February sees the 5th Birthday of Kirkland Associates, so I thought it was a great opportunity to put a few words together to celebrate the occasion and share some of our journey with you.
Kirkland Associates specialise in Legal Support, Commercial and Sales and Marketing recruitment. The journey has been a very positive one but not without its challenges along the way.
Where to start?!…….Back in early 2015, whilst looking for a new job, I made the decision that it was time take the risk and start up on my own. I have always been passionate about recruitment and delivering a high quality, honest service. I knew that hard work always pays off and I was prepared to put the work in. I was, of course, extremely apprehensive and unsure how things would go, so I never expected to be where we are today.
Day 1 was me sat around my dining room table with a laptop and a phone. Within a few days I was working on my first Legal vacancy and within 2 weeks I had placed my first candidate. After a few months, Natalie Potter joined Kirkland Associates and we were a team! We spent our time moving between coffee shops and renting meeting rooms for the day. At the 6 month point we moved into our first office. We had a home and it felt great to be working in a building with other small businesses and feeling like we were somehow part of a bigger team.
Natalie and I had already worked together for a long time, so knew we shared the same values and were both focused on delivering an excellent level of service to our clients. We were happy to grow steadily and see where Kirkland Associates took us.
When I found out I was pregnant, I knew we needed to recruit to make sure we were looking after the business and servicing the clients we had managed to grow, so by the end of 2016 we were a team of 4.
2017 saw another milestone when we moved into a new office giving us the opportunity to expand further.
We had a brilliant year in 2019, which saw us double our client base, whilst continuing to work with our longstanding clients. Now, as a team of 6, we are really excited for the next 5 years! We certainly will not be resting on our laurels and remain mindful of how challenging and competitive the recruitment industry is.
We are off to a great start in 2020 with our first quarter exceeding all expectations. We want this to continue and aim to grow the team by two by the end of the year.
It goes without saying that it is the team at Kirkland Associates who have been instrumental in our success. We are committed to developing an enjoyable working environment, with a team who are passionate and focused on our values, to achieve exceptional results and maintain our reputation for excellence. I would like to thank all of the team, in particular Natalie, as I know that what we have managed to achieve is down to them and I am incredibly grateful for that.