New to Market

14 August 2018


• Luxury hospitality recruiter Change Group has launched a new business & commercial division, headed up Craig Prentice. The division will recruit executives, marketing, sales, HR, finance and business support professionals.

• Independent job site CV-Library has opened an office in Glasgow. Located in the Savoy Tower, the office will be led by regional director Paul Sykes.

• Background checking firm First Advantage has launched its smartphone-based mobile fingerprint capture solution. The solution ensures recruiters and employers no longer have to send their candidates to third-party collection sites for fingerprinting services.

• An employee at graduate careers site GradTouch has launched mobile game HR Hero. The game, made in one day by GradTouch employee Dan Kelsdall, aims to replicate the day-to-day struggles every HR professional can relate to.

To get to the end, players have to successfully run and jump through the office – collecting CVs and avoiding budget cuts and angry bosses, to find the right candidate. The game is already free to download and play via the app store.

• Cheltenham-based recruitment group InfoSec has launched InfoSec Search. The division, aimed at tackling the UK’s shortage of chief information security officers, is the third division launched under the InfoSec brand.
Managing director Chris Dunning-Walton will head up the division supported by CTO advisor Rob Stemp.

• Edinburgh-headquartered Meraki Talent is opening a new office on Sloane Avenue in the Chelsea area of London. The office will be headed up by Nathan Macfie, the agency’s senior manager for investment management and asset servicing, who is relocating from Edinburgh.

Stephen Fletcher has joined specialist recruiter MERJE as managing consultant to lead its new procurement division. Fletcher’s division will be working with new and existing clients to recruit for their mid- to senior-level procurement positions across the UK, such as chief procurement officer (CPO), procurement director and category manager.

MERJE recruits across compliance, credit risk & analytics, customer contact, finance & audit, financial crime & fraud, procurement and risk management.

• IT recruiter Sigmar has launched a new European Talent Hub in Tralee, Ireland, headed up by Shaun O’Shea, Sigmar head of European recruitment. The hub will house 50 new consultants recruiting for roles in IT for European markets with candidates from other countries.

New technologies, including robotics and Artificial Intelligence, will also be developed and tested there to accelerate Sigmar’s international expansion.

• Labour outsourcing firm Smart Solutions has opened a dedicated hub in Barking, East London. The office will act as the first port of call for jobseekers looking for blue-collar, HGV and waste disposal roles. 

The hub’s main focus will be to recruit candidates for existing client contracts in Wandsworth, Waltham Forest, Edmonton and Bromley, as well supporting Smart Solutions’ work in other parts of the South East of England.

• Enterprise recruitment marketing technology provider SmashFly Technologies has launched Emerson. The solution is an AI-powered recruiting assistant that is fully integrated into a smart candidate relationship management system.

• Legal search and recruitment consultancy SSQ is relocating its Rome office. The office’s new home is at Via Ludovisi 35, a central location which the group says will help strengthen strategic growth plans for SSQ Italy.

13 August 2018

Start-up of the Month: The Ability People

Former Paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson (pictured) and her business partner, experienced recruiter Dave Carter, are launching The Ability People (TAP), an agency focused on reducing the employment gap among disabled people.

Johnson told Recruiter that while the Newport-based agency will help both non-disabled and disabled candidates, a consultant at TAP will focus on helping disabled or impaired candidates into work.

Johnson, who has cerebral palsy, said the agency’s launch was inspired by a statistic showing more than 30% of disabled people are unemployed.

“If it was that high for any other minority group, then there would be uproar,” she told Recruiter.

“I was an athlete, and got to do something I loved for 20 years. Now I’m not swimming any more, I’m becoming more aware of the barriers to disabled people doing what they want to do or capable of doing rather than just taking a job because that’s the one’s that offered to them.

“I wanted to create an opportunity for people to have a work-balanced lifestyle but doing something they are good at it, to be the best version of themselves and, I hope, reducing the employment gap for disabled people.”

Johnson added that TAP has already won its first client – recruitment outsourcing specialist Guidant.

6 August 2018


• New recruitment firm Detail has opened its doors. Chronicle Live reports the Newcastle-based firm uses will aim to use AI to speed up the recruitment process as its software is able to learn which traits and characteristics employers are searching for when recruiting.

The firm has been launched by recruitment specialists Liam Paddison and Steve Rawlingson, the CEO and founder of engineering recruitment firm Samuel Knight International.

• Multi-sector recruiter Elevation Recruitment Group has opened a new office in Wakefield. The new facility triples the capacity of the office and gives the opportunity for future expansion of the business.

• Digital marketing agency Enhance Media has launched – a site to help in-house recruiters fully understand and demystify Google for Jobs.

The site aims to clear up confusion around Google for Jobs for inhouse recruiters explaining why it matters for employers and how to get a careers site listed. 

