Discovery Park tenant named among UK’s top entrepreneurs

Posted on 22/11/16

Pettit Recruitment Solutions is hoping to round off its first year at Discovery Park in style tonight with triumph at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.

Pettit Recruitment have been shortlisted in Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016

Elena Chamberlain and Simon Pettit is one of only eight companies from across the UK shortlisted in the Start Up entrepreneur of the year category with the finals taking place in London this evening. Launched in June 2015, they are the only Kent company in their category.

“Getting to the final of the awards is a great achievement in itself and represents the hard work that the team have put in plus the support of Discovery Park,” Elena said.

“I am really excited over this nomination. This is a credit to all the team here.

“We have had to work all the hours God sends to get this company started. It was quite a testing time but now all the systems are in place.”

Lauren Moore, Leasing Executive, Discovery Park, said:

“Pettit Recruitment Solutions have been one of the biggest success stories at Discovery Park in 2016 and we can’t think of a more deserving winner for this award.

“Win or lose they are a great example of the what Discovery Park is seeking to achieve and we wish Elena, Simon and the team every success for the New Year and beyond as they continue to grow.”

The concept for Pettit Recruitment Solutions was developed in early 2015 by quantity surveyor Simon Pettit from his experience working Balfour Beatty, including the £100m London Power Tunnels project, and other high profile projects.

The approach mixes Qualified Construction professionals such as Project Managers and Commercial Managers with elite Recruitment Consultants based on shared knowledge and training.

Pettit Recruitment completed its first assignment in January 2016 and has since gone on to supply skilled labour on some of the biggest projects at Discovery Park to date including the 300 construction jobs that will be created by the £160m BWSC Biomass renewable energy project with further projects on the horizon.

“Without Discovery Park’s flexible support to start-up companies, the Pettit Group of companies and, in particular, Pettit Recruitment Solutions would still be a work from home company,” Simon said.

“There is a community spirit in the place and businesses often refer opportunity for work to other companies within the business park, we are delighted to be based here.

“Our growth as a business over the past year has meant that we now engage the services of Kreston Reeves, Big Red , Crane Solutions and other companies all based at Discovery Park.”

“Following a good year, we now have a commitment to increasing the number of Kent based skilled labour and professionals on Kent and London projects.

“We are working on a couple of prospective projects, and if they are agreed, we will be looking to grow our team into a larger office space at Discovery Park in 2017. Watch this space.”

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