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Candidate Testimonials

Operations Shift Manager - Global retailer
Strive have been brilliant throughout my application process. Finding and placing me within the most compatible company for my skills. Strive follow a strong candidate focus both in pre and post employment.
Thoroughly recommend them for anyone looking at something new in the logistics trade.


Supply Chain Manager – Niche Drinks manufacturer
Alex and Javed have both been amazing! Having posted my CV online, Alex noticed it and thinking it was a good fit for a role they were recruiting for, contacted me to see if I was interested. Three weeks and two interviews later I have now started a new role (and one that I am very excited about).
Throughout the process Alex and Javed provided support and advice. I feel that they really took the time to understand both the individual and the company to ensure a good match. I would certainly recommend them to employers and job seekers alike.

All the best
A K.

Transport Shift Opps Manager – Start up Food distribution DC
Dear James

Just a short note to thank you for the effort and support you have provided me over the last few weeks in finding new employment and career.
Your professionalism and technical advice has been invaluable to me and I am positive it was a major factor in the employer offering me the position of Transport shift opps manager.

I consider it a great privilege to have been represented by you and be offered the position to work within a dynamic team from one of the leading organizations in the food industry.

Thank you very much



National Transport Manager - UK Wide Food Manufacturer
I have recently been placed into a senior transport management role after a few months out of work due to redundancy. I had several interviews with many going to the 2nd stage but when nothing was forthcoming, I found myself beginning to lose faith in recruiters.
Then Javed at Strive contacted me and advised me of the position and accurately assessed my suitability and an interview was arranged.

The help and communication I got from Javed was second to none. I can confidently state that it helped me through the whole selection process from start to successful finish. He had certainly done his research on the role and knew the employer well which was a great help in the 2nd stage interview when I believe it is all about characters and personality as well as the ability to do the job.

Overall I felt it was a journey together and the enthusiasm and application shown by Javed made the whole process a positive one. My confidence in recruiters is restored!!

Warehouse Shift Manager - National Automotive parts supplier
The whole process of my success in being employed was made much easier with the help I received from Lee.
He kept in touch and offered very useful help and advice.
I have worked with Lee previously and his professionalism and enthusiasm stand out.
I cannot praise Strive and Lee enough for the outstanding service provided to me.


Operations Manager – Freight & Haulage
Hi there,

Alex was a great support in finding me not just ‘the role’ but the right fit role for me, he was on hand to support from start to finish offering very useful information and tips at every step/ stage of the process.

Regards from F B

Buyer – Frozen food products supplier

"James was fantastic in helping me to secure a position at Yearsley. He kept me regularly updated through the process and was very supportive. As a candidate, I would certainly recommend Strive"

Kind regards


Logistics Facilities Manager – Automotive parts
Facilities/Operational support Manager
I had been very unhappy in my previous role and had been looking for a new position, after being contacted by a couple of recruitment agencies and noticing they were very hit and miss, I was expecting a similar pattern when I was contacted by Lee from Strive, well, what a mistake that was,...from the initial contact with Lee, the level of support and guidance I received from him surpassed any I had received from other recruitment agencies. Throughout the whole process, Lee provided me with lots of information and any request or queries I had were dealt with straight away, even receiving a call from Lee while he was on holiday.
I can’t thank the Lee and the team enough for the support I received, I am currently a few weeks into my new role and cannot impress upon you to contact Strive if want a best in class service.

Warehouse Health & Safety Manager – High Street Retailer
‘James was fantastic right from the start, he rang me on a regular basis to keep me up to date with arranging an interview and even gave me some really good advice of what the company were looking for. After I was offered the role James kept in touch to ensure that I received everything from the company and even gave me a call once I started the job to see how it was going. I have recommended James and Strive to a friend who is looking for work because of the great service that I received’

Not only was James great with helping me find the job but he seemed a really nice and genuine person which is why I have passed on his details to a few people who may need some help in the future looking for a job.

Kind Regards,

Health & Safety Manager

Logistics Financial Controller - High Street Retail Logistics
Yes it`s going very well thank you.
Having never heard of your company prior to this and receiving an email out if the blue i naturally thought it was another junk email but showed interest anyway. It was a shock when not only did James contact me the next morning within an hour he had secured an interview.
He kept in contact throughout the process and liaised on my behalf with any queries. The level of service was fantastic and i most certainly will be recommending you in the future. James was very friendly and approachable Thank you very much for all your help and my thanks to James

If you need anything else adding to this just let me know

Kind Regards

General Manager - 3rd Party FMCG Logistics
"I had recently decided to make the change and to look for my next role. Having received a number of automatic rejections it was refreshing to receive a call from James who discussed my career to date, my aspirations and my expectations. James then targeted positions based on my wants and needs and also kept in regular contact throughout the interview process offering support during the process to a successful conclusion.
Refreshing to be treated like a person, and to be kept informed by phone as opposed to email."

