Hundreds of staff celebrated HR GO’s 60 years in recruitment with a high-powered conference, glitzy masked ball and pledge to do many more “acts of kindness.” Teams from across the country and overseas gathered in Ashford, Kent, to mark the family-owned group’s diamond jubilee.
More than 200 staff joined the Parkinson family to pay a heartfelt tribute to the late Betty Parkinson, who founded the business in Dartford in 1957. It was a moving moment for her son Jack, company chairman, grandson John, IT director, and grand-daughter Sydney.
Images reflecting the group’s history and growth were shown on large screens in the Ashford International Hotel where staff later enjoyed a glittering gala dinner and masked ball.
Roddy Barrrow, group managing director, welcomed everyone, updating them on company performance and plans. Over 60 years, HR GO has developed from a single branch to a nationwide enterprise with over 40 offices, 300 staff nationwide, and £80 million annual turnover.
This has been achieved through high-quality customer service, innovation and joint ventures pioneered by Jack. He joined the business in 1977 and has since forged dozens of JVs. This has taken the business into new areas of recruitment such as aviation, and specialist fields such as e-commerce solutions, IT and web design.
Conference guest speakers Professor Richard Scase, a world-renowned business forecaster, and Steve Faulkner, a motivational magician, praised HR GO for adapting to new trends and embracing change, both essential to sustained business growth.
The diamond anniversary year is also being celebrated with a 60 Acts of Kindness campaign. Staff have sky dived, cycled, run, walked, volunteered and tackled many amazing sponsored activities to support local good causes and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the group’s charity of the year as chosen by staff. It is hoped that at least £60,000 will be raised this year and beyond.
Glass trophies shaped like a diamond were presented to staff for performance, achievement, long service and fund-raising. And a new annual Betty P award for the outstanding back office team member was launched in honour of the founder. Jack received a large framed photomontage of company milestones.
The Kindness Campaign continues for the rest of the year and Jack hopes the experience will be so embedded in company culture that it will lead to even more volunteering, sponsorship and fund-raising well beyond 2017.
Jack said: “Our conference and ball were a brilliant celebration of our 60 years in business. I’m sure my mother would have been delighted with both events and what’s been achieved since she started the company.
“I’m proud of our staff’s willingness to do so much good work for charity. I know that more acts of kindness are planned for the rest of the year and I’m sure there will be many more in the future.
“Our anniversary is as much about looking forward as back. The recruitment industry has seen a lot of change in 60 years and we can expect even more in the years ahead. This provides us with exciting new opportunities.
“We put customer service at the forefront of all that we do,” he adds. “That’s why we continue to operate a branch network. Our recruitment business and joint ventures have great teams delivering first-class service to clients and candidates.
“We have lots of new ideas and I’m confident that the business will continue to develop in many new directions over the next 60 years.”