“Since launching in 2015, Silent Pool has become a leading independent UK gin brand. For phase two of our journey, we required a global sales director to take our performance to the next level and grow our business outside of the UK. A proven track record in strategy, sales analysis and building successful sales teams were attributes we were keen to attract.
“We selected Nigel Wright to lead this critical search assignment based on its drinks industry expertise and extensive consumer sector networks. Andy took the time to get to know our business and used this insight to deliver a successful process. He kept us informed of developments, provided weekly update reports and managed our expectations in an open and transparent way.
“A few unexpected twists and turns were navigated in a professional manner. And all candidates engaged during the process were impressed with the high standard of customer service they experienced. Nigel Wright also created marketing literature to support the search, including a branded candidate pack which helped promote our story to the wider market.
“The final shortlist included two strong but very different candidates. This was the ideal outcome as it challenged us to think about what we really wanted – a tough decision at the final stage of a recruitment process is a good problem to have.
“Our new sales director worked for a global spirits producer for several years. This included roles 'at the coal face' during their early career, before progressing into domestic and international sales leadership positions. Critically, their track record at building high performing sales teams is matched by expertise in strategy and sales analysis.
“Having also spent time with a smaller independent brand, it confirms that from a cultural perspective, they understand our specific challenges, making them an ideal hire for Silent Pool.
We’re delighted with the result and will happily use Nigel Wright again in the future.”
John Keeling, Director – Silent Pool Distillers
"Very impressed with the service from Nigel Wright, great candidates at a competitive price. They really helped me out over the busy December payroll period with a quality placement.”
Jim Woodlingfield, Newcastle College Group – 9/10
"In looking to recruit a new Personal Assistant they immediately sourced a high quality field of candidates allowing us to make an excellent appointment.”
Kevin Clifford, Crossling & Co. – 10/10
"Sue was attentive and informative throughout the whole process. We had a great rapport and I would be happy to recommend her.”
Ashleigh Sinclair, Arriva – 10/10
"I received a very professional service from Liam, who fully engaged with us and made every effort to understand our business, the markets we operate in and more importantly the role and type of candidate we were looking for.”
Peter Dodd, Brenntag – 9/10
"ElaineTulip-Johnson was excellent.”
Stephen Foster, Lynemouth Power Limited – 9/10
"Proactive approach to recruitment, delivered what was promised. Chris Arnold led the assignment with great results through his dedicated approach and effective communication skills.”
Roger Crudgington, Joseph Joseph - 10/10
"Charlotte Owen has been great to work with and is always available to answer any query.”
Kerry Steen, The Linskill & North Tyneside Community Development Trust
“I have worked with Nigel Wright for many years while being employed in various organisations and they have always demonstrated professionalism and great understanding of business needs. The team are very responsive and always able to source quality candidates in a competitive market. I can highly recommend Nigel Wright to other organisations looking for a reliable recruitment partner.”
Magdalena Rutkowska, CMR UK
“Erica has been brilliant to work with on both sides, as a candidate myself and when looking to recruit a new member to my team. She's understanding and proactive, but never pushy. I can't fault the service I have received.”
Joanne MacLauchlan, Silverbean
“Excellent communication from the start of the process through to the candidate’s start date. Throughout the process we constantly talked in terms of the relevant skills I was looking for; opinions were exchanged from both sides which helped when deciding on the correct fit for the job. ”
Gerard Brockley, Interflex Group
“After a conversation with a mutual contact about EuroDrive’s ambitions to appoint a Head of Risk & Regulation, I was introduced to Mark Dale as a consultant focussed on professional services at Nigel Wright. Although we were in the early stages of shaping the role Mark took the time to come and meet us at our offices and discuss the current climate, available talent on the market and various methods of recruiting for a strategic and niche appointment.
After helping us define the role, within a short space of time, Mark was able to act as our brand ambassador and describe our vision and the longer term ambition of our business to the candidate marketplace. His work meant that a relevant, local and available candidate was attracted to EuroDrive as a business, resulting in a successful appointment.
I’m confident that, should we need such support again, I would return to Mark and Nigel Wright in the future.”
Chris Hodgson, Commercial Director, Eurodrive Motor Finance
“The level of engagement at the beginning is excellent and means that when candidates are supplied you know they are going to match your criteria. This level of initial involvement and understanding has always proved to be very successful as both a candidate and a recruiter.”
