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We know that a piece of paper doesn’t tell the whole story about a person, some of the best candidates that we have worked with were placed on the back on an initial CV that would not have got them through the front door in normal circumstances. This isn’t anyone’s fault, how can you the jobseeker know what an employer is looking for in a CV? How do you know that you haven’t got a piece of experience hiding in your background that could be the difference between an interview or not? You don’t and you can’t – it’s impossible.

That is why we work hard to build client relationships which earn us enough credibility that when the time comes to say to a client “you have to see this person” we can make that happen; the rest is up to you. We only work with clients where we have direct access to the decision makers in the hiring process, that means no grey areas, no waiting around and no false hope.
This is the value that we bring to the process and the reason you should choose to be represented by Bristow Holland first. This is a key point, as a candidate you can choose who represents you in the market, no-one owns you and no agency has any rights over you. Even though the service we provide to candidates is free of charge, we recognise that you are the lifeblood of our business and the only reason we can be successful in helping so many clients populate their teams.

We can’t help everyone, every time – no agency can, but we will treat you with respect, give you straight answers and clear advice and hopefully if we can’t help this time we will be able to next time or even help the friend you have chosen to refer to us.
Please get in touch with one of the team to see how we can help you move your career forward, we'll invite you in to discuss your details and agree the best way forward. We are available on 01473 722944 or email

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  • Senior .Net Developer - Ipswich
    Full stack .NET software developers who are looking to inject some much-needed drive and excitement into their career are sought by a growing software business for their R&D division as they embark on a major redesign of their products, including a greenfield development for their customer engagement based solution.
    Job Details
    • Job Type Permanent
    • Location Ipswich
    • Salary £45,000 - 55,000
    • Reference MF893539
    • Contact Matthew Foot
    • Phone 01473 550780
    • Graduate Yes
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  • Andy takes the time to get to know both his clients and the local companies so that he can find the best fit for both. I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the software industry and he understands the best path for progression in the field. Definitely the first person I would call when looking for a new opportunity.

    Software Engineer, Suffolk

  • Andy is an extremely helpful, approachable and friendly agent to work with. His support and advice are second to none. Having spent time getting to know me, my skills and my job requirements, he assisted me in securing a permanent position which matched those requirements completely.

    Technical Manager, Suffolk
  • Matt provides an extremely professional and personable service. What particularly sets Matt apart is he does genuinely care about getting the right role for you. It’s great to get a truly unbiased opinion on the roles and Matt is in no-way shape or form pushy. I heartily recommend him!

    Software Engineer, Suffolk

  • Paul helped me secure a contract role as field deployment engineer. He was very friendly, professional and extremely trustworthy providing solid advice and guidance throughout the contract, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Paul and Bristow Holland to friends and colleagues


    Field Engineer, Ipswich

  • I have worked with Paul on all sides of the recruitment process, both as a candidate placed by him and as a recruiting manager using his services to find staff. I have found him to be very knowledgable and possessing integrity, honesty and tenacity in trying to find the best candidates. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him


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  • Matthew takes a personal interest in his candidates, following up on their career developments and always maintaining a good relationship. I have found him very approachable and trustworthy. He has never let me down and I will always call on Matthew first for his services.


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