The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 21: Oct/Nov 2015 - Page 15

WILTSHIRE WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS Emma Summers Emma Summers is founder and managing director of Juice Recruitment. The firm currently employs 25 staff and has been in business for 17 years. Emma lives in Wiltshire with her husband Andrew and two children Caspar and Coco-Lilly. Juice has offices in Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon and Trowbridge and boasts an impressive client portfolio including Expolink, Novia and City Of Bath College. Emma launched Juice in 1998 and sold her car to fund the business. With £7k she opened her first tiny office in Bath. Her first clients were Bath Rugby and Bowman Distribution, who were then based on the Leafield Industrial Estate in Corsham. Emma recalls: “I was so excited about receiving my first cheque from Bowman Distribution - I framed it! From day one Juice was a labour of love and I’m really proud of its success.” A lot of the companies Emma built relationships with in the early days, Juice is still working with now, such as Helphire. Emma believes the firms recipe for success stems from the strong brand she has worked so hard to create. “From day one I wanted to stand out. It was a bold move calling the company Juice. In America Juice means vibrancy / get up and go and I wanted the brand to exude energy, passion and enthusiasm. “It has never been just about fulfilling a job role, but providing excellent customer service, delivery and building long term relationships. A lot of the companies I’ve worked with from the early days have grown alongside Juice and we’ve worked in partnership, supporting one another. “I’ve always tried to give added value to our clients. We regularly host HR forums alongside law firm Withy King at Bath Rugby’s Farleigh House in Hungerford. Giving something back is important to the Juice ethos. With candidates we spend time getting to know them, offering careers advice and with clients we spend time understanding their needs and challenges.” The Juice team has a work hard, play hard attitude and enjoy outings every quarter and yearly trips abroad to places like Marbella, Ibiza and Barcelona. It’s this investment in building a team that strive together for success that has created real loyalty. Alison Watson, manager of permanent recruitment has been with Juice for over 11 years and Sam Fanthorpe, manager of temporary recruitment has been at Juice for ten. The company has doubled in size in the last two years in terms of turnover and the plan is to keep growing, by continuing to provide valued customer service. The Trowbridge office opened in July 2014 and in its first year has exceeded expectations. Emma said: “With three new members to the team in the last month and with continued growth the future looks bright for Juice.” Riverside celebrations this Christmas at THE ROSE AND CROWN HOTEL in Salisbury Our Disco Party Nights are back with a delicious festive feast and a great party atmosphere for just £29.95 per person! Organiser goes free when booking for 60 or more and will enjoy a complimentary night’s stay for two when booking for 80 or more. Make sure there’s room at the inn and book now on 0844 411 9046 or email mev-roseandcrown@legacy-hotels.co.uk The Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel, Harnham Road, Salisbury, SP2