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People First overview 2016

Despite Brexit plans, business remained buoyant in 2016 and we planned for future expansion!  Here is an overview of what happened at People First in 2016.


We continued to settle into our spacious new offices in Ironmonger Lane in the City and we relocated our Staines offices to Old Bridge House in May.

New joiners

Team China expanded in 2017:-

  • Yanli joined us in June
  • Rui joined us in July
  • James Z joined us in August

We’re also on the lookout for an additional team member for 2018, the Chinese Year of the Rooster!

James S. joined our supply chain division in January 2017 and will focus on procurement roles.

People First study support

Olga and Zoe continued with their studies towards qualifications in HR and recruitment with support from People First.

People First paid charity day off

As part of our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme, we offer employees paid time off to do voluntary work. Olga chose to use her well-honed recruitment techniques by helping to select volunteers for London Athletic championship events to be held in 2017. More


In September, we were delighted to be shortlisted for a national award. The REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) shortlisted People First from a high volume of nominations for the prestigious award for Best Recruitment Company to Work for. We were also shortlisted for Best Permananent Consultant in 2015. Given that there are over 20,000 recruitment agencies in the UK, we are very proud of all our staff, who helped to make this happen and were delighted to be selected as a runner up for the award.

People First social calendar

We celebrated our new joiners and other successes throughout the years with a number of social events, but our Christmas party was the most quirky, this year… It may not sound like fun to be locked in a room with your colleagues, having to run around and solve problems until you can escape, but it actually was!  We enjoyed the brain teasers and team working and of course the champagne, Christmas dinner and Secret Santa as our reward!

People First CSR 2016

In 2016, our employees voted to support Action Aid, International Animal Rescue and Cancer Research as part of our CSR Programme.

Last year, our sponsored ogangutan, Gunung, went to forest school to learn how to cope in the wild and we have recently heard that he has now graduated and is going from strength to strength.

In Myanmar, our sponsored child, Eh Ni, told us about how Action Aid set up a community rice bank which transformed the lives of the families in the village.  More recently, a strong, covered bridge was built to link the village to the facilities of the nearby town so the children could go to school without any danger.

Staff Anniversaries to be celebrated in 2017

  • Olga – 4 years in January
  • Shuji – 5 years in March
  • Rie – 12 years in March
  • Ian – 18 years in April
  • Matt – 11 years in August
  • Zoe – 7 years in August
  • Taeko – 6 years in August
  • Yumi – 14 years in September
  • Yaz – 12 years in September
  • Katie – 20 years in September
  • Yoko – 6 years in October
  • Tsubasa and Yasamin – 3 years
  • Siobhann – 2 years
  • James Z, Yanli and Rui – 1 year