Season 4 | Ep 9 - James Johnson on growing and selling Nicoll Curtin to launch a community of top performing independent recruiters that is designed to give them EXACTLY what they want!

Today I was delighted to be joined on Hoxo LinkedIn Live by James Johnson, Founder of District4 and former CEO of global recruitment group Nicoll Curtin (rebranded as ‘The Hive’) 

James is a very articulate business leader who never actually worked as a recruiter before taking over his fathers business in 2014.

After growing the business across 4 global locations and learning lots along the way, he decided that leading a large traditional recruitment business was not actually aligned to his personality or ambitions. 

So he sold the group business and created a sub brand that sits in it’s portfolio.

In today’s episode we discussed

🎙 How in he came to take over Nicoll Curtin

🎙 What he learnt about scaling the business globally

🎙 Why recruitment agencies will not make much profit between 15-60 staff

🎙 Why he decided to sell and start something completely different

🎙His vision for growing a modern recruitment community that is designed to fit EXACTLY what the modern top biller wants!

Intelligent, articulate and honest, I loved recording this episode with James! If you are interested to find out more about District4 or would like to pick his brains on anything re scaling a recruitment business then feel free to reach directly via Linkedin

 


Season 4 | Ep 8 - Headteacher Simon Cope on receiving the first laptops from Project 500 and what it means to the kids!

In today's live episode of The RAG Podcast, I am again joined by my P500 partner Tim Roedel, alongside Simon Cope the Headteacher of Wild Ridings Primary School in Bracknell.

Simon and his school received 10 x laptops last week and have a plan to distribute them alongside the 41 from the Department for Education this week!

He also confirmed that in his school alone - 85% of the kids have challenges with IT equipment and connectivity…

Again, the size of this issue is unbelievable!

We have to do something to help and we have to act now…

Project 500 is a scheme that is designed to help provide some of the UK's most disadvantaged families with the laptops they desperately need.

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us so far - but we can’t stop now!

Please help by donating what you can - to do so please visit https://project500.hoxomedia.com/

 


Season 4 | Ep 7 - Brent Orsuga on growing a hugely profitable agency based on the power of his authentic brand!

Today I was delighted to be joined on Hoxo LinkedIn Live by Brent Orsuga, Founder & President of Pinnacle Growth Advisors, a  niche transportation recruitment agency headquartered in Arizona USA.

Brent is a huge personality both online and offline, regular producing content and adding value to his huge network on LinkedIn. 

He believes in hard work and constant innovation to be the best you can possibly be!

In today’s episode we discussed

🎙 How in he started the business with no clients in his house

🎙 How he continued to work solo for 3 years

🎙 How he only recruits ‘A Players’ in order to maintain the highest standards

🎙 How he began to build his brand online to support recruitment efforts

🎙How he manages the high workload and manages to be a great father and husband!

Super high energy and inspiring throughout - I hope you enjoy this episode! If you would like to speak with Brent directly he is happy to set up a call,  get in touch directly via LinkedIn to set it up!

 


Season 4 | Ep 6 - £30,000 raised in our quest for 500 Laptops for 500 School Children in Need - ASAP!

In today's live episode of The RAG Podcast, I am again joined by my P500 partners Chris Redmond and Tim Roedel, alongside Diarmaid Casey the Deputy Headteacher of the school I used to work as a teacher 10 years ago!

Diarmaid openly discussed the reality of life for parents, teachers and school children in his area in the south east of Sheffield.

He also confirmed that in his school alone - 333 students currently had no access to a laptop! That is one school, in one city across our nation…

It is devastating to hear these statistics.

We have to do something to help and we have to act now…

Project 500 is a scheme that is designed to help provide some of the UK's most disadvantaged families with the laptops they desperately need.

We are proud to announce that in week 1 we have raised over £32,000 which is exactly 200 laptops for 200 children - 40% of our £80,000 target!

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us in week 1 - but we can’t stop now!

Please help by donating what you can - to do so please visit https://project500.hoxomedia.com/

 


Season 4 | Ep 5 - Andy Shatwell on growing a business of 70 recruiters who all lead sales with marketing content!

