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In 1983 the key requirement for the electronic engineering workforce in Cambridge was flexibility.
Acorn's BBC microcomputer and Sinclair's ZX Spectrum were fighting it out on the High Street, and dozens of smaller companies were vying for the related business - Silicon Fen was truly born.
As Electronics professionals, it became clear to Polytec's founders that this rapidly expanding community needed a flexible, skilled workforce, available at short notice, often for a finite period of time. In November 1983 Polytec Personnel was formed.
Rapidly attracting both clients and candidates, Polytec soon became known locally as a first 'point-of-call' for companies with urgent technical staffing requirements. When the Engineering Manager was screaming "I need someone yesterday...." - Polytec were able to find the person - or people, who could 'hit the ground running'.
As Polytec became fully established, a move to Orwell House in 1988 provided larger, more conveniently located premises putting them geographically at the heart of Cambridge's Science & Business Parks and bringing them to the attention of many of Cambridge's international corporations. When requests to supply large volumes of staff (occasionally 100's per client! ) were made, Polytec found they were able to meet such demands.
Now supplying both temporary staff and selecting for permanent positions, Polytec's client base extended from Bedford in the West to Bury St Edmunds, and from Peterborough in the North to the City of London
As the company grew, Polytec found that the adoption of a formal Quality System enabled more efficient and reliable operation and in 1996 gained formal accreditation to the ISO9002:1994 Quality Standard
Always 'early adopters' on the technology front, Polytec operate in a highly automated office - freeing their consultants to do what they do best - find the most suitable candidates for the positions requested - often in the shortest possible time!
During the nineties Polytec's consultants became increasingly aware of the growing scientific based industry in the Cambridge area, - frequently being asked to source scientists for their existing clients. At the end of 1998, after relocating within their existing building to improved facilities, Polytec formally launched their Scientific recruitment service with their own recruitment of an additional consultant.
November 2001 saw Polytec's eighteenth birthday ! - and to celebrate the company's logo was redesigned.
Throughout 2002 and 2003, despite turbulent times across the global economy, Polytec Personnel continued to meet the demands of Cambridge's Engineering and Scientific communities.
2004 An additional consultant joined the team and the companys quality system is enhanced and upgraded to meet the revised '2000' standard EN ISO 9001:2000
2007 Polytec's internal systems are streamlined and upgraded allowing full electronic communication in all areas including invoicing, timesheet submission and Inland Revenue communication.
Following the global financial crisis in 2007 Polytec’s reputation as a trusted business partner, and its efficient & well honed internal procedures allowed them to play a key role in the recovery of many local business during the subsequent years. Being able to supply just the right staff for just the right time was now expected of our experienced team.
2009 A further streamlining of Polytec's internal procedures enabled an upgrading of the company's formal quality standard to EN ISO 9001:2008
2010 Continually updating its internal systems, Polytec were able to introduce electronic (email) payslip delivery.
2012 As new forms of Social Media gained in popularity, Polytec naturally needed to assess their use, and when appropriate, adopted selected new media tools, in order to best serve their clients and candidates.
By the end of 2014, it became clear that a full presence on a number of different Social Media platforms was necessary. Polytec now has a thriving community across these platforms.
October 2015: Now entering its 33rd year in business, a new updated website with mobile compatibility & additional functionality is launched.