Marking their nine decade milestone

Published: 11 Dec 2012 16:300 comments

A BUSINESS has celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Bucks And Berks Recruitment was founded in 1922 and celebrated its birthday with a party for clients, old candidates and current staff in its Denmark Street branch, in Wokingham, on Thursday, November 29.

The company - which also has branches in Maidenhead, Marlow, Slough and Windsor - opened its Wokingham office in 1986.

Managing director John Hamilton, 62, who joined the company in 1972, said: "We're very proud of our traditions and are delighted to have helped thousands and thousands of people find work.

"The number of people who bump into me in the street and say we helped them get their first job is amazing.

"Wokingham is a very nice town to have an office in and we decided to take the office because of the close links to Ascot and Bracknell. It was a logical move.

"It's great to reach 90 years but I'm also very conscious of the here and now and the future and what we can do in the next one, three and five years.

"The role of social media has changed the way recruitment works and that has inspired me as it is a new challenge. The business has changed more in the last five years than the 35 before."

The company originally opened as Bucks And Berks Domestic Agency in 1922 and supplied household staff to large country homes in the area.

It closed during the war but was bought and reopened by Mr Hamilton's mother Lorna in 1947. The company changed its name to Bucks And Berks Bureau in the early 1950s, as it started supplying staff to office jobs.

The company has strong family values, and Mr Hamilton's father Bernard also worked for Bucks And Berks in the 1950s.

His brother Peter works for the company in accounts and IT, and his daughter, Joanna Cooper, is the general manager.

The business became Bucks And Berks Recruitment in the early 1990s and now supplies administrators, secretaries, receptionists, customer service, human resources, marketing, accounts and sales staff.

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