KSB Recruitment Celebrating 28 Years

KSB Recruitment Hospitality and Catering Recruitment Specialist

KSB Recruitment: 28 Years in Business and Still Growing Strong!

28 years ago, with a mortgage, a mere £37.00 in my pocket and 3-month-old baby in tow, I took a chance on a dream and started KSB Recruitment.

The company has weathered a lot over the last 28 years – 2 recessions, 3 children, a divorce and my stint as a midwife – but from our humble beginnings in a cramped office in the centre of Birmingham, KSB Recruitment have grown and evolved to become one of the leading hospitality and catering recruitment specialists in the Midlands.

My company has always been, and is very much still, a labour of love for me, and I am proud that, as independent hospitality recruitment specialists, KSB Recruitment have always had the flexibility to tailor our services to the needs of each client. Everything we do, we do with integrity. We have always maintained a customer-comes-first attitude, ensuring that we get the right fit for both the client and the candidate.

Having worked with a varied and distinguished list of clients over the years, including the West Midlands Police, Barclaycard, Tesco, Sainsburys, Farncombe Estate, Mercedes AMG, NAAFI, Compass Group, Star City and Marriot Hotel (to name just a handful), we have succeeded in carving out a niche for ourselves within the hospitality and catering industry.

For the last 16 years, we’ve had the honour of being the main supplier of temporary labour to the support arm of the official trading organisation to the HM forces, an organisation with whom we have established a great rapport.

“The excellent service level that KSB achieves each year means that they will remain our preferred supplier for the future.” – Head of Operations at the official trading organisation of HM forces.

“They are our recruitment agency of choice for all of our catering requirements both temporary and permanent and have been exemplary in providing temp support for extraordinary events both in the UK and abroad.” – HR manager at the official trading organisation of HM forces.

In addition to celebrating our 28th year in business, this year is also marked by some very notable achievements. First, we have already achieved more than 600% growth over this time last year. Secondly, in addition to having first supplier status with two major, government-sanctioned catering companies – one in the UK, one in the States – we now also have first supplier status with one of the leading Formula 1 teams.

Although I’m incredibly proud of our achievements, I’m humbled in the knowledge that the secret to any great company are the people behind the scenes. I’ve been so lucky to have such an amazing and supportive team around me. My PA, Carole O’Boyle, has been my right-hand woman for the last 23 years, and Jon Bannister, our Head of Operations, has been the linchpin in keeping the business running by always going the extra mile for both our candidates and clients for the last 19 years. They, along with rest of my wonderful staff, deserve credit for the amazing milestones we have reached.

Although the sky is currently the only limit to KSB’s growth, we have not forgotten our roots; after 28 years, I feel a social responsibility to give back to the community that has supported us through all of our highs and lows. That’s why we are working with the Geoff Horsfield Foundation to support the homeless in Birmingham. At a recent Sleepout fundraiser, held at St. Andrew’s Trophy Stadium in Birmingham on February 15th, we raised £1300 for the homeless.

28 years is a long time, but with so many great opportunities on our horizon, it feels like we’ve only just begun. So stay tuned for more amazing milestones in the weeks and months ahead!

If you are looking to build your hospitality team or are looking for a career in the catering and hospitality industry, contact us today to see how we can help you.

Catering Recruitment: 5 Must Always Have Ingredients

Catering Recruitment: 5 Must Always Have Ingredients

Catering Recruitment: 10 Must Always Have IngredientsCatering Recruitment: 10 Must Always Have Ingredients. Constantly feel like your stressing about what to cook? Or do you find yourself doing a lot more shopping than you should be doing? A weekly shopping trolley should be full of essentials! Here are 10 ingredients that you should always keep in your kitchen to always keep your cupboards and fridge full for a longer period of time. It saves time and money!

