Ruth Mitchell

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Women take over recruitment firm

The former co-director of recruitment agency Recruitment Now is returning to his roots, allowing his wife to take full control of the business.

Peter Nixon launched Gateshead-based Recruitment Now alongside wife Sarah more than four years ago.

Now, with the business raking in a turnover of more than £1.6m, Peter is returning to work for his long-established family business - plant and site accommodation hire company Nixon Hire.

Sarah Nixon said: “Peter’s remit was always to help me get Recruitment Now established and now that we are in our fifth successful year, he is returning to his family business where he always remained as a director.

“This will allow me and my team to take the business forward. For the first time we are an all-girl recruitment agency.”

With permanent staff recruitment at an all-time low due to the current economic climate, Sarah has driven the temporary side of the business forward in the last quarter, investing in payroll services and new e-marketing software.

Peter Nixon said: “Having taken time out to help Sarah start Recruitment Now in 2004, the timing was right to leave her to it and return to my plant hire roots. Sarah is a strong woman with bags of drive and enthusiasm and I’m sure the business will continue as strong as ever with her at the helm.”

Sarah added: “It’s no secret that we are facing troubled times economically in the UK and, as such, companies are less likely to commit to permanent staff.

“We realised this and so made a massive effort to drive the temporary side of our business by adding new divisions and providing admin support to our top temporary consultants.

“On the permanent side of the business we have not been affected but have had to reduce our fees in order to make our service affordable for our repeat clients.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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