“So many great places to run, cycle, and do things with the family, it’s great for business too.”
Outsource UK is a Swindon based award-winning specialist technical recruitment agency, founded in 1991 by Paul Jameson. The company has gone from strength to strength over the past 25 years expanding to offices in London, Manchester and the Midlands.
Like many, Paul found himself in Swindon having moved here with his family for the booming jobs market at the time. He started Outsource UK in 1991 and it now boasts a headquarters in the fantastically restored Grade II listed Churchward House in the heart of the Railway Village.
Outsource UK is a people business and Swindon offers a great specialist skills base. Whilst Swindon is perfectly positioned for transportation with road and rail links to and from major cities across the UK, it’s the people that keep Outsource UK here. Paul says, “There are under-utilised skills in Swindon, a lot of people have moved here for reasonably priced housing but are still working elsewhere, so there is a lot of potential for jobs growth in the area. The Swindon demographics are beginning to change from a light industrial majority to an increasingly specialised workforce.”
As a Swindon-based business, Outsource UK has built longstanding relationships with some of the major companies in the area including Nationwide, supplying high calibre financial specialists from the local area, Dialog Semiconductor, the National Trust, English Heritage, Havas and St. James’s Place in Cirencester and Dyson in Malmesbury.
Paul believes that one of the biggest challenges for Swindon is the internal perception of the town: “Swindon itself is typical of any UK town or city; the only differences being that lots of other places already excel at self-promotion, so it’s important to allocate funds to highscale investment and to pushing growth industries. It’s clear though that there is nothing wrong with what we’ve got. There are over 200,000 people here, and those people are here for a reason.”
Outsource UK has experienced excellent turnover growth over the last 5 years with 71 staff employed nationally, with over 50% based in the Swindon head office. As a national recruiter with a Swindon story, business is good for Outsource UK. Or as Paul puts it, “The vast majority of our clients are from outside Swindon but our heritage is and we definitely are in a great place right now.”