Dave C

Transport Administrator - 3rd Party Logistics
Hi Alexandra

Apologies for the delay - I am more than happy to give a testimonial.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Strive for helping me find a job I really enjoy - Lee was fantastic throughout - kept me updated on what was happening, ringing me with updates, giving me really good advice - I would highly recommend your company and especially Lee to any of my friends looking for a job. Lee wasn`t pushy unlike some agencies I have dealt with and made of real effort to get to know me and my skill set to match me with my perfect job - I`m in my 3rd week there and feel part of the furniture and really click with everyone I work with. I hope Lee gets the recognition he deserves - thank you again

Paula. D

Depot Manager - International Parcels
Hi Alexandra
I was really impressed with Lee and all the help and support he offered throughout my recruitment process. I cannot fault Strive at all with their professional approach to recruitment and wouldn`t hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

Stock Control Manager - Engineering Distribution
Strive found me an ideal role that complements my qualifications and previous experience - and very close to home as well! I was extremely pleased at the friendly approach, level of professionalism and support I got from Lee as well as his prompt responses to my queries etc right through the entire recruitment process.
Sincere thanks to the team at strive.

Night Shift Manager - 3PL Logistics
The help from Strive was brilliant, I dealt with lee and he was on the phone and email every step of the way and even late at night if required, he worked fast for the interview and sent interviewing tips across which really helped, he was constantly pleasant and polite and always helpful when I asked him anything, my experience with Strive was nothing but excellent and thank you for that.


O. G.

Warehouse Shift Manager - High St Retail NDC
My role is going good so far thanks.

The service was very professional and helpful. It felt like I was dealing with people that want to help rather just a business, James and Alex are very easy to talk to and helpful, I’m very happy in my new position that James assisted me with but if I was to look for a job again I will definitely use Strive supply chain again.


Interim night Warehouse Supervisor - Multi-Contract 3PL
After recently suffering redundancy I made contact with Lee only the day after, within ten minutes of receiving my email Lee was on the phone with support, he said he may have something for me and to leave it with him.

Within the matter of a few hours Lee had set up an interview that evening and was on the phone several times giving me guidance for the upcoming interview, by 19-30 the day after suffering redundancy I was back in employment.

I can only say the support Lee gave me through the whole process was exemplary, his level of detailed information prior to the interview was priceless, I couldn`t have asked for anymore from him, he`s made my Christmas a much more happy one, thank you for everything.

Warehouse Manager - Automotive Logistics
Strive and in particular Lee were the most attentive and professional recruitment agency and consultant I have ever dealt with.

Lee was extremely friendly, polite and helpful and his support was second to none. I would definitely recommend Strive as their service was excellent.

Kind regards

D. Williams

Stock & Systems Control Manager - High Street Retail NDC

James has been a pleasure to work with. He was extremely helpful throughout the process all the way through to 1st day. I have been in contact with lots of different recruiters who all say they go the extra mile for the candidate, but James delivered exactly what he promised.
Communication with candidates is vital, as there is a lot of uncertainty when moving careers, James and Strive were excellent during this period, communicating each and every day.
Excellent service provided, I was at ease the whole way through and am really pleased with the experience.

Thanks, N. Ross

Warehouse Shift Manager - Sportswear NDC
Good Morning,
I`d like to thank Lee for his support and input in my interview preparation.
I could not have made it through so well without his encouragement and advice.
The communication was absolutely fantastic. Lee made sure I am fully updated and aware even of the slightest detail that could help me to secure the job. He kept in touch with daily updates via email and long phone conversations throughout the whole process to ensure that all my questions and concerns are answered.
I have never met such high level of professionalism and support from any recruitment agency before. Strive, you are doing a fabulous work! Keep it up and thanks again.

Kind Regards

Operations Manager - International Home Delivery
Lee was fantastic and easy to work with, the service he provided made the whole application of find a new job easy!! He would take the time to coach me through each stage and would always get feedback at every stage. Thank you Lee for all the hard work you have put into helping find this amazing opportunity.


P. Patel

Supply Chain SAP Analyst - International Drinks Manufacturer
Alex did such an amazing job helping me!

