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​The Story of Vetro

In 2014, two friends and co-workers, Alastair and Alun, sat in the Millenium Stadium watching the Six Nations with a Guinness in hand. Discussions turned to their careers and futures. What transpired was that they shared a passion and love for their work, but something was missing... their job had become more about delivering returns for shareholders rather than providing a quality service to the people they supported. Filled with Dutch courage Vetro was born.

On the 1st June 2015, the two friends became business partners and co-founded an agency that was built on their core values - to provide a clear and transparent recruitment service that puts people at the heart of everything they do.

Fast-forward to today and Vetro Recruitment exists to deliver quality service to our 3 C's (clients, candidates, and consultants ), and we are on track to achieve our mission of being the most recommended recruitment agency in the UK. We deliver this from our network of 5 offices across the UK, and our team of highly trained, dedicated, and passionate individuals.

See a little more about us here...​

We had a little fun whilst filming, and all our bloopers were captured. Take a look at the outtakes here. Enjoy.

​We have had a fun few years. Take a look at our journey so far below...

Our Journey

1st June 2015

The start of a beautiful bromance, oops we mean business partnership, as Alastair and Alun opened the doors to Vetro Recruitment in the Care Sector.

19th August 2015

Our first recruit joined us - Opie. We soon realised we needed to employ a human though as Opie was only great for cuddles and eating leftovers.

1st October 2015

We took on our first official employee, as Josie joined our team.

1st May 2016

The Education division was launched.

4th July 2016

Independence Day in the US, the launch of our Nursing division in the UK.

November 2016

Having expanded our business we registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales.

October 2017

Director Tom Cox and the launch of our Liverpool office.

October 2017

Following a great meeting with Linda James MBE, we chose a charity to support that was close to our heart, and we have supported them ever since - BulliesOut.

November 2017

​Cardiff Life Award Finalist 2017

January 2018

We now need a third office to cover the South of England and so we opened our doors in Southampton.

August 2018

​Lots of work behind the scenes resulted in us being awarded the Crown Commercial Services Tender, and the FCSA Supply Chain Charter.

November 2018

​We were ecstatic to have been awarded the REC Gold Education Accreditation.

July 2019

​Having built a great Education Department, we were pleased to have been listed on the NPS Framework Agreement for LEA's in South Wales.

October 2019

​We have started to win some amazing awards - Best Health & Social Care Recruitment Consultancy Wales 2019.

November 2019

​Two more amazing awards, placing 5th in the Wales Fast Growth 50 Awards 2019 and winning the award for Fastest Growing Financial & Professional Services Firm 2019.

February 2020

​Due to our continued commitment to our consultants and employees, we were honoured to receive the Investors in People Award.

May 2020

Our Education team is growing - we have opened our doors with an office in Flint, North Wales, and have been awarded the NPS Framework Agreement for LEA's in North Wales.​

July 2020

​The demand for our services in England continues to grow, so it was with pleasure we launched a Nursing division from our Liverpool office.

September 2020

​With our business growing, it made sense for us to open up our Education services in England. Covering Devon and Cornwall, via the Crown Commercial Services Framework, we are now supporting schools in the South West.

October 2020

​With the ongoing challenges that COVID presented, we were so pleased to be awarded a contract to supply the NHS via the CPP LPP Partnership.

November 2020

​The team has continued to excel... We have won further awards with Wales Fast Growth 50! This time placing 3rd place overall, and taking the Fastest Growing Financial & Professional Services Award 2020, for a second year in a row!

