Cardiff Team does Movember


The Gentlemen of Cardiff Branch embark on their MO-mentous journey this week

Following a recent annual tradition that has swept the U.K., our team in Cardiff have this week begun their own Movember challenge. Five of the Cardiff team have elected to see how far they can Mo in aid of Testicular Cancer research and are supporting the Institute of Cancer Research.

Branch Manager Jon Hann said:

“Funding such important research is a cause close to our hearts and I think it’s important for my team and I to get behind an incredible initiative whilst having a bit of fun. A bit worried about how we’ll all look towards the end of the month but it’s all for an incredible cause!”

Andy, James, Gareth Jon and Dave - Week 1

Any donations to the cause would be greatly received.

To find out more about the Charity and how it is being followed across the U.K. and to follow the Team’s progress you can click HERE



Our Consultant and the Recruitment Cycle

At the finish line as Julie completes her Olympic duties


As was mentioned in a recent article in the Recruiter Magazine we have been proud to have had one of our staff seconded for the last two months to work on  the Olympics and Paralympics. Julie who has volunteered her time for over 17 years to British Cycling as an events organiser and commissar amongst many other roles was involved in the Olympics from the word go.

Cycling plays a huge part in Julie’s life. It is her past time as well as a second job to her. Whilst supporting the sport she also met her husband 5 years ago in Tobago.

(Left) Julie is 3rd in on the left hand side of this photo of the officials that made the Cycling events possible. (Right) A Press photo shows Julie in an Olympic race acting as Commissar

Julie works for Dutton International as a Health & Social Care Consultant supplying major  organisations with Recruitment and Payroll support in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions. Based from our Alexandra House, Leeds Branch Julie has 17 years of Recruitment experience behind her and strengthens the brand with her approach to achieving standards in Recruitment.

We caught up with Julie on her return to find out a little more about her Olympic experience:

Julie, welcome back, how was your time at the Olympics?

It was fun, it was tiring, it was a once in a lifetime experience!

What was your impression of the Games?

Seeing the games come together from two weeks before the opening ceremony, I watched the final pieces being put together to make  a wonderful jigsaw. They certainly exceeded my expectations, nothing was left to chance, everything expertly put together. It was the atmosphere and friendliness that really hit home this was the peoples games in a time of austerity. Nothing prepared you for the sheer volume in a venue when Great Britain won a gold medal, the decibels were unbelievable, that I will never forget in a hurry.

Where were you did you stay?

I stayed at the Custom House near Excel, close enough for the DLR link to get to the Olympic Park. Small basic put functional.

Dutton International has had a first-hand involvement in the construction of  several Olympic Venues, what did you make of them?

They were the best of their kind certainly the Olympic  Velodrome I would class as the best in the world at this present moment in time. The workers excelled themselves on the Olympic stadium and the grounds which were a Kew Gardens within the complex.

Does your role as a Recruiter benefit you in any way in supporting British Cycling?

It helps work well under pressure and nothing fazes you, just a deep breath and carry on calmly. It also helps with the organisational side of things at events.  A manager of officials, cyclists and family surrounding them is just like a recruiter.

How does it feel to return back to the Recruitment Industry after a 2 month break?

It feels like I’ve never been away, however the memories keep coming back quite often, I consider it a privilege to work at the Olympics as an Official in my own country.


Welcome back Julie and well done!!

Supporting our Client’s community endeavours


Fun on the beach in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Earlier this month staff from several branches joined staff from our client Willmott Dixon at an event which they hosted on the beach in Scarborough.

After a hugely successful event last year with a pirate theme, the Customer and Community team at Willmott Dixon decided to return once again to the beach, this year with a Hawaiian twist to the proceedings. Families from South Yorkshire and Scarborough, areas in which Willmott Dixon are heavily involved in construction and development projects were invited to come along and let their hair down whilst being entertained and treat to some fantastic hospitality.

Great weather greeted the guests on the beach and it was fun all round for over 100 people who visited throughout the day. Buckets and spades were amongst a few of the gifts given to youngsters on the day as well as an array of beach games and party games with prizes.

