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Harper Recruitment have been offering high quality recruitment services across Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, and the wider East Midlands region since 1987.

Whether you’re looking for a job or to hire, we have an expert team of consultants ready to guide you through the entire recruitment process from beginning to end.

Our History

Jane Harper formed ‘Harper Recruitment’ in 1987. After working with both a national organisation and a small privately-owned firm and she believed there was a gap in the market for a professionally focused consultancy. Harpers provide a balanced combination of professional corporate service levels and the intimate market knowledge/understanding offered by a local supplier. Most importantly we ensure that the "human element" is maintained throughout the entire process.

Holding firm to these beliefs Harpers went on to be the consultancy of choice for a large degree of the East Midlands businesses from PLC’s (sole commercial supplier to Boots group for many years) to trusted recruitment partners for OMB/SME’s across the region. The candidate relationships developed throughout this time has seen placement support for some of the regions industry leaders and key figures along with multiple generations coming to Harpers for guidance and advice with their career development.

Our Core Values

Harpers prides itself on offering a personalised, professional, tailored service and solution, no matter what guise you engage with the business. The last 30 years plus has stood testament to our founding beliefs and still, today, form the core of Harpers business mantra.

Our Recruitment Consultants

Our consultants have market leading experience in the East Midlands recruitment sector, with an average of 10+ years’ experience in their given fields, making us one of the top independent recruitment agencies in Nottingham and the East Midlands. Staff retention is one of our key USP’s, our consultants and support team tend to stay with us for many years, with an average of 9 years’ service in our Nottingham office, providing our clients and candidates with unparalleled regional market knowledge and understanding.

Quality of Service

Our consultants are rewarded on service delivery and project performance, along with sales achievements. This ensures that our team is 100% focused on providing the most suitable candidates to fill our client’s roles. Naturally, the only true measure of the quality of service that we provide is what our clients and candidates say about us: in the last 3 years alone, over 38% of our candidates have come from referrals and 89% of our clients have given us repeat business. See our Testimonials page for more information.

Candidate Flow

The critical success factor for any recruitment agency is to be able to consistently provide high quality candidates. We attract candidates partially because of our reputation and because of continuous consistent presence in the East Midlands commercial recruitment market. Valuing a traditional approach to candidate attraction whilst embracing the latest technological advances in Web and Social Media attraction methodology.

Meet the Senior Team

With a strong team of consultants working out of our three Midlands offices each with special areas of expertise, you couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable and capable company to fulfil your recruitment needs.

Not sure which sector best fits your requirements? Just get in touch with us and we will make sure you are matched with our best placed team member.

  • Darren BungayOperations Director
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    Darren Bungay

    Operations Director

    Darren has spent over 25 years in recruitment, throughout his career he has worked with several of the large national firms where he held Regional Management and Director positions. He primarily focused on developing teams of consultants and coordinating business development strategies. Having joined Harpers over 10 years ago he shares the fundamental belief that an honest, candid and reliable interactive experience is the most important element to providing a unique and unbeatable service, no matter how people engage with the Harper team. “Candidate and Client care go hand in hand and are as equally important, the special relationships we developed over the last 30 years with our clients and candidates are testament to our truly unique service” Darren believes that by empowering, training and trusting in his teams, this enables them to deliver a heartfelt, passionate service that they can be truly proud of, ensuring that a win/win is always the end result in whatever aspect of the service they are dealing with.

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  • Jane HarperManaging Director
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    Jane Harper

    Managing Director

    Jane Harper created HARPERS in 1987, having worked for an international recruiter and a small independent consultancy. Jane has always been passionate about people and assisting them to be successful in their careers; guiding and supporting them over decades. Some of the job seekers Jane has assisted over the years, are now in high flying positions all over the UK, not just in the East Midlands. Candidates and clients return time after time; often it can be a decade later, for support and advice. Jane is a strong supporter of local community projects and has, over the years, sponsored inner city sports teams and raised money for various charities. Jane is a great believer in justice and was the youngest JP in Nottingham at the time of her appointment.  Her staff are extremely loyal, some having been at Harpers for over 2 decades, after all if a recruiter can’t get their own recruitment right, how can they profess to recruit for their clients?

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  • Julia BevinFinance Manager
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    Julia Bevin

    Finance Manager

    Julia boasts an impressive 30+ years experience within the financial sector. Working with the Harper Recruitment Group for 10 years, Julia continues to provide a professional and friendly approach within the company ensuring that all our financial and accounting responsibilities are dealt with effectively and efficiently. A huge sports fan, Juels is our go to person when we need to keep up with all the goings on at Trent Bridge and Welford Road.

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  • Kate BrackenburyAssociate Director
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    Kate Brackenbury

    Associate Director

    Kate has enjoyed over 13 years industry experience. Kate loves what she does and thrives in leading her team to share her passion to deliver results for both our clients and candidates. Kate promotes a culture that puts people at the heart of our daily activity either as a fellow colleague, employee, candidate or client. Kate believes that every individual experience is vital to delivering a seamless recruitment experience, following the Harper Recruitment Group’s 30-year legacy. Kate is well versed in leading and delivering large recruitment drives for expanding business needs and assisting with the implementation of new start up's, SME’s and corporates. Kate has worked with clients who are under extreme pressure to appoint and have a reputation for being on time, on budget and most importantly on brief. Kate can talk recruitment all day, so, if you would like an informal chat to find out more about how we are different she would be delighted to hear from you.

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  • Paige Le MarchandPayroll & Compliance Manager
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    Paige Le Marchand

    Payroll & Compliance Manager

    After completing her Masters in translation and languages, Paige has been fortunate in finding a career with The Harper Recruitment Group where she can utilise her passion for both languages and people. Paige specialises in sourcing top candidates in the market place for her clients who require foreign language skills and utilises a variety of search and selection methods including ePlatforms and specialist job boards to find and attract the very best talent. Paige is multilingual, including fluency in Spanish and French meaning she is able to converse with candidates adding value to the whole recruitment experience. Paige loves meeting and connecting with people from different countries and cultures and when not recruiting can be found planning her next European adventure where she can combine her love for travel whilst identifying the next new hire for her clients!

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  • Shannon McLeanOperations & Marketing Manager
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    Shannon McLean

    Operations & Marketing Manager

    Shannon came from a varied background in retail, customer service, and project management before finding a home at Harper's. She provides key operational and marketing support to the business and the team of Recruitment Consultants - with a meticulous eye for detail and a knack for multitasking, she develops ideas to their full potential and supports the team with their fast-paced day-to-day.

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  • Sherrine BakerClient Services Manager
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    Sherrine Baker

    Client Services Manager

    Sherrine has extensive experience in all roles throughout the recruitment journey and can offer a wealth of knowledge and support. Sherrine can talk recruitment all day, so, if you would like an informal chat to find out more about how we are different she would be delighted to hear from you.

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