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Senior Marketing Manager

£47,000 - £52,000 per annum, plus a range of attractive benefits   •   Milton Keynes   •   Permanent   •   CommercialSales


IT Lead Business Analyst

to £60,000 per annum, subject to experience and plus benefits   •   Slough, Berkshire   •   Fixed Term Contract   •   CommercialIT & Creative


IT Service Delivery Manager

£55,000 - £60,000 per annum plus benefits   •   Slough, Berkshire   •   Fixed Term Contract   •   IT & Creative


Underwriting Operations & Funding Manager

c£55,000 - £65,000 per annum, plus bonus and benefits   •   Slough, Berkshire   •   Permanent   •   Commercial

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Why do we collect your personal information?

We are retained by organisations to identify and place individuals into new employment opportunities.  We have identified you as an individual that could be of interest to our clients.

We take your privacy very seriously and, in order for us to keep you informed about relevant opportunities, we request to hold your personal data. If you do not allow us to do this, we will be legally obliged to remove you from our database and can no longer put you forward for such opportunities.

What information do we collect?

Typically, we collect your current and previous employers, and details of your work, skills and experiences, education and qualifications.

We will then store pertinent details of our relationship which could include elements such as records of interviews, opportunities we have put you forward for, information you have provided to us such as a CV/resume and copies of correspondence.

We may store further information where we have placed you or you are in employed by us which could include start and end dates, pay history, umbrella company details and bank details.

It is unlikely we will require or process any data which would be categorised as Special under the relevant data protection legislation but should we need to do so we would contact you and get your explicit consent to do so.

What will we do with your personal information?

We will hold your personal data:

To be able to identify you as suitable for given position according to your background and experience.
We may use your personal information to contact you to discuss the opportunity.
We may use your data for the fulfilment and ongoing management of a contract where we have placed or hired you.
We may also use your data for the purpose of identification
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations

Who will we share your personal information with?

We will only make your personal information visible to the organisations we are working with when you are put forward for an opportunity or where required for the fulfilment and ongoing management of a contract where we have placed or hired you.

We may also disclose your personal information to third parties:

if we use 3rd parties for running our business processes. An example of this might be that we have our emails or our database hosted in the cloud. Whilst these cloud providers would not typically have direct access to your information, storage is considered processing under the relevant data protection legislation. Similarly, as an example, if we have employed you directly we would need to send your data as required by law to local tax authorities;
if we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;
if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use which includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection.

Using your information to keep in touch with you

In addition to our typical processing we may use the information we hold about you in order to contact you in the following circumstances:

To advise you of changes to our terms
To advise you of any security concerns
Where permitted by law

How long do we hold it for?

We will hold your data for no longer than two years before seeking confirmation that you are happy for us to continue to hold your data. If we have placed you either with one of our clients or you have been employed directly by us, we are required by law to hold certain your data for six years.

Secure collection and storing of your information

All information that you provide to us, or we collect about you is stored on our secure servers. We understand that this includes confidential information and we have put in place a range of suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your information.

Our staff have the minimum required access to your data, and are trained to ensure that it is protected, and kept secure.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to us; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

We do not store your information for longer than is necessary to provide the service, and to ensure that we have appropriate auditable records for business purposes.

Automated Decision Making

During our processing of your information we may use functions that could be defined as automated decision making. Typically, this would be where you have submitted a CV/resume to us and we use an industry standard 3rd party product which uses complex proven semantic and natural language algorithms to “read” and extract data from the submitted document and create a profile for you in our database. This information could later be used to then match your profile against vacancy profiles also stored within our database. We have conducted a Data Protection Impact Assessment and matched profiles and vacancies are assessed by our staff before we contact you in regard to the position to ensure suitability. If you have any questions about this process or to request that we do not use this process during our relationship with you, please contact us on 01908 929042 or at

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing website

In operating our website we may collect and process the following data about you:

i. Details of your visits to our website and the resources that you access, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data.

ii. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our website, such as when you registered for information.

iii. Information provided to us when you communicate with us for any reason including details from your Curriculum Vitae.

Use of Cookies

We may on occasion gather information regarding your computer whilst you are on our website. This enables us to improve our services and to provide statistical information regarding the use of our website to our advertisers where appropriate. Such information will not identify you personally it is statistical data about our visitors and their use of our site. This statistical data does not identify any personal details whatsoever. Similarly to the above, we may gather information about your general internet use by using a cookie file. Where used, these cookies are downloaded to your computer automatically. This cookie file is stored on the hard drive of your computer as cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our website and the service that we provide to you. All computers have the ability to decline cookies. This can be done by activating the setting on your browser which enables you to decline the cookies. Please note that should you choose to decline cookies, you may be unable to access particular parts of our website. Our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control. Such cookies (if used) would be downloaded once you click on advertisements on our website.

Your rights

You have the right to request from us access to your own personal information.  This is sometimes known as a 'subject access request'.

Additionally, you have the right to request from us:

•    that any inaccurate information we hold about you is corrected

•    that information about you is deleted in certain situations

•    that we stop using your personal information for certain purposes

•    that your member profile is provided to you in a portable format

•    that decisions about you are not made by wholly automated means

Many of the rights listed above are limited to certain defined circumstances and we may not always be able to comply with your request.  We will tell you if this is the case.

You also have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for direct marketing. We will inform you if we intend to use your information for this purpose or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for this purpose. You can exercise your right to prevent us using your information in this way by contacting us on 01908 929042 or at

If you choose to make a request to us to exercise any of these rights, we will aim to respond to you as soon as we reasonably can but no later than one month.  We will not charge a fee for dealing with any reasonable request.

