Acquisition of Joe Halliday Recruitment – Press Release

May 4, 2023 | Jason Whittenham


We are proud to announce the acquisition of Joe Halliday Recruitment. Kenect Recruitment has been continuing to strengthen its position within the UK to help support our ever-growing network of national clients.

One key strategy to help us achieve this was to identify strong competitor businesses to join our team in key areas.
Kenect Director, Julien Smith said “Joe Halliday Recruitment has been a long-standing recruitment agency in the North East, since 2016. They have built some great relationships with a lot of #clients and #job_seekers during this time, and we are proud to have them join us on our exciting journey”.

“The acquisition of Joe Halliday Recruitment allows us to position a North East hub to support local franchisees and clients alike. We welcome the new staff to our team with open arms and will work with them closely to achieve our growth expectations for 2023 and over the coming years”. “In addition to this great investment, we are currently in talks with various other businesses regarding potential opportunities.”

“It’s a very exciting time for Kenect #recruitment, its clients, workforce, and everybody else involved with the business”. “Not only are we looking to grow our internal business, but we are also in the process of integrating another three new franchises before June which will open the door to other key areas of the #UK to support our overall operation”.

New Area Manager & former Joe Halliday Recruitment owner Michelle Lightfoot-Thompson said “Kenect is one of the best-rated recruitment agencies in the UK. Their ethics, drive, & commitment to customers are just a few reasons why I decided to complete this takeover with them. I really look forward to helping with the transition to Kenect Recruitment and then working with them in my new capacity as Area Manager, which I’m really excited about”.

“Although our name is changing, the staffing team and great service our customers are used to receiving will remain the same. Obviously, there will be a few changes, but we’re really looking forward to implementing these and working with the #Kenect management team to improve our systems and services for our customers”.

Kenect Recruitment is a national multi-award-winning agency, Corporate REC member, ISO 9001:2015 & ICO certified, licensed by the GLAA, Stronger Together and SEDEX approved, Logistics UK, RHA and UK Haulage members, and in 2020 was voted as one of Glassdoor’s best places to work in the UK.

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