TalentTech Recruitment Employees With Growth Hub Business Navigators

Coventry specialist recruitment company, TalentTech Recruitment, will launch a new automated recruitment software system, with support from their local Growth Hub.

TalentTech directors John Ahearne and Nick Goodwin went to the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub and Business Ready for support and guidance.

The new software is currently at the testing stage and likely to be launched later in 2020. John said: “There is a gap in the market because it can be used in any sector and by anyone, from in-house staff to recruitment consultants.”

Gavin Barnett, a Business Navigator at the CWLEP Growth Hub, said the transformation in John and Nick’s business in nine months had been dramatic: “It is really important to gain advice before launching a business since the Growth Hub can help with many services including finding premises, access to finance and legal issues which can make a significant difference in whether a business, particularly in the early days, succeeds or fails.”

Nick said: “We backed our own ability but we didn’t realise the growth and success would happen in such a short space of time. The advice that Gavin at the Growth Hub offered was invaluable and he has opened up so many doors for us that we didn’t know existed.”

Business Ready is managed by the business support team at the University of Warwick Science Park, and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Warwickshire County Council as part of the CW Business: Start, Grow & Scale Programme.

Dirk Schafer from Business Ready said: “John and Nick didn’t have any previous experience of launching a software product so we’re injecting that knowledge to ensure they have the commercial and technical expertise.

“They are going to be running two different kinds of businesses and I think their software product has by far the bigger potential than their current business. It is about making sure they have the right skill sets within the business as the software product requires a different business model and set up.

“The recruitment market is partly a very traditional market and is slowly starting to adopt technology so there is the chance for TalentTech to enter the market with their tech product ahead of the competition.”


Caption: Back, from the left, Josh Salvin, David O’Neill and Mike Richards (TalentTech). Front, from the left, Dirk Schafer (Business Ready), Nick Goodwin and John Ahearne (TalentTech) and Gavin Barnett (CWLEP Growth Hub).

Susie Haywood
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