Coventry recruitment firm TalentTech set to move to bigger offices

Dave O’Neill, Ryan Parfrey, John Ahearne, Dirk Schafer, Lyndsey Hulm, Nick Goodwin, and Rich Shortland
Dave O’Neill, Ryan Parfrey, John Ahearne, Dirk Schafer, Lyndsey Hulm, Nick Goodwin, and Rich Shortland

Coventry recruitment firm TalentTech will celebrate the start of 2022 with a move into bigger offices as a result of continued growth over recent months.

TalentTech Recruitment, based at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Business Innovation Centre in Binley, will be moving to a larger office within the building in January after it outgrew its current base.

High demand from job seekers made redundant during the pandemic and pent-up demand from companies looking to fill rising vacancies has helped fuel its growth into a team of nine from just two when it began in 2019.

And TalentTech’s planned launch of innovative new recruitment software and its desire to hire more staff meant a bigger office was needed.

The firm, co-founded by Nick Goodwin and John Ahearne, has been supported during its growth by business support programme Business Ready.

It delivers support to expanding businesses managed by the business support team at the University of Warwick Science Park and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Warwickshire County Council as part of the CW Business: Start, Grow & Scale Programme.

Nick said: “When we started TalentTech Recruitment after working for a large recruitment firm ourselves, we were just a two-man team working out of John’s house.

“We knew plenty about recruitment, but not necessarily the best ways to run a business. We were put in touch with Dirk Schafer at the Science Park by the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, and were able to move into our first office in Binley.

“Business Ready has taught us so much about key business procedures, such as financial planning, digital marketing and upscaling, and has opened plenty of doors for us too.

“We now have strong connections with the two universities here in Coventry, we have sat on the C&W Skills Group, and we are giving careers advice to students too.

“Business Ready’s advice has enabled us to grow and improve very quickly and meet the fluid demands of the recruitment market over the course of the pandemic and beyond.”

TalentTech will be looking to grow its client base further from its new office, as well as refine its new venture ‘MPLOYABILITY By TalentTech’ – a software product that allows job seekers and businesses to independently improve their prospects of finding a role and hiring a top candidate respectively.

It is also looking to take on an intern with the possibility of hiring them full-time after they complete their studies.

John Ahearne added: “We came up with MPLOYABILITY as a concept before the pandemic, but once Covid hit we had to focus on helping those who had been laid off and later the businesses needing to recruit new staff.

“Now restrictions have eased and we’ve taken on more staff, we should be in a strong position to refine and release it in the new year.

“Business Ready’s advice and support has helped us take it to the next level and has opened the right doors for us. It’s been a long time coming and we’re really looking forward to launching it.”

Dirk Schafer, business ready growth adviser, said: “It’s fantastic to see how far TalentTech Recruitment has come in such a short amount of time, and we’re delighted the team will soon be moving into bigger premises thanks to this success.

“Nick and John are great at what they are doing and all they required was a bit of direction and the knowledge how to productise their idea.

“We are looking forward to seeing the launch of MPLOYABILITY and continuing to advise TalentTech in the new year.”