AN independent Exeter recruitment agency is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Cathedral Appointments, based in Southernhay, opened in 1988 and specialises in providing permanent, temporary and interim staff across the region to fill roles including sales, marketing, HR, IT, engineering, office, manufacturing, logistics, accountancy, financial services, legal and executive appointments.
The company began in a small office in Gandy Street in August 1988 after the founder directors, who had previously worked for a high-street agency, decided to set up their own business.
The offices opened with the intention of dealing solely in permanent staff but within two months they were handling temporary and permanent vacancies. Their continued growth saw a move to bigger premises in 1990 but this was closely followed by a recession which led to the demise of other recruitment agencies.
When the economy started to pick up and businesses started to recruit again, Cathedral Appointments were well placed to meet the demand.
Co-owner Jo Caine said she was "immensely proud" of her company's achievements in light of the pressures that the agency's key sectors have been under during the most recent recession. She puts the company's success down to the fact that it has remained independent and retained long-term relationships.
She added: "Our success is also attributed to our fantastic team of consultants. We have over 95 years of combined recruitment experience between us. Most of it has been gained whilst working for Cathedral Appointments, which is really rare in this business. They really are an asset to us."
Cathedral Appointments plans to continue growing by expanding into different sectors throughout Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Dorset. Two more consultants are expected to join before the end of this year.