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Firm marks anniversary with ambitious recruitment target

A firm of chartered surveyors, which has an office in Gloucester, has stepped up its recruitment campaign across all areas of the business.

Bruton Knowles, which has 10 offices across the UK, is aiming to expand its workforce by 160 staff, as it celebrates its 160th anniversary.

The company has already seen a significant number of new business wins this year. Its client base has been rapidly expanding since the first lockdown and a successful restructure.

The restructure saw four national teams established - utilities and infrastructure; building consultancy; commercial; and valuation - with each team focusing on core growth areas of the business.

Now, Bruton Knowles wants to bring in new talent from across the sector. It aims to complement the existing high calibre workforce, ensuring the exacting standards of client requirements continue to be exceeded.

Over the past six months alone, Bruton Knowles has seen its headcount grow by 20 per cent. Forty new staff have joined the business, 34 of whom sit within the national teams. Utilities and infrastructure is the fastest growing division, with 15 new staff.

The new cohort of Bruton Knowles' employees span all levels of the business and all stages of the career spectrum. They range from assistants to technicians, graduates to associates and senior surveyors, all bringing with them a wealth of professionalism and expertise.

Neil Young, HR director, said: "Based on the current pattern of growth across Bruton Knowles' work portfolio, our forecasts predict an upward recruitment trend. This is reflected in our HR plans and means staff numbers are now higher than they were at pre-pandemic levels.

"We continually review and adjust our recruitment targets to ensure our overall HR approach is strategically aligned with Bruton Knowles' commercial objectives. Our intention is to grow our staff base even further across Gloucestershire during this milestone year, whilst also empowering all employees to meet their full potential."

Bruton Knowles offers its staff full flexibility to be based remotely or at one of its 10 UK offices.

Bespoke training programmes are on offer to staff to enhance the skills and capabilities of every employee.

Neil continued: "I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new starters who join Bruton Knowles at a pivotal time for the business. It is a tough recruitment market at present, but we believe our employment offer is second to none.

"Over the course of 2022, we want to maintain momentum by welcoming more new recruits and coaching all our staff along the way. Enabling them to realise their career aspirations whilst delivering the best possible advice to our clients is a priority for the business. We look forward to helping to shape the future surveying workforce as the profession moves into a new era of delivery."

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