New to Market

14 October 2019


• 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.

30 September 2019


• Recruitment software provider Access Group has launched Access Accelerator. The software, which launches at the Recruitment Agency Expo tomorrow [2 October], combines Access’s recruitment CRM with a candidate attraction web front-end using technology from Volcanic, which is now part of the Access Group.

• The Hoxby Collective, a community of self-employed professionals, has rebranded and will now be known as Hoxby, and follow a non-hierarchical profit-share model. In addition to refreshing the name, logo and brand message, Hoxby will share the company’s profits annually with the entire community.

• International marketplace of executive coaches Not Actively Looking (NAL) has launched a new service that will make it easier for senior executives to find qualified executive coaches. The service, previously visible only to executive members of the NAL platform, will now be available to anyone visiting the site, along with a range of career transition services to be provided by NAL.

PeopleScout is introducing its Affinix technology in Europe as part of its recruitment process outsourcing offer. The technology integrates a variety of tools in one platform to streamline sourcing, screening and candidate engagement with speed and scalability.

The product leverages artificial intelligence, recruitment marketing, a mobile-first application process, virtual assessment and scheduling, machine learning, predictive analytics and other technologies with a one-point applicant tracking system and vendor management system integration. It was launched elsewhere in the world in 2017.

• Fifty technology and telecoms employers across the UK have pledged support for a new industry-wide mentoring programme – the Rebus Mentoring Programme – to help senior women progress from managerial roles to board and top executive roles. The goal is to help achieve 33% of board positions being held by female leaders by 2020. Rebus, organised by Odgers Berndtson, a leading global executive search firm, is being launched at an event in London today in partnership with BT and Avanade. Business leaders from over 50 leading telecoms and technology employers planning to participate will attend.

• Welsh-based recruitment agency has launched an IT division, led by sector specialist Mo Alamgir. The division will recruit across software development, testing cyber security, project delivery, and cloud infrastructure and devops roles.

• Charity worker Amy Allen has launched Senploy, a recruitment website dedicated to uniting prospective employers and candidates within the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) sector.

Allen, who works as the lead school administrator at Cheshire’s The Seashell Trust – an organisation that supports children and adults with severe and complex learning disabilities – decided to create the SEND niche jobs site as an antidote to myriad generalist job sites that did not reflect the specialist needs of the sector.

• US enterprise career site and recruitment CRM technology provider SmashFly Technologies has released Pipeline Intelligence. The AI-driven sourcing engine aims to help talent acquisition teams better organise and match pipelines to skills and jobs, and understand the people within these pipelines, to prioritise recruitment marketing campaigns.

• US multinational transportation network Uber will this week launch Uber Works – a platform that connects workers with businesses that need to fill available shifts – initially in Chicago.

The platform enables users to get detailed information about shifts they’re interested in, including information about gross pay, work location and skills, or required attire, as well as allowing users to clock in and out and log breaks. Uber Works helps ensure timely payments to workers, and aims to provide more transparency and opportunities for feedback in the marketplace.

23 September 2019


• Chef booking service has launched. The platform matchmakes catering outlets and eateries with sought-after skilled chefs. Focusing on linking the specific requirements of the eatery with that of chefs, it allows chefs to build their own profile and set their own rates in order to sell themselves to hospitality customers.

• Business travel authority BTA has launched a job board on its website to provide support for the travel agent’s former members of staff following the collapse of Thomas Cook. Designed to showcase employment opportunities across its network of travel industry members and partners, the job board offers details of roles currently available including branch managers, product managers and account managers.

Roles are available from number of operators including Eurostar, Lufthansa and Marriott Hotels, as well as a high volume of business travel agents who have also pledged their support.

• Back-office to boardroom recruitment specialist Camino Partners has launched Camino Consultancy. The new division will be led by head of practice Harry Hewson and senior recruitment consultant William Birch. Replicating Camino Partners’ business model, Camino Consultancy will focus on placing all back-office to boardroom level professionals into the management consultancy sector.

