In my early twenties I chose the path of a rewarding career in the recruitment industry and joined RK Accountancy, one of the North West's fastest growing financial recruitment companies. I progressed from Trainee Consultant to Branch Manager within 18 months which gave me the foundation and understanding of how to run a successful recruitment business.   Heading up its flagship branch in Manchester city centre, I successfully led it to an annual turnover of just short of £1,000,000 consistently for a 6 year period. I had the opportunity to relocate to Birmingham to launch and develop its new city centre branches, ensuring it was done my way. Through hard work and determination to become a major player in this market, we were soon building our reputation with candidates and clients alike.  

I decided to relocate back to Manchester after a year in Birmingham after I had made my mark and was attracted to the challenge of working for Primetime Recruitment and having the responsibility of launching their new finance division. This gave me the unique experience of launching a brand that was known predominantly for high street recruitment and taking it into a highly competitive specialised market. I successfully grew this revenue stream, securing major clients such as Carphone Warehouse who we successfully placed a significant amount of candidates.  

After two fantastic years, I was headhunted by CIPFA Recruitment services.  I accepted the challenge to do the same for this 125 year old institute; develop and grow a revenue stream in the North of the UK.  This was a great challenge and gave me extra insight into developing a recruitment business in a shrinking and challenging market- public sector interim recruitment. It was within this brand that I realised that I wanted to utilise my skill-set and launch The Candidate.

I co-founded The Candidate with our focus to be the attraction and representation of the industry's leading candidates. We are looking to grow our business by supporting this ever evolving industry. By partnering with universities and relocation companies we aim to support the market by adding extra resource from grass roots and attracting talent to the North West.

Throughout my career my mantra has been 'the candidate is key', and by standing by this belief it has ensured that I have been successful in each business that I have worked in.

Hence why I believe my recruitment knowledge, coupled with Colin's media industry background, will allow us to reach our goal of becoming the North West's leading media/marketing recruitment agency.  Our nomination for Best Newcomer in this year's MARA awards indicates great things to come!

Watch this space.

Visit our website at to keep an eye on our emerging business and feel free to take advantage of our services by getting in touch as either client or candidate. 

Thanks, Brian Matthews.


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