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Recruitment Agency Invests 150k In New Temps Service & Creates Four New Jobs

Northern Ireland specialist recruitment company, Tyson Wilson Recruitment is expanding on its success, by opening a dedicated temp employment division service for employers and job seekers.

Building on almost five years in business the locally owned and run company will be making a £100,000 investment over the next two years, creating up to four new jobs as well as a further £50,000 in developing a recruitment app due for completion within the next 18 months.

Michelle Tyson, CEO, said that the recruitment market has expanded and evolved in Northern Ireland, and that it was the right time to expand services.

“When I set up the business it was because I spotted a gap in the market to become the first call centre specialist,” she explained. “While we created a unique service in that sector we were quickly approached by other sectors.

“From the growing number of requests from call centre clients for temporary staff through to other industries such as warehousing and hospitality it was clear that the market was growing.

“I always had plans to open a temp division as a I ran a temp division desk for my previous employer and loved the buzz and the fast pace of helping clients with their needs”.

Established in 2015 Tyson Wilson Recruitment Consultancy has developed its services for prospective employees and those with staffing requirements, including not charging a fee until appointment of successful candidates.

With offices in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and Bangor the company offers a value-added temp service with dedicated consultants that are dedicated to meeting your staffing requirements over and above the core full-time workforce.

“It is clear that Belfast is becoming a central hub for new and existing businesses expanding in Northern Ireland,” said Michelle. “Research and expert analysis shows that there is a greater need for temporary staff, especially within the growing sectors of call centres, warehouses, hospitality, administrative, customer service, sales and other sectors”

With that in mind each Tyson Wilson client has a dedicated local consultant to take on and understand the brief, to make sure that the right people are placed in the needed posts.

Furthermore, they can help with the induction process by completing background checks, health and safety training, assessments and aptitude testing.

She is clear that the advantages of temporary work are for both candidates and employees.

“For those who are considering ‘temping’ there are a series of benefits,” Michelle explained.

“It can help improve your CV, filling in a gap and offers the opportunity to learn new skills as well as gain much needed experience in an area that may be lacking.

“It can also lead to being hired much quicker. When the right position opens you can be placed within a day.

“It also means that you can look at a new career direction as you learn new skills and consider what path to take. That’s not to mention the financial rewards and flexibility of temping.”

But Michelle is clear that the benefits for employers are just as important.

“We have seen that more and more need to scale up their workforce quickly, whether that be for a large new project or to urgently fill a post as a result of in-house sickness or maternity leave,” she said. “Our service means there is fast-track hiring, cover while recruiting permanent staff, bringing in fresh skills, meet peak work periods, control of costs, ‘try-before-you-buy’ and the potential to discover future leaders.

“For us recruitment isn’t a transactional process, but a service that is dedicated to looking after both sides throughout the process.”

Tyson Wilson operates ‘24/7 for 52 weeks of the year as Michelle’s experience shows that businesses do not sit and wait when they need cover. In addition, they operate full report management information including agreed key performance indicators at approved intervals.

Michelle said: Our aim over the next three years is to have the largest pool of call centre, warehouse candidates and other sectors in Northern Ireland registered and waiting.

“We are planning on investing £50,000 into research and development of a new app to help our clients and candidates register. We want to lower our carbon footprint and be one of the first agencies in Belfast to go paperless to make sure we fulfil our corporate responsibility to measure how environmentally friendly we are.”

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Plan a Fun-Filled Summer in your Local Visitor Information Centre!

Plan a fun-filled summer in your local Visitor Information Centre!

If you want to find something fun to do with the family this summer, your local Visitor Information Centres in Bangor, Newtownards and Portaferry (located in Exploris Aquarium) are here to help!

With the sun shining and the schools out for summer, everyone wants to find somewhere fun to go. So take the stress out of deciding and make the most of your summer by popping into a Visitor Information Centre where the friendly staff will inspire you with ideas for fun filled local day trips and perfect staycation spots!

Explore what Ards and North Down has to offer and make memories at some of the best outdoor activities, leisure facilities and eateries.

From seaside air and sandcastles to the rolling hills of our beautiful countryside or the wonderful parks and gardens, the choice is yours – head off to find your piece of paradise.

Get outdoors and take in the beautiful views of Scrabo Hill from the top, explore the past at The North Down Museum and Ulster Folk Museum, or stride out along the new farmland trails at Mount Stewart.

If your little ones love animals, be sure to visit Exploris Aquarium (Portaferry) and discover an underwater world of fun and meet the new penguins. Visit Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetland Centre (Comber) to meet the ducklings, or the Ark Open Farm (Bangor Road, Newtownards) for an encounter with all creatures big and small!

Plan a fun-filled summer in your local Visitor Information Centre!

Ask about some of the great experiences on offer – from paddle boarding to food tours or a guided walk with friends and family. You can even take the dog!

And if you fancy heading a little further afield, visitor guides and maps for all the key destinations across Northern Ireland are available to help plan your break.

The Visitor Information Centres are not just for visitors – they are for everyone in the Borough, and the Centre staff would love to help you find your perfect activity or break this summer!

Visitor Information Centres are located at:

Ards Visitor Information Centre | Regent Street, Newtownards | 028 9182 6846

Bangor Visitor Information Centre | Quay Street, Bangor | 028 9127 0069

Portaferry Local Visitor Information Office | Exploris Aquarium, The Rope Walk, Portaferry | 028 4272 8068

Enjoy your visit safely. Please adhere to NI Executive guidance on Plan ahead – many providers have pre-booking systems and new regulations in place to keep you safe.

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Schools Encouraged to Enter ‘In Bloom’ Best School Garden Project

The outgoing Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, was pictured during the final days of his 2020-21 Mayoral term with West Winds Primary School students Cooper, Riley, Isabella and Aamiyah. Photo Credit: Ian Pedlow

Schools in Ards and North Down are being invited to enter a new category in the Ards and North Down In Bloom competitions for the Best School Garden Project!

The competition provides a great opportunity for green-fingered students to take part in a valuable learning and skills sharing project in their school’s garden. It is open to all schools across the Borough, and students are being encouraged to work together to compete for the coveted award that offers prizes for the best projects.

The new category will encourage more young students to learn about gardening. The popular pastime has many benefits and can help children with their development as well as being an excellent educational tool.

By taking part in the competitions, schools will not only make their grounds more attractive but they will also contribute to the Borough’s entry into the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition and other regional awards. Entries are open until 30 September so there is plenty of time for schools to prepare their gardens before an expert panel of judges decide who has the Best School Garden Project in Ards and North Down.

The Council’s In Bloom campaign and community competitions were officially launched at the end of April. Other competitions for young gardeners include a Tallest Sunflower Competition, Painting Competition, and Young Volunteer of the Year.

For those over the age of 16, categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Gardening for Wildlife, Best Kept Commercial Premises, Best Kept Community Planting Scheme and Volunteer of the Year.

The competitions are free to enter and prizes are available for the winners and runners-up in each. For more information, visit

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