  1. Eggs. Eggs are a great ingredient to keep in your fridge. They can be used to make a variety of different dishes such as pies, bakes and cakes. Eggs can be cooked in multiple different ways such as poached, scrambled, boiled, soft boiled and omelettes. Make sandwich fillings for packed lunches with eggs such as egg and cress and egg and bacon. You can even make home made Mayonnaise!
  2. Tomatoes. Either fresh or tinned can both be extremely useful for cooking or even used as an accompaniment. Tinned tomatoes are used for dishes like chilli con carne, ratatouille, a wide variety of pasta dishes, oven bakes,sauces and soups such as minestrone, lentil soup, and vegetable soup. Fresh tomatoes can be added to a summer salad with mozzarella, it can also be served in a burger or a wrap or even served on the side of meat seasoned, chopped and cooked. Tomatoes can be mixed with other vegetables; a great way to make a filling and healthy meal.
  3. Cheese. cream cheese, grated cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, and many more types can be used in almost anything to your preference. Cheese dishes in particular can bring elegance and sophistication to a dinner party. For example; a cheese fondue, which is melted cheese in a pan with some white wine. This is usually accompanied with bread to dip into the fondue. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots and cauliflower can also be dipped in to the creamy hot mixture of your choice of cheese. Popular cheeses to use for a fondue are Gruyere and Emmenthaler. Grated cheese can be used for a finishing touch to a pasta dish or bake, it can be sprinkled onto things like chicken and vegetables. Sliced cheese can be added to burgers wraps and sandwiches. Cheeses are great with salads or accompanied with bread, olives, nuts or chutney as an appetiser or a savoury course before dessert.
  4. Onions and Garlic. Its always smart to keep onions and garlic in your kitchen to give all your dishes flavour. Garlic can be mixed with a spread and put on bread to be baked; homemade garlic bread! It can also be used in sauces, meat dishes, pasta dishes, potatoes and vegetables. Onions can be used in almost anything, from soups, sauces, and used for cooking pretty much anything. Once onions are fried many other ingredients can be added, it gives it that extra flavour!
  5. Rice and Pasta. Accompanied or by itself rice and pasta will forever last in your cupboards until you need to use them; although if you cook very often then you are likely to use it on a regular basis. Rice and pasta can be eaten hot or cold once cooked, so the leftovers are great the next day for a quick bite or a packed lunch.

Catering Recruitment: Do you love cooking and hosting dinner parties? Are you looking to find a job in the Catering and Hospitality industry? Send us your CV or Contact KSB Recruitment.

Find out about more ingredients you should always have in your kitchen.


Catering recruitment agency: Top 5 garlic dishes

Catering recruitment agency: Here are some of our Top garlic dishes.

Catering recruitment agency: Top 5 garlic dishes

Catering recruitment agency: Top 5 garlic dishes. If your a garlic lover then keep reading! Garlic is one of the most used ingredient in Europe, it is a member of the same group as leeks and onions.It is also a very nutritious ingredient containing Vitamin C, Fibre and has very few calories. These are a few of many delicious garlic recipes that are trending right now!

Vegetable Moussaka:

A delicious veggie bake, made with red lentils, potatoes, sliced aubergines, onions, garlic, thyme, chopped tomatoes, grated cheddar and ricotta cheese.It can be served with a green salad too! This dish takes approximately less than 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to 1 hour to cook. See here for the full recipe.

Sticky Chicken Asian-Style:

Fancy a Japanese night for dinner? Sticky chicken is a simple yet luscious recipe for any party and any night. Whether its a family night in or a dinner party with friends! This course is made with garlic granules, sesame oil, mirin, soy sauce, honey, chilli flakes, onions and of course; chicken thighs. It goes beautifully with rice and vegetables on the side. Less than 30 minutes is required to prepare and a maximum 30 minutes to cook. See here for full recipe.

Steamed Sea Bass with a Rice Noodle Salad:

Light but scrumptious, this dish is perfect for a quick lunch. It is made with sliced ginger, lemongrass, sesame oil and soy sauce. Served alongside rice noodles, spring onions, roughly chopped garlic, red chilli, mint, coriander, rice wine vinegar and lime juice. This dish takes just under 30 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook. See here for full recipe.

Baked Camembert with Garlic Bread:

A quick yet mouth pleasuring dish; perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a dinner to spoil your friends or family. This dish is prepared in less than 30 minutes and takes approximately 10 minutes to cook. You need one whole Camembert in its box, with sliced garlic, fresh thyme and a dash of olive oil. This can be served with a side of homemade garlic bread; You will need one ciabatta loaf, olive oil and peeled garlic. See here for full recipe.

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MasterChef The Professionals: Applications now OPEN

MasterChef 2019 applications are now open! BBC One’s cooking competition makes a comeback for its twelfth series and is currently looking for talented and aspiring chefs ready for a claim to fame. Every year the judges are determined to find a chef to show off their talents and compete amongst other aspiring cooks -in exchange for a big money prize and a chance to create their very own cook book; pretty cool right?

