Back to the future for recruitment team with office acquisition

Geoff Lloyd, centre, with Adepto directors, from left: David Arnold, Lee Knowles, Nick Bradley and Robert Collier

A Cheshire specialist recruiter has come full circle after buying the property the founders started their careers in.

More than 25 years ago Nick Bradley began his recruitment career in a local SME recruitment agency at 11 Ambassador Place in Altrincham.

He was joined shortly afterwards by his now business partner, Lee Knowles.

During their time their they saw the business become a global company, achieving more than £650m turnover, while being schooled with a particular set of business-minded values and knowledge that they still hold to this day.

Now, Nick and Lee are founders and owners of Adepto Technical Recruitment.

Established in 2015, Adepto has grown in size to a £10m-turnover business in just four years – a size similar to, at the time, the business in which they began their careers in recruitment.

As part of their aggressive growth plan they have now gone full circle and purchased the same office, at 11 Ambassador Place, where their journey began.

Their former boss, Geoff Lloyd, was the guest of honour as the Adepto team hosted clients, candidates, former colleagues, friends and family at their official office opening party, having relocated from their old Denmark Street offices in Altrincham.

Nick Bradley said: “When we started off in recruitment, this is where started.

“We were schooled here in this very office as business-minded people. Now, we are looking to bring in like-minded people, from local graduates to senior consultants, to share this journey with us.”

Moving from a small 800 sq ft office to the new 2,500 sq ft premises, big enough for a team of 40-50 people, Adepto has grown from a small business to a team of 13 in the past four months.

Together with fellow directors David Arnold and Robert Collier, Nick and Lee said they are now looking to instil the same values and beliefs they have carried with them throughout their careers in to local people and give others the chance to have a career in recruitment.

The directors say they see recruitment as a career, and invest heavily in to internal and external training and development of their people, looking to shape the future leaders of the business and the industry.

Adepto Technical Recruitment is a specialist engineering, manufacturing and scientific recruitment consultancy that focuses on the provision of permanent staff and contract resource to the UK and European chemicals, life sciences and highly regulated markets.