Office move as Stark Brooks expands in Leeds

Recruitment firm Stark Brooks has moved to larger offices in Leeds and expanded its team in the city as demand grows amid the jobs market revival across Yorkshire.

The firm has taken a five-year lease at Bruntwood’s West One development on Wellington Street in the city centre.

Its new offices are 20 per cent larger than its previous base in West Gate, Grace Street, and the firm expects to hire more staff before the end of 2014.

Stark Brooks’ latest appointment in the city is Isma Rafiq, who has joined from JWA Recruitment as a recruitment consultant.

In her new role, Isma is focusing on the placement of part-qualified and qualified accountants for industry clients across Yorkshire.

Associate director Mike Smith, who heads Stark Brooks’ Leeds operation, said:

“We have a long history of working with many of the best-known companies on this side of the Pennines, and recruitment activity for our clients is really gathering momentum.

“The outlook among business leaders is overwhelmingly positive, with expansion being the top priority for many in an increasingly vibrant economic climate.

“We are seeing lots of new business opportunities, and we are capitalising on a number of preferred suppliers’ list agreements.

“Isma’s arrival and our office move are an indication of our confidence for the future, and we expect to make a number of further key appointments in Leeds during the rest of this year.”

Stark Brooks recruits for finance and accountancy posts as well as for senior roles in areas such as human resources, supply chain and procurement, insurance and sales.

Stark Brooks’ expansion in Yorkshire follows a bumper start to 2014 for the firm, which has its headquarters in Manchester.

Stark Brooks, which is led by chairman Sally Toumi and chief executive Gron Ffoulkes-Davies, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013.

Isma Rafiq

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