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Darnells are happy to endorse Trial Balance an excellent recruitment consultancy. Rob Emsley has sourced us many excellent candidates and is always approachable and dependable, giving advice where needed. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rob or Trial Balance.

Carole-Anne Barr
HR Manager

Carole-Anne Barr, Darnells Chartered Accountants

Dear Rob,

I am writing to thank you for your recent assistance in securing two job offers from two very reputable accounting firms.

From the moment I made first contact you have worked hard to help me secure a position that fulfils my goals. I was particularly impressed with the effort you made to both secure interviews for me swiftly and maintain strong contact to keep me informed during the process. This has not always been my experience with recruitment agencies, but I have felt that Trial Balance Consulting have had both your client’s and my best interests in mind at all times.

I would not hesitate to recommend your services and should I ever need your services in the future, I will not look beyond contacting yourselves.

I wish you every future success.

Stuart, Candidate

Rob exceeded my expectations at every stage of the process and really took the time to understand what was important to me in a role. As someone new to the area his expertise and wide range of contacts were invaluable. Rob was always available to answer my queries and kept me up to date at all times. I would have no hesitation in recommending his professional and personable service.

Corrina, Candidate

Hi Dave

Just a quick note to say thank you for the help, support, advice and professionalism I have received from you, Steve and Elle during my job search.

Fortunately this search has now come to an end, and I have accepted the position.

Thank you again, and I am pleased to ask you to remove me from your list of available candidates.

Anonymous, Candidate

I just wanted to say thank you again Dave. This has been a major change for me and I was really hoping to find a consultant who would 'get me' and be willing to work as advocate. You have really done that and it has made such a difference. I hope we won't have to work together again too soon but would have no hesitation in contacting you in future.

Anonymous, Candidate

Once again I thank you for mediating this position which has been really swift & professionally executed.

Anonymous, Candidate

Thanks for all your help, you will definitely be my first choice for any future recruitment needs.

Kerry Kyle, Plymouth based services company

We were fortunate enough to have Trial Balance recommended to us which saved us a lot of time and expense in filling our vacancy with a very well-matched candidate. I was immediately impressed when the person who picked up the telephone to my initial enquiry was able to answer all of my questions and set the wheels in motion, and customer service from that point onwards has been exemplary. We will be sure to go straight to Trial Balance next time we are recruiting in accountancy.

Andy Nicholas, PSG Cornwall

I found Trial Balance to be by far the best recruitment agency that I have worked with. They not only kept me up to date with new opportunities as they arose, but also offered great advice that made the search for the right role extremely easy. Compared to other recruiters I used previously in London, Trial Balance were miles ahead in terms of service and communication. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Ben Jago, Candidate

Prompt and helpful responses - much appreciated. I would recommend this recruiter highly. I was in communication with Elle Benjamin and her assistance was professional and informative. Thanks very much for the very useful correspondence and advice.

Candidate (via jobsite.co.uk), N/A

I have already expressed, not only to my current employer, how efficient your company is. Your constant contact (Steve and David), updates and willingness to talk and advise me during my term of unemployment was excellent. Trial Balance in my opinion are the best Financial Recruitment Agency in South West and Steve and David are a credit to you.

C Andrews, Candidate

Once again, you have been brilliant at finding roles that suit me!

D, Candidate

I found the service offered by Trial Balance impeccable. From the moment contact was made their representative was always available, even over the very busy festive holiday season. The clear and prompt communications received underpinned my trust with the organisation and its representative.

Simon Wilkins, Candidate

I found the trial balance service exemplary, the staff were extremely helpful and were always on hand to provide advise, both on application and interview technique, and their advice was always spot on. More so than other recruitment services it felt like the staff really did care about trying to get me placed, and were willing to offer sensible advise. They were also concerned that I was was happy and my needs were satsified including good after placement support. I would recommend Trial Balance to anyone looking to find a placement.

Peter Bunn, Candidate

I approached Trial Balance to apply for a job last year.

Denise from Trial Balance called me back within a very short space of time and advised me that she felt that she had a very suitable post for me.

I hadn’t been employed for some years but Denise asked me many questions and assured me that I was very employable.

I had an interview the next day and got the job!

Trial Balance made my prospective employer very aware of my skills and made the initial introduction on my behalf.

If it wasn’t for the introduction I don’t believe I would have even got an interview.

I received support from them from the initial contact to getting the job and will go back to them if and when I want to move on in my career.

Sandra, Candidate

I have always found Denise and Alex to be friendly, efficient, helpful and easy to deal with.

They take the time to listen to your requirements and I would have no hesitation in recommending their service.

Rosemary Murphy, Candidate

I found Trial Balance to be extremely helpful and their effort to find me my "perfect" job could not be faulted. They are interested in each candidate individually and will only contact you about positions which meet your requirements. It is obvious that they are concerned that the person is happy and their first thought is not just to get a body in a job, in order to get their fees. Once a CV has been submitted, Trial Balance keep you fully informed as to its progress and liaise between the prospective employer and candidate, helping in every way possible to get you the position. I would certainly recommend Trial Balance to anyone.