If you are unhappy with how we are using your personal information or if you wish to complain about how we have handled a request, then please contact Ibell Recruitment & Staffing Ltd. and we will try to resolve your concerns.

You also have the right to complain to your local Data Protection Authority and a full list can be found here

Changes to this privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy notice in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy notice.

Law and Jurisdiction

This privacy information notice is subject to the laws of England, and the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.  If you are domiciled in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland it can be enforced in your local court system.

Get in touch

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Here you can view and read a selection of my latest client vacancies.

If you don't see a position that potentially suits your requirement, please feel free to call me on 01908 929042 in order to discuss the type of position you're seeking.

Starting a new job can be a daunting experience. Now, more than ever, it is important to make the right impression. You may be working with these people for some time and how you come across in the first days and weeks can have an impact on how you will be perceived in the future and what opportunities will be made available to you.

To make the best possible start in your new job, it pays to follow these guidelines:


 - Don't think because you are new, you can sit back and take it easy for a while and let everyone else show you what to do. Show initiative and enthusiasm
 - Don't try and re-invent the wheel from day one. Learn the job and the processes that are in place before you start trying to change them
 - Don't be drawn into discussions about other members of staff. You don't know whom you can trust and whom you cant at this stage. Stay away from office politics
 - Don't use your work phone to make personal calls without asking and even then, keep them to a minimum
 - Don't leave on the dot, come back late from your lunch breaks or start booking holidays straight away
 - Don't sit in silence and wait for people to talk to you. Think of questions to ask people and start conversations yourself


 - Demonstrate that you have researched the company & products wherever possible
 - Have a note book and pen ready and write everything down
 - Ask questions when you don't understand (you are not expected to understand everything)
 - Make sure you are well presented and that your body language indicates enthusiasm and willingness to work
 - Smile
 - Try to remember peoples names. It makes your life easier

Your recruitment consultant will be in contact with you during the early stages of your new job to make sure all is well. In the meantime, if you have any problems or concerns, please make sure you let us know. An important part of our job is to help you get off to the best possible start.

Counter offers are more common than you might think. Recruiting quality people can be an expensive and time-consuming process for employers and you might unexpectedly find yourself in a bargaining position.

If your employer tries to persuade you to stay by offering you a pay rise equal to, or above your new job offer you might first want to ask yourself why it took the threat of leaving to bring it about.

Most of us are easily flattered and the offer of more money coupled with colleagues telling you the place won't be the same without you can easily make you forget the reasons why you wanted to leave in the first place.

Dont feel guilty and always try to stand your ground. The fact is, that once you have resigned there is rarely a good reason to change your mind and stay where you are.

You wanted to leave for good reasons. You thought it through and went through the recruitment process successfully. You have a new job to look forward to and if you change your mind now you have three realities to deal with:

Your boss may have question marks in his/her mind about your loyalty once all the fuss is over. After all, you did nearly leave.

You are going to have to let down your would be employer and this might work against you in the future.

Experience shows that the majority of the people who accept counter offers end up leaving within a year anyway. Are things really going to change that much once the dust has settled?

Rather than let things get to this stage make sure you have thought about how to handle a counter offer in advance.

Be certain of your reasons for leaving, discuss it with your friends and family and stick to your decision once it is made.

Regardless of the reason in most cases, always try to avoid leaving your current employer on bad terms. There are right and wrong ways to resign, as with everything else in life, and getting it wrong can impact your career.

Following these guidelines will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible:

 - Don't hand in your notice when you are angry or upset
 - Don't feel obliged to provide specific reasons for your resignation
 - Do write a simple letter stating the date from which your notice period will begin
 - Don't tell everyone else before you tell your boss
 - Inform your boss face-to-face and don't labour on negative points about the company or the job
 - Don't feel obliged to tell your boss where you are going. It is your choice whether you disclose this information

 - Do be co-operative if you are required to help with a hand-over period
 - Do try to make sure your work is up to date and organised before you leave
 - Do think about what you will say if your boss makes you a counter offer
 - Do try to leave on good terms. A good reference is vital.

If you are having reservations about resigning or just need someone to talk to about the best approach, please do not hesitate to call Ibell Recruitment & Staffing. For some people this is one of the hardest parts of the job search process and it is not unusual to feel mixed emotions.

Competency Based or behavioural interviewing is based on the belief that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. The interviewer(s) will aim to obtain information about a candidates past behaviour in certain situations.

Competency based interviews are structured with questions that relate directly to the essential skills requirements and competencies needed for the post. Research suggests they can be one of the most reliable and accurate forms of assessment. A good recruitment and selection interview should assess you against each essential criteria or competency required and will ask questions about:

Past behaviours and performance
Learning from past behaviours
Future adaptability to a new post
Knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to the post

What does the interview focus on?...

Most interviews of a Competency Based nature will focus on nine key areas. These will mostly be competencies, but may also include other knowledge-based key criteria.

They will focus on those competencies that are most important for the particular job in question, but you may also be required to meet other, specific important criteria. This could be an in-depth knowledge of a particular area or experience of working in a similar role previously. The competencies and essential criteria against which you will be assessed will relate to those identified in:

The advert
The Job Description and Candidate Required Profile
The Application Form & Information Pack

What should I expect in the interview?...

