Don’t allow Brexit dithering to keep your business dreams waiting

It has been well over three years since the EU referendum. While Boris Johnson wants to be the Prime Minister who ‘gets Brexit done’, we still face uncertainty on when, how and even if we will leave the EU.

If the UK leaves with a deal, that’s still only the first step in a long process. Whatever happens, we’re probably in for the long haul.

For recruiters, uncertainty is a given, but business goes on. But for those recruiters who are thinking of breaking free and starting their own business, the current climate may see those plans pushed to the back-burner. That’s a mistake, according to Paul Mizen, Managing Director of The Recruit Venture Group.

The Recruit Venture Group, which supports motivated, entrepreneurial and talented recruiters to start their own enterprises, has been continuing to support the launch of new recruitment agencies throughout 2019, unfazed by Brexit ‘noise’.

“We invest in people,” says Paul.

“Show me a recruiter who has the right attitude – that passion to deliver for clients and candidates and the desire to make money – and I will show you someone who will absolutely thrive running their own agency.

“The Recruit Venture Group model is all about reducing risk and uncertainty and giving talented recruiters the freedom to unleash their potential.

“We support around 60 recruitment business leaders up and down the country, working in a variety of sectors of the economy, so we have a pretty good feel for what’s going on. Those leaders are proving that if you are driven, committed and determined to grow a business, today’s market remains very healthy.

“We’ve supported the launch of new businesses in 2019 and we’ll keep doing it in 2020 because our model works and is delivering results. If you are an experienced recruiter looking to start their own business, for me the best time was yesterday, but the next best thing is today.”

Last month’s data from the Office for National Statistics also showed that the UK employment rate was the joint highest on record, with  wage growth at an 11-year high. Those recruiters who have been putting off starting their own business have been missing opportunities.

Recruiters who have started their business journeys with the help of The Recruit Venture Group this year have done so for clear reasons. It is about being their own boss, shaping their business and brand and making the kind of money for themselves that they were making for other people..

Those are key principles for starting a business – Brexit or no Brexit.

The Recruit Venture Group helps make it happen by providing 100% of the finance needed for launch, risk free, while also offering a full back office function including accounts, IT, payroll, credit control, HR and marketing. This allows the recruiter to focus on clients and candidates, and building revenues from the first day.


Jark Norfolk celebrate On The Tools Award Nomination

A Norwich-based recruitment firm have been shortlisted for a national award recognising the UK’s best construction recruitment agency.

Jark Norfolk Ltd have been shortlisted for the Best Recruitment Agency category at this year’s On The Tools Awards.

The business is owned by Kelly Cartwright who is thrilled to have made the shortlisted having entered the awards off the back of a record breaking 2018/19 financial year.

“I am really proud to be shortlisted for the Best Recruitment Agency Award, the On The Tools Award are one of the biggest award ceremonies in our industry and to make it through to the final two is incredible.

“We decided to enter the awards off the back of a really good 2018/19 year for us.

“Our turnover and profit both grew significantly and I think we are getting the recognition we deserve after an extraordinary year. 

“I was really proud of the results we posted as a business last year and felt entering the awards was a good chance to give my team something to celebrate.”

Jark Norfolk Ltd will find out if they have been successful at a gala dinner on Friday November 15th, held in Birmingham at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Kelly said for her business to be shortlisted at the same time that the construction sector is dealing with economic uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union makes the shortlisting even more special.

She said: “All of the team at Jark Norfolk have put in longer hours and gone the extra mile the source and supply high quality candidates for East Anglian construction companies over the past year.

“Hopefully winning this award will be the recognition that my team deserve for their continued effort and we will be able to put Jark Norfolk on the map.”

Paul Mizen, Managing Director of The Recruit Venture Group who helped Kelly to launch her business is wishing Jark Norfolk all the best.

“It would be great to see Kelly and her team go on and be crowned best recruitment agency it would show exactly what is possible when you launch your own business and have a drive to succeed. 

“Kelly and her team have worked really hard to overcome the challenges facing the construction sector and they have consistently gone the extra mile to deliver for their candidates and clients.”

The Apprentice 2019: Why recruiters are a smash hit with Lord Sugar

What is it about recruiters and hit BBC show The Apprentice?