This my first experience of working with Strive to help find a new role. It was a stress free example of recruitment done not just well, but done excellently!

Every member of the team I worked with were amazing, supportive and attentive, providing regular updates and even sometimes just checking in to see how I was feeling about the process. No question was ever too much trouble, and I always felt that the team went above and beyond what I would have expected from a recruitment agency. A superb service and a great result at the end, in the form of a job offer - which was readily accepted!

On a personal note, I would like to commend Alex so highly for being instrumental in helping me get this role. He never faltered, or left me in any way uncertain, at any stage. It was without a doubt the most stress free experience I`ve had through a recruitment process, even when I had concerns around certain details. If Strive give bonuses, I sincerely hope he is in line for a good one!

Thanks so much for everything!

Placed at NDC for International retailer
Good morning,

...from the outset the level of support and guidance I received from the recruitment team surpassed any I had received from other recruitment agencies. Throughout the whole process I had been provided with lots of information and any request or queries I had were dealt with straight away, even as much as returning back to the office to make sure a document I needed was sent to me. I can’t thank the team enough for the support I received. Gave me the confidence I needed to make it a success for me.

Michael C

Placed at Multi Location E-Commerce 3PL

Whilst looking for a new direction in my career I received a number of approaches from Agencies for roles that were either partially or wholly inappropriate for my experience and Skill set, a case of matching Key words and not reviewing my details in full. It was something of a breath of fresh air when I was contacted by Lee at Strive for a role that was a perfect fit, with enough diversification to make the position of interest, without being too far removed from my experience. Throughout the application and selection process Lee provided detailed information regarding; the role, the remit and vital information regarding the selection process. With regular updates and communication Lee played a key part in my success in securing the position. Since undertaking my new position Lee has remained in contact to ensure all is going well and that all parties are happy with the placement. Considering my previous experience with other Agencies I have been highly impressed by the service provided by Strive and Lee in particular. I have already recommended Lee and Strive to some other contacts in my network and would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone looking for their next career move.


Chris. C.

Placed at a National Food Distributor
From my initial application for the job of Team Manager Lee Hamilton has been constantly in touch with me. He explained the role and the respective duties in relation to the job that I had applied for, asking if it was what I was expecting, exploring all the possibilities that came with the job i.e. travelling time, the work environment, job description and salary.

After being accepted for an assessment day, Lee then gave me help on what to expect and pointers on preparation for the assessment day, he was constantly in touch with both myself and the company. After the assessment day Lee quickly came back with feedback and the next steps. He spoke to the company on my behalf on salary expectations which were met, and sourced out the whole package on offer.

Lee then kept in constant touch as I had further interviews and up to being made the job offer which I accepted. Since the job offer , Lee has been in touch to make sure that I had settled in well, that I had my induction and training and also to enquire if I was happy with the new position.

I would certainly say that I would recommend Strive as a very professional recruitment company who will give any applicants as much help and support throughout the job application process and beyond. I was very happy with Lee Hamilton as my point of contact who operated in a very professional manner, he made me feel so at ease, that I forgot that I was dealing with a recruitment company and more like a friend. He helped me throughout the whole process answering all my questions and giving me good feedback from the company at every stage. This went a long way in easing any worries or fears that I may have had from leaving a secure job and stepping out to a new venture.

Brian D

Placed at a National multi-site Automotive Logistics Depot
Good morning,

Please feel free to use the following statement.

Strive supply chain were absolutely first class. Their consultant Lee worked extremely hard to ensure I had everything in place to succeed in my application. I would happily recommend their services and will definitely look to them in the future.

Best regards

Mick H

Placed at a medium sized 3PL
Lee was a great help in finding me the right job. Throughout the recruitment process
the support I received was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend Strive because of this


M. Perry

Placed in an International 3PL

I have to say dealing with Alex at Strive was extremely easy, over the last couple of years I have dealt with a few recruitment people and have to say Alex was by far the best, it wasn`t all about the placement, it was personal with him, he wasn`t all about filling the position and getting the commission.

Any problem I had, he dealt with in a professional manner. I would not only recommend Strive as a company but would advise people to go to Alex, I cannot thank him enough, I`m very happy in my new position.


Placed at a Multi-Site non-food FMCG Company.
My new role is very challenging, exciting and I really enjoy it.

