Astute changes for East Midlands recruitment agency

Mary Maguire of Astute

Astute Recruitment, which has offices in Derby and Nottingham, has launched a new website and a complete re-brand of the business.

The website was previewed by friends of the business at the end of last year during a celebration evening at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Astute Recruitment is an accountancy recruitment agency that offers bespoke solutions to clients and helps candidates to find suitable positions in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The new website and brand aim to showcase the bespoke services Astute Recruitment offer, highlighting testimonials from businesses including Weleda, 3AAA, Smith Cooper and Botham Accountancy.

Mary Maguire, managing director at Astute Recruitment, said: “Sarah Stevenson and I launched Astute at the end of 2009 in the height of the recession after facing redundancy. It was tough initially – as people who had always had a guaranteed salary each month, to go from that to the uncertainty of relying on cash flow to pay ourselves and our staff caused a few sleepless nights! However we are really proud of the fact that six years on we remain 100 per cent owners of our business and have not diluted our ownership.

“Many long-standing clients were delighted to use us again and we were also able to capture new businesses who have not used us previously. The definition of Astute is the ability to accurately assess situations and I think that’s a great description of what we do every day!”

Last year, Astute director Sarah Stevenson secured the “Entrepreneur of the Year” accolade at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2015.

The firm’s non-executive director Simon Gray said: “Both Sarah and Mary have worked hard to make Astute stand out from its competitors. They understand the requirements of SMEs. Through the rebrand they are communicating a different message to the market, and their journey is something I’m very proud to be a part of.”

Astute Recruitment has worked with a wide range of businesses from SMEs to corporate blue chip and global FTSE 100 companies across the Midlands. Its clients have included JCB, Intercontinental Hotels; CEVA Logistics; DHL; Riley Product Handling; Ward Recycling; Derbyshire Health United; Aspin; Mantic Games and Access Training.