The new season once again features someone from the world of recruitment in the shape of Scarlett Allen-Horton. There have already been four previous winners from the recruitment sector, so she will have a hard act to follow. As recently as 2017, James White, a recruitment firm boss, was chosen by Lord Sugar as the show’s joint winner.

Scarlett, 32, is also billed as a recruitment company owner, where she is a senior partner for global transport engineering leadership search at Harper Fox Partners, based in the West Midlands

So will the words, ‘You’re Hired!’ be ringing in Scarlett’s ears at the show’s conclusion?

Many recruiters watching may just be hoping she reflects well on the industry as a whole and doesn’t go down the path of cheesy business mantras and delusional ambition.

But actually, she appears to be a candidate who has her head screwed on. She says that working hardest and smartest is the way to succeed and counts her problem-solving skills as one of her strengths. She even admits to a weakness of ‘struggling to accept help from others’ which shows she at least has a sense of self-awareness missing from many of the usual hopefuls.

Long-term fans of the show may remember that in 2008 Lee McQueen, and in 2012 Ricky Martin, both recruiters, won over Lord Sugar to take the show’s crown.

But is it any surprise that recruiters have been remarkably good at bowling over Lord Sugar?

Recruiters are, afterall, natural business people. They need to find opportunities to bring in revenue, they need to close deals, they need to build trust in clients and candidates, and, as Scarlett says, working hard and working smart are essential to success. Ultimately, they want to make money.

Recruiters understand this and that’s why many of them, once they have built several years’ experience as an employee, want to branch out and run their own agencies.

They are entrepreneurs at heart.

The Recruit Venture Group was set up precisely because there are many talented, ambitious recruiters out there who could easily run their own business, but are put off by the start-up costs, red tape and potential risks and pitfalls of launching an agency solo.

But by offering 100% of the finance needed for launch, risk free, by putting in place an industry-leading in-house back office solution and by providing all the business mentoring and planning support of a vastly experienced team, The Recruit Venture Group supports recruitment start-ups which are built to thrive.

Nearly 60 recruiters have now ditched their fixed salary and are running thriving agencies, under their own brands and with their own business strategies.

Paul Mizen, Managing Director of The Recruit Venture Group said “The best recruiters treat their desks like a business. It is these people who can earn more, build phenomenal personal wealth and have the ultimate career satisfaction if only they have the confidence to go for it and start their own enterprise. That’s what The Recruit Venture Group was founded for – to open the doors to entrepreneurship.”

So as we watch the fortunes of Scarlett in the pressure-cooker of Lord Sugar’s boardroom, consider that recruitment is more than just a pathway to being The Apprentice, but actually to becoming a thriving business leader.

Sutton Recruitment shortlisted for prestigious regional recruitment award

A recruitment agency in Hull has been shortlisted for the “Business of the Year Small: Under 25 employees” award in the 2019 Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

The shortlisted agency, Sutton Recruitment, is one of The Recruit Venture Group’s many successful joint venture partners and last year rebranded having previously been trading as Jark (Hull) Ltd.

The independent recruitment agency is owned by Graeme Sutton, who has worked been working in recruitment for almost two decades. Graeme said he was thrilled to have been shortlisted for the prestigious award after a successful year for his business.

He said: “I am really proud of all my team, 2018/2019 was a very busy year for us and it is great to see that hard work recognised.

“The rebrand was a real team effort, all the staff played their part in making it a success and I couldn’t be prouder of the Sutton Recruitment team.

“It was a good year for the business and to see that success highlighted by the Hull Daily Mail at one of the region’s biggest business events is very humbling.

“A few years ago, if you would have told me that one day I would be the owner of a business shortlisted for regional awards, I would have said no chance but my partnership with The Recruit Venture Group have given me everything I need to make it happen.”

Graeme’s business is based in Hull city centre and supplies a range of local commercial, driving and industrial businesses with a mix of temporary, permanent and contract staff.

Paul Mizen, Managing Director of The Recruit Venture Group said Sutton Recruitment’s shortlisting was much deserved.

“Graeme and his team have worked really hard over the past year and I really hope they go on to win the award,” he said.

“The success of Sutton Recruitment is a great example of what is possible when a driven local recruiter is given the chance to launch their own business.

“Graeme has built a great team in his office and together they deliver for their candidates and clients day in day out.”

Sutton Recruitment will find out if they are successful at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards on Thursday November 14th.