Head-hunters choose Commerce House to launch new business

Head-hunters have chosen the refurbished Commerce House in Middlesbrough to launch a new executive search company.

Vanquish Steel Associates has been launched to help local people benefit from high-end jobs.

Its owners Andrew Oliver (pictured above with Christine Huntington of Commerce House) and Ayesha Crabtree say they named the business in homage to Teesside’s steel industry.

Their new firm focuses on “long-term relationships, the improvement of candidates and also helps employers develop and design employee benefits and retention strategies”.

Andrew, who has 20 years experience in HR in a range of industries including fitness, construction, gas and oil and mining, also holds a diploma in executive search and headhunting.

He said: “The name Vanquish Steel comes from our desire to help Teesside over come its recent demise, and tips its hat to the history of the area.

“We can see the potential of both the people and the business here and want to support them to have long-term profitable working relationships.

“What we do is very much about reputation and being thought of highly, so as soon as we saw Commerce House we knew it was for us.”

From Middlesbrough, the couple have four children and currently live in Redcar, but wanted to base their new business in the heart of the Teesside’s city centre.

Ayesha added: “We have based our business offering on the personal experiences we have both had, which at best have been impersonal.

“Executive and management roles are so important for any company to get right, so our service works in partnership with the recruiting business to get the right people at the right time.

“We are so excited to be onboard with Commerce House and are confident it will give our new business the boost it needs right from the start.”

Commerce House, a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of TS1, is now fully open following a renovation of £1.2m, with office space filling fast.

Facilities manager Christine said: “We are delighted to have Vanquish Steel Associates as part of our business community. They are the kind of professionals we love to be working with and supporting.

“Our office space and services are being snapped up now we are complete so it is exciting times all round.”


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