Founded in 1960, when Sir Alec Reed, now 85, opened the first branch with £75 from his savings, this recruiter is known for encouraging workers to “Love Mondays”. In a show of confidence in Sir Alec’s son, chairman James Reed, 56, moved the headquarters to London from Malta last year. The group operates in 20 sectors, including property and construction, marketing and creative, and technology.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank57
CompanyReed Global
ActivityRecruiter
LocationCentral London
Sales £m1,067
Profit £m27
Year endJun 18
Principal shareholdersReed family & Reed Foundation (100%)
Staff3,141
Founded1960
Websitewww.reedglobal.com

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