Jo Finnerty, Managing Director, Joanne Finnerty Recruitment

Tell us about your company?

After working in recruitment for over 20 years, I decided to start my own recruitment business and Joanne Finnerty Recruitment Limited was born in June 2013, from an office in my house.  After 9 months, I became so busy, that I needed to recruit staff to assist me and gain office space.  After enjoying a great year in our Hamilton Square offices and gaining a lot of new business quickly, I have since needed to employ another 4 members of staff – hence the need to move to larger premises.  We are now thrilled to be based at The Lauries Centre in Birkenhead – very handy for lunchtime shopping and we even have our own bistro downstairs!

We have a strong team here and a great reputation locally for filling permanent and fixed term contract job roles quickly and efficiently for companies across Wirral, Liverpool, Chester, Runcorn and Warrington.  We meet with all our clients and candidates face to face to ensure the right fit every time.  We follow strict recruitment processes and keep all of our clients and candidates informed at every stage.   We offer advice to our clients regarding writing job descriptions, person specifications, interview techniques and candidate testing.  We also offer advice to candidates on the applying for the right job roles for them and interview coaching.

We recruit across every industry sector including Accountancy, Administration, Customer Services, Engineering, Executive Support, HR, Insurance, IT, Legal, Marketing and Sales.

Where do you want the business to be in two years?

Still here!  Joking aside, we are only as good as our last recruit, so to continue to provide a great service to both our clients and our candidates is my one and only goal.  If we achieve the same growth as our first 2 years, then I will be delighted.  We have taken on a lot of new contracts recently to I want those relationships cemented and to continue to build on those strong foundations.  We want to be known in business circles as the best local commercial recruiter and that is what we will strive to be!

What is your background?

20 years in recruitment, filling vacancies across all sectors – industrial, commercial and technical engineering vacancies across the UK.  I also volunteer my time to local schools and colleges as an interviewing mentor and help young people to bridge the gap between education and work.  I am also involved with Wirral CVS, BNI and Wirral Chamber, helping other local business with recruitment and interview training and business coaching.

If you could suggest one thing to Government to help business growth what would it be?

Gosh, I have a long list!  Paying part of the recruitment fee costs - giving out reduced fee recruitment vouchers for small business owners in the first 5 years of business.  These businesses can then instruct local professional recruiters to help them with the recruitment process which will assist them to grow their businesses quickly with the right staff at a lower cost.  You can’t grow a great business without great staff.

What do you do to relax away from the office?

I walk 10 miles per week, enjoy working out at the gym, I am a member of Popvox Choir in Heswall and we gig all over the North West.  I am a social bunny and enjoy business BNI and Wirral and Liverpool Chamber networking and social networking.  I am trying to get back on the golf course, I think that will be a goal for 2016 now with all this rain.  I also enjoy helping our nominated charities Nugent Care and Age UK with their many events.  And lastly, spending lots of quality time with my husband, Mr F, we both lead busy business lives so our time together is really precious. 

Have you any hidden talents that we don’t know about?

I appeared on Channel 4’s Countdown some years ago now, you can catch me on YouTube!

What one piece of advice would you give an 18 years old Joanne Finnerty starting out today?

Continue to believe in yourself, keep challenging yourself – you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

Jo's strapline is ....For recruitment that’s hassle free, contact Joanne Finnerty, so if you would like to talk with Jo and her team about the most effective way of recruiting your workforce then please visit


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