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We began our journey in April 2005 and 11 years on we have never been bigger or stronger.

Russell Smith and Nick Stovold started Hunter Selection from the humble surroundings of a small loft office with one phone line – taking it in turns to make phone calls! Russell was an experienced Managing Director of a nationwide recruitment and training organisation, keen to build a business with all the values and beliefs that had made him successful. And Nick was looking for his next competitive challenge following his successes as a cricketer.

The marketplace responded positively to our professional and open approach and we quickly outgrew the loft and moved to the magnificent surroundings of Leigh Court. Very soon we had begun recruiting for ourselves.

2007 saw the opening of our Cardiff office, headed up by Richard Davies who joined the business as a top performer in Engineering Recruitment with a great reputation for man management.

The global downturn took its toll on all companies and those allied to the manufacturing sector were particular hard hit. At Hunter Selection, we steered a course which minimised the damage to the business in the short-term and made sure that we were ready to take full advantage of the upturn, when it came, by sticking with our staff and continuing to advertise and invest. It’s at times like these that teamwork, loyalty and tenacity really matter.

With plenty of hard work and perseverance, we continued to grow and the business opened up a Coventry office in 2010 headed up by Simon Kinson, an experienced Manager within our sector and continuing our policy of recruiting sporting pedigree.

Today we have 40 staff in five teams, most recently opening the Stafford office in 2015, and we are one of the leading consultancies in engineering and manufacturing recruitment across the UK. We are regularly selected as a preferred supplier to major employers and are now forging a reputation for first class service and results in The Built Environment and Business Services sectors.

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• An environment designed to truly maximise your potential with training and personal development at its core

• A culture of hard work, fair play, integrity, fun and celebration

• A great basic salary, car allowance, plus holidays rising with service 

• An open-ended commission scheme with plenty of additional bonuses, prizes and awards including UK and European breaks, electronic gadgets and team activities such as sporting events and experience days



We love to play hard too…

• Sporting Events

• Experience days

• Christmas and summer parties

• Golf days

• STEM initiatives

We actively participate in community, business and charity events supporting and sponsoring a wide range of activities.



• Integrity and the highest personal standards

• A love of hard work

• A problem-solving and continuous improvement mentality

• The ability to work well in a team

• A will to win and the tenacity to see your aims achieved

• A great sense of humour


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Hunter is very focused on supporting team members who want to push their boundaries outside of work be that sport or charity, it shows that we have leaders in the pack!

Nic Steadman who part of the Built Environment team is also Manager of Division 1 title winners, Western League, Portishead Town FC here in the blue top supported by Russell Smith M.D. and Nick Willis Stovold Director of the Bristol region, we have sponsored PFC this year and are very proud of Nic's achievements as manager.

Portishead Town FC 2016



Driving to Success!

When the half year approaches our team of recruitment consultants knows they are in for a treat when it comes to rewards for hitting their individual target...

Following the successful performance for the 1st half year, a number of our team were rewarded for their contribution to the company with a day out at Prestwold Driving Centre and we told them to buckle up for the ultimate driving experience with this Four Supercar Blast plus High-Speed Passenger Ride & Photo. With up to 11 incredible supercars to choose from, the hardest part of your day will be choosing which ones to drive. You’ll have your pick of not one, but four incredible supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, BMW i8 and much more.

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Half Year Hunter Company celebration day at Bath Race Course

Following a successful half year, Russell and the Directors invited all the team to Bath Race Course to eat drink and be merry, and it would be fair to say that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves.

The team feedback about the facilities, food and staff were fantastic and as a sponsor of the Hunter Selection Stakes, we enjoyed the opportunity for some team members to choose the best turned out horse and award the winning horse, Red Tea, owners with the race prize/trophy.

Hunter Selection Team Awarding the winners prize


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Hunter team award a prize to the stable girl of best turned out horse