New to Market

23 April 2018


The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) has opened a new office in Gracechurch Street, near Monument tube station after outgrowing its previous London office in King William Street.

The investment in a new office supports the built environment recruiter’s continued expansion of its existing 40-plus strong team.

20 April 2018

Irish minister opens ttm Healthcare’s new Manchester office

The new Manchester office for the Irish international healthcare specialist recruitment company, which is headquartered in Ennis, forms part of a three-year multi-million-euro capital investment by ttm Healthcare.

The investment aims to deliver on its ambition to become the largest provider of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to UK hospitals and healthcare facilities. The new office will employ 15 people.

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17 April 2018


Airport Placements Ltd (APL) is expanding its recruitment services in Manchester. The airport staffing specialist, based at Birmingham Airport, has opened the new office to serve Manchester and other airports in Northern England and Scotland.

APL, part of the HR GO group of companies, also recently established an operation in Endeavour House, Stansted Airport, in the South-East.

• Global workforce solutions provider Airswift has launched a new model aimed at changing the relationship between operators and companies, known as the Oilfield Service Integration model.

The model aims to provide full transparency into the “hidden” costs associated with third-party services, dramatically reducing total spend. It also allows operators more control over the work carried out on their behalf, from crew size and hours to process and safety.

Arctic Shores, which provides psychometric assessments using game-based technology, is opening an international office in Singapore, and has appointed VJ Posadas as general manager. The new office will serve local clients as well as those in India, Australia and Indonesia.

• Birmingham-headquartered executive search firm Berwick Partners has launched an office in Amsterdam to increase its foothold in the European market, and strengthen links between the UK and the EU.

The firm has also introduced two practices and made three hires (see Appointments, 16-20 April 2018). A dedicated ‘place’ practice will serve the local government sector, while Berwick Talent Solutions will deliver project and volume recruitment of senior and specialist talent for clients as they expand, relocate or undergo change and transformation.

• The founding director of construction recruiter Contract Scotland has launched a new consultancy business – Coresco. Colin Woodward revealed his new firm will work with new and expanding recruitment agencies, as well as employers trying to get the best value for money from their recruitment suppliers.

Woodward said: “Although I’m still the majority shareholder in Contract Scotland, which currently has a turnover of £20m in the technical/professional sector of the construction industry, the day-to-day business has been run by my fellow directors for several years now. I’m keen to use my knowledge and experience to help the next generation of recruitment entrepreneurs achieve their ambitions.”

GBG, which specialises in identity data intelligence, has enhanced its KnowYourPeople employee screening solution with ‘Right to Work’ management functionality. The company says the new feature will help businesses manage their right-to-work checks on new employees, helping them to avoid £20k fines.

• Global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has launched a disruptive innovators team. The team, led by Tim Alexander Lüdke, will work with developing organisations to succeed in their go-to-market strategies by filling important talent gaps, advising on transformation and change management, and accelerating their growth and development.

• The HR Certification Institute has launched HRCI, a suite of on-demand learning and assessment modules to help in talent management.

HRCI is a suite of on-demand learning and assessment modules aimed at raising the bar on the talent management capabilities of global business professionals – both HR and non-HR – who have responsibility for creating high-performing employees, teams and organisations.

Modules, which can be completed at a user’s own pace, will aim to give users the skills and knowledge needed to help organisations avoid risks, optimise performance, engage employees and enhance business outcomes.

• Global staffing and services company Insight Global has announced the formation of its Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). The WLC is charged with empowering, inspiring and developing the company’s current and future female leaders, as a supplement to the company’s existing broader leadership development.

The WLC is comprised of 17 women in varying levels of leadership. The goal is to create opportunities to observe each other and interact with women outside of their own leadership trees through a mentorship programme.

• Recruitment software provider Microdec has launched a new version of its Profile product, which includes tools to help recruiters manage incoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules compliance.

16 April 2018

Start-up of the Month: Reecru

Launched last month by founder Rishi Kapadia, Reecru is an online recruitment agency providing traditional recruitment agency services, through the use of specialist freelance recruiters.

Kapadia explained the way the platform works is it enables the hiring employer to post their requirements on the platform, which is then picked up by a freelance recruiter of their choice. That recruiter then screens all the applicants and shortlists the top candidates for the employer. The recruiter then uses the platform to manage the scheduling of phone calls or face-to-face interviews, as well as providing feedback to candidates.

