We've grown from a tiny two-woman power duo to one of the largest independent family-owned recruitment agencies in Essex and Suffolk.
Over a glass of wine in the local pub, two Witham girls decide to make their dream a reality. Robyn Holmes' and Margaret Locke's combined mission to create a recruitment agency with a difference was born. Witham's recent industrial boom provides the catalyst for the start of the Prime journey...
Over the next five years, Robyn and Margaret work tirelessly to realise their ambition, expanding the Prime team and diversifying into new sectors. Determined to support the local economy, they invest in two mini-buses to personally transport their temps to and from their placements with local businesses. Internally, the Prime brand begins to take shape and the signature orange and pear tree becomes Prime's iconic logo.
Following our growth and expansion, our founders take steps to drive Prime into the new millennium. A new requirement from one of our Industrial clients leads to the start of what will later become one of Prime's most profitable divisions, our Technical and Engineering desk. To manage the needs of our ever-increasing clients and candidates, we take the plunge and invest in an automated CRM system, entering the digital age!
Robyn and Margaret's positive and encouraging work ethic creates a dynamic environment in which our consultants thrive, with more and more talented individuals joining the team. One of these, then little-known local Witham lad Olly Murs, goes on to wow the nation on The X Factor, with full support from the Prime brigade!
The Prime name continues to grow, becoming one of the leading agencies for local businesses not only in Essex, but in Suffolk as well. To better meet their clients' needs, Robyn and Margaret take the leap and open a brand new office in Sudbury. Later that year, Margaret takes the decision to retire. The co-founders remain close, with Margaret frequently visiting the office.
Going from strength to strength, our good reputation flourishes. People seek to join our team and by 2011 we are employing over twenty people in our offices and two hundred and fifty temps working in local factories and warehouses. Working with like-minded companies such as Wilkin & Sons in Tiptree, a 'fruitful' opportunity to personalise their orange marmalade sees us celebrate our twenty years in business.
In line with our founders' passion for continual innovation, we decide to refresh and reinvigorate our brand image. The evolution of our logo begins with a modern, minimalist re-design by well-known calligrapher Peter Horridge. This coincides with the beginnings of our biggest development yet...
We take our biggest step yet, building a brand new office. Using local craftsman, businesses and labourers, our directors personally project manage the creation of our brilliant new home.
On our 25th birthday, we remisce about how much we've grown. Starting with just one commercial division run by Robyn and Margaret, we've since expanded our company to six specialist divisions. With over 400 temporary staff working in local businesses and supported by our in-house accounts team using a PAYE system, we've come a long way since 1992.
2018 marked an immense step in Prime’s mission to make a real difference both in the local Essex and Suffolk-based community and the wider world. In December, we became official partners with Alzheimer’s Society. This is a cause that’s very close to our hearts, as our co-founder Margaret herself was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at just 51. Now that we’ve reached a point where we are an established SME, we’re fighting back. In total, we raised an unprecedented ￡6,276.63 for “Elf Day” – our first fundraising day for Alzheimer’s. By World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on 21st September 2019, we aim to raise ￡10,000. We welcome any support you can offer – just visit our “Just Giving” page.
Today, our dynamic team of 40+ employees are as dedicated as ever to providing the best possible service. Taking Prime's positive and forward-thinking approach into everything that we do, we're excited to continue growing into the future.
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