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We’re delighted to announce the launch of recruitment startup Traill/McKimmie, who are headed up by Andy Traill and Stewart McKimmie. It’s been great to work with Andy and Stewart as they started their recruitment business with SSG, and we were lucky enough to catch up with them to find out why they decided to take the plunge!

Tell me a little about your recruitment backgrounds? 

Andy: I’ve been in recruitment for 14 years and started off at a very successful national franchise which deal with fast paced Transport and Logistics recruitment but also started an oil and gas division. I came in as a recruitment assistant and learned on the job leaving as Operations Manager. During this period I worked with Stewart who was pivotal in setting up and bringing in business for the oil & gas sector. During this period the Aberdeen office topped the national league for GP. From there I moved to a new set up company working on both temp and perm positions in the oil & gas industry. I worked here for nearly  years in charge of the operations side. Enjoyed my time greatly at both companies building up strong relationships with both clients and candidates. Felt it was time to face a new challenge and having had a great working relationship with Stewart were we complimented each others skills decided to set up Traill/McKimmie

Stewart: I started at Driver Hire around 15 years ago and was given the task of developing an Oil and Gas division. The division had zero turnover and along with my team, I built it up to turning over £1million per annum. I had six happy years there and left due to my ambition to grow and develop my division of the company superseding the owner. I left soon after and set up on my own, while working full time. The company became very busy so much so, that I had to decide between a safe steady income or develop and grow my recruitment company, but, I took the easy route, and closed my company.

Around two years ago I was made redundant and was given the opportunity to get back into recruitment, which I did, before deciding along with Andy in setting up on our own. I think that we compliment each other well, my strength is in sales and Andy’s is in the day to day operational duties.

What is your motivation for starting your own recruitment business?

Andy: Myself and Stewart wanted to bring back communication and  the personal touch back into recruitment and to be able to offer our clients flexible solutions. We are both passionate about recruitment but felt that what is lacking in many organisations is building a solid relationship with both clients and candidates by face to face contact and picking up the phone. We want to build working partnerships with communication and quality solutions. We want to make quality recruitment simple.

What sorts of roles do you cover?

We recruit for many disciplines, including but not exclusive to: 

  • Fabrication 
  • Projects 
  • On & Offshore Trades 
  • Warehouse/Stores 
  • Labour 
  • Office 
  • Commercial 
  • Finance 
  • Construction 

 Our speciality is onshore and offshore trades in the oil and gas sector.

What can customers expect when they work with you?

Customers can expect us to look at how we can improve their current  recruitment solutions. We will  communicate in the old fashioned way to build relationships. They can also expect honesty, hard work and quality candidates.

We will also be open to flexible solutions for the customer and take on any ideas they have to try and improve our service. We will also  react quickly when required  without dropping the quality.

Candidates can expect the same. We want to build relationships and offer them opportunities in their chosen area to further their careers. We also want to stay in touch and try to get feedback to them as quickly as possible.

What are your long term plans for the company?

Our long term plans are to build a recruitment company that delivers the above and is seen as a quality provider of personnel in our chosen areas. We want to be seen as an integral part of our clients recruitment options.

What would you say are your unique selling points?

That’s difficult, but I would say going back to basics with the personal touch in communication. With the the advances in technology these days which is of great assistance in many ways people have lost the art of picking up the phone and talking through issues. Building up relationships and partnerships is key. The clients will know when they lift up the phone who they are dealing with and will have 100% commitment from us to offer them quality options.

How did you find the launch of your recruitment business with SSG?

The launch process was very good. Each department has been very helpful and SSG  made it clear what the process would be. I think we did miss out a bit because we could not meet all in person [due to the Covid-19 lockdown] but this could not be helped, and we were made to feel very welcome on Zoom call and met everyone on this.

We enjoyed the element of getting our logos and branding done. Also, the accounts side was very useful .

On the whole communication is very good and everyone always gets back quickly with any questions I have, and when I have require additional documents everyone has been very helpful and professional.

We’re really happy with the launch day and continued support. I feel everyone so far has been a great support. 

We’d like to thank Andy and Stewart again for letting us in on their story, and would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best with Traill/McKimmie – we’re thrilled to be on this exciting journey with you!