(L-R)John Ryan, NatWest, Jason Blakey, Tony Gleeson, Laura Penter and Jason Granger
Birmingham-headquartered recruitment consultancy firm, Gleeson Recruitment, has used the £300,000 refinancing package to purchase an additional floor of Edmund House where it has been based for the past three years.
The investment will double the size of the office and will provide space for up to 50 new recruits, as well as extra meeting rooms and break out areas - future proofing the business for growth.
Founded in 2011 by Tony Gleeson, Jason Granger and Jason Blakey who have a combined 60 years’ experience in the industry, Gleeson Recruitment provides specialist recruitment and executive search services for the accounting and finance, engineering and manufacturing, marketing and digital, human resources, built environment, procurement IT and life science sectors.
The firm employs 78 people across its Birmingham headquarters and office in Reading and has an annual turnover of £12m. Over the next five years, Gleeson Recruitment hopes to grow the business by 60% taking staff numbers to more than 120, with plans to open further offices across the Midlands region, as well as looking to invest further afield in Manchester or London and setting up an RPO business.
Co-founder Jason Blakey said: “We set up Gleeson Recruitment with the aim of providing stand-out recruitment services, which focused on an understanding of businesses and their unique talent needs.
“As a recruitment firm, we wanted to practice what we preach and the ethos at the heart of our business is the investment we make in our own staff. It’s important for us to create a working environment which people enjoy being a part of and it’s the strength of our team which has created the success we enjoy today.
“We plan to grow the team to around 120 employees over the next five years and needed the space to do so. The refinancing package from NatWest has enabled us to purchase the additional space above our current office, which will more than accommodate this growth. The support the bank has provided has been invaluable and its knowledgeable team has been a huge part of our business journey, working with us from the very start.”
NatWest relationship director, John Ryan, said: “The finance we have provided will enable Gleeson Recruitment to continue providing high quality, customer focused recruitment services. The business is well positioned for growth and this additional space will allow them to recruit more of the world-class employees who have been so integral to its success.”
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