“We were looking to make a senior appointment within our global insight team. The position had not been announced to the company or our close-knit sector — so all recruitment activities needed to remain confidential. Nigel Wright could not discuss the name of our business or reveal details about our commercial activities during the hiring process. The positivity and enthusiasm of Nigel Wright’s consultant in their approach to this assignment was hugely impressive. We knew from the past that this was a very difficult role to fill, even without the confidentiality aspect.”
“Despite the restrictions we had in place, the team had a can-do attitude from the start. Nigel Wright acted quickly to create a strong shortlist of potential candidates. All candidates were asked to sign NDAs and were managed through the interview process in a way that reassured us the secrecy of this appointment was never compromised. Even with the contract signed, the recruitment remained confidential until our new candidate joined the company.”
“Our new Senior Director is an established leader with the requisite skills and experience to help lead us through a period of change and transformation. Throughout the process, the Nigel Wright team was friendly, personable, and easy to work with. They offered help and guidance along the way and delivered the right outcomes on time. We will happily recommend Nigel Wright to other firms looking to recruit senior roles.”
Jeremy Michael, Managing Director – SMG
“We had an urgent requirement for a sales director who would drive the on-trade growth of our business. Xin and Voltaire is a start-up luxury alcoholic sorbet brand, so the ideal candidate needed significant experience within the alcoholic drinks industry and proven success in opening doors and winning new customers. Nigel Wright was accommodating right from the start. Nothing was considered impossible, and they were very keen and eager to take on the challenge. Within a few days, they had already identified one person who matched our requirements. And one week after starting the process, they had presented a shortlist of three strong candidates for the role. The standout individual was a target for other businesses, and Nigel Wright was clear that we had to act fast to hire them. We took their advice and moved quickly to secure the candidate. The whole process was completed within three weeks, and we’re delighted with the appointment we’ve made. Our new sales director has held multiple senior positions within the premium drinks industry, playing an instrumental role in the success of global brands. They're an intrapreneur too – someone who has launched new brands and categories for major drinks companies – bringing the necessary ‘start-up’ experience that we considered important for this role. From a cultural perspective too, we made an immediate connection. I was impressed with their values and leadership style which resonated with my own and those of the company. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Engaging Nigel Wright for this appointment has been one of the best decisions I’ve made on our journey so far.”
Grace Ubawuchi, CEO & Founder – Xīn and Voltaire
"Over the years I‘ve been a candidate with Nigel Wright Group, then a client recruiting and then as a candidate again.
I was looking for a new challenge and Elaine Tulip-Johnson put me forward for the right role for my skills. Elaine stayed in regular contact and supported me through the interview process. I was successful and never forgot the support she provided.
I needed to recruit in my new role so contacted Nigel Wright Group. Elaine listened to the role requirements and matched these with similar roles on the market to help develop a job title and description. Elaine then found high quality candidates for us to interview and hire.
Throughout the process the support and resource were everything we needed as a business.
I was made redundant due to COVID-19 so contacted Nigel Wright again. Elaine introduced me to Jemma Devine-Wilkinson who specialises in Consumer sector commercial roles. Jemma was equally first class.
Jemma maintained regular contact at a time when the recruitment world was scary. I had never seen such competition for roles until the impact of COVID. The set up at Nigel Wright through the pandemic has been very effective.
Jemma has been the ultimate professional. She juggled home life and maintained a caring and professional approach which led to me joining a new company.
What can I say candidates or businesses looking for reliable recruiter?
Nigel Wright has recruiters filled with passion, care and drive. All delivered with the professional approach you would expect. They will only submit the right candidates for roles.
As a candidate, they are everything you need. And as a recruiting business, they are worth their fees! They are a first-class recruitment company.
They have helped me so much both personally and as a recruiting business."
Tracy Jameson, Customer Service Manager at Fentimans Ltd
“I have worked with Jemma for many years, on both sides of the fence, and find her to be knowledgeable, adaptable to the clients needs and, above all, communicative. She always runs a really good process and has consistently delivered great candidates who fit the technical and cultural brief.”
Steve Edwards, CEO at Nic Ice
"Huge thanks to the team at Nigel Wright for supporting us with our recruitment. As a small growing business, that support is invaluable and we so appreciate the time they took to understand our culture and values and we really look forward to working with them again."
“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
"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
“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
"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
"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
“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
"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 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.
"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."