1986 - Pat and Patrick Lynch set up Situations Recruitment Agency in Guernsey
Pat and Patrick founded Situations Recruitment in a small office in The Maze, Berthelot Street in April of 1986; Pat having had experience working for a UK recruitment agency. They ran the business just the 2 of them for a good few years, both being very hands on.
1995 – Team grew to 4 Staff
By around 1995, the team had grown to 4 staff with the addition of another Consultant and a Receptionist, so they moved to larger offices upstairs in The Maze.
2001 – Jenny Mitchell joined
Jenny registered with Pat at Situations to find employment after returning from time in the UK and Pat suggested that she temp for Situations for a while, as they needed some extra help at the time. Jenny started work in February 2001, she quickly became a permanent Consultant and hasn’t looked back since!
2002 – Melissa Campbell joined. Jenny and Melissa appointed as Directors
Melissa was keen to work for a recruitment agency and wrote to Situations asking if they had any current vacancies. She was appointed as a Consultant on the temp desk in May 2002. In November of that year, both Jenny and Melissa were made Directors of Situations with succession planning in mind.
2002-2006 - Moved to bigger offices and team grew to 6 staff
In December 2002, Situations had expanded further and needed bigger premises, so we moved to the current offices at Wolverton Place, Market Street, which had been refurbished to our specifications. By 2006 our team had grown to 6 staff.
2009 - Pat Lynch, Situations’ much-loved founder, passed away
In September of 2009, after suffering for some years with a serious lung condition, Pat Lynch sadly passed away. Patrick Lynch had been a silent shareholder for several years by that point. Jenny and Melissa continued to manage the business and became Shareholders.
2010 - Organised a Charity Ball in aid of Lungevity
In June 2010 in honour of Pat and her struggle with lung disease, we organised a huge charity ball with nearly 300 attendants at St Pierre Park Hotel and raised thousands of pounds for Lungevity, the Guernsey charity which supports people with lung conditions.
2011 – Celebrated our 25th Anniversary
In summer 2011 we celebrated our 25th year with a lovely drinks party for our clients and guests held outside in Market Square.
2012-2015 Supported the GSPCA
From 2012 to 2015 all of our staff volunteered at the animal shelter, including walking dogs, cleaning out cages, sweeping up, etc. In 2015 when the GSPCA opened their new cattery, Situations provided the shelter with trees and hedging for the surrounding areas.
2015 - Received Award for Best Use of Social Media
In summer 2015 after a strong application, we were delighted to be awarded Best Use of Social Media at that year’s Guernsey Customer Service Awards.
2016 – Celebrated our 30th Anniversary
Still going strong after 30 years and with a growing team, Situations celebrated again outside its office on The Market Terrace with a huge street food party for its clients and guests. Many different kinds of food (and drink!) were sampled that evening.
2016 – Shortlisted for Best Small Business at the Guernsey Awards for Achievement
Situations entered a lengthy application to Guernsey Awards for Achievement for the Best Small Business Award and were 1 of just 3 companies shortlisted. After giving a long presentation to 3 prominent local business people, we were just pipped to the post by the winner.
2016 – Sponsored Les Bourgs Hospice “Walk 30 Ways in 30 Days”
Throughout April 2016, Situations sponsored the “Walk 30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign to raise much-needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, with the bright green Situations’ t-shirts being seen all across the Island that month.
2017 & 2018 - Supported Grow Ltd
In 2017 all of Situations’ team volunteered at local charity Grow Ltd, which provides employment for people with learning disabilities and sells plants and produce. We re-potted plants, reorganised some of the greenhouses and generally cleared up. We loved our time there and the Grow staff were so friendly. The following year we sponsored all the signage at their garden centre.
2017 - Team grew to 8 staff
In 2017 our team grew again with the addition of a permanent Bookkeeper (really not Jenny’s or Melissa’s strong point!)
2018-2020 – Consultants provided school students with Careers, CV and Interview Skills
For the last 3 years, in association with the CIPD, several of our staff have been giving their time on a regular basis visiting local students at various schools and colleges to provide careers advice, CV preparation tips and interview skills. We plan to continue providing that support to Guernsey students again this year.
2019 – Jenny and Melissa became joint owners.
In January 2019, Jenny and Melissa became the entire joint owners of Situations Recruitment after purchasing Patrick Lynch’s shares.
2021 – Celebrating 35 years in business!
And here we are today! We’re so delighted to be celebrating 35 fantastic years in business, with a wonderful team on board providing such a professional and supportive service to the Guernsey community.