The categories and examples of Competency Based Interview questions are as follow:

Organisational awareness

Describe the structure of your company and give an example of how you work within this culture to achieve a personal / professional goal?
Describe how you would perceive the new company and how you would adapt to this culture?

Strategic thinking

Describe your most challenging assignment or project and what you changed to adapt to that scenario?
How did you go about assessing your own performance within this assignment or project?


How do you keep your colleagues and superiors informed about difficult issues that directly affect their accounting?
Give an example of a difficult or sensitive situation that required you to use excellent communication skills?
Give an example of how you have developed communication skills in others

Employer and/or Client/Customer focus

Give an example of how you provided a service beyond expectations. How did you identify this need? What was the reaction?

Professional relationships

Describe how you develop and maintain professional relationships


Describe a situation in which you were a member of a team. What did you do to make a positive contribution to the team?
Describe a situation where there was conflict within the team and how you managed to resolved it.

Leadership ability

Describe how you led a team (comprising trainees, juniors and seniors) through a difficult process. How did you improve their work?
Describe a situation where you had to take charge either with your own team.


This is particularly relevant at managerial level where an employer may be looking for an individual who can make a positive profit making contribution to their company or organisation:

Describe something you have done that was new for your company that improved the performance of your team or the value of the work done
Have you done anything innovative that would be of direct interest to your employers or clients/customers and that enhanced awareness of your company?

Time management

How do you plan your time and prioritise?
Give a specific example of a time when you failed to complete a task or project on time
How did this outcome affect your company?
What could you have done differently?
How has that experience affected the way you deal with deadlines now?

Competency based interview questions are slightly different to the type of question you may have been used to. They will tend to focus on past situations and your behaviour (and possibly results) in those situations, as averse to just asking for general facts or a list of your skills. Questions are often likely to start with:

"Please give me an example of when. . ." or "Please describe an occasion when" etc.

What will the interviewer(s) be looking for?...

The interviewer(s) will be looking for specific examples about exactly what you did in particular situations, not what the team's role as a whole was, or what you would do in a hypothetical situation. You can choose to use relevant examples from your current job, a previous role, or a situation outside of work altogether and it is likely that you will be asked to discuss the example in some detail.

It is also likely that the interviewers will then follow with a number of probing questions, possibly clarifying a specific area. They will be interested in the outcome of the situation, what results were achieved and whether there was anything you learned from the experience, etc etc. The interviewer(s) may also want to ask you questions about the information you have provided in your application form.

It is recommended that you read through your application form again

Look again at the essential requirements
Try to anticipate the questions that may be asked
Prepare answers to these questions based on your current and past experiences

As the interview will be focused on past and specific examples, it would be advisable to think about possible examples that you could use.

Consider your role in the situation?
Were there any possible barriers or pitfalls to be faced?
How did you overcome these?
Is there anything that in hind sight you would have done differently?
Did you learn anything from this experience and if so, what?

Consider your past and present job and how your role fits within the team. Consider the job you are applying for and think about the issues and responsibilities related to that job.

At the end of the day, you may not be asked these types of questions during a particular interview, but thinking about these areas of your work/career to date and preparing for these questions will only put you in a stronger position to present yourself as a suitable or even ideal candidate for the role and therefore increase your potential for success at the interview.

The better you have prepared the more confident, competent and relaxed you will be at your interview.

Make sure you know...

The exact time (and you should arrive a little early, 10 mins. is ideal).
The location and how to get there.
The interviewer’s name and title.


Appearance is very important – dress smartly and appropriately typically this will mean:

A dark suit with a pale shirt/ blouse
Clean shoes
Neat hair
Clean hands/ nails.
Clean Shaven etc.

Think ahead...

Take a copy of your CV with you and find out as much as you can about the company beforehand – the internet can be very useful for this.

 - Good research can impress the interviewer with your seriousness about joining the company.
 - What does the potential employer do? Who are their competitors? What are their goals?
 - Think about questions you would like to ask – most interviewers will give time for this and your questions should be relevant and well thought out.

Some examples might be as follow:

 - What does this company value the most and how do you think my work for you will further these values? 
 - What would you like me to achieve in the short and long term?
 - What was the last successful project your team completed?
 - Describe the attributes of the best team member in the team?
 - What's the makeup of the team as far as experience?
 - Are there any concerns you have about my ability to perform this job that I could discuss again now to ensure you are certain I can perform?
 - What are the timescales of this selection process?


The importance of researching your potential employer cannot be over emphasised. Nowadays, with so much information at our fingertips, there is no excuse not to do your homework.

Probably the easiest and quickest way to access up-to-date information is via the internet. Spend some time exploring the company's web site. If you haven't got ready access to the internet, use more traditional methods - visit a business library (where most will offer public internet access) and read through annual reports, visit an internet cafe or call the company and ask for information to be sent out to you.


Interviewers want to get to know you, and they will ask you questions which are designed to reveal your character.

They are looking for qualities such as reliability, initiative, confidence, communication, flexibility and independence. You should try to answer questions fully, but make sure you keep to the point.” Waffling” can be very off-putting to an interviewer.

Often the interviewer will begin by simply asking you to tell them about yourself. For them it is a chance to hear you talk and break the ice. For you it is an opportunity to summarise your qualifications, career and abilities, and emphasise those skills related to the position you are applying for. Most employers are looking to find the positives, not to try and “trip you up”

Your career...

The interviewer may ask you if you are happy with your career so far. You should always give a positive response – they want to know how you view yourself, to gauge your self-esteem and confidence.

