Business Testimonials

Intent Media (ToyNews) – Emily Briggs

“Working with Amanda Holder – owner of Birchwood recruitment has truly been a breath of fresh air, she is a brilliant recruiter and more importantly she cares about finding the right candidate and working with good companies. She isn’t scared to take on challenges and to stick her neck on the line for something she believes in. Her work helping soilders find work is commendable and is doing her bit for her country 🙂 I relish the thought of being able to work with her again”

Mynchin Career Coaching – Suzanna Mynchin

“Amanda is that rare recruiter who is not only a true specialist in her chosen field but genuinely interested in her clients and candidates.  She wants to “put something back” so besides being a recruiter she volunteers her time to charities and other organisations. The clients that she represents offer top quality jobs and genuine career opportunities. They would not be her clients otherwise. Amanda is also a very savvy business consultant and offers excellent advice to small businesses on strategy, marketing and social media.  She is a truly enthusiastic, passionate individual who reminds me of a small energizer bunny brimming over with ideas.  She is infectious and you come away from a chat with her feeling inspired. I can not recommend her highly enough.”

Jumbo Games Limited – Gray Richmond, Managing Director; 

“I have recently worked with Amanda for the first time in securing the services of a new Marketing Manager. I was immediately impressed with the speed that Amanda began to understand the needs of the organisation and the personality fit. In addition I was impressed that Amanda was able to draw prospective applicants from outside the Toy Industry that would be suitable for us. Amanda’s feedback post interview feedback and preparation of the candidates was first class. I have already asked Amanda to begin work on our next vacancy as we look to grow our sales team.”

Working Knowledge – Ollie Collard, Business Relationship Manager

“Amanda volunteered a day of her time to attend one of our award-winning student enterprise events. The brief was to help the students develop their business plans using her expertise, but also to inspire them to go onto gain their dream job or start their own business.  Amanda not only installed confidence within the students, but also improved their employability skills, to give them a better chance of getting a job in these challenging times. Amanda is very personable and an effective communicator, to both students, tutors and other business professionals alike. She has a great skill in assessing people’s strengths and utilising them in the most effective area. I would highly recommend working with Amanda.”

Learning Curve Inc – Clive Wooster, European Managing Director; 

“At Learning curve we made a strategic decision to add more resource to our Nursery division. We turned to Birchwood as I had dealt with Amanda Holder previously. After listening to the brief, Amanda produced 3 candidates in short order and we were soon into the interviewing state – our aim to be staffed for the upcoming Koln Fair. One of the candidates has just joined us and we believe him to be of a high calibre – a great service from Birchwood”.

Cartamundi (UK) Ltd – Jonathan Rose, Sales & Marketing Director

“Having worked with Amanda over the years, and sincerely recommend Amanda and the services which she can offer. Amanda is a highly respected person within the Toy industry and a trusted person. If you want the right calibre of person, Amanda will find the person for you”.

Birmingham Metropolitan College – Charles Pickstone, Lecturer; 

“Amanda did a superb presentation for the students on the HND course at Birmingham Metropolitan College. The students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation which gave a very informative and genuinely interesting insight into recruitment. We hope Amanda can come back next year and repeat the talk”

Aardman Animations – Rob Goodchild

“The number one recruiter for the Toy industry. Amanda works tirelessly on behalf of potential employers and employees. Her strong industry knowledge and personable approach ensures that she always delivers a good level of high quality candidates”.

Silver Cross – Ben Jones; 

“Amanda found me my job with Newell Rubbermaid (Graco) and worked tirelessly to get the best for me and ensure that it was what I wanted. I have always recommended Amanda and find her the best in the business”.

Cesar UK – Gary Wood

“I have worked with Amanda to recruit and to find work myself, She is my first call… In fact the only call I need make!”.

Woolaston Under 5’s – Kyra Marks, Manager; 

“In her role as Chairperson she was very organised, committed, driven to achieve any goals she set… Amanda’s biggest achievement was to secure funding for a brand new nursery building (£450k)… Amanda would be an asset to any organisation”.


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