New to Market

22 February 2021


APSCo has launched a new Trusted Partner status to replace its Affiliate Membership for service providers to the recruitment sector. While affiliate members have always had to provide references to gain acceptance into the trade body (with umbrella companies having to pass a separate compliance audit), APSCo has now introduced a new level of annual due diligence to actively demonstrate to recruitment firms that APSCo Trusted Partners are best in class and service providers that can be relied on.

• Recruitment and selection firm Meraki Talent has opened a new Manchester office, focusing on legal recruitment, adding to its established offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. The new team will consist of qualified solicitors and now consultants James Mills and Joanna Robert.

Sellick Partnership is expanding its service offering with the launch of a stand-alone ICT & digital technology specialism. Working across the public and private sectors, the new division will be led by principal consultant Adam Burgess and initially focus on roles in the North-East.

15 February 2021


• APSCo is launching the new course in its flagship Fast Track CMI Leadership Programme. The next open programme starts with Stepping into First Line Management on the 2/3 March 2021, which can also be delivered as a tailored company programme. APSCo says it is an ideal course for new and existing team leaders and managers, giving them the resources needed to “build their management toolkit, learning how to effectively communicate and engage their team, balance priorities and build a winning team mentality”.

• Freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace has launched a competition, challenging freelancers to make a video that showcases their work, to mark 50 million users worldwide. There’s $5k (£3.6k) up for grabs in the contest where winning videos can be seen across the site and seen by potentially millions.

• IronmongeryDirect launched a competition during last week’s National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February), pledging a prize of £5k to a trades business looking to hire an apprentice. The competition closes on 31 March.

• US-based Kelly Education is launching virtual and in-person tutoring services in schools, to help both students and teachers address the loss of nearly a year of learning. Kelly Education, with its established presence inside schools across 42 states, will closely partner with teachers to ensure tutoring meets individual student’s needs, focusing on core academic areas such as maths, science, reading and language arts.

• Recruitment technology innovator Rectec is launching a range of “revolutionary comparison services”, according to the company, to help recruiters make smarter, more informed decisions about the software they use. Rectec’s online tool supports employers and staffing agencies to help identify the right recruitment technologies for their needs.

10 February 2021

MCG Group goes international in South Africa

Operating in South Africa from Umhlanga, Durban North (pictured), the MCG Group has appointed Brett Duncan as director and shareholder of that business. Duncan has his own recruitment business in South Africa and, according to a company statement, has been “instrumental” in working closely with the UK-based board to “ensure solid governance of the business on the ground”. 

Marc Feder was hired as country manager to lead the business from start-up and to set up the new office. 

Opening the South Africa office has brought an additional eight team members to MCG Group, with the company planning to grow that number to 12 by the end of March.

Formerly known as McGinley Group and rebranded at the end of last year, MCG Group operates in aerospace, construction, education, healthcare and technology.

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8 February 2021


• Access, a CRM, screening, payroll and software firm for recruitment agencies, will be running Access All Areas 2021 virtually from 9-12 March this year, helping recruiters make the best use of their software or learning more about how recruitment technology could power recruitment businesses going forward.

• APSCo has launched APSCo Embrace, an all-encompassing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion campaign, which includes a number of different strands to support recruitment firms with their own ED&I approaches. This includes APSCo Embrace ED&I Resources hub, APSCo Embrace events and APSCo Embrace Steering Committee. 

NatWest Bank has launched a grant finder service in conjunction with Swoop, which will allow UK small businesses to search for grants to help support their business deal with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Powered by business financing firm Swoop, the new platform will allow businesses to quickly and efficiently access tailored grant options.

• Thame, Oxford-based Stonor Recruitment has launched a new software sales division, bringing Ollie Riding onboard to head up the new operation for Stonor.

• Following last week’s announcement of Levin Group’s new healthtech brand launch, the London recruitment company has launched sustainability business Storm4. A ‘greentech’ business, Storm4 will focus on connecting potential recruits to sustainability companies, looking at environmentally friendly products or services. As founder of Storm4, Kayleigh Bottomley joins the Levin Group to lead the greentech arm of the business.

