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Cathedral Appointments celebrates 25 years

PUBLISHED: 14:37 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:37 16 October 2013

Cathedral Appointments founder and MD, Susie Ford, left, and director and co-owner Jo Caine

Cathedral Appointments founder and MD, Susie Ford, left, and director and co-owner Jo Caine

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An Exeter independent recruitment agency is toasting its on-going success after celebrating its landmark 25th anniversary.

Cathedral Appointments founder and MD, Susie Ford, centre, with director and co-owner Jo Caine, fourth from right, and staff members celebrating the 25-year anniversaryCathedral Appointments founder and MD, Susie Ford, centre, with director and co-owner Jo Caine, fourth from right, and staff members celebrating the 25-year anniversary

Cathedral Appointments, based at Southernhay, opened in 1988 and specialises in providing permanent, temporary and interim staff across the region.

The company was born in a small office in Gandy Street in August 1988 after the founder directors, who had previously worked for a high street agency, decided to set up a business offering a thorough and flexible recruitment solution for South West businesses.

The firm’s growth saw a move to bigger premises in 1990 but was closely followed by a recession, of which they were one of the few city recruitment agencies to survive. When the economy started to pick up and businesses started to recruit again, Cathedral Appointments ensured they were able to meet the demand.

Co-owner Jo Caine said she was “immensely proud” of her company’s achievements considering the pressures that their key sectors have been under in the most recent recession. She attributes this to the fact that the company has remained independent and retained long-term relationships; some of them over the 25 years.

She said: “Because we are not part of a large chain we have greater flexibility, and our on-going local presence gives us the opportunity to build a specialised knowledge of the area’s requirements. Recruitment is a two-pronged business and we are equally committed to fulfilling the needs of our clients who require suitable staff and our candidates who are looking for jobs and careers advice.”

Cathedral Appointments has developed long-term relationships with many of the city’s largest businesses as well as a variety of SMEs but the business model has changed slowly over the years, from being known as generalist recruiters to focussing on providing permanent roles in more specialist areas of recruitment.

After 25 years there are plans for the future success and growth of Cathedral Appointments; it plans to increase the business further by expanding into different sectors throughout Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Dorset. It is currently on the hunt for an experienced consultant to join the team and has plans to recruit another before the year is out.

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