Alter Ego

I love success stories where people have overcome personal struggles to achieve their goals. My purpose is to spread happiness and success and help people to achieve their dreams.

Purpose in Life

I am very patriotic, love the fact that we are an amazing small country, and I thrive on a challenge.

How can I help you?

I work with jobs in Accounts and Finance at all levels across Stockport and Cheshire whether you’re looking for someone to lead your finance department, or just to keep on eye on invoices and ledgers.

Bright sparks I look for

I deal with all Accounts positions ranging from Purchase Ledger and Credit Control, to Management Accountants and Financial Contollers, and love matching candidates to their perfect role. If you are looking for any role or candidate that deals with numbers, I’m here to help.

A little more about me

I love success stories where people have overcome personal struggles to achieve their goals. My purpose is to spread happiness and success and help people to achieve their dreams. I am keen to connect with both clients and candidates in Stockport and the North West looking to build effective recruitment relationships.

Specialties: Job profiling, candidate attraction, screening, interview preparation, psychometric testing, preparation of shortlists and managing the whole recruitment process.

I will proactively target employers to uncover the very best career opportunities for you.

A big Thank You for taking part in our Progression Days.

We really appreciate the time and hard work you put in to the presentations and workshops at both the Marple and Cheadle and the fact that you got there so early on Wednesday. The feedback from staff and students on both days was fantastic. A colleague actually thanked me for allocating her to the workshops on CVs as she said that not only would the students find the information useful but that she herself was looking for jobs and had learnt so much. We hope you enjoyed both days as you am sure know I will be contacting you again.Thank you again for your time and input.
Kind regards, on behalf of all at Cheadle & Marple

Shirley Watts, Head of Careers & Guidance

Shirley Watts

Cathy was a pleasure to work with. After almost two years out of the work force she was very encouraging and had a positive attitude. As a recruiter she maintained a very professional demeanour and was approachable, and found me the perfect job in a matter of days. She really listened to what I expressed I wanted and was quick to understand the kind of role I was looking for. She recognised my strengths and put me forward for exactly the right job. She was always there to help throughout the process. I could not recommend Essential Personnel enough. Cathy along with all of the staff there were very friendly and professional. Thank you!


I signed up to Essential Personnel two weeks ago and have already secured a new job using Cathy's help! The team are lovely and friendly, and I would definitely recommend them to a friend.


I can't recommend Cathy Bates - the MD of Essential Personnel, as well as her amazingly gifted team enough! Cathy has this phenomenal talent to inspire and motivate people, which is clearly evident in the way she interacts with her clients / me. She takes a genuine interest in the individual. Ensuring that she / her company fulfil all the requirements that an employee needs in terms of finding suitable employment. When you're talking recruitment; there really is only one place to go. I'm proud to belong to Essential, because not only will they deliver the 'goods'needed. They'll make you feel special, which is an added bonus in today's world; when most companies just treat you as a statistic. Thank you Cathy! You're a star and I'm very lucky to have found you!

Pam Davis

Hi, I just want to say a big Thank You to Cathy and the rest of the team. The help you have given me in getting me back into work after maternity leave, and getting my confidence back! I think the job you do is absolutely amazing. I have never met such a positive can do attitude, and such a happy team! I would recommend you to anyone! Thanks so much for everything!

Sharon Wickstead

I Would To Thanks Cathy for all her help At Essential Personnel. They Were A Big Help To Me The Past Few Months!!

Maria Holmes

I would like to say a big thank you to Cathy and the rest of the team for helping me find a job and so quickly! Always helpful and really friendly and now I've been taken on permanently. Thanks again!

Kirstie Wheeler

Them that say they can do, cannot, and those who say nothing – can do. This statement sums up my experience of working with Cathy, as a consultant, Cathy does not blind you with what she can do, Cathy simply does it. She understands your needs and requirements and sets about delivering it. This straight forward approach gives you the confidence you require when recruiting.

Mark - Sales Manager

Thank you Essential Personnel for all your support over the past 7 months since we started working together! Cathy – you are a pleasure to speak to and are always keeping me up to date on the candidates. We have had some really strong candidates come through our door that have come via Essential Personnel, always on the look out for candidates that would suit our business – let’s keep up the good work!!

Kathy - Recruitment Manager

Not only did I receive an expert service from Cathy and the team at Essential Personnel, I was successful in getting the job I was looking for. Their professionalism, attention to detail and communications have been unrivaled in my experience of the job market. Thanks again, Michael.

Michael Andrew

I recently applied for an internal vacancy for the position of Manager and I have been offered the position.

I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping me with my initial application form and giving me the opportunity to work here. I remember sitting in your office discussing this vacancy and the merits of a job with such a lower pay scale than I originally wanted, however it was definitely worth it and this promotion is the icing on the cake.



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