Forde’s 20th birthday cheer

Managing director Paul Forde (in the middle of the front row) and staff at Forde recruitment celebrate their success
Managing director Paul Forde (in the middle of the front row) and staff at Forde recruitment celebrate their success

A South Yorkshire recruitment company founded on a £40-a-week grant in a recession is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a move to bigger offices this summer.

Forde Recruitment, which specialises in recruiting temporary and permanent staff for commerce and industry, was launched during the 1991 recession - a time when tough economic times saw many businesses failing and unemployment on the rise.

The company, based on Leopold Street, is now set to expand following the purchase of new, larger offices in Townhead Street, close to the city centre.

Managing director Paul Forde said: “I am proud of our success and with us reaching such a significant milestone in our history, it’s now the right time to be looking forward and plan the next stage of the business.”

He founded the company after returning from a career in recruitment in London to set up his own company using a £40-a-week government grant specifically for start up businesses.

He said: “I started off in an office in Cross Burgess Street in Sheffield in June 1991, with just a desk, a phone, and a list of contacts. I was very determined to succeed.

“Right from the start the aim was simple - to provide an honest and reliable service to clients throughout South Yorkshire and to never compromise on quality. These are the principles that have guided us over the last 20 years.”

Over the last two decades the company has grown organically and through acquisitions and has adapted to changing business conditions along the way.

The company has focused in the past four years on its transport division – involving the recruitment of hundreds of drivers each month for car remarketing and delivery specialists including Manheim and UFD.

The company has also diversified into new areas and in 2010 launched Forde Education, which recruits teachers and other educational specialist, as well as developing Forde Technical division which supplies temporary and permanent candidates to engineering, rail, civil engineering and construction.

“This is part of the company’s plan to build new business, while at the same time maintaining an excellent service for its more established clients.

Mr Forde added: “We have always valued our clients and are finding that other sectors of the market are strengthening, we are well placed to take up new opportunities.

“Reaching our 20th anniversary in June is a landmark for the company – and we remain as ever focused on delivering high quality services to our clients.”