ONE of the region’s leading recruitment specialists is celebrating with her staff after her company reached its first anniversary.
Nicola Burrows has spent 25 years in the recruitment sector, building up connections with businesses across the North East before placing thousands of jobseekers into a a variety of roles.
After a self-imposed break from the sector, Nicola decided to go again in 2020 and burned the midnight oil securing premises and bringing in her own team of specialist staff to work at her new firm, Heyllo.
Now with lockdowns hopefully just a distant memory and the jobs market back in full flow, Nicola and her team will celebrate their first ‘proper’ birthday on October 5th 2021.
Nicola said: “It’s been a strange time for everyone and setting up a business during lockdown business wasn’t something I could have predicted!
“I secured office space and I assembled a team of staff who all had specialist skills to work in not just recruitment but training as well as that is a key part of what we offer.
“Lockdown meant lots of businesses closed their shutters and unfortunately lots of people lost their jobs or were put on furlough. We created a business model that supported hundreds of people and businesses during this difficult period.
“As restrictions were eased, we were able to start operating fully, and we have been busy ever since with enquiries from people looking to get back into work as well as companies getting in touch to see if we can help with their recruitment.
“Having spent a long time in the recruitment industry, I have built up a good reputation and it is great to be working with some familiar faces who I have helped earlier in my career.
“It has been a tough time for businesses as they look to get back on track post-COVID, and it is great that many of the companies I’ve worked with in the past have put their trust in me to look after their recruitment and training needs.”
Nicola is running the business alongside co-directors Rob Kleiser and Fabian Jozefczyk and has drafted in a team of experts who are already placing people into work from the company’s HQ in The BIS, in Hartlepool.
Nicola added: “Everyone’s lives have been significantly interrupted across the last 18 months, but we are so proud of the work our staff do to reach out to our customers to say Heyllo! and help them navigate the uncertainty successfully.
“We have picked up lots of work, we’ve added to the team regularly over the last few months to cope with the increase in the workload and I fully expect us to go from strength to strength.”
For more information about Heyllo, visit www.heyllo.co.uk or call 01429 363160.