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How we navigated 2020

ChrisHalt
Developer
Platform 1 Recruitment Group

To come out the other side a stronger business

What an absolute pleasure it was to celebrate with everyone this weekend after 18 months of restrictions — the first time we have been all together, just to have fun, since Christmas 2019! On Friday last week, we met up at Ye Olde Bell in Hurley (between Marlow and Henley) and enjoyed an afternoon of food, drinks, and games, celebrating our best 6-month performance ever! And what a performance it has been!

Let me put this into context.

When the first lockdown was announced in March 2020, Craig and I recognised we were in for a challenging ride, so we sat down and worked out what we were going to do. We concluded the meeting having made two decisions.

Decision 1: Look after our people!

Our employees are the key to our business, and we have put together a successful team we are proud of and enjoy coming to work with every day.

We began with simple things like increasing levels of communication; we sent everyone regular trading updates; we held twice weekly virtual meetings; and we called everyone at least three times per week just for a chat. We spoke with the business more when working from home than we did when we were spending all day or every day in the office together!

For those on furlough, we communicated with them every day, we topped up their salaries, we worked their jobs for them, and we backdated any pay rises, bonuses, and commissions. We hosted virtual quiz nights, and we sent the team unexpected gifts (cocktails for Christmas, chicken soup when they were unwell, for example).

Decision 2: Look for opportunity and come through this as a stronger business

We refocused some of the team, we moved people into new seats, we invested in building an international offering, we recruited expertise we did not already have, and we launched a new brand (Tax & Treasury Recruitment).

And the results are in… We’ve just recorded our best H1 ever and are forecasting +60% sales growth on 2019! In the years leading up to 2019, we were enjoying circa 30% year-on-year growth.

There are lots of reasons for this increase in performance, but it mostly comes down to our great team. Craig and I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone for all their hard work and efforts during this time. Everyone has played their part in furthering the success of the business and laying the foundations for future growth.

So, what does tomorrow have in store?

For a relatively small company, we can boast a client list that companies 10 times our size can only dream of.

Over the past 7 years, we have recruited for over 150 companies, including Amazon, PWC, BUPA, Bumble, M&S, KPMG, RTL, Ocado, John Lewis, BT, SKY, National Grid, MoneySuperMarket, Close Brothers, Mazars, Rolls Royce, Britvic, Vodafone, Worldpay, and Freemantle Media (to name only a few).

Every year we win new business with new clients, as well as lots of repeat business with clients we have been working with for years. Couple this client base with more new brands and an expanding international reach, and the opportunities ahead of us will hopefully make our current growth profile look pedestrian!

If you are a recruiter reading this and you like what you’ve read, please get in touch. We have some exciting opportunities ahead of us and are actively recruiting for a number of roles.

I can be emailed in confidence at marcus@auditandriskrecruitment.com