• Testimonials

    We take great pride in the work we do, so it’s always nice to hear from happy clients and candidates after another job well matched! Here’s some of the feedback we’ve had recently…

    Paige Baskerville, Sales & Marketing Executive

    "Donna was extremely friendly and helpful. She knew exactly what I wanted and tailored roles to that. Within a month Ardour provided me with a well suited role, I wish I knew about them before. I will recommend Ardour to my friends."

    Claire Reynolds, Sales Support Consultant

    "From the first initial contact to the very last good luck message, Ardour have been professional and set the bar for any other recruitment agencies so very high. The service was second to none and I would highly recommend them to any Employers to use their excellent service. From my own personal experience they assisted me in finding a suitable job whilst staying in touch and keeping my fully up to date at all times. I would recommend Ardour to my family and friends. By far one of the best companies that I have had the pleasure to deal with."

    Joanne Harris

    "Excellent service, extremely helpful from start to finish. Couldn’t have asked for a better advisor to help me on my journey, thank you Donna Gillingham. Great communication throughout, I cannot fault the service that I received. "

    Archie Findlay, Maintenance Telephone Coordinator

    "I found Ardour recruitment both friendly and very professional. You were made to feel at ease, and they were very helpful, thanks to them I am now in employment.

    Sandra Calver, Bookings Coordinator

    "I was very impressed with the service. Donna was great, and it was excellent service for her to go through the interview questions and give me lots of guidance. I was also impressed that Donna had a pack with my CV, covering letter and job description in it so that it was already for the interview. She was very warm and welcoming and made me feel at ease and I felt quite confident about the interview the next day. I am extremely pleased that Donna found my CV and very happy that I have a new job which I am really looking forward to starting. Thank you very much."

    Alexandra Thomas, HR Project Manager

    "Donna is an awesome lady who clearly has a love of working to get the best results for her clients. Not many agencies take an active approach to recruitment, but it really felt like they wanted to put the effort in to help me find a job that suited my aspirations. I can’t thank Donna enough for everything. I would recommend Ardour to anyone looking for work because I can confidently say that they will get 100% effort and attention from Ardour.


    Sarah Smith, Administrator

    "Within one week I had a job, I was kept up-to-date on each step during the recruitment process. I was also given information and advice about the interview and how to prepare for it. I would recommend Ardour Recruitment to my friends, as Donna was very professional and helped me each step of the way. "

    Michael Wellborn, Sales Director, Window Worx

    "I wanted to invest a moment to tell you how much I appreciate and value you and your recruiting solution. From the first day we met, I could see you were a quick study and a dedicated professional. Since that day I can say the high quality service and consulting you have offered to staff my sales department goes well beyond my first impression.

    I appreciate you and Laura, and your whole team. Everyone I've had the pleasure to meet has been great. I liked that you came in with an open mind to our needs, and the very special candidates we’re trying to find and attract. I'm sure all your clients say what “special and unique” people they’re looking for, but in our case it amounted to searching for a Unicorn. You listened to our dream candidate, quickly realized the special requirements we had, and then sat down with your team to develop a special program to identify, target and attract those candidates.

    Your firm really leaned into our needs, identified our criteria for success, and understood what we place value on, as a sales team and a company. By correctly identifying these elements you were able to identify many quality candidates and bring us some of the staff we need. When I meet the candidates the first time and tell them about our opportunity, they say “That’s what I understood from Ardour --and that’s why I came for an interview”. You and your team are able to articulate our opportunity so skill-fully that I need hardly to add anything about us to the interview process. The candidates you've brought have been great, and we love the hires we've made. Aron has been particularly productive, and I know you’ll bring us many more like him. I trust your team to bring me 20 more. I know you’re ever planning, executing, measuring and refining your process to better serve our needs, and I love that about Ardour.

    I have worked with many recruiting firms and executive placement professionals, and I hold you and your team in very high regard. You are a cut above, and maintain a quality of service throughout our engagements which is very impressive. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead in 2016 to fully staff up my Reading operations, and for years to come staffing our new locations. Thank you for everything."