Sonia Tucker, Candidate

I have always found the service offered by Trial Balance to be of a very high standard.

They are always prepared to spend time discussing roles with me, as well as providing general guidance on the state of the market.

Nothing is too much effort for them. Their local knowledge and experience, and their friendly, helpful attitude makes them the best agency I have dealt with.

Helen Meek, Candidate

I would like to thank Trial Balance for all of their help in assisting me finding a new tax role. The staff were friendly, prompt, knowledgeable and most helpful in dealing with my affairs. From the very first phone call they understood my needs and where I would fit into the current marketplace. I was offered interviews extremely quickly, which lead to two job offers and Trial Balance were excellent in assisting me in making a decision.

Trial Balance is a very people orientated agency and extremely professional in their approach. I would have no hesitation in recommending Trial Balance to those seeking placement and would recommend that you send them you CV before anyone else.

Nicola, Candidate

I have not come across another recruitment agency where the staff are so helpful and so friendly. They are very caring individuals and unlike some other agencys I have been contacted by, genuinely want to make sure that they match the right candidate to the right job. I have recommended them to anybody who has expressed interest in finding work in accountancy and will continue to do so.

Emma Callaway, Candidate

This is the second time I have dealt with yourselves and on both occasions the end result has been highly successful, what can I say, I will from now on use you first and will recommend anyone else at Perrigo or I know externally do the same.

Charles Knape, Perrigo

Dear Steve

Thank you for your part in securing the job offer with Ocean and for being
so tenacious.

In the time I spent looking for the right position, my heart sank every time
I saw a suitable vacancy advertised through a recruitment agency. Time and
again I submitted my CV only to then hear nothing more - not even an
acknowledgement let alone news of whether I was being put forward for the

So I was very pleased that Trial Balance and you in particular had a
completely different attitude and kept me in touch with developments
throughout the process. I had the impression that you were fighting my
corner and your support definitely made a difference.

So thanks again and best of luck with other candidates in the future.

Best regards

Kevin Park

Kevin Park, N/A (Candidate)

Having been searching for a job for three months I finally signed up to three recruitment agencies, hoping that some vacancies may match my skills.

I registered with Trial Balance Consulting one morning and got a call that afternoon that they were sending my CV to a client.

In the short period of time that I was on their books, Dave put my CV forward for four positions, which based on his experience believed I could realistically expect an interview.

I was called forward for two interviews and was fortunate enough to be offered a position on my second interview.

Trial Balance Consulting are an excellent recruitment agency who work hard to place you whether as a temp or permanent and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for their proactive approach for their workers.

Dave Restall

Dave Restall, Candidate

I just wanted to say thank you so much for assisting me with finding a new job. I most certainly could not have achieved such a successful outcome without the help of you and your agency.

The speed with which you dealt with everything, the interview confirmations and the feedback were excellent. I was fully informed who to see, when and where so there were never any doubts.

I have benefitted from an exceptionally professional and helpful service and am very much looking forward to starting my new position with ************.

Once again, many thanks.

Anonymous Candidate, N/A

Our experience of Trial Balance has been excellent. Their knowledge of the local market and database of candidates sets them apart as the best provider of finance staff in Cornwall. This is borne out in our most recent recruitment campaign where we went out to 3 agencies but our interview shortlist was almost entirely provided by Dave at Trial Balance. The fact that they take the time to listen to what we want makes a big difference – there’s nothing worse than being sent details of candidates who have no match to our requirements! They have been a pleasure to do business with and I would not hesitate to recommend them to other employers.

Craig Glanville, Ocean Housing

We have employed three people through Trial Balance Consulting all of whom fitted in well with our office.
Alex took time to listen to our requirements, was in contact throughout interviews, and followed up after employment to ensure we were happy with our choice.
Thank you.

Janet Kendall, Alan Forrester & Co Chartered Accountants

Our company has worked with Alex and his team at Trial Balance for a number of years now on various assignments and have always received a highly professional service from them. I have always found Alex to be a friendly, approachable and confident recruiter with a swift and professional manner. Alex's service are well recommended, as he has built up one the most favourably regarded specialist recruitment agencies in Cornwall.

Claire Chambers, Alexander & Co

It's never an easy job finding staff but working with Alex makes the task a lot easier. His honest approach makes a refreshing change in the recruitment industry!

Andrew Ferrie, Atkins Ferrie Chartered Accountants

Alex and his team at Trial Balance have consistently provided good quality candidates taking into consideration not only the candidates past experience, but also ensuring a good fit within the established team.

Mike Watts, Crisp Group

Services provided professionally, without hassle or pressure. Pragmatic and practical approach in this current difficult economic climate. Would recommend, and will use again if the need arises.

Nigel Wayne, AIMS Accountants for Business

I've always found Alex and the team at Trial Balance great to work with. He has a good understanding of our needs and works hard to ensure that candidates are of good quality and match our requirements as closely as possible. They make recruitment easier for us - I can't say more than that.

Peter Greenslade, Digita

I have used Trial Balance on two occasions and both times I have found their services to be excellent and very cost effective. Alex is very friendly, efficient and professional and had a good understanding of our recruitment requirements. I would be more than happy to recommend Trial Balance.

