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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Comprehensive advice for start-ups

In this guide, you'll learn from subject matter experts, gain access to trusted suppliers, and build your understanding of what it takes to run a successful business.

  • Initial thinking 
  • Finance
  • Set up 
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Technology

Our guide for start-ups is available to REC members and non-members:

Access for REC members 

Start-up guide - for REC members

Not an REC member? 

Answer a few questions to access the guide to running a start up recruitment business.

Access for free here

Two-day Start-up your own recruitment agency course

Starting up a recruitment agency is an exciting time and the REC are on hand to provide you with all the support you need. Our two-day online Start-up your own recruitment agency course provides you with everything you need to set up a viable recruitment business.

By taking our start-up course, your joining fee for REC Corporate Membership will be waived helping you save further on membership.

We are also delighted to announce that we are applying a 25% discount to all our course fees during this time.


You will discover:

  • How to create a solid foundation for a purpose-driven business;
  • Understand your digital footprint and the strength of your brand;
  • How to build on your client relationships and develop a healthy cash flow;
  • How to penetrate and become a key person of influence in your target markets;
  • Critical legislative requirements and obligations;
  • How to interpret the law and what pitfalls to avoid.

Sponsored by giant finance+, tailored specifically for start-up to medium-sized recruitment agencies.

See all Start up course dates

Already own a start-up?

REC Corporate membership will give you everything you need to run a successful agency including: 

  • Specialist legal support
  • REC's compliance status
  • Usage of REC membership logo
  • Market-leading research
  • Specialist business support and more. 
Sebastian Volney

"There was a lot of areas I couldn’t have prepared for by myself such as how to work with temp workers, and the laws required in good recruitment practice. Being a member provided so many essential documents and templates that covered many legal requirements, and I would have struggled to start up without them! "

Sebastian Volney Sebastian Volney
Founder and Director of Jaymes Byron Talent (Start-up attendee and REC Corporate Member)
Dr. Majid 2

"The course compelled me to question my current approach and look for ways to improve my performance. The trainer helped develop my confidence by using hands on activities to bring out the best in everyone. Their confidence and passion for what they were teaching came across well."

Dr. Majid 2 Dr Majid Kiyani
Consultant, Acute General Medicine (Start-up attendee)
Robert Kean

"The REC Start-up course was well delivered by experts in their respective fields. The course was delivered by Zoom and this meant that I was able to attend the training that in other circumstances would not have normally been able to do so. The content of the course was in-depth, up-to date and engaging."

Robert Kean Robert Kean
Managing Director, NR Recruitment Ltd (Start-up attendee)