You can qualify your answer if you feel, for example, that your career is moving too slowly, but most importantly you want to appear as a positive, successful person.


You want to give the interviewer the sense that you are an achiever. Be ready to describe a fairly recent, work-related example, identifying the skills it demanded and its benefit to the company.

Having work related examples to back-up your statements of capability is important and gives credence to your self-assessment.

Strengths and weaknesses...

You should be able to speak about both in a straightforward and honest way, communicating a good level of self-awareness and objectivity to the interviewer.

You should be prepared to discuss three or four of your strengths, such as technical abilities and personal qualities, and how they could benefit the employer, giving examples.

Speak about a professional weakness that you are taking or have taken steps to overcome – this shows your independence and your willingness to change and improve.

Avoid trivial personal weaknesses. Your weakness may well have been formalised and tackled in a previous appraisal.

Reasons for leaving your current/last job...

You should be prepared with a straight forward and positive response to this question.

Greater challenges, more responsibility, further experience and a change of environment are all good motivations for leaving, and will make a better impression than negative or financial reasons.

Final words...

At the end of the interview you should feel confident that you have communicated all the interviewer needs to know about yourself and your abilities, and have asked any questions you have.

Ask the interviewer what the next step is and be sure that your interest in the role is made clear to them. You should ensure that you understand any reservations that the interviewer may have about you.

Asking them directly how they feel about you demonstrates a high level of ambition and confidence. Most importantly this ensures that any issues which may jeapordise the outcome of the interview are brought out in to the open and can be addressed there and then.

Psychometric and Aptitude Tests...

Interviews may on occasion require candidates to take an aptitude or psychometric test. These types of test are rather less daunting than their titles imply and are best approached in a relaxed manner.

Psychometric tests are structured tests, taken in exam-like conditions, which aim to measure objectively a person's ability, or certain aspects of their personality.

Aptitude and ability tests are designed to assess your logical reasoning or thinking performance. They consist of multiple choice questions and are administered under exam conditions. They are strictly timed and a typical test might allow 30 minutes for 30 or so questions.

If you have concerns with taking these test, use the internet to find a free online practice test, this will help build your confidence before you take the test.

The perfect CV is the CV that achieves the interview no more, no less. If the CV gets your name on the interview short list it has done its job. The good news is that your CV is the only part of the whole job selection process over which you have complete control. So it pays to make sure you get it right.

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing are happy to provide constructive feedback on your CV and offer suggestions if we feel it will improve your chances. In the meantime we have put together a guide that will help you avoid common pitfalls and ensure the right information is included in the right order.

There are no hard and fast rules, but from experience we have found the following format for structuring a CV generally works best:

Contact Details

The best place for your contact details is at the top of the first page in the middle or to the left. Make sure you include your:
- Full name
- Home address
- Telephone numbers (home, mobile and work if you don't mind being contacted there)
- Email address

Personal Details

It is often a good idea, either here or alternatively at the end of your CV, to include details of your licence status and any other personal information you feel is relevant to a prospective employer and that you are happy to include. Always keep this professional however.

Personal Profile

Here write a concise and punchy personal profile (aim for around 20-30 words). This Profile must do two things. Firstly, it must encapsulate your career aspirations and secondly it must summarize what you have to offer your next employer.

Professional Qualifications

If you have any professional qualifications or are studying towards a professional qualification, provide details here.


Depending on the length of your career to date, list your educational history in reverse order (i.e. Degree or A-levels before GCSE's etc) either here or at the end of your CV. It is not necessary to list every single exam result for GCSE's, particulalry if irrelevant at this stage and in many cases it will suffice to just summarise the number of A - C passes you achieved.

Work History

This is arguably the most important part of your CV. As with education, list your jobs in reverse order starting with your most recent or current one. Think carefully about what skills you have used and acquired during each job. If you have limited work experience remember that even the mundane jobs have taught you something.

For each job start by providing basic details including you job title, the company you work or did work for and the start and finish dates of your employment. It is often worth also writing a line or two concerning the nature of the company in question's business. Unless of course this will be obvious to the reader. The location of the company is generally not required, unless you believe it will be particulalry relevant to your application.

Using bullet points, next list your activities and achievements during that particular job.

Important: After each bullet point ask yourself, so what?...what does this really a potential employer?...for example, suppose you used the following bullet point:

Operated Till

Does this offer the employer any insight into what you learned from the experience that might benefit them if they were to take you on?

It might be better to put something like this:

Ran a busy checkout serving the general public, which improved my ability to work under pressure and gave me experience in dealing with a wide range of different people on a daily basis.

The above bullet point offers much more of an insight into what you gained from the experience that might be of use to your next employer.

Apply the so what? question to all your bullet points and that will help you to create a CV that sells you in a positive light.


Unless your interests and hobbies have something to do with the job you're applying for, there's no real reason to include them. However, should you wish to do so or feel it will help, then keep this section brief, with two or three interests being enough. Think about what you write here and keep it in bullet point format. Employers can sometimes learn much about a person from their interests. Crosswords and software design for example would suggest that the job seeker is intellectually able. Squash and Badminton might suggest a competitive personality. TV and reading might suggest that the job seeker prefers his/her own company.

Think about the kind of impression your interests create and be prepared to answer questions around this.

CV Do's & Don'ts


Don't leave sizeable gaps in your employment history. It's highly likely that you will be asked about this or it may lead your CV to being overlooked by a prospective employer.

Don't use fancy fonts and borders. Keep it simple and professional.

