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Hull recruitment business going for growth following takeover, relocation and 25-year milestone

A leading recruitment company is planning a triple celebration to mark the milestones of a change of ownership, a 25-year anniversary and a move to new premises.

Edwards & Pearce, which has offices in Hull, Doncaster and York, was bought by Felicity and Dan King just before the pandemic hit in 2020 and reached its quarter-century in 2023.

Now the business has relocated into offices on the banks of the Humber at The Deep Business Centre in Hull with Director of Development Felicity, Commercial Director Dan and their team of 20 taking inspiration from the views across the Humber.

Felicity said: “We moved here for a fresh perspective and the blue sky.”

The couple added to the capabilities of the company on acquisition by integrating the learning and development business which Felicity had built up over 25 years. The combined skills and knowledge provided a stronger base to serve their clients.

Felicity said: “We were very impressed by the company’s values and what it stood for and we were also attracted by the client integrity and the fact that the team were so long-standing.

“We have colleagues who have been here since the beginning and have celebrated 25 years, others have 20 years with the business and, most of all, everybody works together to train and develop the new team members as they come in.”

The introduction of Felicity’s learning and development business, bringing in contacts from other parts of the country, has strengthened key attributes within Edwards & Pearce.

Felicity said: “The two distinct parts of our business are very intentional. We have reinforced our skill sets, our passion for people and our commitment to empower people to be agents of their own experience at work. 

18th May 2023 The Deep Business Centre, Hull.

“Our learning and development isn’t by the book and it’s not traditional. It’s about empowering a leadership team so they become the driving force behind empowering the rest of that organisation. When organisations create an environment where they recognise, celebrate and value difference, everyone can be themselves and a force for change, as a team”.

Dan added that the changes since the takeover, including the opening of the office in York, have added to the flexibility for staff and clients.

He said: “Our recruitment team pride themselves on their consultative approach. They won’t simply send CVs, they enjoy engaging to understand our clients’ business objectives and how new team members will add value in the long term. Clients don’t come to us to see a handful of good-fit applicants, they come back year after year because they know and trust our level of service and the ongoing support we provide.

“Adaptability and resilience are key attributes for our own team in the same way they are for any business looking to sustain their growth in the world of superfast change we live in”.

Felicity added: “Our plan is to grow our business with the motto ‘For when your people matter most’, and by working with organisations that truly believe people are their greatest assets.

Freya Cross, Head of Business and Corporate at The Deep, said: “We have a strong track record of supporting our clients at every stage of their development, from start-ups to established teams.

“Edwards & Pearce are recognised as a leader in the recruitment sector with ambitions to expand and to help other businesses do the same, and we look forwarding to working alongside them as they continue to grow their business.”

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