I would recommend Lee to any professional person who is looking for a next step in their career or perhaps just looking around without specific requirements. I was an experienced Transport Shift Manager who was looking for similar role but within a different environment. Lee has listened me carefully, he had professional knowledge of the industry and I felt he is asking right questions to let me explain what I was aiming for. He did not bombard me with irrelevant positions or company`s like other recruiting agents. When he found suitable company with an exact match he guided me through interview process and offered his support throughout all stages. When not accepted at one role he provided a constructive feedback and encouraged me to not give up but to be patient and compete for another role. When I was accepted on my current role Lee has listened and answered all my questions in a timely manner. He developed our professional relationship and built a trust I could rely on. This approach helped me made my decision which has now turned to be the best I could have. I am grateful for Lee`s help in developing my career.

Best regards


Placed at Multi-Site Food Distribution Company
Hi James,

This is a heart-felt `thank you` for everything you have done to secure my new position. Unusual amongst others in your role, your actions have been instrumental in achieving this and I am very grateful for your constant checking on the situation, negotiations, active updates and follow-ups to our conversations etc etc.

You have done me a great service and I hope I can justify your faith in me

Thanks again

Best regards,

G Griffiths

Placed at an NDC for a National Retailer

The opportunity I have had to progress my career was as much down to Lee wanting me to get the role as I did myself.
I had the initial conversation with Lee, who arranged my first interview, ensuring I was as prepared as I possibly could be with all the relevant information and documentation, arranging my second interview, right down to informing me I had been offered the position. Lee would call the day before my interview to see if I had any last minute questions then after to see how it went.
Lee didn`t think of it as job done once I had moved, he has kept in regular contact to see how things are progressing, all in all, end to end support and professionalism, I couldn`t fault anything Lee did in my career progression.
Lee isn`t just someone who provided career support, he has been a good friend throughout my move.
Many thanks


Placed at International Automotive Supplier
Lee provided excellent company information before interview so I was well prepared.
He also had detailed role knowledge and took his time to make sure that I was compatible with the position.
Lee was at the end of the phone for any queries or questions and made the whole process easy - thank you !

February 2016
A very professional approach from start to finish. With a 2 stage interview process, advice, communication, feedback and phone calls were very supportive, informative and timely. James was tenacious in providing all of the above and happily discussed any issues or concerns. Thank you James you are a professional recruiter, and made the search for my new role easier.

D Huckin

December 2015
Throughout my dealings with James at Strive the communication level has always been exceptional and the feedback provided has been concise, accurate and prompt. James is a highly focused determined and professional recruiter who managed the entire process and successfully supported me in finding a new role.


Mark F.

Operations Controller
Hi James,

I`d like to extend my thanks to you for all your efforts in helping me secure my new role.

Having been new to the process of finding a new job, and having dealt with several other agencies who quite frankly did not care, it was like a breath of fresh air dealing with yourself and Strive. From the moment you found my CV online, your enthusiasm,feedback, insight and reassurance enabled me to prepare thoroughly for a phone interview and three face to face interviews to land the role. It felt like you really wanted me to do well and your communication and attention to detail in preparation,meant that my confidence grew as a result.

So thanks again for all your help, good luck for the future and if I find myself looking for a new job in the future you will be my first port of call.



Engineering Logistics
I received a call from Lee to say he was recruiting for a role that may suit me. This role was not in logistics or inventory, however his existing customer had asked if Strive could help find someone for a Tele Account Management Role.

Lee kept me advised every step of he way, by calling to discuss and e-mailing the recruiters requirements, prior to the Interview, therefore I was able to,prepare well for our meeting.

After the interview , Lee provided me with constant feedback and progress.

I did in the end secure the position, Lee continued to,advise me on the process.

From the start, Lee built such a great rapport with me, I wanted to perform well at the interview , as much for Lee as for,myself, he had done so much on my behalf I really did not want to let him down.

I have been unemployed for 5 months, I have tended to avoid dealing with agencies, as I have found them generally unhelpful. Lee and Strive have gone a long way to changing my mindset.

I am very grateful and wish you continued success .



Graduate Supply Chain Trainee - International Transport

I wish to firstly thank yourself and Strive for finding this opportunity for me and all the help and support that followed.

The confidence that was instilled into me was a definite driver for my success in the interviews and assessment centres. I found the knowledge and background of the company which you sent to me exceedingly helpful and beneficial in the recruitment process. I was very happy with the amount of work that you put into helping me prepare for the interviews and assessments!

I would highly recommend your services, expertise and knowledge to others who are looking for a promising future career!

I would like to say thank you again and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Strive!

