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Thursday 18 July 2019
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - David Owen from VQ Life Sciences

Name of Business  VQ Life Sciences 

• Who are you?  David Owen, Managing Director. “We’re a Validation, Quality & Engineering recruitment company working within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Biotechnology industries”. 

• What sets you apart from the competition?  On top of my 6 years experience recruiting directly into this industry I’m also training (self-funded) to become a validation professional which is the main skill set we recruit. This will give me a much more tailored knowledge of the industry and help me better serve both candidate’s and client.  

• How did the business come about?  The recruitment industry has a lot of negative ways of doing things, I knew that I could do it better and more personal. With a lot of planning over 12 months and not rushing into the decision I finally decided the time was right.  

• What are your main target markets?  Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Biotechnology industries – in particular; Validation, Quality and Engineering skill sets. 

• How long has your business been in existence?  I’ve been trading for 18 months so far. 

• How many staff do you employ?  Just myself at the moment, however I’m currently gearing up to hire internally so it’s a very exciting next step for the business. 

• What job or achievement makes you most proud?  The fact that I took the leap into starting my own recruitment company is definitely my proudest achievement.  

• Where do you see the business being in five years?  To be the ‘go-to’ recruitment agency for Validation within the pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Biotechnology industries across the Northwest.  

• Why Warrington?  Personal reason – This is where I live.   Business reason – Warrington and the surrounding areas have a rich history of being home to some World Class Manufacturing companies. So to be in a position to support local companies at this level makes perfect sense.    Future talent reason – With access to major transportation links and being central to both Liverpool and Manchester, I feel that Warrington is in a very good position to attract future employees. 

• Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  I will actually turn away business if it’s not a skillset we focus on. I’d rather provide a fantastic service and get credit for our knowledge and expertise, than try to recruit skillsets out of our remit and comes across incompetent.  Future employees will also be trained to the standard of the skillsets that we recruit for.    

• Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)  I watched the 2013 Melbourne Formula One from a helicopter directly above the race track.  

• Brexit – good, bad, opportunity?  A good opportunity if we work hard and together. 

• Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?  Winston Churchill, Al Pacino, Niki Lauda, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Rabbit *fictional invite, Dan Bilzerian     

“I’m very pleased that VQ Life Sciences are now a member of the Warrington Business Exchange. Being a Warrington based company I feel it’s important to support local businesses.     My aim is to work closely with the Warrington Business Exchange to partner with local Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Biotechnology companies in order to help them source highly skilled candidates searching for work. By doing this we can add value to local companies, local candidates and the area of Warrington itself.”