    Frank Jones, Maintenance Telephone Coordinator

    "I applied for a new job through Ardour Recruitment Limited and was fortunate to work with Donna Gillingham. During our face-to-face interview she gave me a great insight into the employer's company, its profile and the job requirements whilst also appreciating my needs. She believed that the company and I would be a good match and gave me strong, accurate representation. Without any prompting she provided advice on how I should approach the interview and even supplied coaching notes, tips, etc. and worked hard for a successful outcome. She went on to successfully negotiate a mutually acceptable working arrangement, start date and salary. What more could anyone ask for? Throughout the process Donna was thoroughly professional, diligent and a fabulous communicator. I truly cannot thank her enough for helping me transition to a much better job with a good work/life balance. Ardour Recruitment use prodigious skill and effort to carefully match the right person to the right company and job. I would strongly recommend them to anyone."

    Tomoka Kumasaka, Java Developer

    "Ardour Recruitment were very prompt, friendly and seemed to work closely with the company I was applying for, which was very helpful since they could give me more insight into the company and its values. Since I was also asked to provide a cover letter, it was much easier for me to state how I felt about the company and why I would be interested in working for them, something no other consultant service has asked from me. I would recommend Ardour Recruitment to friends / colleagues because they are friendly, gave me advice on my application, and I was well informed about the company."

    Philip Sharpe, Business Development Executive

    "During my dealings with Ardour I found them to be very attentive and listened to exactly what I wanted, right from word go! I explained my needs and was matched up to a role that will give me the new start I am looking for in the career that I want. Donna saw me through the negotiation process and always kept in constant contact to ensure everything went smoothly. I feel I got a great service and would highly recommend using Ardour for any role in future. "

    Tim Hancock, Director, Veritas Property Management Ltd

    "Veritas Property Management Ltd began working with Ardour and Donna towards the end of 2015.
    As a growing business with a range of services recruitment has always been a time consuming and costly exercise and the end result not always to our pleasing. Veritas trialled a number of local recruiters but found the services sorely lacking, feedback being the main issue and it was apparent all important screening and candidate prep was not being done. Donna and her team took the time to research and understand our business, our requirements and expectations and to date have provided a first class service. It is clear Donna leads her company from the front and her hands on approach is exactly what we look for in a provider.
    We look forward to continuing working with Donna in 2016. "

    Peter Bowen, CEO, Access Displays

    "I have used Donna and her team at Ardour for a number of years to help us fill sales and project management positions. The candidates she puts forward are always first class making the final selection process a difficult choice. They always take the time to listen to our requirements and unlike many agencies we have used in the past, they get it right more often than not."

    Viv Joachim, HR Manager, Quick Move Ltd

    "I have worked with Donna on several recruitment projects for over 5 years. During this time Donna always approaches each recruitment assignment with passion and enthusiasm. She takes pride in recognising her client’s business operation and needs, responding accordingly allowing her to match the right candidate to the position. Donna’s screening methods are exceptional allowing only the most likely candidates to be put forward for consideration. She also offers extensive support to her candidates preparing them prior to interview. Donna always demonstrates a professional approach to her clients and candidates alike, she is personable, caring, tenacious in her approach, responsive and possesses exceptional communication skills. Donna’s friendly, professional manner always makes it a pleasure to work with her, providing excellent results.
    Donna’s hard work and dedication to doing a great job is unconditional, I would have no hesitation in recommending her services and will continue to work with her ongoing. "