Don't try and be humorous (recruitment is a serious business for all employers)

Don't list your salary requirements at this stage, wait to be asked.

Don't overly use the word I and only use it where absolutely necessary

Don't use jargon

Don't generally use pictures or photos, unless they are requested or will be particulalry relevant to a particular position


Do check through your CV thoroughly for spelling mistakes

Do use short or succinty sentences whenever possible

Do use good quality plain white A4 paper

Do use bullet points

Do try to stick to 2-3 pages, but also don't be afraid to use an additional page or so, if the length of your career to date genuinely warrants it

Do take the time to get it right. You only get one chance to make a first impression

The following are testimonials from a number of my satisfied clients...

Dear Gavin, this is just a note to thank you personally for assisting us with finding our latest team member. I had been quite concerned about finding the right person who would suit our set up and have the right energy, drive and most importantly, sales skills to do what we needed. I was very impressed with how efficient your service is and also how you took the time to fully understand our needs (despite those needs not entirely fitting your ideal remit). You were extremely flexible, willing to help and most generous with your time.

Your passion for what you do was evident in every call, meeting and email and I feel that you really cared about finding the right person for us, which has made all the difference. Many thanks.

E C, Silverton Photography, Olney

Dear Ibell Recruitment & Staffing, this is a testimonial for your ability to recruit the right people. Since I joined Scottsdale in February 2012, I have seen a number of advisors recruited and, all too frequently, depart. It is therefore a refreshing change to see someone recruited who is manifestky suitable to the position. Since Emma joined the team she has fitted in, and proved herself to be focussed, capable and hard working.

This is testament to your ability to select the right person for the right job, which from past experience other recruiters are not always able to do. I'm sure that when other positions arise in the future, Ibell Recruitment & Staffing will be selected as your professionalism and determination to do the job properly fits well with the Scottsdale ethic.

J T, Scottsdale Consulting, Milton Keynes

Dear Gavin, I am writing to express my appreciation for the way you have managed this recruitment. You took time to understand the role in some detail, before starting the process. You then focussed and selected likely candidates and we carried out an initial set of interviews. You also discussed the role with two internal members of staff who had expressed interest. In the final interviews the selection was made very difficult because all candidates were of high calibre. The successful person is already proving to be a very good fit to my requirements. Throughout the whole exercise you kept me fully informed and everything was done promptly and with thoroughness. Thank you once again for being such an excellent recruitment specialist.

G C, Constant & Co, Bedford

Dear Gavin, This is just a brief letter to thank you for the help you gave us recently when we were short staffed. Your team worked really hard to find a suitable legal secretary in difficult circumstances and I would happily recommend your work to others.

C W, Heald Solicitors, Milton Keynes

I cannot praise Ibell Recruitment & Staffing highly enough. They listened to what we wanted, sought to understand our business character as well as the specifics of the role, and delivered quality candidates. They are consummate and highly motivated professionals that I would not hesitate to use in the future

W W, Daeja Image Systems, Milton Keynes

Having successfully used Ibell Recruitment & Staffing for a number of Finance and IT placements, I did not hesitate to approach them when a requirement arose for a part time Spanish speaking accountant. As I would have expected, they came and met me to discuss my requirements and to understand how the role would fit into my Finance team and the organisation as a whole. Not being a straight forward search the lead time was longer than normal, but I regularly received progress updates. The number of CV's received were limited but all of a high calibre and the successful applicant has now been an employee of AT Cross for the past 6 weeks. Placement accomplished. Out of my team of 8, 50% have been placed by Ibell Recruitment & Staffing and their attention to detail, commitment and professionalism never disappoint. I will certainly be using them again.

J H, A T Cross Limited, Luton

We in HR have worked with you now for a number of years and in that time we have received excellent service in fulfilling our staffing needs. The candidates you provide to us are in line with our requirements and very well informed in terms of our business and what we do here at the Bureau. I take this opportunity to thank you for all the effort you have put into building our relationship; getting to know us as individuals, getting to know our organisation, how we work and the standards we expect.

M F, Motor Insurers Bureau, Milton Keynes

The level of service that we have received from Ibell Recruitment & Staffing has been excellent. We use a number of agencies and they have by far the highest success rate in placing candidates . The consultant quickly gained an understanding of our requirements and took the time to understand how we work and the kind of person that fits our business. As a department we are extremely busy and get bombarded by recruitment companies. Ibell Recruitment & Staffing understands that our attention cannot always be focused on recruitment and so they don't bombard us with calls or emails. This type of understanding has led to the building of a strong working relationship and one that we hope will continue for the foreseeable future.

N W, Arrow ECS, Theale

I wanted to take the opportunity to put in writing my thanks for all of your hard work in helping me find a suitable candidate, for what was a very challenging role, with equally as challenging criteria. I had 5 recruitment consultants supplying candidates for the role that you filled, however the most consistent supply of CV's came from you, the best service levels came from your company and the best understanding of what I was looking for was yours, over and above any other firms or consultants I was working with. I would be more than happy to recommend your services to anyone that is looking to fill vacancies in the telecoms/datacomms market and will be in touch again soon, when I am looking to expand my team even further. Congratulations and well done and on a very professional and efficient service.

