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12 August 2020


Fide Careers, a Leeds-based accountancy and finance recruitment company with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, has been launched by founder and recruitment expert Javed Bobat, alongside its charity sister company, as a result of the mental health crisis worsened by Covid-19. Fide Careers works with companies and finance teams after filling the job to offer enhanced levels of mental health and wellbeing support.

Bobat has also launched a community-interest company, funded by the revenues from Fide Careers – [email protected]#! Mental Health. The charity is a mental health and wellbeing hub specifically for the accountancy and finance sector. [email protected]#! Mental Health is a confidential, one-stop hub, providing everything from signposting, free wellbeing and mental health resources, workshops as well as subsidised mental health and workplace wellbeing solutions. Companies and employees can access the hub at any time, whether they are recruiting or not.

11 August 2020

Berry Recruitment expands into Wellingborough

While Berry still serves its previous East Midlands base of operations in Northampton, the company has improved its access to nearby locations in Kettering, Corby and Daventry by expanding to Wellingborough, which is North-East of Northampton, a company statement said.

Regional manager Rachel Murphy said the expansion to Wellingborough “made sense in many ways”, including easier access to the A14 corridor, which heads East to the A1 interchange, then Cambridge, Ipswich and Felixstowe.

The branch’s driving, industrial and construction departments are seeing an upturn in the current climate, with another key area of client interest in ‘Covid chaperones’, who manage queues and enforce social distancing, Murphy said.

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7 August 2020

Nano Search & Selection expands into the UK market

Led by principal consultant Luke Wigfield, Wirral-based Nano Search & Selection works with major companies in large-scale battery technology to identify key contributors and leaders in research, development and applications, including such roles as engineers, electro chemists, project managers and technicians.

In a company statement, Nano said that the utility-scale battery technology was currently flourishing because of falling component costs and a need for greater grid flexibility.

Wigfield has previously worked in recruitment in European green and electrification technologies, including the automotive sector, the statement said.

Entrepreneur Gary Dewhurst is a key investor in Nano.

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4 August 2020

iO Associates opens Tampa, Florida office

The new US arm will specialise in cloud technology staffing solutions.

The Bristol-headquartered firm, part of Precision Resource Group, has been supporting clients in the UK for over five years, during which time its Bristol office headcount has grown to 70 employees.

The company says strong investment and demand for financial services, insurance, medical and defence sector staffing has driven its expansion into Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

The office launch has been led by managing director Lloyd: “We are thrilled to be expanding into the US cloud technology space and to be introducing something new and unique to the Tampa staffing market. Our success in the UK has cemented our position within the marketplace and we look forward to welcoming our new US client base.”

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29 July 2020


• In an effort to help local employers after the Covid-19 lockdown, Wilmslow-based IT recruitment agency Senitor Associates will be placing all IT contractors for free, and helping candidates to get back to work. For the foreseeable future Senitor will be placing all contractors with absolutely no agency margin for the first four weeks of their employment – allowing companies to on-board tech talent free of charge.

22 July 2020

Start-up Spotlight: Surya Recruitment

After joining TimesTwo Investment’s programme, designed to accelerate the growth of recruitment start-ups in January, she explains: “We had already developed the brand – the message of which was ‘we need to find new ways to resource a changing world’.

“So as we headed into lockdown we were already ready to go, and as things started to roll-out we realised that everything we stand for about challenging the status quo to increase the talent pool in the energy and renewables energy sector was still relevant.”

Graham says she and her resourcing manager Leon Simpson “are hugely passionate about helping the green economic recovery and supporting businesses with the best talent possible as we all emerge in a different way from the pandemic”. Having worked in the energy sector for more than a decade, and with her colleague also an expert, she says their contacts “are the best in the business”. Surya can also offer the sector “a real choice” by finding people from different backgrounds, “something that is desperately needed”.

“We want to be pioneers and help others achieve success in their field. And we want to make a real and meaningful difference in the world by placing incredible people in some of the world’s most important jobs.”

21 July 2020


• Finance and technology specialist Hunter Bond is launching a virtual open week to find new talent to join its growing team. The recruiter is looking to hire five recruitment consultants during its open week from 27-31 July.

The recruitment process will involve initial introduction discussions with Hunter Bond, where suitable candidates will go on to being offered a full-time position with Hunter Bond within a week or so. For more information, click here.

14 July 2020


• Leeds-based Bila Group, a specialist global recruitment organisation operating in the construction, infrastructure and engineering industries, has refreshed its website, complete with job alert functionality for candidates. Backed by James Caan CBE as part of the Recruitment Entrepreneur portfolio, Bila Group’s new website is “designed to engage with UK and international talent”, according to managing director David O’Connell.

Factorial HR, a Spanish technology start-up from Barcelona, which develops software for human resources management, is expanding into the UK. In addition, during the coronavirus lockdown period, Factorial HR software is available free of charge.

• Talent acquisition solutions firm Oleeo has launched the Oleeo Recruiting Enablement Platform. The platform is an enterprise-wide recruiting technology solution that leverages data, artificial intelligence and automation to help recruiters make great diverse hires more efficiently and effectively.

• East Midlands-based multi-sector recruitment agency Recruit 2 You has launched an easy-to-use app to help match jobseekers to the right roles in a quick and simple way. Available on the App Store and Google Play, the five-star rated app allows registered users to receive instant tailored job alerts, that directly match with their chosen criteria.

• Luxembourg technology start-up skeeled has launched its innovative, AI-based predictive talent acquisition software in the UK to make it easier, faster and more efficient for employers and recruiters to attract, select and hire the right talent.

skeeled’s software automates the early and resource-intensive steps of the recruitment process: the publishing of offers, CV screening, scheduling first phone interviews and face-to-face interviews. The platform’s predictive AI technology screens candidate profiles, and ranks and evaluates applicants against an employer’s job specification, selecting only candidates that meet and match the requirements.