HLR Press Release

HLR MAKES KEY APPOINTMENTS

Top team join dynamic new player in Hospitality Recruitment Sector to open Guildford office

The dynamic new force in the hospitality and leisure recruitment industry, Hospitality & Leisure Recruitment (HLR) is expanding its operations and is now delighted to announce a number of high-profile, key appointments and the launch of the venture's newest office in Guildford, Surrey. This will open later in the spring this year.

Backed by the considerable resource, infrastructure and financial strength of Retail Human Resources plc (RHR) which has a genuine national presence, and headed by Roddy Watt, founder and former CEO of the Berkeley Scott Group, HLR is expanding rapidly.

The highly experienced members of the opening team in the new Guildford office have all previously worked for Berkeley Scott and are:

John Hunt
Previously Manager of Berkeley Scott's Hotel General Management Team based in Guildford. John has a lifetime of recruitment experience and is arguably the best respected recruiter in the Hotel sector in the UK.
25 year's recruitment experience.

Richard Hargreaves
Richard specialises in recruiting for senior roles within the Hotel sector both in London and across the UK.
10 year's recruitment experience.

Katie Sandiford
Katie's particular area of expertise is recruiting within the Hotel sector across the South of England.
16 year's recruitment experience.

Derren Strowger
Derren is one of the most experienced recruiters within the Chef Recruitment market, and has vast experience of working across London and the rest of the UK.
10 year's recruitment experience.

Sarah Bonnett
Sarah has most recently been working for Pzazz Recruitment, and has experience of working across the Retail and Restaurants and Pubs sector. Sarah has recently joined HLR's London office, and will transfer as part of the Guildford opening team.
9 year's recruitment experience

In time, the Guildford office will be augmented with more consultants to grow the existing teams and to further develop the contract catering element of the business, also currently managed from London.

HLR recognises that adding value in today's market is about delivering exceptional candidates; these candidates cannot be sourced by simply advertising on the web, and the team at HLR make no secret of the fact that they place huge significance on head-hunting.

The Directors are very excited by the opportunities currently presented by the UK market as businesses emerge from the current challenging economic climate. Roddy Watt says: "Since our launch in July 2009, our business performance has exceeded all expectations and we are now delighted to be augmenting our already experienced team with the appointment of such high calibre individuals. This really puts down a marker that we are very serious about becoming a market leader in this sector. I am particularly delighted to be welcoming these five individuals to HLR as they are all people that I have worked with previously."

John Hunt commented:"I have spent 21 enjoyable years at Berkeley Scott, however it was time to move on to a new challenge in a fresh business environment. To be joining such a highly respected recruitment company, to establish a new venture focused on providing an individual and truly personalised service to clients and candidates in the Hotel sector, is a very exciting prospect."

The business of HLR comes under the direct management of one of the long-serving Directors of RHR, Gary Heather. Gary comments: "The launch of this new Division has been a hugely exciting development for RHR. The Hospitality & Leisure sector is a very natural progression from the Retail sector, and I am absolutely delighted with progress to date. The appointment of John Hunt and a number of his erstwhile colleagues is a key step in delivering our strategy which is now gathering momentum."

For further details please contact:

Roddy Watt
Director
Mobile: 07880 633 336

Gary Heather
Director
Mobile: 07774 981 718

John Hunt
Account Director
Mobile: 07891 833874

Richard Hargreaves
Senior Account Manager
Mobile: 07977 937 521

Katie Sandiford
Account Manager
Mobile: 07977 937 515

Derren Strowger
Senior Account Manager
Mobile: 07891 833 854

Sarah Bonnett
Account Manager
Mobile: 07980 948081

Call us now on 01252 720 814

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