P S, Next Connex, Northampton

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing were initially recommended to me by a colleague who had previously been working with them. At the time, the relationship we had with our existing recruitment company had gone sour and so I needed to start working at a similar rate of knots with a new recruiter. Of the new agencies I tried, Ibell Recruitment & Staffing were by far the most professional and also met our needs fastest. They listened and clearly understood where we needed to focus and from which elements we needed to see quality. The majority of the candidates we now see meet these quality standards and this is not always easy considering the unusual brief we give in terms of our recruitment methods. In our fast moving company we are not always readily available to speak to recruiters, but appreciate that pursuing a new job is usually a big move for their candidates. Delays from our side can be perceived as concerning for a potential new employee and so I'm always grateful that Ibell Recruitment & Staffing regularly chase us for the feedback and answers they require. I'm also impressed by the fact that they were able to meet our requirements more often than not. This is distinctly different to my previous experiences with other agencies.

BP, Retail Eyes, Northants

I was initially concerned with the costs involved in engaging a recruitment firm and if indeed I would get value for money. However these concerns were addressed quite satisfactorily by Ibell Recruitment & Staffing when I first met them. They were able to understand immediately what it was I was looking for in a potential hire and went on to provide relevant CV's very quickly. The quality of supporting information sent over with each candidate's CV was also clear and precise and gave me an excellent understanding of what to expect before meeting with them. It also helped me to determine which questions would best test the candidate and so conduct a more effective interview. Ibell Recruitment & Staffing's ongoing quality of communication in general was excellent and I believe we quickly built a good working relationship, which enabled us to speak openly and freely about each candidate and ensure complete transparency. I would be more than happy to work with Ibell Recruitment & Staffing again in the future, should the need arise, and would also recommend them to other employers.

G S, Moore Place Hotel (Best Western Group), Bedfordshire

When initially considering the use of a recruitment agency, I was concerned with the ability of agency's to fully understand my requirement and also the value for money that I would see. However, Ibell Recruitment & Staffing's understanding and appreciation of the technologies we work with was refreshing and this, coupled with their subsequent success at sourcing the right candidate, means I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to any employer seeking a knowledgeable recruiter and one that will respond effectively to their needs.

C H, Imtex Technologies, Milton Keynes

We had some very specific requirements and Ibell Recruitment & Staffing took the time to understand these. They initially struggled to find suitable candidates, and both they and ourselves were let down by a number of them through no fault of Ibell Recruitment & Staffing. Far from giving up, they persevered and finally found a candidate that has proven to be a capable and valuable member of our team. I am very pleased with the service provided and would be happy to use them again.

M F, RSM 2000, Bedford

Each time I deal with Gavin at Ibell Recruitment & Staffing, I can honestly say it's a pleasure. It doesn't matter how quickly we need somebody, he always has a number of high quality candidates to offer. From the first phone call to the end result, he works tirelessly to ensure the whole process flows smoothly, efficiently and always in a professional manner

D L, Wayside Group, Milton Keynes

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing' are enthusiastic in all their tasks and listens to your requirements. They are pro-active in their approach to work and social aspects of the relationship. I would recommend Ibell Recruitment & Staffing whom I have used several times for my recruitment needs. So far a large proportion of his candidates reach our interviewing stage and we have made our first appointment only this week

L C, Kidney Research, Peterborough

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing understand the clients requirements and provide an efficient service to recruit the right person for the role. Communication was excellent and I was always given feedback throughout the process. Ibell Recruitment & Staffing are very committed to their job and deliver excellent results

C S, Keystone Distribution, Hemel Hempstead

Our experience with Ibell Recruitment & Staffing was outstanding. Previously, we spent a number of months interviewing people to fill a Business Analyst role through other recruiting agencies, but unfortunately, no one seemed to fit within our specialist area. We then went to Ibell Recruitment & Staffing and they went out of their way to listen and fully understand the skill level, expertise and personality type that we needed for the role in question. Not only did they find an individual with a skill set that matched our position, but they were confident that this person would fit in with our team culture. After the first interview we were confident that the candidate exhibited the 'wow' factor that we desired and she has now been working with us for some time, doing an excellent job and automatically gelling with the rest of the staff

T S, HBOS Employee Equity Solutions, London

I found Ibell Recruitment & Staffing a pleasure to deal with. They are true specialists within their field and provide sound advice and effective recruitment solutions. In a market where quality candidates are hard to find, I have found them to be an invaluable resource. Effective, honest and always available, they maintain a steady stream of communication ensuring that the process runs smoothly from initial brief to offer and start date.

S C, Mama’s & Papa’s, Huddersfield

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing have never failed to deliver, even when faced with the tightest deadlines. They are attentive to their client's needs and have always kept me well informed throughout the recruitment process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ibell Recruitment & Staffing to any employer.

E P, Commercial Hub, Milton Keynes

I have found Gavin and the team at Ibell Recruitment & Staffing to be very receptive to our needs, acting in a pro-active and professional manner in delivering high quality people to our organisation

M H, Motor Insurers Bureau, Milton Keynes

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing's relationship with ITC Infotech has grown over many years. Our requirements are small, infrequent and at short notice, but on every occasion, because Ibell Recruitment & Staffing have taken the time to understand our business, we've been supplied with temporary personnel that have gone on to become permanent employees. I have no hesitation in recommending Ibell Recruitment & Staffing to other employers who wish to source staff via an agency, and to try Gavin and his team as they will not be disappointed with the result.

