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We’ve grown from a tiny two-woman power duo to an established recruitment agency with clients of all sizes and sectors across East Anglia.
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's original vision for Prime continuing to power our growth as a business.
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. To mark our progression as a family-owned business at our core, second-generation family member Robyn's son, Jack O'Brien, joins the Prime team. 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, 4,000 square foot office. Using local craftsman, businesses and labourers, our directors personally project manage the creation of our brilliant new home. Our expansive, open-plan space provides the perfect environment for new ideas to flourish and grow.
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 a huge step in Prime’s mission to make a difference. 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. We raised a mammoth ￡6,276.63 for our first official fundraising event for the charity and pledged to raise ￡10,000 by next World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on 21st September 2019. Bring on the challenge! To help us hit our target, just visit our Just Giving page.
2019 was the year our family-owned roots grew even stronger, enabling steady business growth in a changing economic landscape. Under Jack O’Brien’s skilled management, our Technical, Commercial & Accounts teams expanded and diversified, supporting local businesses and international industry leaders throughout the region. In recognition of his skilled consultancy, management and strategy, our SMT team took the unanimous decision to appoint Jack as a Director as of January 1st 2020. As we branched out into new territories, we also expanded our community impact, raising over £22,000 for Alzheimer’s Society, a cause that is very close to our hearts. With Jack at the helm, we could not be happier to begin the new decade.
Entering the new year with positivity and optimism, with our workforce raring to kick the start the year, the unexpected looming of uncertainty hit. COVID-19, an unknown and new virus, swept the world. “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”, was the resounding message from our government. As suppliers of key skill workers, our Care and Industrial divisions were essential to supporting local homes and factories throughout 2020. With our team unable to work under normal circumstances, we begun working from home, where the new world of working emerged. The importance and trust of a remote workforce relying on digital platforms and flexible working, evolved into the new norm. With all the challenges faced, the team still pushed forward with their fundraising efforts and completed the first challenge event for the business, raising over £15,000 for Alzheimer’s Society with their Skydive. With the toughest year in business behind us and the strongest team with us, we’re excited to grow in 2021.
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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