An ambitious new recruitment agency has been set-up specifically to tackle the skills shortages in engineering and manufacturing.
County Durham entrepreneur Lisa Fleming has launched DH Recruitment, which is part of the successful Driver Hire Darlington franchise she started in 2011.
She has appointed expert Rob Binnie as business development manager, who joined her Newton Aycliffe-based team from Intertek.
Lisa is growing her franchise, and on target to hit £500,000 turnover at the end of July and will create up to three new posts. Rob, a former HGV mechanic and tool-maker from London, spent the last 25 years specialising in technical recruitment for Intertek.
He says his knowledge of the industry gives him an edge.
“It gives me a big advantage when I’m talking to businesses because I understand their needs and the skills they require,” said Rob.
“It’s about having the ability to spot the difference between those who can and can’t do the job, and making sure you know the candidates know what they’re talking about.
“Not only do I understand industry, but I also have almost 4,000 technical people on my database, so I’d like to think I can put my hand on any kind of candidate and help firms looking to fill both temporary and permanent roles.”
Managing Director Lisa bought Driver Hire’s DL franchise in 2011, started out as a sole business with a small army of drivers and with an annual turnover of £220,000 in 2011 which rose to £240,000 in 2012 and then more than £300,000 at the end of 2013.
Now Driver Hire Darlington, based in Carlton House at the HUB Workspace on Aycliffe Business Park, has more than 100 drivers on the books and supplies them to around 30 clients in the DL area.
“DH Recruitment allows us to specialise in other sectors,” said Lisa. “So we’re looking at all areas of business, including engineering and manufacturing, to assist businesses with all of their recruitment needs. We’re well aware of the skills shortages that exist in the area and we want to help firms. We’re hoping DH Recruitment will be just as successful as Driver Hire, and the aim is to put another 50% growth on the business over the next 12 months..”
DH Recruitment are offering a special introductory deal of just 10% to all new clients for the next two months. To contact Rob, call him on 01325 314887 or email

DH People Lisa Fleming and Rob Binnie