A rapidly growing recruitment agency has powered through the challenges posed by Covid restrictions.
Haylofts-based Novum Personnel was taken over by Managing Director Tom Simpson in late 2019 and has quickly established itself in key recruitment sectors, including construction, engineering, tech and, more recently, education.
Tom said the Covid pandemic accelerated growth plans for the business: “We’d only just started when the pandemic began, but rather than panicking we sat down, analysed what effects Covid was having on the economies of the Far East and what sectors would prove most resilient to the pandemic.
Focus on the construction sector
“We looked at what industries would be less susceptible to an airborne virus and took the decision to focus on the construction sector. This was despite the fact that other recruitment agencies were pulling out of that area.
“We made sure our offer to both those looking for work and employers was distinctive and attractive and threw everything at the sector – and it worked.”
The company now employs 17 people across three offices in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hull.
Alongside Novum, entrepreneur Tom is now launching sector specific brands – with Hello Education already working in schools and colleges recruitment.