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  • 1. Introduction to Rilwood AssociatesRilwood Associates are a nationwide executive recruitment consultancy with our headoffice in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Historically the business was set up in 2003 by twoDirectors; Ben Riley and Wayne Underwood with the belief that they could offer a moreprofessional and consultative service than was currently available to their clients.Through the realisation of this vision the company was able to expand significantly andby the end of 2004 we had moved into new offices giving the business the potential toexpand to 50 people. 2005 and 2006 saw significant growth with the advent of newdivisions including a specialist sales recruitment division and the training division. Staffnumbers also grew in this time sufficiently to prompt another move, at the end of 2006,to the current offices which provide for upwards of 100 people. The move also saw thecreation of further new divisions focusing on the IT industry, engineering andmanufacturing, the marketing discipline and the retail industry.Since then the business has progressed from being one of the UKs largest single siteconsultancies to offering a multi-site approach with offices now situated in The Midlands,Yorkshire and Mayfair, London with future plans to open in Manchester and the NorthEast providing a local service on a national scale.In order that our clients and candidates are correctly advised and represented, RilwoodAssociates consultants work within specific divisions including Retail, FMCG,IT/Telecoms, HR, Engineering, Construction, Lighting/Specification, Packaging, Oil &Lubricants plus a full array of further sectors across Sales & Marketing functionalities.By specialising in individual sectors, the consultants at Rilwood are able to advise andrepresent our clients and candidates more effectively, efficiently and most importantly,more professionally than other recruiters.We pride ourselves on the amount of repeat business and candidate referrals that wereceive through the provision of this quality of service. Last year, 73% of RilwoodAssociates business was repeat business. This has allowed Rilwood to comfortably re-invest into the business to look at new and improved ways to continually exceed theexpectations of our clients and candidates.

2. What makes Rilwood different?In order to compete with more established names in recruitment we must differentiateourselves. We firmly believe that it is the individual consultant who makes the differenceand at Rilwood Associates we have some of the best Sector specific recruitmentconsultants in the business. It is our opinion that the only way to offer our clients a trulyindividual and tailored service is to provide them with a consultant who understands theissues facing their industry and the markets they operate in. This is why each member ofour team operates in their own specialist area. By operating in this way it enables us totruly understand the requirements of both our clients and candidates, resulting in ahighly efficient and effective recruitment solution.Unlike many consultancies, Rilwoods Teams operates in a highly pro-active manner.We do not simply rely on recruitment databases or on candidates coming to us butactively headhunt and network to source candidates. From experience we genuinelybelieve that this pro-active approach achieves the best results. We source not just thebest candidates who are currently actively looking for a new role, but the best candidatesfull stop. 3. Candidate Services:Reactive:Like most recruitment companies when an opportunity arises that matches therequirements of both candidate and client we contact the candidates and inform them ofthe opportunity to see if they would like to be put forward for the role and if it is ofinterest. However, attending an interview is a big decision for a candidate, especially ifthat involves taking a precious day or half day off as holiday. Rilwood Associatesunderstands these concerns and supports our candidates in their decision making. Wego to great lengths to provide every single candidate as much information regarding thecompany and role in question and help in their preparation.Honesty is key and we professionally highlight all the positives and any potentialchallenges of the opportunity. Rilwood Associates passionately believes that if a full andhonest description is presented, the candidate can make an informed decision onprogressing to interview and ultimately accepting an offer of employment. By doing this,weve found that our candidates are certainly not the ones that leave a company within 8weeks and are 100% committed to the challenges and opportunities ahead. The lastthing we want is wasting the time of our candidates and clients.Proactive:Our Proactive approach is surprisingly uncommon for recruitment consultancies.Rilwood are very selective with the candidates we choose to represent. Why? Becauseeach and every consultant invests a significant amount of time in proactively making themarket aware of a specific individual. As a result we want to make sure we can place anindividual in the right company sooner rather than later. Working closely with aCandidate, target lists are created of companies that they believe they can make agenuine impact within, based upon skill sets, achievements and sector knowledge.The assigned consultant will then go about contacting each and every one of theseorganisations and their decision makers, looking to represent our candidate, handle anyobjections or preconceived ideas and highlight the benefits the candidate could bring totheir business. This has proven incredibly successful with many companies creatingroles for our candidates rather than just waiting for vacancies to arise. 4. Client ServicesRilwood is dedicated to helping our clients attract and retain the right people, with theright skills and the right attitude.Job seekers today expect more than just a competitive salary from their prospectiveemployer. When choosing who to work for, many place as much emphasis on companyculture, work life balance and ancillary benefits as they do salary. In todays market thebest candidates also expect more from their recruitment partner. At Rilwood we offer apro-active, transparent recruitment solution that is completely committed to deliveringcandidates a solution as unique as they are.Retained Search & SelectionSearch & Selection has proven to be the most effective and expedient method ofrecruiting talent. Search is a solution driven service which enables clients to source thestrongest talent within their sector. Within each organisation there is often a core ofhighly competent, well-qualified individuals with the ability to deliver results. Often theseindividuals are content within their role, and therefore not actively looking for a careermove. Consequently, it is more challenging to attract and select individuals withinspecialist disciplines using traditional recruitment methods.Once identified, we approach the top tier of individuals within our clients market,developing a long-term relationship with them whilst ascertaining their interest in movingand, more importantly, their interest in working for our clients organisation. Our processensures that we offer our clients the very best talent within their market place.Retained Advertised SelectionAdvertising provides numerous benefits and most importantly attracts exclusivecandidates unavailable from any database. As a leading advertiser in the qualitynational/trade press and high profile websites, Rilwood offers a wealth of experience increating and managing all aspects of advertised recruitment campaigns. We areexperienced in planning integrated media solutions, incorporating the best mix of on andoff line options. Advertising is a powerful method of sourcing candidates, specificallywhen coupled with a Search & Selection campaign.ContingencyWhilst most of our clients prefer to retain us to handle specific assignments,incorporating a comprehensive recruitment process, we recognise that there are certainsituations where companies need an ongoing source of quality candidates withoutembarking on a full search. Our database is a key part of our successful candidategeneration process and it can be an effective stand alone method of recruitment. 5. Examples of some our key clientsThrough providing an excellent overall quality of service and differentiating ourselvesfrom the competition, we have built strong working relationships with some of the leadinglights in Business. Equally adept at representing both blue-chip corporate clients andmore entrepreneurial SMEs, Rilwood Associates specialist approach has proved a bigsuccess. Below is a just a small example of the clients we have successfully workedwith.Some examples of Companies we have recruited successfully for:..a few of our Client Testimonials 6. From the first meeting we had with Rilwood it was clear to us that we were dealingwith a professional company that fully understood our requirements and took on boardthe type of candidates we required. We were constantly updated and thecommunication was excellent.Thank you for finding Kate for us. Were excited that shes agreed to join the team.With regards to the recruitment process itself, when I received your call I wasimpressed by your manner which was why I was happy to explore using RilwoodAssociates. I receive many cold calls a day from search and recruitment people andhave done so for many years. To be honest it can be quite irritating but I have to saythat was not the case with Rilwood.Having talked you through the role and negotiated terms, I was impressed by thespeed with which you approached the assignment and also the fact that you listened towhat we had said.We will certainly utilise your services in the future for similar senior positions within theGroup.Thanks for all your help with recruiting such a key role within our business. The wholeprocess was smooth from b