N C, ITC Infotech, Milton Keynes

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing have always provided a high level of service that has led to the successful placement of a number of candidates. Their personal approach and time invested in understanding the business and its recruitment needs, has resulted in well matched candidates being put forward for interview and ultimately placement

P T, TUI Travel PLC, Luton

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing have been on TietoEnator's PSL for the past 15 months, and I can't praise them enough. They provide an excellent service, adhering closely to the briefings we provide. Although Ibell Recruitment & Staffing aren't as large as some of their competitors, this has never deterred them from finding the right candidate for the right location. They consistently achieve excellent results, and are constantly looking for innovative ways to add value

M C, Tieto, Dunstable

The following are testimonials from a number of our satisfied job seekers...

During my recent search for a new challenging position I was in contact with a number of Recruiters. Most of these were very nice and focussed in getting me in front of their client (after all that's their job), however once the interview was over it felt like you were discarded as no longer a going concern.

I was lucky enough to be approached by Gavin from Ibell Recruitment & Staffing about a great position which I was successful in getting. Throughout the process Gavin was really friendly and approachable and seemed interested in me as a person, not just as a candidate for a role. Regular updates on progress and just general catch ups followed the initial approach, and this has continued since starting my new role.

I would recommend anyone looking for a new job to try Ibell Recruitment & Staffing for a great recruitment experience.

J S, Berkshire

My experience of working with Gavin when applying for my current role was a breath of fresh air. He quickly understood my needs and strengths. There was no ‘well let’s give it a go’ attitude – Gavin was clear from the get-go that he believed I was perfect for the role and he would do everything he could to ensure I got the job. Which is precisely what he did. I wish all my previous experiences with agencies had been so dynamic and positive.  

D N, Hertfordshire

Gavin at Ibell Recruitment & Staffing placed me in a great marketing role with a very well know local organisation. Throughout the whole recruitment process, Gavin kept me updated on all progress and he was always quick and helpful in answering any queries. I would certainly use him for future roles, whether I am looking for another role or recruiting.

D C, Hertfordshire

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing  are proactive search and selection experts. I had the opportunity of being on the receiving end of their search and selection - Highly focused, and personable, with a high level of integrity, they assessed my needs and got me in front of the right business leader. I would not hesitate in using them again, should the opportunity arise.

R H, Berkshire

I really appreciated the human touch that Ibell Recruitment & Staffing add to their role. I have dealt with many recruitment consultants in the past and that level of care and interaction is not something I had previously associated with the profession. I would say Ibell Recruitment & Staffing's attitude has completely changed my perception and I cannot recommend their services highly enough. At no point did I feel like I was ‘just another candidate’ and the support and advice I received was always exactly what was required. I have been very impressed with them and would welcome hearing from them in the future. What has most impressed me is the level of client interaction and industry knowledge. The service I received from Ibell Recruitment & Staffing was impeccable.

L M, Huntingdon

I knew I was dealing with a professional outfit from the start when I received a telephone call two minutes after I had emailed my application. Ibell Recruitment & Staffing was immediately on the case and after two interviews, I started with my new company within 3 weeks of my initial application. In all the years I have dealt with recruitment agencies as both client and applicant, I have never experienced such service. Well done to all of the team.

D P, Leighton Buzzard

From first contact by telephone, right up until and also after starting my new job, nothing was too much trouble for Ibell Recruitment & Staffing. I found them to have a naturally friendly personality and a very down to earth, professional and very supportive approach. They were able to give me a good picture of what the prospective employer was looking for and also what to expect at my interview. Arrangements were even left in place with my consultant's colleagues at Ibell Recruitment & Staffing to enable me to obtain the documentation I needed ( as I do not have a printer) whilst she was away on holiday. I received a call to wish me luck before I started my new position and have received a follow up phone call since. They have really made me feel that it matters to them that I am satisfied in my new post. I can honestly say that it is the best experience I have ever had using an employment agency and, though I have no intention of leaving my current job as it is exactly what I was looking for, if I were to need an agency again, Ibell Recruitment & Staffing would be my first choice. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.

J S, Milton Keynes

I would like to thank Ibell Recruitment & Staffing for all their support with my recent job search. I am so pleased with how quickly they turned everything around and helped place me in what I hope to be the perfect job. Their support before my interview really helped and ensured I was ready and prepared. I would highly recommend Ibell Recruitment & Staffing to any other potential job seekers.

K M, Milton Keynes

From initial contact through to one month into my new position as Finance Director, Europe, for a leading international auction house, Ibell Recruitment & Staffing has been thoroughly professional, genuine, encouraging and responsive. They always took my calls or called me straight back at all stages of the process - few recruiters actually do this in practice and fail to realise that today's candidate is tomorrow's client. Thank you.

M B, London

I just wanted to drop you a quick line following the start of my new job this week. My first two days have gone extremely well, Ann and the girls have been very welcoming and have helped me settle in as one of the team. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and guidance throughout the recruitment process. Your professionalism, mixed with the right blend of friendliness, put me at ease from the start. Having spent all my working life at Barclays, my interview experience was very limited, which you understood, and you gave me lots of help and advice prior to meeting with Ann, which helped me keep my nerves under control and be "myself". You demonstrated the experience and knowledge of recruiting the right candidate for the right role and I found this reassuring throughout the whole process. Once again, thank you for all the help and for giving me the confidence I needed.

R S, Milton Keynes

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing treats both client and candidate with a great deal of personal attention and looks out for the interests of both parties, which is often unusual in a recruiter. With a high level of integrity and a very dedicated attitude, I would recommend them to clients and candidates alike

G B, Brighton

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing was brilliant from the first moment we spoke. They always kept me up to date, returned my phone calls and assisted me in every way. I would highly recommend them.

