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.

26 August 2020

New Street Consulting Group undergoes rebrand

Formerly known as New Street Group, the firm has officially tweaked its name and rebranded as of today (26 August).

The company offers leadership consulting and talent solutions services including executive search, interim management and volume recruitment to private and public sector businesses. 

Its portfolio of sector specialisms include financial services, healthcare, house and local government, manufacturing and engineering, retail and leisure, infrastructure and support services and private equity-backed businesses.

The group (NSCG) has been formed from the combination of three specialised businesses: Interim Partners, Wickland Wescott and Brightpool. The more integrated suite of services across the group provides a platform from which the business can expand in the UK and internationally. 

Turnover was £48m last year. 

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26 August 2020

Stonor Recruitment opens up in tech and digital

Stonor now launches digital technology staffing as a specialism, especially in software development.

Joe Misseldine, who is experienced in placing developers into tech scale-ups, established tech companies and agencies, will lead the department as head of digital and tech talent.

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12 August 2020


Fide Careers, a Leeds-based accountancy and finance recruitment company with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, has been launched by founder and recruitment expert Javed Bobat, alongside its charity sister company, as a result of the mental health crisis worsened by Covid-19. Fide Careers works with companies and finance teams after filling the job to offer enhanced levels of mental health and wellbeing support.

Bobat has also launched a community-interest company, funded by the revenues from Fide Careers – [email protected]#! Mental Health. The charity is a mental health and wellbeing hub specifically for the accountancy and finance sector. [email protected]#! Mental Health is a confidential, one-stop hub, providing everything from signposting, free wellbeing and mental health resources, workshops as well as subsidised mental health and workplace wellbeing solutions. Companies and employees can access the hub at any time, whether they are recruiting or not.

11 August 2020

Berry Recruitment expands into Wellingborough

While Berry still serves its previous East Midlands base of operations in Northampton, the company has improved its access to nearby locations in Kettering, Corby and Daventry by expanding to Wellingborough, which is North-East of Northampton, a company statement said.

Regional manager Rachel Murphy said the expansion to Wellingborough “made sense in many ways”, including easier access to the A14 corridor, which heads East to the A1 interchange, then Cambridge, Ipswich and Felixstowe.

The branch’s driving, industrial and construction departments are seeing an upturn in the current climate, with another key area of client interest in ‘Covid chaperones’, who manage queues and enforce social distancing, Murphy said.

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