According to Kapadia, cost is a big unique selling proposition for the business. “We bring down the commission costs. It works on a fixed fee per job, so we charge £999 for each job on a salary of up to £50k. That’s considerably less that your traditional recruitment model.”

Kapadia added the Leicester-based firm has an eye on developing the platform further to work with larger organisations beyond its current client base of small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs). “We’re looking to work with bigger organisations, which have more complex hiring requirements, and hopefully create a system that helps them streamline their recruitment processes,” he said.

“Companies that are lot bigger tend to have complex requirements, culture issues or very technical roles that they’re looking for. Capturing those requirements is a bit difficult on the platform at the minute, so right now we’re focusing on the SMEs but going forward we want to adapt the platform and improve our candidate search methods.”

20 March 2018


• Global workforce solutions provider Airswift has opened an office in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Located in the Suria Sabah Business Centre – in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s commercial and financial district – the 100m2 office will house a team of service consultants and business development personnel supporting candidates on assignment. 

The office will also focus on growing requirements created by the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority’s flagship projects, including the Pan Borneo highway, Kilmanis Power Plant and Sabah International Convention Centre.

• Hospitality recruitment platform has launched. Founded by director Adam Blackmore, the site has had early stage integrations with JobMate and Recruitive, and plans to launch a free chef CV database for hospitality employers throughout the UK.

• Assessment specialist cut-e has introduced an additional personality test to its range of psychometric tools. ADEPT-15 measures 15 aspects of personality and six work styles and can be used for talent acquisition, leadership development, coaching and team effectiveness applications.

• Nationwide recruiter Head Resourcing has launched Head Contractor Solutions – a new service aimed at providing support and protection for companies that engage temporary workers.

The service led by the firm’s contract support manager Emily Downing provides best practice vetting and on-boarding for contractors across the UK, a direct contractor Management solution to new and existing customers, and on a consultancy basis designs, develop, and audits best practice pre-employment vetting processes for clients.

• Recruitment technology company, LogicMelon has launched a brand new website and user interface. The new site features a full rebrand, steamlined navigation, search functionality tailored to the user and a dedicated candidate attraction page for corporate recruiters.

Meanwhile the new user interface has also been rebranded and made easier to navigate, with improved functionality, while both the new site and website have been fully optimised across all devices.

• Professional services staffing specialist Norman Broadbent Group has signed a lease to secure new Central London offices in Portland House, London SW1.

Group CFO Will Gerrand revealed the move will see the group generate annualised cost savings of over £300k starting from mid-2018, but will also provide additional capacity to grow headcount. The firm’s current London home is 12 St James’s Square.

16 March 2018

Start-up of the Month: Grafter

Cape came up with the idea for Grafter 18 months ago and then turned to ex-colleague Richard Knight to help get the business off the ground, with a mobile app launched across IOS and Android last summer followed by an online version just before Christmas. The aim is to build up a database of workers. Their database now boasts 10,000 registered users.

The platform, aimed at companies seeking project, short-term or seasonal workers across an array of industries including construction, farming, landscaping, warehousing, leisure, events and light industry and self-employed workers, enables ‘Grafters’ to upload their profiles detailing who they are, where they are located and what they are able to do.

The service is free for businesses to find and engage workers, while Grafter also offers a managed service including additional value-add services such as tracked messaging, digital contracting, reminder emails and a cashless payment system. At payment, Grafter charges the business a usage fee of 5% plus VAT.

“It’s been a bit of a journey but it’s been full throttle since launching the online version in January,” Cape told Recruiter. “We’re trying to provide a very easy, valuable, low-cost service at the bottom end of the market.”

Looking ahead, Cape says Grafter has larger organisations in its sights.

“Coming soon this year, we’ll be building out the enterprise model, which is a much more robust model with multiple users and additional services … so we can support larger scale enterprises rather than just SMEs.”

12 March 2018


• HR software provider breatheHR has moved to a new larger office outside Horsham to accommodate the business’s increasing headcount.

• Data and analytics recruitment business Harnham has moved to larger headquarters in Wimbledon. The fully renovated office combines cutting-edge, open plan design, with capacity to grow headcount from 65 to 100.

