The REC compliance test

Our industry’s professional body in the UK, the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) requires all businesses it represents to take an exam as a prerequisite for membership.  That exam then has to be re-taken every two years to ensure ongoing compliance.  The REC badge is a mark of quality which can be trusted by both clients and candidates.

*** September 2018: Caroline has just passed the latest test with a score of 100%***

Spatula Spectacular!

What a perfect gift we each received last Christmas! Knowing our office yearly baking challenging Gill & Peter handpicked, to match our personalities, these beautiful wooden spatulas.

To honour our spatula’s we are running an office Great British Bake Off challenge again this year (not that we needed much encouragement!)

We have each picked a contestant from this year’s TV line up and on the week they leave the tent that member of staff has to create a bake. We have decided the challenge is to bake and present in ‘mini’ form!

A few weeks in and we have already enjoyed some lovely bakes with more to come.

To see our bakes and for other news visit our facebook page, like and follow us to keep up-to-date on our challenge!

New Addition to the Team

We have a new arrival to announce!  Gill and Peter Cooke have welcomed a new pup into their home.  Lexi, now 12 weeks old, is pictured wearing company colours, and even chose to pose next to “company purple” flowers!

Support of Rainbows

Rainbows Hospice continues to be one of our chosen charities for 2017, and this year Kate Golding their Head of Organisational Giving came to our office to collect our donation.  We’ve made this donation rather than sending out glossy corporate Christmas cards, believing that a more modest seasonal wish plus a donation to this wonderful organisation is a better use of money!

Rainbows is the East Midlands hospice for children and young people. It offers wonderful facilities to the young people and their families for whom every day is an opportunity to celebrate life.  Rainbows support the whole family, providing a stimulating and caring ‘home from home’ environment where children and young people, facing extraordinary challenges, can receive vital specialist care, respite and when needed, and end of life support.

For more information visit


Thank you for the thank you!

We know it’s our job, but over the many years of successfully placing people into new jobs whether they are both temporary or permanent, and the success stories we hear from these placements, we are always very touched by the many acknowledgements and notes of gratitude that come our way. So to all those that have expressed their thanks, thank you!!

Saving stamps for charity

Since 1989 we have happily acted as a local “depot” for used stamps, which then get converted into cash for charity.  With Christmas coming and the likelihood of more stamped post coming through your doors, we thought it would be timely to remind you…

The Charity, Medical Detection Dogs, works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities and aims to train specialist dogs to detect human disease.

Dogs are renowned for their sense of smell and for centuries doctors have known that diseases have characteristic odours that dogs may be able to detect. For example, cancer cells release small amounts of volatile substances and Cancer Detection Dogs are being trained to detect these. The charity hopes their work and research will enable scientists to develop an early cancer screening system.

In addition Medical Alert Dogs are trained to assist individuals to manage complex medical conditions on a day to day basis. The dogs are trained to identify the odour changes associated with certain medical events such as diabetes and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). Once trained the dogs will often recognise symptoms even before their owners do, and will bring any necessary medical supplies and raise the alarm if necessary – amazing!

You can find out more about the organisation at medical detection dogs.

If you would also like to help this organisation continue its life changing work, just collect any used stamps at home or work, pop them in a bag or envelope and bring them to our office in Frederick Street.  Our local Charity fundraiser Wendy Coley pictured with Gill, collects them from us regularly.

Our commitment to Loughborough

Our General Manager Caroline Nash, has worked for Gill Cooke for nearly 25 years and is fully committed to the town and its commercial growth and development.   To this end she has ensured her involvement and place in the following organisations:-

  • LATI – Loughborough Advanced Technology Initiative – Board Member since 2017.  LATi is a  thriving network group for people and companies who work in high-tech, science and engineering.  It was established in Loughborough in 1996 and provides networking and business support to those involved in the innovative use of science and technology.
  • Loughborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce – Member of the Executive Committee for over four years.
  • Loughborough BID (Business Improvement District) / Love Loughborough – Board Member with particular involvement and participation in the Ops Team.

A success story

Miroslav first came to our office in when he arrived in the UK from Slovakia in January 2008, and was introduced by friends who already temped for us.  Polite and respectful, he came across well but had limited English and we advised that he needed to improve his communication skills before we could help.

Two weeks later he returned and was so improved that we were able to place him into work!  We were impressed with his attitude to work in a new country, and his willingness to adapt and learn the language.  He had a good CV and scored 100% in our Maths test.

We secured him a long term assignment and, although the role was well below what he was qualified to do in his own country it was a start.  He worked there until January 2010 when he asked us to find him a new challenge.  By this time his spoken English was much improved, and with the experience he had acquired we were able to place him immediately with a major blue-chip client in their manufacturing team.  Prepared to work hard, commit to a challenging shift pattern, and with an exemplary attendance record, Miroslav’s abilities have been recognised and he has now transferred to a permanent role!

We are delighted to have worked with Miroslav over the past five years, and to have witnessed his progress from arriving in the UK.  He has reaped the benefits of his diligence and reliability, and has stayed in continuous, progressive employment ever since he registered with us.