I started Chrissie Metcalfe Recruitment (now CM Recruitment Ltd) on 22nd September 2010 and officially started trading on 5th January 2011. This business was born out of shear frustration and determination after a two year battle which included a divorce that lost me my home and 4 redundancies by two companies backwards and forwards!!!!.
After redundancy number four I realised I had the choice to either stay sat on my settee and just give up (after all I had lost everything), or use my knowledge and passion to work very differently to other agencies and set up my own.
I had worked in the recruitment industry for over 8 years at this point and up until the last two years had been headhunted by two agencies for my skills. I could do this by myself.
I had a vision of myself in my own office with staff of my own. I could see this clearly. I knew I would be different to most agencies too, as I had also been on the candidates side and understood how much losing your job effects your life.
By 1.30pm I was sat with a web designer and explained my situation telling him I needed a website, business cards and money to join a networking group, all from my last months wage.
The next few months I printed 1000’s of leaflets out and walked around business parks posting leaflets about my business and walked around housing estates posting leaflets about my CV service.
I called many old clients and they knew who I was just by saying my name!, So spent a week having endless coffees and catch ups.
I made my first placement in January 2011 and the rest is history.
Amongst many clients I am the sole recruiter for the Vulcan to the Sky attraction at Doncaster airport, and I have also supported many small companies looking for their first employees. I am Area Leader of a morning and lunchtime networking group. I have been in a local paper in the What Women Want section of a newspaper for inspirational women. I remember opening the newspaper in the shop and saying “that’s me” what a strange feeling that was.
I work from an office now, I moved from a council office to a private rented office.
I won the New Business of the year award at the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence awards 2012
I was a finalist in the New Business of the Year category for The Wakefield District Business awards 2012
I was a finalist for Innovative Business of the year award at the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence awards 2013
We have won UK Small business of the year in the Scoot Headline awards (this also awards us as a National Business Leader
We were also finalist from Service Sector of the year in the Goole and Howdenshire Business excellence awards 2014
I have been on local radio too......
I took on a member of staff in 2013 and have now grown to two with another couple of spaces to fill by the end of 2017.
I also launched a part recruitment service in September 2012 as I understand this is something missing for companies that either can't afford the full recruitment service or just need a little bit of support when recruiting.
So from 22nd September 2010 sitting on my settee with nothing... to now... well all I can say is... the sky really is the limit!
My incredible team are: