Grafton Banks Finance celebrates first year in Surrey
7th July 2015
Reigate based financial recruiter Grafton Banks Finance celebrates its first year in its Surrey office this month.
After building a successful business in Brighton over the last seven years, the team opened up a second office in the centre of Reigate in July 2014.
Meeting both clients and candidates face to face is a key part of the Grafton Banks service and with an increasing number of Surrey based clients needing their services, a move north was a key part of the business' plans for expansion.
Alex Gregory, Director and Manager of the Reigate office said: "We took our experience from seven years of working in Sussex and replicated our successes with the team in Surrey. It's been a hugely exciting year, and one of the highlights of the expansion is that we're now a preferred supplier to a number of larger Surrey businesses, as well as some key SMEs. Being based in Surrey has allowed us to service clients in West Surrey, such as Woking, Guildford and Farnham, that were previously too far for us to be considered local. Croydon is also a growing market and having a Reigate office gives us a chance to be part of that"
Despite the pull of the bright lights of London there are a growing number of finance professionals living in Surrey, who would prefer to work locally. The Grafton Banks Finance team has had frequent requests from Surrey clients requesting local candidates, rather than seeking those from London.
Nigel Jeyes, co-founder of Grafton Banks commented: "We wanted to be part of the important and buoyant Surrey finance scene and so Reigate was a great location for us to set up a base. One year on and we're really pleased with how exciting the move has been.
In Surrey we compete against the London market, which brings advantages and disadvantages. London will always offer higher salaries, but we're seeing an increasing number of people trying to adjust their work/life balance and give up the daily commute. With plenty of employers hiring in the Surrey region, there are far more options available to candidates. Surrey offers a fantastic place for people to build a career and more importantly, a life"
Grafton Banks Finance hopes to take the success of the Reigate office and expand further into Surrey over the coming years.