In The Beginning…
In January 2014 I decided to leave my job as a Food and Beverage recruitment consultant, this was simply down to my views on valuing clients and their needs for long term growth against purely trying to make the most money as quickly as possible. I believed that recruitment companies did not listen enough and can come across as greedy and ruthless. My views have always been about ‘quality over quantity’. One 20 minute phone call to a customer is better than twenty 1 minute phone calls. Similarly, if I was struggling to find the right candidate to fill a client’s vacancy I would continue to make it my priority to complete the assignment rather than walking away and looking for new vacancies. Unfortunately, this idea was not shared with the owners of the recruitment company and I was giving an ultimatum, change the way I work, or change my job.
I had recently become a father, my daughter Isla was born in December 2013, this was a big wake up call for me, now more than ever I had a responsibility to provide for my family, it concerned me that whilst working in a target driven sales environment for someone else I was always going to be asked to comprise my own views in order to keep my job. I had the idea, what if I could set up my own recruitment company? After speaking with my fiancée (Beth) we agreed that if we worked hard and built the business based on values we believed in, we could make it a success, well enough to keep the wolves from the door! We had lots of ideas and soon things started to take shape.
I did however realise I could not do this on my own, although I understood recruitment, there were aspects of running a company which I had no idea about. Beths brother – Christian had run successful construction companies previously. Hours and hours of brainstorming began, working out figures and making life changing decisions. Before we knew it we had created Redhill Recruitment Ltd.