This week’s new launches include: Acorn, Be Personnel, Deel, Hofy, Linear Recruitment, Matrix, Nicholas Associates, RightCheck, THRIVE, uComply, Willo

• Recruitment firm Acorn has announced it is launching a new division named Acorn Building Services. It will combine the UK recruiter’s construction, mechanical, engineering and housing divisions into one, to help increase the availability of sustainable job opportunities for under-represented groups in all sectors.

With an initial focus on South-Wales and Bristol, its Acorn Building Services division will now help drive forward new projects and initiatives to further support its clients in contributing socially as well as economically to areas they work in too.

Lawrence Beach, client development director for Acorn, will be responsible for developing these initiatives, focusing on social value, people pathways, tenders and more. Operations director Osian John will also head up the new division in an operational capacity and drive the day to day running of the team involved.

• Scottish recruitment firm Be Personnel is opening a new office in Dunfermline, Fife. The firm recruits in the food processing, commercial, industrial and driving sectors, as well as recruiting for senior/management level positions. It will open its second Scottish office at the Flexspace Dunfermline business centre in October, staffed by an initial team of four working across recruitment and business development functions.

• Global payroll, compliance and hiring firm Deel has launched Deel Equipment in partnership with equipment workplace specialist Hofy to enable businesses to send remote team members equipment internationally it says in seconds, saving hours on manual tasks. Equipment rental on Deel operates on a subscription basis and pay a flat fee per piece of equipment, with pricing varying based on equipment item, location, and contract length. It is available for new and existing full-time employee contracts.

Linear Recruitment has announced its current owners have completed a deal to move the ownership of into an Employee Ownership Trust. This means its staff become owners of the company they work for. The recruitment agency specialises in the construction, power, infrastructure and rail industries across the UK, with offices in Newcastle, Manchester, Shirebrook, and its head office in Sheffield.

• Recruitment technology provider Matrix SCM, has launched a revamped brand identity and a new website. Matrix SCM will be named as Matrix. The new site includes features that aim to simplify the site’s navigation and bring it up to date as a valuable resource of information for agencies and clients alike.

Solution sections on the website is the provision for specialist areas such as:

  • Matrix Workforce - A fully managed neutral vendor service which delivers employers recruitment supply chains and systems for hiring and managing contingent workers.
  • Matrix Milestone - Where organisations can buy and manage statement of work, consultancy and professional services projects.
  • Matrix Talent Pool - Helping organisations build a pool of pre-screened, prospective workers who have indicated a desire to work with them.
  • Matrix - Our leading propriety platform which automates and manages every step of the temporary worker hiring process.
  • Matrix Umbrella – Provides fully compliant employment contracts and payments for contractors.
  • Matrix Payroll – Provides payment and compliance services for organisations who hire contingent workers.

• Recruitment and staffing solutions company Nicholas Associates has announced plans to open a new office in Leeds following the appointment of Michael Alderson as business manager. The new office will be on Park Row in the city’s business district and will specialise in temporary and permanent recruitment solutions for the built environment. The company is part of the wider Nicholas Associates Group, whose head office is based in Rotherham.

The group recently announced the formation of an entirely new specialist recruitment and staffing solutions company called Aristotle Partnerships.

• The Rightcheck platform has launched ‘My Rightcheck’, fulfilling the capability of the established regtech platform to address all key stakeholders needs. This new candidate-centric app is the third integrated component of this industry for addressing recruitment compliance.

• Learning and Skills platform THRIVE has launched Marketing Studio, a new service that combines consultancy and design to elevate the effectiveness and engagement of learning campaigns. The design side of the service will provide platform teaser videos, campaign banners and other branded resources, supporting L&D teams to deliver sleek, on-brand learning content and campaigns.

Marketing Studio’s consultancy offering means companies can extend their skills with workshops and apply a marketing approach to their learning strategies, helping them meet their business objectives and drive better results from their learning campaigns.

uComply has been accredited as an Identity Service Provider (IDSP) by a UKAS approved certification body to offer products to help perform ID checks. The audit is carried out against the UK digital identity trust framework and companies that pass receive the relevant kitemarks. It has launched a digital ID service uIDentify, which will:

  • send prospective employees an invitation to upload their own ID documents
  • on receipt of the documents ID authentication checks are performed using biometric data, liveliness and facial recognition
  • A pass/fail notification will be sent within 2 minutes.

• Recruitment technology platform Willo has created a new system that it says will “seamlessly” integrate digital right-to-work checks for UK, Irish and EU workers into the hiring process. The firm has built the tech as a result of a major change to Home Office regulations from 1 October, meaning employers will no longer be able to check workers’ right-to-work documents over video call or email. Willo’s authentication system is built-in as a step of the asynchronous hiring process, meaning applicants can complete identity checks without the need to rely on an external IDSP – creating a simplified process that also offers significant efficiencies for employers.

Elevate Talent launches across sports, media and lifestyle sectors

Full-service consulting firm Elevate has announced the launch of Elevate Talent.

New to Market 7 February 2024

ICO fines businesses more than £14.3m for misusing data

In 2023, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ordered 18 businesses to pay more than £14.3m in fines for misusing data, according to analysis by a cyber security and data protection consultancy.

Legislation 8 January 2024

Concept and Onyx merge as part of expansion drive

Specialist North-East recruitment firm Concept Personnel has embarked on an ‘ambitious’ expansion programme, starting with the merger with another recruitment business.

Contracts 18 December 2023


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