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Recruit North is owned and managed by Paul Murphy. Paul launched Recruit North, initially as Knight Benton Recruitment, early in 2016.

Paul began his recruitment career with Brook Street Bureau PLC in 1983 and has worked for some of the UK’s largest recruitment agencies including: Alfred Marks Bureau (now Adecco), Kelly Services, Prime Time Recruitment, and the Pertemps Group.

More recently, Paul headed up a specialist contractor and freelancer accountancy firm in Cumbria which was owned by an engineering recruitment agency.

Paul restructured, refocused and re-branded the business which culminated in the winning of several international branding awards and in Paul, himself, winning CN Group Cumbria Business person of the Year 2014.

Recruitment is ultimately about people and Paul offers a bespoke and very personal service which is supported, not replaced, by the latest state of the art recruitment technology.

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When you contact us to discuss your recruitment or career requirements you will recieve a friendly, down to earth, focused and professional service.

Recruitment is ultimately about people and, with that in mind, we champion personal service.


Our passion is helping people and organisations live the definitions of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Creating a culture of equality and inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing.


We bring together people and employers who look for a sense of purpose in the work they do.

Today’s candidates rightly demand careers which are fulfilling, rewarding and aligned to their aspirations.

Thank you for your kind words.

It means the absolute world to us.

Really helpful jobs agency

I can’t stress enough how helpful this agency is. They prepared me for my interview with loads of info about the employer and the job, gave me loads of advice (I was nervous about the interview), gave me feedback after the interview (which included telling me I’d got the job), helped me with my resignation letter and if that wasn’t enough already, sent me a personalised good luck in your new job card! The best way to find a new job is via Recruit North. Thank you, especially to Paul.

Nothing but praise!

I would like to praise Paul for his professionalism, integrity and how he fully understands the requirements of the organisation and their ethos, in finding appropriate matches.

CEO - Registered Charity

Personable and friendly

Personable, friendly and clearly good at what they do.

Office Manager - Accountancy Practice

Paul is an absolute asset to you.

I applied for a job and Paul had contacted me on the same day and arranged an interview. Within a week I had an offer. Paul's’ recruitment skills are top tier and he is a credit to your company.

Rental Sales Manager - Candidate

A superb network of talented candidates

It's been a pleasure working with Recruit North Ltd for support on our vacancies. Recruit North Ltd have a superb network of talented candidates and have managed to source great candidates for us in an area which we've previously struggled. I look forward to working together in the future.

HR and Training Manager - Leisure Sector

Accommodated my disability

When I applied I was invited for a telephone interview with Recruit agency. I emailed to let them know I was profoundly deaf and they replied "no problem, we can do it via Facebook Messenger" I got the job! Paul went out of his way to accommodate me. Not many do. Thank you, I appreciate all your help.

Catering Assistant - Candidate

A breath of fresh air

Paul was a breath of fresh air on the recruitment front. Quality over quantity was his approach, Recruit Hospitality took time to understand our business and precisely who we were after. In the end we secured an excellent candidate.

General Manager - Hotel

Very effective

Throughout the entire process, from the initial interview meeting to accepting my job offer I feel I was considered the most important party and the service received from Recruit was nothing short of excellent.

Chef de Partie - Candidate

Well briefed candidates

You have provided good candidates who you have briefed well so they know what they are coming into and what the job involves. In a very short space of time you have got yourself right up there as our preferred recruitment agency. Well done!

Managing Director - Hospitality Company

Thank you

Thank you for helping me find this job. You treated me with so much respect and I will tell anyone looking for an excellent recruitment agency to call you.

Housekeeping Assistant - Candidate

Attentitive and professional

I have been very happy with the service I received from Paul at Recruit. He has been very attentive and produced some excellent candidates matching our criteria so well, we did recruit one of them, who has been a terrific addition to the team.

Sales Director - Food Manufacturer

Outstanding service

You represented your client so well. Whenever I have a vacancy to fill I will use Recruit North in a heartbeat. Outstanding service.

Senior Administrator - Candidate

Pleasant experience

Each of our candidates was interviewed by the consultant first which meant he could represent them faithfully rather than just sending a barrage of unsuitable CVs to us. They clearly know their job and for me it made recruiting a more pleasant and successful experience.

HR Manager - Outward Bound Charity

Pleased with the quality of candidates

Recruit North provide an excellent service. They are a professional service provider who take the time to get to know the business to ensure the right candidates are put forward for consideration. We have only recently started working with Recruit however we are pleased with the quality of candidates recruited so far.

Finance Director - Manufacturing Company

Can completely depend on Paul

Paul is a very patient listener and very good at finding jobs which suits a candidate not just in the technical aspects but also in terms of their career aspirations and goals. Thank you Paul, I am loving my job.

Management Accountant - Candidate

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