H E, St Albans

They provided an excellent service when I was looking for a new role. They kept me up to date with opportunities and developments and were always very helpful and encouraging.Ibell Recruitment & Staffing found me a great role that matched my requirements and that has provided me with opportunities to further my career

M D, Kings Langley

I had a good feeling about Ibell Recruitment & Staffing well before my contract commenced. They were exemplary from start to finish, seamlessly handling the numerous HR requirements, paying into my umbrella company on time every week, and keeping in touch with me throughout the contract. I have spoken with many recruitment companies this year and I judge them all by the high quality of treatment I received from Ibell Recruitment & Staffing

N Z, Buckinghamshire

I would like to thank the team for helping me find my perfect job. From their initial phone call through to congratulations, it was a pleasure to deal with them. I spoke with many recruitment consultants, but found none of them to be as thorough and helpful as these. I would highly recommend Ibell Recruitment & Staffing as a fantastically professional company who will open doors for you.

T F, Coventry

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing are very thorough recruitment consultants. They are very well prepared in every meeting and have helped me to find a great position with the expected salary. They always research their positions and make sure they are relevant before speaking to me. I would recommend them to any job seeker.

K L, Milton Keynes

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing kept me up to date at all times during the recruitment process, arranging meetings and following everything up with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone in the IT field that needs a good recruiter

C H, Milton Keynes, Bucks


Thank you very much for your interest in this position and for sending me a copy of your CV. I'll be reviewing applications for this role over the next 48 - 72 hours and should you appear to closely match the overall specification and requirement, I'll be in contact with you to discuss the position accordingly

In the meantime, I would like to refer you to our website, where you will find information to assist you in your job search.

Whatever the outcome on this occasion, I would like to wish you every success in finding your next job or career opportunity.

Gavin at Ibell Recruitment & Staffing Ltd

Finding the talent needed to grow your company is a serious business; your requirements are our first priority. When you partner with Ibell Recruitment & Staffing, my first task is to establish a strong working-partnership. Whether you are in the market for a full-time, part-time, contract, or an interim team member, you have my full attention and the confidence that you’re working with a recruiter that will deliver the result you desire.

The service you receive

An experienced consultant…

 • To provide you with up-to-date market insights and how this affects talent availability. I invest in networking and develop relationships with business leaders, passing the benefit of our knowledge, reach and experience to you.

I work with you to compile a detailed brief of your vacancy and the ideal candidate profile...

• I help you define your requirements and identify the perfect qualities of the person to meet your needs. Establishing a clear specification enables me to source the exact candidate for your business, allowing you to make faster, better informed decisions.

A systematic method of recruiting, utilising candidate networks and previous placement recommendations...

 • I give you preferential access to hidden job seekers, with less competition for the same talent from your rivals.

First-class customer service, additional candidate insights, prompt post-interview feedback, no time wasting...

 • I will be your dedicated account manager and arrange for follow-ups (during assignment and post-placement), ensuring you receive value for your money.

A % of our fee refunded in the event of an early departure or resignation (subject to terms)...

• I guarantee our service. Ibell Recruitment & Staffing tailor sourcing and selection process to your needs 

An on-site visit by me to gain a solid understanding of your company’s culture...

Pre-eminent client and candidate care, pre- and post-placement.

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing is recognised as an independent expert on candidate search, selection and retention. I provide an exemplary service, conduct my business with the highest integrity, and provide an experience clients depend on.

My success is your success.

Call us today on 01908 929042 or email


Ibell Recruitment and Staffing is an independent, owner managed recruitment business offering an honest, no-nonsense service to clients and job hunters. I resource the highest calibre professionals and identify superior career opportunities for talented individuals. My experience extends to recruiting within the fields of Accountancy & Finance, Marketing & Communications, Information Technology and other Operational Support  disciplines.

Through a tailored and personable approach, my promise to you is to provide a thorough, professional recruitment service.

Ibell Recruitment & Staffing Ltd
Milton Keynes

Tel: 01908 929042

Mob: 07786 175589

Whatever the reason for your job search, whatever the level you currently work at and whatever type of work you are looking for (temporary, senior interim or permanent employment), you will find my service, professional, enthusiastic and above all personable . I promise you:

  • Advice on the condition of the current employment market in your field and indeed your own marketability within it
  • That if we believe we can help you; we won’t just wait for the right job to come to us, but will do our best to find it for you

Please also visit my section on Help and Advice for information that will help you with your job search.

Call us today on 01908 929042 or email

When you partner with Ibell Recruitment & Staffing, the first thing you experience is my commitment to relationships, the depth of my experience, and first-class service.

My sole purpose is to source and supply candidates who are appropriately educated, professional, and have the attitude to fulfil client requirements, perfectly. For permanent, temporary or interim appointments, you will quickly discover my research and candidate benchmarking is unparalleled.


The service you receive…

• An experienced, dedicated consultant

• Market intelligence provided in realtime

For Clients:

• A comprehensive brief of your vacancy and profiling of the perfect candidate

• Comprehensive technical testing and personality profiling (subject to terms)

• A free replacement or up to % of our fee refunded in the event of early employment cessation or resignation within the first three months (subject to Terms)


Ibell Recruitment & Staffing are recognised as recruitment and market experts, operating to the highest standards of integrity. Our success is your success.

Call us today on 01908 929042 or email

Other than finding a job vacancy that potentially suits your requirement, there are generally a number of other steps to take in successful securing the position you desire.

The following links will offer some guidance and useful tips regarding your preparation for taking each step of the job hunting process: