Portsmouth recruitment company Key Recruitment marks 21 years in enterprise
Key Recruitment is one of the longest established recruitment companies in the region and is celebrating its 21st birthday. Image: Key Recruitment staff, Tori Stevens, Michelle Welsby, Ann Oxley, Monica Key and Graham Felton on April 7, 2021 Image: Habibur Rahman
Key Recruitment on Cumberland Road in Southsea held a small celebration with its employees to mark the milestone earlier this month.
The company, which specializes in recruiting in the fields of industry, commerce, technology and human resources, awarded 21 prizes such as Prosecco, meals and football vouchers in April to thank its customers.
The company first opened in 2000 at the Charter House on Lord Montgomery Way before expanding into a large 4,000-square-foot building on Main Street in 2002 and signing a 15-year lease at Stanhope House on Commercial Road.
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Key Recruitment is one of the longest established recruitment companies in the region and is celebrating its 21st birthday. Pictured: Key Recruitment Representatives Graham Felton, Michelle Welsby, Tori Stevens, Ann Oxley, and Monica Key on April 7, 2021 Pictured: Habibur Rahman
Richard Williams of the company said there have been many changes over the years, particularly in terms of technology.
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He said: “When we first opened, we were one of the first recruiters in the area where each consultant had their own PC at their desk, as opposed to one centralized computer for the entire office.
“At the time, we all had to access the Internet through a dial-up modem. Although we were able to send resumes over the Internet for the most part, there were some companies that still only wanted to send resumes by fax. ‘
Key Recruitment’s first permanent position in 2000 was for a senior HR manager at a multinational pharmaceutical company.
The company grew from humble beginnings and through a series of acquisitions and expansions has grown into the business it is today.
In 2005 the company expanded into an additional office on Gunwharf Quays. During this time, the company also acquired Elite HR, a specialist HR and training consultancy.
In 2017 the company moved to its current premises at Cumberland Gate and expanded again in 2020 by acquiring Wildwood Recruitment, specialists in technical services.
Richard said the company has no intention of slowing down, despite having a challenging year ahead of it amid the pandemic.
He said: ‘We are continuing to expand, plan further acquisitions and are very positive for the next 21 years.
‘Key Recruitment focuses on a strong, service-oriented approach and a culture where people are not just numbers, they are truly our most valuable asset.
“We are very proud that many of our employees have more than 10 years of experience in our company. Our success is based on the excellent service and care that they offer clients and candidates alike.”
Ann Oxley, the company’s longest-serving employee, joined the company in September 2000.