It was a relationship that started with a 'quick coffee and a chat' and 18 years later...
CLAYTON DEMPSTER SHARES HIS STORY WITH PAUL THOMPSON, SALES DIRECTOR AT VOYAGER SOFTWARE
Clayton, it's hard to believe that it's been 18 years since that first coffee in your office, overlooking the Ferrari's in Egham!
Great to see you again, proud to be still working with you after all these years. p.s. nice whistle...
SO tell me, WHERE DID RECRUITMENT START FOR CLAYTON DEMPSTER?
25 years ago, I joined a contract engineering agency, and I took to it like a duck to water. I took a long-term view of people and built relationships with the right ones, it serves me well today. I grew a significant team, but felt restricted by working for a corporate, and so in 2000 started Proactive Technical Recruitment in Egham, Surrey, opening a further office in Central London which I handed over to James Caan’s portfolio in 2012 before exiting a year later – it was a great introduction to business!
I loved building my own team and managing the relationships, it’s my key strength and I’ve missed that. It was only a matter of time before found myself back in the seat, running my own team, and so we created BRS Recruitment - it’s an exciting place to be.
WHAT ARE THE HOTTEST SECTORS AND WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS GOING INTO 2018?
Construction and Transport are our ‘Hottest Sectors’, both blue and white-collar workers. Major engineering and construction projects are seeing a huge increased demand for talent on all levels. Likewise Transport particularly vehicle maintenance is key to our focus. If contractors and subcontractors are involved, BRS Jobs are too.
Going into 2018, we’ll be launching our second joint venture; BRS Technical, which will focus on the FMCG market and Manufacturing sectors in London and the Midlands. In addition to this, we will also be rolling out a realistic equity piece to our current teams within each of the divisions, so they can all benefit from the growth of the business and have a real stake in the future.
RECRUITMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
We embrace new technology. I’m not going to give away specifics, but using the right technology can be hugely important. I’d certainly not recommend Voyager to my competition. That said technology changes fast. I see a future where candidates can update their availability, managing their bookings, confirm their compliance and message us directly, all via a phone app.
Recognise that every recruiter has two computers, the one on their desk and the one in their pocket. I believe that Recruitment is all about honesty, clarity and ‘expectation setting’ and technology plays a significant role in that, and how your customers perceive you. BRS is an ethical and honest recruiter with a keen eye on doing the right thing the right way, technology plays a huge part in that.
"It took me 5 years with my first Agency to get to the point where we’re at now with BRS in just 18 months. We have a great team environment, great partners and we’re ready and primed for the fight for the best Perm, Contract and Temp talent."