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​During the last few weeks, Lisa has been invaluable in assisting me with recruitment in Shropshire. She is professional, courteous, and enthusiastic. Together we set up recruitment packs that have assisted Lisa to encourage candidates to apply for specific homes within the region. We have a strong professional relationship, which continues to develop the longer we work together.
Regional Manager
As a regional manager responsible for nine registered children's homes, I was having difficulty with recruitment in the region. Alex has been an exceptional asset with assisting me to recruit passionate and experienced staff. I am now in a position where there are no staff vacancies within the region - the first time in many years! Thank Alex for all your hard work.
Regional Manager, Keys Group
Vetro Recruitment has been working with us for a number of years as a supplier of temporary staff to a number of our services around the country. They have helped provision our services with skilled, honest and reliable staff during this time in some of our most challenging settings.In the small number of instances where issues have arisen, Vetro has always offered diligent support functions to resolve these issues as quickly as possible involving key stakeholders at all levels to ensure this end.Alun and his team are proactive in their approach, adhere to our policies and guidelines and are always upfront and honest in all areas, I would have no issue with recommending them to other services as I am confident that they will be an asset.
Group Agency Manager, Priory Group
"Vetro has shown a real interest in what we do as a business and worked with us to understand what type of person would be a good fit for our company.  They understand the complexities of our organisation and find the time to listen and deliver solutions according to our needs.  They are people-centric in their approach that goes beyond matching skills and experience to do a job.  I am confident when interviewing  a potential candidate they have been vetted in a manner that would fit our company and culture.  Vetro provide solutions for both permanent and temporary cover and are competitively priced in the market.  I have in the past used other agencies but my experience of them has paled into insignificance compared with Vetro who go the extra mile to provide  the right person at the right time.  Vetro continue to evolve as we do, I would not go anywhere else for my recruitment needs." 
HR Manager
I would recommend Vetro Recruitment because they have been fantastic in every way. Nikki and Faye respond immediately when I have needed staff and promptly and professionally when I have needed to recruit staff under some tricky and urgent situations. Nikki and Faye are always friendly and patient when times have been very busy. Through Nikki and Faye I have some really lovely employee's that meet the needs of the people we are supporting in a service I manage.
Locality Manager - Adults Learning Disabilities
"My experience with Vetro Recruitment so far been very pleasant and easy. Since the start of my application with Vetro Recruitment, my details were being dealt with by Emma Morris.  Emma has at all times been extremely professional and helpful. She guided me through the complete registration process and was always available if I needed to get her on the phone or via email. Emma has always been true to her word. For example, she told me at the beginning of this application process that within a week of receiving my DBS check back I could already be attending shifts. This is exactly what happened in my case.  ​The complete process of signing up with Vetro Recruitment has been very easy and was completed in great time, this is thanks to the professionalism showed to me by Emma. In actual fact, I have already mentioned Vetro Recruitment to friends of mine as I was so pleased  and satisfied at the speed and ease of signing up. thank you." 
Support Worker
"Lauren has been very great through this process. Everything was done very professionally and efficiently. I had emailed her some questions one evening, just thinking she will reply the following day but, she replied that evening which just shows the commitment to her role and the company. I have been very impressed with Vetro Recruitment and is with out a doubt a company that I will be telling friends / family about, ensuring I can spread the word.  Many thanks for your time, Kind Regards, Amy"​​
Support Worker
"I have registered with a number of Recruitment Agencies and decided to register with Vetro Education in July 2016. I have only favourable comments to make about the registration process. I was advised as to the documents to take to register and when I arrived, I found the whole experience friendly and professional. I was seen at the time arranged and the interview and explanation of the process was clear and positive. I came away feeling that the experience had been both pleasant and thorough. There is dialogue with clients and I would (and have) recommend the agency to friends. I feel that the Consultant who registered me, has a genuine interest in securing work for me and consider that my experience at Vetro is the most professional and positive I have had. That is a great comfort for someone like me, who is new to the Recruitment Agency process. I would like to give a special thanks to Abi for her professionalism and encouragement."
“Five stars aren't enough in my opinion to rate this company. After a career break and a very stressful year. I contacted Vetro and my query was answered by a Julie Connick, this lady has given me so much support, her energy and enthusiasm knows no bounds, she is an amazing individual. Alun and Alistair who started Vetro are so approachable and friendly, yet professional and supportive. You can contact them all at any time, popping into the office is like popping into your best friends house, everyone is welcoming.​I cannot recommend this agency enough, I am currently working for them and hope to continue to do so for many more years to come. Whether you're a nurse, hcsw, teacher or support worker, vetro will support you in gaining employment.”
Registered Nurse
"Alun Davies of Vetro recruitment found work for me as a therapeutic care worker in July 2015, this role was a change of career path for me but from the initial phone conversation with Alun after sending in my CV it was apparent that he is very honest, open, friendly and efficient in his work. Alun answered all my queries via telephone and email extremely rapidly and in most cases within an hour or so of my questions being sent.Alun also acted as a very professional and time-saving interface between the prospective employer and myself in the initial stages of the process by chasing up and forwarding administration requirements at a rapid pace. When I called in for interview with Alun & Vetro Recruitment in Cardiff I found a very warm welcome, valuable advice and a good cup of coffee. From my experience, I would fully recommend the services of Alun Davies & Vetro Recruitment and rate them as first class."
Residential Support Worker

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