What Our Clients Say
Richard Bradford - UK MD of Cactus Language, Brighton
"It's a real pleasure to work with Alex - a rare example of someone who genuinely goes out of his way to get the best solution, and that's something I really appreciate. I say rare because these days companies tend to market every tiny detail of what they do for you. Alex works well beyond that to ensure you get what you want. A true professional - diligent, hard working, consistent, reliable."
Hilary Shelford - Financial Controller of Mane Ltd, Haywards Heath
I am very satisfied with whole process from first contact until now. Grafton Banks have been very efficient and professional in understanding our requirement, sourcing and introducing only suitable candidates.
Lin Johnson - HR Manager of Pyroban Ltd in Shoreham
The CVs received were relevant to the skills we were looking for - therefore, listening and understanding was accurate. The sourcing of relevant CVs was excellent, CVs arrived quickly. Grafton Banks kept me well informed.
Group Financial Controller - Research & Manufacturing Company in West Sussex
Once we had met face to face, Grafton Banks understood my requirements well. Previous to that, I felt that I was being offered resource without the experience I was looking for. The response was quick and I had one suitable candidate. I was kept well informed and there was a quick turnaround of references.
Finance Manager - Utilities Company - Sussex
Alex and I had a detailed chat about the role. He understood the role, responsibilities and the experience required to do the job.
I must say that my inbox was not bombarded with numerous CVs (this is what was generally done by the other recruiters). Instead I was only given 2 or 3 focused CVs and the candidates came across very positively in the interview. This shows that Grafton Banks did their home work. Grafton Banks kept in touch well and feed back from the candidates was given to us in a timely fashion.
Simon Bullock - Finance Director, Evans Cycles in Crawley
Grafton Banks ability to listen and understand the vacancy was excellent after a good initial meeting. The sourcing of candidates was also excellent with no "off base" candidates. The communication was always prompt and Grafton Banks were easy to get hold of. Good job Alex and Team!
Peter Nugent - Finance Director at Puzzlermedia Ltd, Redhill
Grafton Banks Finance got the brief in one meeting. Alex and team are very professional and clearly have a wealth of experience between them. They were very quick to respond with excellent candidates and the ability to keep me informed can't be faulted. We had no particular 'issues' but I have no doubt that if we had they would have been dealt with very efficiently. I would definitely recommend Grafton Banks Finance to others.
Marta Valmeseda - Head of Management Reporting. Kimberley Clark, Brighton.
All achieved by spending very little time on the initial discussions, demonstrating a high level of efficiency. I received a few sets of CV's from Grafton Banks Finance as per agreed requirements. All of them being of interest and maintaining a correct balance. This really helped with the selection process by avoiding time consuming review of non relevant CVs. The level of contact was excellent, 100% availability and very friendly approach. I received very good support on all matters related to the selection process. Just to thank, especially Alex, for the support he provided me with the recruitment of two team members. I needed the process completed in a very short period of time due to various business needs. My targets were more than achieved. (April 2010)
John Savage - Business Planning Manager, EDF Energy, Hove
A very good performance. Grafton Banks Finance came to the office to discuss the role and understand the requirements of the vacancy and fit with the existing team. They provided details of 3 relevant candidates, 2 of which made the shortlist of 4 selected for interviews from internal applicants and another agency, leading to a successful appointment.
The level of contact was good and they called at key action times and kept me up to date. They also provided information at the last minute of a newly available candidate, although not suitable. They offered a quick response to queries and fast turnaround on providing references and forms needed to finalise the appointment. High level of personal service which I would recommend. (June 2010)
Martin Thomson - Consultant at Resource Management - Working on Behalf of Hastings Direct in Bexhill.
Grafton Banks Finance always demonstrated an understanding of the vacancy and requirements, asking pertinent and relevant questions where appropriate.
Excellent demonstrable history of sending very suitable candidates who both match the brief and cultural fit within the client environment. Furthermore Grafton Banks Finance provided background information not detailed within candidates CV.
The level of communication was excellent and they always maintained a good level of communication and provided updates on candidates availability and any changes effecting it. They always provided insight where asked and are very knowledgeable within their field. I have always found Grafton Banks Finance to be an excellent provider of interim resource, effective and a pleasure to deal with. (July 2010)
Tim Coope, Finance Director - Study Group UK Ltd, Brighton.
Grafton Banks Finance exhibited an excellent understanding of the job specification and the key skills that we were looking for.
