Here are some of the comments made by Ben's Clients:

“I have worked with Barribal Associates for over three years now, both in securing a role for myself and finding staff to work for me.  In both instances, whilst obviously understanding the more technical nuances of accounting and the various industries in which we operate, Ben has specifically focused on the personality of both parties when matching candidates to jobs.  This has resulted in a very notable interview success rate and I would highly recommend him for the recruitment needs of you and/or your company.”

Head of Finance – Manufacturing

“Although the remit of what we were looking for was outside his usual market specialisation, Ben gained a swift understanding of the technical requirements of the role, but most importantly also the personality fit for the business, which was critical. He provided regular updates throughout the search and gave an honest appraisal of his market analysis. He presented a shortlist of candidates in the timescales agreed and we went on to make an appointment that the board is delighted with. Throughout this demanding and challenging campaign Ben has delivered at every stage and was a pleasure to work with.”

HR Director – International High Tech

“Great service once again. As always, Ben has come up with a fantastic set of candidates. He has the knowledge of my business and my way of working that ensures he can offer up candidates that he knows will fit into our particular business culture, and equally important, will work well with me”

Financial Director - FMCG


“Ben took on a project of recruiting three new senior appointments for us, all within a relatively tight timescale. His candidate selection, briefing and presentation was first class – all being relevant both technically and culturally. His understanding of our requirements was absolute – even to the point of our rejecting one of his proposed candidates for interview, only to have him insist the individual was seen, who ultimately turned out to be a perfect fit and appointed. Much to my chagrin, Barribal was right!”

Head of Transformation – Health


"Ben has been responsive and professional, taking the time to challenge and fully understand our recruitment requirements.  I have found that he has consistently identified candidates that not only fit the skill mix required, but also provide a good personality fit which is testament to his understanding of our organisation's needs."

Finance Director – Health (JV)


"You came up with an impressive list of candidates and as you know we felt that we could have appointed any of the short-list before making our final decision. Thank you."

Director – Agricultural Industry


"Ben has developed a thorough understanding of the business, most importantly the cultural ethos, and his ability to introduce the right personalities to the company has been paramount in his success."

Finance Director – Business Services


"I have found his approach refreshing and clinically effective. The management of the recruitment process is dealt with promptly and with ease. His feedback on interviews and advice at offer stage is an underrated aspect of his service and an enviable asset to his clients."

CFO – Health & Fitness Industry


"I was very pleased with the whole process and the outcome achieved. You only presented me with a small selection of candidates that you considered best for the role and you did all the work to arrange the first interviews for one session. From my point of view, the process went very smoothly."

Financial Director – FMCG


"On both a candidate and client basis, you are a highly professional and knowledgeable recruiter. Your confidence and assertiveness are the positive traits that set you apart from all other agencies I have previously had dealing with."

Financial Controller – Power Industry 


"Ben listens to what you want and delivers. One thing you won't get is lots of CVs thrust at you to plough through. Each candidate is carefully considered before being put forward. If there is no-one suitable, Ben won't send you anyone, it's as simple as that. He has an uncanny skill to match people and roles and organisations. He is the best."

Head of FP&A – Financial Services 

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"Having previously been placed twice by Ben, when it came to recruit a new member of my team he was the first (and only) person I contacted to find a suitable candidate. As the recruiter is the first person a potential candidate meets, it’s important to me that they are able to portray the correct company image and understanding of what the company wants to achieve - Ben certainly had no problems in doing this. Throughout the search Ben kept me up-to-date on how he was progressing, delivered a quality shortlist and ultimately put me in the very difficult position of having to decide between two very capable candidates"

Head of Finance – Wholesale/Retail


"I can’t recommend Ben highly enough. I have worked with Ben as both a candidate and an employer. As an employer, my last two qualified roles were filled by candidates that Ben put forward. Ben takes the time to understand all the requirements and puts forward candidates that not only have the right experience and qualifications but will also be a good team fit."

Financial Controller - TMT

“Ben is always my first choice for recruitment. He has taken time to understand the business and the qualities in a candidate that will lead to a successful appointment.”

Financial Director – Health Industry


“Ben has the ability to really understand the personality requirements within a role, so can deliver potential candidates that not only have the technical skills, but will also fit into the culture of the business.”

Financial Director – FMCG


“Ben took sufficient time to understand the role and our needs before providing us with a shortlist of candidates. The three candidates were all extremely high calibre and very closely matched the summary Ben had provided on each. It saved us considerable time being able to find our successful candidate from this initial shortlist without the need to interview vast numbers of candidates.”

Head of HR – Cash Services Industry


“Ben showed a great understanding of the space we are in and was able to produce a very impressive shortlist of candidates after a detailed discussion about our needs. All his candidates were a good fit, two of them excellent and one of them hired. Throughout the selection process, Ben was actively helping in managing the candidates' agendas and expectation. I would highly recommend his services.”

CEO – International Software


"Importantly Ben is a great salesman for the company and is able to articulate why a role here is better for the career of a high potential candidate as opposed to an established high street name against who we must compete for the very best talent."

Financial Director – Defence Industry


"I continue to be impressed by Ben's ability to understand the client needs and provide a list of suitable candidates within a tight time frame.  I am always confident that the individuals put forward for interview have been screened and briefed well so that my time is used effectively during the recruitment process."

Head of Projects – Business Services


"Ben has developed a thorough understanding of our requirements, both technical and cultural, and is therefore well able to provide candidates who are a good fit.  Most importantly he does not make unsolicited attempts to sell me staff I don’t need!"

Commercial Director – Business Services


"Ben ensures that he is fully aware of all matters around a particular opportunity. He briefs the candidates well and only presents individuals who will be able to deliver on the role and who have the personal characteristics to flourish in the organisation."

Financial Director – Facility Management


"Ben completely integrates his search processes with our business needs to ensure the candidates he puts forward match in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and values.  When recruiting for us, he is an ambassador for the company and fully lives our values."

Head of Recruitment – FTSE100


“Ben is extremely professional and takes a pride in finding the right candidates not only in terms of their technical experience, but also in relation to their corporate fit.”

Director of Finance – Regulatory Sector


“Ben has a fantastic understanding of the company and the culture and is able to consistently provide candidates who are a very good fit. He believes passionately in his clients and is able to “tell the story” of the business and the role extremely well to potential candidates. The quality of candidate Ben provides is of the highest level and he has become a trusted partner in my recruitment and selection process.”

Finance Director – Transport Industry


“Ben provided an exceptionally professional service in selecting and securing a candidate for a recent senior financial position within the business; from the initial briefing meeting, to the knowledgeable submission of good quality candidates for interview. Ben made it his business to understand the role, the company and the management team to ensure only top-notch, like-minded individuals were put forward.”

HR Director – IT Service Provider