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15 November 2019

Start-up of the Month: Storm2

A former managing director of global recruiter Phaidon International has set up Storm2, a recruitment agency dedicated to finding fintech talent.

Speaking to Recruiter, James Brown revealed his agency would only place fintech talent, and was prepared to walk away from any client demands to place talent outside of this sector requirement.

“The fintech sector is growing exponentially and it is only serviced by generalist technology recruitment companies or smaller boutiques, and one-man bands… It needs a dedicated, specialist recruitment solution on the agency side.

“All we do are fintech roles at senior or experienced level around the £100k mark on the technical side into London and Europe.”

Brown added the agency has mirrored its consultant core specialisms against the requirements of fintech companies. These core areas include machine learning, data science, data engineering, fullstack engineering, devops, site reliability, mobile and Android, and project management.

According to Brown, the agency has also benefited from £1m in seed funding from backers, which has enabled it to invest in an advanced technology platform, allowing the agency to find candidates much quicker than its competitors.

On future plans for the business, Brown added: “The plans are to double in size. We’ve gone from 0-20 in the first two months, so we’re growing at quite a rate of knots as it is. Ahead of that, we will start to look at international expansion.”

12 November 2019


• Workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions provider Kronos has announced a series of product updates. These include Kronos Incorporated's introduction of Advanced People Analytics for itshuman capital management(HCM) full-suite solutions, applying machine learning to real-time data available across the employee lifecycle to provide personalised and proactive people-centric insights, predictions, and recommendations, the launch of intelligent time clock Kronos InTouch DX and the addition of global capabilities and enhancements to Workforce Dimensions.

• Specialist international financial and professional services recruiter Oliver James Group has launched a dedicated quantitative search brand in the UK and North America. Based in London, Trace operates globally across three main areas of specialism - hedge funds, asset management and systematic trading.

WorkSpott, a London-wide network of drop-in workspaces, has launched. The team at WorkSpott open up restaurants, bars and hotels to offer a space for flexible and remote workers to come together and work.

5 November 2019


• Careers site (ATTB) has launched a ‘Pushajob’ service. Developers at the global job aggregator have created and successfully tested their web push notification software, which is now available and live on several UK and US jobsites.

The system enables users to install a couple of lines of code to a website, which means when a user visits a recruiter’s website and lands on a search results page, Pushajob asks them if they want to receive job notifications. Once a user has opted-in, the software will automatically send them job alerts matched to their previous job search. For high volume traffic sites there is a free revenue enhancing affiliate service powered by ATTB.

• Huntress Search has launched specialist brand Birchrose Associates, specialising in fee earner recruitment for law firms across London and the Home Counties. Birchrose Associates will be run by Lauren Skinner, who joins Huntress as head of legal recruitment.

• Glasgow-based global recruitment technology start-up Candidate.ID has rebuilt its talent pipeline automation product to make it simpler to use by recruiters and recruitment marketing experts. The update provides enhanced candidate searching, and a single login and integration with ATSs and HR suites.

As well as campaigns, emails and text messages can also now be sent as single activity and businesses can separate their business functions into multiple, separate pipelines.

• International recruiter NES Global Talent has opened a new office in Chapel Walks, Manchester city centre. NES will retain its offices at Station House in Altrincham as its global headquarters.

• Flexible workforce solutions business The Best Connection has created a ‘super-branch’ in Mansfield to serve its customers in the East Midlands. Due to growing demand for temporary staff from businesses in the driving, industrial and warehouse sectors in the locality, the company has merged its teams from Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield to consolidate its presence and activities at a central employment hub in the region located at 39B Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, NG18 1LA.

• Niche heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) staffing specialist Thornhvac has launched Thornhills, a new tech division specialising in hiring Javascript developers. Thornhills will be headed up by experienced IT recruiter Liam Wilson and will focus on sourcing candidates with experience in frameworks including Node, React, Angular and Vue.

• From today, online recruitment firm StepStone will operate as Totaljobs Group in the UK, as the organisation looks to leverage the equity in the Totaljobs name. Totaljobs Group has also revealed a refreshed brand identity for with a new logo, typeface and iconography.

