A HIGH-PROFILE Solihull businesswoman has spoken of her “devastation” at the winding up of the recruitment company she founded, which has been badly hit by the recession.
Karen Tirebuck, of award-winning Tirebuck Career Solutions, said yesterday she had been forced to take cost-cutting measures, including redundancies, and restructure her Knowle-based business.
A creditors’ meeting will be held in Birmingham next Wednesday and a liquidator appointed. The business will continue under the trading name of Tirebuck Recruitment, with Mrs Tirebuck as managing director.
She told the Solihull Times: “I am sure other business owners will know the worry, anxiety and weight of responsbility involved in managing a company in the current recession.
“I cannot believe that, after developing the business with the local community watching and sharing my successes, that I have had to make these recent changes.
“I have put my heart and soul into Tirebuck but, while I am devastated, I feel that we are now in a situation to rebuild and deal with the uncertain times we are all working and living in.”
Mrs Tirebuck started Tirebuck Career Solutions in 2000 and the company prospered, winning the Solihull Times Business of the Year award in 2007.
That year, it acquired Allocate Recruitment of Stratford, and expanded its offices in Knowle to establish a firm foundation for expected future growth.
However, in October 2008, Tirebuck Career Solutions experienced a “dramatic slowdown” in business. “We realised we needed to reduce the running costs of the company,” said Mrs Tirebuck.
Since January, eight jobs have gone, reducing the workforce to ten full-timers and part-timers. But defying the setbacks, Tirebuck Recruitment moved into new offices in Knowle this week.
“Despite the changes, our clients have been extremely loyal and I am determined that our restructured company will continue to offer them a premium level of service,” said Mrs Tirebuck.