Laura is a true professional. She strikes the perfect balance of supporting and challenging you at the same time. Having experienced Executive Search headhunters previously, what really makes Laura stand out is that she genuinely cares for her candidate, the role and the business she is working on behalf on. This seems like a simple point, but her authenticity and passion shines through at every step. I would wholeheartedly recommend Laura to anyone looking for or being approached by her for a new role.
Peter Metcalfe - Managing Director, Social Chain UK
Laura was a pleasure to deal with - we had an urgent requirement for a Marketing Director and Laura quickly put 5 quality candidates in front of us, with us hiring one all within a two week period. Very happy and impressed with the service levels and understanding of the role we required.
Gary Nixon Owner – KBK Meal Prep Limited
We had the pleasure of working with Laura recently on a senior marketing / ECommerce role. From the first phone call Laura impressed with a good understanding of our business and the type of candidate that would be a good fit. Throughout the process she demonstrated a professionalism and tenacity that reflected our own desire to be successful in filling a pivotal role for the business. Laura clearly knows the Executive search market and we had high calibre candidates from which to choose at the end of the process. We look forward to calling upon Laura's services again in the future as our growth plans are realised through the new appointment.
Colin Holliday - Finance Director at KBK
It is a pleasure working with Laura due to her unique blend of experience and professionalism alongside her tenacious commitment to finding high calibre senior candidates. Her knowledge of the Executive Search market coupled with her personable approach makes the process both successful and enjoyable.
Richard Singer - CEO at Ice Travel Group
We brought Laura in to help us recruit a Head of Marketing recently when the existing recruiter was struggling. Not only did she find candidates quickly in a difficult market, they were all really good quality. We have a great new Head of Marketing starting soon and I'll definitely be back in touch with Laura on future roles!
Ben Branson - CEO at KTM Online Ltd, December 2021
Laura is a great pleasure to work with - well researched, focused and responsive. Very grateful to have had her help with our recent Marketing Director search. Thank you Laura!
Simon Brittlestone - CEO of Metapraxis, October 2021
Many thanks Brian for such a slick and professional recruitment process. I would highly recommend The Candidate Recruitment Agency to both employers and candidates.
Laura @ The Candidate is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable, she really knows the industry and market - especially within these crazy and ever-changing times. She makes things happen. She's been an absolute pleasure to work with. I would 100% recommend!
Laura Herbert, September 2020
I would highly recommend working with the team at The Candidate. They were always available to talk and provided a great level of guidance and service throughout the stressful process of finding a new role!
Rebecca Latham, October 2020
I have experienced working with Laura as a candidate and client and would highly recommend to any future prospects! She and her team are a breath of fresh air in an industry which can often be a struggle. I look forward to working with them for the foreseeable
Shaun Adams, February 2019
Laura is an exceptional recruiter with first class communication skills. Having worked with many recruitment consultants in the past I've often found communication is lacking but my experience with Laura was very different. From our first conversation Laura has managed my expectations superbly and I'm delighted to be starting my dream job this week. Searching for a new role can often be stressful and hectic but working with Laura was the complete opposite, there was a clear structure/plan and the process was calm. If you're looking for a new role and want to work with somebody who'll take the time to understand your strengths/skills and who'll work tirelessly to place you in your perfect role, you need to be working with Laura.
Ashley Hopkins, February 2019
I’ve had a great experience using the candidate as both a job hunter and a recruiter. They have a great knowledge of the Manchester market. I send anyone I know moving up here straight to Laura as I know she will help with the job hunt.
Vicky Fallon, February 2019
Briony Sheard, February 2019
I found Laura to be fast, responsive, decisive and flexible – four important qualities for any executive search partner, but especially so when working at pace.
Chief Customer Officer, July 2019
I have experienced working with Laura as a candidate and client and would highly recommend to any future prospects! She and her team are a breath of fresh air in an industry which can often be a struggle. I look forward to working with them for the foreseeable future.
Shaun, Head of Customer Insight and Analytics, January 2019
Laura Walters, my contact at The Candidate, is the type of recruiter who delivers and will go the extra mile. She’s professional and wonderfully engaging and gave me the confidence and ammunition to bag a fantastic job when relocating from London to Manchester just recently. If you’re looking for a role in the media industry in Manchester Laura is the person to speak to!!
James, Senior Business Development Manager, Consumer Services, February 2019
Thanks Laura for your help over the last few years. Laura has been able to match my skills with some great roles.
