The Recruitment Link

About Us

The Recruitment LINK offers to clients a bespoke personal service by providing tailor made recruitment solutions for today's business needs.

The Recruitment LINK was founded by Penny Harper FIRP in February 2001. Penny's reputation in the North West and the hard work of the team quickly led to the company establishing itself as a reliable supplier to renowned local and national companies. In September of the first year a High Street competitor was acquired and the business incorporated into the Newcastle Branch.  With the success in Newcastle it became necessary to move into larger premises in Leeds House.

In 2003 the company assisted Bentley Motors in recruiting a workforce of 260 to build the new Bentley GT. The contract was completed in 3 months on time and within budget.

At the Recruitment LINK we have a combined total in excess of 50 years experience in the Recruitment industry.

All our Recruitment Consultants comply with the standards of the industry's governing body the "Recruitment & Employment Confederation" and follow their Code of Best Practice ensuring a high quality service every time.  


Consultant Profiles 

Penny Harper FIRP, Managing Director  

Penny established Link Office Recruitment in 1986 from an office in Crewe as part of the LINK Organisation. She was appointed Managing Director as the company grew to a national player re-branding as Spring Personnel. After a year as an Executive Director at the Spring Group HQ she left to set up her own company in January 2001, aptly named "The Recruitment LINK".

Lee Harper FIRP MAAT, Finance Director

Lee Helped Penny to set up The Recruitment Link in 2001 and after spending many years as a consultant, Lee re-trained and now looks after the finances of the business.

Carole Bennett FIRP, Branch Manager 

Carole entered the Recruitment industry after many years as a Conference and Banqueting Manager for the British Potteries Manufacturers Federation. After a year with Staff Line in Newcastle she joined the company in October 2001. In early 2002 she gained her REC qualification in Recruitment Practice. She manages the Industrial desk where she deals with a wide range of skilled and semi-skilled Industrial workers, also covering Catering, Hotel and Bar staff.  Carole's clients include major manufacturers, engineering companies and her experience is renowned within the Hotel and Banqueting industry.

Sandra Fleming FIRP, Technical & Managerial Senior Consultant

Sandra began her career in Recruitment in 1993 and worked for Spring Personnel for 17 years, based in Staffordshire and latterly in Cheshire. In 2010 she returned to join Penny Harper at the Recruitment LINK and deals with technical and professional temporary and permanent vacancies. Sandra has an excellent reputation in Stoke on Trent within the business community.