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Start-up and scale-up recruitment agencies

Helping you plan, launch and grow your business.

Whether you’re at the start of your journey as a recruitment agency owner, or you’re up and running, you’ll find a wealth of information below to support you in kickstarting and building a successful recruitment business.

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Now’s the time to start – and scale up

  • The UK’s recruitment landscape is certainly competitive. In 2019, recruitment agencies contributed almost £40bn to the UK economy – recruiting is a healthy sign of optimism and growth.
  • COVID and our formal exit from the EU put the brakes on, however, with lockdown firmly in the rear view mirror we are seeing unprecedented levels of job adverts and hiring is returning to pre-pandemic levels.
  • You might have been a successful consultant or worked in the industry and always dreamed of your own agency, but where do you start?
  • In this hub, you’ll find hints, tips and sources of information to help you grow.

Speed is everything when you start

We understand that not only will you want to be up and running quickly, but you also don’t have time for long training sessions, days of onboarding and getting involved in the technical details.

That’s why:

  • Our software is easy to use and includes in-product tips for quick help
  • Training can be carried out remotely and our online communities offer expert advice and frequently asked questions
  • Our tried and tested flightpath methodology means we can get you ready to go in 5 days, fully supported by our UK team
  • We have a complete suite of tech that is perfectly placed to help early-stage and start-up agencies thrive.


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Toolkit for starting and successfully scaling-up your recruitment agency

Our start-ups and scale-up recruitment agency toolkit aims to bolster your knowledge and help you progressively take the right steps.

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Technology guide for start-ups and scale up recruitment agencies

This technology guide for start-ups and scale-up recruitment agencies aims to provide helpful advice and practical guidance to support you along the way.

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Useful resources for recruitment agency start-ups  


Scale-Up or Stand Still Webinar

In a wide ranging panel conversation featuring Access' Harry Whysall and Tom Webster and Jump Advisory's Dave Pye covers barriers to growth, processes, the importance of your talent, identifying the right culture and when is the right time to implement recruitment technology.


How to build a recruitment agency: our top tips

To help you on your journey to building your recruitment empire, here are a few things to keep on your radar.


Six Reasons Recruitment Agencies Struggle to Grow

If you recruitment agency is suffering growing pains and struggling to scale up, here’s some reasons why you might be experiencing challenges, and some ideas for how to overcome them.


Recruitment and the excel spreadsheet

If your agency is still using spreadsheets, it’s good to understand how it might be holding your business back, and why it’s not a long term solution.


Five Strategies for Growing a Recruitment Business

Recruitment agency growth takes hard work and determination, but beyond that you need to take a strategic approach. Here's our top five

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Why is technology the most important investment to a recruitment agency?

Think long-term to attract candidates, engage clients and build your digital brand, and technology can help you sustain, grow and thrive.

Helping New Recruitment Agencies Get Off The Ground Successfully

Helping new recruitment agencies get off the ground successfully

Making the decision to start your own recruitment agency is a big step, so congratulations for taking that leap. Now the decision is made, you’ll need to make decisions quickly and decisively.

Tech For Recruitment Growth

What technology does my growing recruitment agency need?

Your recruitment software should help you attract candidates and manage your client relationships while taking the manual labour out of your agency, automating your back office into a seamless machine.

Personal Branding

Personal branding. Don’t fail to exploit your agency’s unique killer content

Brand building in business is commonplace. Applying this thinking to personal branding can unleash your success.

Right To Work Checks

Everything you need to know about Right to Work checks

Every business, including recruitment agencies, need to ensure their job applicants are legally allowed to work in the UK before employment commences. This is another consideration for your nascent agency. Find out where you stand.

Accelerating Your Candidate Attraction Methods

Accelerating your candidate attraction methods

In this on-demand webinar, you can understand how using the best-in-class candidate attraction platform in total harmony with Access Recruitment CRM can maximise workflows and generate revenue opportunities.

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The start up debate

So, you’ve made the brave first step into building your own recruitment agency. Use this helpful tool to get you thinking about your company’s ethos and plans.

Start Up Debate 2

What tech do I need?

To CRM or not to CRM. Here's two sides to the recruitment CRM debate to help you decide whether your start-up should make this investment.

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Generating new business

Some say building your own recruitment desk is a lot like building a house. Find out why and get your recruitment agency looking its best and ready for success.

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Salasungo: Choosing SaaS for success

Choosing Volcanic and its SaaS solution was one of the best decisions we made in the entire start-up process of our business.

An Introduction To Seo For Recruiters

An Introduction to SEO for Recruiters

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, or the art of increasing quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.

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Right to Work factsheet

Easily comply with Home Office Right to Work regulations with our easy to use mobile app. In less then five steps it confirms an applicant’s eligibility to work in the UK, as well as storing proof of compliance.

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Instant Right to Work results

Watch our short webinar to see how Access Right to Work can help you save time and costs, as well as improve the candidate experience.

More helpful resources from other partners and industry experts:

Trade Bodies: APSCoTEAM and REC are all respected bodies that might be worth looking at joining as they all offer networking opportunities, training and also discounts for their members to certain providers.

Recruitment News: Stay up to date on industry news, issues and trends. Some of our favourites include Talint InternationalGlobal RecruiterUK RecruiterOnRec and Recruiter.

Events: As a start-up, recruitment events are a great opportunity for you to network. Meet suppliers and peers, get the low-down on industry news and attend (often free) helpful sessions on topics from everything from regulation, marketing tips to building your agencies. Here are some of the best recruitment conferences to attend.