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13 April 2021

SSGC launches WLTS to deliver ex-service personnel to businesses

Swindon-based SSGC, which has mobilised military veterans to staff Covid-19 test centres and provide testing support at under-pressure schools across the UK, has already secured a £40m contract for its start-up business WLTS to provide personnel to Comensura, which manages supplies of temporary, permanent and contract labour. 

According to the company, WLTS specialises in handling complex vetting requirements such as DBS checks, BPSS, the government baseline security standard, and BS7858, the security benchmark approved by the British Standards Institute (BSI), through its bespoke automated solution.

A signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), an agreement to support veterans getting back into ‘civvy street’, WLTS will provide instant frontline services as Britain slowly emerges from lockdown.

David Stubbs, managing director of SSGC, said WLTS was part of the post-pandemic ‘normalisation’ process: “As the national requirements have changed, so has our offering, which is why the services provided by WLTS are focused on helping Britain get back to work. It specialises in trusted and rapid mobilisation of personnel that goes beyond testing for Covid-19 to the heart of what the nation needs to return to a form of normality.”

Stubbs explained that businesses in the hospitality, conference and events market will be needing experienced and vetted marshalling and stewarding personnel, and with the explosion in online sales to corporates upscaling temporary drivers, cleaners and administrators as they reopen, “the WLTS service can provide everything from the background checks to the actual feet on the ground” as the UK reopens.

Pictured above (l-r): David Stubbs, Demelza Staples and Andy McInnes from SSGC, which has launched WLTS

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13 April 2021


• Edinburgh and Glasgow-based executive search firm MM Search has launched its Summer 2021 Executive Intern Programme. MM Search, in collaboration with the Saltire Scholar internship programme, run by Entrepreneurial Scotland, has offered two paid Summer 2021 internships to students from St Andrews University and Herriot Watt. Third-year students Keava Low (International Relations, St Andrews University) and Harry Browne (International Business, Herriot Watt University) will take on intern executive roles within MM Search in May 2021.

6 April 2021


Capital Outsourcing Group (Food), which specialises in FMCG recruitment, has opened new offices in Boston in Lincolnshire after reporting significant growth across 2020. Owned by Birmingham-headquartered Jarell Group, Capital acquired MRN Recruitment in 2019 and after the successful integration into Capital Outsourcing Group, expanded operations throughout its base in Spalding and subsequently into the wider Lincolnshire area.

• Recruitment process outsourcing provider Cielo has launched Cielo TalentCloud, a flexible platform designed to accelerate the recruiting performance. Cielo TalentCloud is an RPO future-proofed, global cloud-based platform.

• Professional services firm KPMG UK has selected global technology recruitment solutions specialist Lorien as its key recruitment partners in the UK. Lorien will deliver an RPO solution for all permanent experienced hires at junior and mid-level grades. The partnership follows Lorien’s appointment as KPMG’s technology RPO partner in 2013. Lorien will be working with its office recruitment sister brand Tate to support non-tech delivery.

• Education recruitment firm Thrive Education has been launched by Ellis Thorne and his partner (a former teacher and supply agency user) to cover supply needs in the South-West. Thrive Education aims to establish and maintain genuine partnerships between the educational establishments and the teachers it places., a provider of primary source verification (PSV) services, has launched an updated blockchain service offering. The new platform brings together verified professionals in an ecosystem of trust, making it quicker and safer for businesses to hire the right people, and empowering individuals to accelerate their own career potential, according to the company.

29 March 2021


• Scotland-based IT recruitment specialist Be-IT has launched a new consultancy division, Be-IT Projects. The new division will use its pool of highly skilled technology professionals to help businesses manage and execute large scale digital transformations.

Bradstone Allington, a specialist recruitment and training provider, has launched a proactive solution to tackle rising youth unemployment figures in the form of remote training and recruitment opportunities. The first stage in that process will see it make a wide range of career mentoring and training courses available remotely to those seeking employment.

Bradstone Allington is urging graduates looking for employment opportunities to take advantage of its Work Placement Programmes. The specialist schemes combine mentorship, practical training and real-life work experience, giving jobseekers a competitive edge in a highly uncertain labour market.

• The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has joined forces with HR tech company MyKindaFuture to launch an innovative mentoring programme designed to help unemployed 18-24-year-olds find work through Jobcentre Plus.

