Benchmark Profile

Posted 26 November 2014 about Benchmark.

“We wanted to create an agency that didn’t already exist.” – Louisa Harrison-Walker, Director of Benchmark.

The Benchmark team

Benchmark is a recruitment agency run by Louisa and Amy who have been friends since school. In 2006, the two women saw a business opportunity, re-mortgaged their houses and Benchmark was born. Benchmark’s work fits into most sectors such as IT, sales and marketing, financial, business and management.

“We wanted to create an agency that didn’t already exist,” said Louisa. “The difference with us is that we stay in touch with the companies we work with, helping them induct their new arrivals. Benchmark cares about the people it helps.”

Choosing the workstation

Benchmark wanted somewhere with service but also with space to create their own individual environment. The team have made their space in the Workstation completely their own.

“We also loved that the Workstation had conference space. It means that we can host clients comfortably- in fact, this Christmas we are using the Workstation to host our client Christmas drinks!” said Louisa.

“Being in the Workstation gives us the opportunity to network with the other businesses that are based here. We have even recruited for some of them.”


There are many success stories that come from Benchmark’s office on the third floor. However one highlight for Louisa was a candidate who was relocating back to Sheffield with experience in healthcare sales. He was brought in and asked who he thought his client base was. Luckily, Louisa knew a company who targeted the same clients. The firm itself was going through a difficult time; it needed new energy to revitalise itself. Following three interviews, the candidate and the business owner got on famously. He was offered a job and it made a big difference to the company’s fortunes. Now, the owner of the business is much happier, the business is much more successful and the pairing could not have been better.

Benchmark’s aim for 2014 was to help 200 candidates find jobs. At the time of writing, they have 30 people left before they reach that goal. In 2015, the team want to go one step further and help 250 people find a job. In terms of current vacancies, they have a wide variety of roles on offer such as a customer service manager, IT helpdesk roles and sales manager jobs and they are currently in the process of piloting a new work experience opportunity for young people which will allow them to explore different sectors and jobs to help them find the career that’s right for them.

louisa's advice to people looking for their dream career

·         Look at what organisations are in your local area.

·         See what skills are missing or what they look for when they hire.

·         Tool yourself up with the skills.

·         If you are young, ask family about their workplace and the skills required.

·         Look at your hobbies and see what they say about you. Are you creative? Practical? Apply this to your future career in order to find a job that you enjoy.

Leila Jones

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