New to Market

17 February 2020


• Back-office to boardroom recruitment specialist Camino Partners has launched an interim recruitment division. The division will be led by experienced senior interim finance recruitment consultant Jack Stuart.

Stanton House has opened a new office in Singapore, its second in the Asia-Pacific region. Laura Taylor has joined the recruiter to build and lead the technology and transformation team in Singapore.

• Staffordshire recruiter Vantage Consulting has rebranded. The rebrand involves the launch of the agency’s four brands, each providing recruitment services across technology, engineering, engineering technology and executive search, as part of the Vantage Group.

13 February 2020

Start-up of the Month: J&J Recruitment

Davies says the agency plans to stand out in the market by providing a “risk-free” recruitment process.

This includes a ‘free replacement service’, which means if a placement does not work out for whatever reason within the first six months, the agency will find the client a replacement free of charge.

“We also adopt the attitude that ‘one size does not fit all’. Therefore, all our packages are tailored to each individual client with a full understanding of their requirements. Our aim is to provide recruitment support that allows our clients to remain in full control of the process without the typical recruitment issues, allowing them to save time and money. We believe our process eliminates all the stresses many companies experience when recruiting. We do the leg work, so you don’t have to.”

While the future is unknown as a new start-up, looking ahead Davies adds: “Our aim over the next 12 months is to remain consistent in what we do to ensure our long-term goals prosper.”

11 February 2020

Gi Group launches Grafton Recruitment brand in UK

The move follows the firm’s 2018 acquisition of Grafton Recruitment Europe back in 2018. The Irish arm of the company was acquired by Stafflline last summer.

The new organisation will focus on permanent recruitment solutions in the corporate, HR, IT, construction, procurement, sales & marketing, engineering and business change sectors. It will absorb the business of Gi Professional and build on its success in existing markets.

Seven nationwide hubs will support the firm’s operations with offices in Hatfield, Portsmouth, Milton Keynes, Hull, Leeds, Leicester and Peterborough.

Commenting on the move, country manager Gi Group UK & Ireland Paulo Canoa, who recently succeeded Bev White, said: “We’re delighted to launch the Grafton brand, building on its strong reputation and sustained success in Europe. We’ve assembled a highly-skilled team, which will embody the Grafton spirit – innovation, hard work, professionalism and customer service excellence.”

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10 February 2020


• Multi-sector recruiter Avocet Staffing has opened an office in Ely. Founder Denis Green launched the agency in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in April 2019.

• Media and B2B events industry recruitment firm Caselton Clark has launched an eight-part podcast bringing together a range of expert voices to discuss topics of note for the events industry. The series will feature expert commentary and open conversations around issues such as dealing with job stress and how to build an events business from the ground up covered.

The Talking Events podcast is hosted by Charlie Phillips, an experienced events recruiter who specialises in conference producer and senior level positions. Phillips will be joined by a range of experts from a number of fields, including Laura McQueen, managing director, Leaders in Sport; Lynn Lester, MD, The Drum Live events; and EMAP’s MD Robin Booth.

Topics range from personal branding, leadership and being an MD, to management of millennials, making an industry impact and becoming a brilliant conference producer.

• Scottish-based recruiter Connect Appointments has launch new division, Connect Site Services (CSS). CSS is a provider of recruitment services to the UK construction market. The division covers all disciplines including labourers, joiners, painters, civil engineering disciplines, mechanical and engineering trades, bricklayers.

• Mobile cryptocurrency app Electroneum has announced the global soft launch of its AnyTask freelance platform, which does not charge sellers any commissions on the tasks they sell. Buyers of tasks can purchase tasks with a debit or credit card without having to touch crypto. The system then sends the purchase amount to the seller in ETN (Electroneum), which can be used for mobile top-ups and, in many places, for the purchase of everyday items.

Gen Z Insight has launched. The service, aimed at Gen Z employees, their managers, HR and talent professionals, and anyone interacting with them on a daily basis, is led by managing director Guy Ellis., a supplier of skills testing software and training services to recruiters and employers, has added Microsoft Office 2019 skills tests to its list of tests. Microsoft Office 2019 tests have been designed to measure a candidate’s proficiency and knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

The assessments incorporate a variety of question styles, including Multiple Choice, Drag and Drop, Consecutive Ordering, Hotspot and Video. The candidate can opt to go through some practice questions before they start the tests. Each assessment has between 25 to 40 questions and the time allowed for each of these varies from 15 to 20 minutes.

