Our story: from vision to values

Established in 1946, Brook Street has grown to become one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, with an award winning heritage. We maintain the same traditional company values today as our founder nearly 70 years ago. For us, recruitment isn’t about just anybody – it’s always about finding the right role, for the right person in the right company.

Today, we employ over 800 people in high street locations across the United Kingdom. In 2015 alone, we helped over 39,000 temporary workers find assignments and nearly 6,000 people their ideal permanent role.

Everyday clients turn to us to fulfil their staffing requirements - from local small to medium enterprises, through to leading blue chip companies and major public services. Our consultants are experts in finding the best talent for temporary and permanent job opportunities, providing a local service, complemented with the infrastructure and capabilities of a national recruitment agency. Our clients value the exceptional quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness of our service, as well as our expert advice and innovative approach.

  • best national recruitment agency
  • 2015

    Brook Street has been the finalists 2 years running for the Best National Recruitment Agency

  • Achieve 2014

    2013 Brook Street launch Achieve

    Achieve is our online end-to-end recruitment management and tracking solution that gives businesses more control over the recruitment process for hiring staff in volume

  • 2010 Launch of ‘QWP’

    Brook Street creates the Quality at Work Programme to provide a consistent and leading recruitment service to clients and candidates

  • 10's
  • 2005 The Italian Job

    Brook Street pilots a branch in Rome, Italy

  • 2000 Launch of ‘Advantage’

    Brook Street launches an innovative online candidate training and assessment tool called ‘Advantage’

  • 00's
  • 1996

    1996 Brook Street Bureau celebrates 50th Anniversary as a leading recruitment agency

  • 1990s
  • 90's


    Brook Street Bureau expands into specialist sectors under B.S. Project Services Ltd

  • 80's


    Brook Street has 95 Branches in the UK, 2 in Australia & 1 in America

  • 1976

    Margery Hurst awarded OBE

  • 1970s
  • 70's


    Brook Street Bureau expands into South East Asia by opening offices in Hong Kong

  • 1965

    First employment agency to be listed on the London Stock Exchange

  • 1962

    Brook Street opens a branch on Madison Avenue in New York, U.S.

  • 1961

    Brook Street expands globally, opening a branch in Sydney, Australia

  • 60's
  • 1950s
  • 50's

    1950's Brook Street expansion

    The business expands rapidly, opening branches across England

  • 1949

    Second branch is opened in Croydon, followed by Kingston and Ilford

  • 1940s
  • 40's

    1946 Brook Street Bureau founded

    First branch opened at 62 Brook Street, London by Margery Hurst