New to Market

17 April 2019

The Thrive Team

Search-and-selection specialist Martin Grady and experienced HR professional Alison Trodd have joined up to launch The Thrive Team, a search-and-selection, transition coaching and training provider.

Grady brings a 20-year search and selection background to the new business, having worked for firms such as Stonehouse Search and Selection, Hawker Chase Executive, ARM Consulting, MEG Recruitment Solutions, Matchtech and Manpower. Trodd has been in HR for more than 30 years, working for the NHS, the BBC, Boots and Butlin’s.

The Thrive Team places senior leaders in roles commanding salaries of between £80k and £200k, says Grady. But its support of the candidate does not stop when the placement has been made. Once a candidate accepts a role, the firm transitions them into that role during their gardening leave and notice period through coaching, so that they can be immediately effective in their new role. This coaching can cover a range of topics including emotional intelligence, their wellbeing – including mental health awareness – and issues they may have at home. “What that’s doing is helping them hit the ground running, and from the client perspective it’s taking the risk out of the hire,” Grady told Recruiter. “We’re often asked in recruitment: what’s the guarantee? And this is our guarantee, that they will have the right fit for the role and the culture, and they will absolutely be thriving in their new role.”

Asked about future plans for the business, Grady added: “We’ve got an associate pool, but we will take on permanent people and then grow it.”

15 April 2019


• Vendor management service provider Engage Technology Partners has launched a new self-sign-up service that allows recruitment firms to have a more streamlined service through complete automation of worker registration and compliance.

The platform aims to reduce the administration burden on management teams and ensures that recruiters have more time to spend on meaningful engagement. Through the service, contractors will be able to register, manage timesheets and upload all compliance documents, allowing ease of managing payroll online, and much more.

• Technology staffing specialist Frank Recruitment Group has opened a third office in Germany. The new Munich office is located at Herzogspitalstraße 24, 80331.

Chris Hughes and Steve Bromley, owners of HGV drivers supplier GO2 Drivers, have launched GO2 Personnel, a specialist recruitment company helping businesses find the right people for a range of roles.

Both businesses, based in Colwyn Bay, are part of the Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme. Bromley will head the business development side of the new venture, supported by a team of experienced recruiters. The two companies, GO2 Drivers and GO2 Personnel, sit under the GO2 People brand.

• Cloud solution HireFaster has launched. The platform offers real-time reference checking and on-boarding, and aims to mitigate fraud and cyber risk as well as cutting the cost per hire.

• Recruitment technology provider idibu has released the new idibu mobile app. The app delivers candidate management to mobiles and is available on both iOS and Android, and is compatible with all major recruitment CRMs.

Developed in-house, the app enables users to work through all new applications via a list. Data presented includes candidate profiles, key information, custom fields, links to social media, contact details. Users can also view the original CV. In addition, the app works with any candidate autoresponders users create.

• Healthcare staffing specialist Nurse Plus has opened an office in Durham, led by branch manager Rebecca Clish.

Glenn Southam, the founder of strategic marketing consultancy TwoEnds, has launched a network dedicated to recruitment marketers called ‘The Lonely Marketers’, supported by podcast shows and events.

9 April 2019


• Cheshire-based wealth management firm Equilibrium Asset Management has launched a new recruitment website and training academy. As part of this recruitment drive, Equilibrium has also created an internal training academy to develop talent – based around workshops and group debate, and aimed at employees who aspire to be advisers, team leaders and specialists.

New starters can also join the company’s ‘Growth Zone’ - a series of workshops involving quizzes, podcasts and group debate covering topics such as how to communicate with different personality types and finding out the best way to learn and take on new information.

• Global recruitment specialist McGregor Boyall has launched, a career site designed to showcase life at the agency and highlight training and career progression opportunities available to new and existing staff.

• Specialist staffing company Onezeero, part of the global Impellam Group, has announced the launch of their technology executive search division, which will be managed by directors James Secker and Daniel Brin.

• Energy drink distributor Red Bull has launched assessment tool Wingfinder. Wingfinder can be used as a pre-screening tool during selection, as well as a development tool at any stage of one’s career. The tool has been developed by a team of psychometricians and psychology professors from University College London and Columbia University New York, and is based on psychological research and scientific studies.

Wingfinder aims to help individuals and HR professionals gain insights around strengths and weaknesses to better leverage talents in the workplace, overcome hurdles and launch their careers, and is available worldwide in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

• Recruitment marketing automation software provider SmartDreamers has released SmartDreamers Academy, a hiring, talent acquisition and recruitment marketing automation learning centre. The Academy, which is free of charge to recruiters, offers users a series of courses on a variety of recruitment-related topics, with a quiz at the end of each one to give people the chance to test their knowledge. 

• Dave Geddes has joined fire and security recruitment specialist Zitko Consulting to lead its new sales division.

1 April 2019


• Recruitment start-up specialist provider 3R has moved into larger offices at the marina in Swanwick, Hampshire. The new address is 12 The Boat Yard, Swanwick Marina, Swanwick Shore Road.

Lauren Jow, previously of Hudson, and Hannah Green, formerly of Search Consultancy, have joined forces to launch Scotland-based HR, accountancy and finance staffing specialist Iconic Resourcing.

• Tech and engineering recruiter Roc Search has appointed Donal Roughneen country manager to lead its new Irish business. Roc’s Irish business will be focused on software development, QA & testing, IT support and project & programme management.

• Technology and business consulting services Sparta Global is opening of a new head office at 125 London Wall in the the City of London. The firm says the new location will offer a single location for its sale, support and development of Sparta Global’s consultancy offering.

Sparta primarily hires recent graduates, who are given free training in areas such as software development, devops, testing, data analysis, business analysis and project management. After graduating as trained technologists, they are known as ‘Spartans’ and are assigned to client sites across the UK.

