About Premier Placement Services

Our Approach

 

Jonathan Harper

Premier Placement Services has been filling vacancies for employers since 1996. In that time we have forged trusted relationships with a wide range of employers, and built an exceptional reputation for helping people to find work.

The privately owned business is run by a strong team of dedicated and disciplined recruitment specialists with 75 years combined industry experience. Each sector is managed by qualified individuals who have a strong commercial understanding, unrivalled knowledge, up-to-date training and most importantly, real first-hand working experience of the industries they recruit for.

Located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire and Crewe, Cheshire, Premier Placement Services  regularly provide an average of 350 staff daily throughout North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Our client employers and candidates also benefit from our industry accreditations, specialised IT systems delivering secure applications and purpose built classroom training facilities at our central office.

Our Ethos and Values

Equality for all customers

We're growing due to our commitment to promote best practice, equality & diversity.

Offering
diversity

We aim to ensure that our workforce reflects the diversity of the community.

Using best practice

We compete fairly and openly to provide the best possible service.

Bringing value to our customers

We provide outstanding service and create service level offerings to add real value to our customers.

Outstanding service

We offer all our clients recruitment solutions from a name they can trust.

Building long term relationships

We're committed to building mutually rewarding, long-term relationships with key people who contribute to our business success.

Meet the Team

Jonathan Harper - Managing Director, Premier Placement Services
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Jonathan Harper

Managing Director

Jonathan Harper - Managing Director, Premier Placement Services

Jonathan Harper

Managing Director

With over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Managing Director Jonathan puts customer service excellence at the heart of everything that Premier Placement Services do. Since founding the business in 1996, his ethos has always been to ‘place the right person for the job’ rather than just placing ‘anyone that happens to be available’. He firmly believes that this is the key to the success of the business. We are only as good as our last placement are the words that Jonathan believes sets the company apart from others. His approach to providing unrivalled customer service, support, supplying the most talented candidates for each position and developing on-going relationships with both candidates and clients remain the core values to the business.

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  • Strategic Planner
  • A results driven creative thinker
  • Realises ideas
  • Supportive
  • Passionate about customer service
  • Commercially aware
Simon Laidler
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Simon Laidler

Operations Manager

Simon Laidler

Simon Laidler

Operations Manager

Simon spent 21 years since leaving the Royal Air Force working for a current Premier Placement Services client in a number of roles, progressing from an order picker through to an Operational Manager.

During his four years with Premier Placement Services his operational experience has been of true value to the company.  Moving more recently into the role of Recruitment & Training Manager, before progressing to the role of Operations Manager, his responsibility is to ensure all of our consultants are trained to the highest standards possible, by following up to date legislation, guidelines and best recruitment practice.

Simon regularly visits our company’s clients assuring best service is maintained and aligned to our policies at all times.

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Expertise in

  • Creates lasting relationships
  • Dedicated professional
  • Previously 21 years in Warehouse & Logistics Management
  • Passionate about delivering great customer service
  • Has a good understanding of customer requirements
  • International Transport Manager CPC Holder
  • Good business acumen
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Sue Simpson

Business Development Executive

Sue Simpson

Business Development Executive

Sue is one of the recruitment industry’s hidden gems. With a career in recruitment spanning over 3 decades, the knowledge, experience and wisdom she has to share with clients looking to engage the services of a recruitment agency is unsurpassed.

A very experienced people person who looks at the detail and most cost effective solution to fulfill the staffing requirements of her customers whilst applying quality measures to exceed candidate and client expectations.

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Expertise in

  • Creating lasting business relationships
  • Professional
  • Strategic planner
  • Cost effective recruitment solutions
  • Highly driven
Craig Hammersley
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Craig Hammersley

Newcastle Industrial Division Manager

Craig Hammersley

Craig Hammersley

Newcastle Industrial Division Manager

Craig is a very experienced recruitment professional having worked in the recruitment industry with Premier Placement for over 17 years.  Managing our busy industrial division at Newcastle, he helps clients avoid the devastating effects staffing issues can cause.

“I have experienced recruitment from both sides of the fence having held a senior position within the logistics & distribution industry. I fully understand the need for quality, reliable workers who are able to add value to an organisation.”

Matching the right candidate to the right job is an everyday obsession, something very few recruiters get right.  With detailed interviewing, character assessment, skills testing and candidate referencing, you would be surprised how many recruiters can get this so wrong!

 

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  • Senior Consultant with over 17 years recruitment experience
  • Passionate about delivering great customer service
  • Creates lasting relationships
  • Loyal and dedicated professional
  • Good business acumen
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John Sutton

Newcastle Driving Consultant

John Sutton

Newcastle Driving Consultant

John joins our company having worked within the warehousing and distribution industry for many years.  Ensuring the product gets to the customer on time, on budget and with the resources he had is where John excelled in his previous position.  Transferring this skill to the recruitment and placing of professional drivers will automatically breed success.

 

Immediately from the start of his employment with us John is already looking at the bigger picture, how he will improve a customers experience within our business.  With the tools he has and his previous work experience John will be a valuable member of this team for many years to come.

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  • Highly driven professional
  • Customer service
  • Driver selection
  • Fully conversant with Road Transport Legislation
  • Goes above and beyond
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Clive Harrison

Senior Skilled and Technical Consultant

Clive Harrison

Senior Skilled and Technical Consultant

Clive has been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years, specialising in the placing of highly skilled & technical professionals.