27 January 2020


• Accounting and finance recruitment specialists Butler Rose has launched its first US-based office in New York. The new US hub, led by divisional director Natalie Gibbings, marks the initial phase of an stateside expansion plan for the firm, with additional office locations planned once the New York base is established.

• Technology solutions and services provider to the recruitment sector Ikiru People launched earlier this month. The business brings together the firm’s flagship brands Voyager Software, FileFinder, ISV.Online and GatedTalent.

• Recruitment giant ManpowerGroup has launched Talent Solutions, combining three of its current global offerings – RPO (recruitment process outsourcing), TAPFIN managed service provider and Right Management – in a bid to provide solutions and end-to-end, data-driven capabilities across the talent lifecycle.

• Nationwide recruiter Search Consultancy has appointed Junead Zaman divisional manager to lead growth of its new Birmingham office. Working closely with MD Jonathan Abell, Zaman will recruit colleagues to the Birmingham site and undertaking business development with supply chain and logistics clients and candidates., a provider of primary source verification (PSV) services and part of the DataFlow Group, has officially launched its blockchain-enabled professional document verification platform in the UK.

• Civil engineering, rail and construction recruiter VGC has launched the VGC Academy. The academy features a core and intermediate development programme, which focuses on behaviours like innovation, adaptability, tenacity, resilience, client focus, teamwork and diplomatic sensitivity.

It has been developed with HR and learning & development specialists in a bid to ensure everyone gets the support they need to achieve their potential, wherever they started their VGC journey.

20 January 2020


• Performance management provider 15Five has launched an online education platform, Best-Self Academy. The Academy will offer a series of courses and lessons to achieve the Best-Self Manager Certification. This includes 20 videos on subjects such as building psychological safety and providing effective feedback to employees. Each lesson includes guidance for immediate application, like guidelines for holding an effective one-on-one meeting.

• US-based Amerit Consulting, a service-disabled veteran-owned business, has expanded to Nashville, Tennessee. The firm says the move will allow it to strengthen its local presence in the Nashville area, while providing strength on a national level by offering recruiting solutions to the healthcare, technology, financial services and construction industries. The new office is Amerit’s ninth throughout the US and will be led by Alysha Connelly, territory manager, and new senior recruiter Whitney Rossell.

• Job site has launched. Brilliant Jobs, the AI-driven platform, which uses anonymous user behaviour to match jobs to candidates, will start in the UK, with future plans for expansion through Europe and the US. It is the brainchild of digital marketing entrepreneur Chee Ho Wan.

• The Creative Industry Showcase is to host its latest Creative Industries Showcase at Channel 4’s headquarters in London on Monday 10 February. The entire panel and host will feature only former Creative Access interns. The free event is an opportunity for graduates and young people from BAME and lower socio-economic backgrounds to learn about the range of career opportunities that are available in the creative industries.

Hosted by stand-up comedian and writer Sophie Duker, and sponsored by ITV Studios, the evening will include a panel of experienced industry professionals from a range of creative sectors, including talent, television, publishing, film, theatre and journalism.

• Employee review site Glassdoor is launching new tools aimed at making the search for their dream job easier for jobseekers. Company Compare provides side-by-side comparison of any two companies across multiple workplace factors (such as career opportunities, salary, work-life balance, senior leadership), while Collections is aimed at helping jobseekers manage and organise the entire job search from start to finish.

• Data, technology and analytics recruiter KDR Recruitment has announced plans to expand into the Netherlands to offset potential issues that could be caused by the UK leaving the EU later this month. The firm has appointed recruiter Tom Brookshaw to develop the firm’s offering in data, technology and analytics recruitment in the Netherlands.

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.

• Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has launched its global interim management arm – Odgers Interim – in Boston and New York. The US business will be led by Paul Smith, a UK client partner who is now managing partner of Odgers Interim US.

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.