Testimonials

Black Cherry Recruitment Ltd believe that the ‘proof is in the pudding’. We don’t operate a pushy sales approach, instead we let our hard work, knowledge and results speak for themselves…

Here is what some of our clients and candidates say about us…

  • I’ve never used a recruitment agency before and I’m really impressed by the service that Helen and Black Cherry have provided. Helen took the time to find out more about me and what I wanted in a new job and found me an amazing new role in the space of just two weeks. I would highly recommend Black Cherry to anyone looking for their next PR job.

    Senior Account Manager – Cheshire
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    Helen is one of the few recruiters I’ve come across who has a thorough understanding of PR and the requirements for anyone working in that industry. She also understands the agency world, so the net result is a strong candidate pool and good service to her clients.

    Tim Downs – Head of PR – Brass – Leeds
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    Helen at Black Cherry Recruitment has been a pleasure to deal with. She is very professional and immediately recognised our recruitment needs and the type of candidate we were looking for. We’re very grateful to Helen who managed to find us the perfect candidate straight away. The process was so painless, it was verging on enjoyable.

    Liz Ebbrell – PR Manager – Advanced Computer Solutions - Cheshire
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    We’re always on the lookout for quality PR professionals and Helen is always our first port of call. She’s invested time to understand our business therefore her recommendations are always on the money.

    Simon Turner – MD – Freshfield PR – Preston
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    Black Cherry has been our recruitment consultancy of choice for a number of years. Helen Salt knows the PR sector inside out and takes the trouble to make sure that she only puts forward candidates that will be a good fit for our organisation. She is known and respected by all of the major players across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East and is a good friend to the industry and those working in it – irrespective of how much work you might have put her way.

    Tony Bradley FCIPR – Director – Bradley O’Mahoney PR – Newcastle
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    Helen is a shining example to the recruitment industry because she takes the time to listen to the needs of her clients – and to understand their vision and business journey in order to make ‘win win’ placements for employers and employees. When running a busy business, it’s important to have recruitment partners who come on board with you for the long term. Helen’s ongoing commitment to providing Quest PR with top talent has been – and continues to be – tremendous. Her breadth and depth of expertise of her industry and her great personality make her fun and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Helen.

    Sharon Cain – MD – Quest PR - Harrogate
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    We’ve worked with Helen for many years and have been impressed with her integrity and understanding of the North West PR market. She makes sure she understands the brief and seems to attract some great candidates – she’s a great all-rounder and a pleasure to deal with.

    Malin Cunningham – Director –  HatTrick PR – Manchester

Here's what our candidates say about us...

Helen is a very rare thing – a recruitment consultant that actually cares about her clients and uses her experience, contacts and most importantly her instinct, to get them in front of the right people. I presented Helen with a rather unique set of circumstances and despite this she worked hard to make sure I felt supported and fully informed while she secured interviews and liaised closely with prospective employers on my behalf. I suppose the proof of the pudding is in the eating and I secured a position through Helen after just one interview because she thought carefully about who she was matching me with. Cannot recommend Helen and Black Cherry highly enough

Rachel A, Communications Officer, Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association.

Helen was wonderful and extremely attentive to me when I was looking for my next role. She took into consideration my skills and what I was looking for in an employer. I received regular contact from Helen throughout the whole process and she managed to find me a wonderful job, perfect for my skill set and needs, in only a week. Amazing work and lovely lady. I would highly recommend Helen to anyone looking for their next PR role.

Gemma T, Manchester

“Helen Salt is everything that you want in a recruitment consultant and then more. “Helen is an outstanding recruitment consultant and also a great human being. She is the Cristiano Ronaldo of her profession and is at the very top of her game. “What sets her apart from other recruitment consultants is that she has very close contacts with major PR and marketing employers. She knows exactly what they are looking for from their candidates and she will help you meet their requirements and also add those extra elements to your interview to help you stand out from other candidates. “When I applied for a recent post with her, and I reached the interview stage, I knew that I was in the best possible hands to guide me through the process. I was consistently impressed by the high personal service that Helen provided. Throughout each interview process, she provided me with detailed feedback and even took time out of her busy schedule to meet me in person. Helen makes you believe in yourself and become a better candidate to land that job. “Before I worked with Black Cherry Recruitment, my interview nerves were costing me jobs. One meeting with Helen and she helped me learn how to be calmer in interviews. Just over two weeks later and I now have my first marketing role with a top consultancy. “If you’re looking for a role at any level in PR and marketing, there is one only choice worth considering and that is Helen Salt.”

