Joint initiative with Cogent Staffing launches in Manchester

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new Lancashire based joint initiative with Cogent Staffing – a premier regional recruitment specialist with over 40 years of industry experience.

Cogent Staffing, a growing agency with multiple locations across the North of England, supply industrial, engineering and commercial staff to a diverse range of clients, from family-owned businesses to international blue-chip organisations. Whereas Bluestones Supply Chain is a nationwide recruitment partner specialising in the UK logistics and supply chain sectors.

Together, we’re part of the Generalist division within the Bluestones Investment Group, a multi-million pound revenue business, with offices throughout the UK and a balanced portfolio of staffing brands.

This joint initiative and the opening of a new office in the heart of Manchester’s industrial district, Trafford Park, brings together the collective resources of two-specialist recruitment agencies that focus on supporting organisations operating throughout the supply chain, manufacturing, logistics, and related industries.

This geographical expansion for both businesses will help support continued growth as the businesses support workers with finding temporary and permanent employment positions during the cost-of-living crisis.

Alongside the office opening, we’re also excited to announce the appointment of local recruitment expert, Kimberley Chapman, as Branch Manager. Kimberley specialises in placing workers in the supply chain and logistics sectors both in temporary and permanent roles, across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Kimberley has a wealth of recruitment experience, intrinsic local knowledge and an envied network of candidates, making her perfectly placed to support a diverse range of clients across the region.

On the joint initiative, new office opening and securing Kimberley to join the Bluestones Supply Chain team, Krista Flanagan, Managing Director of Bluestones Supply Chain, said:

“Originally from the North West, I’m thrilled to be extending our operation into Lancashire. The opening of the Manchester branch, in collaboration with Cogent Staffing, will accelerate our growth plans further following a hugely successful move into the North East in 2018.

“We’ve enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Cogent Staffing over the years, so combining forces, expertise and resource on this new venture is extremely exciting. Plus, Kimberley, has a great network of contacts and second to none recruitment expertise, so I’m confident this move will only enhance Bluestones Supply Chain’s presence on the nationwide stage.”

On the new initiative, Trish Stratford, Divisional CEO at Bluestones Investment Group said:

“Bluestones Investment Group is delighted to be supporting Cogent Staffing and Bluestones Supply Chain with further investment for the next stage of their growth journey. It’s great to see collaboration across the group, leveraging our collective strengths to continue to deliver exceptional services to clients and candidates alike across the industrial and logistics sectors.”

This joint initiative ensures that client companies can have a genuine end-to-end supply chain solution that supports everything from the initial manufacturing process and warehouse operations to logistics and transportation.

Whether it’s ad-hoc supply of individuals, recruiting permanent personnel, or providing on-site managed services, our new joint initiative has it covered. With a tried and tested approach, an enviable client portfolio, industry-leading technologies, and a well-experienced management and delivery team, Bluestones Supply Chain, alongside Cogent Staffing, can offer a genuine integrated solution and provides a single, focused service for both its clients and its workers.