Dutton International's Chris McLaren & Willmott Dixon's Leigh Garbutt strike a pose whilst buckets and spades await a day of sandcastles and fun in the sand

Chris McLaren, Northern Region Operations Manager for Dutton International said:

Supporting our clients is what constantly drives us. Supporting the communities within which we work is what fills us with a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Working with a group like Willmott Dixon is so rewarding to us, as their values are so similar to ours. When it comes to being involved in activities which not only support the Client but also enrich the wider community we feel absolutely honoured to be able to donate our time and resources to achieving such an important goal.

Willmott Dixon's Micheal Pearson supervises a day of fun on the beach

Newest recruit paves the way for Midlands growth


Neil Duggins, Midlands Construction Manager, joins Dutton International this month

This week has seen the addition of our latest member of staff to the group. Neil Duggins joins Dutton International from a major national Recruitment group from the Midlands.

At present the company has a network of national offices but a huge opportunity for growth still exists in the Midlands Region. The region is currently serviced by several branches but lacks an office to solely support expanding opportunities in the area. Over the coming months we will be launching a brand new office in a location which is yet to be confirmed. This branch will initially offer the extension of our services to the Construction Industry with plans to extend into further business sectors.

We spoke with Neil to discuss his plans for the branch and it’s future:

Neil, firstly, welcome to the company. what do you make of your latest move?

Thank you! I think with any successful recruiter, the aim is to gain as much business as possible and grow to support your own career and the needs of your existing Clients. My situation as a successful recruiter took me to a point where  I needed to work within a company that aided my career progression and offered me the room to grow. Dutton is a reputable name in the industry and its business strategy suited me. Looking at their span of offices it is glaringly obvious that there’s a huge gap in the middle of the country and I believe that I’m the man to fill it with successful branches.


What changes have you seen in the Construction Industry in the region over the past few years?

I’ve been in the Recruitment Industry for nearly 13 years now and so much has changed. Obviously the biggest change that has affected my work in construction of late has been the financial downturn. Personally I have embraced this and it has brought me more success than anything else. The recessive period we’ve gone through has “cleared house” if you like, it’s seen a lot of unscrupulous recruiters leave the industry and it’s seen a lot of companies really change their tactics and show their strengths. It  has also proved the strength of many relationships as, when the cards are down, you really know which companies will support you and in-turn let you support them. I’d like to think I’ve weathered the storm out because of my principles and my ability to support my Clients in the most effective way. There are a lot of construction companies which have seen success in the recession and have done so because of their tenacity and robust practices and, most importantly of all, the quality of their end product.


Where do you intend to be in the next 12 months?

In 12 months I intend to have established the Midlands Branch and be on my way to making it one of the most profitable in the group. I’m on the lookout now for the right location and also the right Consultants to join the company to work with me and to drive business forwards. I hope that by this time next year I will have expanded my group of core clients. As a professional living in the area where I work (Nottingham) and born and raised near Birmingham, it’s quite a personal mission of mine to bring success to these locations. I’d like to think that in 12-18 months time we will be looking at the next potential Midlands office to further enhance the group. There is a huge range of potential in the area both from the workforce and from the Client perspective that will enable that kind of growth and I want to harness that.

On behalf of the company we would like to wish Neil the best of luck and we will keep you updated on the expansion into the Midlands over the coming months.  




Staff acquisition sets a platform for growth from Flagship Branch

Having continued to grow through a difficult financial climate in their industry, the Construction Division within the flagship Sheffield Branch have this month appointed a new Manager.

John Bratby has joined us this month from within the Recruitment Industry and has a wealth of Construction Recruitment experience behind him. John has worked to supply many of the U.K’s leading Construction and Development groups over his time in the industry.


John Bratby, Construction Recruitment Manager, becomes DI's latest recruit

John brings to the company his knowledge of the key players in the industry and experience of supplying an ever changing workforce.

We caught up with John today for a brief interview:

John, welcome to Dutton International, how are you settling in?

