Employment agency moves to historic British Mills complex

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Growing recruitment agency Red Recruitment Group has moved into the historic British Mills complex in Redditch.

Red Recruitment specializes in providing personnel to the commercial, driving and industrial sectors, for warehousing, manufacturing or office roles, on a temporary and permanent basis.

A growing need for temporary workers meant that Red Recruitment was looking for a new, more central location in Redditch to improve its ability to attract candidates.

James Martin, owner of Red Recruitment, said: “We started looking for new premises in February last year, working with John Truslove’s team.

“We were based on Arthur Street in Lakeside, but had felt for some time that we needed to be more central to better candidate attendance, not least because of the nature of our business.”

One of the properties they looked at was 6 Empire Court, an office suite off Prospect Hill and part of the historic Grade II listed British Mills complex made famous in the hit novel Young Jethro. Redditch author Roy Clews.

The iconic site has been repurposed into open-plan office suites with private offices, meeting rooms and a kitchenette.

Suite 6 spans 1,214 square feet on the first floor and includes parking spaces.

Martin said: “We looked at a few properties before seeing Empire Court and loved it, but COVID hit, and we felt it was not right to move at that time with all the uncertainties.

“However, we have been very fortunate in that after the initial slow months, we have seen our business become busier and busier with many of our customers increasing their requests for temporary labour.

“At the beginning of October we decided to review the move, we spoke to Ian Parker at John Truslove, we reviewed our strategy and decided to sign the contracts.

Ian Parker, co-general manager of the John Truslove, secured the hire from Red Recruitment Group on a five-year landlord lease.

He said: “Red Recruitment is a thriving business which has continued to grow even during the testing periods of last year.

“He clearly saw the benefits of more prestigious premises close to the heart of Redditch town center and the move has proven to be a success for all parties involved.

“The former British Mills site has become a very attractive base for a number of businesses.

“At the height of the needle industry in Redditch, British Mills was a large needle and hook factory and remains a building with style and accolades. It has been refurbished to a high standard but still retains its original character.”

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