The joint initiative will see MyKindaFuture’s online mentoring platform, Connectr, being used by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to provide jobseekers with the advice, tools and skills they need to secure a job. The project, which offers young people access to mentors from leading local and national employers, aims to tackle the rising issue of unemployment in Britain. The programme will benefit young people looking for all types of work, including apprenticeships and the Government’s flagship £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which offers six-month work experience programmes to young people on Universal Credit.

• Glasgow-based technical recruitment specialist Nine Twenty has transformed its business and operating model by switching to a franchised operation, mainly as a result of the Covid pandemic.

• Venture capital fund Recruitment Growth Catalyst has launched, backed by James Caan CBE’s Recruitment Entrepreneur business. Founded by serial investor and CEO of Kevin Edward Group Kevin Fasting, Recruitment Growth Catalyst backs entrepreneurial recruiters to build their own businesses. Caan who will play a key strategic role as chairman of the new venture.

• Flexible working company redwigwam has launched a dedicated service for the cleaning sector. Red Clean was established in response to the huge demand for cleaning personnel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Red Clean gives companies instant access to fully managed, flexible cleaning staff, handling all HR, payment and administration, and giving businesses the flexibility to scale up or down subject to their needs. New clients also pay no booking fee for the first job they place with the platform. It is also free to post jobs on the site.

Sixty Eight Jobs is a brand-new hospitality recruitment platform, powered by Sixty Eight People, providing a niche jobs board for hourly paid hospitality roles across Greater Manchester. Founded by Sixty Eight People founder Abi Dunn, Sixty Eight Jobs will look to connecting the most exciting hospitality businesses to the brightest stars in the industry.

• Engineering and construction recruiter VGC has added to its nine UK offices with a facility in Solihull, with an official opening by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. The new office is in addition to VGC’s existing base in Birmingham city centre, supporting around 150 local workers.

24 March 2021

Bradford recruiter targets US construction market in Florida

CNM Recruitment has launched a US website. CNM director Chris Mitchell (pictured) said that Florida seemed to be “the best place to introduce our services to the USA”. In providing construction executives, CNM has a niche focus on general contractors and architects’ consultancies.

Mitchell said further that he hoped the expansion will “counter-balance the slowdown we experienced in 2020”.

CNM, based in Bradford’s Eccleshill area, was founded in 2015. Its clients have included Portakabin and Stonehouse Projects.

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24 March 2021


• Sanderson Solutions Group has expanded Sanderson Projects into the technology space, responding to continued market demand for expert resource to deliver digital transformation and cloud migration projects. Sanderson Projects is a new approach to resourcing for project talent, placing significant financial risk on Sanderson as the recruitment partner, as the final fee is based on whether the contractors recruited achieve the client’s business objectives.

The initiative has been led by Adam Meadows, recently promoted to COO of the wider group, and Peter Hayes, a non-executive director of Sanderson Projects and former director of change management at Lloyds Banking Group. Victoria Proctor, who has been with Sanderson for more than nine years, has been appointed head of Sanderson Projects.

23 March 2021

Start-up Spotlight: Biotech Rec

Scott Hubball, director of new life science specialist recruiter Biotech Rec, believes that without his first boss in recruitment he wouldn’t be where he is now.

Having now launched his own recruitment business, Hubball began his career in the industry at Think Specialist Recruitment: “I was lucky enough to be trained by the MD, Chris Jones, who taught me all the principles to become a successful recruiter. If it wasn’t for him, I would not be in the position I am now.”

From Think SR, he moved into the life sciences sector, which he found “incredibly interesting and hugely rewarding”. He built relationships with individuals “in some of the leading life science companies around the world, along with exciting entrepreneurs who have innovative products hopeful of reaching the market”.

This was a catalyst in launching Biotech Rec: “Biotech Rec has a strong network of clients and candidates, which is growing daily. The best way to stand out in the market is to demonstrate relationships by repeat business.

“I wanted to take the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my life to build a company that utilises all the positives. I want to create a company that people will want to join by giving them the trust and support to achieve goals within their career and life.”

Moving forward, over the next year Hubball hopes to grow the team internally and (Covid dependent) open its first office, with a new joiner confirmed for April. Biotech Rec is a partner of Davidson Gray, which provides support to start-up recruitment businesses.

“We have aggressive growth plans and aim to be the pinnacle agency providing recruitment services to the life science sector,” he concludes.

18 March 2021


• Recruitment agency Encore Personnel has launched a new driving division in Nottingham, to source specialist freight and delivery drivers for its logistics clients across the East Midlands. The new division is Encore’s sixth driving hub in the UK.