• US-based Hiring Success Company has launched the latest addition to its Talent Acquisition Suite: Recruiting Assistant. Recruiting Assistant screens, discovers and automates candidate matches by processing large volumes of both internal company and external marketplace datasets.

• New hospitality marketplace has launched. The platform runs a strict qualifying process for a hotel to be listed on the site, including a minimum level of staff benefits and a focus on employee wellbeing.

Founder Viviek Chadra says the aim is solve persistent problems in the hotel industry, including high staff turnover. The new platform will initially focus on the market in and around London.

• Graduate aptitude testing platform Mapped has launched. The joint venture, between grad recruiter Freshminds and tech company Applied, is a numerical, analytical and problem-solving testing platform that replaces traditional psychometric and numerical reasoning tests.

• Global recruitment company, Morgan McKinley Group has launched M3S Consulting, a boutique project delivery and implementation practice led by managing partner Scott Carr.

• Accountancy and finance staffing specialist NC Associates has opened an office in Leeds led by regional director Gavin Dixon. The Leeds city centre office is the recruiter’s third branch.

• Wythenshawe-based Neuven Solutions has launched a new website. The specialist temporary staffing market procurer’s revamp of its site aims to offer intuitive access to essential information and features, and a more comprehensive understanding of Neuven's staffing solutions, compliance & training products and services.

• International recruiter NonStop Recruitment has made a move to offer blockchain clients the option to pay in their own cryptocurrencies or private tokens. NonStop is also open to other clients paying in more popular crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

PRISM, a trade association for payment intermediaries, has launched a resource centre for its provider members.

5 March 2018


• Global workforce solutions provider Airswift is to open two further offices in Latin America.

A new office in Mexico, located in Mexico City, will aim to provide local clients with in-country recruitment, mobility and immigration services needed to support their own services and growth, while a new Guyanese office, located in Georgetown, will help facilitate recruitment for local projects, sourcing and mobilising candidates from across the globe.

Sam Cross will oversee these new offices in a new role as senior vice president Americas, having previously served as Airswift’s senior VP of North America, supported by VP Latin America Damir Tomicic.

Airswift now has six Latin American offices in Brazil, Columbia, Trinidad, Argentina, Mexico and Guyana.

• Specialist recruitment agency Appointments Personnel has launched a new advert check service that sees an experienced and qualified recruitment specialist carry out a check of appropriate language and terminology in line with the current UK legislation.

Adverts will be screened to ensure they do not exclude protected characteristics, while advice will be offered on any areas that need to be revisited to avoid any form of direct discrimination.

• Recruitment software provider Erecruit, previously known as Bond International Software, has relocated its UK head office to a new, larger office space in Worthing from its Courtlands listed building on the outskirts of the town following its recent rebrand.

The new office at Ridgeworth House, Liverpool Gardens, has undergone an refurbishment ahead of the move, which took place earlier this week, and features a training suite created to deliver the company’s training courses on its Adapt recruitment software – previously known as AdaptUX. The suite will also be used for training of Erecruit’s own teams.

• Midlands & Thames Valley recruitment firm Gleeson Recruitment Group has launched a built environment division led by divisional manager Stephen Brandsma and business partner Maria McElvenney.

• Edinburgh-based recruiter Head Resourcing is opening an office in the Spinningfields area of Manchester, headed by regional director Jon Musgrave.

• Graduate careers specialist Prospects has launched Luminate, an online resource for school leaver, student and graduate employment market information. The service – featuring analysis, research, advice, views and trends – is aimed at careers advisers, recruiters, employers and anyone interested in labour market information.

• National training provider Solvo Vir has this week launched a higher-level management qualification for the recruitment sector. The new ILM-accredited management training will be looking at management theory, skills and processes through the lens of a manager in the recruitment industry, with industry-relevant examples, tasks and scenarios.

Ian Knowlson will be leading many of the workshops, which will be run in Manchester and London, and businesses will be able to access funding to pay for all or part of the training.

• HR company Uptree has launched. Uptree connects young people in education (aged 16-20) with employers and professionals for events, work experience and apprenticeships. The new professional network and careers platform aims at giving young people the opportunity to make numerous professional connections before leaving school.