An education recruitment company has expanded after surpassing their growth target.

123 Teachers, based at Business Central in Darlington, has hired two new recruitment consultants, taking their total members of staff to five.

Established in 2016, the firm specialise in supplying teaching staff to secondary, primary and special educational needs (SEN) schools throughout the North East and North Yorkshire.

123 Teachers’ owner, Chris Gent, said: “We’ve exceeded our expectations in terms of growth. We were looking at achieving a further 25 per cent of growth from last year and we’re delighted to have exceeded that target so far.

“Having already achieved our goals we have been able to bring in Chris Hackett, who will recruit for primary schools, and Chris Reed, who will recruit for SEN schools.”

Kirsty Gent, who co-owns the business, said: “This means we now have three dedicated teams in the company with a member of staff specialising in each department of secondary, primary and SEN recruitment and I’m hoping our two new members will grow with the company – they’re potentially future managers who could help us grow further.”

It’s been a rapid rise for 123 Teachers over the last two years, having recently upgraded to a larger office within Business Central after being based in one of the centre’s smaller offices and before that, Business Central’s co-working lounge.

Mr Gent added: “We have envisaged growth right from the start which is why we were so keen to take on our own office as we knew we’d be recruiting more staff.

“Business Central is a professional environment and because it’s in the town centre of Darlington it’s a great place for us to base ourselves and use the location as a head office as we look to expand again in the future.”

Mr Gent and his team have ambitions to open up new offices in the North East and beyond.