CO3 Chief Officers 3rd Sector – a membership organisation for third sector leaders in Northern Ireland – has formally launched its bespoke executive and board-level recruitment service under a new brand. Engage Executive Talent is a social enterprise that offers recruitment solutions to organisations in the public, private and third sectors. It is led by CO3 CEO Nora Smith and newly appointed director Patrick Minne.

Few & Far, a talent consultancy formerly called Knowit, has today unveiled its new look and new services for early-stage up to fast-growth businesses, and large companies looking to transform and appeal to new talent.

These include Attract, a benchmarking process to help develop a strategy for talent. Build, where a Few & Far team member works internally and is supported by the wider external team to hire for product development teams quickly, and then Sustain, where Few & Far will offer companies of all sizes a variety of services to help continue to grow sustainable team for the future.

• Global background check and drug screening solutions provider First Advantage has launched XtdForce, a new screening tool. The solution offers mobile-friendly, candidate-powered workflows, with continuous monitoring features, digital badging capabilities and employer zero-cost options.

After providing the necessary screening criteria, XtdForce sets and enforces the organisation’s requirements. Contingent workers and strategic partners then engage directly with the solution, with XtdForce managing the process on the organisation’s behalf.

• North-East England recruiter Frank Recruitment Group is opening its latest office in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October, creating up to 90 jobs in its newest US location.

• Global strategic resourcing specialist Hortor has launched a new graduates training programme. Graduates will be led through the 18-week initiative delivered by Recruitment Training Group, comprising webinars and group-based training exercises. Each session will target a distinct element of the recruitment organisation, including SWOT analysis, organigrams, candidates, sales, ongoing business development and client meetings.

Throughout the programme, which will include homework assignments and additional reading and research, each candidate will also be offered support from a senior member of the Hortor team who will act as a mentor.

Upon completing the programme, a graduation ceremony will take place to reward each candidate with a certificate in recognition of all of their hard work.

• Scottish recruiter HRC Recruitment has launched ‘Back in Business’ – a new support programme to help professionals from a variety of backgrounds return to the workplace after a career break.

The programme aims to help experienced returners restart their careers and transition back into employment with a course of workshops to boost skills such as rebuilding professional confidence, CV writing, interview skills and networking. Candidates will then be put forward for paid returnship opportunities with partner companies, typically lasting four to six months.

While initiatives of this nature have typically been aimed at women returning to the workplace after taking time out to raise their children, the programme is open to professionals of any gender, at any stage of their career. The workshops will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh, starting on 1 October.

• Recruitment firm REED today launches a prize draw pledging to clear up to £50k of the winner’s student loan – and highlights the impact of debt on the incoming UK workforce. The winner will be chosen from an online draw on, which will be accessible to students and graduates in Great Britain who have an outstanding loan.

• Managing director of Smart Resourcing Solutions, Sophie Milliken, has published her first book. Learner to Earner is the recruitment insider’s guide to job success, and helps students and graduates looking to secure their first job.

• Staffordshire-based recruitment company Vantage Consulting has moved to a larger location within Staffordshire Technology Park where it has been based. The new office now includes increased room for the sales and back-office team and a chillout/kitchen area to encourage down-time for the team.

19 September 2019

Start-up of the Month: Walters People

The brand, which launched in France 15 years ago and is also in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland, will initially focus on contract and permanent recruitment in the accounting & finance and business support fields.

Walters People director Phill Westcott told Recruiter the brand aims to stand out in the market by making transactional recruitment more personal, combining technology with a human-led approach to deliver a more seamless recruitment experience.

The brand aims to do this by operating across four pillars of commitment:

Speed – through guaranteeing shortlists within 24 hours for contract roles and within 48 hours for permanent roles

Testing – through a partnership with a testing platform, candidates receive aptitude and personality profiling so they can be assessed on how successful they will be in the role

Video CV – digitising the CV by including videos of candidates describing their experience and skills

Quality assurance – digitalising the candidate registration process so there are no gaps in candidates’ work history or rights to work.