 

As a well organised, highly motivated individual who possess in depth knowledge within this specialised area of recruitment, he has the ability to identify quality candidates. His current base of customers appreciate his skill set and reward him with repeat business.

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  • Creating long lasting business relationships
  • Skill matching
  • Professional
  • Excellent business understanding
  • Passionate about complete service levels
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Philip Stubbs

Office Professional & Permanent Recruitment Consultant

Philip Stubbs

Office Professional & Permanent Recruitment Consultant

Phil has an extensive understanding of the recruitment industry.  Having spent 13 years within the industry operating as a full 360 recruitment consultant, he has gained valuable experience in all recruitment sectors.

 

Phil’s strengths lie with his in-depth detailing and candidate profiling to ensure the best fit between candidate and client.

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Expertise in

  • Search & selection specialist
  • Client management
  • Executive recruitment
  • Professional
  • Good communicator
Russell Lunn - Senior Driving Consultant
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Russell Lunn

Business Development Executive

Russell Lunn - Senior Driving Consultant

Russell Lunn

Business Development Executive

Russell joined Premier Placement 2 years ago having been in recruitment industry for a number of years.  Working previously in the manufacturing, transport and distribution industry as a senior manager, part of his responsibility was to deal with staffing requirements and rely heavily on the services of a recruitment agency.

Premier Placement certainly was an eye opener for me within the recruitment supply, they showed me how recruitment should be done. The whole process and the ongoing compliance is unbelievable.  The customers here have been with Premier since its inception and that’s testament to the service offerings it provides. 

 Now an ambassador for the company my role is to meet key decision makers within organisations.  Knowing and believing in our core values and exceeding our customers expectations makes me very proud to be part of this business.

 

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  • Can do attitude
  • Problem solver
  • Passionate about service levels
  • Goes above and beyond
  • Creates lasting relationships
Tim Evans
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Tim Evans

Crewe Industrial Division Manager

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

Crewe Industrial Division Manager

Tim joined Premier Placement in 2003 having previously worked in a heavily regulated customer services managerial role, thus proving an instant hit with both clients and candidates alike.

Trained to the highest standards within recruitment practise and mentored by our MD, Tim has become a valuable asset to the success of our business.  Now managing our industrial division in Crewe and offering his pearls of wisdom to other new recruits, his clients welcome his advice and his intuitive recruitment solutions.

 

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  • Senior Consultant with over 16 years recruitment experience
  • Passionate about delivering great customer service
  • Creates lasting relationships
  • Loyal and dedicated professional
  • Good business acumen
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Daniel Ledwards

Crewe Industrial Consultant

Daniel Ledwards

Crewe Industrial Consultant

Daniel joined our company in October 2018 as a trainee consultant.  After an initial 3 months probationary for the role, we have been so impressed with Daniel’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism for someone with such a young age we have decided to fast track him into a career within the recruitment industry.

Daniel is now fully up to date with industry requirements and will be visiting our clients under the guidance of Crewe’s Industrial Manager to gain further training and understanding of the role.  With our eyes firmly fixed on the future we feel Daniel will complete his training and be a valued member of our team. #thefuture

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Expertise in

  • Dealing with client requirements
  • Candidate profiling
  • Candidate matching
  • Enthusiastic
Simon Arnold
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Simon Arnold

Crewe Driving Consultant

Simon Arnold

Simon Arnold

Crewe Driving Consultant

Simon joined Premier Placement Services in 2016 after spending more than 25 years in the retail and leisure industry. Having gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of customer service, he fully understands the value of providing the best possible service to our clients and is passionate about delivering it.

With a coaching and teaching background Simon’s strengths lie in his communication and people skills that have enabled him to build strong working relationships with his clients.

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Expertise in

  • Passion for excellent customer service
  • Great communicator
  • Driver selection
  • Fully conversant with Road Transport Legislation
  • Great work ethic
Joanne Taylor - Accounts, Premier Placement Services
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Jo Jeneson

Accounts Manager

Joanne Taylor - Accounts, Premier Placement Services

Jo Jeneson

Accounts Manager

Jo has 15 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and joined Premier Placement Services in 2003 initially as a consultant. She’s now moved behind the scenes into her current role where she is responsible for both the payroll and accounting function of the business. By gaining a full understanding of all aspects of the business she is perfectly placed to ensure the clients’ accounting process runs as smoothly as their recruitment programme.

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Expertise in

  • 15 year’s experience within the recruitment industry
  • Good business understanding
  • Ability to manage high work loads
  • Fully conversant with accounting procedures & reporting
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Passionate about getting things right
Elizabeth Harper - Receptionist and Administrator, Premier Placement Services
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Liz Harper

Accounts Administrator

Elizabeth Harper - Receptionist and Administrator, Premier Placement Services

Liz Harper

Accounts Administrator

Liz has been the face of Premier Placement Services since 2006 – providing front of house support for the team and visitors to the office. Liz works in a fast-paced environment fielding calls, meeting and greeting, preparing candidates for interviews and keeping client records updated.

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  • Positive outlook
  • Helpful and friendly disposition
  • Good communicator
  • Loyal and dedicated
  • Can do attitude

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