Samson D, Cheshire

I have known Helen for years and she is my only port of call when it comes to finding a suitable role. Her knowledge of PR agencies and her passion for finding candidates the best fit, is second to none. Helen works tirelessly for her candidates, is always on call to answer any questions and gives truly sound advice. I absolutely wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Helen and Black Cherry to anyone!

Viki T, Manchester

I have dealt with many PR recruitment agencies but Black Cherry is by far the best. Exceptional and honest communication is what sets Black Cherry a part from all other recruitment agencies. Helen kept me updated in a timely manner and communication lines were open throughout the job interview process and after – Helen really made me feel like I was her only client. Helen and the team at Black Cherry recruitment really understand that the PR agency has to be the right fit for you personally and professionally, as well as being the right fit for the agency in question – this is absolutely key when looking for that new job, which is why I would recommend them in a heartbeat!

Laila, Manchester

Without Helen at Black Cherry Recruitment I wouldn’t have been able to find the perfect job so quickly. Having just finished university and embarking on a relocation from Brighton to Manchester the knowledge, advice, and reassurance Helen gave me made the process so much easier and I’m so thankful!

Sophie R, Manchester

Helen’s approach to supporting me through the recruitment process was professional, prompt and, most importantly, proactive. Helen understood what was important to me for my next career move and secured me a fantastic opportunity within a reputable and expanding agency. Thanks Helen!

Laura H, Manchester

Helen and Martin from Black Cherry recruitment were absolutely wonderful to work with. Through the whole job hunting process I felt completely kept in the loop, supported and, most importantly, encouraged. I also felt like Helen really took the time to understand what exactly I wanted from my career and her subsequent job matches were completely spot on! I Would recommend Black Cherry to anyone looking for a career in PR!

Account Executive - Newcastle

Helen at Black Cherry had great faith in me and knew I would find the right job, even when I had doubts. She really seeks to make sure you a right match for a vacancy, unlike others who are happy to send you to any job interview.

A Senior Freelancer - Wirral

I have nothing but good things to say about Black Cherry Recruitment, and in particular, Helen. After travelling for 2 years, I was looking to get back into full time work. I also wanted to move away from in-house roles and into a consultancy. I signed up to a couple of recruitment agencies but BCR were head and shoulders above the rest. Helen sent me so many options that I was able to find a role that suited me really quickly. Within a few weeks I had been offered a job as an account executive.

PR Account Executive - Leeds

As a contractor I have used Black Cherry for many years now and I can honestly say that they offer an excellent service which delivers speedy and quality results.”

Freelance Communications and PR

I applied for a job through Black Cherry Recruitment and Martin and Helen contacted me the very next day. Helen talked though my skills and used this information to secure me an interview. Helen made me feel like I was her only client and kept me up to date at all times. I have already recommended Black Cherry to friends and would be happy to do the same for anybody looking for work in Public Affairs or Public Relations.

Public Affairs Executive

The passion shown for your own personal career is what sets Black Cherry apart from other recruiters. As a candidate, exceptional communication and considered guidance is a given. What made the relationship I developed with Black Cherry so unique was the honest and pro-active approach to role selection. Time is spent to understand your profile and aspirations. You then become part of the family. You are encouraged and nurtured throughout the recruitment process, knowing at every step that the team has your best interests at heart. Black Cherry Recruitment’s reputation puts Helen and the team on a very high pedestal, but they live up to and exceed expectations time and time again. A world class recruitment agency.