Meanwhile Totaljobs Group has rebranded ‘The Partnership’ as ‘the Totaljobs network’, further cementing Totaljobs as the lead brand. This move is a progression from the launch of ‘The Partnership’ in May 2018. While each brand will continue to operate as separate sites for jobseekers, each vacancy will now be advertised automatically across the relevant sites in the network.

TS Grale has significantly expanded its Leeds city centre office after moving into new premises on King Street. The executive search and recruitment specialist relocated into a newly refurbished, 1,500 sq ft office suite in the heart of Leeds city centre’s financial district. The company was previously based in a smaller unit, within the same building.

• London-based CareTech company Lavanya Plus has launched WeMa Care, a new business-to-business solution for HR teams, enabling firms to offer help to working carers by connecting employees to professional care providers.

28 October 2019


• Recruitment software provider Mercury xRM is opening a new office in Sydney, Australia, and has appointed Clair Simmons as office head.

21 October 2019


• Cloud computing company for the recruitment industry Bullhorn has released Bullhorn One Commercial Edition with Integrated Payroll. Bullhorn One Commercial Edition allows firms to power their business on a single solution.

• Glasgow-based recruitment technology start-up Candidate.ID has launched a free Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) platform. The free CRM tracks candidate interactions, including email opens, link clicks and activity on the careers site. It also notifies recruiters when candidates undertake meaningful activity, such as reviewing job descriptions.

• Digital staffing specialist clockworkTalent has moved from its previous West Sussex location in Haywards Heath to Eastlands Park Estate in Horsham.

• Specialist recruitment firm Encore Personnel has launched Encore Interim – a new division led by director Phillip Machell. The division will focus on supplying senior management recruitment solutions across a range of industries and functions.

• Recruitment giant Hays and global start-up ‘super connector’ Empact Ventures, are set to expand their support to tech start-ups and scale-ups in a series of 12 ‘Super Connect Series’ events across the UK and Ireland. The events bring together emerging tech start-ups and scale-ups with decision-makers at corporates, brands, SMEs, non-profits, investors, grant bodies and funding providers to explore collaboration and funding support based on mutual need.

They will feature a series of tech talks with a range of innovative pitches from tech start-ups and scale-ups and run as part of a regional roadshow in 12 cities and towns across the UK and Ireland from October 2019 to June 2020 following a successful pilot in five areas including Bournemouth, Bristol, London, Cambridge and Leeds. Event themes include artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), fintech, cyber security, medtech, retailtech and fibre network/5G, AR/VR.

• Former BBC Apprentice winner Ricky Martin’s new podcast debuts today [23 October]. ‘Recruiter Ricky – How to Get Hired’ launches with James Reed, chairman of recruiting giant Reed, and Julie Deane, CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Future episodes will see Martin, managing director of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, meet with the chief operating officer of Google UK and Ireland, Dragons’ Den investors, Apprentice interviews, leaders from the REC and APSCo, and Recruiter’s very own DeeDee Doke on 4 December. To access the podcast, click here for Apple users and click here for non-Apple users.

• Fintech start-up Limber has unveiled a new version of its app. Previously designed as a means of matching workers with unfilled shifts in the hospitality sector, Limber’s focus is now as a ‘Slashie Co-operative’ – a place where Slashies (workers with more than one profession – eg. accountant/mechanic/barista) can manage their finances, get paid and earn equity without the need to hire accountants, worry about self assessment or set up a company.

• International recruiter Robert Half has taken space at the Dakota building in Weybridge, owned by the RO Group. The firm has moved into the entire third floor of more than 3,000sq ft in size.

• Rugby-based recruiter Dean Williams has partnered with The Jarell Group of companies, to launch Rocket Staffing Group, a new recruitment agency providing both temporary and permanent recruitment services across Rugby, Coventry and throughout the East Midlands in the industrial, logistics, commercial, education and healthcare sectors.

Birmingham-based Michael Dufty Partnership and Emms Gilmore Liberson provided financial and legal advice to support the launch.

