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Specialist technology recruiter builds on support from The Deep

13th March 2018

A recruitment company which helps clients future-proof their organisations is programmed for growth after completing a year as a start-up at The Deep Business Centre.

As GBIT heads to new premises, Managing Director Jo Fleming acknowledged the role played by the team at The Deep in helping the new venture get off the ground.

Jo said: “Opening at The Deep was such a simple and easy way to start and the level of support meant we could concentrate on launching the business and then building it up.

“We had clients among the other business centre tenants before we even arrived. We only left there because Marina Court became available and, after The Deep’s help, we felt we were able to stand on our own two feet as a business.”

Freya Cross, Business and Corporate Manager at The Deep, added: “We were very sorry to see GBIT leave but it is the nature of what we do – we have helped to launch so many new businesses over the years. Some are still here and others fly the nest having developed the skills, confidence and contacts to move to the next level.

“Even though Jo has already built one very successful business she has stuck to the principles of start-ups in launching GBIT and that will ensure it is built on very strong foundations.”

Jo launched the primarily blue-collar provider Yorkshire Staffing Services (YSS) in Goole 2011 after she decided to back herself and break away from her PLC recruitment background. She added GBIT in 2017 as a separate company and is Managing Director of both.

She said: “I was working hard and I decided, as a single parent with a mortgage, car and bills to pay, to take a chance and do it for myself. It was a huge risk but I did it because I had the contacts and the experience.

“It started with me in Goole with a laptop and a dongle. Four years ago we added a Hull office and we now have 14 people placing an average of 200 temporary workers per day with 30 clients across Yorkshire and beyond. It’s mainly blue collar with high volume requirements, and some clients from the very beginning are still with us now.”

GBIT was created as a result of monitoring business trends in the region. It thrived at The Deep and has now moved to Marina Court.

Jo said: “GBIT is very different from YSS. We could see what was going on with the huge growth in the technology sector, particularly in the Hull area, and we quickly realised there was a gap in the market. There is no other company in this area that is focusing on IT recruitment.

“The new home gives us more space to ourselves for training and conference sessions, it gives us room to grow and it’s a great location. A lot of our neighbours here are customers – we are in the heart of a community of digital businesses.

“GBIT is a recruitment business for now and for the future. We have a strong business plan which includes building our team over the next 12 months. That will be driven by training and supported by more investment and it will be followed by further expansion across the north.”

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