Alicia Turrell , Ocean Housing Group

For accountancy practice recruitment, I don't think that Trial Balance can be beaten. They are clearly investing more than anybody else in terms of unearthing suitable people for us

Managing Partner , Large Plymouth based firm of Chartered Accountants

I have always found the service provided by Trial Balance to be responsive and professional. They are cost effective and do not waste valuable time. I have no hesitation in recommending their service to other businesses.

Gaynor O’Dell, Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants

Just a brief note to thank you very much indeed for your input following the successful recruitment of a company accountant for my client. We were asked to assist our client in filling this company accountant vacancy and both we and our client were impressed by the speed and quality of your service, the wide choice of relevant candidates you were able to provide us with at short notice, and the overall cost effectiveness of your service.

Peter Walmsley, Thompson Jenner CA (On behalf of a commercial clie

I don't mind admitting that I was a little sceptical when my Manager first suggested Trial Balance. Alex Callister has been recruiting accountancy staff for us in Somerset for many years but as a new business, we weren't sure that they would have the calibre of candidates that some of their long established competitors would. I was wrong and they uncovered the vast majority of our short list against 4 other agencies.

Director of HR, Somerset based retailer

Bishop Fleming have been working with Alex Callister at Trial Balance Consulting for several years now, and we are pleased to support him in his current venture. He continues to match good candidates to our needs, rather than bombarding us with ill fitting CVs. His team are friendly and helpful, and it is a pleasure to work with them.

Yvonne Burrows , Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants

Carly at Trial Balance found us an interim Assistant Accountant within 30 minutes of our call - and they are still here now!

Accounts Supervisor , Exeter based distribution company

Trial Balance helped us fill a key position within our Credit Control function. From a short-list of 6 candidates 3 were put forward by them with the top 2 being their recommendations. Service was excellent and rates very competitive. I would highly recommend them for finance and related vacancies and will definitely use them again and again.

Kevin Anning, ABN/AB Agri

We haven't had a need to use Trial Balance yet, but when that time comes they will certainly be first on our list. They don't make hundreds of speculative sales calls - their approach is professional and relevant. A good example of a quality recruiter.

HR Assistant, Plymouth based Solictors

We decided to utilise Trial Balance for the recruitment of a senior Management Accountant within our team. What was totally apparent as a result of the preceding interviews was just how well their candidates felt that they had been treated and briefed on the opportunity. Highly recommended.

Managing Director, Torbay based services business

Alex at Trial Balance has a good understanding of our requirements and is therefore able to focus on providing us with the right potential candidates. We are not inundated with totally unsuitable people and it means that we take notice when he contacts us.

Senior Decision Maker, Big 4 Firm Of Chartered Accountants

We went outside of our PSL to give Trial Balance a go. We liked the way that they don't badger you to make decisions and always submit relevant CVs. We used them three times last year and will continue to do so again and again.

Human Resources Manager, North Devon based organisation

Great, great great - exactly how recruitment should be. Trial Balance are clearly one of the more knowledgeable Finance recruiters in the area and it shows in the candidates they submit. We always receive minimum numbers of CVs but all are of nearly 100% relevance to our needs - that why they are our preferred supplier.

Financial Director, Large Plymouth based manufacturer

Trial Balance are really easy to deal with. They take the time to listen to your requirements and understand the business. They are a cost effective solution and provide good quality candidates.

Claire Quick, Bicton College

It's obvious that Alex is working harder and more successfully than any other local agent.

Charles Hammond, Farm Accounts

We have used Trial Balance on two occasions for temporary personnel within our Finance Department. On these occasions we found Trial Balance both efficient and professional.

Kim Watson, Arjowiggins Ivybridge Ltd

I have found working with Trial Balance very productive. They take care in the candidates they send and do not submerge you with irrelevant CVs. They are quick to respond and they listen and expedite requests to find the right candidates. We have had a friendly, effective and professional relationship with them. We certainly find their personal attention preferable to the experiences we have had with some of the larger recruitment agencies. It is also refreshing that they do not abandon you once recruitment has taken place, but follow through to ensure all is well in those early first critical days when the candidate arrives. All in all I believe Trial Balance represent good value for money and I would not hesitate to recommend them to others.

Roger Steadman , Bevis & Beckingsale

I would be happy to recommend Trial Balance, their service is friendly, efficient and, most importantly, relevant. They do not waste your time bombarding with every candidate they have, but think about the employer's business and needs and only refer real prospect candidates. In this respect they are certainly preferable to the larger firms who do not take this time and trouble. The follow-up service is also very good, and overall represents very good value for money.

Geoff Vaggers , Vaggers Lynch Accountants

Alex at Trial Balance Accountancy Recruitment responded promptly and efficiently to a request for assistance to fill an unexpected vacancy. The outcome was more than satisfactory in all respects with the candidate being an ideal match for our requirements and fully meeting the expectations arising from the CV provided. I wouldn’t hesitate to call on his assistance again.

Paul Guest, Peplows Chartered Accountants