Ikiru People, a subsidiary of recruitment software provider Dillistone Group, has launched Talentis, its next generation of executive search software and candidate sourcing platform. Talentis is built upon the Talentis TalentGraph, which takes advantage of big data and artificial intelligence technology to track publicly available information on executives and the organisations they work for.

• OLX Group-owned job board Aasaanjobs is to rebrand to Waahjobs. OLX Group has been operating in India under two brands in the blue collar staffing and recruitment segment, OLX People and Aasaanjobs.

2 February 2021


• US-headquartered Cybernetic Search, part of JCW Group and technology recruitment specialist originally founded in Los Angeles, has launched business operations into East Coast, US and Continental Europe. The Cybernetic Search teams will be led by Josh Serlin, senior director and global brand lead, in West Coast, US; Chris Markley, managing director, in East Coast, US; and Kerry Demetriou, director, in Continental Europe.

• UK-based recruitment group nGAGE Specialist Recruitment has launched Retinue Talent Solutions, a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) business specialising in the delivery of on-demand solutions. Heading up the business is CEO Nick Greenston, who brings more than 24 years’ experience helping to shape the world’s leading RPO businesses.

• The Levin Group has launched Storm3, a new healthtech brand in its recruitment group, following its flagship fintech brand Storm2. From genomics, telemedicine, femtech, surgical robotics and right through to smart devices and apps focused on physical and mental health, the healthtech industry has been growing in the pandemic.

27 January 2021

REflex model gives lifestyle recruiters set-up support for success

The new model, an alternative to the joint venture route geared towards rapid growth, was developed as the recruitment business investment firm spotted a gap in the market. 

Recruitment Entrepreneur CEO Abid Hamid said: “There are so many talented recruiters who have the ambition to create something for themselves but who don’t necessarily want to scale or who doesn’t have the upfront capital investment. Previously, our model hasn’t suited lifestyle businesses.”

With REflex, Recruitment Entrepreneur will offer mentoring, back-office support, infrastructure and other benefits “without entering into an investment deal and giving away equity”, Hamid said. 

A Recruitment Entrepreneur statement said that the offering provides the support needed to transition from being a high-billing recruiter to launch and running their own recruitment business.

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25 January 2021


• Executive recruitment consultancy Forsyth Barnes has invested £1m in its new Nottingham headquarters, as part of its expansion plans to create 100 new jobs. Interior design consultancy Office Principles has delivered the full fit-out of the commercial office space on Friar Lane in the city.

The revamped office environment has been designed to reflect Forsyth Barnes’ specialisms in the sports and emerging technology sectors, and includes video theatre rooms for international virtual meetings, smart switchable glass that frosts at the touch of a button and Alexa-enabled coffee machines and projectors. The sports-themed workspace also features basketball nets, a golf putting green, neon lighting and a large Asian-inspired gong stand to celebrate new job placements.

Frontline Recruitment is looking to expand and take on new consultants in the Midlands after seeing an upturn in enquiries since the start of the new year across the region. According to a statement from Frontline, this mirrors the latest KPMG and REC ‘UK Report on Jobs: Midlands’, which noted that in December 2020 the Midlands registered the sharpest increase in permanent placements.

• Employer and recruiter reward box company Seekebox, started during the first lockdown, has launched the Newbie Box, which is designed for recruiters to give to candidates when they land that dream job. According to the firm, the box and packaging is 100% recyclable, and recruiters have the option to add their own ‘Well done’ card.

• Recruitment software provider Tribepad has launched Tribepad Ventures and a new £1m fund. Based in Sheffield, Tribepad Ventures will serve as an incubator and accelerator for new companies in the HR technology space. As a non-executive director of Tribepad, Alex Raubitschek joins Tribepad founders Dean Sadler and Dan Kirkland on the board of Tribepad Ventures.

19 January 2021


• Global talent assessment platform provider for the mid-market Thomas International has announced its industry-leading Aptitude assessment has been added to the new Thomas platform. The new platform, consisting of Thomas Perform and Thomas Profile applications, will begin to be rolled out across Thomas’ global markets after the completion of this initial launch phase in the UK.