17 October 2019

Start-up of the Month: Citizen Kind

The founder of Citizen Kind wanted to launch a recruitment agency connecting candidates and clients who believe in minimising their environmental impact on the planet.

Emma Osborne, the London-based recruitment agency’s vegan founder, who became a vegan four years ago, told Recruiter the agency is focused on helping sustainable, ethical and vegan businesses find brilliant people.

“In terms of the people I am finding for the businesses, they don’t necessarily have to be vegan but they do have to be conscious consumers in a similar way … They don’t have to absolute or extreme in any way but it’s more for people who really care about the planet and want to put some more meaning into their careers by going to work for a company that’s doing some good in the world.”

But Osborne added she wanted to make sure the agency minimised its own impact on the planet. One example of this is that her business cards are printed on recycled cardboard using vegan ink.

And while the agency recruits across all sectors, initially mainly at senior level, Osborne said she was prepared to turn away candidates and clients who didn’t share her beliefs. Although she didn’t foresee this being a problem.

“I anticipate I’ll only be attracting companies and candidates who share those values. It’s very unlikely that I’m going to have a meat farm come to me to find them someone, so I’m not anticipating that is going to be an issue.”

14 October 2019


• A new industry board to head up a campaign to boost productivity and improve wellbeing in the workplace has launched. Formed by leading communicator in business opinion and debate, EP Business in Hospitality, the Fuelling Productivity campaign has attracted close to 30 key industry players to its board all driven by the impact the great food and service can have on social connectivity and general wellbeing in business. The board members include representatives from organisations such as Nomura Bank, Sodexo, law firm Bird & Bird and contract catering company Compass.

• Global engineering and technical workforce provider NES Global Talent has opened an office in Mannheim, Germany. The company says this is in response to increasing demand for highly-skilled specialists in the German market.

• Recruiter and trainer Jim Clarke has launched a consultancy, The Levy Company, that aims to help recruitment consultancies to use the Apprenticeship Levy more effectively so they can develop their staff and provide added value to their clients. 

• Newcastle-Upon-Tyne based Recruit for Health has launched a new recruitment toolkit that combines a number of practical tools, including a digital interview guide that can be used at recruitment events, and an assessment centre that promises “a fun and engaging experience” for candidates.

Louise Gatenby has launched The Good Board. The executive search firm aims to find, support and develop boards and leaders capable of leading companies in way that both sustains the planet and is profitable. The Good Board will be based in Chester and London. Gatenby, whose 25-year career in leadership consultancy includes co-founding The Orcid Partnership, remains a director at Orcid.

• Oxford-based Zegami has launched a tech platform that allows employers to identify which employees are most likely to leave. The new programme, called Zegami HR, is based on a bespoke algorithm that considers factors, such as age, pay, benefits, package, and whether employees are satisfied with their working environment.


7 October 2019


• Independent job board CV-Library has launched Quick Apply – a new feature enabling recruiters to specify when a CV isn’t needed to apply for certain jobs, making it easier for candidates to apply for these roles. Clients can continue to post their jobs as normal, but will now have the option to specify if a CV isn’t mandatory in order to apply.

• Life sciences executive search firm Euromedica has rebranded and launched a new website. In 2016, Euromedica was acquired by Walter James, an executive search firm backed by former Dragons’ Den star James Caan CBE and part of the Recruitment Entrepreneur portfolio.

• Recruitment marketing specialist JVP Group have moved to new offices on the New Vision Business Park located next to St Asaph Business Park. The move is a key part of the recruiter’s significant three-year growth plan.

• Nationwide recruiter Search Group has relocated its Manchester operation to a new central location at new, fully refurbished and larger premises at Corner Block on the junction of Quay Street and Deansgate in a bid to accommodate continued growth and give employees an improved working environment.

• The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched a suite of free online resources outlining steps voluntary organisations can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents beneficiaries, staff and others from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

The resources were developed collaboratively by an NCVO-led partnership made up of expert organisations, created to deliver phase 1 of the Safeguarding Training Fund. Included in the resources is an explanation on what people recruiting into voluntary organisations/charities should think about during recruitment, including role descriptions, interviews, getting references and when to carry out criminal record checks.