A NORTH-East recruitment firm has appointed two senior executives to help it deal with an increase in demand for services.

Tribe Recruitment, which is based in Darlington, has brought in Helen Bartle as the firm’s operations manager, and Lauren Hodges as divisional manager with special responsibility for transport and logistics.

The company, which is based at Morton Palms Business Park, employs 150 people and is hoping to continue with its expansion.

Managing director Lisa Spark said: "I can’t tell you how delighted we are to have attracted two such accomplished professionals as Helen Bartle and Lauren Hodges.

“Their appointments to these key roles are a big step forward for our company, which has defied the Covid pandemic and, indeed, prospered and expanded during it.

“As we plan ahead, it’s crucial that the senior management team is strengthened so that we can continue this exceptional growth.

“Currently our five sectors – construction, engineering, healthcare, transport and logistics and electrical wholesale – turn over £6m, and the plan is to increase our income to £10m per annum over the following three years.

“Our intention is to bring in another three recruitment consultants over the next two or three months as our business continues to move forward.”

The firm, which was founded in 2009, works with several blue-chip clients, including Severfield PLC, the Thirsk-based firm which provided structural steel for the new Wembley Stadium.

It supplies both temporary and permanent workers.