Kenect Recruitment’s acquisition in Sunderland & Newcastle

May 4, 2023 | Lily-May Poulton

We are pleased to announce Kenect Recruitment’s acquisition of Joe Halliday Recruitment agency in Sunderland/Newcastle.

Kenect Recruitment acquire Joe Halliday Recruitment As we expand our network of national clients, we have been actively seeking ways to strengthen our position in the UK market over the past 24 months. One of our key strategies has been to join forces with strong competitor businesses in strategic locations.

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 clients and job seekers, 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, 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 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”.

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