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Inspiring interviews with today's most successful recruitment business leaders brought to you weekly. Join us at as we take you on the journey of our spotlighted recruitment business leader. We start every podcast with their biggest failure before uncovering their 'eureka moment' and the actions they took to turn that moment into success. We then ask them what they are working on now and their vision for the future of recruitment. We end every episode with 'The Lightning Round' - 5 Questions that will unlock golden nuggets of information for you to take away and use immediately to grow your recruitment business or desk.






#43 Karinna Shields of Concur Engineering talks to Roy Ripper about getting into the right mindset for success.

Today’s Live Lounge guest is Karinna Shields, Director and Co-Founder of Concur Recruitment based in Coventry. Karinna has worked her way through the ranks of recruitment, starting her career age 17 as a receptionist, moving up to resourcer, recruiter, account manager, then managing multiple branches before setting up her own agency - all within 7 years! She feels that one of her biggest achievements in that time has been winning a million pound account during her role as an account...

Duration: 01:28:55

#43 Abigail Brown of talks to Roy Ripper about doing a quality job for your clients.

Abigail started her 18 year recruitment career in Houston Texas at the age of 22 and when returning to the UK in 2003 she continued in the industry with a brief spell at a national staffing firm, 8 years at an independent boutique agency and also some time working as an Internal Recruiter. It was whilst in this role she that she created what is now with an emphasis on providing a quality service to the video conferencing and visual solutions industry, and in July 2015 Abigail...

Duration: 00:45:10

#42 Steven Convery of Concur Engineering talks to Roy Ripper about being the best you can be.

Steven Convery is the Owner and Director at Concur Engineering based in the Midlands. He started his career off as an old school recruiter – meaning without a “computer” and relying on old school methods, just a phone and the yellow pages. Times have obviously changed since then and Steven has become a highly accomplished man Manager and Owner/Director of his 2nd recruitment business. Steven has a strong experience in turnarounds and start-ups and currently invests his time in his newest...

Duration: 01:25:54

#41 Tony Chapman of LinuxRecruit shares his incredible recruitment journey

Tony Chapman started his recruitment career in 2007 as a Trainee Consultant at a boutique agency in London, initially specialising in infrastructure technology before specialising further into the Linux and Open Source space, quickly becoming the company's highest producer. A brief stint setting up a division at one of James Caan's brands then led him to branch out on his own setting up LinuxRecruit. LinuxRecruit are now widely seen as a market leading and pioneering agency within the Open...

Duration: 00:39:29

#40: Liz Longman chats to Roy Ripper about being true to yourself in recruitment

Liz Longman is the ManagingDirector of TEAM (The Employment Agents Movement) and has been involved in recruitment for over 20 years. Beforeher current position she worked her way through the ranks tobecome a Regional Director heading up a region for ageneralist agency covering every sector from supplying temporaryworkers, permanent placements at an Executive level and aManaged Service Contract. Joining TEAM in 2006 was anatural progression having worked for the founder Member ofTEAM and...

#39: Amit Somaiya encourages us to enjoy the journey, not just the destination

Amit Somaiya, CEO at IMSPeople based in India has over 16 years extensive recruitment experience in Europe,Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America, working with bothagencies and corporates, and therefore has a unique perspective onrecruitment, global migration and outsourcing. He travelsextensively in both developed countries and developingcountries to understand the trends and influences of therecruitment industry. Amit’s known within IMS for his hands-onapproach in delivering...

Duration: 01:54:17

Ben Scobie-Trumper talks about working in the golden age of recruitment

Ben Scobie-Trumper has worked in the recruitment industry for over ten years, a careerwhich started by winningrookie of theyear in his first full year for one of the largest ITrecruitment agencies in the UK, and then going on to workin multiplesectors including construction, pharma and gaming. Ben set upAudentia Recruitment two and a half years ago whichserves the e-gaming space both on-line and off-line and he's now at the stage where he's ready to put his ambitious growth plans into action.

Kai Murray tells you how to invest in your future

Kai Murray is the former MD of 'Search Consultancy' who managed their period of massive growth and who now is passing on her 25+ years of expert recruitment and business experience via her own management and leadership consultancy business. Kai spent 11 years at Search, employed originally in 1996 as Associate Director Edinburgh and within two years became the MD for Scotland. In 2002 she did a BI MBO growing the business from £40M to £120M on exit and on leaving Search had over 600...

#36 Toby Thwaites likes to keep ahead of the curve

Toby Twaites has 20 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry and started 'Purple' over 15 years ago. During that time he’s been responsible for Purple becoming one of the most successful brands in the sector winning many accolades and even a personal win for “Recruitment Boss Of The Year” at the Marketing and Advertising Recruitment Awards. Toby has a keen eye for business opportunities and is always open to finding new and innovative ways of working and pushing the boundaries which...

