Gravesend missionaries set up recruitment agency

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:14 23 June 2014

Brothers Tom and Joseph Shillabeer have started a recruitment agency.

Brothers Tom and Joseph Shillabeer have started a recruitment agency.


Two mormon missionaries have returned to the UK and are starting up a recruitment agency focusing on placing Eastern Europeans into employment.

Brothers Tom and Joe Shillabeer, of Kent Road, Gravesend, spent two years living and carrying out voluntary work in countries including Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.

After developing a love for Eastern European countries, they decided to take action when they returned to see the vast amount of people who were struggling to find work and started setting up Skylark Noble Ltd.

Tom said: “We went to different countries respectively.

“We came to love the language, the culture, the people. Since returning we have noticed the media going crazy about how many Eastern Europeans are here.

“A lot of them are handicapped by stereotypes.

“We have a connection with these people and we have an understanding with these people that generally people don’t have with them.

“People complain about them but how many times have you spoken to them? We learnt to appreciate them and appreciate the qualities that they have.

“Really, we want them to be as much a part of this community and this country as we are ourselves because they have just as much to give and that’s what we noticed when living in their country.

“They have such a good work ethic and are so family oriented.”

Tom said that after telling people about the recruitment agency using Facebook and various websites, a lot of people had been in contact to express their interest but there was still some scepticism.

“My phone’s been going crazy with notifications. People are sending their CVs, asking us how we can do it from all over the UK.

“A lot of people are very pessimistic or sceptical of it because they feel it might be a hoax, it’s not something they are used to, it’s not often they have that gateway of opportunity.”

Joe added that news of the recruitment agency had already spread quickly through “word of mouth”.

“We’ve got incredible feedback, it’s travelled so quickly,” he said.

The brothers said that they are waiting for confirmation regarding finances and then they are ready to begin business, and hope to offer people employment opportunities in areas including IT, web design, architecture and construction.

They are keen to speak to businesses who need people to work for them and people who are trying to find employment.

Tom said: “The hardest part about being a recruitment agency is getting your name out there and getting noticed by companies.

“Even though we are a start up what we want to do is create a boutique recruitment agency that can compete with any other.

“The company is already set up and we are already getting going, what we are looking for right now is people who are looking for work and clients who are looking for people to work for them.”

To find out more about Skylark Noble Ltd please email

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