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22 January 2018


AlgoMe, a London-based start-up using intelligent technology for career development and job placement, has announced the release of its free mobile app for Android and iOS available through Google Play and iTunes.

• Recruitment membership organisation Elite Leaders has relaunched its service offering. Changes include:

  • The introduction of five new principals/directors alongside chairman John O’Sullivan. These are: Tara Ricks (ex-Randstad), Mel Forbes (ex-Guidant), Sue Cooper (ex-Morgan Hunt), Midge Bennett (ex-Rethink Group) and Steve Carter (ex-Morgan McKinley).
  • The introduction of subject matter experts, including Poonam Mawani (finance), Francis West (IT), Robert Woodford (marketing), Katrina Hagan (talent), Ann Bryce (delivery) and Natalie Le Fleur (compliance).
  • Consultancy provided within the membership fee from one of these principals or experts and new meeting formats.

Search Consultancy has opened an office in Ealing, West London. The multi-sector recruiter says the office will meet growing demand for trades and labour staff on construction projects in the City. Six new consultant positions will be created at the new site at Saunders House, 50-53 The Mall.

• Global executive search and consulting boutique SRi’s Asia operations are to expand with the launch of a Shanghai office and new appointments to its Greater China team. Led by Beijing-based partner Ting Zhang, the Greater China team office also welcomes consultant Joshua Liu, who joins SRi from recruitment giant Randstad, where he specialised in the luxury and retail industries.

• Start-up SureCert firm has received a £400k investment to develop and launch an online recruitment platform requiring a high level of verification.

The platform ensures all candidate (candidates opt in to the system and adjust their privacy settings) data visible to employers is pre-verified. This includes proof of qualifications already verified by the universities and awarding bodies, tackling the issue of ‘fake degrees’ and references, which have already been verified by previous employers.

17 January 2018

Nicoll Curtin backs talent-changing District4 recruitment solution

Heading up District4 is co-founder Kyle John Probert (pictured), who tells Recruiter the new business will focus on running a variety of events, open to both clients and candidates, to “build real communities with real people” specialising in DevOps (development and operations) for technology companies. Guests will be asked to bring along another person with them.

The approach is based on Probert’s view that people will secure their next job “by talking to people” instead of relying on traditional “cloak and dagger” recruitment methods. “Transparency is our big offer,” Probert says.

The idea of bringing along another person is not to generate leads, he added, but as part of community building. “We’re facilitating; we’re in the middle,” Probert says. 

Another facet of District4’s transparency will be the early-on sharing with candidates of all of the information the company has about a client. “We send them everything we have,” Probert says.

The company’s name is a nod to the fourth industrial revolution now underway, according to Probert. 

Co-founder James Johnson, CEO of Nicoll Curtin Group, says: “We’re really excited about what recruitment will look like. It’s all part of our strategy to identify the very best recruitment leaders in the industry to drive innovation.”

The other Nicoll Curtin Group brands are Nicoll Curtin Technology, Purple Halo and BeecherMadden.

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16 January 2018


• Student and graduate careers app Debut has launched a digital advertising campaign aimed at distracting the attention of thousands of fame-seeking hopefuls flocking towards to TV’s Love Island application process.
In a bid to divert the attention of 18-25-year-olds, Debut’s new Google advertising campaign is positioned next to the actual Love Island online application story, instead encouraging them to download the Debut app and apply for a ‘real job’ instead.

Debut's quick-win diversion campaign invites 18-25s to a dedicated landing page, where Love Island favourite Marcel invites students to raise a glass to new – work – opportunities.

• Following the recent merger of recruitment technology providers Erecruit and Bond International Software, the firm has revealed it will join together under the name Erecruit, while retaining separate brand identities for its flagship software products.

The combined company aims to serve the entire recruitment lifecycle with Erecruit Front Office, Middle Office, Credentialing and VMS solutions for enterprise staffing firms; Adapt Front and Back Office software for middle market firms; eStaff365 Onboarding; and TempBuddy, a temporary workforce management platform.

• International recruiter ICG Medical has opened an office in Plano, Texas, under its Greenstaff Medical USA brand.

• Business psychologists Psychological Consultancy Ltd (PCL) has launched a new app for HR and recruitment professionals. The Profile:Match2 (PM2) app enables users to manage psychometric assessments through assessing behavioural competencies for recruitment, staff development and 360 deg appraisals on-the-go from people’s mobile phones or tablets.

• Start-up R_Block has launched a blockchain-based decentralised anonymous hiring network and referencing tool. Founded by Luke Shipley, Peter Brooke and Charlotte Hall, R_Block is a decentralised CV/reference network, bringing references and skills into a CV, and enabling workers to own their reference data and monetise it through CV tokens.

According to R_Block, candidate employment history data is a core part of identity verification, while every worker has an employment ‘digital fingerprint’, which can be used to uniquely identify them.

• Accountants Raffingers has launched a free helpline for recruitment agencies. The helpline will offer varied advice ranging from questions on tax returns to looking for funding options or advice on the best IT software.

• Digital recruitment platform Recruit My Job has launched. The platform, launched by CEO James Vercesi, aims to enable clients throughout the UK to find specialist vetted agencies in one place.

• Driving, industrial and healthcare staffing specialist Swanstaff Recruitment has opened two family contact centres in Cardiff. Swanstaff, who took over the contract to run the family Contact Services on behalf of Cardiff Council on 1 May 2016, already runs five other Swan Family Contact services in Bedford, Lambeth, Houghton Regis, Coventry and Greenwich.