Today I was delighted to be joined on Hoxo LinkedIn Live by Andy Shatwell, MD Charlton Morris, a 70 staff agency headquartered in Leeds UK

Andy has a business that is thriving and his whole team are invested in using marketing to win business and educate candidate communities!

This is literally the future of our industry as I see it!

In today’s episode we discussed

🎙 How in he grew to 50 staff with relative ease

🎙 How they organically grew their marketing department 

🎙 How they invested 500k into an office that was opening in April 2020 (but didnt due to CV19)

🎙 How they have become a media publisher in their chosen markets and are years ahead of the competition

An awesome guy who is humble and happy to help -get in touch directly to find out more!

 


Season 4 | Ep 4 - 500 Laptops for 500 School Children in Need - ASAP!

In today's live episode of The RAG Podcast, I am joined by Chris Redmond and Tim Roedel, both recruitment owners who approached me with the exact same idea within 24 hrs of one another!

Today we announce our national initiative - Project 500!

As the UK battles through its third national lockdown, Ofcom estimates that 9% of children in the UK (between 1.1 million and 1.8 million) do not have access to a laptop, desktop, or tablet at home.

It is devastating to hear about the families across the country who are fighting daily to homeschool their children without access to the basic equipment that is required.

We have to do something to help and we have to act now…

Project 500 is a scheme that is designed to help provide some of the UK's most disadvantaged families with the laptops they desperately need.

We have spent time in January sourcing a laptop supplier and having conversations with the Head Teachers of the most impacted schools in the UK.

During February, our aim is to engage our very own recruitment sector in order to supply 500 laptops to some of the families currently struggling. In order to do so, together we need to raise £80,000 in donations.

 


Season 4 | Ep 3 - James Brown on growing FASTEST GROWING Recruitment Agency in the world right now!

Today I was delighted to be joined on Hoxo LinkedIn Live, by James Brown- Founder of Levin Group and Storm2 to who are without doubt the most aggressively growing start up recruitment brand on the planet.

James joined Phaidon international as a Graduate when the business was only 15 staff and left in 2018 on the board of directors at 500 staff. He and his team know a thing or two about growth!

In today’s episode we discussed

🎙 How in 18 months he has grown the business to over 60 recruiters

🎙 How they successfully onboarded 30 grads in Aug 2020 and trained them to be profitable remotely

🎙 How and why they plan to hire 130 grads in the next 90 days

🎙 Why they are opening in Singapore, Amsterdam and NYC

🎙 Why Adam Buck has come out of retirement to become their chairman

🎙 How they raised over £4m institutional investment to grow the fastest growing brand in the world

Hilarious at times, James was a pleasure to interview and a truly fascinating guest! One for any recruitment owner with ambition of scale to be watching out for!

 


Season 4 | Ep 2 - Joel Lalgee on how he went from RAG listener to joining Hoxo Media to launch our USA Business!

On this week's episode on LinkedIn Live, I was be joined by our new Hoxo US Sales Lead - Joel Lalgee!

I was so excited to record this!

Joel and I connected in mid 2020 after he had been consuming this very podcast. We have been discussing how we see the recruitment industry evolving ever since!

In this show we talked about

🎙How he went from 10-40k followers on LinkedIn inside 12 months

🎙How he structures his daily content to generate MILLIONS of views per week

🎙How this helped him in his Recruitment Agency career in USA

🎙Why he joined Hoxo and his plans for our US presence

A great guy and a real asset to our business, I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in 2021!

 


Season 4 | Ep 1 - Kicking off the season with a solo episode discussing my thoughts on whats coming up for the industry in 2021

The RAG Is back for Season 4! 2 years after we began this journey from our first office in East London, we are back for another season of Recruitment Agency Growth conversation!

In this short episode I discussed

🎙 My plans for the show in 2021

🎙 My predictions for the recruitment market this year

🎙 How I want help from YOU regarding regarding topics you want on the show

🎙 The 2021 Hoxo Academy

Thank you to everyone who has listened to this show so far, it has been a truly incredible journey! Here is to the next step as we fight to come out of the global pandemic even stronger as a recruitment community!