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City Recruitment Industry Leader Injects Time and Capital into Disruptive Recruitment Start-up


TalentPool, the recruitment start-up that is disrupting traditional methods of graduate recruitment has turned the heads of industry leaders. Today, City headhunting heavyweight Richard Boggis-Rolfe, chairman of Europe’s largest executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, joins TalentPool as non-executive director. His role will be to help guide the start-up graduate recruitment business and constructively assess and advise on its business plan as it continues its rapid growth.

With more than 30 years in the recruitment industry, Richard Boggis-Rolfe grew Odgers from a team of 25 in the late 90s to the international brand it is today, with 1,000 employees across 50 offices worldwide: It is now one of the biggest executive search firms in the world.

Richard Boggis-Rolfe comments:

“TalentPool is positively disrupting the graduate recruitment industry. It brings new technology to recruitment, successfully matching graduates and businesses. TalentPool’s bespoke candidate-matching algorithm is tailored to aid small and medium-sized businesses, matching their roles with the best candidates through the use of hard data. This takes the time and effort out of the initial stages of recruitment, and only the candidates who are suitable and interested in the role will be put forward to the client. All TalentPool’s clients have seen results which are more effective and less expensive than traditional methods. As well as helping employers, TalentPool creates new opportunities for the many graduates who wish to join smaller businesses.”

Boggis-Rolfe continues:

“I was very impressed when I met the TalentPool founders Andrew Lavelle and Tom Davenport and believe TalentPool’s model is the future for graduate recruitment. Not long ago, recruiters relied on advertising and rolodexes. Then computer databases, followed by social media, transformed recruitment at every level. Now TalentPool takes technology and innovation to the next phase and is set to revolutionise graduate recruitment. Businesses of every size benefit from hiring the best young talent, and thanks to TalentPool, the best graduates will now be within the reach of any business.”

TalentPool has experienced year-on-year growth and now has a pool of 12,000 graduates, most from Russell Group Universities. It is currently working with 150 employers, including Deliveroo, MedShr, GoCardless and Concentra. TalentPool enables small and medium sized to compete with major corporates which have big budgets for graduate recruitment.

Tom Davenport comments:

“We are very fortunate to have Richard Boggis-Rolfe as a non-executive director. He brings a wealth of experience not only of the recruitment industry, but also how to grow a successful business. TalentPool has seen rapid growth and we are delighted that Richard has decided to join the TalentPool board to help us continue on this trajectory of success.”

Andrew Lavelle agrees.

“Richard’s vast wealth of experience with the recruitment industry is next to none, and we are very fortunate to be able to receive his counsel as we enter a very exciting stage of expanding the business.”


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