Family values were the founding principle of recruitment specialists Cummins Mellor.
It’s those same values that have led to the expansion of the business into state-of-the-art facilities.
Established as a start-up 27 years ago, the business had its beginnings in the home of founders and directors Richard and Michelle Mellor, initially focused on the hospitality sector.
After almost three decades of growth, the business consists of three companies: Cummins Mellor, focused on East Lancashire commercial recruitment; CJUK, an award-winning national specialist in recruiting chefs to the hospitality sector; and Personnel Checks, the safeguarding arm specialising in disclosure and barring working nationally.
Whilst all divisions remain strong, CJUK is the bedrock of the business, placing up to 200 chefs in work each week. An impressive client roster includes Q Hotels, Youngs and other major players.
In 2017, Cummins Mellor achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold status and was placed in the top 10 employers of the year out of 70 companies across the UK.
Originally founded to allow Richard and Michelle to spend more time with their family, son Jack heads up Personnel Checks, and Katie manages CJUK.
Michelle explained: “Richard and I had a passion for being in control of our lives; working for ourselves would allow us to share the responsibility of running a business whilst being around to bring up our children.
“We believed a home business would allow us to do both. It proved to be a challenge at times, but we got good at recruitment, and the business has expanded as a result.
“Our people-first approach remains – towards our staff and the people we help to recruit.
“Because we established the business with strong family values, we place importance on a working environment where people are constantly developed and continue learning, with hard work recognised and rewarded.”
It is this commitment to core values that convinced Michelle a relocation to Blackburn from their former base in Accrington was the right move.
Now the 40-strong team has settled into their new HQ in the revamped Cathedral Quarter, and a three-year plan is in place which will see a spin-off of the three core divisions of the business.
Michelle added: “People respond to the environments around them; 85 percent of our workforce is 30 or under, so we wanted a workplace where our people were part of the community, with places to enjoy before, during and after work.
“Jobs transform lives and we are proud to help local companies secure the talent needed while also operating our national recruitment and safeguarding services from Lancashire.
“The move is just one part of our future plans. The leaders we have in place – Jack, Katie, and Helen Jackson, who runs the Cummins Mellor recruitment business – are taking the companies and our people where they deserve to be.”