• Entrepreneur and London-based investor Mike Raitsyn has launched Treylance – a freelance platform that matches designers with specific client specifications.

25 March 2019


• Specialist technology and field engineering recruiter Concept Resourcing has launched a procurement and supply chain division led by senior manager Jonathan Horrocks.

• Manufacturing and engineering staffing specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment has rebranded its energy division. The division now focuses on five core areas – electrification, renewable energy, water, power generation and nuclear – covering the entire project lifecycle.

• Newcastle-based recruiter Samuel Knight International is to open a new office in Baghdad led by Iraq country manager Haider Kadhim.

• Healthcare recruiter Remedium Partners has launched a CPD-accredited training course aimed at providing doctors who are new to the NHS with a more in-depth understanding of effective communication.

Following a successful pilot with London North West Healthcare NHS Trust in February, the agency has now extended this offering to other Trusts that are seeking to further support newly recruited overseas doctors.

• Multi-sector recruiter Swanstaff Recruitment has launched a new website. The site focuses on the customer journey, providing jobseekers with a streamlined ‘quick apply’ experience and is accompanied by a new tag line ‘for jobs you’ll love’. It is powered by Volcanic Recruitment’s platform, incorporating a job board, career advice and latest industry news.

• Engineering and construction firm The Carey Group is rolling out a new recruitment platform aimed at eliminating the risk of bias in its internal and external recruitment processes. The Applied platform uses behavioural algorithms to ensure that vacancies at the group are filled by the best talent.

22 March 2019


• Talent operating system Beamery has launched Search Assist. Powered by Behavioural Boolean, this allows users to easily combine keywords, geographic and historic data with live behavioural data and candidate interactions into sophisticated search strings that pinpoint highly relevant talent in their CRM database.

11 March 2019

Start-up of the Month: Greywolf Recruitment

Established agency polkadotfrog recruits into professional sectors such as office, commercial, finance and IT, while Greywolf recruits into construction, driving, engineering and industrial sectors, he explained.

The two firms share central services across HR, payroll, marketing, and PR, and offices across East Anglia. “We have been lean in shared costs and shared services, which has given us a good platform,” Skipworth told Recruiter.

But he expects that it’s the firms’ shared commitment to providing a professional service – more commonly associated with white-collar recruitment – that will make Greywolf stand out in the market.

According to Skipworth, blue-collar clients welcome Greywolf’s professionalised approach to blue-collar recruitment, which has involved taking the time for site visits to fully understand client requirements through a one-to-one approach. “The consultants we have taken on so far have all been experienced in their own field, so they can take the time and understand what the client is looking for and fulfil those needs,” he said.

Skipworth’s goals for the next year are to make Greywolf financially independent from polkadotfrog, and to establish Greywolf on all of the polkadotfrog sites, he said. While there is a Greywolf presence in Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich, it lacks a presence in Peterborough. A further goal is to ensure that Greywolf recruits across all four of its disciplines in each of the four locations, he added.

11 March 2019


• Global talent acquisition firm Alexander Mann Solutions has opened an office in Berlin to support its growing DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) client base.

• Personalised recruitment platform Beatmysalary is to be launched in the UK this month. The platform’s intelligent algorithms only allow relevant candidates to apply for particular jobs. Key information is displayed on personalised live profile cards rather than CVs. It also features a live application tracking function, which allows the candidates to know whether they can expect a call from the employer or not.

• Teacher recruitment service eTeach is relocating its global head office to Arlington Square in Bracknell from Monday (18 March).

• Technology solutions and engineering provider Arrow Electronics and freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace have launched ArrowPlus powered by The new platform allows Fortune 500 companies and technology creators to design and build hardware products through accessing skilled electronic and electrical engineers.

• Multi-sector recruiter HR GO has opened an office in Wroclaw, Poland. HR GO Recruitment (Poland) is based in the offices that joint venture Eclipse, the group’s specialist IT business, established as its head office in Wroclaw last year.

Poland recruitment manager Dominik Kostecki said: “We are initially planning to start with three recruitment consultants and grow to a full size branch through 2019.” The new business is looking to recruit UK-based Polish workers who wish to return home, as well as qualified people in Poland looking for high-quality roles in the UK.

• Ex-Royal Marine Peter Kelly has launched imployable – an app designed to bridge gaps in unemployment and facilitate career tracking. Candidates create a digital CV that is used to apply for jobs. The app in turn uses the CV to tell users how qualified and experienced they are for any job post they are viewing. Imployable is available at the app store for both iOS and Android.

• A French government-backed start-up ecosystem La French Tech has launched a fast-track visa system. The start-up visa is free, valid for four years, extends to family members and has an identical process regardless of the worker’s country of origin.

• French recruitment technology solutions provider PIXID has launched its myPixid vendor management system solution in Ireland. The launch of myPixid in Ireland follows PIXID’s recent launches in the UK and the Netherlands.

• Global specialist recruiter Robert Walters Group has launched #BreakTheCycle – a world-wide employee wellbeing initiative.

This year, more than 4,000 employees of the group will be challenged to #BreakTheCycle and do something fun, active, meaningful and inclusive with colleagues – with the goal of improving wellbeing and checking in on peers.

Already stepping up to the mark are the Hairy Handlebars, a team of two who are cycling 6,000 miles from Robert Walters’ London HQ to its offices in Tokyo – to raise money for men’s health charity Movember.

The pair are being sponsored by the Robert Walter, and the launch of the campaign will be marked by the Hairy Handlebars’ departure between 11.30am-12.45pm on Thursday 21 March in St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden outside Robert Walters Group HQ.