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If you are looking for a job in New York and have Unix skills, fluent French and a minimum salary requirement of £100,000, go to The site will match you with recent IT vacancies worldwide. Set up by Robbie Cowling and John Witney in 1993, JobServe now posts details of up to 10,000 vacancies daily on its website, at a cost of £4-£15 per advertisement to the recruitment agencies which forward them. Cowling left school with no qualifications and trained as a motor mechanic. Today, his company has 88% profit margins, negligible costs and exceptional growth. Profits at the Essex-based company have shot up by 124% pa, from £644,000 in 1996 to £7.3m in 1999. Sales in the same period have risen 111% pa to £8.3m last year. The pair attribute their success to early entry into a growth market, establishing a sound reputation with recruitment agencies, and the low costs of internet publishing. Cowling, who is 39, plans to expand into more job sectors and increase the representation of overseas jobs on his site. “I’ve got the fast car and the house now,” he says. “But what really gives me my kicks is growing the business”.

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Company details
ActivityInternet recruitment publisher
Annual profit growth124.14%
Latest profits £000s7,250
Latest sales £000s8,271

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