About 1st Stop Recruitment

Established in 2001, 1st Stop Recruitment has been providing unrivalled recruitment services in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. Our diverse selection of candidates and membership to the UK’s largest recruitment network makes us as a market leader and preferred supplier to hundreds of companies.  With a growing team of specialist consultants and increasing geographical reach, our continual growth contributes to our longevity.

Our team provide a comprehensive and professional service to everyone we work with. We dedicate our time to finding the perfect match for both candidates and clients.


Our Director Lesley Whiting has been dedicated to the recruitment industry since 1987. Her career began working for a well-known large multinational company and soon became familiar with all areas of the business. Promoted to Branch Manager she successfully ran a new branch until she moved out of the area. This prompted her to investigate her own opportunities and started her own business in 2001 in the heart of Haverhill, Suffolk.

Due to having a son with special needs, Lesley needed to work closer to home to enable a better career – life balance. With several years of recruitment under her belt and specialist training Lesley decided to start up 1st Stop Recruitment, her own recruitment business. Since then she hasn’t looked back.

Being able to draw from 30 years of industry experience, Lesley has been able to lead the most efficient and effective recruitment company around. The longstanding foundation of the business was to never take shortcuts and provide a thorough service, enabling our clients to concentrate on their businesses.


As a respected recruitment consultancy we offer professional, high end customer service. Lesley has built a strong team of consultants, who have become experts in their fields. We fully support higher education, and all staff are either qualified in their field or studying towards a qualification.

We take our time to understand our clients and our candidates. It’s about the perfect match for everyone, so we invest our time and skills. To us, it is not a race to submit CV’s – we endeavor to find the right candidate. Our membership with TEAM aids this, and enables us to recruit nationally with the backing of a multitude of specialist recruiters.

Our entire business is underpinned by processes, procedures and governing bodies. However, we also pride ourselves in being friendly, approachable and professional. Clients, candidates and suppliers have all said that 1st Stop is like a breath of fresh air compared to previous experiences, with our customer service being second to none.

Meet The Team

Lesley Whiting


Tel: 01440 763021
Email: info@1ststoprecruitment.co.uk


Branch Manager

Tel: 01440 763021 / 07538 061689
Email: levi@1ststoprecruitment.co.uk


Recruitment Consultant – Executive Division

Tel: 01440 763021 / 07950 283568
Email: victoriah@1ststoprecruitment.co.uk


Recruitment Consultant – Temporary Division

Tel: 01440 763021 / 07815 717200
Email: john@1ststoprecruitment.co.uk



Tel: 01440 763021
Email: info@1ststoprecruitment.co.uk

Interesting Fact: Anne was an evacuee in the second world war.

David Sims

Recruitment Consultant – Permanent Division

Tel: 01440 763021 / 07932496823
Email: info@1ststoprecruitment.co.uk

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