1. Andy, Matt and Paul were colleagues at global recruiter Randstad. With over 30 years combined experience, the team had an impressive client base, track record and work ethic that was immediately clear to see. Hanami work with multi-national organisations across the globe within the professional services, commerce, industry and financial services sectors. By the end of their first three months since incorporation, Hanami have hired ten fee earners and have billed over £100,000

    For more information, or to apply for funding, visit http://www.recruitmententrepreneur.com

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  2. Melissa has been in recruitment for 17 years starting her career with Hays Montrose, on a public sector surveying desk. She billed £170K and £240K in her first two years, developing from Trainee to Regional Manager within an 8 year time period, most notably running a team of 32 by year 3. She joined Beresford Blake Thomas in 2005, to run the London and South East Region and quickly gained traction by growing the team from 23 to 55 within 2 years. The perm team in 2005 were invoicing £600K per annum, they achieved £2.1M gross profit within 18 months of her tenure. Melissa was responsible for attracting and training all of the staff she recruited at Beresford Blake Thomas which later was acquired by Randstad.
    In 2011 Melissa was headhunted into Resourcing Group as COO after Hamilton Bradshaw’s investment into the company. When she joined Resourcing Group alongside Jason Bowler, it had a falling headcount of 23, a flat lining EBIT, a significant public sector presence at 83% of GP, and little exposure to the perm market place. The business had little or no systems and processes in place and many of the staff had never had a formal review. Melissa and Jason identified a clear strategy with which to grow the business : by diversifying into the private sector, talent attraction of only experienced consultants with a proven track record, and increasing market share through selling master vendor and RPO solutions. Within a three year period Resourcing Group achieved headcount growth from 23 to 74, won 2 master vendor contracts with the two biggest housing associations in the UK, doubled annual gross profits, trebled turnover and increased EBIT by 275%.
    In January 2014, Amy and James approached Melissa to join Recruitment Entrepreneur as the Director of Operations. Melissa’s role is primarily to work with the CEO’s and business owners to create their vision and strategy. She assists them in attracting top industry talent, helps create the systems and processes required in order to scale their businesses at an accelerated rate and be able to support a headcount of 40+, and she undertakes training and development of consultants and CEO’s.

    For more information, or to apply for funding, visit http://www.recruitmententrepreneur.com

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  3. Ryan is originally from Northern Ireland. He graduated in Business Studies from Edinburgh University in 2000 before joining a City Headhunting firm. Between 2002 and 2009, Ryan founded or co-founded four recruitment brands: Carrington Fox (Investment Banking recruitment), Spencer Harrington (rec to rec), Webber Chase (Investment Banking recruitment) and Lucas Loves Healthcare (Nursing). Between these brands, Ryan operated across London, New York, Hong Kong and Ireland.
    Having successfully exited all his brands in 2012 and 2013, Ryan joined the Recruitment Entrepreneur team in 2014. His role is to source high quality Investment propositions and work with potential entrepreneur partners throughout the Investment journey through to on boarding, growth strategy and talent attraction. Having been through the start up to exit life cycle of 4 cross sector recruitment businesses, Ryan is excited to work with Recruitment Entrepreneurs to help them achieve their vision.

    For more information, or to apply for funding, visit http://www.recruitmententrepreneur.com

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  4. Sarah studied finance in South Africa before relocating to London as a Finance Recruitment Consultant for Badenoch and Clark. After this she assisted in starting a company in Oxfordshire, growing this to 20 staff within 18 months. Sarah then moved over to the finance function, managing the accounts and facilities for a financial recruitment company specialising in Investment Banking roles. In 2012 she joined the Hamilton Bradshaw finance team.
    Having someone who knows recruitment and knows Hamilton Bradshaw to set-up and run accounts for the companies in the Recruitment Entrepreneur portfolio was invaluable for James and Amy. Sarah has worked closely with the Hamilton Bradshaw portfolio for over 2 years, and understands the ins and outs of recruitment financing, from perm placements and payrolling temps, to debtor days, invoice discounting and cash flow management.
    Sarah will be instrumental in helping new companies set up their accounts function correctly from the start as to ensure that the transition is a smooth as possible. The accounts team will ensure that all your weekly, monthly and annual financial requirements are met and all the CEOs fully understand their companies’ position and how to get their company growing in the right direction.

    For more information, or to apply for funding, visit http://www.recruitmententrepreneur.com

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  5. Amy graduated from Cambridge University and after a stint running her own events company and working as a Journalist in Shanghai, joined Deloitte Consulting as a member of the strategy team. During her 5 years at Deloitte, Amy worked on strategic projects for clients across the private sector. including two large internal HR projects and three successful M&A exits of recruitment companies to private equity.
    Amy met James in February 2013 and completed a strategic analysis of the Hamilton Bradshaw portfolio to date. This highlighted the stellar success HB has had in seed capital – backing six recruitment entrepreneurs over the last 4 years who, collectively, have generated £150 million in revenue and grown their teams from 15 people at launch, to over 150 at present.
    Recruitment is one of the most fragmented markets in the UK. With low barriers to entry, there are 17,000 recruitment companies in the UK, 85% of which never grow beyond 10 people or £1 million of revenues. This presented a unique opportunity to use James’ private equity fund and experience in recruitment to identify some of the best talent in the industry and give them an opportunity similar to the one that James had when he launched Alexander Mann – which sold last year for £260 million. In January 2014, James and Amy launched Recruitment Entrepreneur.
    Recruitment Entrepreneur invests in elite individuals across a range of sectors and provides the support, mentoring and infrastructure to help them launch or scale their own recruitment company. We help them grow a lifestyle business into a fast growth company with the buying power, brand, shared learning and scale to be market leaders, releasing real equity value for our entrepreneurs.

    For more information, or to apply for funding, visit http://www.recruitmententrepreneur.com

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Recruitment Entrepreneur is James Caan’s Venture Capital fund, investing exclusively in the recruitment and staffing sector. We invest in passionate, experienced entrepreneurs to start or scale their early stage recruitment businesses. We provide not…


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Recruitment Entrepreneur is James Caan’s Venture Capital fund, investing exclusively in the recruitment and staffing sector. We invest in passionate, experienced entrepreneurs to start or scale their early stage recruitment businesses. We provide not only capital, but support, advice and mentorship as well as a ‘plug-and-play’ system of back office and infrastructure to help you build a successful platform for growth.

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