Official opening of the refurbished offices at Understanding Recruitment in St Albans.
Understanding Recruitment have achieved a significant milestone in their growth, now employing more than 50 employees worldwide and moving into newly refurbished headquarters in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. In line with their company values, renowned motivational keynote speaker Pete Wilkinson kicked off opening day with an impactful talk on winning teams, everyone playing their part and being the best they can be. Pete, who has managed a large team of 300 people is passionate about professionals achieving their potential and spends his time business coaching and supporting chief executives and managing directors in a range of businesses from small micro businesses up to £130 million engineering businesses. Following the inaugural opening speech from founding directors Chris Jackson and Dale Swords, the ribbon was cut marking the official opening. The UR team then enjoyed an afternoon socialising in the new office space with a range of canapes and bubbly on tap. In his opening speech founding director Chris Jackson applauded the team for their fantastic achievements over the past years but also thanked Workplace Interiors for their great work on the office refurb and finished off by saying: “We’re just at the beginning of where we are going and this office is a massive statement of where we’re looking to go as a business.” As well as covering the UK, Understanding Recruitment recently expanded into Berlin and Boston, Massachusetts with exciting plans for continued growth across new geographical territories. But despite the growth it remained the Founding Director’s priority to stay true to the companies’ roots, keeping the office in St. Albans where Understanding Recruitment was founded back in 2007.
The new spacious office boasts 3,346 square feet to stretch out in. There is a new boardroom that seats 12 people and is ideal for delivering Understanding Recruitment’s internal training scheme to new starters. The new layout also boasts four smaller meeting rooms fully equipped with state-of-the-art Zoom video conferencing capabilities. There are also two fully stocked kitchens, a large breakout area perfect for team lunches, a custom-made pool table, individual lockers to store gym gear, a library, and plenty of room for expansion. In fact, Understanding Recruitment still have plenty of job openings and as stated by Founding Director Dale Swords “have ambitious plans to grow the team to 100 people by 2020.”