Priority Appointments marks its silver anniversary and EO Day by announcing transition to employee ownership

We would like to congratulate Priority Appointments after it marked its silver anniversary by announcing its transition to employee ownership on our 10th EO Day.

The business, specialists in manufacturing, distribution and precision engineering recruitment, has been helping companies find the right people in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire since 1997 and has now become a fully employee-owned company.

The transition makes Priority Appointments one of the first independent recruitment consultancies in the south-east to become owned by its employees.

Founder and current Managing Director Barbara Law said: “Although our ownership structure has changed, as far as our clients and the people we help to find jobs are concerned, nothing will look any different.

“Our clients and candidates will receive the same friendly, professional and responsive service they have always enjoyed, with the added benefit of knowing that the team who help them are now co-owners of the company with an even greater vested interest in making sure that we provide a top-notch service.”

The firm will continue to be called Priority Appointments and will be led by Tracy Welch, who will now become managing director, together with the senior management team.

Barbara will remain a director of the company, focussing on performance and overall strategy.

Tracy said: “We’re all very excited to become business owners and are looking forward to building the company as a team by continuing to find great people for great local manufacturing, precision engineering and distribution firms.”

James de le Vingne, Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), added: “We congratulate our member Priority Appointments on its transition to employee ownership; securing the ethos, values, and culture of the business, as well as rooting jobs in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.

“Businesses that give employees a stake and a say build trust and shared responsibility, uniting leaders and employees behind a common purpose, leaving businesses in a better position to flex and adapt.”

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