As the pre-eminent search and selection firm in the Real Estate sector, it is inevitable that much of Blayze Group's business is conducted in London and the South East of England. Over recent years, demand for residential and commercial property in London and the South East has been greater than in other regions of the UK and this has been driving activity and jobs across all sectors of the industry - planning, architecture and design, engineering and construction - including back office functions - IT, finance, sales and marketing.
With major infrastructure projects like Crossrail and regeneration schemes like the Thames Gateway, Nine Elms and Kings Cross, London has been the primary focus for much of the industry in recent years. While there is still a great deal of activity in the capital, Blayze Group - and our clients - recognise the increasing number of real estate opportunities in the rest of the UK as the economy grows.
Blayze Group works with most of the major engineering, construction and consulting companies in the UK, placing quality candidates across the UK and internationally. While our St. James' Park location is perfect for much of our business, the number of positions we are filling in the Midlands and the North of England has been increasing as Blayze Group continues to grow.
At Blayze Group we know that search, selection and retention is very much a people business. Unlike other recruiting consultancies we provide a very personal service tailored to specific client requirements. We meet and assess every candidate and this can present challenges for those not within easy travelling distance of the capital. We want to be close to our clients and candidates to maintain the long standing relationships that are the key to the success of our unique recruitment consulting business.
So when Blayze Group was recently looking to expand beyond its London base, it was really no surprise that Manchester quickly emerged as the leading candidate for our first branch office.
Manchester has a population of just over 500,000 and the Greater Manchester region around 2.5 million; it is the third largest metropolitan economy in the UK and the North West as a whole contributes some £142 billion GVA (Gross Value Added) to the UK economy annually. Manchester has four universities and is the second most visited place in England after London. Manchester Airport is the country's third busiest in the UK (after Heathrow and Gatwick).
Manchester has a proud industrial heritage dating back to the start of the industrial revolution when it was at the heart of the cotton trade and textile manufacturing. Today, Manchester is home to several large and succesful organisations including the Co-operative Group, The Peel Group, Bruntwood and LateRooms.com.
Many large UK corporates have a sizeable regional presence in Manchester and a surprising number of global brands - like Brother, Kellogs, Gazprom and Adidas - have their UK headquarters in Manchester.
Regions like Greater Manchester and the North West are well positioned to benefit from infrastructure investment, regional devolution and private sector investment in commercial and residential property ventures. Major developments like Media City, Airport City and Manchester Science Park, together with the road and rail network infrastructure improvements included in the 'One North' transport plan means that the North of England really can be an economic force to rival the South East.
The much vaunted 'Northern Powerhouse' is already a force to be reckoned with and it will only get stronger as the UK economy grows.
It's not just Blayze Group that has recognised the benefits of a regional presence in Manchester. Anyone visiting Manchester recently will be aware of the many new building projects and office refurbishment projects throughout the city.
Clearly Manchester is open for business and it has everything in place to help drive commercial activity in the region.
Our new Manchester office is conveniently located in King Street, historically the centre of the North West banking industry, but now known as the 'Bond Street of the North' with its fine architecture and range of smart designer shops.
The Blayze Group North team is led by Laura Padgett who has a wealth of experience in the property sector in the North West. Our IT infrastructure and business information systems mean that our management teams and specialist recruitment consultants can work across geographical boundaries to bring the same level of excellence and expertise wherever our clients or candidates are located.
Our Manchester office will also be offering clients our widely admired range of talent sourcing, talent management and leadership development programmes. These have evolved over many years using expertise from recruitment, human resources and a variety of industry experts as well as occupational psychologists and behavioural specialists.
Helping with talent development and retention is one of the key services that Blayze Group offers to clients. Investment in nurturing and developing talent with programmes like the Blayze Group Talent Management System reaps great rewards for organisations of all sizes from increased retention rates through engaged workplace development.
We knew that Manchester would be a good location for Blayze Group, but we didn't anticipate how rapidly our business in the North West would grow. We are recruiting for many positions in the development, construction, consultancy and general practice markets. Blayze Group is also a growing business and we are keen to hear from experienced recruiters and those with a professional background in architecture, real estate or construction who may want to consider a career in specialist recruiting.
We know there is a great pool of talent in the North and we are keen to hear from experienced Quantity Surveyors, Building Surveyors, Project Managers, Project Architects and other built environment professionals. We are also working with a number of major clients to secure talent for senior management and director level positions.
We are delighted with the progress of our Manchester operation and look forward to long and fruitful relationships with Blayze Group clients and candidates over the coming months and years.
Key Contacts & Links
Blayze Group Manchester - Laura Padgett Tel 0161 618 1018 email: email@example.com
Talent Management & Leadership Development - Harvey Gretton Tel 020 7337 7500 email: firstname.lastname@example.org