Trevor Austin, Rotary Power
“Nigel Wright provide a high level of professionalism and insight, a good understanding of the job markets and candidate suitability as well as being flexible and patient in supporting clients”
Colin McLauchlan, Homes England
“Nigel Wright was recommended to me as the best recruiter to partner with for Executive Level appointments. The strength of that recommendation, together with Nigel Wright’s extensive regional networks, were key reasons why we chose to partner with them on this assignment.
This was a key appointment for Beyond Housing at a critical moment in our journey. The new CFO would share the ambitions of the leadership team and demonstrate enthusiasm for the opportunity to help build a new brand. Change and integration would define their first 12 months, and candidates required experience operating at the senior level within this context. We were also keen to attract people from the North East as well as Yorkshire.
Nigel Wright helped us shape the CFO brief. Our shortlist included people from across the North East and Yorkshire. Though the successful candidate was based in North Yorkshire, they actually worked for a local authority in the Midlands. We’re delighted to attract such a high-calibre individual.”
Rosemary Du Rose, Chief Executive, Beyond Housing
"Having worked with Nigel Wright for several years, I find their service to be professional. They work hard to engage with the client, always providing a personal touch in order to build the relationship and ensuring they can match the best candidate for the role."
Stanley Black & Decker
“We’re currently expanding our business, including moving into larger premises to accommodate our growing team.
All 58 Gin employees must have a personal investment in our brand and treat our ambition with ‘raw heart.’ Furthermore, we require our people to ‘get their hands dirty’ and perform tasks outside of the traditional remit of their role – our expectation on this occasion was to hire a Sales Manager ‘plus other stuff.’
I provided Nigel Wright’s consultant with, what I believed, was an impossible list of attributes. They included finding someone with experience of scaling up a distillery, who could operate effectively within our agile entrepreneurial culture. My expectation was that we’d attract candidates with some, but not all these traits.
The consultant (Andy Scott) met with me and worked hard to understand our business, our ambitions and culture. I was always impressed with their ability to digest feedback, suggest alternative places to seek out talent, and ultimately present highly relevant profiles.
The successful candidate is the perfect fit for 58 Gin, and I expect will be a real asset to our business. They joined us from a very similar company which has already undergone a scale-up process. A good understanding of the sector and its challenges was matched by a genuine commitment to grow an entrepreneurial brand.
I’m delighted with the result and look forward to working with Nigel Wright again in the future.”
Managing Director, 58 Gin Ltd
"Our Group Finance Director appointment was critical for Gentoo following a challenging period and several new leadership appointments. We chose Nigel Wright due to their impressive regional network, national search capability and the consultative and transparent process they outlined. We were very pleased with Nigel Wright’s service delivery, they did exactly what they said they would, communicating with us regularly throughout each stage of the process to ensure our leadership stakeholders were fully informed with the right level of detail. Our final shortlist of candidates was comprehensive, diverse and matched the key elements of our challenging brief. We ultimately reached the point where we were able to choose between several appointable candidates and we are delighted with our new Group Finance Director. We have just recently successfully worked with Nigel Wright again for some Non- Executive Board appointments."
Executive Diector Corportate Services, Gentoo Group
"The consultant had great personal experience in the exact role I was recruiting for so offered deep understanding of the person required. Generally, the professionalism was exceptional. Price is at the top end, but assuming the hire works out then I’m happy."
"Our initial conversation went really well, I felt Katie understood exactly what I was looking for in just a few questions. I was really pleased with the quality of the candidates sent my way, their CVs were all very attractive."
Reporting Manager, Balfour Beatty
"Mark took the time to really understand our requirements for the role so when he suggested a candidate, I knew they would be credible and worthy of serious consideration. He kept us fully informed of the candidates’ thoughts between interviews and managed the whole process very effectively."
UBS Wealth Management
"I thought the service provided by the two Chris's, Kent and Dresser, was of a very high standard. They were very professional and pleasant too."
Chief Commercial Officer, Alt Labs
"We received a prompt, professional service and would not hesitate in using Nigel Wright again in the future."
Mike Meynell, Managing Director
I have worked with Nigel Wright Recruitment as both a candidate and a client. The service received in both instances has been extremely friendly, polite and professional. Other companies I have worked with do not make you feel as if you have any value as an individual, you are just another commodity and they rarely listen or try to understand your requirements. It's almost as if they know better than you do. Not so with Nigel Wright recruitment personnel. On each occasion they have taken the time to understand my needs and skill sets both as a candidate and a client. I would have no hesitation in working with them again.
