An award-winning recruitment agency is the latest company to show its support to the first-ever Tees Businesswomen Awards.
Darlington-based Resource Management Solutions (North East) has sponsored the Best Newcomer category for the eagerly-awaited awards ceremony, to be held at Wynyard Hall on November 8.
Family-run RMS was formed by entrepreneur Carole Martin in 2000 and she has grown the firm from scratch to a team of 32 with 12 operations around the UK.
The firm’s recently-appointed operations manager Matthew Telling – pictured above (right) with HR and performance manager Nikki Butt and finance director Leon Butt – said: “The obvious link for us is that RMS was founded and is currently led by a very inspirational businesswoman in Carole Martin.
“We’re an ethical business, we do things the right way, and we see this is an opportunity to inspire the next generation.
“We also think it’ll be a really good vehicle for RMS to go out to the business community and say ‘this is who we are’.
“There are some exceptional businesswomen doing some brilliant things. Their achievements should be celebrated, which is why we’re really proud to be part of the very first Tees Businesswomen Awards.
“We’re very much looking forward to meeting the other sponsors and guests for what promises to be an inspirational event.”
After forming the company in 2000, Carole soon appointed her brother Leon Butt as finance director, followed by Leon’s wife Nikki as HR and performance manager.
With its head office in Darlington employing 18 people, RMS also has 11 on-site offices across the UK employing a total of 32 people.
Nikki added: “The businesswomen awards is a very exciting concept and something we’re delighted to be involved with.
“Carole started the business on her own with no cash investment, so this underpins a lot of the reasons why we want to sponsor women in business.
“We’re a local independent company from Darlington and we’ve been based in the town for 17 years, so we’re always looking at ways to get involved in local initiatives like this.”
RMS, which has enjoyed year-on-year growth since its formation, was named as one of the fastest 50 growing North East businesses by Ward Hadaway two years running in 2016 and 2017 and last year was awarded best Specialist HR and Recruitment Company in the 2017 North East Enterprise Awards.
Meanwhile, managing director Carole was recently awarded an Entrepreneurial Spirit gong in the Best of Darlington Awards 2018.
Nikki added: “We’re very experienced in client servicing, our client tenure averages 10 years and we’re very well-respected as an ethical business within our current network.
“We have a 97% client retention ratio, which is something we’re really proud about, our business has grown through recommendation which is testimony to our capability of adding value.”
Since the firm’s inception in 2000, RMS has also helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity and voluntary organisations.
RMS is currently working closely with PTSD Resolution – a young pioneering charity which focuses specifically on tending to the psychological difficulties suffered by veteran members (and their families) of the Armed Forces – as its charity of choice, and has so far raised £20,000 for PTSD by taking on challenges such as the Wainwrights Coast 2 Coast and the Simply Health Great North Run.
You can find out more about RMS at rms-recruitment.co.uk