Recruitment platform Hiring Hub makes key hires to drive growth

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Hiring Hub, the online marketplace that links companies and recruitment agencies, has boosted its team with two key appointments.

Alex Belford, joins as commercial director, while Darren Brown comes in as head of sales.

Belford joins from Rethink Group, a staffing and recruitment firm, where he helped create the Manchester-based coding school, Code Nation, to address the IT skills gap.

Brown was headhunted from Australia where, for more than a decade, he carved a reputation for helping investment-backed scale-up companies build and lead direct sales teams. His experience spans both SaaS and marketplace businesses, which is what led Hiring Hub – an online marketplace that generates its revenue from subscriptions – to invite him to establish its sales division.

The appointments were part of a six-month recruitment drive at the Northern Quarter company, which has seen headcount rise 150 per cent.

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Simon Swan, founder and CEO, said: “Darren and Alex bring experience and expertise to Hiring Hub, and will help drive a performance culture.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring people of their calibre into the business, and it’s further proof of the exciting opportunity we have at Hiring Hub to challenge the status quo within a large, established market that, frankly, has been starved of innovation and progress for decades.

“Alex and Darren share Hiring Hub’s vision of democratising the recruitment agency market by championing small, independent recruiters.

“For too long the big brands have dominated, but delivered a rigid, slow, commoditised service that has led to recruiters being viewed as a necessary evil rather than valued business partners with deep sector and commercial knowledge.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of independent, specialist recruitment agencies start up in recent years; from 3000 in 2010 to over 12,000 today. These small businesses know their niche and have the ear of great candidates but, more importantly, they care about delivering a high quality, attentive service to clients. It just matters more to them. Our goal is to unite them on one, meritocratic platform and make it easy for employers to find and work with them. The result is employers fill jobs faster and with less hassle, while independent recruiters increase their client base and income.”

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