• Financial services recruiter Goodman Masson has launched a European division from its London office. Its initial focus will be across France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The firm revealed it started recruiting across cyber security and technology on a temporary and permanent basis within French banking and financial services but since expanded into actuarial for the French, Belgium and Luxembourg markets. Its next focus is to build out its European coverage across all finance and technology teams, recruiting for both graduates and experienced consultants.

• Executive recruitment company Monroe Consulting Group has launched two new online portals. Its client portal allows approved HR professionals, hiring managers and executive management access to its LiveList service, while its candidate portal allows job candidates to create online accounts and complete an on-boarding process, including selecting the types of job they are interested in and uploading CVs.

• Umbrella company Orange Genie Umbrella has launched Orange Genie Edge, a range of employee benefits, designed around research on what contractors want, and focused on improving their general satisfaction and wellbeing.

These benefits include:

  • Support and counselling on a range of subjects from qualified experts through a confidential helpline
  • 24/7 access to a GP by phone or webcam consultation, including prescriptions by email
  • Specialist support and advice for carers and parents
  • Fitness, nutrition and health advice, including practical help to lead to a healthier lifestyle


30 July 2018


• Global search firm Chad Harrison International have moved into a new, purpose-designed office in Liverpool city centre. The 200 sq m office is on the top floor of the Cotton Exchange building on Old Hall Street in the centre of Liverpool’s business district.

• International search & selection and interim recruitment firm Concilium Search has opened an office in the US on Park Avenue in New York City.

Newly promoted senior partners Oliver Harrison (head of Americas), Samuel Deane (head of permanent search, Americas) and Daniel Jeffery (head of contracts, Americas) have permanently relocated from the firm’s London HQ. Their joint remit is to manage and grow the agency’s business in the Americas.

PMP Recruitment, part of Cordant Group, has teamed up with charity Unseen to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery across the labour and supply chain industries.

As part of the ‘Be Seen, Be Heard’ movement, PMP will be encouraging its workforce, competitors, suppliers and clients to wear high visibility jackets emblazoned with Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline number.

The three-month campaign will see PMP’s employees sharing campaign materials with their industry contacts, including order forms for the specially-made jackets and other merchandise, such as wristbands, key tag fobs, hairnets, posters, snap bands and pens. Companies can use the forms to order and pay for the merchandise themselves, with 10% of the total order value going directly to Unseen.

In a separate move, Unseen has launched its new free smartphone Unseen app.

Rangam Talent Network has launched a new mobile app. Available on the App Store and Google Play, the app helps jobseekers with career planning and development by enabling them to apply for a position, track the status of each job application and send a notification to recruiters.

RHL (Recruitment Holdings Ltd), a joint venture with the HR GO Group of companies, has launched RHL Australasia. The new division is headed up by Paul Surridge, previously operations director for RHL UK, as managing director.

The business, operating from Sydney, will serve clients and candidates in Australia, New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

In the UK, HR GO Recruitment has opened a new branch in Dover, headed up by manager Lynsey Smith.

Selby Jennings, Phaidon International’s financial brand, has expanded into the Dallas, Texas region. Selby Jennings now operates across five US offices in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and now Dallas.

The Dallas office serves the financial services industry in the region, focusing specifically on supporting the emerging investment management and private equity markets in the area.

• Bristol-based start-up Sixty Seconds has released a video app enabling recruiters to create company-branded video job adverts by simply completing a form.

The videos provide an animated clip of job role, location and salary. Recruiters are set up with tailor-made templates designed to match their company brand guidelines. Any employee can then submit a form with job role and details. A fully edited, ready-to-use video job advert lands in their inbox ready to use within five minutes.

Videos can then be uploaded to social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook, alongside links to the job listing.

• Recruitment and talent communications agency Talent Works has moved into larger premises at a new 8,000 sq ft purpose-built workspace in Northampton. The New York loft style space was fitted out by workplace design business Area as part of a £465k project.

Sarah Gladwin has joined fire and security staffing specialist Zitko Consulting to head up its new dedicated in-house contract desk for the security and fire industry.

• Recruitment industry veteran Phil Pegden, and Caroline Pegden, who has a track record of delivering large digital transformations in government, have launched TempaGoGo.

TempaGoGo is an online marketplace dedicated to help temporary recruitment agencies compete more effectively against gig players. The platform aims to make it simpler for local, independent recruitment agencies to find and work with SMEs looking to hire temporary agency staff.

A smart matching algorithm, a rating system and a processing platform ensures agencies can receive leads matched to their specialism and locations, submit candidates, and manage bookings and timesheets from their desktops or their mobiles.

20 July 2018

Start-up of the Month: Career Cafe Coach

Former recruitment consultant Joanne Norfolk has set up Career Cafe Coach, a business dedicated to getting people ready for the jobs market.

