A Bit About Us...

We’re passionate recruiters who challenge the status quo, creating better recruitment experiences for employers and candidates.

We specialise in temporary and permanent recruitment across
accountancy & finance  |  ops & management  |  sales & marketing  |  commercial & office  |  industrial & warehouse  |  hospitality & catering

As a gold standard Investors in People employer and a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), you can be sure that we are committed to best practice, high levels of customer service and satisfaction.

Better recruitment  |  Better opportunities  | Better work-life balance

The story so far...

We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings in our Chairman, Richard Mellor’s back bedroom in 1990! Take a look at the history of Cummins Mellor…

  1. February 1990 – Where it all began...

    Our Chairman began ‘Richard Mellor Recruitment’ in his back bedroom, but after an investment from an old colleague, ‘Cooke & Mellor Recruitment’ was born!

    Read Richard’s Story.

  2. March 1993 – Onwards and upwards...

    We moved out of Richard’s back bedroom and into the Gatehouse at GEC off the M65.

    Move to GEC - Timeline
  3. October 1993 – A family affair...

    Richard welcomed his wife Michelle and hospitality expert June Crossley to the business.

    A family affair - timeline
  4. August 1995 – Cummins Mellor Search...

    Friend of Richard and Michelle, Nick Cummins joined the business and ‘Cummins Mellor Search’ was born, recruiting in the commercial and industrial arena.

  5. May 1996 – Move to Milnshaw...

    The small team moved out of the Gatehouse and into Milnshaw House on Whalley Road in Accrington. It was built in the mid 1800’s and was the home of Cotton Manufacturer and Mayor of Accrington, William Entwistle.

    Move to Milnshaw - Timeline
  6. October 1998 – Cummins Mellor Recruitment...

    Due to the continued growth of ‘Cummins Mellor Search’ Richard decided to merge with ‘Cooke & Mellor Recruitment’ to form ‘Cummins Mellor Recruitment’.

  7. September 2004 – Personnel Checks...

    Due to demand from recruitment clients, Richard began conducting criminal record checks on candidates as an added service. This later lead to  the inception of ‘Personnel Checks’.

  8. November 2005 – Going it alone...

    Nick Cummins left Cummins Mellor Recruitment and was bought out by Richard & Michelle, later setting up his own lawn improvement business. The pair still play golf together today!

    Richard & Nick - Timeline
  9. September 2013 – CJUK

    Due to such growth within both the commercial and hospitality recruitment market, the decision was made to split them in two, creating the third division within the Cummins Mellor Group – CJUK.

    CJUK - Timeline
  10. October 2015 – A new MD...

    After 26 years, Richard stepped up into the role of Chairman, enabling Michelle to take over the day to day runnings of the Cummins Mellor Group as Managing Director.

    Michelle Mellor MD - Timeline
  11. September 2017 – Blackburn Calls...

    Our incredible workforce means everything to us, so we moved them to a setting to be proud of and where they want to do a great job servicing our customers. Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn.

    Cathedral Quarter - Timeline
  12. September 2019 – BIBA's Family Business of the Year!

    Our family of businesses were recognised as BIBA’s family business of the year! Colleagues from all three companies (CJUK, Cummins Mellor and Personnel Checks) were presented with the award alongside nineteen other fantastic Lancashire businesses at Blackpool Tower on the 13th September.

  13. July 2020 – Virtual PA Service Launched

    We created a brand-new virtual PA service to help SME’s and self-employed individuals across the UK to get back on their feet post-pandemic, enabling them to focus on their key priorities and business profits.

    PA working on laptop

Cummins Mellor Family of Businesses

Cummins Mellor is part of the Cummins Mellor Family of Businesses.

We’re a collection of businesses all established and run by the Mellor family, sharing the same collective values.

Take a look at our other businesses, providing a variety of outsourcing services to organisations across the UK…


Corporate Social Responsibility

We’re passionate about supporting great causes in the local community and have a dedicated CSR committee who organise fundraising events throughout the year.

As well as raising money, our team also give up their time to support other events in the community.

We have been supporters of Blackburn Youth Zone since 2013 and became patrons in 2016. We have raised over £50,000 for the charity during this time, organising a variety of fundraising events. Our most successful event is the annual ‘BYZ Quiz’ supported by businesses across Lancashire

Our Credentials

Established since 1990, we’ve collected a few accolades throughout our years in recruitment…

BIBAs Winner
RITA - Credentials
IRP Awards 2016 Winner
Chamber of Commerce

Meet our Team

We’re all passionate about what we do and work together to achieve our vision of creating better recruitment experiences for employers and candidates… we also like to have a little fun along the way!