Agency Owner Rollercoaster | Gareth Morris – 20 years in recruitment, innovating and growing a successful, values-led international business

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This week I’m joined by Gareth Morris, Owner of Evolution Recruitment Solutions.

He initially started his career at SThree’s Computer Futures, and after two and a half years decided to set up his own recruitment business.

With an entrepreneurial mindset ingrained from a young age, we pick apart the last 20 years of business at Evolution Recruitment Solutions on this episode.

The highs, the lows as well as the international expansion over the last 10 years.

I always find that conversations with individuals like Gareth naturally adds a different dimension to the podcast, as he’s been able to give a holistic view on the industry in the last 10 years.

As well as a lot of tangible advice in this episode. I hope you guys like it!

You can connect with Gareth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-morris-2277b43/


How did you enter the world of recruitment? [1:21]

SThree environment, what was it like? [3:51]

What gave you the confidence to start your own business? [5:08]

Were you in an entrepreneurial environment? [6:44]

What was IT recruitment like in the 90s? [8:30]

What was the mindset towards the intention for the business? [11:55]

The first key milestones [14:17]

What were your thoughts on growing headcount? [17:22]

When did LinkedIn come into play? [21:55]

The financial crash [26:15]

What did you learn from that time period? [28:29]

How did investing in your people impact your business in spite of adversity? [32:10]

What did you wish you knew in those first few years? [33:40]

Hiring triggers [35:20]

The eleventh year… [36:28]

How did you penetrate international markets? [40:35]

Hiring internationally [42:44]

Biggest challenge growing internationally [44:33]

Replicating your culture internationally [46:07]

How important are company values? [48:26]

Impacting the profitability of your business [53:35]

What are some of the key factors that enabled you to scale? [58:00]

How have you retained people so well? [1:00:58]

Journey with evolving recruitment over 20 years [1:07:04]

How has your role changed now? [1:11:38]

What’s your thoughts on the future of recruitment? [1:14:15]

Advice to other aspiring recruitment owners [1:17:16]

What are you excited about? [1:22:40]

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