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Issue:- 2 December 2010

Liverpool recruiter excels at national awards

HOWARTH Morris Financial Selection, a leading independent North West recruitment company has been ‘highly commended’ at The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) awards, in the Best Recruitment Consultancy category.

Howarth Morris, who has an office at The Plaza, Old Hall Street in Liverpool, was the only recruitment consultancy to be ‘highly commended’ at a recent award ceremony at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. 

The company was recognised by CIMA for ‘providing a refreshing nomination, for its commitment to building a long-term relationship with its clients and for being a small player with big ambitions.’  The company competed against global names in recruitment for the award including Hays Senior Finance and Robert Walters.

Being highly commended by CIMA is a huge achievement for the company which is operating in its fourth year. Howarth Morris was the only North West independent recruitment business, and the smallest company out of all the finalists in terms of size and turnover.

The company opened 2 new offices in Sale, Greater Manchester and Liverpool city centre this year and has delivered year-on-year growth in excess of 100%.  The company bases its success and growth on its unique approach to recruitment which has been to focus on quality of service, delivery and value.

Director Sean Morris who heads up the Liverpool office, said:- “We are absolutely delighted to be highly commended by CIMA. From the very start, we set out to differentiate ourselves by only employing the best people and to offer an unrivalled level of service defined by quality, integrity and value. It’s great to have our unique profile, reputation and success recognised on a national level by this commendation.”

Director Paul Howarth, said:- “We are tremendously proud of our team and what we have accomplished. Through hard work and determination we’ve experienced unprecedented growth despite a tough recession. It has been a privilege to play a part in supporting the businesses and candidates we work with.”

The CIMA awards recognise people and organisations that have been instrumental in developing the finance profession.

Howarth Morris was set up in 2007 by Paul Howarth and Sean Morris and has grown to a network of four offices in Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington and Bolton.  Howarth Morris focuses on the temporary and permanent recruitment of part qualified and qualified finance professionals from ledger clerk up to finance director level. The team has over 65 years of financial recruitment experience between them and works with clients ranging from SMEs to Multinationals including Astra Zeneca, Talk Talk Group, Fujitsu, MWH, Vestas and Pilkingtons.

Clean-up marks Russell Square revamp

A ‘COMMUNITY clean-up day’ takes place this weekend to mark the completion of the regeneration of Russell Square in Liverpool city centre.  On Saturday, 4 December 2010 from 9am to midday, everyone is invited come along to complete the rejuvenation of the community square, paint the railings and clear vegetation.

Work to upgrade the square officially finishes on 3 December 2010. It includes landscaping and the removal of fencing around the grassed area so it can be more easily accessed by the local community, pedestrians and cyclists.

A cycle and pedestrian route, parallel to Brownlow Hill has been created along with new pedestrian crossings and improved street lighting. The new advisory cycle route will provide a more direct, convenient route along Bronte Street, linking the University Campus directly to Lime Street Station and the rest of the city centre.

Liverpool City Council has worked closely with the neighbouring Bronte Community Centre to develop the design and an area of garden has been provided for children using the community centre.

The £310,000 funding for the scheme came from the Northwest Development Agency and the delivery partners were Riverside Housing, Liverpool City Council, and the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moore’s University.  Contractor D Morgan Plc carried out the work and will be cleaning all the paving at the Clean-Up day for free.

Ward Councillor Nick Small said:- “This is a great example of organisations and individuals working together to deliver a valuable community resource which will have benefits for residents, and those who visit and work in the area. We are very grateful to the NWDA for the funding for this scheme and for the hard work and commitment of all of our partners in this scheme.”

Following the clean-up day, a free Christmas Fair is being held in Bronte Community Centre, next to Russell Square, on December 9th from 5pm to 8pm with free refreshments, stalls, children’s activities and much more. The Clean-Up Day and the Christmas Fair have been organised by Riverside Housing with the help of Liverpool Mutual Homes and the St Andrews Community Forum.

Mark Browne, Community Engagement Officer from Riverside, said:- “Riverside is very happy to be involved in helping to regenerate Russell Square. We look forward to seeing the official completion in December. We hope that Liverpool residents will get involved with the final clean up on December 4.”

For more details on this and all the other highway and public realm improvement schemes that Liverpool City Council is currently delivering, go to their website.

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