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Between us we have 52years combined experience of recruitment in the Lincolnshire area, covering all types of jobs both temporary and permanent.
We set up in business together because we share the same ethical standards for recruitment and wanted to create a recruitment agency both clients and candidates could trust.
“Making a difference”
Ask Integrity Plus founder director Sam Baskerville what she likes about her job and there’s no hesitation. “It’s the variation; each day is different. I love the interaction with clients, building new relationships, finding and building new business, meeting interesting candidates and being able to find them a new job,” she explains.
“The greatest buzz for me is when I am able to help someone going through unhappy circumstances in life by finding them a job; not only does it really help them in their financial situation, but it helps improve their life in general, and that’s a nice feeling.”
Originally from Kent, Sam moved to Lincolnshire in 1991 and has worked in recruitment since 1994. A working mum of one, she set up Integrity Plus in 2005 with business partner John Tipper.
Her early recruitment career began in administration; she then moved into managerial and executive positions in readiness for her role at the head of Integrity Plus.
Sam still likes to stay in touch with the company’s clients and, like fellow director John Tipper, will often visit companies to discuss, in person, their recruitment needs.
“I like to visit clients in their own environment as it gives me the chance to really get to know and understand their business culture which, in turn, ensures we are fully able to deliver what they need,” she says.
Sam is spearheading the company’s use of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to bring in new business, and she is looking forward to introducing an exciting new video-based service for candidates in the near future.
“Honesty’s always our best policy”
Fellow founding director John Tipper believes a key part of Integrity Plus’ success to date is the fact that it really does live up to its name.
“We’re honest and we do what we say,” he states. “We have a lot of customers that have stayed with us since we launched and that is pretty unusual. I think it’s because basically we have a real genuine desire to help people by finding the right person for the right job. We do have integrity and our clients seem to appreciate that.”
Originally from a banking and finance background, John has worked in recruitment since 1985, with a career that has included work for a major blue chip recruitment organisation.
He met fellow director Sam in 1994 and since then the two have developed a strong working relationship, combining their many skill sets to motivate and develop their strong, hard-working team.
“We don’t sit in our ivory tower telling people what to do,” explains John. We’re actively involved in the business. Like Sam, I love the fact that every day is different. You never know what is going to happen when you go through that door. I like the variety.”
Aside from recruitment, and in his spare time, John also breeds cats and dogs with his wife Caroline.
Fishing for a pay rise?
“When we get someone back into work after they’ve been out of work for some time, it’s a really good feeling,” says Integrity Plus’ Lee Dickings.
“It’s great to know that at some level you’re making their life that bit easier and that makes the job even more enjoyable,” he adds.
Lee joined the Integrity team in 2008, having first met directors John and Sam when they all worked for another recruitment company.
The newest member of the team, Lee’s current role involves a mix of sales calls and varied administration duties – everything from sorting through CVs to taking bookings and visiting clients.
Lee believes one of the Integrity Plus team’s key strengths is that everyone spends time really getting to know clients so they can truly understand their needs.
“We’re honest. We always do our best for people and we like to get to know them,” he says.
In his spare time Lee enjoys fishing, and when asked if he has any other comments to make, he jokes: “Say I want a pay rise!”
Over to you John and Sam...