Teesside-based recruitment magnate, Jo Hand Recruitment & Consultancy, has secured a six figure investment via the Finance for Business North East Angel Fund to launch a major re-brand and transform the existing business into ‘The Human Group.’

The new company will create and safeguard jobs and build upon the existing services to provide clients with an enhanced recruitment offering.

A highly personalised, traditional recruitment service, The Human Group differentiates itself from competitors in the industry because all clients are met face to face and strong working relationships are built on “know, like and trust” for the long term.  The company prides itself on: speed of response, knowledge of the industry and an extremely pro-active marketing and sales plan.

Heading up the senior management team is Andrea Conway, a highly experienced recruitment professional with over 18 years in the industry.  Andrea will be at the forefront of The Human Group’s operational initiatives, communicating the company’s vision and managing all day-to-day activities. James Robson MBE will reside in a Non-Executive Director role to provide strategic advice and ensure the business is on track to achieve growth objectives. Jo Hand (Founder) remains active as the Managing Director of the company.

Commenting on the re-brand, Andrea said, “We are excited about our future following this re-brand.  At least four new jobs will be created initially and as the business continues to grow more will be created.  The feedback we have had regarding the new company name has been fantastic.  We are a strong, highly motivated and dedicated Team with a passion for becoming the leading Employment Services Company in The Tees Valley within the next three years.”

Newly incorporated, The Human Group will be providing new services to enhance their recruitment offering.  These services will evolve and develop over time but with immediate effect they can provide HR Consultancy as well as Drugs and Alcohol Testing services.

The funding was secured via the North East Angel Fund managed by Rivers Capital Partners.   Dr Michael Dickens, Fund Manager for the Angel Fund, led the investment via the fund’s extension capital from the Finance for Business North East programme.

Michael said, “With their phenomenal success in the recruitment sector we’re looking forward to watching The Human Group continue to thrive in this space. Founded by a dedicated and passionate recruitment professional, the business is a great example to other North East entrepreneurs looking for funding to realise their growth plans.”

The North East Angel Fund is also known as the flexible Fund for growing innovation because of its tailored investment process and ability to follow its money.  The Fund aims to boost the regional economy and since inception in 2010, has created over 360 jobs and safeguarded over 280.