Carroll & Meynell
"Having worked with Nigel Wright for many years, I am always delighted with the service I receive. Nigel Wright understand our business requirements and make the recruitment process simple and straightforward. I am kept regularly informed of progress and receive excellent quality CVs."
Louise Lightfoot, HR Director, Banks Group
"The consultants took the time to visit our site and understand the company’s needs. This made the selection of candidates much easier to manage."
Stephanie Hodgson, HR Manager, Greencroft Bottling
"Really good service. Time was taken to get to know me and the business I support, and then the right kind of candidates for the role and the business were proposed."
Trevor Austin, Head of Supply Chain, Rotary Power
"The service I receive is excellent and always available, I also receive support with the whole recruitment process which saves me time and effort."
Richard Sample, MI Manager, Home Group
"Really professional and tailored approach. Nigel Wright found me the right candidate based on their knowledge of the academy school sector and their understanding of my organisation and our needs."
Jim Farquhar, St Hilda's Multi Academy Trust
"High quality assessment and shortlisting of candidates"
John Devall, Water Director at Northumbrian Water Limited
"I am consistently impressed by the level of professionalism demonstrated by the consultants at Nigel Wright."
Jolene Middleton, Recruiter at Northumbrian Water Limited
"I ran a competitive process between three agencies and, to put it simply, Nigel Wright recommended the best candidates. It felt like a genuine search and screening process had been undertaken, rather than just sending a batch of CVs for me to plough through. The shortlist meeting was invaluable in reading between the lines and obtaining a better sense of the candidates' characters and aspirations."
Richard Lowery, CFO, Cav Ice Protection
"Nigel Wright sourced our requirement very efficiently and professionally, presenting good candidates all with relevant experience for the role. It was great to have such quality of candidates. Since we offered the role, the high level of service has continued."
Chris Story, Treasury Manager, Froneri
"Amazing in terms of speed of delivery and the quality of candidates."
Jonathan Smith, IT Director at HC-One Ltd.
"I found the recruitment consultant to be quick in terms of getting up to speed on the requirements and thorough in making sure that I was happy with the profiles supplied. Helpful and feedback was wanted and work achieved was swift and comprehensive, with an obviously positive outcome."
Rosamunde Willis-Read, Head of Standards and Compliance at HC-One Ltd.
"Nigel Wright’s consultants understood what I was looking for, not just in terms the skills, but also personality and culture fit. Translating that understanding into an effective national search, they matched my expectations by delivering the right candidates for the jobs. “They showed expertise by sharing market insight which tested my thinking on certain aspects of the assignment. Significantly they recognised that none of us has time to waste these days and, as promised, delivered two strong shortlists which made our final decision difficult. “Communication wasn’t too much or too little. Weekly updates were complemented with additional calls, only when something needed confirming. Messages were always concise and clear. The result? We appointed two great people.”
Heather Ashton, Executive Director of Resources at Thirteen
"The first round of recruitment did not highlight any candidates for shortlisting, based on a skills gap. We did end up appointing from one of the candidates from later on in the process, though, and are very happy with his ability and performance so far."
Server & Storage Manager at Northumbria University
"Professional service. Whilst other agencies struggled to find suitable candidates Nigel Wright delivered good quality individuals who were all well vetted before their interviews."
Technical Director, Salamander Pump Shower Systems Ltd.
"Nigel Wright Recruitment took the time to understand our business and needs before looking for a suitable candidate. This resulted in us finding the right person first time."
Operations Director, C-Ways
"The service was straight forward and we successfully found a candidate after roughly nine months of trying to recruit ourselves."
Area Manager, Towne Lifting and Testing
"Nigel Wright has been nothing short of exemplary for the challenging requirements we have. The framework is tough and extremely competitive. Due to the amount of competition on our panel, it is difficult to make an impression and even more difficult for the supplier to make money. Nigel Wright quickly found value in numbers and in turn the calibre of candidates has been strong."
Recruitment Partner, de Poel
"I worked closely with the team at Nigel Wright. The process was first rate and the Consultant was communicative and transparent throughout a process that was moving at pace. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Nigel Wright team to anyone looking to recruit senior commercial talent or indeed, to those embarking on their next move"
Group Commercial Director, Adelie Foods
'I am often surprised about the short term, situation and impersonal approach many recruiters take to candidate stakeholder engagement. Candidates one day become potential clients, after all ....
