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Who we are
The first thing you need to know about us is that we are a close knit team of professional recruiters based in Exeter in the South West of England.
We are creative and passionate people who love our work and love to see our clients genuinely happy that we have been able to find them a new team member or a job that will secure their future.
Our office is a happy and welcoming place to visit for all our clients, whether they are looking for work or looking for people to fill their vacancies.
Pop in and see us, tell us about your vacancies or send us your CV.


Sarah Knight

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Sarah began working in recruitment in 1998 on relocating from the South East to Exeter. As a ‘top performer’ who doesn’t like to be held back by convention, Sarah’s answer to not being able to find a senior position in a recruitment agency locally was to start her own!  Since opening the doors of Sarah West Recruitment with Celina, she has never looked back. In her career to date Sarah has been the recruiter of choice for some of the UK’s biggest names including Cadburys Schweppes, BT, KCom Group and Edward Jones as well as some of the South West's newer and lesser known but no less vital organisations.
Sarah says:
“I still dance round the office each time I make a placement. It doesn’t matter if it’s working for the public or private sector, finding a position for a senior executive, building a new team for a start up or helping someone to get their career off the ground. I absolutely love my job!”

Celina West

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Celina began her recruitment career in 1992 at a large corporate agency where she was responsible for running a BT contract. This involved recruiting operators, admin and IT helpdesk staff. Following this she worked for a very successful independent agency and won their Top Performer Award for several consecutive years by running local contracts including those working with South West Water and London & Manchester (now Friends Provident).
Her last position, before Sarah West Recruitment, was as Regional Director for a large agency with 13 branches throughout the South West of England. She had responsibility for a £12 million budget and onsite recruitment for a number of well known companies including Glaxo SmithKline, Intel, a number of High Street banks and a portfolio of local companies.
Celina says:
“I strongly believe in seeing past buzz words and job titles and stripping down the recruitment process down to what’s really important – skills, experience and suitability for the role. I am proud of the fact that I have found jobs for lots of people who probably wouldn’t have got through the selection process on CV alone.”



Lisa Veale

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Lisa had an office management and HR background before joining the Sarah West Recruitment team in 2014 as a recruitment consultant. Having been on the ‘other side of the table’ when recruiting staff, Lisa is now able to draw on her experience when recruiting. She understands what’s important to both the hiring manager and the job seeker and works hard to make sure that both are happy and kept up to date throughout the recruitment process. Lisa runs the Commercial Office division and spends her days working on administration, technical support, customer service, finance and HR roles. 
Lisa says:
“My background in HR prepared me well to work in recruitment. I’ve seen the recruiting process from both sides so I have a unique view of what it’s like from everyone’s perspective. It can really help.”


What they say about us

We work hard to understand our clients and the people who come to us looking for new challenges. That means we are able to match up the right candidates with companies and jobs that will allow them to really shine. But, of course, don’t take our word for it.

Marketing Manager

Sarah West came recommended to us and we were very impressed with the level of service the whole team provided. They were thorough in their understanding of our company and the requirements of the vacant position. As a result, we only saw candidates that matched our exact requirements, which saved ourselves countless hours and untold stress.

Learning and Development Manager

Water Babies are delighted to work be working with Sarah West as our recruitment partner. Sarah Knight and her Team are always helpful, responsive and committed to ensuring we attract, recruit and retain the right calibre of candidates to our talented, vibrant and growing Team.

Senior Manager

This is the 3rd colleague who’s joined us through Sarah West Recruitment and as ever the whole process has been seamless. All the candidates we were introduced to were of a high calibre and both they and us were well briefed in advance. The service from SWR HQ has as ever been second to none – thank you once more!



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