So far so good. I’ve been with the team for the last few weeks and have really gelled well  with them all. To be honest, it feels like I’ve been here a lot longer, going by the relationships I’ve developed within my team and the response I get when speaking to colleagues in branches across the country. It seems like its second nature for them to offer me support and to talk frankly about making the most out of the industry in my region

What encouraged you to work with Dutton International?

Dutton is a major player in Recruitment for those in the know. It’s almost like a boutique store in comparison, Branches aren’t always on the high-street but their quality, efficiency and service is what makes the brand renowned and enviable. I wanted to be a part of that. Also working within the same industry you come across clients that prefer to use Dutton, I recognised that I want to be part of that and the company image fitted what I want to represent so when the opportunity arose to come on-board I jumped at it.

What are your aims now you’ve settled in with your team?

I’m lucky to have joined a team which is already strong, staff being supported in their career progression is what has afforded me the opportunity to join the team. I want to take advantage of our market share and use the reputation and existing relationships that Dutton has to increase the span of business in this region. To grow business and then to grow the team to support it in the next 12 months is my aim.

What are the biggest hurdles to overcome in Construction in the area?

Construction in the area is still recovering from a difficult financial climate which is possibly the biggest issue but other than that the constant challenge always faced by Dutton International is that everything is done by the book, to a high standard and to protect the our Worker and our Client alike, sometimes we compete for business against companies who provide a service for less by ignoring several of these key factors. It’s a constant challenge to put across that we can always challenge on cost and beat on service. Selling the features and benefits of our capabilities and guiding my team of Consultants to do the same will be an on-going challenge.

Where do you intend to take the branch in the next 12 months?

In the next year I would like to see our growth continue on the path it is currently on. I want to grow the team to match the increasing business by attracting the right type of Consultants and Resourcers. There’s an exciting development in the pipeline for the Sheffield Branch in the next four months which I know will boost all of our efforts so far and have a hugely positive effect on our capabilities. To be the biggest Construction Recruitment organisation in Yorkshire in the next 12-18 months is absolutely my goal and something which I have in my sights.

 On behalf of the rest of the company; we would like to wish John the best of luck and we will keep you updated on John and his team over the coming months. 

To contact John and his team click HERE


Link up Qualification aids Rail Department growth

Rail Recruitment arrives at Leeds

In line with our latest growth initiative; our recently formed Rail Specialist Department based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, have, this month been audited and have qualified to hold the Link Up Accreditation, which is monitored by Achilles, the industry standard body.

With this accreditation, the latest in a string of quality standards officially awarded to Dutton International, our Rail Department will now be able to grow its seamless supply to rail projects which will add to our already strong capacity for recruitment. Areas of supply are now set to include:

  • Rail installation
  • Rail maintainence
  • Underground rail projects
  • Bridge work
  • Track-side projects
  • High speed rail projects
  • Rail freight networks
  • Railway station work

David Bracken, Manager of the Leeds Branch said:

Adding a specialist rail division to our already multi-disciplined branch will enhance the growth of the branch, hopefully in a manner we haven’t seen before. Through acquisitions and head hunting of prime recruitment talent in the region my branch has gone from strength to strength. Creating a rail specialist team seemed for us to be the natural progression the brand should take, our key competitors in the region have done so and, not before the time was right, it was apparent that to grow we must do the  same. I am confident that this latest enhancement to the group will prove to be a profitable addition.

It is hoped that Rail service provision will now be introduced to other strategic branches throughout the group and that our reputation for quality and service will become recognised within the rail industry.

This latest addition comes in line with the 2012 Brand growth strategy which the group has launched which will see office upgrades, Staff investment, recruitment and acquisitions across the brand. Dutton Blog will keep you updated with all of our latest advances across the UK.

For further information about our Rail Department and their capacity to supply your business or for opportunities to find work in the Rail Sector, please call  0113 877 345

Your opportunity to work for Dutton International

Do you work in Recruitment? Regardless of your industry Dutton International is interested in you. Your potential is what drives us.

