Imperial Future: How Darlington recruitment agency is worth its weight in gold

Ask the folks at Imperial Recruitment Group what they do best and the answer is simple.

They work hard to make the world of work, WORK!

Serving the community and their clients comes top of their agenda, and the growth and development of the Darlington-based business is based around that core ethos.

Short and simple, Imperial Recruitment Group is all about a partnership approach that is dedicated to securing the right people for the right job, whether that be professionals in the world of operational, engineering or IT or securing workforce personnel for the food production, hospitality, industrial and logistics industries, to name but a few.

Long or short-term contracts, immediate expertise or future plans, whatever the need, Imperial can deliver.

People are their business. And it is time to shout about it.

The company is based, as its name suggests, over three floors of the iconic Imperial Building in the affluent Imperial Quarter in Darlington.

It launched in 2005 as Imperial Workforce, an employment agency focused on providing businesses with high quality people management solutions in a personalised way, tailored to suit each client’s needs.

Seeing a niche in the wider business community, a sister company was formed in 2016. Imperial Professionals was designed to support businesses of all sizes across core professional services.

Under the umbrella of Imperial Recruitment Group, the two prove a force to be reckoned with in the recruitment industry, successfully forging relationships with a diverse range of clients based across our region.

“The business has gone from strength to strength,” says director Jason D’Silva.

“The two arms of the business come under the Imperial Recruitment Group umbrella and join up to give us that seamless full coverage across all sectors.

“We are very much part of the community that we serve, and our core values reflect this.”

Fellow directors Trish Dodsworth and Anthony Antoniou agree.

“It was a conscious decision to couple the two arms of the business and bring them together,” says Trish. “It doesn’t take anything away from either company; indeed, it strengthens the Group. Between them lies a wealth of experience and knowledge that ensures those shared core values, Imperial’s USP, remain at the forefront of the business.”

The group works well with clients and personnel across Teesside and the North-East as well as enterprise level organisations.

One of its biggest clients is Middlesbrough-based SK Chilled Foods.

“We have many clients across all sectors,” said Anthony. “We operate nationally and internationally with a diverse range of businesses, that stem from relationships which have been forged here in the North-East. This has led to us supporting and serving various branch networks throughout the country.”

This business is about to take on another dimension.

The new Championship football season will see Imperial Recruitment Group forge a partnership with Middlesbrough Football Club as one of its platinum sponsors in an arrangement that will see their logo displayed across hoardings and around the ground at the Riverside Stadium, home of the Boro.

Imperial have also been appointed by MFC to supply its matchday hospitality and concourse staff.

The buzz and energy of the club as the fledgling season gets underway is something that marries well with Imperial’s philosophy.

Anthony tells us: “We are very much part of the community that we serve, one of our biggest clients is based in Middlesbrough so the two together were our natural target audience.

“We are big football fans and we want to be part of their success. The partnership means we’ll become MFC’s official recruiting partner, supplying personnel for concourse and hospitality areas, and continue to be heavily involved in the Teesside region.”

Exciting times are ahead for the group which aims to cement its core values and continue to grow.

Home is Darlington, that’s where the directors feel the business sits well, and the base from which they will continue its development.

So, what’s in the future?

“We are extending both sides of the business,” says Trish. “We’ve laid the foundations, our plans now involve brand development and forging new relationships with like-minded businesses across our region.”

To throw a few figures into the mix, Imperial Recruitment Group appoints over 1,000 people into new employment every year across all their operating sectors.

The positivity in the business community across our region is one that the group is passionate to take forward. Their mantra is ‘success through people’ – this is evident in the culture and their operating style.

Exciting times are undoubtedly ahead for all associated with Imperial Recruitment Group.

• Making it work – Imperial Recruitment Group directors Jason D’Silva, Trish Dodsworth and Anthony Antoniou.


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