Senior Account Executive - Corporate

I’ve never used a recruitment agency before and I’m really impressed by the service that Helen and Black Cherry have provided. Helen took the time to find out more about me and what I wanted in a new job and found me an amazing new role in the space of just two weeks. I would highly recommend Black Cherry to anyone looking for their next PR job.

Senior Account Manager – Cheshire

Moving from one job to another can be a very scary process, but not with someone like Helen on your side. She was with me every step of the way, from sorting out my CV to making sure that she found the best possible position for me and my skill set. What’s more, she really cares about both parties in the process and as an ex PR professional she knows the industry like the back of her hand. I would wholeheartedly recommend Helen to anyone looking to move jobs – with her help finding a job was easy

B2B Account Manager – Manchester

I approached Black Cherry Recruitment after finding little success with previous recruitment consultancies. From our first phone call I knew Helen had a fantastic relationship with PR agencies in Manchester city centre which is where I was looking for my new role. It is apparent that Helen is very proactive in her approach and will go out of her way to contact all relevant companies and ensure they are aware of you. I had a clear idea of exactly what I was looking for in my new role and Helen managed to tick every box with the position I have accepted. I would definitely recommend Black Cherry to anyone seeking a new role in PR.

SAE – Manchester

In May 2012 I took the decision to look for employment in Manchester – two months later, despite having registered with countless recruitment consultants, I was no closer to securing a job. One call to Black Cherry Recruitment changed everything and in just two days Helen had secured me an interview with an award winning PR consultancy in Manchester. Just four days later, I had spent a ‘trial’ day with my potential new employer and within 48 hours a formal offer of employment had landed in my inbox! I had secured a fantastic career opportunity in a top 5 NW agency – all in under two weeks! Results like these speak for themselves – Helen and her team move at lightning speed, to assess the characteristics of each candidate and to match them with the correct employer both in terms of skills and personality. I truly believe Helen’s knowledge of the market and her unrivalled little black book of contacts makes her the only choice when seeking roles in the PR and marketing arena. Her no nonsense, honest approach delivers fast tangible results and I cannot recommend Helen highly enough. Thank you Black Cherry!

Senior Account Manager – Manchester

I first met Helen when I wanted to make the move from in-house PR to the world of agency work. Not only did Helen help me make this leap, but she also helped prepare me for the different challenges faced in agency life – she went over and above the usual recruitment agency role. Helen’s professional – the reason I always recommend her over and above anyone else in her field is that she can be trusted 100%. Helen will never send blanket emails out with CV’s attached; instead, she matches individual candidates with companies – taking account of everything from location to personality type! Her advice has always been spot on. When Helen started Black Cherry it was the best move that she could have made – with such a strong personality, so many contacts in the world of PR and her experience, she was always going to make a success of it.

Senior PR Consultant – Manchester

Helen helped me find a job twice within my sector in Manchester. She stands head and shoulders above the other recruitment consultants in the area because she has reliable and positive relationships with many big agencies in the area and works closely with them to find them the right candidate for the jobs they require. In both instances, Helen’s open and honest communication with the employer helped to secure me an interview and her careful advice on what the employer was looking for and how they operate helped me to secure a job. I am still in the last job she placed me with, and can confirm that she doesn’t just find anyone for any job; she makes sure that the candidate matches the job profile perfectly, so that both the employer and employee are totally satisfied with their decisions. And to top it all off, Helen is a thorough upbeat and lovely person to work with!

PR Manager – Cheshire

Black Cherry Recruitment won’t go the extra mile for you – they will go the extra mile-and-a-half. If you need to get a job then you need to contact Black Cherry, it’s as simple as that. I dealt with Helen Salt and it felt like she was my very own personal recruitment dynamo. She worked ten times harder than any other recruiter I spoke to and her hard work paid off when she got me a fantastic job in no time at all. Helen has the best contacts and doesn’t mess around. Her job is to get you a job, and what a mighty fine job she does! Black Cherry are quite simply the only recruiter you need to recruit.