We had 6-8 candidates and proceeded with interviews for most of these. There were 4 good candidates, which I felt was a high percentage and it was tough to choose between them. I think the balance was good between keeping informed without being intrusive – if I was in the market for a job I would know that Grafton Banks Finance was on top of the potential employers! The process worked very smoothly from my side, interviews were scheduled quickly and if changes to times were required this was done immediately - great customer service. I would definitely use Grafton Banks Finance again, you have saved me a lot of time and effort and provided me with a number of excellent candidates, one of whom we have employed and is working out really well for us. (September 2010)
David Hill - UK Reporting & Overheads Manager - TUI Travel Plc.
Grafton Banks Finance asked relevant questions to fully understand the vacant role and also the dynamics required to fulfil both from a team and functional perspective - points raised were understood with ease and translated into the final CV's for the role. I have recruited recently in a very difficult market where "the good people" appear to be hesitant to move on.
The CV's presented were relevant and suitable for the role that was on offer. I found I was always able to contact the consultant and I was kept well informed of progress and feedback at all times. Any issues or questions I had were dealt with well - I found I was "listened to" and hence solutions were found to any issues I had. I felt I had a "partner" with Grafton Banks Finance as they were always contactable, responded quickly to any issues and provided a high level of service. (April 2011)
Financial Controller, Manufacturing Company, West Sussex.
With so many candidates available across a range of agencies, the ability to filter our requirements to provide a focussed, compact set of candidates was the key to a successful selection process. The sourcing of relevant candidates by Grafton Banks Finance was much preferred, receiving two "probable's" rather than a number of "possible's". The post-offer service, (availability and communication), is a great help in managing the offer-to-arrival gap which is often a nervous time for both candidate and employer. (April 2011)
Paul Ballard - Financial Controller, Roche Diagnostics, Burgess Hill.
Alex is thoroughly professional and above all has high integrity. He takes time to understand and listen to the client's requirements and has the upmost patience for the client's timelines and demands. It has been a pleasure to deal with Alex and I would have no hesitation in recommending him personally and the Grafton Banks Business equally. (April 2011)
Finance Manager of Education organisation based in Brighton.
Grafton Banks Finance were very good at understanding our particular vacancy and requirements and were keen to understand exactly type of person that we were looking for.
They forwarded a strong selection of candidates. Very good, with all developments as recruitment process progressed and in relaying information to and from selected candidate. Grafton Banks Finance always responded promptly with questions we had and also in relaying answers back to the candidates. I was very pleased with the service provided and relationship built with Grafton Banks. This resulted in an excellent candidate being recruited. Many thanks. (May 2011)
Jeremy Archer – Financial Controller at ThyssenKrupp Krause Ltd, Redhill, Surrey
Grafton Banks Finance were very appreciative of the level of detail we provided in order to find the right candidates. There was also a desire to meet face to face in order to ensure that the brief was fully understood. We found the right candidate from the first batch of potential candidates. This was a real benefit in that the position was secured quickly and time was not wasted in selection and interviewing processes. Contact was regular but not imposing, striking the right balance. Questions and negotiations were handled in a calm, professional and friendly manner which was very much appreciated. I would definitely recommend Grafton Banks Finance. They develop a strong partnership with the client that is often missing with larger agencies. The outcome was a quick, positive result for all concerned.
Svetlana Malkova - Group Compliance Accountant at TUI Travel Plc, Crawley
Grafton Banks Finance had a good understanding of the requirements of the vacancy and the candidates presented were mostly relevant. There was a very good level of contact and a quick response to all our questions, addressing quickly any concerns.
Matthew Marshall – Finance Director of Le Lien Ltd, Horley.
Emma took the time to understand the role and most importantly the type of candidate we were looking for, both from a technical and personal perspective. The relevance of her questions and nature of our discussions clearly demonstrated that she understood our needs. Despite using some of the large recruitment firms at the same time as Grafton Banks, it is a credit to Emma that all of the candidates we brought back for second interview were from Grafton Banks. Throughout the process an appropriate level of communication was always maintained – attentive without being intrusive.
Claire Dillon, Finance Director at Study Group, Brighton.
Grafton Banks are one of the few recruitment companies who recognise that company (cultural) fit is as important as the qualifications and experience necessary to do the role. All the staff I have recruited via them in the past 4 years are still with our company today with some already progressing to more senior roles in the group. The team there are small enough that I feel I can speak to any of them as all our equally knowledgeable about me individually, our company and our industry. I also appreciate not getting mailshotted with random candidates. An all-round professional team who bring the rare element of personality to the recruitment process!
Jeff Sandiford – MD of Quadrant Group Limited, Burgess Hill
All Grafton Banks staff have been professional, friendly and responsive throughout and have helped Quadrant through a very difficult transition in the Finance function.