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Our Values

Unlike many companies, our values provide the template for how we operate across the business i.e. what we expect of our team members, how we decide who to recruit for ourselves, through our internal performance reviews and as an ethos that drives Silven.

We believe if we continually implement our values effectively then everybody benefits…our own team members, our clients and our candidates.

Ian Simkins

Managing Director

Ian Simkins

A bit about me:

Ian set up the business in 2011 after seeing a niche in the market for a dedicated food and drink recruitment business. With 20 years’ experience in recruitment, Ian has a vast network and genuinely loves what he does. He says, “After over 20 years in the industry, it’s...

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Rob Bishop

Director

Rob Bishop

A bit about me:

With 30 years’ in recruitment, Rob has extensive experience in various industries, including serving clients nationally in food, drink and science. He has been a director at Silven since its inception and focuses on leadership and excellence training and mentoring for our consultants. Rob enjoys meeting clients, touring factories...

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Gary Goldsmith

Non-Executive Director

Gary Goldsmith

A bit about me:

With 31 years’  in recruitment, Gary is a true character of the professional recruitment and talent management arena. Considered an innovator in the recruitment space, Gary is the founder of the Recruitment Director’s Lunch Club and arguably the best recruitment advisor in the UK today. Gary says, “Silven is uniquely...

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John Pollard

Recruitment Manager - Permanent

John Pollard

A bit about me:

One of the founding team at Silven, John manages the permanent recruitment team. He also recruits for management and director-level positions across the UK, but primarily in the North West, Wales and the West Midlands. With no less than 20 years in the recruitment industry; 15 of these in...

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Why Silven?

Hi, we’re pleased you found us.

Hands up who likes recruitment? …having a critical position to fill …yesterday; … or the daunting task of looking for a fresh career move?

Now keep your hands up if you like dealing with recruitment consultants?

Yep, thought so!

Luckily, we love it and so we set up to provide an exceptional recruitment service to a number of specialist sectors within which we have the expertise and knowledge to be able to stand out from the crowd.

It seems to be paying off as we’ve grown year on year since we started and now work with some of the most renowned businesses across our markets.

As you can see from our office photos on the site, we’re a happy, dedicated bunch who love what we do. Our enthusiasm and expertise is geared to providing you with an effective and personal service that will solve your recruitment issues and restore the smile to your face!

Find out more about what we do!

"Trustworthy, open and honest"

Carole is very professional with a personal touch. She has a good understanding of the FMCG market and this makes her really good at matching client and candidate requirements.

Carole ensured that I was only put forward for positions that matched my professional skills and personal requirements therefore not wasting anyone’s time. Carole is trustworthy, open and honest and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her services again.

Julie McDermott, QA Manager, Ryecroft Foods

"Incredibly friendly, supportive and professional!"

Emma has been fantastic support through the whole recruitment process and I now have a position working for Pizza Hut. From the beginning Emma was incredibly friendly, supportive and professional and kept me continually updated through each stage. Even after I heard I’d got the job, she still kept in contact. You can tell Emma has a genuine interest in her clients. I have already recommended her to two friends looking for new jobs.

Ellie Cooper, Procurement Manager Pizza Hut

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