Double business award winning Fairways, established back in 1984 and under the ownership and management of Liz Jackson Chartered FCIPD, (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) has a different working model from that of other recruitment companies.

Liz, with a strong corporate background in HR stemming back almost 30 years, operates the business with a HR mind-set which she believes gives the company a leading edge on her competitors. She has developed a steely determination for success over the years due to mentoring she was given way back in her manufacturing days and believes her success today stems from this and the two very astute business owners she worked with at that time.

Her own team are developed within the company to a collaborative working ethos that is fitting for a modern-day service business and not one that is driven on weekly sales targets and consultant commissions. Instead, the business focus is on providing exceptional service delivery at all times and nurturing customer relationships to understand their businesses as well as we understand our own to become the trusted ‘go to’ experts.

Fairways provide ‘value for money’ recruitment and specialist HR support services to employers and people seeking new work challenges which places Fairways as local experts in delivering meaningful people solutions. Fairways is a business that thrives on people, vision and values. As a people focused business, Fairways is committed to building and sustaining client relationships which are based on trust, integrity, communication and aiming to delight clients with meaningful solutions delivered throughout the entire employment journey from beginning to end, to provide an unrivalled service.

With local offices in Perth and Dundee, Fairways is dedicated to securing permanent and temporary positions for its candidates, the quality of whom are second to none. The team believe it’s not only vital to place the correct people in the right positions at the perfect time whilst also ensuring that all policies, systems and procedures are resilient and appropriate, but to nurture and develop these people to allow them to become the very best they can. A workforce, with the right skills, attitudes and behaviours are all critical to job retention, productivity and business growth.

That being the case, employers need to be able to compete within the world arena and will not be able to do so unless core skills including creativity and innovation are developed in order to stay ahead of the constant changes we face. The dynamics for recruitment alone have changed dramatically in the last few years due to advanced technology in big data analytics, social media, mobile apps and of course AI therefore employers need to grow a talent pipeline that is both agile and age diverse. At Fairways we look at character, attitude, skill-set and behaviours; we never judge someone by their CV in isolation. We meet everyone face to face to determine suitability. Our workers are genuine and committed people. The provision of temporary staff is a vital resource for a wide variety of businesses, this not only offers flexibility but also additional knowledge and expertise which really adds value to the workplace.

Of course, it’s not just about recruitment solutions, the human resources function is essential in almost every organisation in that it is responsible for a broad range of functions including overseeing the payroll of employees, employee benefits, dealing with people issues, contentious and otherwise. From contracts of employment to maintenance of files and records, dealing with legal compliance, learning and development to name a few, notwithstanding the dreaded employment tribunals. The HR function is extremely complex so where better to outsource your HR than Fairways for the complete end-to-end employment solutions package from recruitment to termination for an organisation – provided by CIPD qualified HR practitioners to ensure compliance with regard to employment legislation.

Fairways commission customer service surveys to be carried out by an external third party so that they can respond and react proactively to information received and continue to innovate and improve services year on year.

The business also believes in giving back to the community, with three main areas of focus involving various members of the team which includes, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW Perth) which is a partnership between employers and education to help boost youth employment, improve their skills base and help the region grow. Also, Dundee’s Centre of Excellence Accelerator programme for founders and entrepreneurs through Elevator in Dundee and Perth to give them expertise, mentoring and business knowledge and providing business mentoring through the Scottish Chamber of Commerce.