Sunderland based specialist HR recruiter Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment Ltd is celebrating their six-year milestone as they embark on one of their busiest years to date. 

2023 has already seen an incredibly strong start and the specialist HR recruiter is on target to have the most successful first quarter since the business launched, with the potential to top 2021/2022 which saw the team double turnover. 

Investment has included the launch of a new website and a new role created (People Partner) with the perfect match found in Natalie Ball who will bring her extensive skills base to the team to elevate the service offered to all candidates and clients. 

Relationships have been at the heart of the success story with the pattern of the business model evolving and a higher percentage of clients who are now long-standing customers and repeat business to expand their growing teams. The team have seen a high influx of recommendations and referrals from their highly engaged social network, with a noticeable increase in new enquiries and introductions through LinkedIn.   

With an established base at Hope Street Xchange, the founder Sarah McKenna is on a mission to further build the momentum and continue to grow the business and invest in the region and in particular Sunderland further.  

Sarah McKenna said: “As a Sunderland girl myself I love that I am based here and as the business grows, I am committed to employing more people from the local area. The growth journey for the business has been phenomenal, exceeding targets and building the most amazing network of clients and contacts over the last six years. 

My vision is to create a supportive, flexible and enjoyable working environment where people can be their best selves at work without the pressures and unrealistic expectations that you find in some traditional recruitment businesses, alongside, offering development and training. For the next stage of development, I’m very keen to grow the team organically where people are in roles they are passionate about and enjoy, it’s a really exciting time for the business.” 

Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment recruits across all industries and specialises in HR, Learning and Development and Talent roles, from HR Director to HR Graduates. The team have built a strong and respected reputation for having an authentic, friendly and transparent approach offering high-quality service to both clients and candidates alike. Whether you are looking to grow your HR team or seeking your next career move, the team adds value to the process by understanding the culture, values and individual needs.   

HR is all about people and relationship building, and the team have been hosting a number of events which have welcomed some of the region’s best HR professionals. Enhancing the array of collaborative HR specific events is an area of further growth in the pipeline for the recruiter.  

Sarah added: “I have always held regular HR events but due to business demands I haven’t had as much time to focus on these as I would like too. Now with Natalie on board I’m excited to build a yearlong programme of regular HR events. I am passionate about supporting other North East businesses, so all speakers will be from businesses in the local area.” 

The current recruitment market is unprecedented with job vacancies at a record high and unemployment levels at one of the lowest levels. The bespoke approach and investment in relationship building at Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment has enabled the team to steer these market conditions and achieve record growth. With an established network and high influx of work across the North East and Yorkshire regions in place the team are keen to further enhance their reach nationally as the recruiters continue their growth trajectory.  

Sarah said:As the business continues to enter another phase of growth this year, I would love to support even more businesses. My network is not just here in the North East, my candidate reach covers the UK, so I’m really looking forward to the next stage of the journey in 2023!”