UK Enterprise Awards 2018

SME NEWS / UK Enterprise Awards 2018 137 , Company: Gray & Associates Recruitment Services Contact: Christina Gray Address: Central House, 1 Ballards Lane, London, N3 1LQ, UK Phone: 0208 3498570 Website: Best Independent Recruitment Agency - London Gray & Associates Recruitment Services UK18132 Withmore than 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Gray & Associates Recruitment Services aims to offer its clients a truly unique approach to recruitment. Founder Christina Gray explores how this is achieved by her dynamic and dedicated company. pride in our service. We are small and ambitious, and our divisions provide temporary and permanent recruitment services. We provide candidates for roles with in the administration, management, secretarial, finance and IT arenas. In addition, in April 2018 we opened our specialist Teaching Division providing staff to a wide range of schools in Greater London. “Every client is allocated an Account Manager who collaborates with the client to understand the business, the pressures and needs. Allocating an Account Manager allows us to develop our expertise around the clients’ business, tailoring our service to find the right candidate for their organisation. We do not just match skills we match people; this is what sets us apart from the rest.” By offering every client an account manager, Gray & Associates provides a unique approach which benefits both clients and candidates, as Christina explores. “Sourcing the right candidates is essential but equally we ensure the role meets the expectations of any candidates we submit to our clients.Therefore, we believe there are two parties to the recruitment process; the client and the candidate. It is important to take time to understand the candidates needs and aspirations and match them to the right role. Every client has an Account Manager who will personally interview, and reference check any candidates prior to presenting them for a role. We also ensure candidates are compliant with all right to work and employment legislation. “Thanks to this process, clients can be confident that every candidate they receive has been fully vetted. Our clients love the fact that when interviewing candidates for a permanent role all they have to do is choose which candidate they wish to employ. They can be confident in the knowledge that the candidate skills, qualifications, right to work and references have been verified. Similarly, all our temporary staff are vetted in exactly the same way and your Account Manager will have a talent pool ready to help you whenever you need.” Ultimately, as Gray & Associates approaches its latest anniversary, Christina and her team are excited for what the future holds, as she proudly concludes. “As we enter our 24th year we are thrilled to receive this award which recognises our status at the best independent agency in London. We cannot thank our clients enough for their support over this time. “Looking ahead, our goals for the next few years are to continue to grow our business and reach out to new clients. We want to show employers the benefit of using an independent agency. Often people can be negative about their experiences with recruitment agencies. We want to show clients and candidates there is an alternative that works for and with them.” Based in London, Gray & Associates aims to offer clients an experience like no other. With statistics suggesting that many companies hire the wrong staff for their role, the firm seeks to reduce this, as they understand that recruiting the wrong staff can be costly not just financially, but in terms of time and staff morale. Christina highlights how her firm ensures that her clients reduce the amount of time and money lost, as well as supporting increased morale for their workforce. “Here at Gray & Associates, we work with our clients and give them access to the very best candidates. Whether our client is an SME who recruits once a year or a global organisation recruiting once a week we work hard to ensure each client gets the service they deserve. The advantage in being an independent agency is in the longevity and experience of our own staff. As such, we employ the best consultants with practical experience providing recruitment solutions at all levels. “This is vital, because as a company we take great