In the last 10 years there has been a shift in the way the Recruitment industry works. More emphasis is placed on providing specialist services by smaller, niche partners. In addition to this, changes in technology by using cloud-based systems, job-boards and social media mean a more level playing field. Other professional functions such as HR, Marketing and Legal can all be outsourced rather than relying on an inhouse team.

So, with this in mind, why doesn’t every top-billing recruiter start up on their own? We asked them and found out that despite being a relatively easy business to set up, putting all the pieces together and making them work can be time-consuming, distracting and expensive. The concept of 3R was created and designed to enable top recruiters to own their own business, focusing on recruitment and letting 3R take care of everything else.

3R have been setting up recruitment businesses since 2014 — keeping in line with current legislation, refining systems and developing strong partnerships along the way. We’re really proud and pleased of our start-ups, especially the ones that are flourishing and continuing to work with us. We’re always striving to provide the best start-up service and evolve to match the ambition of the recruiters with whom we work.

Our Directors

Mike has worked within the recruitment industry since 1995 — as a top-billing consultant before moving on to a managerial and directorial role. As part of the executive management team, Mike helped grow a small business into an AIM listed company — establishing a business unit from scratch and developing it into a £multi-million perm and contract division, where he oversaw 50 members of staff. Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP) and has mentored a number of IRP award-winning consultants throughout his career.

Chris has been involved in technology for over 20 years, having founded and developed a market-leading, cloud back-up business. His hands-on knowledge of a wide range of technologies allows him to bridge the gaps between product understanding, service delivery and client satisfaction. At the forefront of several start-up ventures, Chris has considerable experience of working with new businesses, helping them to establish rock-solid foundations from which they can grow. His 10 years’ experience as a business-owner has also seen him involved in the acquisition and sale of numerous organisations.

Neil is a finance professional with over 10 years’ experience in the recruitment industry.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants in England and Wales (ICEAW), Neil qualified in 2000 as a Chartered Accountant with a ‘Big 6’ accountancy firm. After five years with a Nasdaq-listed technology company, Neil moved to a senior finance position in one of the UK’s largest recruitment agencies, growing from £150m annual turnover to £650m. During this time he made key contributions to the company’s flotation on AIM and several subsequent acquisitions.

Managing a finance department that pays over 7,000 contractors each week has equipped Neil with a full understanding of the potential financial challenges faced by recruitment agencies, both daily and in the long term. Furthermore, having worked alongside experienced recruiters in both the permanent and contract recruitment sectors, he provides the financial expertise vital for compliant and successful recruitment businesses.

Other key roles within 3R

The 3R team has worked within the Recruitment industry from Support, Accounts and IT! We understand the highs and lows of recruitment and strive to provide the best, personalised service to our start-ups.  We’re able to advise when needed and help grow your business from strength to strength.

Plamena Zhekova — Accounts

I’ve worked at 3R as an apprentice Accountant for a year now. With support and training from my colleagues I’ve learnt a lot about recruitment and our Back Office system. Day to day I deal with processing new contractors, sending Back Office logins and ‘confirmations of hire’ to our recruiters' clients.

Within the Accounts team we deal with invoicing, reconciliation, remittances, VAT, recruiter payments and weekly statements. I’m always busy and learning all the time; I’ve just passed my level 3 Accountancy exams and really enjoy being part of the 3R team.

Alex O’Donovan — IT

After years of working at an AIM-listed, top recruitment company I moved to work with Mike and Chris at 3R, 3 years ago. I now lead a team of developers who are responsible for maintaining and improving our Back Office and CRM system.

My typical day involves overseeing our projects in progress, assisting the help desk team and helping import data for new start-ups!

We’ve recently been working on integrations between our systems and 3rd party tools such as Bullhorn CRM and Broadbean as well as keeping up to date with GDPR compliance.

Kim De-ath — Account Management

After working in recruitment for 12 years I really do understand the day-to-day challenges you face. My role at 3R is in Sales and I also manage a thorough ‘onboarding’ process, where I work alongside our customers to create their business. I could be buying domains, securing hosting, setting up emails, creating Terms of Business, providing CRM training or adding Broadbean accounts... It’s a thorough service!

I really enjoy developing close working relationships with each of our start-ups and helping their businesses get off the ground and flourish.

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