The Swan Family services in Cardiff are available to both local authority and private referrals. Services include supervised and supported contact, asylum support, community contact, handover and transport.

12 January 2018

Start-up of the Month: Inside Out

The consultancy, launched late 2017, is led by (pictured above, l-r) advertising professional Mark Gorman, HR specialist Keith Thompson and the agency’s CEO Nicki Denholm and executive chairman John Denholm.

Commenting on the new consultancy’s mission, a spokesperson for the agency told Recruiter its aim is to bring “to life the magic of organisations by clearly articulating and then marketing the employer brand”.

“We spotted a gap in the market, primarily in Scotland, for a fully integrated employer brand consultancy service that combines three core skills: HR and people strategy, branding and recruitment/search. We believe we’re unique in offering all three disciplines, along with creative implementation, media planning and buying both on and offline.

“Inside Out begins the employer brand journey from the inside helping organisations shape and manage their people strategies before communicating the key (differentiating) message first of all within the organisation, creating strong advocacy, and then outside to prospective candidates.”

Looking ahead, the spokesperson said the consultancy, which principally targets the SME market, is looking to expand beyond Scotland.

“We aim to attract forward looking SMEs in all areas of business practice across Scotland and then beyond,” the firm’s spokesperson added.

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13 December 2017

New fund hits target for Parsons

James Parsons, CEO and founder of global workforce solutions provider Arrows Group Global, is launching a capital investment fund for the recruitment sector, which he told Recruiter “he would have bitten your hand off for” had it been around when he started in recruitment.

Parsons said the aim of the new fund, Arrows Group Ventures – to be launched formally in January – is to support “the next generation of innovative businesses in our sector”. 

Tapping into the growing trend for recruitment to be automated, Parsons said the fund focused on “the sweet spot of the tech enablement space within HR and staffing”. 

He said the fund will look to invest in two types of businesses: those providing technology to the recruitment market, such as AI-based talent management platforms providers, and niche recruitment businesses “that are leveraging technology”. 

The fund into which Parsons is putting £500k of his money will provide seed capital, advice and infrastructure support. Parsons said he will be looking for a minority stake in the businesses in which the fund invests, with a view to growing the business and exiting “at some stage”. He said it was likely he would take up an advisory board role in each of the companies. Parsons said two or three other people are interested in investing alongside him. 

“The fund will lend itself to start-ups and incubator type businesses,” said Parsons. “I want to attract the sharpest young recruiters who have something worth investing in.”

Parsons co-founded Arrows Group with Adrian Treacy in 2003, going on to co-found ICG Medical with Treacy as well in 2006. Parsons exited from ICG Medical in May 2017. 

13 December 2017

Monroe office opening brings new targets in sight

The opening of a new office in Fort Mill, South Carolina in the US will position Staffing 360 Solutions subsidiary Monroe Staffing Solutions within reach of more than 300 target clients in retail and manufacturing, according to Monroe president and CEO Matt Briand.

Speaking exclusively to Recruiter, Briand said that the newly-launched office in one of South Carolina’s fastest growing cities will also provide access to a large candidate pool. 

Monroe previously was represented in the Southern US with offices in Concord, Salisbury and Winston-Salem, all in North Carolina, north of Charlotte. The Fort Mill office sets the stage to expand Monroe and Staffing 360’s Southern presence, down the Interstate 85 corridor through South Carolina toward Atlanta, Georgia, where Staffing 360 recently acquired another recruitment business. 

Other potential South Carolina locations for Monroe include Greenville, home to Michelin’s North American headquarters and next-door city to a full BMW production facility, and state capital Columbia. Briand says Greenville, for example, would provide significant opportunities in the professional services market.  

“We’re really excited,” Briand said. Downtown Atlanta is a current location for Monroe sister company, firstPRO Georgia. Staffing 360 acquired the accounting, finance and IT specialist in September, as part of its global buy-and-build strategy.

Monroe also has offices in the US states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. 
Staffing 360 executive chairman Brendan Flood told Recruiter there also could be “quite a tie-up” between its UK acquired recruitment business, engineering recruiter CBSbutler, and its US businesses down the line. 

In the UK, Staffing 360 also owns IT recruiter JM Group and finance & accountancy and law recruiter Longbridge 360. 

5 December 2017


• Networking, systems infrastructure and security recruiter Franklin Fitch has launched a new UK contract team. The team is led by contract practice manager Simon Nicholls and supported by new graduate recruitment consultants Chris Mckenzie and Mahsam Khan.

• Nottingham social enterprise Infused Learning has launched a pilot scheme, funded by the National Lottery, offering free courses to help unemployed local residents access qualifications to get them back into work. The organisation is offering free qualifications for Bulwell residents.

Infused Learning co-founder Natalie Sharpe explains: “In Bulwell [North-West of Nottingham], 37.4% of residents have no formal qualifications – this is against a backdrop of 22% across England. In one of the area’s main academies, 107 out of 166 learners at the end of key stage four were deemed disadvantaged.”

28 November 2017

New jobs as Northern Ireland prepares for gold rush?

Sperrin Mountains: Is there gold in them thar hills?

The Financial Times reports that Dalradian Resources has applied for permission to develop a mine in the Sperrin Mountains, County Tyrone.

And the plans have moved a step closer after two investment groups injected a total of £45m into the project.

If given the go-ahead, the development could help to transform the local area, which is one of the poorest in the UK.

The development faces hurdles, however. The proposed site sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and politicians have raised environmental concerns.

Dalradian CEO Patrick Anderson said he expects the approval process to take about two years.

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