Personally, I have experienced a very different approach across the Nigel Wright organisation. Critically, I feel my objectives and aspirations have been recognised, understood and actively considered. Communication through processes has been first class and proactive, resulting in increased candidate interest in opportunities.'
Ex Sales Director, Birds Eye
"The team at Nigel Wright have worked with Premier Foods for a number of years, and we're always impressed with their network and knowledge of the market. Their recent handling of an assignment for a senior commercial role was excellent, delivering an exceptionally strong shortlist, ahead of time."
Human Resources Director, Premier Foods
"We came to Nigel Wright with a very specific and difficult brief and were delighted by the account management and sourcing of a very strong shortlist."
Resourcing Manager, Dairy Crest
"We used Nigel Wright to identify and source a Fleet and Procurement Coordinator - throughout the whole process they excelled in their communication with myself, were able to identify and short list multiple candidates against the criteria as agreed and ultimately identified our new recruit.
We will have no hesitation to call on Nigel Wright should we need such assistance in the future."
Gary Kinghan, Procurement Team Leader, The Priory Group
"In a competitive marketplace, Nigel Wright managed to source high-quality candidates, above and beyond that of other agencies working on the assignments. It was clear that they understood the requirements of the roles as well as our company culture.
Nigel Wright provided a consultative approach to both assignments which helped enormously in inviting the right people to join our team. I would not hesitate to use Nigel Wright again."
Rob Blundell, Director, Supply Chain Acumen
“I’ve worked with Richard Morgan on several senior executive appointments at IHC over the last few years and enjoyed a lot of success. He has taken the time to understand our business and its needs, as well as get to know the people in our organisation. This means he always knows, exactly, the required personalities of the individuals we want here, and all the operational and strategic requirements of the roles he’s working on. His communication is excellent too and a good fit for how we like to work. He doesn’t bombard us with calls and emails, but rather asks our preference for how and when we want communication and then sticks to that agreement. He’s very responsive and keeps me in the loop; I’m never left waiting to find out the progress of an assignment.
Richard takes the pressure off the recruitment process; his shortlists always contain individuals who fit our requirements and we rarely need to ask for additional candidates or to review longlists again. Our most recent appointment was for a new Financial Director. The successful candidate has offered IHC a breadth of industry experience, adding value to our business."
Jane Hudson, HR Manager at IHC Engineering Business Ltd
“During a period of change and transformation, Formica needed to identify and attract talent into a variety of positions across its sales, marketing, operations and supply chain teams. These roles were at different levels and spread right across the European division, making this an extremely challenging process. Nigel Wright took the time to fully understand each vacancy, as well as Formica’s culture and provided insights and recommendations throughout. Each assignment was delivered by an expert in the relevant function and was managed by a dedicated account manager. This approach enabled us to have oversight of all of the concurrent recruitment activities taking place. We continue to partner with Nigel Wright in the North East and also across Europe.”
Victoria Scott, European Talent and Reward Manager at Formica
“Home Group has benefited from Nigel Wright’s services for a number of years. The candidates that we’ve hired following a NigelWright led recruitment process have always been the ‘right type.’ I refer here to their technical competencies, as well as cultural and organisational fit. Nigel Wright is extremely good at understanding our needs.”
David Redpath, Director of IS at Home Group
"Nigel Wright continue to deliver a high-quality service when it comes to senior search, ensuring a full understanding of the role and the person requirements. I always feel like I can trust you to do a great job. Thank you."
Head of Reward and Resourcing, Home Group
“We initially approached three agencies to discuss a Finance Director vacancy at The Port of Blyth. It had been a long time since we had recruited at that level and we needed make sure we got the right person. We selected Nigel Wright because of its long-standing reputation and expertise. We were also impressed by the lead consultant’s market knowledge and offer of a ‘added value’ approach. This was a challenging assignment. We needed an FD with a unique skill set as well as ‘cultural’ affinity with the leadership team and ways of working here at the Port. Nigel Wright shortlisted six strong candidates who matched what we were looking for. The documentation submitted helped inform our own interview process. This was all done within a very tight schedule and demonstrated complete understanding of our business needs.”
