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A Midland-based recruitment firm is set to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a record year of trading.
The company, which was established in Banbury to supply general staff to local companies, has undergone a reorganisation in the last five years and by the end of 2018, will have seen its turnover grow by 80 per cent in the past three years.
Apex was founded by Dianne and Keith Marchington, and now their son, daughter and son-in-law have overseen the company’s transformation.
Sales and marketing director Richard Marchington said the success had come after the change of its business model. “Historically as the company grew, we expanded our High Street network and opened new branches, but as the need for a physical presence receded through the adoption of on-line activity, we decided to totally change the model,” he said.
“That meant amalgamating branches and relocating to a more suitable business environment, introducing cutting-edge CRM systems and adopting a more corporate approach whilst maintaining family values.”
“That clearly meant a great deal of upheaval, but it is now bearing fruit. Our turnover will have gone up by 80 per cent in three years and by the end of 2018, we will have around 400 contracting staff working for clients as well as those we have placed in permanent positions.”
Richard, his brother-in-law Neil and sister Caroline all quit City of London jobs in investment banking to join Apex, which employs 24 staff, and now have sights set on further expansion.
He added: “The reorganisation of the business has coincided with the growth of the local and regional economy and the rise of the advanced manufacturing sector in this area. We supply major OEMs as well as the supply chain and that makes up around 80 per cent of our business.
“The roles we fill are from very technical positions through to semi-skilled roles in a range of industries. Moving to a new headquarters allows us to hold interviews and meetings on site here or in client locations.
“We have managed, we believe, to establish a very strong relationship with our clients and a great deal of our work has come through word of mouth.
“Our experience in manufacturing, and particularly automotive, has attracted a number of international enquiries, and we are looking at the possibility of expanding our geographical area of operation in the next few years.
“The industry is increasingly international, and we have developed a strong track record in supplying the right candidates for some very demanding and technical roles, an ability which is required in other countries throughout Europe.”