Independent recruitment consultancy Cummins Mellor Recruitment has expanded its workforce by 20 per cent after taking part in Boost Business Lancashire’s Growth Mentoring programme.
The Lancashire business has also developed a comprehensive business plan, restructured its operational departments, and created an effective succession strategy.
Established in 1990, Cummins Mellor Recruitment operates nationally as well as locally and recently added six new members to its 30-strong staff.
Operations director, Michelle Mellor, said: “Our challenge was to look at succession and a realistic growth plan across the business, as well as deciding on a business development strategy for our three-product offering. At the same time, we needed to introduce a new management layer in the business that we didn’t previously have in place.”
Michelle found out about Boost’s mentoring programme as a result of a longstanding relationship with business support organisation Community & Business Partners (CBP).
She enrolled on the programme and was matched with CBP mentor Imelda O’Keefe.
Michelle added: “Imelda threw ideas around by asking great questions, challenging our answers and giving us her thoughts. We got excellent support and input. Imelda’s knowledge helped enormously and it was great to have her as a sounding board.
“We learned to slow down and look at what we already had. Next we formulated a plan of where we wanted to be in one, three and five years, taking into account revenue and headcount needed to achieve the objective.”
Boost Business Lancashire is the £7.2m Lancashire Business Growth Hub, offering free and part-funded business support to businesses.