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at Port of Blyth
"Appointing a EMEA General Manager was Wahoo’s most important hiring decision in 2016. Using an established firm like Nigel Wright gave the opportunity a ‘stamp of legitimacy’ in the European market. They provided us with the necessary breadth of expertise and reach to ensure a customised, rigorous, and extraordinarily professional process. The diverse set of highcalibre candidates gave us peace of mind that no stone was left unturned”
Kevin Abt, Director, International Sales & Business Development, Wahoo Fitness
"Professional service throughout, easy to work with and there when I needed them."
Director of Human Resources,. Yankee Candle Company (Europe) Ltd.
"The service from Nigel Wright is always excellent, they take a lot of the pain out of the process."
Head of Billing and Revenue Management, Northumbrian Water
"I've worked with Nigel Wright on a number of vacancies recently and continue to be impressed with the level of service I receive."
HR Team Leader, Northumbrian Water
"As a candidate and as an employer I have always found Nigel Wright Recruitment to be a stand-out agent in a very competitive market. The calibre of Recruitment Consultant is first-class in terms of professionalism and industry insight. The client base is impressive with key contacts at most leading food manufacturers. The candidate database is also impressive with access to a wide range of technical professionals (interim and permanent)."
Head of Technical UK, Bernard Matthews
"I’ve always found Nigel Wright to be professional and discrete. I’ve had bad experiences with other firms but Nigel Wright has successfully established a level of trust within the finance team at International Paint, hence the longevity of the relationship."
Regional Controller North Europe, AkzoNobel
"Good, solid service. I have to say I had a great service from both the consultants that I dealt with."
Retail Controller, Newell Rubbermaid
“I have always found the consultants at Nigel Wright to be knowledgeable of my business sector and at all times they interacted in a professional manner. My recent experience in dealing with them was excellent. They kept me up to date regarding the progress of the recruitment process.”
Warehouse Operations Manager, END
"Quick response and good candidates, which led to a hire."
IT Manager, END.
"The service was excellent and we are very happy with the candidate appointed." HR Director, Burton's Biscuit Company
"Lisa Taylor is probably the most professional Recruiter I have ever worked with. She takes time to understand our business, not only the needs for the role she is recruiting for but the department and where that sits in the overall organization. She understands the culture and the people we have here and the challenges we face as a business as well as the industry as a whole. She is honest and takes ownership of her work in a way that many other Recruiters do not. She is discreet when needed and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a new role as I know she genuinely cares about the candidates she represents. Lisa also keeps me up to date with market developments and changes within the North East which may have an impact on what we do here, a consultative approach is always taken but with a friendly approachable manner."
"Nigel Wright has been a pleasure to deal with and made the recruitment process a stress free experience."
Director, AWS Accountancy Ltd
"Fern Couchman is excellent. She stays in contact with me throughout the duration of the temp contract and visits our offices regularly to speak with the temps and make sure they are satisfied in their roles. With the support I get from Fern, I cannot praise her enough and I lean towards using Nigel Wright for other recruitment projects because of the service she provides."
AP Team Lead, Engie
"Nigel Wright provided an excellent service to Draeger; myself, the MD and Regional Heads were all very impressed with the level of knowledge and specialist skills demonstrated during the project. The brief was presented very well, sense checked with us and the results were two very strong candidates to choose from. The consultant went over and above their duties in terms of taking calls, ensuring the candidate was very well versed with Draeger and liaising with myself out of hours in times of need. They immediately built a rapport with our internal team and for the time they were working with us, it was as though they were a Draeger employee. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nigel Wright to work on a brief."
Head of HR, Draeger
"First class service from experienced and skilled staff."
CEO, The Veterinary Defence Society Limited
"I found Nigel Wright to be extremely helpful, getting in touch an appropriate number of times to share updates and progress reports without being overbearing."
Management Accountant, HC-One
"In our rural locations, finding quality candidates locally has always been difficult. We engaged Nigel Wright through a retained search model which has enabled us to attract talent from inside and outside the region, with Mark Dale marketing our Armstrong Watson brand , delivering a consistent message about our company and our vision and values.
This has enabled Armstrong Watson to action their growth plans and allowed us to continue providing excellent service to our clients.
Mark’s timely communication and approach whilst managing simultaneous requirements has helped create a relationship based on trust which we hope to continue."
Head of Audit & Assurance, Armstrong Watson Audit Ltd