As Bluestream Recruitment celebrates 10 years in the recruitment industry, Managing Director, Belinda Elliott, explains how their determination to not be ‘just another’ recruitment agency has attributed to their success.
Bluestream Recruitment has seen a lot of change in the last decade, both within its own business and across the recruitment industry in general. But what hasn’t changed is its business ethos ‘to be the best’ instead of the biggest, whilst staying true to its core values of honesty, transparency and respect.
Belinda Elliott, the driving force behind Bluestream Recruitment, started the business in 2009 from a small office in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, specialising in Office Support and Publishing recruitment.
As the publishing industry embraced new, digital technology the type of vacancies they were receiving changed too and the business became more involved in technical recruitment. With the relocation of offices to Harwell Science Campus, Oxfordshire in 2011, Bluestream Recruitment began supporting the Space, Satellite Communications and Energy sectors with technical recruitment.
Perfectly situated between new and exciting start-up companies and large blue-chip companies, Bluestream Recruitment has branched out and now specialises in four sectors including Engineering, IT/Technical, Office Support, and Sales & Marketing.
Over the past 10 years Bluestream Recruitment has witnessed significant changes in the recruitment industry. Companies are now experiencing a candidate-driven market due to a shortage of skilled employees. Competition for talent is fierce, with many business vying for the same candidates, allowing job seekers to name their terms and command more money!
A growing trend for more values-driven business models is also having a massive impact on recruitment.
Attitudes to work are changing as employees want to feel that they, and the company they work for, are making a difference. To recruit and retain the best talent, companies must promote their core values and ethical policies to both existing and prospective employees.
Despite a decade of uncertainty and challenging times across many aspects of business, Bluestream Recruitment has gone from strength to strength.
Bluestream Recruitment takes its commitment to local businesses one step further and proudly hosts HR related workshops and events, keeping employers up-to-date with the latest employment law and new enterprises.
Bluestream Recruitment also passionately supports its local community in South Oxfordshire through organising the annual Full STEAM Ahead Family Fun Day with partners Bright Sparks Science. Now in its fifth year, the science, technology, engineering, arts and math’s themed event celebrates local community links, whilst inspiring the next generation through highlighting Harwell Campus’ inspiring sciences. A not-for-profit event, all proceeds go to Helen & Douglas House along with Be Free YC, a local charity that supports young carers in Oxfordshire.
With the EnergyTec and Space clusters at Harwell recently reporting growth of 17% and 19% respectively in the last year, 2019 looks set to be an exciting and busy year for Bluestream Recruitment as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.