About Us

It’s time for Eleven

At Eleven Recruitment, we find hidden talent for the energy and commodities, lubricants, chemicals and fuel sectors.

We became recruiters for the oil industry as a natural extension of our existing presence in the market. Our parent company Ashley & Dumville started selling coal and coke from horse drawn carriages back in 1880, diversifying to fuel oils in the 1950s. With an enviable list of contacts, a publishing arm was established in the seventies and Oil Recruitment was launched in 1998. In 2018, we rebranded to Eleven Recruitment to focus more on how we recruit and to better reflect the multiple niches in which we operate.

Today, Ashley & Dumville is a fourth-generation family run group; the Smiths have always prided themselves on adapting to the needs of the industry, to build a sustainable business for our clients and employees alike. 

Meet our management team 

Recruitment experience turned up to Eleven

There have been huge changes in the recruitment world in the last twenty years, with new technology and changing recruitment practices disrupting the traditional agency model. However, demand from companies for the best specialist talent is still as fierce as ever and the most attractive candidates are unlikely to be actively looking for a new job. New opportunities are often only presented to this rare talent via a trusted advisor.

That’s why our vision is to be known for the most outstanding candidate experience in recruitment. By having a reputation for service dialled up to 11, we can find and engage hard-to-reach people on behalf of our clients.

  • 79% of the candidates we place were not actively looking for a job
  • 84% of candidates who weren’t successful, still rate us as good or outstanding
  • 73% is our repeat business rate
  • 100% of placed candidates tell us they trust us to work in their best interests

Read our commitment to candidates        Read our commitment to clients


Family values

Our company values explain our approach to doing business and how we attract like minded members of our own team. We believe in being considerate, tenacious and enterprising – values extolled by our founder Sir Albert Smith, who grew Ashley and Dumville into the largest coal supplier in Manchester and died leaving behind a drawer full of IOUs that he’d never cashed in.

More about our values                      Read our history