“Recruitment as an industry isn’t liked very much – I set out to change that. Having worked my way up one of the ‘Big 4’ recruitment companies I knew exactly what I wanted my company to look like and how I wanted it to feel. I certainly didn’t want a conveyor belt approach; I wanted one that’s slower-paced, local, personable and honest. That’s what really matters to me”.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc in Business Management, Katie was selected to join Hays in Reading where she managed the office support and HR functions. She built up a loyal client base, but began to realise she wanted to go it alone and that Henley – the place she’d lived in all her life – was where she was going to do it.
“I left everything I knew and set up on my parents’ kitchen table. I networked like I’ve never done before – picking up the phone, meeting people face-to-face and really getting to know local businesses and what they wanted and needed from me.”
Katie’s approach, coupled with her passion and determination has paid off, earning her a wide variety of clients across both the public and private sectors and a reputation to match.
“At BBO we treat people the way we want to be treated. Rather than just a number or a CV, we see people as people and I truly believe that gets you a long way.”
“What attracted me to BBO was that it was a small company trying to do big things – and succeeding.”
Toby manages temp recruitment and works hard to build strong relationships with both clients and candidates.
“What you want is for a client to trust you, to ring you up and know you are going to place someone. Not just anyone, but someone who’s a good fit and really meets their needs. This approach takes time and you have to be patient, but it works.”
A local boy, Toby’s dream for BBO is for it to become as well known in the local area as the rugby team he plays for.
“When people talk of recruitment in Henley – I want them to talk of us.”
Having initially met with Jeremy as a candidate, Katy’s found that the grass is definitely greener here at BBO taking to the world of recruitment very quickly and with tenacity. Her approachable demeanour and northern charm make her a natural at helping to match the best talent to the right place and she’s enjoying building her network of clients and candidates. Katy has lived in Henley for over 20 years and can often be found enjoying the array of local cafés and restaurants. Please contact Katy if you are interested in finding or filling a role in Henley and the surrounding towns and villages.
“I feel very lucky to be a part of a company who value not only their clients and candidates but also their employees.”
After gaining over 5 years’ experience of both in-house and 360 recruitment, Rebekka decided to take a leap and join the BBO Family as a Team Leader for the permanent team. Having grown up in High Wycombe, Rebekka has great local knowledge of the Thameside area and represents BBO for High Wycombe, Slough and Maidenhead where she is continuing to grow her network. Rebekka has a personable approach and hopes to give candidates a memorable and positive recruitment journey.
“I get to meet such a wide range of businesses. Places I’ve walked past for years. Now I go inside, really get to know them, work out what they need and hopefully have a positive impact on what they do.”
Jeremy’s a Henley boy through and through, having grown up and studied here he has a wealth of local knowledge. He’s now a valued member of the team being with BBO for just over a year and is your go-to consultant for recruitment in the Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham areas. Jeremy’s personable nature means that he invests a lot of his time getting to know clients and candidates to build strong, long-lasting relationships. When he’s not in the office he can usually be found in the gym, or “doing some kind of sport.”
“I registered for a job with BBO and fortunately for me, they decided they’d like to keep me for themselves. It’s a really lovely working environment. People matter – and that’s important to me.”
Teresa has lived in the area for most of her life and came to BBO after having worked in education for ten years. She’s the cog that keeps BBO running so efficiently, being responsible for everything from the finances to the light bulb supply. When not working, she loves walking, meeting friends and looking after her family.
“BBO is such a friendly and professional environment and I really like that. I like that we’re all local and that I get to work close to home. I really enjoy working closely with the candidates, getting to know them and building up a rapport.”
Annette helps with the admin side of things – answering the phones, putting candidates on the system and dealing with compliance and also finds the time to organise networking events for the business. When she’s not at work or walking her dogs, Annette’s likely to be found studying for her counselling degree at Reading University. After graduation, she’s hoping to specialise in working with teenagers.
Born coincidently on BBO’s first birthday, Noodle is our Head of Happiness. He’s the perfect companion when we want to paws for thought and excels at customer service – greeting clients and candidates as they come into the office. Tea and coffee making skills are currently in development.
Huw has over 30 years’ experience working in the international sports industry. Having started his senior management career as the first CEO at Harlequins Rugby Club, he also worked within Formula 1 and for the PGA.
Huw has served on the Board of the Premier Rugby, and was Commercial Director for the International Rugby Board (now World Rugby) for 12 years, responsible for the commercial and broadcasting programmes for 4 Rugby World Cups. A former non-executive Director of Gloucester Rugby, Huw is currently Chairman of Welsh Rowing, and an Independent Director for Cricket Wales. He is also a Member of Council of British Rowing and sits on their audit and risk and governance committees.
Lisa has more than 23 years of Board level experience, in both Executive and Non-Executive Director roles. Most recently, she was a founder Director of Local World, having previously served as COO at Yattendon Plc, whose media assets became a component of Local World. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at County Natwest, before being appointed to the board of Chrysalis Plc as Corporate Development Director, where she spent 10 years developing the company’s radio, TV and publishing businesses. Apart from BBO, Lisa also holds Non-Executive Director board positions at Alpha FX Plc, Adgorithms Plc and Magic Light Pictures.