EMBS Moves Into Historic Site

As a recruitment business operating in engineering, advanced manufacturing and technology, we love the idea of working in a world heritage site where these industries were formed, it just seems so right!
— Simon Bucknell, Director

Bondholder firm EMBS have moved offices into the historic Long Mill in world heritage site Darley Abbey Mills.

Simon Bucknell, Director, said: "We’ve been looking for a new site for the business for many years but didn’t want a modern office. We were keen to find somewhere with a soul, with history with a story. We also wanted to find a place that we could connect to our brand and would allow for hyper growth.

"Our office in the Long Mill can house up to 50 people, giving us huge potential for growth. In 2017 we will continue our Graduate Academy and look to hire the next cohort of Recruiters and continue the development of our four main divisions IT, Engineering, Operations and Property."

Ian Stevens, Director, added: "We’ve come a long way since our first tiny office off Duffield Road.  Our turnover has doubled in the last 3 years and we now have plans to increase our headcount to 40 over the next 36 months. Our growth over the last few years has been restricted by space, so they’ll be no holding us back now!”

EMBS goes back to the future

Just a mile away from Derby city centre, World Heritage Site Darley Abbey Mills has welcomed Bondholder EMBS as its newest tenant.

EMBS has just signed a lease for its new office after painstaking restoration work started earlier this year, slowly transforming the space into modern offices, last used in the 1960s. The project is due for completion in October and EMBS should be fully operational in its new home before the end of the year.

Simon Bucknell, Director at EMBS, commented: "We are all very excited about moving into this building, it will be a truly unique and inspiring place to work and the whole team cannot wait to move in! Darley Abbey Mills is now home to a number of creative and digital businesses and we all share the same enthusiasm for the history of the site."

He continued: "2016 has already been a record-breaking year for us. Our results for the first two quarters have been particularly strong and we've signed up two large clients to recruitment outsourcing contracts so we feel very confident about the future."

EMBS becomes a teenager

Established in a tiny attic back in 2003, Bondholder East Midlands Business Services Ltd (EMBS) now, 13 years later, employs a staff of 22 and boasts an impressive £3.5million turnover.

The firm works with some of the region's largest employers and many well-known web, digital and IT companies, together with advanced manufacturers in the rail and aerospace sectors.

Founded by Simon Bucknell, Ian Stevens and Jamie Elliss, EMBS provides a means of reducing recruitment costs and improving efficiency. Simon puts the company's success down to the strength, friendship and determination of the leadership team. He comments: "Ian, Jamie and I are all very different. We see things in very different ways and we've learned how to use this to our advantage."

Jamie Elliss said: "Becoming a teenager is a real milestone for us. I'd be lying if I said it had been easy. Trading in the worst economy in living memory has been challenging, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and we have certainly seen real growth in turnover since the end of the recession."

Ian Stevens said: "2016 has already been a record-breaking year for us, our results for Q1 have been particularly strong and we've signed up two large clients to recruitment outsourcing contracts, that will see our revenues grow significantly."

With a move planned later this year to a 4,000 sq ft office in Darley Abbey Mills, the team at EMBS will be looking to add to the seven hires already made in 2016.