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Charities benefit from recruitment firm’s success

24 June, 2014

Two charities are set to benefit from the success of executive recruitment specialist Howie White Resourcing as it launches a new website and a fresh look to the business. Owner Fred Howie is a long-time personal supporter of Steve Cram’s charity COCO, which works with children in remote areas of Africa, and Sunderland Football Club’s Foundation of life.

He is planning to donate a percentage of the fees the company takes to both charities.

Howie said: “We are corporate members of the Foundation of Light and I sat as a member of the Development Board for a number of years. The Foundation does brilliant, award winning work across the North East using the power of football to involve, educate and inspire more than 42,000 young people and their families to help change their lives.
“Coco is a small charity that does fantastic work to support community-led projects primarily in education but also in health and supporting new start up business initiatives. Over 40 million children in Africa don’t get the opportunity to go to school and one in eight die before their fifth birthday.
“I am delighted to support both and plan to do more as the business continues to grow.”

Fred Howie, a member of the North East Chamber of Commerce, has worked in the recruitment industry for nearly 30 years. He established Howie White Resourcing in 1999 to provide an alternative to database recruitment agencies.

The business has now completed more than 600 assignments across a wide range of industry sectors and disciplines throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.

He engaged Offstone Publishing, based in Stocksfield, Northumberland to create a new website and associated marketing materials.
The company’s small team is supplemented by the family labradoodle Coco, occasional director of security at Howie White’s base in Norton, Teesside.
“She is a frequent visitor the office,” said Howie. “Her focus is mainly on sleeping and biscuits while ours is on delivering a flexible, personal service. Our philosophy is simple – the candidate has to be right for the job and the job has to be right for the candidate.”