Enterprising Jack shortlisted for prestigious award

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Jack Parkinson, executive chairman of HR GO, the recruitment and business services group, is in the running for a top award.

He has just been named a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards 2019.

For more than 40 years, Jack has steered the Ashford-based company that his mother Betty founded in Dartford in 1957.

His commitment to innovation and enterprise has taken sales turnover of £1 million when he joined the business to £86 million, turning it into a national and international enterprise.

The group now employs 360 people across Kent, the UK, Poland and Australia. Its recruitment division has placed hundreds of permanent and up to 4,100 temporary staff per week in the past year alone. It is the largest family-owned independent recruitment business in Kent and Medway.

Jack has pioneered joint ventures in the recruitment industry, convinced that his principle of 2+2=6 is a winner.

He believes that giving a financial stake in the joint venture encourages commitment and entrepreneurialism.

Jack has widened the number of group activities covered to embrace IT, web design, and digital, including a biometric laboratory that assesses the conversion rate of client websites.

Jack said: “I am honoured to be chosen as a finalist in the Kent Invicta Chamber Awards. My working life has been dedicated to building on my mother’s legacy and creating a successful and ambitious group that serves Kent, the UK and overseas.”

He added: “I believe the principle of 2+2=6 works well and many joint ventures have flourished on this philosophy. Recruitment is a challenging business and by investing in technology, we aim to stay ahead of the game, especially in the light of Brexit.

“It’s important for entrepreneurs to think the unthinkable and build growing businesses on the foundations of good ideas that others have not yet considered or developed.”

Award winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on March 21.


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