How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Only travel on public transport if you need to
  • Avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • Avoid events with large groups of people

Supporting Rainbows

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People continues to be our chosen charities for 2020.  Rainbows offer the most fantastic 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.

Every Christmas we make a 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. For more information visit

Hazel has celebrated 10 years!

Many of our industrial work -seekers and client companies will know and will have worked with Hazel over the years, and December 2019 marks her  10 year work anniversary!  Flowers and cake (any excuse!) marked the event.  I’m sure all that know her will join us in a cumulative well done – Hazel looks forward to working with you into the future.

And it’s cheers from Gill Cooke……

After 30 years heading up this business, Gill and Peter Cooke are settling into a well-earned retirement.  We thought that all those business clients and job-seekers who knew and worked with Gill over the years would be keen to hear (and see!) that though she misses her involvement in the business, she is definitely making the most of her newly acquired free time!

Our latest news – July 2019

“We at Recruitment Investments Limited are delighted to announce our latest Acquisition.                  Gill Cooke Personnel have provided an outstanding recruitment service to Loughborough and the surrounding areas since 1989 and have an unrivalled reputation across the region. Headed up by Caroline Nash the fantastic staff are staying on to ensure continuity to our customers and to form the backbone of our significant plans for the business. We wish both Gill and Peter a long and happy retirement.”  Gareth Stanger, Director

It’s business as usual for Gill Cooke Personnel following the retirement of  Owners/Directors Gill and Peter Cooke more than 30 years after Gill set the business up here in Loughborough.   Under the new ownership of Recruitment Investments the long term future of the company has been secured and safe guarded, and we can continue to do what we do best!  We are still Gill Cooke Personnel, and are all very excited  to have the support of the new team, most notably our new Directors Gareth Stanger and Jason Cimurs.  The whole staff here wish Gill and Peter the wonderful retirement they so richly deserve!

Gill Cooke Personnel celebrates 30 years in the town!

Monday 17th April 1989 was a ground-breaking day for Gill Cooke Personnel – it was the date when our first ever temp started working in Loughborough.  Since then thousands of workers have been placed into work, both temporary and permanent, across office based, industrial and technical roles.  For Gill Cooke Personnel Loughborough has been, and continues to be, a brilliant base for the business.  The town has never really suffered with a serious unemployment issue, but there is still plenty of work and opportunities around for serious job seekers, and businesses of all sizes and types who need them.  Over the years we have placed some candidates several times over!  We have a great team in the office, and expect to be placing people in work, and helping our clients by providing a cost effective “flexible” workforce, into the future.  Cheers!


Caroline has clocked up 25 years with Gill Cooke Personnel

Gill Cooke Personnel’s general manager, Caroline Nash, celebrated 25 years with the company in November 2018. In that time she has helped many local people find work – indeed, some job-seekers have been placed several times over those years!

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%***

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.