New to Market

20 January 2020


Novacare, a care industry service and solution provider, has developed a dedicated jobs board for Scotland’s care sector. The launch of this online and mobile-friendly service – – will coincide with the Scottish Government’s Adult Social Care Recruitment Campaign starting next Monday [27 January 2020], which aims to attract new recruits into adult social care, particularly within care homes, care at home and housing support.

15 January 2020

Start-up of the Month: Able Bridge Recruitment

Joe Savidge, the founding director of the Edinburgh-based firm, told Recruiter the business would serve as an antidote to agencies that are disreputable and that operate with no ethics.

“This is ethics at the core. The whole idea is we’re going to treat individuals in the same way I would want to be treated myself,” he said.

“Also, I am going to be donating a percentage of the profits to two charities – one is Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the other is an organisation called Health In Mind, which is a mental health charity.”

He added: “It’s about having a detailed understanding about what candidates and clients are looking for, and giving comment on the marketplace, as well as value-adds – things such as networking, and generally ensuring the service can be provided rapidly.”

Looking ahead for the remainder of the year, Savidge revealed he wanted to build a cash reserve for the business, establish a physical office in Edinburgh and explore expansion into the interim marketplace.

14 January 2020


• AppJobs GAP, a new platform for hiring gig-workers, has launched. The platform uses an AI algorithm, which chooses only those candidates that match the recruiter’s requirements. AppJobs GAP claims to have access to more than 750,000 gig workers.

• Logistics recruitment and distribution company Challenge-trg Group is rolling out a brand refresh with the aim of bringing its subdivisions under one name. The company, which acquired trg Logistics last year, has updated its logo, bringing both Challenge and trg together.

The new look will be rolled out across all internal and external communication materials, Challenge-trg’s new website, set to launch in the coming months, and will involve the reskinning of Challenge-trg’s training trailer. The trailer houses Challenge-trg’s inclusive training service, which provides bespoke packages for clients and first-class CPC driver-specific warehouse training. Brand communications agency STENCIL oversaw the brand refresh.

• International recruiter Frank Recuitment Group is to open another office in the US in Chicago, Illinois, creating over 80 jobs in the area. The location is 550 West Van Buren Street and it opens on 20 January. Newly-appointed executive vice president Rob Schaust leads the Chicago office. 

• Global recruiter Gi Group has drawn together the businesses of TACK UK and TMI UK to create specialist learning and development organisation TACK TMI UK & Ireland. The move brings the two operations together, aligning the UK with the rest of the global market where Tack TMI operates as one entity.

7 January 2020


• Financial consultancy Bishopsgate Financial has launched Cirrstra, an online platform that manages and engages with their large flexible talent pool. It aims to meet the challenge of identifying the right temporary staff and contractors quickly, while also ensuring the teams mobilised have access to a central repository of knowledge and tools they need to do their job well.

• Specialist recruitment firm Encore Personnel has opened an office in Peterborough’s city centre led by divisional manager Martin Knowles. The new office is Encore’s 10th in the UK.

Martin Drake has launched Lancashire-based recruitment agency Higher People. The agency, which works with companies and candidates across Lancashire, aims to change the negative perception of recruitment agencies and provide both jobseekers and businesses with a positive experience throughout their recruitment journeys.

• Multi-sector recruiter Pareda Recruitment has moved to a new head office at Sunderland Software Centre. Pareda supports clients to recruit specialist candidates for the engineering, manufacturing, energy, contact centre, financial services, fintech and professional services sectors.

• Flexible workforce solutions provider The Best Connection has opened a branch in Doncaster to support local people with finding temporary work assignments across the driving, industrial, manufacturing, engineering, logistics and warehouse sectors. The new office is located at Priory Walk near to the city centre.

6 January 2020

LennonWright looks to thryve. in 2020

Effective from today, the recruiter, which has a strong presence in the German market with branches in Berlin and Munich, in addition to its branch in London, will now be called thryve. 

“We want everyone connected to us to thrive,” explains MD John Lennon. “thryve. has grown steadily since we started back in 2015, but in 2019 we experienced accelerated growth both in terms of new clients and new team members, so much so that we have put in place an aggressive ‘2020 vision’ for this year, including doubling our team size, tripling our client portfolio and rebranding to a more dynamic and recognisable brand.”

