Celebrating 40 Years

Hewett Recruitment unveils £40,000 fundraising target to mark 40th anniversary

To celebrate its 40th year in business, Hewett Recruitment has unveiled its 40@40 Challenge with plans to raise £40,000 for local charities through a series of fundraising initiatives and events over the next 18 months.

Established in 1980 by recruitment specialist Louise Hewett, the Worcester and Kidderminster-based firm will run a series of charity events as well as participating in several externally organised fundraising initiatives. These range from taking part in a charity sleepout through to running events and even a freefall skydive.  The money raised from each of these will count towards the final total in 2020.

The 40@40 challenge officially kick-started this April with two of the firm’s Directors braving the cold and sleeping outside at Sixways Stadium. The pair will be giving up their beds as part of the CEO Sleepout to raise awareness and funds for homeless people in Worcester.

The team will then dust off their running shoes to take part in ‘The Go Bright for Sight 5K Colour Run’ at Churchfields Farm in July. Beginning the race dressed in white, participants will run through several paint stations while raising money for Sight Concern Worcestershire, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss across the county.

The third confirmed event is a 220-mile canoe challenge along the length of the River Severn. Beginning at the source, Director Ben Mannion aims to complete the course, which finishes at Chepstow in Wales, within a week whilst raising funds for Megan Baker House. The charity provides conductive education sessions for children and adults with motor disorders and he aims to raise an impressive £7,500.

Speaking of the milestone campaign, Laura Hewett, Director of Hewett Recruitment, said: “Over the last forty years, our local communities have played an integral role in helping us shape the company into the well-respected business that it is today. Therefore, we felt it was important that our milestone anniversary not only celebrated our own achievements but also gives something back to those local communities as well.”

With dedicated specialist divisions including IT, Engineering, Finance, Industrial and Commercial Recruitment, the firm has placed thousands of candidates since its inception. Example roles range from Mechanical Design Engineers and Java Developers through to Financial Controllers, Marketing Managers and Business Development roles.

The ‘40@40’ challenge follows a successful year for the business, which has also recently unveiled a new website, celebrated a 29% rise in sales and doubled the size of its specialist Technical Division. Most recently, the firm donated over 120 Easter Eggs to local charity, Worcestershire Young Carers, who support young people who have caring responsibilities at home.

“We’ve done a lot of work with regional fundraising projects over the last forty years,” continues Laura, “so we understand how valuable every penny raised is, in helping them provide the level of support and care that they do. We’re determined to give it our all and can’t think of a better way of celebrating our 40th year in business.”

Founder and Managing Director, Louise Hewett agrees: “I’ve always been equally passionate about the business and our role in the local community. I founded Hewett Recruitment nearly four decades ago and I’m exceptionally proud of the company it has become today.

“I’m also fortunate that my work has led to opportunities to become involved with a number of local charities. Community work is in our DNA and knowing that our amazing team have fully committed to this challenge, I feel confident that we’re going to reach our target and help a variety of local organisations to achieve their own charitable aims.

Louise is a Fellow of the University of Worcester, received a ‘Pride of Worcestershire’ award and a national IRP award for Best Contribution to the Community. She remains a Director and Trustee of the Warriors Community Foundation and Patron of St Richard’s Hospice.

See Hewett's list of 40@40 Challenges so far here.