New to Market

16 September 2020

New to the Market – 16 September

Digital platform developer BOOM Software has launched, a website that helps candidates submit video CVs to employers. Candidates can access the platform without any monthly fees with the option to create up to two videos and links with a free account. Premium subscription options are also available for jobseekers to create more tailored videos.

Lee McQueen, Raw Talent leader and a previous winner of TV’S The Apprentice, has this week launched a technology-enabled talent recruitment, assessment and development platform, Phoenix51. The company has already established an advisory board and successfully completed its beta phase. It is working with clients including Reach, IHG, Century Link, Tottenham Hotspur, TP/ICAP and Mediacom. Phoenix51 enables organisations to make data-driven decisions at every stage of the employee journey, from hiring through to benchmarking, training and retention. It creates digital frameworks and scorecards that allow organisations to assess and interview against key behaviours and competencies specific to a job role in both vertical and horizontal hiring. McQueen is joined at Phoenix51 by COO Chris Wimhurst, a business psychologist.

Global technology company Zoho Corporation has announced the launch of Zoho Workplace, a single software platform that brings together collaboration, productivity and communications tools and integrates them into other business processes. The unified platform offers communications such as email, messaging, audio and video conferencing; a cloud office suite with shared file storage; common team and collaboration paradigms built into the products; and artificial intelligence, search and other services.

3 September 2020

Entrepreneur Spencer-Percival moves into life sciences with new venture

Spencer-Percival is the founder of recruitment businesses Huntress and Spencer Ogden. He sold Spencer Ogden last February to private equity firm MML Capital Partners, and previously sold Huntress for a reported £50m. Another of his entrepreneurial efforts was the creation of the botanical drinks company No 1 Rosemary Water. He remains the drinks company’s executive chairman.

According to a press statement, Spencer-Percival’s move to focus on life sciences follows record investment in the sector in 2018/19 and is in response to the rapid technological advances and innovation in both life sciences and “the broader world of work today”.

The statement said that Spencer-Percival’s team are planning ambitious growth with plans for a London office by December. It also said that, in launching Life Science People, he will continue his “commitment to hiring and training graduates”.

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3 September 2020

Encore Personnel to roll out new CRM in October

The national recruitment company has 10 branches across the UK and a network of managed services sites. In a press statement Encore said it had “invested heavily” in the new CRM called Access, with “a massive projected time-saving benefit of up to 3,000 man-hours per year” anticipated with the new system. 

The new software will support Encore’s consultants with the onboarding of new candidates, create a much swifter online registration process and “virtually removing the need for face-to-face form filling and manual documentation”, except for the requirement of providing a physical copy of ID, the company said. Another feature of the mobile and tablet-friendly system is a contract e-signing element.

“The pandemic has seen demand upon [our] food production and horticulture clients soar rapidly, meaning now more than ever the business must provide high-quality candidates in record time,” the statement said.

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1 September 2020


• Property recruitment specialists Rayner Personnel has expanded in the South-West of England as the owners of estate agency business Complete have partnered with Rayner as associates. Jade Boyles-White will continue to run the estate agency business day-to-day, while Will Smith is to move across to the recruitment side of the expanded new group.

Rayner Personnel recently embarked upon a drive to attract associates to work alongside the leading estate agency and property services organisation. Already, eight such partners have joined.

Realday, the workforce management platform specialising in the scheduling, deployment and retention of staff, has had a brand refresh and welcomes Mark Doyle from TempBuddy/Erecruit to head up its official launch into the UK and US.

Since its launch in 2018, Realday has continuously developed, gained feedback and fine-tuned its platform across the DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) region with multiple businesses under the name Tempest. 

• Swedish firm Tengai AB, manufacturers of unbiased interviewer robot Tengai, has released an English version of its automated robot. According to the company, international companies can now lease Tengai and use the blind interview format as part of their unbiased hiring process.

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.”