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About Silven

Specialists in food manufacturing recruitment

Silven provide best-in-class food manufacturing recruitment solutions to clients and candidates across the UK. Our unmatched market knowledge and access to industry talent lets us work at a pace and depth that makes a real difference to the people and businesses we support.

From perm and interim placements to board-level appointments, we keep our fingers on the pulse and combine traditional methods with the latest tech to deliver where many recruiters fall short. 

This professional, honest and structured approach has earned us the trust of market leaders such as Müller, Heinz and Coca-Cola.

Our mission is to give food manufacturers an unfair advantage through the best recruitment. As an established agency, this is something we’re more than able to deliver on. We regularly work with exclusive candidates who aren’t registered with other agencies and stay one step ahead of who makes what and where in key markets. 

If you’re a food or drink manufacturing business requiring top candidates to take your organisation to the next level, then come to us. Our understanding of salaries and availability of talent will ensure you get the best solution for your business.

Our excellent market knowledge also puts us in a position to help candidates quickly find the right role for them. So, if you’re looking to start a new chapter, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether dealing with a candidate or client, our aim is to get the best outcome for everyone involved. If you want to deal with experts in food manufacturing recruitment, and ones who truly care about your best interests, give us a call on 0161 832 7463.

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Our Clients

Why Silven?

  • A smooth process for clients

    We offer a personalised service from a humble, supportive team – we truly care about your business and no request is too much. Our expert team will guide you through the entire process – from competitor information and salary advice to personnel availability. We don’t rest until we’ve found the highest quality talent that will solve your challenges, boost your business and successfully represent you in the marketplace.

  • Pure dedication for our candidates

    It’s not just candidates and clients we help. We make recruitment careers thrive too. Take our current top performer. Back in 2012, he needed a stable role that would loosen the overdraft and student loan around his neck, plus support a newborn baby. Today, he happily makes people’s career dreams come true, earns a significant package, has long paid off his overdraft, and returns home to his growing family. With Silven, every story gets the ending it deserves.

  • Supporting our people

    Our people are true experts in their markets. They live, eat (food & drink team literally) and breathe their specialist areas and are well connected within them. This means they save you time and money by providing you advice based on experience and knowledge… competitor information, salary advice, availability of talent and so on…

Meet the specialists

Having been around for many years, Silven have created a fantastic team dynamic. We have three core values that are deep-rooted into how we operate across the business: owning the market, making a difference and always being proactive. They allow everyone to benefit – not just our wonderful staff, but clients and candidates too.

Ian Simkins

Managing Director / Owner

Ian Simkins

A bit about me:

I’ve been recruiting in the food and drink sector for a while – since 1996 to be truthful! I can still remember faxing CVs, and having to wait for the advert response to arrive by post. Those were the good old days!! I set up Silven from my kitchen...

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Jez / Jeremy Pierce

Sales Director

Jez / Jeremy Pierce

A bit about me:

I absolutely love recruitment. AND the food industry. Most of all, I love it when I meet someone who blows me away. I love picking up the phone to people who might be able to use that kind of skill set, and getting through to them as they just...

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John Pollard

Recruitment Manager

John Pollard

A bit about me:

As one of the founding team members at Silven, I manage the permanent recruitment team. With more than 20 years in the industry – 15 of these in food and drink – I have a vast network of candidates and clients alike. I used to recruit for IT sales but...

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Chris Wright

Office Manager

Chris Wright

A bit about me:

Some might say I’m the glue that sticks Silven together. Basically, I run the office and look after everyone! From invoicing, accounts and credit control to IT, telephony and databases – I’ve also been known to try my hand at the odd bit of office DIY. 

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Wtch

"Stand out company in the world of Food Industry recruitment"

When I started interim work Jeremy was one of many recruitment consultants I spoke to. The difference? His initial and ongoing advice during those early years regards client expectations and managing my initial expectations, together with feedback on how to construct a CV and develop additional skills enabled me to gain a steady pipeline of work with clients.

Jeremy’s’ honesty, integrity and passion for the food business, along with the support of his colleagues at Silven (thank you Ian) make them a stand out company in the world of Food Industry recruitment.

Brian Park, Interim Technical Consultant

Words of praise

We’ve built strong relationships across our industry, providing unrivalled market knowledge, contacts, and guidance so that candidates can progress in their careers, and clients can identify how to move their businesses forward. 

But don’t just take our word for it, allow the testimonials and client case studies to do the talking…

90%

Customer Satisfaction

97%

Successful candidates

93%

Client Return Rate

Happy Hampers

Silven Gives Back

At Silven we make time for those in need.

We support a number of incredible charities. It’s important to us that we never lose sight of what is going on around us.

Charities that Silven Support:

Nelson's Journey
Macmillan Cancer Support
BBC's Children in Need
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Silven Recruitment Location

Clarence House
4 Clarence Street,
Manchester,
M2 4DW

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