On the 7th February 2008 Phil Abrahams, Director of Customer Services at the Royal Society of Chemistry officially opened the new offices of CK Associates in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
The move into new corporate headquarters represents a major step forward for the rapidly expanding group that has benefited from the emergence of new technologies and a more mobile workforce. Established in 1991 CK Associates are leaders in the field of scientific and engineering recruitment for the chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental and food processing industries
The CK Associates group consists of CK Science, CK Clinical and CK First Step who deal with the recruitment of industrial placement students. The company was founded by Ashley Kirk and Liam OConnell who both have considerable experience as senior managers in the scientific and engineering industries.
“We recognised that it was increasingly difficult to find and recruit high calibre candidates” explained Liam OConnell, “Here was an opportunity to provide a valuable service to the hard-pressed Human Resources people in our industry”.
Since then the business and gone from strength to strength and CK Associates, though its group companies, place over 800 candidates a year in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa. It now has three offices across the UK and a turnover of £10m+
“The industry has become much more technology based, and with a lot of the heavy chemical industry having moved to India and China companies have to be more flexible, fast reacting and willing to embrace new technologies, thats where we come in” enthused Liam. “We find candidates with the right skills and experience, often at short notice, to help clients make those changes”.
The move to the prestigious new offices reflects the success the company is enjoying and provides a platform for future expansion, but why Chesterfield?
“A fairly central location was always going to be important, clients are all across the UK and further afield so good transport links are important, plus here we have the room to expand
Joining Phil Abraham will be colleagues from the RSC, a number of clients and suppliers that have worked with CK Associates in the past. Commenting on plans for the day Ashley Kirk explained “We see the opening as an opportunity to celebrate our achievements with the people and organisations that have helped us get this far, look at some of trends in the industries we serve and explain how CK Associates will be moving forward.
Looking to the future CK Associates plan to build on the undoubted strengths of the business and remain in the vanguard as new sectors develop such as biotechnology and nanotechnology and as industries demands reflect those changes.