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Entrepreneur James Caan’s 1st North East Venture


JC Head shotSerial entrepreneur, James Caan, has launched his first venture in the North East by backing Elitesoft Group, a specialist technology recruitment company.

The former star of TV show Dragons’ Den, will act as chairman of the Newcastle-based business, which was founded at the end of 2015 by recruitment specialists, Laurent Halimi from the south of France, and locally born and bred, Andrew Robinson.

The business has already turned over a quarter of a million pounds, and with James Caan’s backing, they are already accelerating their growth plans, opening a new office in London, Chelsea, to accommodate the expansion of their European team, and creating a huge number of opportunities in Newcastle, for both experienced professionals, and the hundreds of graduates within the city.

“I am delighted to lend my support and advice to a business as innovative and forward thinking as Elitesoft group. The opportunity to drive employment and highlight great talent in the North East is much needed, and I believe Elitesoft Group will execute this superbly. Elitesoft are definitely one to watch, and I am certain this niche sector will benefit hugely from a new, high caliber recruitment business providing impeccable recruitment solutions.”

Founders, Laurent and Andrew, are passionate about creating a business where staff can earn big salaries, and maintain a life outside of work.

‘Some of our competitors have, unfortunately, created an impression locally that all recruitment firms are based on long hours, a dog-eat-dog mentality and not having a life outside of work. That might be true for them, but it’s something we don’t believe in.’

‘At Elitesoft Group, we know that people work to live and not the other way round. We want to help our Consultants to achieve success in the workplace, be specialists, and enjoy the rewards that brings outside of the office.’

With the support of James Caan and investment team, Recruitment Entrepreneur, the business aims to grow their headcount to over 100 consultants in the next 4 years, creating a host of jobs in the center of Newcastle, while also firmly establishing their place as leaders in both international and domestic markets.


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