Author Archives: Philomena Watton

Factory Operative

We are a well-established and reputable access solutions business based in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Operating within the UK predominantly and a small level of activity in Europe. They manufacture high quality access solutions to allow safe, rapid access from the ground to roofline levels and are a cost-effective alternative to scaffolding.


To work as part of a small team to assemble/build/final finish a range of products as required by the customer in a timely and efficient manner.


  • Preparation of materials, assembly, final finish and packing of our products ensuring quality is maintained.
  • To use light machinery such as bench drills, cold saws and finishing machines.
  • To cut and drill aluminum piping.
  • To assemble work from simple technical drawings using such tools as hand drills, rivet guns and fly presses.
  • Be able to read and comprehend simple manufacturing drawings.
  • To work to strict deadlines and have a close attention to detail.
  • Use of both air/powered hand tools and work with the manufacture of aluminium products.
  • Occasional delivery driving (3.5t flatbed vehicle).
  • Adherence to all Health and Safety processes and procedures.
  • Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for the effective performance of the role.
  • Perform any other relevant tasks deemed necessary by your manager.


  • A professional approach as well as the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Maintain consistent and professional attendance, punctuality, personal appearance.
  • Good communication skills within the team.
  • Must be fit and healthy as some heavy lifting involved.
  • Experience in welding aluminum or a desire to learn is preferable.

Full training will be provided and opportunities to learn more and develop will be made available.


Working hours: 40 Hours per week 08.00 – 16.30 (including ½ unpaid hours lunch + 2 x 15min breaks).  However from time to time you may be required to work additional hours to fulfil your day to day duties.


Making Christmas Epic 2018

2018 saw Watton Recruitment finish their year in true community spirit, continuing their support to the women and children currently within safe houses in Bedford after fleeing domestic violence. Watton Recruitment pledge every year to make sure every child in these safe houses receive a main present from Father Christmas and that all Mums receive a hamper for themselves. With the support of other local businesses, we were able to fulfil this commitment yet again.

A massive thank you to…

  • Prices Candles
  • Pacific Direct
  • Window ware
  • RSP
  • Navigator

We will be continuing this every year, as giving back is so important to Philomena and her team, so if you want to help with #makingchristmasepic2019 then do not hesitate to contact any member of the team.

World Record Attempt with in2beats

The week of 1st to 5th October was so busy! Not only did we organise our own challenge, #challengebedford, and were in our peak of Christmas staffing, we had the added responsibility of running and maintaining the rota for the world record attempt for the longest running live radio show!

Both DJ Stevo and DJ Dannii from in2beats 106.5fm went live on air at 8am on Monday 1st and didn’t end their show until 8pm on Friday 5th October. The work behind the scenes from all parties was immense! The shifts for witnesses were in 4-hour blocks over 24 hour shift patterns, with no staff from in2beats being allowed to witness and no witness being allowed to do more than 4 hours in each 24 hour period. And there had to be 2 witnesses present at all times! It was a very complex and challenging rota but with the dedication of the internal staff at Watton Recruitment, including our very own MD Philomena Watton even doing the midnight to 4am shift before heading to work, the rota ran smoothly, and the Bedford community was amazing.

Thank you so much to everyone involved and fingers crossed the word record team sign it off after reviewing the hours of footage that have been submitted.

Watton Recruitment on BBC Look East

With the announcement of two large warehouses coming to Bedford, Philomena made an appearance on the local BBC news to share her experienced and trusted opinion on the employment growth, and the highs and low of recruitment in the local area. Her fear of public speaking is well and truly conquered!

Philomena preparing to appear on BBC Look EastPhilomena speaking to BBC Look East from Watton Recruitment's offices in Bedford

Easter Eggs-travaganza!

Watton Recruitment's Easter egg collection!Every year the team at Watton Recruitment have pledged Easter eggs to a chosen charity. This year they were able to support three charities!!

  • FACES, a local children’s charity who have always had our support, received 60 eggs;
  • The YMCA who run women’s refuges received 30 eggs and Easter egg hunt packs for the children to have fun with on Easter morning; and
  • The Kings Arms Project passed over 40 eggs on to the homeless of Bedford who stay at the night shelter within Bedford Day Centre.

Members of the Watton team pass Easter eggs on to FACESEaster egg hunt packs passed on to families at the YMCA Women's refugee in Bedford