Calibre Search
Clare Burnett

Leeds recruitment firm set to double in size

Specialist recruitment firm Calibre Search says it will double in size by the end of 2014, as demand for staff hits a 16 year high on the back of “market recovery.”

The firm, which specialises in recruitment for the built environment, engineering and marketing sectors, plans to double the size of its team in the North and has relocated to larger premises based at Victoria Wharf in Leeds city centre.

The current nine-strong team is based across sites in Leeds, Manchester and London and the new office provides space to increase the headcount in Yorkshire as well as introducing new sector specialists covering IT.

Calibre Search director Matthew Finlay said: “Demand for new staff is certainly outstripping supply at the moment across all sectors. Companies are struggling to attract and retain high calibre talent, and we’re working hard with all our clients to help them maintain and grow their workforce to enable them to take advantage of opportunities as the market recovers.

“With talk of thousands of jobs needed in the construction sector especially, our expansion plans focus on industry areas where rapid growth is expected.

“Our new Leeds office will help us raise our profile with both employers and candidates, and we’re confident that the investment we’ve made in our infrastructure and processes will mean we can deliver for our clients and help them grow their businesses too.”

Established in 2005, Calibre Search has seen steady growth of 30 per cent during the recession and is predicting to grow its revenues by 70 per cent across the next three years, with all divisions increasing the size of their team.

“We’re all excited about our prospects for 2014 and the new office gives us a great space and the facilities to help us achieve our plans,” added Matthew.

DTZ in Leeds acted on behalf of Calibre Search on their move to Victoria Wharf, a 19th century stylishly renovated office building alongside the River Aire.

Mark Holmes, surveyor at DTZ in Leeds commented: “I am delighted to have secured Victoria Wharf for Calibre; with the ongoing development of Sovereign Square and the new South Entrance from the station, this is an exciting move for Calibre and will enable their staff to enjoy all the city centre has to offer.”

Greg Davison, Asset Manager for the Landlord GE Capital, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Calibre Search to Victoria Wharf.

“It is a truly unique building with a rich history, benefitting from exposed brickwork, architectural ironwork and heritage windows, yet offering practical and modern features. I look forward to finding tenants to occupy the last remaining suites.”

The joint marketing agents for Victoria Wharf are DTZ and Jones Lang LaSalle.

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