Simon Arber and Bill Bottriell never expected to create a £71m IT recruitment consultancy. Unhappy at work – chief executive Arber ran daily operations at an IT recruitment company and . Arber met Bottriell when he placed him in a job – they started Computer Futures Recruitment Consultants. Arber says Computer Futures survived the early rocky years because instead of laying off employees during the recession, managers took pay cuts and directors kept remuneration tight. Continued growth is due largely to an aggressive advertising strategy to recruit candidates. Arber says it does more advertising per volume than any other IT recruiter in the UK. Its campaigns enable the company to add over 2000 new candidates per week to its contract and permanent worker databases. Since its appearance on last year’s league table, sales have more than doubled. Still, Arber has kept the company’s small time feel by, for example, leading the troops to the pub for his nightly 5:00pm break.
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