Poole business wins award

The Wild Recruitment business in Poole won a major award at a ceremony in London.

It was the annual conference of Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

The Poole team picked up an ‘achievement of net profit budget’ award for exceeding their annual target – for the fifth year running.

And Amy Foley won a Star Award for all her efforts throughout 2022.

Staff from the company’s near-40 branches across England and Wales attended the event.

Managing director Chris Chown presented the branch award to branch manager Kate Foley who also won a ‘board recognition award’.

Chris said: “The Wild Recruitment branch in Poole continues to perform well despite difficult trading conditions with a shortage of candidates.

“It deservedly won this award for its performance throughout 2022 and it is likely to grow if its progress continues. Amy was also very much deserving of her Star Award.

“The branch is situated in a prominent position in the town and is among a number Wild Recruitment branches within the group.”

BRG’s latest accounts showed an 11 per cent increase in gross profits to £14.4m.

Those attending also heard a tribute to BRG’s late chairman Tony Berry who died last year aged 81.

In 1981 Tony Berry bought a controlling stake in Blue Arrow, a recruitment business in St Albans, Herts.

He grew this company quickly and acquired a number of other businesses including Manpower and Brook Street.

It was launched on the Stock Exchange becoming a FTSE 100 company and developing into the biggest recruitment business in the world. It sponsored Britain’s America’s Cup challenge in the late 1980s.

Tony was once voted ‘best dressed man in the City’ and his generosity and largesse were legendary.

In addition to his business interests Tony was a long-time director of Tottenham Hotspur and was club chairman in 1991-92.


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