East Midlands Business Services Ltd, known as EMBS is celebrating 13 years in business this week. Established by Simon Bucknell, Ian Stevens and Jamie Elliss from a tiny attic office off Duffield Road in Derby in May 2003, they now turnover £3.5 million and employ 20 people from their offices in Friar Gate, Derby.
The team works with many well known web, digital and IT companies together advanced manufacturers in Rail and Aerospace but their success is not just limited to these disciplines.
(pictured Ian, Jamie and Simon in May 2003) – oh how young they look)
Now working with some of the region’s largest employers including Domestic and General, Boots, Centerparcs and Hillarys, Browne Jacobson, many of these clients outsource aspects of their recruitment to EMBS as a means of reducing recruitment costs and improving efficiency. As well as helping companies hire ‘hard to find’ IT and Engineering skills, the team at EMBS is also involved in helping companies develop their employer brand and ‘in house recruitment capabilities using the latest in digital, video and social media.
Simon Bucknell puts the success over the last thirteen years down to the strength, friendship and determination of the leadership team and said, “Ian, Jamie and I are all very different. We see things in very different ways and we’ve learned how to use this to our advantage.
Jamie Elliss said “Becoming a teenager is a real milestone for us. I’d be lying if I said it had been easy. Trading in the worst economy in living memory has been challenging but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and we have certainly seen real growth in turnover since the end of the recession.
Ian Stevens said, ‘2016 has already been a record breaking year for us, our results for Q1 have been particularly strong and we’ve signed up two large clients to recruitment outsourcing contracts, that will see our revenues grow significantly.
(Pictured recently looking a little more weathered / withered at York Races)
With a move planned later this year to a 4000 sq ft office in Darley Abbey Mills, the team at EMBS will be hiring later this year and will be looking to add to the seven hires made in 2016.