Catalyst Recruitment - People + Progress

Client Testimonials

Here is a selection of testimonials from clients we have helped:

"Now their Managing Director, Catalyst introduced me to Dyer Engineering as General Manager, ready for the exciting transition of ownership. Paul was very helpful, his advice throughout being sound and professional - a very good service we continue to use."   Graeme Parkins, Managing Director at Dyer Engineering

"Catalyst recently helped recruit a Finance Director. The assignment was demanding due to very stretching time constraints and the Catalyst team maintained a highly focused approach throughout the process." Dave Douglas, HR Director at Hardy Fishing

"I have been really impressed with the first class service provided by Catalyst. Nicola was friendly and knowledgeable and quick to respond with advice and information. Highly recommended."    Ian Gillespie, Director at ActivTelecom

"Ann has delivered a consistently high level of service and results, gaining a deep understanding of our business needs. Ann ensures that we only see the candidates that matter and we have successfully appointed several this year so far."    Nicholas Gibson, Group Project Manager, True Potential LLP

"Why do I use Catalyst? I suppose it’s that we get a relaxed and a personal no-hurry, friendly, understanding service and more than that – patience and a dogged determined effort to produce the right results."   Ron Lewis, Owner, Rondean Machinery

"I'd worked with Paul in the past when he was at Solutions but lost touch until we "met" again on Linked In when I was in the process of recruiting an assistant accountant. Having been dealing with one of the larger agents I was having little success, receiving numerous CV's and several unsuccessful interviews - by week three we were scraping the barrel.  Picking this up with Paul was a breath of fresh air, he listened, understood and acted; unlike the other agencies. The CV's I reviewed were from the right people and the interviews were constructive. Within two weeks I had hired the right person who is going from strength to strength within our organisation - I cannot recommend Paul and Catalyst more highly."    Nicholas Gibson, Operations Manager, True Potential Llp

"Catalyst helped us to fill the post of Clinical Trials Manager. The process worked really well for us, service was great and we’ll definitely be using Catalyst again."  Will Dracup, Chairman, Biosignatures Limited

"Having had experience of large recruitment agencies we approached Catalyst in the hope that they would deal with our needs rather than theirs. So we were delighted when Catalyst listened carefully to our perceived requirements and took time to understand the ethos of our group. They presented a number of candidates and the person we subsequently appointed has proved to be of the highest quality. The whole process was without drama and produced the results we were looking for."   Barry Lloyd, Managing Director, Lloyd Limited

"The time taken to understand the culture of the company and the emphasis on listening to what we required was Catalyst’s strength. The cultural fit was extraordinary - you don’t get this from the big boys! We have a very high regard for the work Paul did and would also be happy to act as his referees."  Neil Moult, Chief Executive, Creating Careers

"Having been recruited by Paul to my current role at Nonlinear Dynamics Limited I had no hesitation in recommending him to The Amazing Group when they were looking for a Financial Controller. As ever Paul was highly professional, proactive and immediately identified a short list of candidates for the role. One candidate shone and has proved to be a resounding success."   Duncan Barrie, Finance Director, Nonlinear Dynamics

"We used Paul to recruit our Financial Controller as he immediately understood exactly the type of person we were looking for. His direct, friendly approach works and, refreshingly, he never wasted our time putting forward unsuitable candidates. Paul has the ability to get straight to the core of our needs and deliver exactly who is needed, quickly effectively and at reasonable rates too. We have no hesitation in recommending Catalyst and they would be our first port of call for future recruitment needs."   Margaret Grieveson, Operations Manager, Dyer Engineering

"Having used Paul for two prior successful searches, we engaged Catalyst to search for a replacement Financial Controller for our rapidly growing business.  Paul immediately understood our specific requirements, not only in terms of the range of skills that the individual would need to have, but also the style of individual that would fit comfortably within an ever changing work environment. An excellent short list of candidates was presented very quickly, leading to an appointment well within the expected timescale.  The Catalyst service was highly professional and enabled a position to be filled expeditiously. I would definitely use Catalyst for future assignments and would have no hesitation in recommending Catalyst to others."   Chris Blaxall, Finance Director, The Tanfield Food Company Limited (also see

"In searching for candidates to fill the role of Finance Officer, we were recommended to use Catalyst. Throughout the process Paul Wilson’s open approach kept our best interest at the heart of his search activities.  Indeed, the moment he felt he had presented strong candidates, understanding we wanted a larger number in the selection process, Paul proactively and selflessly suggested we engage his competitors.  However, we need not have had any concerns as the Catalyst candidate profiles were well matched against our role criteria and we appointed successfully from Paul's recommendations.  We would have no hesitation in using Catalyst again or recommending them to others."   Graham Lawrence, Finance Director, Excelsyn Engineering Technology Limited

"We were looking for a very unusual combination of skills and experience - ie a highly experienced accountant who would be would be happy to work within a large, complex IT department. We were unsure where to even find good quality candidates who would be willing to create such a new role.  The Catalyst response and service was superb. Paul Wilson identified and introduced an excellent candidate. The Catalyst experience was professional throughout and the results exceeded our expectations. I can thoroughly recommend Catalyst."   Paul Hopkins, Director of IT, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

"We were looking for an experienced all rounder - with good accounting experience and IT skills, who would fit into our organisation. Catalyst were recommended to us and after one meeting and various phone calls, Paul Wilson came up with four excellent candidates whom he thought would fit the bill.  Whilst another two agencies came up with more candidates, none of them matched the calibre of those that Paul put forward for our consideration.  We would have no hesitation in using Catalyst in the future, when the need arises."  Alan Johnston, Financial Controller, Adderstone Group