Summer hiring spree sees Woods Hardwick expansion plans take shape
Woods Hardwick have appointed 10 new staff members over an eight week period this summer as part of its expansion plans across their Bedford, Birmingham and London offices.
The additional new staff now takes Woods Hardwick to an 82-strong workforce – a 14% growth in the team for the multidiscipline practice that specialises in architecture, engineering, planning and surveying.
In Birmingham, there have been five appointments within the engineering department with Nathan Robinson joining from CWA Ltd as a civil engineer, alongside Shane Lyon and Rees Wedderburn joining as graduate engineers and two new engineering apprentices, Robyn Daniels and Ruben Thompson.
In the Bedford & London offices, Julia Brownsword rejoins the business as an architectural assistant and Georgie Bramwell as a junior architectural technician – both will be supporting the development consultancy team. Shavonne Dalton will be joining later in the year as an associate for engineering and James Whitehurst is starting his surveying apprenticeship.
Finally, Tom Bower joins as head of marketing and communications, having previously worked in health, education and property sectors. Tom will be overseeing the set up of the business’ in-house marketing and communications department across all offices.
Woods Hardwick Limited also recently became an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) meaning staff will have a say on how it is run as well as share company profits – similar to the John Lewis model.
Matt Ford, director for engineering at Woods Hardwick, said: “This is an exciting time for the business and the demand for built environment projects shows no signs of slowing down.
The recruitment market is very competitive at the moment and to attract so many new staff in such a short space of time is testament to the company and culture we have here at Woods Hardwick.”
Calum Wilson, director for commercial at Woods Hardwick, said: “We’ve added an extra 14% to the workforce this summer alone with more job opportunities available at the company to support the projects we’re currently working on for clients.
“This combined with our new internal marketing and communications department will put us in good stead to grow the business over the coming five years across the UK.
“Moving over to an employee-owned business was strategic decision to help us attract the best talent across the sector to Woods Hardwick and reward staff for their efforts with a share of company profits.”
Woods Hardwick is currently advertising a number of additional roles across its architecture and engineering teams in Bedford and Birmingham – more details can be found here.