Sandra, Head of Trading, February 2018
My experience of working with Laura was phenomenal. Laura found the perfect role for me, and took the time and effort to ensure I was fully prepped for the interview. Laura was so easy to work with and contactable literally any day at any time! (Not sure when Laura isn't working!). I’d highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new role.
Jenna, Agency Manager, 2018
As a former media professional, Laura was able to find me the perfect candidate for our business.
She's a pleasure to deal with, knowledgeable and passionate and her worked has really helped our business.
Steven, Regional Sales Director, 2018
My experience of working with Laura was exceptional. From initial contact, until she successfully placed me into an Account Manager role. She consistently supported me throughout the whole process and remained transparent and honest from the outset. Laura went above and beyond to ensure I was prepared for my interviews and provided an approachable, but professional service. I would highly recommend her services.
Olivia, Account Manager, November 2017
I have been fortunate to work with Laura for some years now, across multiple companies. Along with her team, Laura has consistently delivered outstanding candidates for me and has proved invaluable in building multiple high-performing marketing and eCommerce teams. Laura's tenacity and drive give her a pace of delivery that gets those important positions filled fast! Thanks, Laura, and look forward to working with you again in the future.
Global Marketing Director, October 2017
I have nothing but good things to say about Laura. Throughout the recruitment process she genuinely had my interests at heart and supported me from start to finish. Her knowledge of the recruitment process and insight of the company were hugely beneficial in helping to secure the role. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Laura to anyone looking for a new job.
Head of CRM, October 2017
I am not entirely sure when Laura sleeps or isn't working. Put simply, Laura fits around you when you are in negotiations with her about a role, nothing was too much trouble for her. She was friendly, helpful and supported the process between you and employer really well. I would recommend Laura.
Abi, Engagement and Board Director, November 2017
I had some real problems with recruiting until I spoke to Laura about the roles. She listens to what you are looking for, what you want from a candidate and where they will fit within your overall team structure, takes all that information on board and seeks out the right people for that job. Her passion and commitment to getting the job done and finding the right people is a rare quality and she's also a lovely person to work with. She took a stressful situation for me and made it almost enjoyable and I'm very pleased with our new recruits! I will use Laura every time I need to recruit now and highly recommend her to everyone I can!
Peter, Regional Sales Director, November 2017
Laura is one of those rare recruiters that takes the time to really understand both the business and recruit to make sure they're the perfect fit through exhaustive prep, screening, research but also an uncanny understanding of what people really want. I can't recommend her enough for her professionalism and patience.
Finn, Candidate, November 2017
Laura went above and beyond to help me secure my role while I was searching for my next career opportunity - from helping me secure my interviews to ensuring I was the right candidate for the role, Laura was there every step of the way.
I'd highly recommend Laura and The Candidate if you're looking to take the next step in your career. Hands down the best recruitment consultant I've dealt with.
Paul, Digital Marketing and eCommerce Manager, January 2018
Laura recently placed me in my new role which was a very easy and smooth process. We spoke about what I wanted and where I wanted to go before seeing potential opportunities. I was kept up to date through interview stages and after the job offer - and always available on the end of the phone. Great experience and would highly recommend to future candidates.
Chris, Ecommerce Trading Manager, August 2017
The great thing about Brian is he really embodies what The Candidate are trying to achieve. Honesty and proactiveness is prevalent in him because he demonstrates integrity which then manifests itself into the rest of the team. He’s a real role model for the rest of the business so whilst I’d love to deal with Brian all the time, the rest of the team gives me the same experience because he sets such a great example.
Richard, Tech North
When I was looking for a job, Brian and I spoke every day; we spoke about my current role, other roles and he made it about me, as opposed to the position he was trying to fill.
The proactivity which I got from Laura and Simon, in terms of actually putting roles in front of me, being on my case in terms of making sure that I was prepared for different interviews and then following through was really phenomenal.
From start to finish, whether it’s finding out your interest, to nailing the job role and negotiating contracts, Laura was incredible throughout. Laura’s amazing attention to detail ensured I felt at ease throughout the whole process, and I was walking into my interview with confidence. As well as building a great relationship with her candidates, it was also clear she had built strong relationships with my prospective employer, which made a huge difference in the interview process, and eased any nerves I had.
What makes Laura stand out from anyone I’ve worked with previously is she really is passionate about finding you that next role, and most importantly one that you’re going to love! I saw a perfect role, got in touch, we stuck with it, she didn’t bombard me with a variety of other roles, and we got it! Always with my interests in mind, and even on her days off or on the school run, she made sure mentored me throughout the whole process.
