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Former Dragons’ Den star James Caan invests in start-up recruitment business



Former Dragons’ Den star James Caan has invested in a Manchester-based recruitment start-up.

By means of his personal fairness agency Recruitment Entrepreneur, the investor has supplied a six-figure sum to Pursuit.

The corporate, which has an workplace in Deansgate, was based by chief govt Thomas Keighley earlier this yr.

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Pursuit is aiming to turn into the main specialist gross sales recruiter available in the market and to have a headcount of 20 within the subsequent three years.

Mr Keighley began his profession as an apprentice gross sales govt at BMW in Blackburn in October 2011.

He then moved on to turn into a recruitment guide at Pertempts Community Group in March 2013 earlier than becoming a member of QA Ltd and rising to move of gross sales by the point he left in November 2019.

He has additionally labored for the likes of LIMA, TK Gross sales Consultancy, Hiring Hub and AlphaSights.

Mr Keighley mentioned: “I live and breathe the industry and have worked in every sales role from a sales development representative to sales director and wanted to use my experience and knowledge to create something special.

“I noticed RE’s expertise of launching, scaling and exiting companies as an enormous benefit for Pursuit, in addition to having the groups assist together with Abid Hamid and James Caan by my aspect.”

Recruitment Entrepreneur’s portfolio also includes the likes of King Recruit, Baldwin Boyes and Hayward Hawk.

Abid Hamid, CEO of Recruitment Entrepreneur, added: “We’re actually wanting ahead to seeing how Tom’s imaginative and prescient of attracting expertise throughout the Gen Z market develops alongside supporting his journey throughout the portfolio.”

James Caan said: “Having initially met Tom to listen to about its enterprise, it was clear from the onset he wished to do issues in a different way, to rethink how Gen Z/Millennials look to begin or progress inside their careers and the way folks take into consideration gross sales.

“I was intrigued to see how Pursuit was going to be positioned as a unique recruitment company within the space – it’s a different and exciting business model to what we have seen in the past and I can’t wait to help drive Pursuit with him.”



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