Recruitment firm adds to its own headcount as activity increases

Hayley Cannon and Dean Bond

A Runcorn employment agency is boosting its own headcount to deal with an increase in recruitment activity across its various sectors.

It follows two key contract wins for D&D Recruit.

Less than a year after Neil O’Brien acquired the brand to build a national ‘wheels-to-door’ logistics recruitment business, its former owner and now head of international sales, Dean Bond, has clinched major contract wins with global distribution partners.

D&D Recruit provides temporary staffing in the logistics sector and alongside its Runcorn headquarters has offices in Yorkshire, the South West, South East and the West Midlands.

The new wins will see D&D sourcing staff for up to 150 driving roles across the UK around distribution centres in Warrington, Deeside, Speke, Coventry, Bristol, Bedford and Manchester. On top of these driver roles, the industrial team is recruiting more than 300 warehouse workers over the entire UK.

The contracts will also drive growth at D&D, with up to 30 new team members expected to join the firm within the next three months.

These roles include a new marketing team to look after the expanding need for social recruiting and also content creators to help build the brand further.

The increase in sales will necessitate larger sales and resourcing teams and O’Brien’s strategy is to build a team from the ground up, training these new recruits and giving them skills to build a lifetime career.

Hayley Cannon, operations director at D&D, said: “These two new contracts represent major partnerships for us and I’d like to congratulate Dean and the rest of the team for their hard work in securing them.

“It is clear that this year has seen an even bigger shift to online retailing and that requires major driver resources at distribution centres right across the country, which is our niche. That means great news for professional drivers and will also mean that we will be scaling up our own team here at D&D.”