Raising the bar in recruitment


KMS Partners

New recruitment agency KMS Partners is looking to shake up the North-East recruitment industry by setting new standards while providing a unique client offering.

KMS Partners sees experienced recruitment specialists Melissa Thompson and Gemma Holmes join forces with Keith Miller, managing director of Middlesbrough-based Ecco Finishing Supplies, 2015 winners of the North-East Export Team of the Year.

Initially based in County Durham but with plans to open offices on Teesside and Tyneside, KMS Partners specialise in recruiting for the manufacturing, production, engineering, blasting and painting, retail, logistics and supply chain sectors across the North-east.

Having already sealed several local contracts, KMS aims to be a beacon within an industry its partners believe too often suffers from a poor image and reputation.

“Recruitment should not be difficult,” says managing director Melissa. “It’s about working with our clients to understand that attracting the best staff is about so much more than the job description.

“It’s about the organisational culture, what makes the business a great place to work, where the company aspires to be and the journey it will take to get there.

“Hand in hand with this goes the candidate’s current skills but also what excites them, drives them, motivates them to go to work and love their job, as well as where they want their career to take them.

“Once we can understand all of this we can then go to work connecting the right people with the right jobs.”

KMS believe their own policy of transparent fees and contracts makes them unique within the North-east recruitment sector.

They will share the risk with their clients because 50% of their fee will only be payable if all parties remain happy when the individual has been in post for six months.

“We’re so committed to the provision of a quality service and the development of long-term relationships that we have built our pricing around this,” adds Melissa.

“Our fee structure ensures that we share the risks with our clients and candidates. We are not here to make a quick fee.

“We believe in doing the right thing for our candidates and clients as well as for our own business. KMS are all about the long-term relationship, proving ourselves as trusted advisors to the people we work with.”


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