Entry Requirements include:

  • You must be aged 20 or above on May 1st 2019
  • You must have the right to live and work in the UK (inc Northern Ireland and Channel Islands).
  • You need to have worked for at least 2 years as a chef in a professional kitchen and/or have the necessary NVQ qualifications.

Laurence Henry, 25, was the previous MasterChef Professionals winner who stunned judges with his three-course meal back in December in the 2018 finals. He now wants to open his own restaurant. So, if you are a contract chef, hospitality recruiter with a love for cooking and want to be like Laurence – Apply now for MasterChef The Professionals and come face to face with the UKs most driven chefs and fight for the winning place.

Are you looking for a chef job or a catering job? Or are you working for a catering agency and are looking to make it on your own? Apply to KSB now and they will find you the best jobs suited to you.

Good Luck!

KSB’s fundraising a success

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KSB’s fundraising has got off to a great start in 2019 as the team slept under the stars last month to raise awareness and money for the homeless in Birmingham.

The team slept out on the concrete all night in the cold Birmingham City Football Club ground as part of a fundraising event organised by The Geoff Horsfield Foundation. The evening also saw a guest appearance from the Birmingham City Manager, Garry Monk.

As a company, the KSB team raised over an impressive £1400.00 to help the Homeless of Birmingham although the team do not intend their fundraising to stop there – they will be taking part in further projects throughout the year too.

KSB’s Managing Director Dawn Turbitt would like to thank all the KSB staff for taking part and all the friends and clients who kindly donated to their sleep out.

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KSB supporting the homeless in 2019

The KSB team will sleep under the stars next week to raise awareness and money to help the homeless of Birmingham. This is part of the company’s commitment in 2019 to supporting the homeless people of the West Midlands and The Geoff Horsfield Foundation,  whose aim is to provide quality, safe and secure accommodation to vulnerable adults within the region. The Sleep under the Stars fundraising event takes place on Friday 15th February but that is not all the team have been doing so far to support the charity…

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So far, the company has carried out a Christmas Shoe Box Appeal where they collected 24 boxes of goodies for homeless people in the region. These would have made a huge difference to those living on the streets as they contained essentials they would not necessarily have access to. At the same time, the team collected £140 for the charity and purchased 40 sleeping mats for the homeless.

Throughout 2019, the KSB Recruitment team will be fundraising in various ways and we look forward to keeping you up to date on what we have been doing and how much we have raised.  

You can find out more about the team’s Sleeping under the Stars fundraising event on our blog page and more about it on the Birmingham City Football Club website.

If you would like to sponsor the team for their sleep out next week, please visit our Just Giving page.  


Sleep under the stars

The KSB team will sleep under the stars next week to raise awareness and money to help the homeless of Birmingham.
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Whilst most people will be thinking about the romance from the previous day, the team will be joining 100 people who will be braving the chilly February temperatures at the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, home of Birmignham City Football Club, from 8pm until 8am on Friday 15th February.

KSB believe that they have a social responsibility to give back and this year the plight of the homeless is where their focus is.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause and support the team sleeping out at the stadium on Friday 15th February, please visit the team’s Just Giving page. Just donating the price of one of your Friday night drinks could make a difference to someone living on the streets. 100% of the money donated will be passed on to The Geoff Horsfield Foundation, which was established in 2016 and prides itself on providing quality, safe and secure accommodation to vulnerable adults within the West Midlands.

Speaking of the event, a representative from Birmingham City Football Club commented: “The Stadium Sleepout is to support the Foundation’s vision of ending homelessness in Birmingham.”

Thank you for your support and the KSB team look forward to sharing our experiences of the sleepover event with you in a couple of weeks!

Find out more about the Sleep under the Stars fundraising event.

KSB Recruitment Consultants are pleased to launch new recommend a friend scheme for the Catering & Hospitality industry.

*****GREAT NEWS ******KSB Recruitment Consultants are introducing  a new recommend a friend scheme, whereby for every client or candidate that is recommended to us and subsequently becomes a customer or a candidate placed we will pay you £100.00 in store vouchers – store of your choice, even Sainsbury’s or Thomsons holiday vouchers !!! …earn yourself a trip abroad using this scheme or pay for this years Christmas shopping. There are no limits to the amount of people you recommend as long as the terms are met above.  So get earning some little extras….Catering & Hospitality staff at all levels required nationwide. Contact John or Paige at KSB Recruitment Consultants now on 0121 702 1428 or email info@ksbrecruitment.co.uk