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The Importance of HR In Recruitment


There is an irony that exists within many recruitment businesses. Most of the people you are doing business with will be based in the HR department of your prospects and clients, yet very few recruitment agencies have a HR function themselves.

For any employer, particularly one that is growing – which is increasingly commonplace in the recruitment sector – having access to someone who can advise you that what you are doing with your people is right, can be an invaluable asset to have.

We have all had a member of the team who was particularly awkward or we have experienced an unusual situation, that if we are being honest, we weren’t totally confident in the way we responded. Left unchecked, these issues can escalate and become costly to the business.

This is where an external HR provider could help. They can help you to have those difficult conversations with employees in order to achieve a mutually satisfactory agreement, whether that be to implement a performance plan or to end the working relationship altogether.



Never switches off. Dubbed as Mr Innovation by colleagues and industry, in 1987 David Thornhill first started out in the recruitment industry as a payroll clerk for a local firm in Gloucestershire, Staff UK. David went onto write the first ever software model of its kind for the temp recruitment market, integrating payroll, invoicing, sales ledger, funding and comprehensive management reporting; in essence creating a completely new funding supplier sector.

Prior to the Cash Simply venture he also worked as a board director for another recruitment company, where David used his extensive operational, accountancy and IT skills, to streamline processes and grow the business through increased cash flow and cost savings.

In April 2004, David aka “Mr Innovation” and Tom Atkinson joined forces to launch and begin trading under the brand name Cash Simply, which marked the start of a company based on a similar model to those they had previously developed to great success. They have progressed from a standing start to an annual turnover of more than £45 million, and have built an operational base that could double or treble that volume.

When he’s not dreaming up his next business venture, David enjoys running, attending music festivals and doing the occasional charity skydive. His next challenge is to complete a marathon.


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