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16 December 2019


• Yorkshire-based Castle Employment Group has expanded its Newchase Court office in Scarborough, bringing together all its divisions. The York Place office will now function flexibly to accommodate registration appointments to those unable to access the new office.

elbo, a UK based start-up aimed at helping employers find the best tech talent, has launched. elbo aims to overcome what founder John Bentley describes as “outdated hiring practices”. Among its features are a candidate profile builder, a psychometric profiling tool and an interview scheduler that Bentley says eliminates the need for job specs, CVs, recruitment agencies and job boards, and results in “highly relevant shortlists in minutes”.

• North Wales-based recruiter Supertemps is expanding by opening a new office in Bangor. Four staff will be based at the company’s new Parc Menai site. The company has offices in Colwyn Bay and Anglesey, and a team specifically covering Chester and North-East Wales.

9 December 2019


• Law firm Birketts’ employment team has developed a ‘Shaping Excellence’ course focused on effective recruitment. The course is specially tailored to help people managers deliver a fair recruitment process in line with discrimination law requirements, providing practical advice and guidance across all the recruitment stages.

• Specialist recruitment firm Encore Personnel has launched Encore MHE (Mechanical Handling Equipment) Training. The new MHT Training arm, headed up by national account manager Neil Cook, will provide training and skills for employees operating forklift trucks and other mechanical handling equipment to obtain compulsory licences as part of their job. 

The free training is RTITB (Road Transport Industry Training Board) approved and is now available for clients’ permanent and temporary staff, including those that are not supplied by Encore.

• Online platform Engaging Works has launched Business Premium, a new service enabling businesses to create events, generate business leads and promote jobs.

Hamlyn Williams, a recruitment firm specialising in placing mid-senior level professionals within regulated industries, has expanded its New York City operation. The firm has signed a new lease at 123 William Street taking on an entire floor that can accommodate up to 150 staff.

• Audit & professional services recruitment firm Hanami International has launched a revamped website featuring job alert functionality for candidates.

• Global talent management consultancy Ignata Group is opening a new office in Geneva, Switzerland to support its existing European bases in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin. Ignata will be providing recruitment services to clients across the region including strategy, consultancy and data solutions to build on its well-established client base. The Swiss operation will be headed up by a team of specialists working in a variety of sectors, including actuarial & investments, international fashion and life sciences.

• Global executive search firm Walter James has launched a new website following its recent rebrand and website launch of life sciences arm Euromedica, acquired in 2016.

3 December 2019


• Recruitment process outsourcing provider Cielo has opened a full-service recruitment delivery centre in Manila, Philippines, following new global and regional client wins.

• Digital accountancy agency Crunch has launched an IR35 solution for contractors, businesses and recruitment agencies. The new service helps ensure compliance can be met for the new IR35 rules taking effect from April 2020, when the IR35 off-payroll rules will be extended to the private sector.

• Cybersecurity recruitment firm EliteCyber has launched a rebrand refresh supported by launch of its new website.

• Tenancy referencing firm FCC Paragon has launched a new service, RECREF, enabling the company to perform pre and post-employment screening and background checks to both recruitment agencies and direct employers alike.

• Experienced education recruiter Katie Leng has set up First2Education, an agency covering a range of roles including primary and secondary school teachers, newly qualified teachers (NQT), senior leadership positions, SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) specialists and education support staff.

• Scottish recruiter HRC Recruitment welcomes Tony Baker as information technology team manager to lead its new, dedicated technology division.

• Global workforce management solutions provider Humanforce has launched a workforce management solution app designed to be fully compliant with accessibility recommendations, in a bid to make the workplace more inclusive for people with disabilities and an ageing population.

The app complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA rating. This means it meets 100% of the recommendations for making content accessible to people with disabilities – including colour-blindness and low vision.

• Indian staffing agency Suna Solutions has launched a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solution alongside a new office in India. The new office will be Suna’s ninth location and will be led by Melvin Singh, director of recruiting and operations.

Jessica Heagren has launched That Works for Me, a new online flexible working platform. Offering both freelance and permanent opportunities across the UK, the platform aims to bring open minded businesses and professionals in need of flexible working opportunities together.

• Leeds-headquartered financial search and selection consultancy Woodrow Mercer Finance has launched a new division specialising in recruiting credit control professionals.

Credit control specialist Jodie Lazenby has joined the firm to manage the new division across Woodrow Mercer Finance’s offices in Leeds and Hull, working alongside Georgia Dutton. They will focus on the search and selection of entry-level positions through to senior management roles within credit control throughout Yorkshire, the Humber and the North-West regions.