What makes us stand out as a recruitment business isn’t just our 30 years of success within the industry, it isn’t our bespoke, well appointed offices across the UK, it isn’t even the phenomenal financial strength that we are lucky to have behind us. No, what makes us stand out is our commitment to harvesting the brightest lights within the recruitment industry and nurturing them to achieve the most.

As a constantly developing business; we currently have opportunities nationwide for aspiring Recruitment Consultants who are interested in meeting their goals and enhancing their earning potential and reaping the rewards of aligning themselves with an aspirational and highly profitable company.

If you have a proven track record in Recruitment and would like to find out more about the opportunity we have waiting for you, we encourage you to contact us in confidence by calling Julian McFarlane on 0114 2200893.

Supporting our Client’s charitable endeavours

Consultant Peter Staniland (right) presents Vinci Construction's Liam Swords (left) with a donation from Dutton International

As ever, we take a constant interest in the communities within which we operate and our Clients which work within them. Our Sheffield Construction Division was recently contacted by Liam Swords, Assistant Site Manager for Vinci Construction, informing us about his involvement in a charitable challenge he was undertaking as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, we thought it was appropriate to lend a financial hand to supporting his efforts. As a Client we are proud to support Vinci Construction through major temporary recruitment supply nationwide we were keen to see them find success in their goals wherever they work. 

Liam & his team atop one of the 3 peaks







Liam and his team successfully undertook the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Trek on November 20th and are well on their way to raising £1,500 for the Princes trust Charity. We would like to congratulate them all for their massive effort and achievement with this goal and to also encourage as many people as possible to donate through their Just Giving page.

Good luck from us all and well done!

NOF Partnership Continues

As an established recruitment group within the Energy Engineering sector we have continued to forge links with organisations supporting our sector. For the last 2 years we have been working in partnership with NOF Energy to further our reach into the industry and to demonstrate our capacity to support Engineering companies involved in the Energy Sector.

Inside the event - The NOF Annual Dinner at the Hardwick Hall Hotel

Last night we were fortunate once again to be a joint sponsor of the NOF Annual Dinner at the Hardwick Hall Hotel, Durham. We were involved also with their last event the Offshore Renewables Networking Dinner in October and were eager to once again take part in an incredible event hosting over 400 delegates from around the world.

Dutton International Delegates attend the event

We are proud to constantly integrate ourselves with the industries to which we supply. We are always open to opportunities to work with sector specific organisations too. If you work within an organisation  affiliated with a group to whom we are also members; we extend generous benefits and savings to you and would encourage you to contact your closest Dutton International Branch for further information about the ways in which we can support you and your organisation.



On location; The Palace of Westminster

Dutton enjoys a key meeting at the House of Commons

We consider that an observational relationship to the industries we supply is never good enough. Instead we choose to play a part in the development of all of our sectors by actively involving ourselves in think-tanks, government lobbying and various groups representing and acting on our behalf.

We have enjoyed an on-going affiliation with the EIC and on 22.11.11 we were involved in an evening event organised by the Energy Industries UK Trade Association bringing together individuals and groups from across the world to address advances in the industry

Delegates: Graham Caton, Group Head of Oil & Gas, Marine and Nuclear Engineering with Rob Little, Engineering Consultant meet with the keynote speakers of the evening at the Houses of Parliament

Our delegates from the Workington, Cumbria Branch which specialises in all aspects of energy engineering recruitment, were invited to meet with representatives of Engineering companies from around the globe. Graham Caton & Rob Little were fortunate enough to share the company of Lord Jenkin of Roding to discuss the on-going part that Dutton International plays in developing the Engineering capacity of UK groups and international groups that seek to work with UK businesses to further their capacity to complete projects to the highest standards across the globe.

Left: The view from the Terrace Pavilion. Right: Graham Caton & Rob Little meet with Lord Jenkin of Roding MP

The Workington Branch of representatives were truly able to exercise our global capabilities while holding discussions with senior representatives from businesses from Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Brazil and Canada, to name but a few.

Our partnership as a key member of the EIC demonstrates our commitment to working globally within the Engineering industry.