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Duploy aims for £1m turnover in year one

By John Corser | Business Picks | Published:

A new recruitment company is showing rapid growth by winning contracts with major firms near to home in Staffordshire and across the UK.

The Duploy Recruitment team. Marie Johnson (commercial consultant), Michaela James (head of fnance), Amanda Hughes (HR manager), Austen Sanders (director), Tim Wright (director), Megan Glover (permanent jobs consultant)

Duploy Recruitment was launched by Austen Sanders from Stafford and is part of the Dulogis Group of companies based at Tittensor, near Stone.

Mr Sanders previously specialised in driver recruitment and his ability to impress clients and job candidates was spotted by Dulogis’ owner Craig Chapman.

He had challenged him to recruit HGV drivers for Dulogis and was so impressed with his work that he asked Mr Sanders to join the Dulogis team.

This led to discussions over the viability of founding a recruitment business, with Mr Sanders at the helm.

Duploy grew quickly and recruited Tim Wright to work with local industrial clients, recruiting warehouse, pottery and forklift personnel. Within weeks, Duploy Recruitment had attracted clients such as Steelite, Walkers Nonsuch, Travis Perkins and the B&M shop chain.

This success saw Mr Wright being rewarded with a directorship and, just five months after it won its first client, Duploy now has a six-strong team.

“Austen quickly solved our recruitment issues and it was obvious to me that he had ability and passion. We discussed a way forward and decided to launch Duploy and bring in Tim, a second experienced recruitment professional.

“Austen and Tim have full control over how Duploy operates and there success has more than paid back our decision to start the business. Knowing that we have an expert team fulfilling Dulogis’ own recruitment needs is a huge bonus for me," said Mr Chapman.

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“We initially concentrated on fulfilling recruitment needs locally for companies needing drivers and have grown from there. Tim had major experience in recruitment for the pottery industry, engineering and warehousing and these have been further growth areas. We are on target to hit a turnover of £1m in the first year and we have a development strategy to open more Duploy Recruitment offices in the West Midlands and North West," explained Mr Sanders.

He joined the Dulogis team, based at Old Vicarage, Stone Road, Tittensor, in October last year and Duploy Recruitment was officially incorporated, as a business in its own right, in February.

The Duploy team now includes an HR manager, a payroll officer and two new recruitment consultants, Marie Johnson and Megan Glover, who specialise in clerical and permanent placements.

“We have already found employment for hundreds of hard working people and our growing reputation is attracting new, quality clients. I think our honest approach and attention to detail in our customer service, has contributed significantly to our rapid growth – simple things such as always being available, providing temporary staff with uniforms and regular customer appraisals.

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“In the transportation sector, we have plans to practically assess all of our drivers, before placing them behind the wheel of our clients’ vehicles," added Mr Sanders.

Mr Wright said: “We are striving to raise standards and ensure that businesses can recruit with confidence. Companies who use temporary labour often appear to settle for the standard of candidates being a bit hit and miss – will they turn up or will they know what they are doing when they arrive? Our aim at Duploy is to do as much as possible to remove that uncertainty for our clients.”

“Technology is also important to improving customer experience and we tested recruitment software on the market, but found that we could gain an edge by developing our own bespoke software and app.”

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

Express & Star Business Editor at head office, Wolverhampton. Welcomes all news of companies and business organisations.

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