from Newcastle, has worked in the recruitment industry for 17 years recruiting a mix of Office and Professional, Technical and Industrial roles at sites across the country. Highly service orientated, Chris’s work has won industry awards for innovation and client service at his previous company. After working extensively with Key Accounts, Chris worked across the business improvement and implementation functions, and was part of the Senior Leadership Team for the Office and Professional and Industrial divisions at his previous company.
What was your motivation for starting your own recruitment business?
Between us, we have worked most roles available in the recruitment industry, gaining knowledge and experience along the way and it was time to make that knowledge and experience work for us. We felt that our joint experience provided us with the right mix of skills and the opportunity to make a success of our own company.
We are hoping that this will provide us with a better work life balance. We are very aware that it is going to be hard work, but deciding to launch a local recruitment business means we won’t be leaving the house at 6am to get to the other side of the country for a meeting and staying away from our family. As any good recruiter knows, it’s not all about your pay packet, but also what comes with it; the building you work in, the commute to the office, the culture of the company and the people you work with.
What sectors do you cover? What roles do you specialise in?
Our core market will be the Office and Professional sector across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire from Administrators to Managing Directors.
That’s not to say that if a client want’s us to help them find someone technical or industrial that we won’t help them, just that our core market will be Office and Professional.
What can customers expect when they work with you?
There are many agencies springing up across the country, claiming to offer dynamic, innovative, industry leading solutions, but a lot of these are all style and no substance.
That is not us. The Burford Recruitment Company’s clients can expect a traditional and professional approach to recruitment.
Traditional doesn’t mean outdated, stuck in the past, or lacking technology, it means focusing on understanding the client’s and candidate’s needs, building relationships with clear communication and providing a quality service that they will want to use again and again.
Partnership is a word potentially overused in recruitment with many relationships remaining transactional, but if a client wants to get more out of their recruitment partner then we would be very happy to work with them.
What are your long term plans for the company?
The long term plans for the company is simply to develop the brand so that it becomes synonymous with quality and professionalism across the Cotswolds.