A RECRUITMENT firm in the town centre has helped companies take on extra temporary staff as part of the national effort to combat the coronavirus crisis.

County Recruitment has seen a continued need for new workers across Swindon as many businesses in the town keep going to support the nation’s frontline efforts against the deadly virus.

One of the firm's biggest customers at the moment is pharmaceutical and health product specialist group Wasdell.

The company has needed to regularly take on dozens of extra workers during this difficult time.

County Recruitment is currently supplying an additional 70 temporary members of staff a week to the business across both its Blagrove headquarters and the newly-opened site at Groundwell Industrial Estate.

All temporary workers join Wasdell on a temporary-to-permanent basis with a permanent position on offer after 10 weeks.

The recruitment company's director Lindsay Brown said: “Lots of businesses across Swindon are still working throughout the crisis and continue to look for staff to meet demand.

“We have supplied workers to Wasdell since 2016 and have placed many employees with them during this time, helping with the company's phenomenal growth.

"Many companies advertise temporary-to-permanent vacancies which then don’t materialise at the end of the initial term.

"But Wasdell have a reputation for offering this opportunity, or allowing staff to continue working on a temporary basis if they want to keep that flexibility.”

Based on Commercial Road, County Recruitment provides temporary and permanent staff to businesses across the industrial, commercial and administrative sectors.

Earlier this year, Wasdell began manufacturing drug capsules for clinical trials for the first time in eight years.

The company invested in specialist machinery that can make capsules for drugs which are being used by the pharmaceutical industr.

The group can trace each drug in each pack that they send to be used in small-batch trials at hospitals and clinics across the UK and EU.