    Jacqueline Case, Telephone Maintenance Co-ordinator

    "Donna and her team at Ardour exceeded my expectations as a recruitment agency, the moment I applied for a vacancy through Ardour Donna could not have been more helpful and determined not only to make sure the position was suitable for me but also that I was suitable for the role, I found this extremely refreshing as compared to other agencies where any job will do, this was not the case for Donna and her team. She went through every detail of the job specification with me to ensure my skills were a close match or if not I would be able to adapt my current skills to suit, she spent a lot of time and effort with me so that I would be as prepared as I could be for the interviews and any questions or concerns I had she reassured me and gave me great advice to help. Not only that, nothing was too much for Donna and her team, she has been a great help and support through every step of the way whether it was the morning before my interviews or just after to see how they went, no matter what time of day or whether there was a special occasion as the first time I met Donna she came in specifically to meet me even though it was a bank holiday it didn't matter to her, helping me came first! I’d like to thank Donna and her team at Ardour, without all of their hard work I wouldn't be looking forward to starting my new role! In my opinion there is no other agency like Ardour they’re extremely friendly and more than helpful team make job hunting so much easier, if any of my friends and family were to begin a job search, Donna and her team would be the first and only agency I would recommend!"

    Luchele Mendes, Support Administrator

    "Very professional but caring recruitment agency. Donna really helped me secure a job so fast and she really understood my needs. I have now been taken on at the company permanently and I couldn't be more grateful. I will definitely be recommending Ardour to my friends and colleagues. "

    Aron Gould, Business Development Executive

    "Donna has a skill and a flare to understand the roles she is looking to fulfil, and to understand the
    needs of the candidates she is putting forward for the roles in question. With a refreshing professionalism. I’d recommend Ardour and will continue to use their services at my new company"

    Neil Fernandes, 2nd Line Support & Administration

    "Ardour has the exceptional skills in understanding the needs of a candidate with thorough preparation and tips for a successful interview. The services provided by Ardour are exceptional with very good preparation and communication for fine end results. I would recommend Ardour as a first choice agency."

    Stuart Wright, Assistant Sales Manager, International Decorative Surfaces

    "Working with Ardour Recruitment was a great experience. None of the other employment agencies were as engaging as they were. Ardour had constant communication and clearly listened to our wants and needs. We had a lot of extra information provided against each candidate prior to interviewing them and I would definitely offer their services to other branches within our business. The quality of staff recruited received a 10/10 and they come highly recommended. "

    Carl Pleasant, 1st Line Support Analyst

    "I liked working with Ardour as the process was very fast and efficient, lots of added support in regards interview preparation. I would recommend Ardour to friends, they have kept me up to the minute with updates and the process end to end has been very quick. "

    Ross Kirwin, Field Sales Executive

    "I felt Ardour really understood my needs, leading me to my perfect role. I would recommend Ardour to my partner who is a Sales Manager, and always looking for roles to fill. "

    Wayne Barrett, Field Sales Executive

    "From my experience Ardour Recruitment are one of the best in Swindon. Always get back you when they say they will and the help they give to prepare you for the interview is something I’ve never had with any other Recruitment company in Swindon. I would highly recommend your services. "

    David Wreathall, Founder, Inner Flame

    "Ardour Recruitment are a key business sponsor for Inner Flame, having supported us in organising and promoting an event, and recently in recruiting for two part-time roles. The support they've given has been exactly what we wanted, and we were delighted with the results and well as the service throughout.

    Dimitrios Chronopoulos, Digital Marketing Executive, Paid Search

    "I was very impressed with your services. The role was a very good match for my skills and background. Spending time with me in order to have a good understanding of what the role is about, how I can be successful in it and helping me with interview preparation was something really amazing."

    Anna Wakefield MCIM, Marketing Manager, Grant Engineering

    "Ardour were tasked with finding a candidate for a 12-month marketing contract within our company. Right from the initial briefing, we were impressed with the level of knowledge and expertise Donna possessed within the sales and marketing field. Not only did she put forward an array of appropriate candidates promptly, but the attention to detail and consistent communication made the whole process flow smoothly from start to finish."

    Jilly Oxlade, Interim Marketing Manager, Grant Engineering

    "Donna successfully placed me in a contract role. Her approach was very professional and thorough. It was so refreshing to find a recruiter who takes time to fully understand a client’s requirements.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Donna, whether you are a candidate seeking a role or an employer wanting to find an agency that know what they are doing and most importantly deliver! A first class experience!"

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