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By shaun lowthorpe Business editor
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A Yorkshire-based recruitment firm which set up a Norfolk operation on the back of a contract with Cromer Crab Company owner Young’s Seafood said it is committed to remaining in the county despite the closure of the firm.
Stafforce Recruitment opened a base in Norwich after securing a £1.5m contract to supply workers to the Cromer Crab Company in 2010.
But when the firm announced it was to close in May, bosses of the Rotherham-based firm, which has 25 branches across the country, committed itself to the region and has recently secured two new major contract wins, a £500,000 deal with Norwich City Council and a £1.4m deal with Stowmarket-based Ichiban UK.
The three-year deal with City Hall will see the firm supply the council with a range of temporary clerical and administrative staff.
Roles include arrears officers, anti social behaviour case workers, premises managers, customer contact advisors, management support assistants, planning technical assistants, procurement officers, market managers and system support.
The Ichiban UK contract which begins this month, will see Stafforce recruit 60 food-production operatives a day to help the client maintain its reputation as Europe’s largest sushi producer.
Tony Boorman, Stafforce’s director of strategic partnerships, said the contracts showed the rapid rise from unknown in Norwich and East Anglia just months ago to pre-eminent regional player.
“When we came to Norwich our largest client was Young’s Seafood,” Mr Boorman said. “That was quite a significant contract to lose and for a while it was a bit touch and go, but we sat down and looked at our budgets, and we’d made a commitment to our staff and were just starting to win some local contracts.
“East Anglia is very much an area for growth,” he added. “The Ichiban contract has been a significant win for us.”
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