Norfolk told Recruiter that over her 20 years in recruitment, she has found the fast-paced nature of the industry can mean some candidates with really good skills can be overlooked because they lack the jobseeker skills required to get them back into work.

To tackle this problem, her business offers a free Facebook community that gives jobseekers a platform to interact with one another. They also benefit from webinars and job search and career change-related articles Norfolk posts. She adds many of her paid-for clients have come to her through this ever-growing Facebook community.

The paid-for offering includes a CV and LinkedIn profile writing, and review service and coaching offering help with writing cover letters. Clients can also access 90-minute strategy sessions where they discuss with Norfolk a specific issue such as how to present themselves at interview. Norfolk also works with clients in sessions on improving their confidence before they go and see a recruitment agency.

Looking ahead, Norfolk revealed she would like to partner with a recruitment agency that can see the value of the service she offers in helping people she says are often sidelined in the jobs market.

17 July 2018


• Cloud computing company Bullhorn has moved its Asia-Pacific (APAC) headquarters to a new office on Pitt Street in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District, to support its continued growth within the region.

• International search and recruitment firm Pure has rebranded with the launch of a new logo, website and new brand values. The values are: Pure passion, Pure know-how, Pure clarity and Pure commitment. The agency has also launched a new brand video, which can be viewed here.

• Medical recruiter Remedium Partners has moved to larger premises in King’s Cross in London. The new 3,200sq ft premises has capacity for up to 50 employees, in line with the firm’s expansion plans.

Katy Harwood has launched Isle of Wight-based bespoke permanent recruitment services provider Sunshine Recruitment Solutions.

TempRocket, an online solution for booking temporary staff, has launched. Founded by entrepreneur Andrew Johnston, TempRocket works via a bidding system. Hirers and agencies can compare options and prices, and then make a bid for a contractor, with the option of making a counter bid, accepting or declining an offer, until they find someone who meets their requirements.

Johnston revealed developments are already underway for a number of additional features, including an accumulator, which shows hirers how much they have saved over time by using the platform.

10 July 2018


• Global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture, along with other UK employers and members of government, have launched West Midlands Pilot: ‘Transition to Work’. The programme aims to help young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) by bringing them together with organisations.

The project’s partners include Accenture, Movement to Work, UnLtd, O2, Youth Employment UK and West Midlands Combined Authority with support from the Cabinet Office and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Crown World Mobility has rebranded.

The rebrand includes a new website and visual identity, while the new brand will be rolled out across the company’s 101 world mobility offices across 53 countries.

The global mobility firm also announced the appointments of Liana Ciatto as vice president of account management and Nick Sutton as vice president of global business development.

• Boutique recruiter Dynamite Recruitment has moved from its Langstone Gate offices to Lakeside North Harbour – a 130-acre business office campus in Hampshire.

• Aberdeen-based Engage Talent Partners has launched. The agency, launched by founder and recruitment director Scott Leonard, operates an exclusive partnership model and has already secured projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Great Yarmouth and London.

• Back-office software firm ETZ Payments is launching a start-up version of enterprise recruitment back-office software. Startup 20/20, based on ETZ Payments’ back-office technology for large agencies, offers small businesses in the recruitment sector the same features at a fraction of the cost.

The new software enables start-up recruiters to focus on winning clients rather than administrative jobs, by fully automating day-to-day back-office tasks such as submitting and verifying candidate timesheets, chasing invoices, and settling payments.

• Professional and tech recruiter Real Time Consultants has moved to new offices Whitefriars in Bristol to provide more space and support for both its Real Time Consultants and RT Consulting divisions.

3 July 2018


• The Association of Professional Service Companies (APSCo) has announced a three-day trade delegation to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, starting on 9 October 2018.

Sponsored by Taylor Wessing, the delegation will include a programme of specialist briefings from recruitment professionals on the local business opportunities and market trends, along with practical tips on how to set up and grow a business in the region.

• Recruitment investment firm Bluestones Group has launched Bluestones One. Bluestones One brings together a number of the group’s national specialist recruitment and service companies including Bluestones Logistics, Bluestones Retail, Plus Point, Lean Plus, Zebralight and Bluestones Merchandising.

• Recruitment and training provider Bluestones Staffing NI has launched a programme aimed at helping unemployed people into work and tackle the driver shortage in Northern Ireland.

The firm has partnered with Lemis + Belfast Works to launch a training programme in Greater Belfast, giving the unemployed and those working less than 16 hours a week the opportunity to train and work as LGV (large goods vehicle) drivers.

The programme is funded by Lemis + Belfast Works. Lemis + Belfast Works provides free employment support and job opportunities, and is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme.

• Pre and post-employment screening solutions specialist First Advantage has opened an EU data centre in Amsterdam.