Recruitment firm leaping into its third branch

A growing East Anglian recruitment company with offices in Cambridge and Ipswich has made a move into Norfolk.

Polkadotfrog has opened what is its third office in Hethersett, led by company co-founder and director, Lucy Tufts.

In the last 12 months the company turned over of slightly more than �1m and hopes to see this increase to �1.5m over the coming year through expansion.

The business began in Cambridge seven years ago and launched a branch in the centre of Ipswich early last year.

The Norwich office, with two staff will bring employee numbers to nine.

Polkadotfrog lists Microsoft, Willis, Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Service, Mott Macdonald and Tyco among its clients.

Mrs Tufts, who previously led the Cambridge office, said that the firm had chosen to move into Norfolk because companies had requested a similar service in the county to that available from the Ipswich and Cambridge offices.

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'We're about retention of staff, building relationships around trust and offering our clients a completely different service,' she said. 'One where we're really listening to the client and not bombarding every week with sales calls. Being a partner with them.'

Based in Hethersett they also hope to offer a different service; out of town and more exclusive.

They also hope to build a word of mouth client base, which she says accounts for about 90pc of customers at the other branches.

Mrs Tufts said she hopes to begin recruiting more staff by the end of the year.

Turnover forecasts for the current year were said to be around �1.5m, which would be a rise of 50pc on last year's figure.