Kind regards,


Senior Team Leader - High Street Retailer
Hi James

I would like to thank you for all your help and support. After being made redundant from Comet after 23 years, I found myself in a place I had never been before.
Your "can do" attitude was a real boost to my confidence and your recruitment knowledge helped me to find my new position.
I would have no hesitation in recommended James to anyone looking for employment. He is a real professional and obviously takes great pride in finding the right people for the right roles.

Kind regards

Graham Noonan

Work Shop Manager - Niche Events Logistics
My experience dealing with Strive and you more specifically you was how professional the service was, you always maintained a good line of communication to me during my application through phone and email. I found you also didn`t over pester me which is a really bad trait of other recruitment/ supply companies. You gave me direct and honest feedback and advice and I thought you where extremely helpful with the interview advice and prompts and I always felt that should I need a quick word of advice you would be there to help me. I am not just saying this but you offered the only recruitment/ supply service I have ever used that wasn`t condescending, dis-interested and un-knowledgable about what the candidate does and is looking for. I would definitely recommend your services and Strive in general. Good luck in the future and hopefully catch up again soon.

I hope this helps,

Thanks Ross P.

A Happy candidate!
Hello James,

Firstly I would like to thank you for the two emails which you send me, as they have provided me with a lot of information and tips. Also I really appreciate the way you have handled my application, as it has truly been exceptional. Finally, I will try my level best at the interview to ensure that I get selected.

Kind Regards,


Highly specialised Design & Test Organisation
Dear Javed,

I wish to thank you for viewing my CV then making initial contact and your good work in helping with the securing of the new job.

After endlessly clicking on many potential jobs, Out of the blue, Javed at Strive, the Supply Chain Management Recruitment company contacted me with a suitable position that encompassed most of my skillset.

The company has a proactive approach and I found that Managing Partner Javed Ashraf was able to interface rapidly with the employer.

With this level of communication he was able to greatly speed the marriage process between potential employer and job seeker and give advice in various areas that would help one succeed. To this end, instead of ‘click, hope and wait’, Javed had within a constantly updated short time, including first and second interviews, made the new position a reality.

So once again many thanks to you Javed. Job well done.

Best regards


International Automotive Logistics
Hi Lee,

First off, the job is going fantastic, great role and thoroughly enjoying working with Stevie and Tim. Feel a real sense of belonging already, despite only being there 5 weeks or so.

As for yourselves, well you were a class apart from any other agency I`ve ever dealt with. Communication, information and follow up where all top notch, really couldn`t ask for any more. Genuinely have no negative feedback for you at all. A very pleasant experience and I would ask that you don`t change the way you go about things, as the whole process was excellent from start to finish.

Keep up the good work please !

Best Regards,


E-Commerce Logistics
All is going well, Thank you!

I was very happy with the service you provided in screening and accommodating my application and helping me secure my position.

You were very pleasant and accommodating over the telephone. You ensured consistent communication throughout the interviews/appointments. You were very supportive in providing interview preparation techniques and made me feel at ease before attending them.

I would have no hesitation recommending your services to others and i would have no hesitation in contacting you again, if I were job hunting in the future (fingers crossed that won`t need to be the case...ah ah).

Nice to hear from you, Thanks again.

Angela H.

Warehouse Team Leader - National High Street Retail Chain
Hi James,
Hope you`re well and looking forward to the weekend!!

I would just like to thank you and the Strive agency for all the time and effort you put into finding a position that I hope turns out to be a fantastic opportunity to show my capabilities.
What pleased me is that you never lost faith in me after failing an interview with another position that the Stockport branch offered. I have always heard the saying "pro-actively we will find you a job", & for the first time I witnessed this, thanks largely to Lee and yourself.
What also amazes me is the amount of work put in to get the person prepared for the interview. I only had to do 20- 30 percent that includes facing the interview. Both occasions I was given detailed information about the company, the operation and the future plans along with the background information about the interviewer and what he expects from the candidate.
I can`t not mention this, when I asked for my start date to be delayed for a week you managed to convince the new employer to give the additional week. I thought it was generous but getting paid that week even before I start employment was a bit special !
James I would and will recommend your agency to my friends and family if they ever want to find a new position.
Once again many thanks for your effort.


Senior Electrical Engineer - International Food Manufacturer
I would like to express my thanks for matching me up with my new role.
It ticks all my boxes-, job description -location and salary. The
help you gave me on how to conduct my self during my interview
dealing with questions, composure and showing how enthusiastic
I am to be there.
Again thanks

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