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Build your understanding of what it takes to run a successful business. This comprehensive guide has detailed advice on everything you need to consider before starting your own recruitment agency including:

  • 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

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Find key highlights from some of the most thought-provoking discussions from our annual conference, REC 2022, curated especially for business leaders like you. Access the digital guide now and start exploring:

  • How to plan for success in 2023 and beyond

  • Recruitment and the Economy: A Client's View
  • Leading on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Adapting for the Next Decade
  • The future of Healthcare and staffing, post-pandemic

You can either watch the videos or read the summary notes to learn more about the topic of interest.

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There is a structural change in the labour market that we haven’t seen in generations. The research in this report was carried out by CBI Economics to demonstrate:

  • The economic impact of labour and skills shortages in the UK.
  • How the UK labour market and government labour market policies compare to other G7 countries who also face labour market shortages.
  • The difficulties UK businesses face when hiring, and what businesses, government and other stakeholders can do to build a longer-term view for skills.​​

Businesses and government have a duty to overcome shortages. This report provides recommendations to support discussions between recruitment experts and their clients. 

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When to use this guide

  • If you are thinking about moving into the driving sector OR
  • If you are new to recruitment entirely.

About this guide

  • All recruitment businesses have a number of legal obligations to comply with. If working in the driving sector,there are additional considerations, in particular around working time, licences and qualifications. This guide introduces you to all of these issues.
  • We include hyperlinks to relevant sections of the REC legal guide, template documents and, where relevant, links to external sources of advice.
  • The advice contained in this document, all hyperlinks and figures are correct at the time of writing

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Blogs on starting up a recruitment agency

Get practical advice and the latest updates around setting up your recruitment agency including financing it, building your tech stack, building your brand and more.

Podcasts on starting up a recruitment agency

Hear our CEO Neil Carberry and industry experts discuss trends and strategies on setting up a new recruitment agency as well as other key considerations when it comes to running a successful agency. We cover everything from managing crises and building resilience to technology and job boards in these episodes.

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.

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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)

Additional tools and support for Start-ups

Get access to our start-up mentoring, consultancy services and business partners when you sign up to REC membership

Sector specific guidance

Looking for advice on a specific sector? Our sector groups are your go-to resource for sector-specific support and content as you learn from policy makers, fellow members, and other stakeholders. It's also your platform to discuss your issues and find solutions. 

Be an REC member, be amongst the best

REC members have many benefits including:

  • Legal helpline support
  • Recruitment research reports
  • Discounted industry training, and much more…