Just some of the feedback from our clients


Just some of the feedback from our clients

James Gathercole

James Gathercole
Chief Operating Officer, Crown Golf

"Richard Pilbury and the team demonstrated their effectiveness by successfully filling two General Manager positions within a two-month period in 2024. Richard meticulously selected candidates whom he believed would seamlessly integrate with the respective clubs. The satisfaction expressed indicates a high level of confidence in Promote People's services, leaving no doubt that they would be a preferred choice for future recruitment needs."


Jack Bamford
General Manager, Windlesham Golf Club

"Promote helped us recruit our Management Accountant, Rhys Benneyworth and Chris Hall, Front of House Supervisor. Using Promote we quickly received strong candidates to consider. Richard's advice and insight of the industry was very helpful and his support throughout the process was invaluable. And the assistance doesn't stop after the appointment, which is crucial in a challenging market"

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Steve Slinger
General Manager, Effingham Golf Club

“With the tricky recruitment market, we were delighted with the support we received from partnering up with Promote People to help fill a prominent roles. Their experience in both the recruiting world and today’s online platforms allowed for a broader reach to take place, which coupled with professional first phase screening interviews all included, ultimately lead to fantastic new employees joining our team.”


Tom Carter-Large
General Manager, Puttenham Golf Club

“It’s been great working with Promote People and we will certainly use their services again as and when needed. I have nothing but positive words to say about the service we received”.


Andrew Simmonds
Operations Director, Orbis Golf

"We engaged Promote People to help us recruit for a vacancy at one of our academies in Hertfordshire, 9 of Herts Golf Centre. It has been a tricky period for recruitment in the industry and the support provided by Promote People has allowed us to fill this role with a great candidate. Richard was fantastic, writing the copy for the advert, promoting across various platforms and shortlisting the candidates for us. We've already engaged Promote People for our next vacancy and look forward to recruiting more great coaches for our academies."


Robin Greenwood
General Manager, Mill Ride Golf Club

“We used the Promote fixed fee recruitment service and found two new team Members through it. The service freed me up to focus my time on running the club. They Promote Team are regularly in communication over the telephone and only forward suitable people, filtering out all the unsuitable applications, another time-saver.”


Dominic Driver
Assistant Secretary, Knole Park Golf Club

"I just wanted to extend my thanks again for your diligent and professional work during the interviewing process. I was extremely grateful for your regular updates, the feedback you provided and the speed of your responses to my queries. I will certainly be recommending your services to those within the industry and wish you all of the best for the future."


Paul Keeling
General Manager, Stanton Golf Club

“Thank you for the terrific support you have offered in the recruitment process for both positions”.

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Ryan Bezzant
Course Manager, East Berkshire Golf Club

“Having recently instructed Promote People on the recruitment of two team members, I am happy to say we have appointed both in a speedy time frame. We are delighted with the outcome and for Promote People's contribution and support”.

Kickstart Scheme

£3.5M in Salary Funding Supporting UK Golf Clubs

In 2021 our sister company Promote Golf, alongside Southampton-based LSS Group, raised over £3.5M in salary funding as part of the governments Kickstart Scheme. The initiative offered 6-month work placements at UK Golf Clubs, with 100% of salary, uniform and training costs funded through the Governments “Kickstart” initiative. LSS Group then provided "Future Employability Support" to help participants find sustained employment once they completed the scheme.


The scheme was managed by LSS Group’s Case Manager, Richard Pilbury, a former Golf Club General Manager with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Using both his know how of managing Golf Clubs, and the resources of the LSS Group (a DWP approved Kickstart Gateway) Richard managed the entire funding application process on behalf of the Club.

As part of the funding, successful candidates had access to a broad range of online courses offered by Promote Golf, including continuing employment courses from CV writing to interview skills.

Just some of the Kickstart success stories


The Club Company – Cams Hall Golf Club

From left to right: Sam Pleshette - Golf Operations Manager, Heather Tubb - General Manager, Luke Surtees - Kickstart employee, Pete Varlow - Course Manager.


Langdon Hills Golf Club

Kickstarter Brandon Jones, with the Langdon Hills greenkeeping team.


Foxhills Golf Club

Chris Fitt, Director of Golf & Leisure with Kickstarters, Ben and Jack.


BGL Group - Thornbury Golf Club

Jorevic, Kickstart Employee, Tim Good, General Manager and Danny, Kickstart Employee.


Crown Golf – Addington Court Golf Club

Riccardo Rebecchi, General Manager and Kickstart Employees


Ingrebourne Links Golf & Country Club

Sam McMullen (right) the Kickstart Employee and Dominic Eagle, General Manager of Ingrebourne Links Golf & Country Club.


Club: Cowray Park Estate, West Sussex

Kickstart Recuit Win Apprentice of the Year

Huge congratulations to Golf Operations Assistant Joseph Turner who recently won the Kickstart Apprentice of the Year in the Sussex Apprenticeship Awards. Joseph held off competition from different industries and represented the only golf/leisure business in all the categories. He has developed his skills at Cowdray Golf throughout the year, from marshalling and starting to now more consistent hours in the Pro Shop, which also acts as the golf club’s operational hub. In this capacity he is further understanding the whole operation at a busy club. He is growing into a very valuable member of the team and next year, Joseph will become the golf club’s Junior Organiser following various online training courses. The award ceremony was held at the Brighton Metropole Hilton Hotel and supporting Joseph on the night was his parents Ian and Nicole, (who works with the Events Housekeeping team), CEO Jonathan Russell and Director of Golf Tim Allen. Well done again Joseph.


Club: North Hants Golf Club, Hampshire

Kickstart Recuits: 1 front-of-house + 1 back-of-house

Ranil Jayawardena, MP for North East Hampshire, comments:

"I was delighted to meet Thomas and Connor at North Hants Golf Club in my constituency. My first job was in a golf club pro shop, so I know that they will be gaining invaluable experience, and boosting their career prospects. Helping to create good jobs in every corner of the country, including here in North East Hampshire, is a key focus for me and HM Government."

(Picture from left to right) Haroon Rasheed Khan (North Hants Clubhouse Manager), David Reeves (Managing Director of Promote Golf), Ranil Jayawardena (MP for North East Hampshire), Robert Climas (North Hants General Manager, Connor and Thomas.


Club: Cape Cornwall Golf Club, Penzance

Kickstart Recuits: 6 recruits

Harry & Nick

"I am delighted that the governments KickStart Scheme is helping young people on Universal Credit into genuine career opportunities such as the 6 created by Cape Cornwall Club. I’m also really pleased that good businesses such as Cape Cornwall Club recognise the value of apprenticeships and training opportunities and are prepared to invest in these young people."

(Picture from left to right) Matthew Thompson, Derek Thomas MP, Roxane Cody at Cape Cornwall Club, Penzance.


Club: Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey

Kickstart Recuits: 2 Greenkeepers

Harry & Nick

"It’s exciting and I’m really looking forward to working on a golf course and learning more about the profession of sports turf management. The Kickstart Scheme has helped me get my foot in the door with this new position and now I’m going to work really hard for Windlesham Golf Club over the summer period. I’m very much hoping to continue work in this area after my 6-months."

(Picture from left to right) Andy Merricks (LSS Group), Harry, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Nick and David Reeves, Managing Director of Promote Golf, at Windlesham Golf Club, Bagshot.




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