Never say never

Franca Forde
Never say never

Words By Janie Barton
Photo By Silvia Mogorovich

Franca Forde, owner of Staffing Solution, one of the longest-standing and most-respected recruitment agencies in Cairns for the last 28 years, is one very busy lady.

Her business operates 365 days a year, her phone is on 24 hours a day and her passion is unparalleled. She started her recruitment agency in 1989 with one office in Cairns and has since expanded throughout the state.

She now heads up nine other Queensland offices in Port Douglas, Townsville, Mackay, Mt Isa, Darwin, Alice Springs, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.

“I have Superheroes working for me,” she joked.

Her fun sense of humour and friendly disposition help her and her dedicated team of specialists deal with the hectic day-to-day running of the highly sought-after business. But it’s her extensive knowledge and her long-standing experience in the industry that makes Staffing Solutions one of the city’s recruitment agencies of choice.

With 50 years’ experience across the hospitality and recruitment industries, Franca knows exactly what employers and employees are looking for, and she has developed the magic touch in aligning the right staff with the right business. The proof is actually in the pudding.

“I have to say that Staffing Solution’s secret to success is my staff,” she said. “If you haven’t got great staff you’re nothing, and I’ve got great staff. “

Her advice to those who want to embark on their own business is straightforward.

“Never be scared and never say you can’t,” she said.

“Never use the word ‘can’t’ because, really, you can achieve anything.”

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