Duration: 00:53:59

#35 James Blackwell believes self-education will make you a fortune

James Blackwell is CEOat Ronald James andan ambitious recruiter with a goal to achieve anet worth of £100 million by the age of 40. He startedworking at age 13 running a newsagents on a weekend.He then bought and sold cars from auction aged 17-19selling over 40 cars and with that money he started hisown coffee shop with a turnover of £250k by just 20years old. James won Entrepreneur of the year forDurham in 2006 and whist working for BMW for 4 years hewas their Top Salesman selling over...

#33 Christine Tautari

Christine Tautari is Co-founder and Director of The Needle, a candidate video interview platform, and they are based on the Isle of Man in the UK. Christine is originally from New Zealand where she started her career in sales and marketing. When she came over to the UK in 2005 she got involved in recruitment which she immediately fell in love with and started a 10 year career in the interim recruitment market. Four years ago she decided to start up her own business and launched The Needle...

#32 Daniel Mundy shares his insights into inspirational leadership

Daniel Mundy is the CEO of anzuk* Teachers a recruitment agency focusing on teaching and childcare placements across Australia, the UK and Asia. At university in Ballarat, Australia, Daniel completed studies as a Physical Education Teacher and then moved to the UK for three and a half years to teach PE to Health and Special Educational Needs students. Upon making the decision to head home to start a new life Daniel says he waslucky enough to fall into Education Recruitment andwhen spotting...

#31 Wendy McDougall continues to make waves

Wendy McDougall is a serial entrepreneur, currently making waves and influencing the recruitment technology space with her role as CEO at Firefish Software. Wendy’s first business '9-20 Recruitment' was launched in 2004 and sold successfully 6 months after returning from the amazing Entrepreneurship Development Program in Boston in 2013. Now focusing on Firefish Software initially spun out of 9-20 in 2010 and after a successful 2 year BETA programme, she's establishing a clear ‘product...

Duration: 01:01:10

30: Abigail Stevens chats about changing peoples' lives

Abigail’s career started in marketing but after 8 years she ‘fell intorecruitment’ with Pertemps and ASA International. Abigail maintained aconstant top biller status at ASA and to her knowledge, still holds therecord of highest ever biller! When she was asked if she would like to bepart of a management buyout, Abigail realised she did not want to takeon someone else’s company and that she wanted to start her own. Soin 2000, with a vision ofImproving Lives, Abigail createdThink...

Duration: 01:00:38

#29 Glyn Blaize lights up the recruitment galaxy

Glyn Blaize had a promising rugby career ahead of him in the late 90’s playing for Wasps, England Students U21s and Rugby Lions but his rugby careerwas cut short by a horrific sporting injury which saw him in hospital for six weeks. However this was the catalyst forGlynto pursue a new career. He entered the recruitment industry in 1999and went on to hold Commercial Director, Sales Director and Operation Director positions at fast growing SME recruitment business andnow hasover twelve...

Duration: 01:13:30

28: Andrew Hairs tells us why its important to take time to think

Andrew Hairs is the Group Managing Director of the Monroe Consulting Group and is based out in Jakarta overseeingthe offices in Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Santiago and Mexico City. Andrew has over 15 years recruitment experience starting as a consultant, and then moving onto executive search and working for a company where he was responsible for signing up high volume accounts. The experience Andrew gained doing volume recruitment is why Monroe Consulting Group asked him to be...

27: Gareth Biggerstaff

Gareth Biggerstaff is a seasoned leader in Technology & Digital recruitment, having started his career with alarge national provider over 20 years ago as a researcher and over time progressing to Director and skilfully building a market-leading recruiting team. Of course working that length of time in one sector means that Gareth has experienced both the positive and negative cycles of change but has always maintained a hands-on approach to team management and client delivery which he...

26: Chris Young

Chris Young is the Owner of FlexiRecandan active recruiter with over 8 years experience placing rising stars and top talent with some of the UKs biggest and best loved companies including Fujitsu, Hilton Worldwide and SANYO.3 years ago Chris founded FlexiRec as a specialist agency across 3 divisions; Commercial Office Staff, Sales Professionals, and more recently Technical Experts. Chris has big plans for the FlexiRec brand and is with us today to share his journey so far!

25: Jack Parsons talks about grabbing every opportunity

Jack Parsons started as a sales apprentice 5 years ago after leaving school and started his recruitment career in the education sector for Morgan Hunt. He quickly went on to win best new comer out of around 250 recruitment consultants and in his few years there went on to continually win award after award. He then spent a little time in healthcare recruitment before founding Recruitment Jack an online platform for candidates to find the latest jobs, industry news and company insight all in...

Duration: 01:16:37

24: Darren Ryemill has infectious enthusiasm for success

Darren Ryemill, CEO of Opus Professional Services Groupfounded Opus Recruitment Solutions in 2008buthas since grown the initial unique offeringinto a fast expanding Group which now includes Opus Information Technology, Opus Engineering,Baltimore Consulting Group, McLean Ross, Hinton Spencer, JDR Energy, Addocura andTalentcubed.Having been recognised with multiple awards for his leading and innovative approach, including“Best Leader” from TheSundayTimes, Recruiter magazine’s “Entrepreneur of...

Duration: 01:23:07

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