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Our story

Allen Associates was established in Oxford in 1998 by Kate and Rob Allen who are just as involved in the business today as they were back then. Their vision was to create a recruitment agency that they would genuinely want to use themselves which meant focusing on service and added value – rather than sales. In 2023, to mark Allen Associates’ 25th anniversary, Eleanor Bromage was appointed Managing Director, working alongside Kate in her newly-created role as Executive Chair and Marketing Director, and Rob as Finance Director, to continue to build on their vision.

Our story
Getting to know you

We get to know our candidates and clients really well so that we are in a position to select the right people for the right roles in the right businesses.

We specialise in permanent and temporary roles at all levels in:

  • PA and Administration
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Finance
Our purpose

Our purpose

Everyone needs a good reason to get up in the morning. At Allen Associates, we are driven by a genuine interest in people and a deep-rooted belief that what we do matters.

We love helping people to find fulfilling jobs and develop their careers.

We also love enriching organisations by recruiting the best people for their roles.

Read about our values and how they influence the way we work.

Our purpose
“I’ve worked with Allen Associates, as business partners, for a long time. As a HR leader in Oxfordshire, they are a constant and dependable resource to me, not only in sourcing candidates, but for market insights and trends, employment law and more.
Kate and Rob have created a business that is now a keystone of the Oxfordshire HR ecosystem. Allen Associates takes the time to understand who my business needs, beyond the skillset and the transactional, to find me people who will thrive.”

Ben Howells, Head of Talent, Osler Diagnostics, Oxford


Community spirit

Most of our team lives and works in Oxfordshire and many of our clients and candidates are based here too. Over the years, we've established strong links with Oxford Hospitals Charity, the Ley Community, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Reciprocate and Aspire Oxford.

We are headline sponsors of the annual OX5 RUN in aid of Oxford Children's Hospital. Learn more about this important cause and find out how you can get involved.

Community spirit