Setting up and running a successful recruitment agency from scratch is no easy task, but for our Founder Kelly Haston CIPD, FIRP DipRP it was a challenge that she couldn’t wait to undertake. Kelly set out seven years ago with ambitious plans for her Recruitment agency, with zero on the sales line and operating on her own from her front room. Since then the business has grown into a thriving agency.

Kelly HastonThrough hard work and dedication, entrepreneur Kelly has and continues to deliver her original vision of creating a Recruitment and HR consultancy that moved rapidly, matched clients and candidates perfectly and where no challenge was too big:

“I attribute my professional and personal success to pure determination, perseverance and commitment. To me true success is happiness and to achieve it you have to focus on both the bigger picture and the day-to-day at the same time.”

Based in Cambridge , we are experts in permanent, temporary and contract recruitment and HR consultancy services. Established in February 2008, we are now one of the leading Recruitment and HR consultancies  in the East Anglia area, with a portfolio of clients extending internationally.

Our mission …

Our mission at Aspire Cambridge is to attract, engage and retain the best candidates and clients; understanding and perfectly matching their wants and needs. We take the hard work out of the process, with clear, professional and timely communication and ultimately, we help people to achieve their goals and for clients to build and retain the best teams to help them to grow.

Grow, grow, grow …

With a wealth of positive customer feedback and having exceeded our annual targets for the last financial year, the business has grown quickly and we have impressive expansion plans for the future. Having achieved 353% growth in the last 12 months, we have recently grown our team again with new talent, from ten to fourteen people.

Key areas of this growth have been from the Temporary division, IT, Technical & Engineering division and HR services in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The HR side of the business was created in response to seeing a unique opportunity to offer HR support to SMEs that do not have an HR function or need advice on specific issues.

We also offer a CV Writing Service which has gone from strength to strength, giving candidates the very best chance of securing an interview with a fantastic CV and professional LinkedIn profile.

 The Aspire Cambridge approach to recruitment
  • Taking pride in what we do – ensuring that we really understand our clients’ needs, saving them time and money by only presenting the very best candidates for the perfect team fit
  • No hassle approach – give us the vacancy and we will do the rest 
  • Dedication – to exceed your expectations
  • Wide network of candidates – we meet all of our candidates and build strong relationships with them
  • Personality profiling – matching personality to your team
  • Fast turnaround – from brief to CVs, to interview to a new member in your team
How we save clients time and money

At Aspire our focus within permanent recruitment is to match the ideal candidate and client for a long and fruitful future; we want candidates to stay in their ideal role for a long time, adding value for our client and quickly becoming an integral part of their team. By offering HR Services on an ongoing or project basis, Aspire Cambridge also help organisations to retain their employees, thus completing the cycle of ‘attract, engage and retain’, saving clients time and money by:

  • Retaining their staff – a happy and motivated team reduces the cost and effort of replacing staff
  • Avoiding conflicts and costly legal issues by meeting your legal requirements and handling employee complaints fairly
  • Motivating and developing teams to improve employee engagement and increase productivity
  • Handling difficult situations effectively with minimal disruption
  • Industry leading employee screening – we can validate personal information, run financial checks and conduct driving licence checks to help you select the right people for the right roles, quickly and with confidence

We also help clients to save time and money within our Temporary Division through our fast and efficient service; 76% of the Temps that we place are then taken on by that company on a permanent basis. This can be in the same role or in many cases, our clients will choose to create a new position for the recruit because they made such a great impression.

Kelly Haston – balancing motherhood and her career …

Kelly and HarperDiagnosed as infertile in October 2013, after many years of trying for a family, undertaking privately funded IVF in 2014 and a difficult pregnancy, Kelly is now relishing her latest challenge; multitasking her business with her beautiful baby Harper Amy, born on 29th March 2015.

Kelly continues to oversee the business throughout her maternity leave and works part time as an internal recruiter for one key client. However, she leaves the management of the team and business in the safe hands of Business Operations Manager Kayleigh Beeton MIRP CertRP, another aspirational, driven and powerful business lady with a reputation for delivering results and exceeding client expectations.

Kelly said:

“Throughout my career, I’ve tackled jobs in unfamiliar sectors where I felt my skills and passions could transfer. If the job sounded interesting and offered the potential to learn and grow, I’d take that leap. Approaching each new role with an attitude that nothing great can be achieved without a little risk has been the key to not just the success I’ve found in business, but also to loving what I do.

I am now really enjoying being a Mum; it is a feeling like no other and I feel so very lucky to have Harper Amy in my life.  Balancing everything is no doubt a challenge – but I have never been one to shy away from that so bring it on!”

Client recommendations

“Aspire are very helpful and look to do what they can to tailor to your recruitment needs. All staff are available when you need to query anything and their team have a friendly yet professional working approach. I would recommend the team for their fast and efficient services.” Client, June 2015

“Aspire Cambridge has been helping our company for the last 2 months and it has been a great experience. Communication is very important to us and all the consultants I have been dealing with have always been polite, professional and efficient. I highly recommend Aspire Cambridge!” Client, July 2015

Candidate recommendations

“Incredible service, friendly staff and a cheerful Kayleigh 😀 thank you for your help in securing me a position with new challenges and career goals.” June 2015

“If there would be a word to describe Aspire Cambridge and the people working there, then it would be “professionalism”. Thank you for all your effort, you helped me to find a job that I am sure I will love it!” July 2015

Contact us …

If you are looking for your next role or a new member of your team, call the Aspire recruitment team today on 01223 855440, we’d love to talk to you. To find out more about our HR Services, call 01223 855441 for a brief chat or free one hour consultation with our HR specialist.

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