I cannot recommend her enough. She will be the first person I call when I have the opportunity to build my team!
Alexandra, Brand Manager, June 2017
When I was looking to relocate to the North, I worked with Laura from The Candidate’s Senior Market team and found that she really took the time to understand what I was looking for in my next role. I was leaving my position as Head of Online Marketing at Harrods and so I really wanted to work for an exciting company that would allow me to not only make a difference but also learn new skills. Laura is friendly and professional and great at building relationships. This enabled her to put the roles to me that really suited what I was looking for.
I felt that The Candidate were different to other recruitment companies in the industry because they put the candidate first, the team are all very personable and approachable and actually care about finding you the right role rather than hitting targets. In my opinion, recruiters sometimes forget that you may be their clients in the future and how they treat you can impact their future business, this is something that the Candidate are not guilty of.
When looking for a role at this level it's really important the recruiter treats you as an individual and not just someone who is there to enable them to hit a target and generate commission. Relationships are important, particularly keeping the dialogue going, always responding to emails and providing feedback even if negative – Laura had the right approach from day one and I would recommend her from both a candidate and a client perspective.
Lisa, Head of Marketing, June 2017
Since first working with Laura 3 years ago where she placed me in my role at Simpson Millar/Fairpoint, I'm delighted to confirm that her collaborative, communicative and personable approach remains. I have every confidence in her ability to match make clients and candidates with ease.
Victoria, Head of Marketing, July 2017
Laura is like a dog with a bone! She takes time to understand not only the role but the companies culture and the person needed to be the perfect fit for both of those things. She is extremely personable, with an unrivalled network of candidates and connections. Her knowledge of digital and marketing is very strong which is crucial for getting the right person through the doors so she doesn’t put forward people that will waste my time. She also doesn’t annoy me with countless emails and chasing – she knows I’m extremely busy and will respond asap. I would highly recommend Laura for anyone looking to recruit any level of candidate.
Marketing Director, Manchester, June 2017
Laura is not a typical recruiter, she is more a partner. She works with you in a way where she understands the business/culture and talent that you need.
She has excellent knowledge of the industry which ensures you get the right skill set for any role you are recruiting for. I would recommend working with her.
Jasmine, The Fragrance Shop, June 2017
I would recommend Laura to any clients looking for a new recruitment agency partner. She is extremely diligent, and gains a good understanding of any role before she approaches candidates. She has a great understanding of our business and the specific roles that we recruit for.
Kaye, N Brown Group, June 2017
Laura played a key role in the recruitment process for my current Head of Marketing position and was professional throughout. Being proactive in liaising with the company to provide answers to questions and with translating the requirements of the company, Laura helped me to deliver a structured and thought out presentation to the board. Nothing was too much trouble for Laura and she was actively involved through each step of the interview process to maintain momentum and deliver a successful outcome.
Stephen, Brinc, June 2017
Simon placed me in my present role, which I'm thoroughly enjoying.
He understood what I was looking for in my next role, as well as what I wasn't and was very clear about the opportunity with the company. This made for an extremely straightforward process (as it really should be, but sometimes isn't).
Matthew, Candidate, March 2017
Laura offers a professional yet personable approach to recruitment, going above and beyond what is expected to allow for a refreshing approach to placement. I would recommend Laura in a heartbeat and would welcome the opportunity to work together again professionally.
Jessica, Head of Ecommerce, February 2017
It didn’t take long to build rapport with Laura, as her excellent communication skills shone through from the start. She placed me in my most recent position and was very thorough in liaising between myself and my prospective employer at the time - an often understated skill. Moving to a new city for the position at short notice was not going to be easy, but Laura made sure I was as informed and prepped as possible when going through the interview stages and seemed to always have my best interests at heart. One of the most personable recruiters I have worked with, and I will certainly be calling her first when I am considering changing position again!
Michael, CRM Manager, July 2017
Simon was amazing at helping me secure a role in Manchester when I was still living in Australia! Simon was really positive and upbeat about the opportunities and put a range of roles to me that were all fantastic. Most importantly, Simon checked in with me regularly as I went through the interview process, helped work around the time differences and technology issues with interviewing from overseas. I never had to worry about where the process was at, he was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had. I couldn't have asked for a better recruitment process. I am really excited to be starting my new role, and when the time comes that I need new candidates in my team, I will certainly be asking for Simon's help.
Fiona, Candidate, January 2017
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