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Manchester-based hospitality recruitment firm Hesketh James has secured a £90k investment to fund expansion plans from BFS.

Hesketh James was founded earlier this year by senior partners Toby Holt and Amanda Hesketh who have over 30 years’ experience working within the hospitality and recruitment sectors. The firm delivers both permanent and temporary roles as well as offering a unique consultancy service, working as a partner for companies who require HR and recruitment training and delivery support.

The £40k funding from Start-Up Loans and £50k investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund will now be used to create seven new jobs and to invest in improved IT and marketing. This will enable Hesketh James to expand and develop its services, both in the North West and across the UK, including a recently launched accountancy and finance recruitment practice.

With a full-time team of five already in place, the business is working with a growing number of NW and national clients including Luxury Family Hotels, Fiveways Hospitality, and Manchester Central.

Toby Holt said: “The hospitality industry demands the very highest levels of customer care and this funding from BFS means that we can bring our expertise and experience in this rapidly growing sector to develop and deliver the next generation of managers, leaders, and candidates at all levels.”

Andy Nichols at BFS, said: “Amanda and Toby have created a business that brings together their unique insight into the hospitality sector in the North West, an industry that is thriving across the region.

“They needed a finance partner that would help them to grow in response to market demand and we were able to do just that with funding from both the Start-Up Loans programme and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund that will equip them to continue to expand, both here in the North West and across the UK.”