PR Account Director – Liverpool

I have dealt with very many PR and marketing recruitment consultancies over the years and, for me, Black Cherry Recruitment is probably the best I have experienced in the north of England. Helen Salt’s hands-on experience of the PR industry gives her a significant and valuable advantage that many other recruiters just do not have and the Black Cherry service is never less than personal, empathetic and totally efficient. I would recommend it to anyone either seeking work in the PR industry or looking to recruit the right people.

Senior PR Consultant – Yorkshire

During the time I spent searching for a job vacancy in the North West, I registered with numerous agencies but without a doubt Black Cherry was the best. Helen informed me of any vacancies that she thought I would be interested in and was friendly and genuine, which I believe is a rare occurrence in the recruitment industry. I now believe I am in the right agency for me and I am looking forward to furthering my career here.

PR Account Executive – Cheshire

Helen is the first person you need to speak to when looking for a PR position in the North West. She instinctively understood me and the type of PR I was interested in. This meant that she always matched me with agencies where I would fit in well, enjoy the culture and work well with the rest of the team. Helen was the only recruiter able to secure interviews with the very best agencies in the area. She was also able to give honest and constructive advice in order to help me prepare for interviews. Highly recommended.

Senior PR Account Executive – Manchester

Fantastic service – Helen was extremely knowledgeable about the PR industry and gave me some invaluable advice. Plus of course she helped me successfully take the next step up the career ladder.

Senior PR Account Manager – Leeds.

Helen has a refreshingly professional and individual approach to fulfilling recruitment needs. By taking the time to understand the culture and personality of an agency, Helen puts forwards candidates who not only fit the brief on paper, but would also integrate well into the wider team. I have worked with Helen on many briefs over recent years and the process is constructive, open and honest. I have no hesitation in recommending Helen as a knowledgeable recruitment partner.

PR Director – Manchester

Being unemployed for quite a while, I had lost faith with recruitment agencies. Many treated me as a target to hit or just another position to fill. Helen and the Black Cherry team have been a complete breath of fresh air. They not only have delivered me a dream job, but have also treated me like I was a long lost friend! I couldn’t recommend Black Cherry highly enough, they’re miles above the other agencies out there.

Public Affairs Consultant – Liverpool.

Black Cherry have been fantastic since day one, setting up great interviews very quickly, in fact within 3 weeks I was offered a new job! I would recommend their service to anyone

PR Account Executive – Cheshire

With an honest, caring and professional approach, the team at Black Cherry Recruitment provide a service that is second-to-none. They really know the industry and are dedicated to finding their candidates the perfect role.

PR Account Manager – Yorkshire

Helen and Black Cherry Recruitment have been faultless. They have worked exceptionally to place me in employment and have successfully done so, even in these difficult times. I cannot recommend them highly enough. You are seriously missing out if you’re in the comms world and you aren’t with Black Cherry. Best of the best. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Public Affairs Executive – Manchester.

Having had employment results on now more than one occasion I would highly recommend Black Cherry Recruitment to all PROs in the North West. As a result of them being specific PR recruitment specialists, their strategic and personalised thinking ensures little chance of failure for both the candidate and recruiting company. Also, in addition to achieving results, they offer impartial and friendly advice for all matters concerning employment in PR, which in the current climate I have found invaluable.

PR Director – Manchester

Helen has placed me twice and would be the obvious choice when I was looking for my next move. I found the service offered by Black Cherry to be honest, candidate centric and effective and I would definitely recommend them, and indeed use them again myself, if I needed to.

Head of PR – Manchester

My experience with Black Cherry has been nothing but positive. The team are friendly, professional and extremely easy to deal with. I was kept updated constantly during my application process and have secured a great role with their help.

PR Executive – Leeds

Black Cherry is not like other agencies I’ve registered with. It felt small enough so that I was treated like a person yet large enough to have great contacts with employers. Helen seemed to really care about my future and couldn’t have helped me more in finding a role, really preparing me for interviews, and keeping me posted on everything. I would definitely recommend them to anyone seeking PR work. Thanks a lot for everything!

PR Graduate –  Manchester