Looking ahead, the brand is seeking to expand across its parent company’s UK office network.

“At the moment, I’ve got 30 people who make up our Walters People business in London, but [Robert Walters Group] has a network across the UK with seven other offices. Our plan is to expand the brand into our regional businesses and expand on many of the disciplines that we can offer within Walters People, which will leverage the four pillars as the brand expands,” he said.

16 September 2019


• Recruitment marketing specialist ContentApp, founded by Kelly Robinson and Darren Westall, previously the CEO and CTO of recruitment software firm Broadbean, is rebranding and changing its name to Paiger. Paiger automatically advertises a recruiter’s roles onto LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook in a way that increases applications.

Alongside its rebranding, Paiger is also introducing three new features to its platform: passive candidate attraction; automatic spellchecking and gender bias; and website monitoring.

• Temp recruiter RedWigWam is holding a recruitment drive on Tuesday, 24 September 11am-6pm at the Slug & Lettuce in Queen Street, Blackpool. RedWigWam is hoping to fill short-term, flexible roles for Blackpool Football Club. New jobs include bar, waiting-on staff, kiosk staff, hospitality, and meet-and-greet staff at the club.

• Professional services and tech recruiter Stanton House is launching a new office in the US. The Chicago office will focus on cyber security recruitment solutions.

• Gurvinder Singh has launched TechRank – a recruitment company that sources, tests and ranks tech talent in a bid to help companies hire the best and most capable person for the job. By testing candidates for the level of skill the position requires, the firm says businesses will be able make an objective decision about the person they hire to fill a vacant tech role.

• Finance, learning and technology recruiter Woodrow Mercer has bolstered its Birmingham team by welcoming senior technology recruiters Nathan Upton and Samuel O’Leary as associate directors for a new division. Woodrow Mercer Embedded is aimed at the embedded software contract market.

9 September 2019


• Enterprise talent CRM Beamery has launched a talent operating system (TOS), a platform that allows enterprises to manage the entire talent journey with one system. Beamery’s TOS centralises a company’s candidate data, applications and talent operations, allowing recruiters to attract, engage and retain top candidates on one unified platform. Alongside the launch of the TOS, Beamery has released also a new iteration of its data enrichment engine Sherlock.

• The Hela Job app, an Uber-like locally focused, on-demand job hiring app, has launched. The app, launched by CEO & founder Ioannis Antypas, features real-time tracking, built-in messaging, one-click job requests, response times of 30 seconds or up to eight minutes and advanced scheduling.

• Enterprise career site and recruitment CRM technology provider SmashFly Technologies has launched an ‘apply overlay’ solution. The solution aims to reduce the barriers of the standard applicant tracking systems (ATS) process, and increases apply conversion. This is done by rebranding the experience to match the career site, eliminating registration steps and using data collected during apply to automatically create a talent network profile.

James Brown, previously group managing director at micro-specialist staffing group Phaidon International, has launched fintech recruiter Storm2. The launch has been enabled by seed funding of £1m from investment service Puffin Point. The Storm2 leadership team includes Jamie Robinson, formerly at Phaidon International and Harris Hill, and George Trewhella, formerly at Phaidon International and BSM Group. David Hunter joins as a strategic adviser.

• Legal recruiter Taylor Root has opened new offices in Dublin and Birmingham, headed up by Hamish Richmond and Darryn Hale respectively.

• Kent-based national recruitment and business services group HR GO has launched supply agency Teachright. The joint venture between HR GO and directors Sarah Mitchell, Luke Patsalou and Paul Cater also offers free educational solutions to schools, such as football coaching. Patsalou is a qualified football coach, Cater is a qualified teacher, while Mitchell is a director with RHL, the technical and engineering division of HR GO.

5 September 2019


• Medical staffing specialist the Cook Investment Group has moved to new offices at Clarendon House, Wymbush, Milton Keynes, relocating from its former home at Manor Court Farm, Old Wolverton, in the same area.