A Chat with Steven Jagger, Founder at Tech Recruitment Company: Maxwell Bond

Maxwell Bond delivers specialist tech recruitment services to pioneering companies in the Software, Cyber Security, Cloud and DevOps, Product and Project, and Digital Marketing sectors.

I took out a loan to start the business in 2016 and, in all honesty, didn’t envisage the huge growth that we’ve experienced, even in the most challenging of times. But over five years we have grown by almost 4,000 per cent and now operate across the UK and Europe, working with FTSE 100-250 clients such as Cinch, Barclays, Mastercard, On The Beach, Known Origin, and more.

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What do you think makes this company unique?

There’s a stereotype that all recruiters are target-driven maniacs, but we take a different view; that focusing on inclusive and morale-boosting activities breeds a culture in which our staff want to work. It’s about coming up with different ways to connect – and making it on the team’s terms, because this breeds better productivity and performance.

So, we have regular bake offs, golf trips, interactive training sessions, pancake competitions and I bet the whole team £50 that they couldn’t beat me in a half marathon – two did! When the world record distance for a paper airplane was beaten recently, we held our own paper airplane challenge.

We also have an in-house team of neuroscientists and psychologists, who focus on providing training solutions that improve engagement and productivity. We want staff to feel like they’re achieving to their potential and adding value to the business, since it’s only with their hard work that we can continue to thrive as we have done.

How has the company evolved over the last couple of years?

In a word, exponentially. While the recruitment sector suffered during the pandemic, we saw 460 per cent brand growth in 2020 and 178 per cent in 2021, leading to LinkedIn naming us the fastest growing recruitment firm in the UK.

It’s a huge honour and this has led to our most successful six months ever (in the first half of 2022) and 19 new hires made in this time. We’ve outgrown out current office in just 18 months, when we had planned to remain in place for three years, prompting the need to move to bigger premises.

What can we hope to see from Maxwell Bond in the future?

We’re investing heavily in expanding the business across different sectors and markets. We’ve recently set up new divisions that will focus on Business Change and Transformation, Infrastructure and Cloud & DevOps, and Digital Marketing, and we’re doubling our efforts on developing our European operation, particularly in the very buoyant German market. Given our successes in the last five years, I can’t wait to see what the next five hold in store.


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